DIY home improvement fixes to create a healthier home


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You might not be aware that your home may pose some hidden risks for you and your family. But you don’t need a fat budget to give your home a safer and healthier boost. After all, there is nothing more important than keeping your family safe.

Hazards may be lurking in your home, and for $100 or less, you can make the home improvement precautions needed to protect your family from common household dangers. Danny Lipford, home improvement expert and host of the nationally syndicated show “Today’s Homeowner,” recommends these budget-friendly DIY projects for a safer and healthier home:

* Mount smoke detectors: There should be a smoke detector on each floor and in or near every bedroom in the home. Installing them is as simple as mounting them 4 inches from the wall on the ceiling. Smoke rises, so opt to place the detector at the highest point of the ceiling if you have an angled ceiling.

Estimated cost: $30

* Install a water filter: If you’re concerned about lead, VOCs, microbial cysts and pharmaceuticals in your tap water, or even if you just don’t like the taste or smell of it, install a DIY water filtration system such as the High Performance Drinking Water System that comes with a dedicated faucet and will provide your family with cleaner, better tasting water.

Estimated cost: $100

* Secure heavy furniture and appliances: Children are susceptible to bookshelves, televisions or other furniture falling over and causing harm. Use furniture brackets or straps to secure dressers, the stove, audio equipment and more to the wall to ensure passersby are safe from falling and tipping items.

Estimated cost: $10 or more, depending on number needed

* Install carbon monoxide alarms: Carbon monoxide, an odorless, colorless, poisonous gas, is a result of improperly vented or defective home systems such as heaters, furnaces and fireplaces. Carbon monoxide does not rise to the ceiling like smoke, so the alarms can be mounted anywhere, such as plugged into wall outlets or affixed to walls and powered by batteries.

Estimated cost: $50

* Install a bathroom vent fan: Poor ventilation in the bathroom can lead to a buildup of excess moisture, which is a breeding ground for mold and mildew. Install a bathroom vent fan to push the moist air outside the home to avoid creating unhealthy conditions in the room, as well as fogged-up windows, steamy mirrors, and eventually ruined walls and ceilings.

Estimated cost: $100

For more information and other tips, visit FiltreteWater.com.

Courtesy of BPT

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One-story condo living in the heart of the Sherwood Forest corridor! Stylish, quality amenities bring you home: Great floorplan includes spacious kitchen with slab granite countertops, stainless appliances, rich wood cabinets and ceramic tile flooring. Wood floors and cozy fireplace in the living room. A perfect computer nook is off the kitchen. Your king-sized bed and more will fit perfectly in the spacious master bedroom. Relax in the master bath with double vanities, jetted tub, separate shower, and spacious walk in closet. The discerning buyer will enjoy the lock and leave lifestyle of Cottages, a gated community with pool. The HOA covers most of your expenses, and includes expanded cable too! Between I-12 and Coursey on Sherwood Forest. Call or text 225-335-5395 or
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To Tell the Truth..

Lying?

Growing up it seemed 'white lies' were okay while lying was a sin. Sometimes it was hard to learn the difference.  Here is an example we can all relate to:   If a young boy dresses up as a monster on Halloween and asks his father if he looks 'really scary', it was okay for his dad to say 'YES'! That was a 'white lie'.

There are times when  there is no harm in not telling the 100% truth. However, if we are not telling the 100% truth in order to save someone's feelings AND IT HURTS THEM, we are lying.  No ifs,ands or buts.

So what does this have to do with real estate?

Some real estate agents are more worried about a homeowner's feelings than they are about telling the truth about the current value of their home. They find it difficult to deliver tough news. To make sellers feel better, they lie or mislead.

Good agents can deliver good news.
Great agents know how to deliver tough news.

You always need an agent that will tell you the truth, even when you would rather not hear it. You need an agent more worried about your family than they are about your feelings. 

The KeyFinders Team Mission Statement sets the stage:

 Our first responsibility as your Realtor is to
define the reality of today's market. 

We won't tell you what you want to hear. We tell you what you need to know, honestly.

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Low-maintenance exterior upgrades that add value and style to your home

(BPT) – Sunny days and clear skies are perfect for making exterior home improvements. Homeowners want to use their time and money wisely, so it’s important to choose projects that are low-maintenance and have a good return on investment.

Consider these top exterior projects that will increase your home’s value and curb appeal. And, because they’re low-maintenance, you’ll get more time to enjoy the beauty of the season.

Fence, railing or deck upgrades: no painting or staining required

If you’re updating or replacing your fencing, patio or deck railing or an entire deck, you’ll want to select the right wood for the job. If you like pressure-treated lumber, but don’t want to have to paint or stain the wood, then ProWood Dura Color is for you. Each piece is color-infused through and through, and has the natural color characteristics and appearance of cedar or redwood, but won’t fade to silver or gray over time, like untreated lumber.

“People like the natural look of redwood and cedar, but they don’t want the drawbacks that come with them, such as the high price and the fact that they fade to gray,” says Chris Fox, product manager at Universal Forest Products. “ProWood Dura Color products not only look like natural cedar or redwood, their color lasts much longer and they’re backed with a lifetime limited warranty against termites and rot.” What’s more, all ProWood Dura Color lumber boasts a two-year color assurance warranty.

How is ProWood Dura Color different? Colorant is infused deep into the wood’s fibers during the treating process, eliminating the need to paint or stain. You’ll get natural-looking lumber with color that’s guaranteed to last. Visit http://www.ProWoodLumber.com for more information.

Use ProWood Dura Color for your deck addition. A wood deck addition has great return on investment – 77.3 percent, according to Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs. Value Report. Plus, you’re sure to enjoy the expanded outdoor living space.

Exterior door updates are functional and fashionable

If you look at your home from the street, do you like its curb appeal? If not, maybe it’s the doors. The doors that mostly affect the style and function of your home’s exterior are the entryway and garage doors. If yours are dated, drafty and always need painting, it’s time for new, modern options, and they may cost less than you think.

The average cost to replace a steel entry door is $1,137, according to the Cost vs. Value Report, and the cost recouped when you sell the house is 85.6 percent. Your new door will look great and help keep your home energy efficient too.

Garage door replacements come with a similar price tag, averaging $1,496, according to the report, but you’ll recoup 75.7 percent when it’s time to sell. A garage door upgrade is functional as well as beautiful – because it takes up so much visual space on your home’s exterior, a new garage door can set the tone for your home’s personality. Plus, most of today’s options are low-maintenance and don’t require annual painting.

Cut energy bills and seasonal drafts with new windows

If you ignore or delay window maintenance, you’re not alone, but doing so could be costing you more money than you think. Windows – particularly old ones – can be a lot of work. Wood windows need annual maintenance to avoid deterioration and rot, single pane windows need to be insulated and sealed during cold seasons, and screens need repair when warm weather approaches.

Take a look at your windows and determine which can be repaired and which need to be replaced. New windows have so many technological advancements that they’re virtually maintenance-free and often come with a lifetime warranty.

New windows with multiple panes, low-emissivity coatings, gas treatments between the panes and other advancements make new windows a worry-free addition. New vinyl windows have a return on investment of 71.2 percent, according to the Cost vs. Value report.

Whether your next home improvement project is big or small, researching low-maintenance options today will help ensure your home looks good for many years to come. Plus, you’ll have more time to enjoy the long sunny days with a refreshing drink in hand rather than a hammer and drill.

Courtesy of BPT

4BR Victorian Style Home in Baton Rouge

Victorian Style —
Today's standards! Raised front porch welcomes you to this classic home. Enter and you are greeted by the spacious living room with rich wood flooring, 9+ foot ceilings, fireplace and three walls of windows! A classic staircase overlooks the living room. Off the foyer is the formal dining room with triple bay window and a second wall of windows opening onto the expansive kitchen/breakfast room area — complete with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances. There is even a buffet counter/desk/coffee bar area in the breakfast room for your enjoyment. Downstairs is the master suite that has been completely updated with separate vanities, soaker tub, double shower, and large closets. A true master suite. Upstairs are 3 bedrooms and a hideaway playroom for the kids or crafter or storage. Downstairs is either the 5th bedroom or additional gameroom/study which opens onto the large rear deck that overlooks the spacious treed backyard. Outdoor entertainment and enjoyment awaits on this expansive deck. Ample room for any of your outdoor pleasures! Pre-inspected, painted, landscaped, window treatments, granite contertops and updated everywhere — MOVE IN READY! Be sure to find the hideaway office/playroom off of the middle, upstairs bedroom closet. Call or text 225.335.35395 or
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