Stop Making These Mistakes When Buying Your First Home

Posted on: July 26, 2017 by in Blog
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  Brought to you by First Choice Building InspectionsBuying your first home is comparable to the first time you ride a bike. You can learn how it works from your parents and observe it from a distance, but you really won’t know the ins and outs until you sit down on the bicycle and start riding.Like most beginners, first-time homebuyers will likely make a few mistakes as they initially go through the home-buying process in the upcoming year. Here are five mistakes first-time Continue Reading ...

How To Choose The Right HVAC System For Your Home

Posted on: July 24, 2017 by in Blog
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  The article courtesy of First Choice Building InspectionsThe majority of Americans (74 percent) care about the environment, according to Pew Research. If you recycle regularly and have a programmable thermostat, you’re already doing something positive for the environment. But when it comes time to replace your heating, ventilation and cooling system, will you know how to make choices that protect your wallet and the environment?Your home’s HVAC system accounts for about Continue Reading ...

How To Avoid High Energy Bills In Your Next Home

Posted on: July 13, 2017 by in Blog
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 Discover how to avoid ridiculously high utility bills - from your friends at First Choice Building Inspections. Do you cringe each month when your utility bill arrives in the mail? If high energy costs are getting you down, don’t blame your electronic devices. Heating and cooling are the largest energy expense for most homes, reports the U.S. Department of Energy.If you dream of building a new, custom home, you must make some fundamental decisions about how the Continue Reading ...

Big-Impact Ideas for Small Patio Spaces

Posted on: June 1, 2017 by in Blog
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(BPT) - Do you have a small patio? Do you think you can't do much with the space due to its size? There's probably a lot more potential than you think.From the influx of urban dwellers, empty-nesters in transition and even the tiny-home movement, the trend of downsizing continues across the United States. Contrary to popular belief, you can have an impressive patio even if you have a smaller abode.Here are a few design ideas to help bring your limited patio area to life while maximizing Continue Reading ...

5 Renovation Resolutions for Your Home This Year

Posted on: May 29, 2017 by in Blog
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5 Renovation Resolutions for Your Home This Year

(BPT) - It’s no secret that springtime is synonymous with spruce-ups. But, as is often the case, homeowners hone in on prettying-up patios and backyards with fresh florals and new outdoor furniture, leaving the inside of the home as “same old, same old.” This spring, resolve to reinvent your home from the inside out with stylish décor sure to add the wow-factor it deserves.The five refreshing projects below will to help create a beautiful setting worthy of the new season — and Continue Reading ...

5 Green Home Improvements That Can Help Sell Your Home for More

Posted on: May 22, 2017 by in Blog
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5 Green Home Improvements - Home Seller Tips

(BPT) - Demand remains high for energy-efficient, eco-friendly home features, according to a survey by the National Association of Home Builders. In fact, the majority of builders now put energy-efficient windows, heating and cooling systems, thermostats and appliances in their construction, the survey says. If you’re selling your home and hope to compete with new construction — as well as set your house apart from other resales — making green improvements could significantly pay Continue Reading ...

5 Spring Cleaning Projects to Take on Immediately

Posted on: May 15, 2017 by in Blog
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5 indoor projects to add to your spring cleaning list (BPT) - Spring cleaning is a seasonal tradition. You’ve been setting house projects aside all winter, and now’s the perfect time to make sure the warm weather season starts with a cleaner, happier home. So open the windows, turn on your favorite song, and start your spring cleaning with these five to-dos.* Clear the clutter. Removing excess clutter is a great cleaning tip any time of year, but finishing this task when the weather Continue Reading ...

Instilling Garage Logic in Your Kids

Posted on: May 10, 2017 by in Blog
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It’s a long-standing tradition performed at the workbench of American garages — passing garage logic to the next generation. From hammering that first nail to changing a car’s oil, the garage is a living laboratory where parents teach their kids life lessons, self-reliance and problem-solving skills. It can even be an incubator where the seeds of a future profession grow.Today, instilling that larger vision requires a break from the small screen. Too often, smartphones and video games Continue Reading ...

5 Easy Ways To ‘Charge Up’ Your Recycling Habits

Posted on: May 5, 2017 by in Blog
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Americans generate about 254 million tons of trash annually, according to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) most recent figures, and only about one-third of that waste is recycled. For many, one of the main barriers to recycling is not knowing how or where to recycle certain items.For instance, many household cordless products we use every day are powered by rechargeable batteries. These batteries are not only recyclable, but contain materials that are potentially harmful to the Continue Reading ...

Self-Employed? Tips To Help You Navigate The Mortgage Process

Posted on: April 28, 2017 by in Blog
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Sponsored ad content by Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance, Inc.When you're self-employed, you often work harder than anyone else you know. That's what it takes to be your own boss. While rewarding, it comes with a lot of added responsibility. This is especially true when applying for a mortgage."Self-employment can complicate the mortgage process for one very simple but critically important reason," says Eric Hamilton, president of Vanderbilt Mortgage and Finance. "Lenders need to know Continue Reading ...