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Selling Your Home? Clean Gutters & Other Simple Things That Increase Buyer Interest

If you are selling your home, you may think it looks appealing and that it will sell quickly, but how do you know for sure? Many sellers do not have the cash for major home improvement projects simply to draw in buyers. But the reality is that small repairs can increase curb appeal, which can work wonders in attracting buyer attention.

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="400"]Clean gutters What you see and what buyers see when they drive up may be vastly different.[/caption]

Selling can be an exciting time, but not if your home is sending the wrong message to potential buyers. Without proper maintenance and curb appeal your home may be turning buyers off rather than drawing them in. As its owner, you may not have taken stock of your home’s curb appeal. It is simply “home” and you have an emotional attachment . . .

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Does Moss on Your Roof Mean You Need a Roof Repair?

A rolling stone may gather no moss, but your roof has no such mobility options — and a buildup of moss on the shingles can drastically reduce your roof’s usable life span. That’s why it makes sense to deal with any moss you see before you have to shell out for a major roof repair. Let’s take a closer look at this “green menace” and how to protect your roof against its effects.

The Problem With Moss

Moss is a seemingly innocent vegetative growth that many people regard as an attractive enhancement to old stone or brick garden walls. Its mass of tiny leaves creates the appearance of a green organic carpet. But this is one carpet your rooftop can most definitely do without. Moss grows not only on shingles but over the spaces between shingles — in fact, it actually favors these spaces because its spores naturally tend to collect there.

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Best Exterior Paint for Clean Gutters, Doors, & More?

Colorful, clean gutters, doors, and siding can make a dramatic difference in the beauty of your home. Sometimes, however, cleaning alone won’t do it — you may need to apply a fresh coat of paint. Here are some tips for choosing the right exterior paint for the job and doing that job correctly.

Different Paints for Different Surfaces

Spend the extra money on premium name-brand paints, because they tend to stick to exterior surfaces more securely for better long-term results. Generally speaking, gutters, siding, doors and porches can all take either oil-based or latex-based paints — but pay attention to the material the gutter or other item is made from, since oil-based paint tends to work better on aluminum. Masonry usually calls for latex-based paint, while pools require special cement-based products.

Proper Preparations

Clean gutters, doors, and other surfaces are essential if you want your new paint job to adhere properly. Don’t rely on . . .

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Inexpensive Changes That Will Increase Your Home’s Value

Selling a house can be incredibly stressful. Homeowners want a place that shows well but don’t always have tons of money to spend on a home improvements. Luckily, there are many inexpensive changes that will increase your home’s value to help you achieve a top-dollar sale.

Increase your home's value

Declutter and Clean

Decluttering not only alleviates the frustration of not being able to find what you need but can also increase a home’s value. Buyers have a hard time seeing past clutter and aren’t able to picture themselves living in a home that’s full of someone else’s personal items.

Cabinets and closets that are crammed with stuff give the perception that there isn’t enough storage, while clean and organized spaces create blank canvases that prospective home-buyers can turn into their own masterpieces. Even if you have to put . . .

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Summer is a Great Time for Energy Reviews

Summertime would be unthinkable without certain favorite activities, from swimming and hiking to fireworks displays. But did you know that summer is also the perfect time for home energy reviews? Finding and correcting air leaks and other inefficiencies in your residence can not only help you stay cool and comfortable, but it can also drastically reduce those high summer utility bills.

 

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Energy reviews Could your home use some “summer-proofing?”[/caption]

 

Anatomy of an Inefficient Home

Of course it’s not unusual to pay more for electricity or break a bit of a sweat this time of year, but how do you know things couldn’t be a lot better? The truth is that many households suffer from a wide range of little (and not-so-little) inefficiencies that can add up to big problems when trying to stay cool as the outdoor temperatures rise. These may . . .

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Learn to Love Rainy Days with Rain Water Harvesting

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="400"]Rain water harvesting You can make rainy days good days![/caption]

Rain seems to bring out the gloom in a lot of people. Adults grumble about commuting in it or losing weekend plans to it, while children chant “Rain, rain, go away, come again some other day.” But if you’d like to save money on your utility bills and do your plants a favor at the same time, you don’t want that rain to go away — you want to store it, in the form of rain water harvesting.

Your Own Free Water Supply

Rain water harvesting can be an amazingly simple procedure. Get a large plastic barrel or garbage bin and cut a hole in the lid to receive the water. Connect your roof’s downspout to the hole, and you’ve got an efficient receptacle for . . .

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Why Lightning Can Lead to the Need for Roof Replacement

Most of us are aware of the awesome power of Mother Nature, and never has this power been more frighteningly demonstrated than through lightning. A bolt of high-voltage electricity can not only injure or kill your loved ones, but it can also wreck your roof, especially if your home lacks the proper protection. Let’s examine how lightning strikes can disable your property.

Seeking a Path to Ground

While lightning sometimes seems to have a malevolent mind of its own, it’s really just the result of a thunderhead becoming charged with electricity as air masses within it rise and fall. The positive charge of the earth attracts a lightning bolt from a cloud that has developed a negative charge. The lightning mindlessly seeks a path to ground, which may cause it to strike the first object it encounters en route. If that object is the top of your house, what happens next depends . . .

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Mold in Your Home? Roof Repairs May Be Needed

[caption id="" align="aligncenter" width="400"]Roof repairs Mold is ugly and smelly and it can pose health problems.[/caption]

 

Mold is more than just an ugly, smelly inconvenience — it can actually pose serious health problems while also indicating the presence of unwanted water infiltrating your home. Depending on where that water is coming from, you may need to make alterations to your foundation, gutters, plumbing system or roof. Let’s take a closer look at this unwelcome fungus and what it might indicate about the state of your home.

What Is Mold, and Why Is It a Problem?

Mold is a naturally occurring fungus that tends to grow in damp areas. It reproduces by releasing tiny spores into the air, meaning that a patch of mold in one part of your home can spread itself to other parts through the ventilation system. Shower curtains are . . .

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Expert Interview with Todd Miller Of Classic Metal Roofing Systems On Metal Roofing For Your Home

Metal roofingWhen people think of metal roofs, they might picture old rusty barns or tin sheds. What they don’t know is that you can have metal roofing for your home as well.

“Wait,” you might ask, “Isn’t that noisy? What would the neighbors say?”

The truth of the matter is, metal roofing is not what you think it is – ugly industrial building solutions that are only suitable for warehouses. Metal roofing can be aesthetic and attractive, as well as durable and affordable.

We talked to Todd Miller of Classic Metal Roofing Systems to learn more about metal roofing for the home.

How much have metal roofs evolved in the past decade or so, and in what ways?

Alternatives to traditional “vertical seam” or corrugated metal roofs have actually been around for over 100 years. Metal shingles that look like roofing slate were . . .

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How Does Your Home’s Curb Appeal Measure Up?

Scan the photos on any online real estate listings board and you’ll see that certain homes stand out as more beautifully kept than others. These homes have what is known as curb appeal — and if you want your home to sell quickly and for a good price, then you’d better make sure it has curb appeal as well. Here are some areas to examine and correct as needed.

Painting and Lighting

A bright, clean-looking home is a welcoming home — and one more likely to sell. But no matter how careful you are to sweep the front porch and wash your windows, you could suffer from a dilapidated exterior simply due to the age of the paint. Sun and other weather can cause paint colors to fade or the paint itself to crack and peel. A fresh coat of new paint might be just the thing to liven up your front . . .

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