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How To Add A Bathroom In The Basement or Garage

(BPT) - It's home improvement season, which means you're probably dreaming of enhancements to make your space more livable and to enhance property value. Adding a bathroom is a great way to do both, but for many people, concrete poses a potential problem. Want to add a bathroom to your garage? How about in the basement? A bathroom addition means you need proper plumbing, and often in these types of spaces, none exists. You have a cold concrete slab and a bit of a dilemma: Do you give up on Continue Reading ...

Want To Buy A Home? Do The Math

(BPT) - It is a common misconception that a 20 percent down payment is required to buy a home. Advice to wait and save a large down payment is often based on the theory that the cost of mortgage insurance (MI), which is required when you buy with a smaller down payment, should be avoided. This may not be the best advice and is, in fact, not in line with market trends, considering the median down payment for first-time homebuyers is 7 percent, according to the National Association of Continue Reading ...

How To Improve Your Credit Score Before Applying For A Mortgage

(BPT) - In today's world, lenders use many different types of credit scoring models. There are virtually hundreds of different models out there for lenders to choose from. Many lenders continue to use conventional models that don't provide a score for millions of consumers. That often puts younger borrowers such as millennials at a disadvantage. Millennials are less likely to have long credit histories, and they may only have one or two credit accounts. Because young adults today carry Continue Reading ...

Dispelling Myths About Home Warranty Plans

(BPT) - If you're considering a home warranty plan, you are probably doing your due diligence - as you should - on how they work, who the different providers are and what to expect from the experience. This article is meant to help you understand home warranty plans, as well as separate fact from fiction. Go the extra mile to protect your home Myth: "I don't need a home warranty plan because I have home insurance." Investing money, time and love into a place to call home can be scary, Continue Reading ...

7 Smart Steps To Improve Indoor Air Quality At Home

(BPT) - Think about how much time you and your family spend inside versus outside. From your home to the car to work and to school, it's not uncommon that the majority of your day is spent indoors. This modern phenomenon means increased exposure to indoor air pollution. Fortunately, with a few smart, proactive steps, you can help protect yourself and your family. People vastly underestimate the time they spend inside, assuming just four hours, when in actuality they are inside more than 21 Continue Reading ...

3 Tips To Make Your Bathroom More Inviting and Functional

(BPT) - We tend to think of the bathroom strictly as a utilitarian space, and therefore not worthy of the same energy and expense put into designing spaces like the living room or kitchen. We spend a lot of time in the bathroom, however. It's the room where we start and set intentions for our day. In the evening, the bathroom is where we go to unwind - some people prefer soaking in a bubble bath while others take a hot shower to relax after a long day. How a bathroom is Continue Reading ...

5 Smart Ideas To Refresh Your Deck

  (BPT) - As seasons turn, your focus begins to shift to the outdoors. Your deck or patio becomes your new living room - an ideal setting for memorable moments with friends and family. If you look at these spaces and long for a refresh, the time to start planning is now. You have options, and many you can do yourself with minimal effort. To start, if you don't have a deck or patio, research materials carefully before making an investment. One prevalent building trend involves Continue Reading ...

For a No-Worries Noel, Follow the 12 Safety Tips of Longview Home Inspector for Christmas

Posted on: December 4, 2018 by in Blog, home inspections longview tx
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For a No-Worries Noel, Follow the 12 Safety Tips of Longview Home Inspector for Christmas The fun, festive activities during the holiday season make it a favorite time of year for many people. At the risk of sounding like a Grinch, though, all that festivity can lead to unintentional safety hazards. Longview home inspector example, some 30 percent of all home fires and 38 percent of home fire deaths occur over December, January and February, reports the Electrical Safety Foundation Continue Reading ...

Longview Home Inspector Tips For Embracing The Benefits Of Natural Light

Posted on: November 20, 2018 by in Blog, longview home inspector
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Longview Home Inspector Tips For Embracing the Benefits of Natural Light   With daylight saving time in full effect, sunlight can be harder to come by. According to Longview home inspector with recent study by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), humans spend an average of 90 percent of their days indoors, so savoring every opportunity for natural sunlight is more important than ever, especially during winter months. However, more time spent indoors and longer nighttime hours Continue Reading ...

Integrate Home Accessories for added Luxury

Posted on: October 16, 2018 by in Blog
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Accessories bring a sense of purpose into a space and, with thoughtful selection, can transform a room into an elevated experience. When used creatively and in unexpected ways, they add the perfect finishing touch to a space and can transform the overall aesthetic and design. From hardware to purposefully placed décor, integrate accessories artfully and functionally to achieve beauty and balance for an even more luxurious space. A balanced perspective Assess the space and identify Continue Reading ...