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Monthly Archives: May 2016

    The heat is on: great grilling tips for summer

    By Barry Evans | May 31, 2016

    As spring moves toward summer, the term “bringing the heat” takes on several meanings. In a southern city such as New Orleans, bringing the heat could refer to the sweltering temperature outside. It’s also baseball season, and a pitched fastball is known as bringing the heat. And then there’s grilling. Summer seems to gear up... Read More

    Get air conditioner ready for summer, hiring contractors and plant swaps

    By Barry Evans | May 30, 2016

    AIR CONDITIONER PREP FOR SUMMER:Shorts and flip-flops weather will be here soon, and when it hits, we’ll welcome that cold blast of air from our air conditioners. It’s a bummer when the air conditioner refuses to work during the year’s first heat wave, and it might take weeks to get an appointment with a repairman.... Read More

    Surefire Tactics to Getting More Money for Your Home

    By Barry Evans | May 29, 2016

    All home sellers hope their place will fetch a big, fat price. And while you can’t control everything that determines a house’s market rate—like, say, the state of the stock market or the quality of your local school district—there are plenty of things within your power that can nudge that number higher. A lot higher, in fact. Granted, manipulating your home’s selling price... Read More

    Keep Home Thieves Away With a Security Expert’s 6 Tips

    By Barry Evans | May 28, 2016

    Are you prepared if a home invasion happens to you?   A family in Williamsburg, Virginia, allowed “Good Morning America” to conduct a test on their home to see how secure it really is. Safety and security expert Bill Stanton was able to break into the family’s home, taking advantage of lapses in their home... Read More

    5 landscaping tips to help you attract buyers and sell faster

    By Barry Evans | May 26, 2016

    Curb appeal is undeniably important when you’re selling your home. Sure, buyers are looking at key factors like price, neighborhood and home size. But once those criteria are conquered, you’ll want to landscape the yard to make a positive first impression. Just as it’s important to wear an attractive suit to a job interview, you... Read More

    Expert weighs in with various painting tips

    By Barry Evans | May 24, 2016

    A couple weeks ago, I began repainting the exterior of my house. My last paint job — done in the summer and fall of 2003 — has held up extraordinarily well. It needs a bit of freshening up, though, so it’s time. This, however, will be my final painting effort on the exterior of this... Read More

    GEICO shares helpful tips on wildfires

    By Barry Evans | May 23, 2016

    WASHINGTON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–If you live in dry climates, wildfires can strike without warning, causing major damage to your property and possessions. The National Interagency Fire Center recently forecasted that the West and Southwest states including Alaska and Hawaii face an elevated wildfire risk this summer. GEICO is offering the following tips to help protect your families... Read More

    Security tips to protect homes from a break-in

    By Barry Evans | May 22, 2016

    GOVERNMENT hope new regulations will reduce decrease break-ins. With break-ins still a huge concern for home owners across the UK Approved Document Q, a new addition to the buildings regulations, has been implemented. The introduction of security standards for doors and windows is great news for buyers of new-builds but it also highlights the need... Read More

    Smartmoves: Sensible tips to enhance your home’s appeal

    By Barry Evans | May 21, 2016

    Since 1986, real estate broker John Rygiol has focused his business solely on homebuyers, never taking a single listing for sellers. That’s given him a unique perspective on how first impressions can sway purchasers in a powerful way. “A lot of people are overwhelmed by the lipstick on the pig,” Rygiol says. Rationally, buyers know... Read More

    Moving in together? Tips for couples blending 2 homes into 1

    By Barry Evans | May 20, 2016

    For couples setting up a new home together, it’s a challenge: how to merge two sets of stuff and two decorating styles into one space they both can love. “Emotions get really high when it comes to your belongings if the person you’re choosing to spend the rest of your life with doesn’t love what... Read More

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