How to Spot a Possible Scammer

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If you are planning to do a major remodeling project or significant repair on your home, it is always best to get a recommendation from a trusted source.  We've seen several examples in social media and on television of unscrupulous remodeling contractors who are scamming consumers, especially the elderly.

If you don't have a trusted source to ask, then you can always ask a real estate agent.  We know lots of reputable people and companies that provide great services of all kinds to homeowners in the Chicagoland area.

Remodeling? Think About What Buyers Will Want

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Are you planning a remodeling project?  If so, and you plan to sell your home sometime within the next few years, you should take into consideration what younger home buyers are looking for when deciding how to spend your renovation budget.

Why?  Because buyers under 35 years of age make up more than 1/3 of home buying consumers, and it is predicted that this percentage will rise.

Here are the important things that younger buyers want in a home, and they will pay a fair price to get what they want.

Painting Kitchen Cabinets: Step by Step to Achieve Beautiful Results

We've seen several videos describing how to repaint your kitchen cabinets, and some of them leave out critical steps to achieve high quality results.  Yes, you can do it yourself.  Yes, it will take some serious time.  However, beautifully finished kitchen cabinets in white or gray are all the rage right now.  Take the time to get a beautiful and durable finish, update the cabinet hardware, and love your kitchen!  If you're planning to sell your home soon, a beautiful kitchen is one of the most important selling features of a home.

How To Get Tax Credits For Energy Efficient Home Improvements

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Did you know that certain energy efficient improvements made to your home may qualify you for tax credits?  

The Non-Business Energy Property Credit is worth 10% of the cost of certain qualified energy-saving items including, insulation, energy-efficient exterior windows and doors, and certain roofs. You may also qualify for a credit for installation costs of certain high-efficiency heating and air-conditioning systems, high-efficiency water heaters and stoves that burn biomass fuel.  

Smart Home Technologies Changing The Way We Live

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With the Internet being ubiquitous and the fact that everyone now carries a smart phone around makes some amazing, even “Star Trek” type of things possible. 

Imagine being on vacation and turning on your lights in the kitchen to make it seem you’re still at home?  How about turning up the temperature on your thermostat on your way home so it’s at the temperature you want by the time you arrive?  Forget to lock the front door before you left?  Lock it from your vacation resort! 

All of these things are now possible with a few simple, affordable devices and the Internet.