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December 2017

Found 7 blog entries for December 2017.

It’s easy to see why buyers and sellers get the home appraisal and the home inspection mixed up. Both involve an expert visiting the home, and it’s easy to think of both these visits as “inspections.” However, home appraisal and home inspection are different professions, just as the appraisal and inspection serve very different purposes.   In this post, we’ll take a look at what both the appraiser and inspector do during a home visit, and what the appraisal and inspection mean for the home-buying experience.  

How Home Appraisals Differ from Home Inspections

The real estate appraiser’s visit could be better referred to as a “walk-through,” rather than an inspection. During this quick walk-through, the home appraiser is looking for obvious…
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There are certain times in life where you know it's time to pull the trigger on a decision. 

Those are called no-brainers.

Then there are others where you aren't so sure about which decision to make.

Those are called no-sleepers.

Listing your home could be a no-brainer, or a no-sleeper.

Are you sure? Or not sure?

Here's 5 reasons we've compiled as to why you should just go ahead and make that appointment with a Realtor (hey, preferably us!)-- whether you're sure it's time to sell your house or not.

1.) It's free. No, really. It costs nothing but your time (and maybe a glass of water if your agent looks thirsty!) to meet with a us. When something breaks in your home, isn't that the first thing you do when you're looking for a company

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Do visions of cheerful, vintage kitchens make your heart flutter? Seriously, what could be cuter? You just don’t want to end up with an island decimated by termites, or a farmhouse sink that’s spent one too many seasons getting banged up on an actual farm.

After all, the line between a chic, functional antique and a piece of shabby debris can be hard to distinguish for vintage newbies. Knowing you want authentic, schoolhouse pendant lights is one thing; sourcing ones that work (and won’t burn your house down) is a key part of the equation.

Here, three seasoned pros share advice on how to sort the gems from the junk, and make them work in your kitchen.

Think Function First

Interior designer Eddie Ross, a trained chef and designer who’s worked

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You can believe this list will be a good one. Are you ready for some surprises? Read below!


Homes cost a lot of money to maintain. But are you spending extra money unnecessarily on upkeep? Here are 10 of the most expensive mistakes you could be making in your home.

1. Using Traditional Light bulbs

If you still have incandescent light bulbs in your home, you could be throwing a lot of money away every month on inflated electric bills. Over its life span, an incandescent bulb can use $180 worth of electricity. A CFL will only use $41 worth of electricity over the same time period. Even better is the LED bulb, which only uses $30 per bulb. Think what replacing every light bulb in your home could do to your home's bottom

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1941: December 7, 1941: Pearl Harbor Bombed

At 7:55 a.m. Hawaii time, a Japanese dive bomber bearing the red symbol of the Rising Sun of Japan on its wings appears out of the clouds above the island of Oahu. A swarm of 360 Japanese warplanes followed, descending on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor in a ferocious assault. The surprise attack struck a critical blow against the U.S. Pacific fleet and drew the United States irrevocably into World War II.

With diplomatic negotiations with Japan breaking down, President Franklin D. Roosevelt and his advisers knew that an imminent Japanese attack was probable, but nothing had been done to increase security at the important naval base at Pearl Harbor. It was Sunday morning, and many military personnel

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It's something we don't really WANT to spend time thinking about, but our appliances CAN BE a huge HAZARD in our homes.


Check out this great write up from our friends at VECTOR for tips on preventing those appliances from being problematic! 


The household appliances you use every day can be more dangerous than you might think. Fires, electric shocks, carbon monoxide leaks, and floods can all wreak havoc on your home at the hand of a household appliance.

Below are some appliances to be mindful of, and tips to avoid disaster.

1. Stoves

Gas or electric stoves can severely damage your home. Stoves are often left unattended, and that’s when trouble strikes. There have even been instances of stoves turning on unprompted,

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If you live here, you've surely heard these monikers: Hampton Roads, The Seven Cities, Tidewater.... 

... and you likely get it by now: They are referencing "Virginia Beach, Chesapeake, Suffolk, Norfolk, Portsmouth, Newport News" and at times either Hampton and/or the northern-most areas of North Carolina.'''

If you're moving here, this collection of cities, all referred to as one area, can be daunting!

Here's a decent graphic so you can at least see where they are situated with eachother:

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For more information on the area, be sure to check out these sites:

"Where Is Tidewater

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