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Space Heater Safety Tips

During the colder months, many families throughout the country rely on space heaters to help heat their homes. However, if not used properly, the devices could pose a serious fire risk.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Committee (CPSC), portable electric heaters are involved in about 1,100 fires per year, resulting in about 50 deaths, dozens of injuries and millions of dollars in property loss. Taking this one step further, the National Fire Protection Agency notes that 32 percent of home heating fires involve space heaters, resulting in about 80 percent of home heating fire deaths in the U.S.

To help keep your family safe, warm and cozy, the CPSC offers the following tips for using a space heater:

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Want to Help Your Kids Buy a House? Better Read This First

Buying a home is increasingly a multigenerational family affair. Four in 10 parents recently surveyed said they expect to help their children buy a home. That’s more than double the percentage of parents who themselves got help from their parents when they bought their first home.

Home prices that have been rising faster than wages, combined with burdensome levels of student debt, are fueling this trend. Moreover, helping with homeownership is a here-and-now assist that can transform a child’s financial life, rather than waiting to bequeath money down the line.

Whether you are the Bank of Mom and Dad or the adult child eager to buy, a successful intra-family deal requires careful consideration of the various options:

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4 Signs a House May Be a Lemon

When you’re buying a home, one of the worst possible scenarios is a dream house that turns out to be a lemon. While the term usually refers to a home that looks great but is hiding some internal, serious flaws, there are actually red flags you can watch out for—that will show up way before you even get to an inspection.

Signs of Mold or Water Damage
Use your eyes and nose to check for these environmental issues. Water damage may reveal itself in stains, in damaged wood or flooring and walls that are collapsing. Obvious mold can also be seen by a simple visual inspection, but your nose can detect it even if it’s hidden. Mold isn’t just unsightly—it can cause health issues like asthma, especially in kids.

Faulty Foundation
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5 Winning Ways to Boost Curb Appeal

When it comes to curb appeal, it is normal not to know where to begin. As your local real estate professional, I wanted to share this insightful infographic on winning ways to boost your home’s façade. Using any of these five methods will assuredly increase the aesthetic value of your home. Just imagine the results if you can follow through on each point.

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How to Handle a Property Line Dispute

Property line disputes between neighbors are common. Sometimes the issue boils down to a simple misunderstanding or mistake and can easily be resolved, but in other instances, homeowners need to get government officials and even attorneys involved.

Gather Information
If you believe that your neighbor’s fence, tree or other structure is encroaching on your property, check official records before you raise the issue with your neighbor. It’s possible that descriptions of the property line on your and your neighbor’s deeds are inconsistent or that a previous owner of your property deeded the piece of land to your neighbor or granted an easement. You might not have found out about it when you bought the house if you didn’t conduct a title search....

Trendy Decorating Ideas for Staging a Luxury Children’s Room

Staging a children’s room in a luxury home can seem like an oxy-moron. After all, kids are supposed to be messy and whimsical, both things that don’t usually appear in descriptions for luxury homes! Knowing how to show off both the function and features of all bedrooms, however, definitely gives your home an edge with Canadian luxury buyers. Try these tricks for showing off your children’s bedrooms in the best light:

Add a whimsical canopy in a luxurious fabric. Make buyers see just how charming their children’s next bedroom could be by suspending a simple draping canopy over the bed. Try silk or gauze for an airy and sophisticated feel.

Add some extraordinary toysA life-sized stuffed jungle animal or a mini ball...

How to Become a Maintenance Pro as a New Homeowner

Congratulations on your new home! You survived the paperwork. You got all your belongings moved in and everything unpacked. You even got a lawnmower, some power tools and a massive tool chest. Now what?

Many new homeowners don’t even think about home maintenance until something breaks, but that’s not the best way to take care of your new home. Here are some tips to help you protect your investment and keep your property in good shape for years to come:

Set a Maintenance Schedule
A good place to start is by following a home maintenance schedule. Just as your car needs to have an oil change and checkup regularly, your home and yard will need some regular maintenance, as well.

If you bought new appliances, make sure you send in your warranties and...

6 Renovations for the Average Joe

Hoping to renovate or remodel a space yourself? While certain jobs should be left to the pros, there are a few you can tackle yourself, regardless of your level of experience.

Painting: This is the easiest and most obvious quick fix, but it can make a huge difference in the overall look and feel of your space.

Molding or Wainscoting: If you like the look of wainscoting on walls, you will be pleased to know you can do it yourself. You will need even, flat walls, wainscoting paneling, baseboard and rail if necessary, and glue or nails.

Medicine Cabinet: Have an hour, a stud finder and a drill? You can hang a medicine cabinet as you would a painting, so long as you choose a cabinet that can mount directly...

How to Make Your Home More Heat Efficient

Heating (and cooling) your home can be one of the priciest expenses in homeownership. But if you know what to invest in, your home can retain all the heat and cool air you need to get through the coldest winters and the most humid summers. A home that is heat efficient may also sell faster, giving you a high ROI, so take the time to make these improvements now, before you’re ready to sell.

Cavity Wall Insulation
If your property was built between 1920 and 1980, there’s a high chance it was built with cavity walls, as that was seen as the best way to trap heat at the time. Nowadays, we have insulation to fill that cavity and trap heat even more. It’s worth investing in this insulation, as it could save you hundreds off the yearly heating bill—a big appeal to potential buyers.

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How to Upgrade Your Kitchen on a Limited Budget

For many families, the kitchen is the focal point of the home. Since it’s used so frequently for cooking and sharing meals, the kitchen should be warm, inviting and well organized. If you’re unhappy with the current state of your kitchen, you can make some improvements without breaking the bank.

Paint
One of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to brighten up your kitchen is to paint. If you’re tired of plain white walls, consider a brighter color, or paint an accent wall with a vibrant hue that will catch people’s attention.

Kitchen cabinets can become faded and dull over time. If your cabinets are looking worn, you do not have to replace them. A fresh coat of paint can be enough to make them look like new.

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