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5 Exterior Upgrades that Add Value to Your Home

Today residents of Florida frequently search for ways to upgrade the exterior of a home to add value. This process usually enhances "curb appeal". Consider investing in these five popular types of exterior repairs:

Power Wash The Exterior

Pressure washing residential exteriors, garages, driveways, walks, and patios helps remove unsightly grime and clinging, sticky debris from outdoor surfaces. It will help spruce up your property quickly. Consider utilizing this helpful cleaning technology! Today some companies offer regular power washing services at reasonable rates.

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Upgrade Landscaping Features

Most experts agree one of the biggest "bangs for the buck" in residential improvements involves enhancing landscaping. Sometimes simply placing flowering potted plants near a front door significantly augments the appearance of a home. Many horticultural projects cost little, yet yield significant economic rewards. In Florida, we benefit from optimal year-round growing conditions. Our warm climate and plentiful rainfall permit the installation of spectacular flowering displays. Aside from upgrading the horticultural aspect of your yard, you could add a paved entertainment or even upgrade your driveway, giving your home wonderful curb appeal that will be attractive to future buyers and will add significant value to your home.

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Add Window Well Covers

Adding secure window well covers and window well liners improves safety and waterproofing. Sadly, every year tragic accidents occur because young children or pets unwittingly topple into exposed window wells, often with damaging consequences. You'll prevent these types of accidents by adding window well covers to your "must have" list. Augmenting window well liners in this situation usually makes sense, too. This upgrade may pay for itself many times over! Consider implementing this step today.

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Refurbish The Roof

Few modifications contribute as much to the aesthetic impact of a Florida residence as refurbishing the roof. If you've noticed badly aging, warped, damaged asphalt tiles on your home, of if you've discovered roof leaks on the property, consider installing a new roofing system as soon as possible. This is a slightly bigger project than the others on this list, so you may need a small home improvement loan to help cover the initial cost. But don't worry — this kind of improvement quickly pays for itself!

Install Extra Outdoor Lighting

Adding exterior light to your residence will make your property more appealing to visitors during evening hours. It could also prevent some potentially expensive slip-and-fall accidents! Improving the outdoor illumination sometimes deters nighttime burglaries. Today a wide variety of attractive LED lighting systems make the installation of targeted outdoor lighting products exceedingly cost-effective.

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Investing in your home's appearance may help increase the enjoyment you obtain from your property. While residential exteriors differ, making some types of improvements often yields long lasting rewards. Consider taking this step today!

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5 Secrets to Make Your Home the Best on the Block

So you finally are in a home that you love and want to take the time in making it stand out- but how? There are a lot of home improvement tips out there, and it can be a challenge when finding out where to start. What makes a home a good home? Here are the top five secrets to make your home the best on the block!

Everyone Loves a Garden

Incorporating garden in your front yard can change the entire look of your home. You can choose to plant whatever you want as long as the plants are in season for your area. Add flowers for a burst of color or start an herb garden for both aesthetic and functional use! Not only can this help your home, but gardening can also serve as a great stress reliever. No one is going to get upset with you for digging up the weeds!

Light it Up

You'd be surprised at how big an impact new lighting fixtures will have on the overall look of your home. With the utilization of home automation accessories, you can control them with a dim-switch and adjust the lighting based on the time of day. Proper lighting outside can also improve the security of your home, so don’t forget to light up more vulnerable areas, such as your garage.

Add a Fresh Coat

Even if you choose the same color, re-painting your home will make it look brand new. If you want to change it up, choose a new color! Neutrals are usually recommended for outdoor paint but if you want to go for a bold look, consult a designer for color ideas. You can also add a fun accent color to the trim for a less expensive alternative.

Pay Attention the Little Things

Tiny changes can lead to big results. Deciding to add new doorknobs, update the moldings around windowsills, or getting a new garage door are good ways to throw people off. They just won't be able to figure it out- what did you do to make your house look so different? See if they can guess!

Wash the Grime Off

Using a pressure/power washer to clean your house can make the old paint look like new as it will remove stains you didn't even realize were there! You can also use it on the sidewalk and driveway. Pressure washers are available for rent, or you can go ahead and purchase one yourself for future use.

Anyone of these tips will contribute to making your home stand out from the rest. The key is to have fun and do what you like so you can enjoy your home as you've always wanted to.

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Why Should I Worry About the Upkeep of My Home?

Keeping up with the constant work that your home needs may be exhausting, and you may wonder why you need to keep doing it. As long as your home is mostly presentable, does it really matter if you are keeping everything up to date? Actually, it does, and here are a few reasons you should be persistent about it.

Aesthetic Appearance

Even if your home is mostly presentable, if you let the little things go, it will build up. Just a few paint chips may not seem like a big problem, but those paint chips can be indicative of a bigger problem. You will feel better if your home is well taken care of, so taking care of the little things will not only improve the overall appearance, it will help you relax in your home even more.

Avoid Dangerous Problems

If you have an older heater or you ever use propane indoors, you need to keep the appliances in good repair and have them inspected regularly. When they aren’t properly ventilated, they can build up carbon monoxide in your home, which will kill you. You should also install a carbon monoxide detector, which will alert you to any problems before you start exhibiting symptoms. It isn’t a lot of work, but it can save your life.

Save Money

Money is one of the biggest reasons that people don’t want to keep up on repairs, but neglect can actually drain your wallet faster than anything else. The longer you let problems go in your home, the more it is going to cost to fix them, especially if they make your home uninhabitable while making repairs. In contrast, if you catch a problem early on, you can usually make repairs fairly cheaply or you can replace whatever if malfunctioning without having to deal with any of the fallout damage that will come from it breaking entirely.


If your home is in good condition, you are less likely to have someone break in, because they won’t be able to. A house with a neglected yard is a prime target for thieves, especially if they can tell that things on the inside are worth a lot. Make sure you keep up with your landscaping and any outbuildings you have to prevent giving criminals good places to hide or access your home from.

Taking care of your home may seem like a chore, but it is worth it, in the long run, to keep up with the little things. If you don’t do it now, you’ll do it later after you have suffered for your neglect.

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5 Unique Tips When Choosing to Repaint the Interior of Your Home

Once you've lived on your own long enough, there may come a time when you look at the walls of your living room and decide they need a fresh coat of paint. Choosing the right materials and preparing the space can seem like a daunting task, but we have a few painting preparedness tips for you that will make the job go smoothly.

1. Move Furniture to a Storage Unit

Before you start painting anything, consider moving large items of furniture into an off-site storage unit. Painting your home's interior walls is hard enough without having to maneuver around your furniture and worry about either damaging it or getting paint on it accidentally. A storage unit is a great way to remove unnecessary distractions and keep your furniture looking pristine.

2. Mask the Room

With your furniture safely out of the way, it's now time to do what the experts call masking the room. This process involves covering the floors and any trim you don't want to paint. It's another step that will streamline the process and save you from potential hassles later. Two of the most important things you'll need are painter's tape, which is less adhesive than other types and drop cloths to put on large areas such as the floor. The drop cloth is durable and will catch paint splatters easily. You can use the painter's tape to seal off the corners of the fabric as well as any trim you don't want to paint.

3. Paint in Order

If you're painting an entire room, it's a good idea to do it in a particular order. For the best and easiest results, you should start with the trim since it is both easier and quicker to tape it off than to tape off entire sections of the wall. After you paint the trim, do the ceiling and end with the walls.

4. Roll Paint On the Edges

You'll likely paint surface edges with a small brush for accuracy, but these areas will have a different texture from the walls if you leave it at that. To ensure an even surface throughout the room, you should use a roller along the edges after you have coated them with a brush.

5. Cut Painter's Tape

After the room has dried, you shouldn't just rip away the painter's tape. Although it is less adhesive than other kinds, it will still chip the paint. Instead, use a small utility knife to cut the tape away from the walls, ensuring that the smooth new finish remains intact.

These are just a few tips you can use to make re-painting your interior rooms a quick process that you'll only need to do once.


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Attention to Detail: Signs Your Home Might Need Some Maintenance

Home is where the heart is, but sometimes peace is disrupted by unpredictable issues that require your immediate attention. Making sure that you take care of your home inside and out to maintain the look and its structural integrity is incredibly important. Here are four signs that you should look for when your home requires maintenance to keep your home in tip-top shape.

AC Unit

To ensure a cool summer, your AC unit should be one of your top priorities to keep up with. To prevent problems, never ignore are poor airflow or lack of cool air coming from vents, especially if your AC should be running. Whenever this happens, you should contact either the manufacturer or a reputable AC company to take a look as soon as possible. The strain on your unit could cause failures in the compression, and if it is left untreated, your unit may need to be replaced. Also, listen for strange noises coming from the AC. Clanking or banging noises are indicators that there is a major problem that should be addressed before a larger issue appears.


Pests, in general, can be annoying to deal with, but termites come with a lot more problems than other pests do. According to Proforce Pest Control, a single colony infestation can contain up to a million termites, constantly eating away at the wood in your home. That isn’t something to mess around with. One of the most obvious signs of termites is mud tunnels leading from the ground and connecting to your foundation. This is where the termites are entering. If you see any of these, don’t break them. Instead, call a pest control company immediately. The faster you act, then less damage your home will sustain.  

Cracked Paint

While cracked paint doesn’t necessarily indicate severe damage, you do need to repair it. Not only is cracked and peeling paint unattractive, but the paint also protects the wood underneath. Without the paint, the wood may be more susceptible to damage or discoloration. If you have cracked or peeling paint, make sure that it isn’t the result of a problem like excessive humidity. You should repaint or refinish the area as soon as possible to protect the surface and keep your home looking nice.

Home Siding

Your home siding is an important home feature that you shouldn’t ever neglect. Not only does your siding make your home look nice, but it also protects the outside of your home from damage and pests. If you notice that your home’s siding has started to warp, rot, loosen or crack, you should replace it immediately. If you have experience replacing siding, you can fix it yourself, or you can get a professional.

Our homes are where we create our fondest memories with loved ones and friends. Making sure that your home is safe and sound is very important, so don’t neglect the upkeep of your home. You don’t need to be paranoid, but make sure you keep an eye on areas that may be susceptible to problems.

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5 Tips for Re-Painting Any Room in Your Home

There's nothing like a freshly-painted room. A new color can transform a space, creating just the mood you're looking for. Sometimes, though, achieving that perfect look can come with a lot of work. Here are some tips to make your job a little more comfortable.

1. Plan to Succeed

Before the paint goes on the walls, there is a lot of prep work involved. It can be tempting to skip this prep work to get done more quickly, but doing so will only give you a result that you won't be satisfied with. It's important to calculate how much paint you'll need for your room, so you won't have to rush out and buy more in the middle of your project. Also, make sure you have all the materials you need to protect the surfaces you don't intend to paint, including drop cloths, painter's tape, and plenty of rags to quickly clean up any inevitable spills.

2. Give Yourself a Little Space

It can be hard enough to reach every single nook and cranny in your home. It's even harder when you don't have enough space to fit your body in to provide plenty of leverage. If at all possible, move furniture out of the room to be painted, rather than just moving it to the center of the room. This way, you're sure to have plenty of space, and can more easily reach those high and low areas on your walls. Not to mention, paint has this uncanny ability to get on surfaces you don't want it to be on, even when those surfaces are protected. By moving furniture out, you give yourself greater assurance that it won't end up with paint on it.

3. Get it Done Quickly

Painting a room is hard work, and it can be tempting to take frequent breaks and spread the project out over a week or more. If at all possible, try to avoid spreading out your project to prevent chipping the paint when you're moving around with furniture in an unfamiliar configuration. Not to mention, if you leave it for too long, dust could become a problem as it attracts to the new paint surface and is then spread when you're working in the room.

4. Keep it Feeling Good

Paint drying can be affected depending on the temperature of the air in the room in which it was applied. If it's too cold, the paint won't dry as quickly, but if it's too hot and humid, the extra moisture in the air will slow down the drying as well. Therefore, your HVAC system needs to be in great shape before you begin your painting project to ensure the paint dries quickly and evenly. The faster your paint dries, the sooner you can enjoy the final results of your hard work.

5. Finish it Right

If you've finished your painting project and gotten everything moved back in, and then you notice a spot you missed or that has gotten chipped since you painted it, don't be afraid to correct the issue while you've still got all your tools handy. The problem might be in a place that no one else is likely to notice, but for you who put in so much work on the project, you'll see it every time you're in the room. Give yourself the satisfaction of a job well done by touching up the paint before you put away your tools.


When everything is finally done, all that's left to do is sit back and enjoy the spectacular results. The satisfaction of completing a painting project by yourself is tough to beat, at least until your friends and family see your great work and want you to help them out too.