Tips to Prepare Your Budget Before Buying a Home

Posted on: August 21, 2017 by in Blog
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It’s virtually impossible to know what size home you can afford if you aren’t fully aware of how much money you are earning and how much you are spending each month. Start with your income: How much do you bring home after taxes and retirement plan contributions? Next, look at your expenses: What are your necessary expenses? How much are you paying each month toward your debt? What additional expenses do you have that wouldn’t be deemed “necessary?” How much money do you have Continue Reading ...

Repair or Replace? What to Do With a Worn-Out Cooling System

Posted on: August 14, 2017 by in Blog
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Sooner or later, every homeowner will face the same tough decision: Can you repair that malfunctioning system or appliance one more time, or is it finally time to replace it? Summer temperatures can heat up the repair-or-replace debate for homeowners living with an older cooling system. To arrive at an answer, you must weigh numerous factors, including which option is more cost-effective over both the long- and short-term, how the existing or new system will affect the air quality of your Continue Reading ...

The 411 on HVAC Energy-Efficiency Ratings and Terms

Posted on: August 7, 2017 by in Blog
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(BPT) – Whether you’re looking to lower heating and cooling costs, or have a passion for protecting the environment, maximizing the energy efficiency of your heating, ventilation and air conditioning system is a smart move. The more energy efficient your system, the less you’ll spend running it every year, and the smaller your home’s environmental footprint will be. Efficiency ratings are intended to help you decide which products are best for your home, so it’s important to Continue Reading ...

Latest Deck Trend: ‘Monster’ Size, Mega-Luxury

Posted on: July 24, 2017 by in Blog
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(BPT) – Move over mini — the new trend in decking is anything but small. When it comes to the size of their decks, the majority of Americans feel bigger is better — as multiple surveys indicate decks are getting larger and more luxurious, RealtorMag reports. Today’s decks dwarf the outdoor spaces of decades ago, and blur the lines between indoor and outdoor spaces with features like full kitchens, dining and entertainment areas, says Kim Katwijk, owner of Deck Builders Inc. in Continue Reading ...

7 ‘Little’ Upgrades That Can Mean a Lot to Home Buyers

Posted on: July 19, 2017 by in Blog
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BPT) – Anyone who’s ever bought or sold a home knows how even little things can sway a buyer to feel a particular house is “just right.” While major features such as a good location, a big kitchen, and a certain number of bedrooms and bathrooms all drive a home’s price and how attractive it is to buyers, small details like fresh paint and new faucets can also help clinch a sale. When you’re trying to sell your home, you should be willing to spend some money on repairs and Continue Reading ...

Hosting guests? 9 easy steps to prep your home

Posted on: July 3, 2017 by in Blog
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Fast tips to protect your home when hosting guests Hosting friends and family at your home is a guaranteed way to make long-lasting memories. Not only will your guests be reminiscing about the wonderful chats and laughs you shared, but thanks to some quick tips from Minwax(R) spokesperson, Bruce Johnson, they’ll remember how great your home looked, too. To prepare your home for guests, no matter how long they plan to stay, consider these 9 easy tips: Mats and rugs: The sand and dirt Continue Reading ...

Uniquely you hues: Decorating with your personality in mind | BLT Inspections

Posted on: June 26, 2017 by in Blog
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Whether you realize it or not, the colors you select for your home and your personal belongings tell a lot about your personality. In fact, according to a recent survey by PPG, 58 percent of 2,500 consumers surveyed agree that colors selected for their home, car and consumer products – such as appliances and electronics – reflect their personality and style all or most of the time. In addition, 70 percent of those surveyed agreed color selection is important when purchasing paint for Continue Reading ...

Don’t sweat your summer move: 10 tips for smarter moving | BLT Home Inspection

Posted on: June 13, 2017 by in Blog
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Summer isn’t just vacation season, it’s also peak moving season. Studies show more people move during summer months than any other time of year; kids are out of school and weather is less likely to delay moves. However, moving is hard work no matter what time of year you do it. You’ll need careful planning and smart packing to ensure your summer move goes smoothly and safely. These 10 tips can help: 1. Rent the right size moving truck. Choose a truck that’s too big, and Continue Reading ...

Reducing Risks While Taking Care Of Business: Tips To Avoid Distracted Driving

Posted on: June 5, 2017 by in Blog
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The pace of business never seems to stop, and thanks to the convenience of cell phones, many people work on the go, even while they’re driving. Yet cell phone use is one of the most common type of distracted driving, and it claims thousands of lives and causes thousands more injuries every year. More than a quarter of all car crashes involve cell phone use, both hand sets and hands-free, the National Safety Council (NSC) reports. In 13 percent of fatal crashes, the drivers were using Continue Reading ...

Don’t sweat your summer move: 10 tips for smarter moving | BLT Home Inspection

Posted on: May 29, 2017 by in Blog
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Summer isn’t just vacation season, it’s also peak moving season. Studies show more people move during summer months than any other time of year; kids are out of school and weather is less likely to delay moves. However, moving is hard work no matter what time of year you do it. You’ll need careful planning and smart packing to ensure your summer move goes smoothly and safely. These 10 tips can help: 1. Rent the right size moving truck. Choose a truck that’s too big, and Continue Reading ...

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