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How can you cut costs without compromising quality?

Whether you’re building a home from scratch or planning a remodel, doing home improvement or construction work can get costly very quickly. It’s unsurprising, then, that homeowners are always looking for ways to save money and cut down on their budget. However, there are many aspects of a construction budget that should never be compromised, and too often homeowners settle for shoddy work because of a savings opportunity. How can you cut back on your cost without compromising quality or, more importantly, safety? Our home experts have some suggestions for where you can save money. Get Professional Advice It may …

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How can homeowners fight clutter?

If you live in your own home, chances are that clutter is a problem for you. We’ve all seen the way that extra papers and junk can accumulate around the edges of our lives. It sometimes feels like no matter how much cleaning you do, there is always more mess. And the clutter isn’t just harmful to your peace of mind. As expert Joseph Molluso reminds us, “This large amount of clutter can hinder the way that we service the clients home. Not only is it a fire hazard, but it’s also a harbor-age for pests.” Luckily, our experts have …

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What’s the deal with “man caves”?

Home owning trends come and go, but some have more longevity than others. The Man Cave is a concept that has come into style in the last few decades and seems to be here to stay. After all, what’s not to like about a whole room dedicated to your recreational interests? But as with any other construction or remodeling project, building your perfect Man Cave can get complicated very quickly. Depending on what kinds of elements you want to include in your sanctuary, things can get costly and there is a lot of potential for the build to go wrong. …

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To DIY or not to DIY?

For the price-conscious homeowner, DIY might seem like a great way to save yourself some money on home improvement and repair projects. After all, professional repairs can sometimes seem prohibitively expensive, and the cost of professional repairs around the house can add up quickly. It’s easy to see why some homeowners are tempted to attempt repairs themselves. However, there is a reason that professionals exist, and there are many situations in which DIY should never be attempted. You could end up costing yourself more in the long run, or permanently damaging yourself or your home. With help from our experts, …

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How to Design by Season

This week we asked our design experts how to welcome new seasons by adapting interior design. They replied in force and we’re excited to share their expertise in our final summary article. But such a colorful question deserves more than simple text so we’re presenting an infographic that showcases all the creative ways you can change your design to match changing seasons  using colors, texture, artwork, and aroma. Our Home professionals are answering our latest question right now! Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and Twitter to get all the latest updates and info from our Home Expert Network. …

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What happens when designers and homeowners disagree?

Designers design, clients pay. Such a black and white viewpoint might help more design projects get completed, but it wouldn’t come close to honoring the work of a good interior designer, nor would it respect the wishes of hard-working clients. Design is rooted in collaboration and the sharing of ideas to create unique spaces that homeowners love to live in and designers love to show off. Expecting that process to always go smoothly is naïve. Designers and clients should have different ideas, that’s what makes the process fun and creative. The key is to avoid letting an exchange of ideas …

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Fueling Success with Pride and Passion

The eLocal Home Expert Network is an elite group of the nation’s top home improvement professionals. Their outstanding reputation was the inspiration for this week’s blog and our request for stories and pictures of the jobs they were most proud of. After a great response, we’re proud to showcase a few examples. The slideshow below highlights what our professionals are capable of. Each picture represents big challenges, creative solutions and an unwavering enthusiasm for home improvement. Below, check out a video from Dawn Ohnstad, Coldwell Banker Burnet, Wayzata MN which was produced when she ran into a particularly challenging listing …

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The Pros and Cons of Older Homes

One of the most important decisions that prospective homeowners need to make is whether to buy new or pre-owned. Just like used cars, older homes can represent a better value for homebuyers when small repair needs and outdated designs help drive down overall cost. Older homes may also have unique benefits, including superior build quality and distinctive style. The question is, what can you do to ensure that an old home still represents a good value? Inspection Our experts unanimously agreed that a thorough inspection is a necessity when considering an older home purchase. When getting an inspection, look for …

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The Top 5 Ways to Make Space in Your Home

The holiday season is upon us, and that means guests galore! We’re all scrambling to find space for the end of the years celebrations, and what better way to make some than by heeding the suggestions of the Blog-Off experts? To that end, we’ve taken their ideas and fished out the five best that will make space in your home; from simple rearrangement to more complex renovations, these are solutions for both for the holidays and beyond!

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10 Unexpected Sources of Inspiration for Your Home

We all know the basic ways to find inspiration when you’re looking to make changes in your home. But with all the options that are now open to the homeowner, why should we be satisfied with just a shelter magazine here, and some HGTV there? We’ve polled our panel of experts for alternative means of finding new ideas for your home design. Want to see what they had to say? We present the top 10 unexpected sources of inspiration for your home’s renovation…