First-Time Home Buyer Tips

Did you know that the average age for first-time home buyers in the U.S. is around 33. The process for buying your first home at any age can be a stressful, time-consuming experience and in most cases will make you re-think the idea about buying a home in the first place. But it is worth it in the long run, after all the hard work, sweat and tears you will be the proud owner of your new home.

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Home Improvement Tips You Needs to Know

Home improvements can defiantly be intimidating whether you have just bought a newly built home, a condo, or a fixer upper. Doesn’t matter if you wanted to renovate your kitchen and bathroom or your whole house;  you want to start right away adding your own personal style. That is where the home improvement in all of us starts to take root and plans are formulated. Here are some tips to help turn your house into your home.

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Do You Know The Signs It Is Time to Replace Your Carpet?

Wall-to-wall carpeting can be a blessing and a curse, even to the most careful homeowner. Some homeowners decide to replace their flooring with tile or hardwood and then add an area rug to have the best of both worlds. Proper maintenance can definitely extend the life of any carpet. All carpets that have high traffic areas will need to replaced sooner or later. Some of the signs are obvious, such as, wear spots, stains, color or difference. But some signs are more subtle so you will need to know what they are.

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Is it time to replace your windows? What you need to know first.

Like everything in your home over the years windows will become outdated and because of this replacing them might not be the only option. If you are considering and kitchen or bathroom renovation then windows will be on your radar. By replacing your windows you will have less drafts, the new windows will be easier to clean, lighter to open and close and the safety featured will be substantially improved. They will be more cost efficient as well. So what are some of the things you need to know before you make the investment.

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Stoves: What are your best choices?

When choosing a stove you really only have two main types of stoves—gas and electric. Unless you are doing a complete remodel on your kitchen, you are generally bound by what you already have in your home. Most people gravitate towards what they grew up with and what they first learned to cook with. But over time your preferences might change, electric users might want to cook on gas and gas users on electric. The switch isn’t as difficult as you might think, gas to electric only means capping off the line, shutting the gas off to that line and installing a 220 plug. Electric to gas is a bit more difficult, you have to decide what kind you want natural or propane. If you already have a natural line coming into your house you just have to add one to the kitchen, if you do not then you need to install a propane tank and run a line into the house.

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Make the Most of Your Deck Decor On a Budget

Once the temperature starts to rise we all want to be outside and soaking up the sun! Your deck is an outdoor oasis so make sure it shows off all aspects of who you and your family are. Enclosing your deck allows you to use it all year long. Think about the flooring, colors, furniture and even putting in an outside kitchen. Your deck décor will a big factor in the how much time and enjoyment you get from your outdoor space.

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Bathroom Lighting 101

Bathroom lighting is generally one of the least thought about items in the home, given the amount of time we spend in the bathroom you would think this is top priority. The lighting in your bathroom should get the same attention as the lighting throughout the rest of the home. Most modern bathrooms are more than just a pit-stop in your day it is now a place to relax and recharge. Homeowners are now adding a spa tubs, shower systems and even steam showers.

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Flooring Choices:The Good and The Bad

Renovating your home is always stressful with budgets, material costs, time and labor, dealing with contractors it can all become overwhelming. But it is never a bad idea to make improvements and one of the improvements that will show immediate results is flooring.

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Kitchen Cabinet Trends, Don’t get left behind!

Stainless steel appliances always receive so much admiration in a kitchen design, but what about your kitchen cabinets? You know the things that hold your food, dishes, and are equally as important as anything else in the kitchen. They are beginning to get the attention they deserve. The moment you change up your kitchen cabinets, you can completely change the kitchen’s personality or vibe. It really is that simple. Below are a rundown of six trends that are happening to kitchen cabinets today.

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Bathroom Transformations

New technology transforms our day-to-day lives, from bringing the internet to our kitchens to stoves that can be programmed to turn on, cook and shut down without you being there and refrigerators that will tell you when you are out of milk. The “smart home” is quickly becoming the norm and our bathrooms are keeping pace with the new technology. Here’s a look at the trends:

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