6 Mistakes to Avoid That Will Protect Your Drywall

For something that serves such an important role in our homes, drywall is surprisingly delicate. It doesn’t take much for dents, cracks, holes and other problems to appear, and unfortunately, many of the problems with drywall (or sheetrock) are due to avoidable mistakes. By avoiding some of the most common errors we make in our homes will definitely help protect your drywall.

Here are some of the most common mistakes that homeowners make. Don’t be that guy. Just use a little extra caution and some good habits, and you can keep your walls looking great and avoid having to repair or replace the drywall.

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Common House Fire Causes: What You Need to Know

Whether you’re a homeowner living in your own property or a landlord renting to a tenant, the last thing you want to happen is a house fire. Unfortunately, though, fires in homes arise thousands of times each year across the country. When one examines the causes of these fires, most of the time they’re due to the same types of triggers. Here are some of the most common house fire causes that you need to be aware of today.

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The Best Turfgrass for Your Property

Most homeowners want to give their property the best lawn on the block — and while lawn care is the most significant factor in making a lawn stand out, it remains important that the exact right grass is growing in the exact right environment. Because different turfgrasses were created for different temperatures, soil types, humidity, and light levels, not all grass will work on all properties. So what is the best turfgrass for your property?

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Maybe you’re thinking about selling your home this summer? If so, you’ll want your lawn looking its best. Here are a few guidelines for choosing the best turfgrass for your property, so you can be one step closer to having the best lawn in the neighborhood.

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Home Upgrades to Consider for Aging in Place

No matter your stage of life, finding ways to make the most out of your home is a common goal. Whether you found your dream home early on or have decided to live out the rest of your years in your current abode, making the appropriate home upgrades will prevent you from outgrowing the space. Consider these upgrades for each stage of life to help you grow with your home throughout the years.

Quartz countertops are about as maintenance-free as you can get. As an added bonus… they’re also beautiful!
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4 Things to Remember When Building a Music Room

Building a proper and classy music room is among the toughest challenges that musicians and drummers face. A well-designed music room can make the difference between smooth sailing and significant headaches down the road. By and large, there are various things to think about when constructing a music room. While most people are inspired to buy lots of equipment, they tend to forget very important basics including choosing the right material for the flooring and walls, which account largely on soundproofing. The following are four critical things one should remember when building a music room.

This music room has really gone “all-out” with sound dampening panels.
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Best Move-up Neighborhoods in Louisville Kentucky (Part 2 of 3)

In April, I published the first part of this series called Best Starter Home Neighborhoods in Louisville Kentucky. Today, I’m publishing the second piece. We’ll be focusing on move-up neighborhoods in Louisville, Kentucky. These are great places for people looking to purchase a larger, more expensive property. Could be a first-time homebuyer or perhaps a family that just needs more space. Let’s get started!

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Types and Uses of Water Flow Meters

A flowmeter is a device engineered to gauge the rate of flow of a liquid or gas passing through a particular point within a specific system. For example, water traversing through a pipeline. Water utilities generally utilize water meters. However, they also have been used in manufacturing and industrial capacities. They can even be part of your home’s plumbing system.

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Water meters are, for the most part, used in all areas of society. There are relatively four kinds of meters gauging water in its various forms. And these are hygrometers, ice meters, moisture meters, and water meters. We will walk you through what these four classes of water meters measure and where and how they are used. Read on!

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What Are The Dangers Of Mold In A Home; How To Solve It?

Owing to its rapid growth and a love for dark, damp places, mold can be a very sneaky substance. Its devious growth is further fueled by the fact that most people treat it with the “out-of-sight-out-of- mind” attitude. It’s easy to be oblivious to the dangers of mold. Mold is a type of fungus that can grow on almost everything but most often affects porous materials such as drywall. It spreads through the entire house by producing spores that become airborne and settle on other surfaces.

Here you can see that over a long period of time mold has weakened the sub-floor causing it deteriorate.

While this may not appear like a grave issue, mold growth in a home poses serious health risks and a potential threat to the structural integrity of the property. Homeowners should, therefore, take proactive measures in suppressing and preventing its growth. The following information elaborates the dangers of mold and how to deal with it.

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Best Starter Home Neighborhoods in Louisville Kentucky (Part 1 of 3)

Since 2007, my Best Louisville Neighborhoods section of the website has been highly praised by both clients and local real estate professionals. I truly appreciate this because it’s been a labor of love. It’s not password protected. I don’t ask you for your email to see it. It’s simply the best of its kind in the city of Louisville, Kentucky. Now, I’m going to highlight all the great content located within by looking at the best starter home neighborhoods Louisville, Kentucky. Then, I’ll follow this piece up with move-up neighborhoods and finally luxury home neighborhoods. Let’s go!

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What Every Seller Should Know About Today’s Home Buyers

There are more ways to buy a home today than ever before. It’s crazy! In the past, people generally hired an agent or went it alone. Today, we still have those options but now there are many more choices down both paths. If you’re thinking about selling your home this year (or in the future) keep reading. This expert advice will help you better understand what’s happening in in the minds of today’s home buyers.

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Online Is Where It’s At

Today, everything is online. Agents know this. Buyers know it. Every home seller should know it too!

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When Is the Best Time to Sell a House?

My clients will routinely ask this question: “When is the best time to sell a house?”

There really is no “best” time. But if you follow these real estate best practices and take advantage of current, local data, you will improve your chances to get a quick sale at top dollar. This expert advice is designed to help you assess your situation and make an educated decision based on both your financial data and your personal goals.

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To Move or Not to Move?

Before we get to the professional recommendations, the very first question you ask is whether or not you should sell your house at all? This is important because each time you sell (and then buy) there are costs built into each transaction. For the most part, these costs are pure waste. That means, the longer you are in the same home, the better off your financial situation will be.

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Overview of Waste Disposal in Louisville

Each day, you generate a variety of different types of waste. During the course of any given year, you may end up not only disposing of what fairly can be called everyday garbage and recyclables but also the hazardous waste of different types. Maybe you’re thinking about selling your home this winter and need to get rid of some “junk.” A basic understanding of the different ways in which various types of waste items are disposed of in the city. When it comes to waste disposal in Louisville here are the 8 categories in which waste is disposed of.

  1. Regular garbage or trash
  2. Hazardous waste
  3. Recyclable items
  4. Mattresses, Furniture, and Appliances
  5. Construction waste
  6. Sharps
  7. Biohazardous waste
  8. Medications

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We would hope your home doesn’t look like this! The owners of this building definitely need some waste disposal help.

1. Regular Garbage or Trash

Garbage removal is the most common waste disposal in Louisville, Kentucky. As it probably is for most cities. Regular garbage or trash is disposed of through the City of Louisville Solid Waste Management Services Division. The agency collects garbage on a weekly basis from residential units with eight units or less. Large residential buildings have to engage a private service to collect regular garbage items.

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Landlord Strategies When a Tenant Commits Suicide or an Unattended Death

Managing rental properties can be difficult at times. Landlords regularly face challenges like unexpected maintenance issues and tenants who fail to pay their rent. While these are unfortunate circumstances, little else is more difficult for a landlord to address than a tenant who commits suicide or there’s an unattended death in their rental property. A landlord must be versed about what strategies to employ when a tenant commits suicide or with an unattended death is discovered.

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Would you know what to do if a tenant committed suicide in one of your rental properties?

Self-Protection Upon Discovery of a Suicide or Unattended Death

Before discussing the need for self-protection upon a discovery of one or another of these types of death, a landlord must understand what is meant by an unattended death. As the moniker indicates, an unattended death is one in which a person dies alone. In addition, an unattended death most often involves the discovery of body days, weeks, or even months after the tenant died. If this is the case and the body is discovered much later by a landlord, the human decomposition process is well underway.

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Home Financing Options for Any Credit Score in Kentucky

Having perfect credit and a down payment of as much as 20% is not always possible. There are financing options that are available for any credit score, especially when you consider FHA mortgages and how FHA home loans work. Especially if your out looking to buy your first home, it’s smart to learn about all of your home financing options.

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It’s smart to do your homework. Comparing home financing option will save you money in the long run.

Knowing what your options are in terms of home loans, mortgages, and everything in between is crucial if you don’t have perfect credit.

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16 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Winter

Your home is likely the largest single investment you will ever make. It’s doubly smart to take care of your home’s value and save money at the same time. Don’t wait for a problem to surface. Be proactive! Follow these sixteen ways to prepare your home for winter now and you’ll be sitting comfortably come the Holidays.

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When you prepare your home for Winter then you can relax and enjoy the Holidays knowing your investment is protected.

Top 16 Ways to Prepare Your Home for Winter

Let’s jump right in!

1. Increase Insulation

This is number one on our list for a reason. Attic insulation is the most important aspect of keeping your home warm during Winter. Most homes don’t have adequate insulation. So you shouldn’t let your home fail this test too! If you need a recommendation for a great contractor, please let me know. I have a big list of great, local companies if you’re not up for the DIY project.

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