Types of Window Shades: Pros and Cons

Worried about extreme high temperatures during the summer? Curtains have been around for ages. Then came window shades of another kind. Window shades, or window blinds, do a better job of keeping heat from entering a room—which prices from cheap to expensive. In this article, we will be discussing the different types of window shades along with their pros and cons. 

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Today’s Top 5 Best Kitchen Flooring Options

If you are considering a remodel of your kitchen in the next year, you’ll already have a lot to think about. You’ll need to choose the new design of your kitchen suite, storage solutions, a fresh color scheme, and perhaps even replacing old appliances with more efficient modern ones. Yes, this is a lot to consider when doing a kitchen remodel, but don’t forget to think about which of the best kitchen flooring options you’re going to choose!

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When picking flooring for a kitchen, you want something that is going to be durable, easy to clean, and beautiful. Below are the five best kitchen flooring options you can get for your kitchen.

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10 Ways to Prepare for Children After Military Service

Leaving the military can be the ideal time to start a family. You should prepare adequately to ensure you and your partner are ready for the responsibility of a child. There is a myriad of things to consider after military service so we’re hoping our list will get you moving in the right direction from the start!  

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Buy a property before you start trying for a baby. Ensure that the home is set up and has enough room for a growing family. Here are some of the best ways to prepare for having a baby after leaving military service.  

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Common Things to Look Out for Before Buying Your Dream Home

Buying a house is a big decision. If that house is your first home, it is a monumental step. In all likelihood, you have been planning, saving, and looking forward to the purchase for a very long time. Now you are finally ready! You don’t want to do anything that will make buying your dream home a nightmare. 

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The reality of buying a house is going to be very different from how you imagined it. If you let yourself be guided by your fantasies of how a dream home should look, you will end up in disappointment. A common problem for first-time homebuyers is to buy more than they need. Or, they base their buying decisions on something they read online or saw on TV.

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How Bathroom & Kitchen Renovation Projects Can Affect the Value of Your Home

Your home is one of the most expensive (i.e. valuable) assets you own. And you should not allow it to lose its value. There will be times when you want to make improvements. Understanding which renovations increase your home’s value the most is super helpful. That answer, my friend, is bathroom & kitchen renovation projects.

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Think about why you want to renovate your home. It’s rarely to just increase the property’s value. More often it’s about making the home a better place to live. Though, there are times when people want to make their home more attractive to buyers and easier to sell.

These are the people that renovate their properties to sell them above the average price and make more returns on investment, says Rent Easy, a professional property management firm. Studies show that one of the top three reasons for renovation is to make upgrades that will improve the value of the home. However, not all renovations do this. Some renovations may be expensive, but they do not add much value to a property, while others are inexpensive, but they also give the most returns on investment

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Selling a House with Water Damage

A lot of people will experience water damage in their homes at some point. Especially if their home has a basement. While some people choose to have water remediation services to resolve it, others resort to selling their properties. So if you’re selling a house with water damage there are definitely some things you’ll want to know.

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If you have a basement that looks like this, the last thing you want is water damage to enter into the picture.

Trying to sell any home depends on a large number of variables; any real estate expert can tell you that. But it’s definitely possible to sell a water-damaged home. If this describes you, please read on. 

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5 Tips for Creating Your Dream Bedroom

So you’ve decided that you want to redo your bedroom. You want something different and that you’re tired of coming home to the same old stuff every day. Or maybe you just spent too long in here in 2020 and 2022 is right around the corner. Read on to learn five great tips for creating your dream bedroom.

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Whatever the reason, you’ve probably realized that the hard work has only just begun. Now, you’re probably feeling confused and wondering if you’re better off hiring an interior designer to help you with creating your new bedroom and if that would be worth the money. Hold the phone!

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Five Simple Ways to Renovate Your Home

There comes a time in every homeowner’s life when they might decide that their house needs an update. This can be true if you have lived in a house for just six months or over six years. While “renovation” can feel like a big word, there are actually a whole host of ways that you can make your house more livable and more lovable without too much extra effort. Read on now to get five easy ways to renovate your home. 

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Painting will always be one of the least expensive ways to make a big impact in your home.
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4 Most Important Items on Any Moving Checklist

Moving to another home is both an exciting and daunting thing to go through. Once the move starts to get into motion, you’re sure to have a laundry list of things you’ll have to accomplish. Forget one, and your move can become more stressful. Tick each item, one at a time, and you’re guaranteed a happier and hassle-free move. We’re here to help! These the four key things on anyone’s moving checklist.

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Relocating to a new city can be stressful. But it doesn’t have to be!

With the right planning and by starting early, you can still have the time to take things easy, go about your day normally, and even relax. While relocating homes can be a stressful endeavor to go through, you can make the process smoother and a guaranteed success with the help of a checklist. Here’s a sample checklist you should follow, as you prepare to relocate:

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Steps To Buying A House For the First Time

Buying a home is a big deal! And if you are a first-time homebuyer, chances are, you’ll likely find them complex. But if you can manage to get your head around the basics, it’s possible to enjoy each and every part of the home-buying process. Read on to become better informed when buying a house for the first time.

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First-time buyers have smaller budgets so the homes they target are often older or small. But they can still be super cute! | Photo by Tre Pryor

This article will walk you through each step so that you are less likely to be taken by any surprises/shocks along the way to your new home! Familiarizing yourself with the home buying process will help make the experience pleasant by reducing confusion and stress.

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Buying Property as a Freelancer? 5 Things to Know

Whether you’re buying your first home, upgrading to a larger property, or downsizing after your kids have moved out, it can take time to locate your dream home. If you’re a freelancer or someone who works from home, there’s even more to consider. To help in that regard, take a look at these five things you need to know when you’re buying property as a freelancer.

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You may have a clear idea about the type of property you can see yourself living in. Or you might still be searching for inspiration but, either way, it’s important not to rush your decision. Think about these topics while you house hunt.

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Today’s Top Home Exterior Designs

Sure, it’s easy to forget the outside of your home with much of the focus centering on the inside. But don’t fall for that trap! Your outdoor spaces are just as important these days. If you’re looking for some incredible home exterior designs, you’ve come to the right place. Read on to see how to achieve this for yourself!

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Outdoor living space is becoming more and more important to homeowners. | Photo by Marianne

Start with thinking about how you want to use the space. Are you looking for cozy spaces to relax? Open areas to play? Maybe a mini-kitchen to bring your cooking outdoors? It all begins and ends with you.

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Real Estate Trends Transforming the Industry Today

This article is going to highlight the current real estate trends that are affecting the United States today. Due to the pandemic but even more so to the responses made by governments and businesses, there are a large number of patterns emerging. Such as families confined to their homes are yearning for more space. Landlords fear not collecting rent from those facing unemployment. More commercial property has remained vacant than in recent years.

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Larger spaces are becoming more sought after by families spending more of their time in their homes.

When attempting to predict the future many regard real estate as a leading indicator. Roofstock has identified ten emerging real estate trends for 2021 based on PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) and the Urban Land Institute’s Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2021 study. More than 1,600 individuals who work in real estate advising, investment, financing, or development were interviewed and surveyed for this study.

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Louisville Guide for Newcomers

Whether you’re visiting Kentucky for horse racing’s greatest day, the bourbon trail, or simply to soak in the city’s southern charm, Louisville has no shortage of excellent attractions. Tons to see, foods to try, and drinks to enjoy. While the Kentucky Derby, held on the first Saturday in May each year, is undoubtedly the city’s largest day of the year, Louisville remains a popular tourist destination all year. Do you require some motivation? Here’s the Louisville guide for newcomers!

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This photo shows the one of the oldest hotels in Louisville, The Seelbach. | Photo by Karthik R

What to do in Louisville?

There is a lot of things to do in Louisville, and these are our favorites!

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10 Affordable Remodeling Projects to Increase Your Home’s Value

Improving the look and function of your home to boost its value is something every homeowner wants to do. But spending a lot of money to do those renovations? That is something you definitely want to avoid. If it was possible, most homeowners would like to increase their home’s value without spending any money at all. But since that’s not possible, this article will highlight some great affordable remodeling projects that will help.

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There are few (if any) ways to make your home better without spending some money. Even if you take a DIY approach, you still have to buy the materials and invest your time. That being said, it is still possible to update the appearance of your home and make it more appealing to prospective buyers without breaking the bank.

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