3 Important Areas to Focus on When Winterizing Your Home

Posted on: November 27, 2017 by in Blog
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From the holidays to cold-weather fun like ice skating and skiing, winter promises its share of good times. Preparing your home for winter’s weather extremes can help ensure that you get the maximum enjoyment out of the season while protecting your home’s vital systems and indoor comfort.“Winter weather can take a toll on homes, so it’s important to take steps to protect systems like HVAC and plumbing before cold weather arrives,” says Emily Lewicki, brand manager with Luxaire(R). Continue Reading ...

7 Projects to Help Your Home Weather the Winter Safely and Efficiently

Posted on: November 20, 2017 by in Blog
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If chilly temperatures make you want to snuggle under a blanket in front of a roaring fire, just think about your poor water pipes that can’t escape the cold. You can’t wrap your home in a warm, protective blanket when winter arrives, but a few winterization steps can help ensure your home weathers the winter safely and efficiently.“Winterizing is definitely an important way to protect a home from the ravages of snow, ice and harsh temperatures, but it’s also an opportunity to boost Continue Reading ...

The Savvy Homeowner’s 5-Point Outdoor Winterization Checklist

Posted on: November 13, 2017 by in Blog
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As temperatures drop, you're reminded that Old Man Winter will soon rear his ugly head. Before the first flurries fly, it's important to take some winterization steps to ensure your home is ready for whatever the season brings.This five-point checklist will help safeguard your home against winter's woes for another year. For additional winterization ideas and detailed project plans, visit Real Cedar.com. Inspect windows Inspect each window from the outside to see if any gaps or cracks Continue Reading ...

4 Reasons Why a Real Estate Franchise Might Be the Career Move for You

Posted on: November 6, 2017 by in Blog
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Small business has always been the backbone of the American economy, and today's entrepreneurs are as diverse as American culture itself. Entrepreneurship takes many forms, from freelancers and independent contractors to sole proprietors. In fact, just one form of entrepreneurship — franchises — employs 8 million people and accounts for 40 percent of all retail sales, according to the Small Business Administration.Franchise operations come in many forms, from chain restaurants and Continue Reading ...

Home Improvement Insight: 5 Tips to Redesign With Kids Safety in Mind

Posted on: October 24, 2017 by in Blog
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Smart homeowners take a strategic approach to home improvement projects such as redoing a playroom, living room or bedroom to keep kids safety in mind during the redesign process.By being proactive today, you can ensure your entire family can safely enjoy the results of your home improvement project. Here are the top five things to keep in mind to create a stunning yet safe space for your family: Window coverings Corded window coverings are a Top 5 Hidden Hazard in American homes, Continue Reading ...

Two Roof Areas You Can’t Afford to Overlook This Season

Posted on: October 16, 2017 by in Blog
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As summer gives way to change colors and colder nights, now is an ideal time to tackle the necessary home maintenance projects that get put off during those sun-filled months – especially when it comes to one of the most protective and necessary aspects of any home, the roof. Cold weather can aggravate a roof and quickly turn minor defects into costly repair bills; in fact, the latest “Cost vs. Value” report from Remodeling Magazine estimates the average roofing replacement cost at over Continue Reading ...

Quick Tips to Prepare Your Home for Holiday Guests

Posted on: October 10, 2017 by in Blog
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As the holidays approach, the decorator in us gets excited about how to deck the halls and drape the tinsel to create a festive home for the season. Social media is full of inspiration, but before you embark on decorating projects, the following are a few easy ideas to ensure your home is as functional and welcoming as it is festive for family and friends. 'Tis the season to repair, repaint, refresh A pristine paint job is a perfect backdrop for holiday entertaining. Throughout the year, the Continue Reading ...

Enjoy the Latest Trend in Swimming Pools

Posted on: September 25, 2017 by in Blog
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It was supposed to be a community swimming pool, but many people stayed away because they couldn't tolerate the biting, nose-curdling odor of chlorine. Others experienced breathing and skin problems.So the Evergreen Commons senior center in Holland, Michigan, converted its 65,000-gallon chlorine pool into a saltwater pool. People who had stayed away are now coming back, getting exercise and therapy, while socializing with others.The senior center is hardly alone. Across the country, Continue Reading ...

Hot Home Design: 4 Things to Consider When Choosing Siding

Posted on: September 18, 2017 by in Blog
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Selecting new siding is one of the most important curb appeal decisions homeowners face when building new or remodeling an existing home. With so many options — both classic and modern materials — there’s a lot to consider.Many manufacturers are now combining traditional styles and materials with advanced technologies, delivering a product homeowners can love for years to come. Among all the options on the market, vinyl siding — with its various styles, textures, and colors — Continue Reading ...

A Smarter Way to Buy a Home

Posted on: September 13, 2017 by in Blog
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Are you considering buying a home? With mortgage rates on the slow and steady incline, there may be no better time for a home purchase than now. Mortgage interest rates will likely continue to go up for the foreseeable future, according to recent data from the housing finance company Freddie Mac. Many housing experts and industry observers agree. What does this mean? If you are thinking about buying a home, it means don’t wait any longer. The overall cost of buying a home in the future Continue Reading ...