Blog: Homeowner Tips

10 Unique Gifts for the Home

Whether you are looking for a housewarming gift for a new home buyer, a wedding present or a holiday gift for your favorite homeowner, these 10 unique gifts for the home will be a big hit. As a real estate agent, I've purchased tons of closing gifts for home buyers...

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Radon Risk in Missouri Homes

Originally posted 12/2011 See U.S. interactive map Did you know that high levels of radon, a naturally occurring gas that we breathe every day, is the 2nd leading cause of lung cancer? Did you know that it is easy to find out if the radon rate in your home is...

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What Are the Best Colors for Home Exteriors?

Photo Credit: Terry Blastenbrei If you are thinking about painting or installing new siding on your house, you should think carefully about what color to choose for your home. The first thing to consider is how long you plan to own your home. If you will be owning...

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Karen’s Kitchen Remodel ~ AFTER Pictures

The kitchen remodel was actually finished about 6 weeks ago, but the real estate business got busy and simply had to take priority. After all, real estate is how I pay my bills and our clients always come first. So after teasing you with before video and pictures of...

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Karen’s Kitchen Remodel ~ Progress Report 2

For those of you who are regular readers, you've seen the articles I've posted telling you about my kitchen remodel project. Part of why I decided to chronicle the transformation of my kitchen is to show that you can save money and still get an all new look by reusing...

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Why Buy Energy Star?

For almost 20 years, appliance shopping means deciding if we want to spend extra money for ENERGY STAR products. Today, you can find ENERGY STAR labels on many of the products which otherwise would be energy-hogs, and these products are not necessarily more expensive...

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Karen’s Kitchen Remodel ~ Progress Report 1

I know it's been almost 2 months since I told you that I was going to chronicle my kitchen remodeling project. Deciding on what to buy turned out to be harder than I anticipated. I went back & forth between stainless vs black appliances (watch the video to see...

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Karen’s Kitchen Remodel ~ BEFORE Video

Every since I bought my house in 6 years ago, I've toyed with the idea of remodeling the kitchen. I long ago abandoned some of my early ideas, but I've always though it needs at least a few changes. Kitchens have such an impact on the value of a home. In a house like...

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Video ~ Clean Gutters Keep Basements Dry

Last week when I stepped outside to head to work, I discovered melting snow and ice. I realized that I had failed to follow the advice I give to clients all the time. Clean your gutters, or you might end up with water in your basement. Watch the video above to see how...

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Protect Your Home from Water Damage

Guest post by Ryan Borland Water is one of the worlds most import elements. The human body can only survive 3 days without it. Water plays an intricate role in our environment and economy.   Whether it’s helping farmers grow crops, spinning generators at a hydro...

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Selling Condos Just Got Harder

Getting a loan to purchase a condo has always been harder than getting a loan to purchase a home. Lenders want to know that they will get their money back if they must foreclose on the property at some point in the future. If they think there is a good chance that the...

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12 Tips to Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

Guest Post by Kim Hibbs With much of the country experiencing a break from winter’s deep chill, you may think the worst of winter is behind us. That’s probably not the case. Long range forecasts indicate February could be as cold and snow as early January.  That means...

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Transform Your Kitchen through New Lighting

When I bought my first home, I was on a tight budget. I found a great fixer upper in Rock Hill and proceeded to spend the next few years going from one project to another. When I was ready to upgrade to a bigger home, I knew that I wanted a home that wouldn't need as...

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Don’t Let Winter Weather Damage Your Home

Protect Your Home from Freezing Pipes My broker sent out an email yesterday morning reminding all of the agents about the importance of winterizing vacant homes. Over the weekend it got cold enough that a pipe froze and broke at one of our company's vacant listings....

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Keep Your Heating Bills Low This Winter

With the current economic market, I was pleased to hear that the rates charged for the natural gas used to heat Missouri homes will be lower this year. Earlier this year, the Missouri Public Service Commission approved a decrease in Laclede Gas rates. The lower rates...

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Builder Quality Work for Your Renovation Project

A couple of days ago I wrote a post about how difficult the current market is for new home builders in the St. Louis area. My broker, Shawn Kelsey, has been representing a local builder, Jacaty Construction, for about 10 years. Together, Shawn and Jack Jacaty have...

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Fire Destroyed my Childhood Home

I found out a couple of days ago that there was a major fire in my childhood home last week. My parents bought the house when I was 2 years old. My mom sold it 4 years ago after 35 years of proud ownership. It was sad for me and my siblings to see her move, but the...

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Home Improvement Tax Tips for 2007

With only a few days left in 2007, time is running out to take advantage of some home related tax deductions. If you make energy efficiency home improvements to your primary residence by the end December 31, 2007, you may be eligible for a tax credit. Tax benefits are...

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Would Your Roof Pass a Roofing Inspection?

A few days ago, I had about 5 inches of snow sitting on my roof. I recently had my roof inspected, so I wasn't concerned that the melting snow would cause any leaks. Do you think this roof leaked during our recent snow??? I drive by this home every day...it's a few...

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