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    Monday, May 14, 2018   /   by Blythe Murphy

    7 Ways to Improve Energy Efficiency

    7 Ways to Improve Energy Efficiency 

    (NewsUSA) - With Old Man Winter just around the corner, now is the time for homeowners to start considering how to make their abode more energy-efficient.


    After all, an energy-efficient home not only saves money, it improves the comfort of the home environment.


    Follow these tips by Johns Manville to ensure that your house is energy-efficient this winter, and always:


    1. Think Energy Savings. Keeping the cool air in during summer and warm air in during winter will require less energy if your home is well-insulated. An energy audit can help you assess your home's efficiency and provide direction to improve that efficiency.


    2. When an Audit Is a Good Thing. An energy audit includes checking for air leaks; inspecting heating and cooling equipment; checking light fixtures, appliances and electronics; and assessing insulation. It will help determine if your home is under-insulated or just not insulated properly, as is the c ...

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    Monday, May 14, 2018   /   by Blythe Murphy

    Living It Up Outside By Bringing The Indoors, Out!

    (NewsUSA) - For many, enjoying their outdoor space includes a poorly lit patio or deck with spartan, uncomfortable furniture, devoide of real style. According to the American Lighting Association (ALA), outdoor living can be just as captivating, high-tech and chic as life inside your home.
    Regardless of the season, it is becoming common to turn a patio, deck or outdoor space into an additional family room with modern amenities and beautiful furnishings. ALA-member lighting manufacturers are making this transition easier with expanded lines of decorative lighting rated for all-weather use.
    Hinkley Lighting's CEO Rick Wiedemer, CLC, explains how the trend of accessorizing outdoor areas with traditionally indoor lighting products has gained momentum over the last several years. "It started with landscape lighting and then moved into sconces, wall sconces, and now pendants and chandeliers," Wiedemer says.
    It's fairly commonplace to use sconces to highlight doorways and step lights ...

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    Monday, April 30, 2018   /   by Blythe Murphy

    The Actual Cost of a Home Today: Surprising Facts

    With home prices and interest rates on the rise, you’re likely to assume that the cost of that next Greensboro home you’re thinking about buying has made it a financial stretch—especially compared with “the good old days.” But news stories tend to omit the effect of rising incomes and actual inflation on the real cost of a home in today’s market—which turns out to be something of a bargain!


    A recent calculation may not hold true for everyone, of course—nor does it apply to the cost of every Greensboro home—but the details make sense when you think about them. The comparisons are from a study by Zillow Research on housing affordability across the U.S.


    Researchers were looking into how much havoc the rise in U.S. mortgage interest rates has wreaked on affordability for the typical family. They assumed a current standard 30-year fixed rate of 4.3% (although according to Fannie Mae, last Friday’s average was actually lo ...

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    Monday, April 30, 2018   /   by Blythe Murphy

    With More Buyers Out There, These Home Upgrades Can Really Pay Off

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    It's time to stop thinking of Millennials as totally uninterested in owning anything just because they were early adopters of Uber.
    The newly released U.S. home ownership rate rose in 2017 for the first time in 13 years - it now stands at 64.2 percent - driven mainly by a shift towards owning over renting by the under-age 35 crowd who'd been wary of committing for both financial and personal reasons.
    "This is happening because young households are buying homes. Full stop," Ralph McLaughlin, chief economist at home listings provider Trulia, told the Wall Street Journal.
    Plus, as far as Millennials go, while their ideal interiors may differ from older generations - for example, they prefer open floor plans and hardwood floors - Architectural Digest says they're still into "traditional exteriors."
    * Millennials: smart-home tech. Yes, there are Boomers and Generation Xers who are super tech savvy, but Millennials especially crave homes that a ...

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    Monday, April 30, 2018   /   by Blythe Murphy

    PRIORITY TASKS FOR YOUR MOVE IN

    Moving into a new home is an exciting time, and you’re probably daydreaming about decor and paint schemes and new furniture. But before you get into the fun stuff, there are some basics you should cover first.

    Change the locks


    Even if you’re promised that new locks have been installed in your home, you can never be too careful. It’s worth the money to have the peace of mind that comes with knowing that no one else has the keys to your home. Changing the locks can be a DIY project, or you can call in a locksmith for a little extra money.


    Steam clean the carpets


    It’s good to get a fresh start with your floors before you start decorating. The previous owners may have had pets, young children, or just some plain old clumsiness. Take the time to steam clean the carpets so that your floors are free of stains and allergens. It’s pretty easy and affordable to rent a steam cleaner—your local grocery store may have them available.


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