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Basement Remodeling
By Waterproofing-Foundation-Guaranteed.com

Basements are where most of us store decorations, sporting equipment, and other things we don’t use that often. Most people never give a second thought to basement remodeling, and just use this space to pile up junk. Now would be a good time to consider remodeling your basement into something you could really use. Below, you will find some tips on how to reclaim your basement.

The Best Time to Inspect Your Home!
By Wallace Conway

Home inspections conducted prior to a home being placed on the market is one of the wisest moves a seller can make. The initial response from sellers when approached with the idea of an inspection done as the home is about to be put up for sale is most always the same - "What?!"

Let's review a few of the most common concerns about Pre-Listing Home Inspections.

How to Change a Rooms Dimension using Wall Pictures
By: Claire Bowes

The Basic Role of Pictures

Wall art plays an important role in interior design as it helps create the ambiance of a room. By cleverly placing wall pictures in certain ways, you can change and create a new look and feel in a room.

How to Decorate your Space with Wall Art
By: Claire Bowes

If a room in your house lacks character, by simply placing some fine art prints on the walls can actually make quite an impact. Wall pictures are a necessary accessory in your home and are great to tie in with the room's style and color accent. Before you go off to buy some new pictures for your walls there are a few things you need to plan and decide upon. Here is a quick guide on how to decorate your space with wall art.

Do It Yourself Waterproofing
By Waterproofing-Foundation-Guaranteed.com

If your basement floods, I am sure you are tired of the headaches it causes. In this article, you will learn ways you can waterproof your home, by doing it yourself. Do it yourself waterproofing can be a simple but yet a very time consuming task. Hopefully this article will help you save time and most importantly, money.

Don’t let waterproofing your home without the aid of professionals intimidate you. There are very many different products out on the market to assist you to in waterproofing your home.

By: Kim Keefer


A. YES. Natural stone is a terrific (not to mention beautiful) material to use in all areas of your home. Knowing the different types of stone, their finishes and applications will help you to make an informed decision on which stone is the best for your project.

Home Inspection Checklist
By: Mike Plank

Although architectural details, wall and floor coverings, modern conveniences and many other factors are important in the buying decision, the focus of this inspection is on the structural/mechanical/electrical condition of the property.

The inspection is designed to give the real estate agent or prospective purchaser a system to detect some of the readily accessible major flaws or deficiencies in the significant components and systems of a home. It is not designed to, nor does it profess to facilitate detection of all flaws, problems or occurrences that might exist in any given home.

To maximize time efficiency and to ensure all of the major sections of the home are take into consideration, we have developed a systematized approach to the inspection. This is a simplified overview of systems that professional home inspectors use when they are inspecting a home.

Selecting Color Schemes
By Jeanette Joy Fisher

Choosing a color scheme for a room can be a daunting task at times, especially if nothing about the room initially jumps out at you. If you find yourself without a particular color preference for a room, you might begin by picking color combinations that are inspired by a favorite fabric pattern. Patterns usually have a group of complimentary colors, and using variations within the same group of colors throughout the house will lend your entire home a sense of harmony.

Another method for selecting a color scheme when you have no real preference is to start with the colors you already have in the flooring and on other surfaces that aren't going to be replaced. Ignore any color that you really dislike; in this case, everything doesn't have to match.

Go to your local paint store and find paint chip cards to match your colors. Then cut out the color samples and secure them into a personal loose-leaf notebook. But remember: paint chips aren't big enough to give an accurate picture of how a color will feel under specific lighting conditions, so you may need a larger sample before you make your final selection. The artificial lighting in paint stores also affects the appearance of color chips, and colors generally appear darker when seen on big expanses of walls compared to paint chips, so be sure to check your samples in the room and under the lighting conditions where your plan to use that color.

Balance the depth, darkness, and intensity of colors, mix cool and warm colors, and add enough diversity to avoid monotony in your color scheme.

Tips for a Dry Basement
By Waterproofing-Foundation-Guaranteed.com

Worried about water coming into your basement? If so, read on about some tips on keeping for a dry basement.

  • Place gutters on your home. Water will gather at the basis of your home, next to the foundation walls. If this occurs, the water may end up in the basement.

  • If you happened to have a roof drainage system installed, make sure that it is functioning properly. Roof drainage systems effectively collect water off of the roof and send it to the downspouts. Make sure that the downspouts are transporting the water as far away from the home as possible.

  • Where ever a paved area meets the foundation wall, apply some caulking or sealant. Caulk and sealant can play a bigger role than might have expected in maintaining a dry basement.

  • On reason you may be experiencing water problems in your basement may be because of “construction moisture”.

    • While installing a poured wall basement and floor slab, about four hundred gallons of water is in the concrete. In block construction, the floor slab would have about two hundred gallons of water.

      This water escapes into your basement in the form of humidity. To help prevent this water vapor, circulate air into the basement and run a dehumidifier for three to five weeks. Humidity can play a major role in preventing you from having a dry basement.

    By: Mike Plank

    A home inspection is defined as an objective visual examination of the physical structure and systems of a home, from the roof to the foundation.

    In layman’s terms, having a home inspected is akin to giving it a physical check-up. If problems or symptoms are found, the inspector may recommend further evaluation.

    As a home buyer/seller or real estate professional, you have a right to know exactly what a typical real estate inspection is. The following information should give you a better understanding of exactly what your inspector should (and should not) do for you during the course of a home inspection.

    “The longer I live, the more beautiful life becomes.” 
    Frank Lloyd Wright
    (1867 – 1959)
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