August 2017

Found 5 blog entries for August 2017.

How to Improve a Home Using Smart Technology AdditionsSmart technology can improve your home's value, make your home more attractive to buyers and can also make the experience of owning a home more satisfying. Knowing how to use choose technology in the home is important if you're hoping to make this kind of upgrade to your property. These tips will help.

Make a List of Wants

Smart technology can improve the experience of living in the home in many different ways, but it is most often used to improve efficiency, reduce utility bills and make living in the home more convenient. Making a list of wants can help you decide what parts of the house you would like to change first.

Are your utility bills too high? You may benefit from a smart thermostat and installation of smart lights. Are you

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Tips for Selling a Home for the Easiest ExperiencePutting your home on the market means more than sticking a "For Sale" sign in the yard. You want it to sell fast and bring a premium price. To accomplish this, it needs to show well. What will buyers like? Have you maximized this? Before you pull the trigger, make sure these eight things are in action.

Start Outside

Selling a home begins before buyers walk through the door. A neglected yard and overgrown shrubs encourage them to drive right past. Either do it yourself or hire a landscaper to keep it mowed. Trim trees and hedges, weed flower beds, and dispose of any leaves or debris. Plant a few pleasing flowers and add some potted plants in front to create a nice look. But don't go overboard.

Create an Inviting Entrance

The entrance

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Under the right circumstances, a home warranty can save home owners money and anxiety. However, many first time home buyers have never had experience with home warranty companies, and do not know whether or not the home warranty is right for their needs. Knowing how home warranties work and what they do and don't cover can help you decide whether or not to purchase a home warranty when you buy a home.

Difference Between Home Insurance and Warranty

One of the big questions home buyers ask is, what is the difference between home owners insurance and a home warranty?

Home owners insurance covers certain types of damage to your home's structure, and also covers loss of possessions under certain circumstances. Fire and theft are common types of

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How to Move to an Area with a High Cost of LivingWhen moving to a place with a higher cost of living (HCOL), earning power generally increases, and options for jobs might take a boost as well. These tips can help new homeowners make the transition.

1. Estimate Your New Purchasing Power

When living in an area with a lower cost of living, some might be surprised by how salaries differ in places like San Francisco or New York City. However, do not get lost in the digits. While a person's take-home pay may be a bit different after making the move to an area with a high cost of living, it's important to do research on what these numbers mean in this new area in a general sense.

2. Take Time to Understand the Local Market

Even home buying can be a bit different in areas with a higher cost

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How to Plan an Interior Color SchemeJust as there are valid reasons to consider the effects of interior air quality and light on human health, there is powerful evidence that color has an effect on mood and on both mental and physical well being.

Color psychology is not an exact science, but it is sophisticated enough to influence the choice of wall colors for hospital lobbies, treatment spaces and patient rooms. Sterile, antiseptic white is no longer considered the best option to promote healing, or to instill confidence and encourage concentration in a school. Just the opposite, in fact.

Color influences mood and behavior. Classrooms should encourage calm and concentration. For a hospital, colors best suited for resting are in order, but other colors stimulate healing in

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