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Insulation Tips: Making Your Home More Energy EfficientIt's believed that 90 percent of homes in the United States are under insulated. Knowing how to tell if your home is under insulated and knowing what to do about it can help you take care of your property and stay more comfortable throughout the year.

How Can You Tell if Your Home Needs More Insulation?

There are many ways that you can tell whether or not your home is properly insulated. First, walk around your home without shoes or socks on. Touch the floors and walls. They should be relatively warm and dry. Keep in mind that some flooring materials will feel warmer than others, so don't fret if your carpeting feels warmer than your stone tiles.

Next, walk through each room and notice the temperature. Warm spots and cold spots are an

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When to DIY or Hire a Professional?Before you consider picking up a hammer or a paintbrush to tackle even minor home renovations, ask yourself an important question: Do I want to dwell or sell?

If the answer is that the home needs some "spiffing up" to make it more attractive to potential buyers, take it a step further and ask yourself a hard question about your talent and expertise. If you're uncertain about your ability, this may not be the time to spend time, energy and money to find out whether you can complete the job to professional standards.

7 things to consider before you take on a DIY project:

  1. How Much Value Will Be Added?
  2. What Is the Expected ROI?
  3. Is a Permit Required?
  4. Must the Work Be Inspected?
  5. What Is the Project Scope?
  6. What Is the Time
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The Basics of Sustainable Housing ConstructionSustainable building practices are the key to creating environmentally-friendly homes that can help reduce the eventual owner's carbon footprint and also help them save money on energy expenses. The basics of sustainable housing range from ensuring energy efficient designs that consider home orientation, flexibility, size and using Eco-friendly materials whenever possible. Here are some things to consider when it comes to effective green Nashville home building practices.

Solar Ready Home Construction

Builders that are considering adding a photovoltaic system to newly-constructed homes can save a bit of time and money by using solar-ready design standards. By integrating mechanical and electrical features during the construction phase,

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Five Ways to Winterize a HomeHomeownership comes with many benefits, however, those benefits come with their own responsibilities that homeowners should continuously be aware of. During the wintertime, keeping the warm air in and the cold air, snow, and ice outside takes planning. These aspects of the home call for additional preparation as the weather turns cool.

What Damage Can Winter Weather Cause to a Home?

Some of the different ways that winter weather can damage a home include:

  • Freezing the pipes - Frozen pipes can burst and cause major water damage inside and out
  • Broken tree limbs - Ice and snow build up in the trees, causing limbs to break and potentially damaging the home
  • Roof damage - When snow is left to sit on a roof, particularly one that already
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Can Solar Panels Help You Sell Your Home?Everyone wants to save money, right? And most people are concerned about the future of energy—and the future of the planet.

The move to solar as a source of energy to power your Nashville home and reduce your monthly bills makes a lot of sense. After all, the cost to install solar panels has dropped substantially in the the last five years, making it a much more feasible investment for homeowners. In many areas, the option to return excess power to the grid for credit, termed net metering, is an added incentive.

But will solar panels add value to your property? Will they help attract buyers, and will those buyers pay a premium for the panels on your roof? The short answer to those questions is "yes," according to numerous studies.

The

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Not all home improvements are good investments: Here are 4 bad onesStriking a balance between home renovations that enhance the enjoyment of living in your home while also adding value to your home can be tricky. In order to achieve the highest return on dollars spent, it's important to know which home improvements best retain their value and attract prospective buyers. There are some common home improvements that are worth considering.

Backyard Pools

Pools are luxury items, and installation price is sometimes only the tip of the iceberg. Ongoing maintenance and upkeep boost the cost over time, and heating a pool can be quite expensive and the initial thrill of a backyard pool tends to fade quickly. Pool season is typically limited; heating costs can be a burden. Add the cost of landscaping and outdoor

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Common Safety Hazards and Dangers Found in the HomeA lot of people do not realize how many safety hazards are located within their home. In fact, there are a lot of people who take the safety of their home for granted. However, there are a lot of things that can happen within a home that can do harm to the people that are inside. Knowing what these hazards are can allow you to better protect yourself and your family in your Nashville home.

Poisoning

One of the biggest hazards in a home involves some items that we bring in ourselves. If you are like a traditional family, then you likely have a lot of cleaning products stored away. You use these products to keep your home clean but if they fell into the wrong hands, they could be a recipe for disaster. In fact, all of these products have a

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How to Approach HVAC MaintenanceHomeowners who do not have a lot of experience caring for their heating, cooling, and ventilation systems need to gain some knowledge before they get started. These systems can be complicated and expensive to fix, even if they run well without careful attention most of the time. Homeowners who can keep an eye on their HVAC systems and provide periodic upkeep will get the best from their equipment. Here are a few tips to help people determine what they need to do, and how best to do it.

Confirm Proper Function

Although many people assume that their heating and cooling equipment are working properly as long as they will turn on, the truth requires a deeper investigation. Appliances like a furnace, air conditioner, boiler, or heat pump tend to

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Green Updates to Help Your Home Sell FasterModern home buyers prioritize green living. If you're a home owner who is thinking about selling your property in the next few months, making energy efficient home improvements to your property can help you attract more buyers and bigger offers.

Have an Energy Audit Done on Your Home

What is an energy audit? In fact, it's a valuable tool that can help you identify where in your house energy is being used excessively to help save you money. An energy audit will check for air leaks, poor insulation, appliances, heating and cooling, and other key parts of the house where you—and your buyers—could be throwing money away.

Home Improvements to Improve Your Home's Energy Efficiency

Whether you're on a tight budget or are prepared to make green

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Home Office ConversionA good home office can give a working professional a space in the house where they can be productive without going far away from family. Knowing the qualities of a home office and how to transform a bedroom into a home office can help some homeowners achieve their dream of working from home. East Nashville homeowners who want to sell their home in the near future may also need to know how this could affect their home's value.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Qualities of a Good Home Office

A good home office will have privacy, isolation from loud household noises and a relaxing atmosphere that is conducive to doing work. At minimum,

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