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Ready for a Home Makeover? Here’s How To Do It.

05-30-2015 08:00 AM by Mike Blank, CGR CAPS | 14 comments »

Today people are looking for ways to improve their homes for better living and more enjoyment. Investing a little time and money will go a long way to transform your home into the pride of the neighborhood. Curb Appeal – Let’s begin outside. Mow the grass, pull the weeds, edge the lawns and give the bedding areas the attention and maintenance they deserve. Liven up the planting areas with perennials for substance, and then go for color with annuals. Select a color scheme such as reds...

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Home Safety Tips for Seniors

09-07-2012 09:51 PM by Mike Blank, CGR CAPS | 0 comments »

*You should consider having a professional install/perform these Long Term Considerations. Bathroom Free/Low-Cost Home Improvements1. Set the hot-water heater to 120 degrees Fahrenheit to reduce energy costs and prevent scalding.2. Mark cold and hot faucets clearly.3. Leave a light on in your bathroom at night.4. Use a rubber-suction bath mat or anti-slip floor strips or decals in the tub or shower.5. Increase contrast: Avoid low contrasting items. Adding contrast is as simple as a blue ...

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Deck Cleaning Tips

02-08-2012 06:00 PM by Mike Blank, CGR CAPS | 4 comments »

Lancaster County, PA homeowners are often curious the best way to keep their new deck or porch looking beautiful for the long term. Different types of decking material need different types of techniques to be cleaned properly. First things first, inspect your deck before cleaning it. If something looks amiss structurally, call a contractor to take a look! Here are some tips for cleaning a Wood, Composite or Cedar/Redwood deck: Using that Power Sprayer – A power sprayer is a huge time sa...

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On a Budget? 5 tips to lower your costs when remodeling.

02-22-2011 07:37 PM by Mike Blank, CGR CAPS | 2 comments »

A lot of prospective home remodeling customers are worried that they will not be able to afford their project. Here are 5 tips for helping work with your budget when it’s time for your remodel: -buying materials yourself. See exactly what you want at some discount store? Grab it! While your contractor most often can get better prices (due to larger purchase volume), sometimes you really see a deal that is unbeatable. Just make sure you check with your contractor to make sure the prod...

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Give Your Child's Bedroom a Makeover

12-01-2010 11:17 PM by Mike Blank, CGR CAPS | 0 comments »

Parents know that they rarely have the same ideas and opinions as their children, and this is never more evident when it comes to do give their room a new look – you might want one design while your 8-year-old daughter has a completely different concept in mind. Here are a few helpful decorating tips that aim to please the whole family. First of all, talk to your child and understand his or her vision for the room and incorporate some of those ideas in the design. Keep in mind your d...

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5 Ways to Ready Your Home (and your enjoyment of it) for Winter

11-22-2010 11:20 PM by Mike Blank, CGR CAPS | 2 comments »

As the famous Christmas carol goes, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” Unfortunately, coupled with the magic of the season, can be harsh winter weather. Freezing temperatures, ice, wind and snow can pose a direct threat to your home. Is your home ready to be your winter retreat? Now is the time to find out! Here are five popular and sensible ways to get your home ready for the winter: 1. Exterior Home Inspection – Stop issues before they start! Harsh weather can happen all y...

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Women don’t want a ‘cave’ downstairs… they want a ‘subterranean sanctuary’!

10-08-2010 08:30 PM by Mike Blank, CGR CAPS | 0 comments »

Yea, we’ve all heard about the ultimate ‘man cave’ finished basement. You know, the place where a man can drink beer and talk sports with his buddies on Sunday’s. But what about the ladies? They make up a large portion of homeowners and in most cases are the ones initiating remodeling projects in their homes. So, I wondered, what would their dream basement renovation consist of? I figured I’d go right to the source, so via LinkedIn I asked some Central PA women this very question. What did...

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How to Start Your Home Improvement Project

07-30-2010 11:07 PM by Mike Blank, CGR CAPS | 0 comments »

Another question we’re often asked during our Do-It-Yourself Tutoring Sessions stem from our Lancaster, PA clients watching a home improvement show and wondering to themselves; “Can I do that to my home?” or “How do I begin a project like that?” Starting any home improvement project can seem daunting but there are some simple steps you can take to get your project under way. First, decide why you’d like to remodel. There are several good reasons to renovate. Your home may no longer refl...

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Tips for Successful Home Improvements

07-06-2010 10:34 PM by Mike Blank, CGR CAPS | 1 comment »

It’s getting HOT in Lancaster, PA, and many homeowners are eager to update and improve their homes through remodeling projects like decks, sunrooms and finished basements (for those 100+ degrees like today!). Before you begin your home improvement project, here are a few smart ideas for planning a success that will bring you joy for many years to come. 1. Write down a list of the remodeling ideas you have for your home. Include everything you think needs to be done and everything you wi...

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