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How to Fix Water Damaged Art

Most of the time your artwork is hung on walls or placed on shelves. My challenge was dealing with water damaged art that was sitting on the floor in several inches of water. That's typical when you're moving into a new house. When unpacking, I placed things in the room where I thought they'd go. Fortunately this was the only bedroom left to organize, plus the front hallway.

the only bedroom with water damaged art ...

Only bedroom with water damaged art sitting on the floor …

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Cleaning Up to Avoid Mold After a Flood

With a flooded house you've got to get rid of the water first, then prop up furniture so it can dry out. Then it's time to find and dry wet and soggy things that oops, got wet because they were sitting on the floor. You have to do this in the first day or two, to avoid mold growing in your house after a flood.

garage full of wet & soggy things because the water mitigation team told my son they'd dry out with higher temperatures in the garage

Personal things moved to the garage to dry???

My mistake was to trust the experts. What they proved was, they couldn't be trusted. That's because I didn't hire them and they're taking direction from the insurance company [Save More…]

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Replacing Baseboard After a Flood

Every house has baseboard which is installed when a house is built. You might replace your baseboard when remodeling or refinishing your floors. If your house floods, replacing baseboard will be one of the many things needed to return your home to it's pre-flood condition. The big question is when to remove the baseboard?

decorative baseboard can dress up a room, which is why homeowners are replacing baseboard installed by builders

Decorative baseboard can dress up a room …

Unless you've lived through a remodeling project, you probably aren't familiar with what is hiding behind baseboards. [Learn More …]

Cheap House Windows You Want to Avoid

The emphasis on low cost products drives lower quality products. Poor quality means products have to be replaced more often. When you have to replace building materials frequently, they cost more when you include installation costs. Walmart focuses on consumable products, ones that aren't expected to last a long time. They don't sell cheap house windows because …

cheap house windows & screens installed by Richmond American Homes at West Haven, outside Orlando

Houses last 40, 60 or 100 years. Walmart does sell window accessories like screens, shutters, window film, window awnings and window insulation kits.

Sadly many production builders, to save a nickel here and there, [Learn More …]

Best Furniture Pads to Protect Floors

When you move into a brand new house you want to decorate, organize and protect your home so it sparkles forever. Furniture pads will let you move furniture around, knowing your floors are protected from scratches and gouges. The challenge is finding the best furniture pads for your floors and furniture.

More homeowners worry about their hardwood floors but my experience says it pays to protect all flooring. With wall-t0-wall porcelain tile, I expected my floors to be pretty indestructible … [Learn More …]

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Kitchen Design Trends in 2019

Kitchens have always been the heart of a home. One of the most popular kitchen design trends is the open floor plan. Now these open kitchens are being integrated into the larger living space in new and exciting ways. Kitchens are being decorated like other rooms in your home and coordinated with adjoining open concept spaces like this family room.

kitchen design trends focusing on integrating with adjoining rooms like the family room shown here

Kitchen design integrating the adjoining family room …

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Top 3 Home Renovations Before Moving Into a New House

When buying a new house, many people decide to complete one or more home renovations before moving in. Few existing homes are truly “move-in ready” or maybe you want to personalize the house, to make it your own. Or you're a savvy homeowner buying new construction and want to avoid the outrageous upgrade prices charged by your builder.

basic builder kitchen with no upgrades until you make home renovations before moving in

Basic (free) builder kitchen at the closing …

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How to Create Your Dream Home

Have you got a long list of projects that never seem to get done? We’re here to help you prioritize what needs to get done now, along with tips to create your dream home and the lifestyle you want. Our free report will help you remember what’s really important, what you loved about the houses where you’ve lived.

Owning 12+ houses through the years working for I’ve Been Moved (IBM), gave me lots of experience to share about what works, and what doesn’t. Then I settled down to live/work in one place, and started a handyman business (8 years, 2,000 homeowners). I discovered my passion for helping women learn to manage their homes with confidence. So let’s connect and create the house you’ve always dreamed of!

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