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According to Santa Clara Magazine, homeowners should plan to repaint the exterior of their home every five to 10 years to keep up with a fresh look. A quality paint job can also help enhance your home's curb appeal and real estate selling potential. However, the easy part is deciding to paint in the first place and taking that first trip to the paint store to pick out colors.

In reality, there are many things that factor into a great exterior paint job — and plenty that can ruin your home’s new look. The key is being fully prepared from a cohesive color scheme to choosing the right type of paint. Here are four common exterior painting mistakes and how to avoid them.

Not choosing a color scheme

Stopping by the local paint store and picking up

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Your home is your castle, no matter how big or small it is. It is a place to lay your head, host family and friends, and feel safe and comfortable. While draw bridges and moats may be a little out of style, you still want to protect your castle. Now you can install an at-home surveillance system that you can stay connected to day and night from any location.

Why Do you Want to Stay Connected?

There are many reasons to stay connected to your home while you're away. A security system gives you peace of mind that your home is safe and protected. You can use the cameras to see when your kids get home from school, or make sure they're OK with a babysitter. And if your home is broken into, a security camera provides you with evidence to catch and

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Let's be honest! Painting can be overwhelming! Especially for first time painters or professionals trying to design the perfect room. The thousands of paints on the market can make it extremely difficult to narrow down your choices and find exactly what you need to achieve your painting goals.

Here are the top three things you should consider when picking out interior paint.

Oil vs latex based

The based of your paint makes a big difference! Oil paint is perfect for revamping your home. It gives a very smooth and clean finish to add an extra wow factor to any room. It is extremely durable and hard enough to endure everyday wear and tear without leaving a mark. Oil based paint takes a long time to dry and

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  Buying a home is probably one of the most important purchases you will make in your life, so it is imperative that you get the facts straight. Get an idea of what you are getting yourself into before you actually begin this process so the end result is just how you want it to be. Therefore don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and get educated on this important step in your life.


Choose the Right Realtor

Getting a realtor is very helpful in the home buying process, as long as you get the right one for you. Meet with several at first to get to know who you will be working with for the next several months and ask family and friends for any referrals. Making sure that they have your priorities and concerns as their own to make

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When it comes to remodeling a kitchen, there are many different factors involved. From backsplash to countertops to appliances, every little decision makes a difference. So instead of just going blindly into a project so huge, why not have a common theme upon which you can base all of these smaller decisions on?

 

Cabinets

This will be the base of your kitchen. I mean, think about it. Cabinets are a significant part of the decor that defines the theme of your kitchen. You must have cabinets you love in order to have the whole kitchen that you desire.

 

So how do you decide on your dream cabinets? Good question. Here are some tips on four choices of cabinets out there and the pros and cons of each to help steer you in the right

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In Texas, summertime  is the perfect time to prepare for the warm and muggy conditions of summer. Homeowners should take certain measures to maintain and protect their house during the warmer months. You should take into consideration your landscaping needs, potential pests, how you can save energy and your outdoor space set-up. Here is a list of home maintenance to-dos for springtime in Texas:

Sprinkler System

With summer heat on the horizon, you want to think about how keep to your grass green and protect it from becoming crispy and yellow.

Check your sprinkler system, so you know it will keep your plants and lawn well-watered. First, you should identify if you have any broken sprinkler heads. If they are broken they’ll have cracked or broken

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A single foe has taunted American homeowners for ages. It is the faulty, tempestuous electric water heater. Whether it's a leaky connection or inadequate hot water supply, when this appliance starts acting up, it upsets the entire home. But fear not. This troubleshooting guide will walk you through the most common electric water heater problems and explain how to address these issues.

Heater is leaking

Begin by examining the orifices of the water heater as well as the heating elements to try to glean where the leak originates. If you are not certain of where the water is coming from, try replacing the o-rings and gaskets. This simple task can mend leaks at the connections and also improve the performance of the unit. If the tank itself is leaking,

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When it comes time to sell your home, you’ve got to know your buyer. In Texas, there are more licensed hunters than anywhere else in the country. It’s not secret 

that we love the outdoors here in the Lone Star State. Tap into this market with these home updates and additions:

Storage

Storage is key. As a home seller you’ve got to have potential buyers in mind. Many of your would-be buyers may have lots of Texas-sized toys, think ATVs, dirtbikes, boats and trailers. If your property is strapped for storage space or if your garage isn’t quite big enough, large outdoor storage sheds can be the solution to the storage problem. Plus, you can take advantage of the storage space with your own toys and yard supplies until the time comes to sell your

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Inspection day is a big day during your home buying process. It’s your opportunity to understand the true condition of your home and pinpoint any issues before you buy. It can be a fun yet exhausting day so to make things easier, here are a few key things you should look at when inspecting your home.   Foundation
Look around the interior walls and ceilings of each room. Are there apparent cracks or shifts in the foundation? Do the same around the outside. Does the foundation appear straight? Walk the perimeter of the home to inspect if there are any trees that may be encroaching on the structure of the foundation.   Exterior
Take a look outside at the exterior of the home. Are the gutters firmly attached? Are there any loose wires or boards…
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Whether you're designing for yourself or staging a house to put on the market, decorating a small space presents a challenge. The goal is to maximize a small living space without sacrificing comfort, functionality or visual appeal. You want to design the space so the last thing people notice about the home is the petite size. Before you tackle your small house project, check out these seven design tips.

1. Take advantage of wall-mounted technology.

Anything you can move off of counters and onto the walls will help de-clutter a small space. There is no need to forgo modern technology, you just need to seek compact or wall-mounted versions of the technology you want. Most flat screen televisions come with a wall-mount option; you can also mount

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