Home Staging: Curb Appeal Makes a Difference

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You have done everything right in preparing the inside of your house for sale. You have packed away your Aunt Louise’s doll collection; repainted all the trim in the downstairs rooms; replaced the dated Tiffany glass fixture over the kitchen table; removed the heavy living room drapes, and washed the windows till they sparkle. Your room photos look great on the web. Your house is ready for a quick sale. Or is it?
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What are the Best Bulbs to Replace Incandescents?

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With inefficient incandescent bulbs being phased out by law, homeowners are now faced with the task of replacing ones that burn out. Even if you are already using some reduced-power CFL bulbs, replacing a burned-out incandescent bulb gives you an opportunity to see what other types of lighting are available for your particular application.
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Decorative Solar Lights are Fun to Use

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Decorative solar lights come in all sorts of shapes and styles and are not just for a patio party. They add both daytime and night-time interest to your front-yard and your garden areas. Typical are lights in the fun shapes of rocks or animals.
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New Technologies Make Life Easier for Seniors at Home

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Just as advances in technology have contributed to a higher standard of living and made life easier for all Americans, such advances have enabled seniors to live better and safer as they productively “age in place” — that is, enjoy retirement in their own homes.
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Philips Halogena Light Bulbs Replace Incandescents: Review

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With the phase-out of 100-watt incandescent light bulbs well underway in the U.S., saving energy does not mean that you are restricted to a curlicue CFL or a $40 LED light bulb when replacing a burned out standard incandescent. Thanks to innovative ways that manufacturers have found to use tungsten-halogen lamps inside a light-bulb shaped luminaire, you can save energy and still achieve the brightness, light color, light spread, convenience, and general comfort you want in lighting your home’s interior spaces.
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Home Staging: Prepare your House for Sale or Cut its Price

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When you want to sell your house, you have two choices: Prepare it for sale by home staging to maximize what you sell it for, or cut the price below comparable houses to entice a buyer who isn’t looking for perfection.
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What is the Cost of NOT Staging your Home for Sale?

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What is the cost in real money of a house sitting unsold month after month? Mortgage interest. Property taxes. Utilities. Maintenance and repairs. Add up the monthly expenses for your own house and then compare those costs to the cost of professional staging.
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Post Lights and Other Tall Solar Lights for Outdoor Illumination

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Solar post lights, pole lights and column-mount lights put a lantern- or globe-like light fixture 5 to 6 feet above the ground. If the tall solar light is bright enough, then it will provide outdoor area illumination – especially useful along a driveway or where the front walk begins. Tall lights are available in many shapes and designs, several of which are described in this article.
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Home Improvements Help Seniors Live Independently

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Inexpensive home improvements and adaptations can enhance seniors’ independent living. Changing faucet handles and doorknobs and adding bathroom grab bars and stair railings are some of the least-expensive improvements that pay off in enhanced convenience, confidence and/or safety. More extensive renovations, like widening doorways, adding exterior ramps, and adapting kitchens for wheelchair use, while not inexpensive, can make a huge difference in a senior’s ability to live happily and independently.
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Senior-Friendly Remodeling

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Inexpensive home improvements and adaptations can enhance seniors’ independent living. Changing faucet handles and doorknobs and adding bathroom grab bars and stair railings are some of the least-expensive improvements that pay off in enhanced convenience, confidence and/or safety. More extensive renovations, like widening doorways, adding exterior ramps, and adapting kitchens for wheelchair use, while not inexpensive, can make a huge difference in a senior’s ability to live happily and independently.
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Security Applications for Solar Lighting

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You might think it surprising, considering their lack of brightness in other applications, that solar lights are now being engineered for security applications, using large arrays of bright white LEDs to provide illumination. Solar security lights that include motion detectors are available from many sources, while bright floodlights designed to remain on all night are still a specialty item used for yard security and commercial sign illumination where line power is not available.
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Why Home Staging Works

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Staging a home for sale works. Let’s look at why staged homes sell faster in a competitive market. Home staging is not simply decluttering. Nor is it decorating. Partly an art, home staging is designed to achieve one goal: To make prospective buyers want to live in your house.
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