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5 Tips for Saving Energy in the Family Room

Posted by Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage on August 30, 2010 in No Category
Article From HouseLogic.com By: Jane Hodges Published: September 23, 2009 Reduce your electricity bills by systematically purging your family room of wasteful energy practices. The fun-a video game console, TV, DVR, DVD, and stereo system-that your family room provides comes with a price. By reducing standby power, using rechargeable batteries in remotes, and replacing incandescent bulbs with compact fluorescents, you could save up to $130 a year in energy costs. And if you're in the market for a new TV, you can ... read more
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7 Steps for Removing Mold

Posted by Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage on August 28, 2010 in No Category
Mold is a common home intruder that can quickly turn a desirable house into a risky purchase for potential buyers. So, what can home sellers do about it? What Is Mold? Mold is a type of fungus made up of tiny microscopic organisms that can grow practically anywhere, such as on ceiling tiles, wallpaper, wood, paints, carpet, and insulation. It multiplies via spores and shows itself in a variety of colors, from greens to browns to pinks, grays, blacks, and yellows. The most common mold growth area in the house is th... read more
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4 Interior Painting Tips

Posted by Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage on August 26, 2010 in No Category
Painting is a quick and easy way to liven up a listing. But some smart prep work can make a huge difference in the quality of the results. 1.Get the surface ready. You want the paint to glide on smoothly, so be sure the surface is clean before you start painting. Remove any handprints, dirt, or scuff marks. Lightly sand any glossy spots to avoid streaks. 2. Select a paint sheen and color. Ah, the choices! Many paint stores are making it easier to narrow down your choices by offering small trial sizes so that you ca... read more
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10 Things Every Remodeling Contract Should Include

Posted by Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage on August 24, 2010 in No Category
By Kelly Quigley The contract is a critical step in any remodeling project; it holds the job together and ensures that all parties agree to the same vision and scope. The National Association of the Remodeling Industry spells out the following key elements that every remodeling contract should have: 1. The contractor's name, address, phone number, and license number. 2. Details on what the contractor will and will not do. 3. A list of materials for the project in your contract. This includes information about the s... read more
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6 Landscaping Tricks That Wow Buyers

Posted by Coldwell Banker Sea Coast Advantage on August 22, 2010 in No Category
By Barbara Ballinger In today's market, sellers have to work harder to persuade buyers that their property is worth the bite. Landscape designer Michael Glassman has cooked up a recipe for guaranteed curb appeal. 1. Add splashes of color. With every changing season, a landscape should provide a new display of colors, textures, and fragrances. "It's best to use one or two and repeat them," Glassman says. Example: white iceberg roses that bloom in spring, summer, and fall as a backdrop; in front, a contrasting punch... read more
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