Do-It-Yourself for Your Home to Increase Its Value

September 26, 2010
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Similar to many other homeowners you may be looking for simple do-it-yourself projects to trim up your home or to increase its value.

Curb appeal is another way of saying your home’s “first impression.” It can affect your home’s value and salability. One by far overlooked element can be your driveway, sidewalks and steps. Dirt, oil and grime can darken and stain your concrete, which gives it the appearance of being untidy. This is not a first impression that sits well with buyers. But there is a simple solution for this.

Power washing your concrete can be a great way to renew its look. You can rent a machine at your local…

Remove Clutter from the Most Important Part of the House – The Kitchen

July 28, 2010
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In home staging you must know which part of the house you must pay attention first. The kitchen is a good place to start removing clutter.

You must first get everything off the counters. Even the toaster must be removed. Find a place where you can store everything in the cabinets and drawers. Clean them out. Put everything in a box and put the box inside the storage room.

Home buyers usually open all the cabinets and drawers, most especially in the kitchen. They want to be sure there is enough room for their stuff. If your kitchen cabinets, pantries and drawers look jammed full, it sends a negative message to the…

The Modular Construction

July 25, 2010
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Modular construction has been around almost since the advent of the covered wagon. The use of modular construction enhanced today’s building practices.

Japanese builders construct homes like kids using building blocks. At first, a new homeowner may only be able to afford a small home with a single bath. As time passes, the homeowner can easily add on to their existing modular structure with new add-on modular units making the home a little more spacious and or bigger.

In the early 60’s, a builder from my home town built modular rooms for hotels and motels. For that era, this builder was considered a visionary. Today, this is a much more common practice.…

Design Your Office Space the Coolest Way Possible

June 29, 2010
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It is always said that the environment affects the work habits and the people in it. Having your office space designed the cool way will surely attract more people to work lightly. A dull environment working place will definitely affect your worker’s mood. Find some tips below to design your cool office.

The most important aspect is to make your office space looks spacious.

Make sure the pathway in your office has no obstacle and is clear. Make sure all the furniture and stuffs are well arranged at an appropriate location. The workstations are recommended not to be too near to each other as this will create a stuffy environment in the…

Maximize the Value of your Apartment Investment

April 6, 2010
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One thing that is sure about apartment investing is that it gives any investor the ability to have a solid cash flow via multiplied profits. Using the concept of forced appreciation, investors can make low- to no- cost changes and receive huge returns. Here are a few key ideas to maximize the value of your apartment investment.

Raising Rents

Many apartments are not being rented at market value. In fact, what you will find is that many apartments (especially those managed by the owners themselves) are rented for 10% - 20% below market value to attract and keep tenants long term. This is a great strategy and one that is easily executed…

The Top Five Tips for Green Architecture

March 4, 2010
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Going “green” is all the rage and it is no wonder. The benefits of being environmentally aware transcends to saving the planet in unexpected ways. By being “green” we often see instant benefits by the money we save. The use of “green architecture” when building and remodeling is no exception.

Find the top five tips for green architecture below:

1. Recycled materials

There are no limits to the recycled materials that can be used in green architecture designs. Domesticated wood can be used for flooring, trim and exposed wood ceilings. Recycled rubber tire chips can be used in landscaping. Even broken glass fragments are being used inside walls for insulation.

2. Solar panels…

Home Staging is Always a Must

March 3, 2010
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You may not have the funds to hire a professional stager, but every home seller can follow a few helpful staging tips to make sure their house looks like a buyer’s dream home.

As a seller, you must put on a positive first impression on your home. In order to do this, you repair, clean, and strategize marketing for your open houses, but home staging takes it one step further.

Here are some tips on how to stage your home the right way:

Declutter: Less is more. Grab a box, label it “living room” and go through and remove the unnecessary decor. Remove family pictures and trinkets. A buyer needs room to see their…

Moving Out? Here are Some Tips on How to Pack for a Move

March 2, 2010
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Are you planning to move out your present house? Take the burden out of packing through making it very manageable.

Start early in packing so that you are not rushed to get it done before the big moving day comes. Make sure that you have quality packing materials to work with. The boxes should be strong and durable. Use durable tape to reinforce the bottoms and to seal the tops when you are already done.

For items that can be broken you want to use lots of packing materials. You can use newspaper, bubble wrap, towels and other items to ensure nothing will be broken when unpack at your new destination. Clearly…

The Five Areas to Scrub to Make your Home Shine

March 2, 2010
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A potential buyer goes around the house and sees if there is something might hinder him to buy the house. A clean home shows better and there are five ways to make your home shine from roof to baseboards.

Hard to Reach Windows/Skylights. These are often unnoticed either because they are difficult to access to clean or because they are not right at eye level. Whichever the case, cleaning windows in high ceilings or skylights provides a brighter light to shine in your home.

Baseboards and Walls. Give your home a fresh coat of paint prior to putting it on the market. But maybe you can get away with a good wipe-down instead. Using…