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Top Trends in Sustainable ConstructionSustainable construction and manufacturing have made some bold moves in the past few years, prompting many Olathe KS homeowners to learn more about how the new priorities and methods of building. From better insulation to zero-waste homes, there are a number of trends steadily progressing based on everything from federal guidelines to consumer demand. How are the advancements, attitudes, and atmosphere of sustainable construction are slowly transforming the traditional industry?

From the Top

The roof of a home can be a full 60° F (or more) higher than the temperature of the ambient air outside. When the sun is directly hitting the top of the home at peak temperatures in the summer, it's not uncommon for the roof to hit 150° F. This not only

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Real Estate Customer Service TipsCustomer service may be getting more lip service in the media than ever before. People are constantly hyping the benefits on practically every available ad and article. But the attention being paid to customer service doesn't always translate to real life. In reality, real estate agents may come to see all the generic advice as mere background noise. However, real estate agents who push customer service to the top of their priority list may be surprised at just how far they can go.

Going the Distance

A real estate agent needs patience as they may work with their clients for up to months at a time. It's easy to be polite the first few weeks, but can be more difficult as the months move on. Agents need to make a commitment to their work by

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Eliminate Mold and Restore Safety with Home Mold RemediationThe dangers of mold for humans have been making headlines for years—particularly the often serious repercussions of long-term black mold exposure. While individuals with asthma and allergy sensitivities tend to feel the effects before many others, mold can cause or exacerbate symptoms such as:

  • Stuffy Sinuses
  • Fever
  • Itchy, Watery Eyes
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of Breath
  • Congestion
  • Skin Itching and/or Whelps

Mold can proliferate anywhere inside the Lenexa home where there is moisture or excessive humidity, so it can occur year round depending on the local climate. However, they are most prolific in basements, bathrooms and in areas where leaks have sprung (attics, pipes, etc.). Here are the key steps to effective professional

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What You Can Do to Improve Your Home LightingLighting is an essential part of any functional home. Without good lighting, completing everyday tasks becomes difficult. Often, lighting contributes to safety inside the home by preventing household accidents like slips and falls. Good lighting can even make a home look more attractive and hospitable.

In addition to things like a homes interior wall paint color and the type of flooring used in a home, maintaining good quality lighting is another way that homeowners can improve their property value while also improving quality of life. Homeowners who remodel their home to improve lighting can benefit from knowing the many options available to them in each room of the home.

Living Room, Family Room and Great Room

Common areas of the house

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4 Things You Should Know About Solar PanelsWhen it comes to all the different ways to make a home more environmentally friendly, no strategy stands out quite as much as using solar panels. Solar panels have been around for years, but recently they’ve become more accessible than ever. Solar panels not only help the environment and utility bills, they may also help get your home sold faster and for more money.

So what makes solar panels so special compared to other methods for making homes greener? Here are some of the reasons why solar panels have persisted for so long and why homeowners should consider installing them on their own home.

1. Homeowners Don’t Have To Live in the Desert For Panels To Work Well

While many things lead people to believe solar panels have to be in sunny

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The 5 Best Tools To Keep In Your HomeWhen someone owns a home, it’s to be expected that it will require a little work at some point in its lifetime, so in order to be prepared, the homeowner must have the tools for the job on hand. But what are the essential tools to keep around? Going to a hardware store can be overwhelming and can end in overbuying, especially for homeowners who aren’t sure what they should be looking for. Here are five of the best tools to keep around the home and what they’re useful for.

1. Flashlights

Whether or not a homeowner keeps their flashlights in a toolbox or not, all homes should have at least one or two flashlights in case of emergency. Not only are they handy when the power goes out, but they can be used to illuminate  darkened areas that are too

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Make the Right Decorative and Practical Flooring ChoiceFlooring has a far more significant affect on a room than most people give it credit for. Certainly, its color will make an impact, but so will its texture and its insulation qualities. Flooring changes the sound of a room and helps create its personality. Like furniture, wall colors and lighting, flooring has a foundational impact on the entire atmosphere of a Kansas City home.

Here is a simple to follow guide to help in any flooring choice decision.

Ceramic Tile Flooring

Ceramic tile is available in a wide selection of sizes, colors and designs. It is durable, and when glazed, impervious to moisture and stains. This makes it an excellent choice for:

  • Bathrooms
  • Kitchens
  • Indoor/Outdoor areas

Ceramics allow for a diverse

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3 Painting Tips for HomeownersPainting a home's interior and exterior is an inexpensive way to give it a fresh look and feel. Homeowners that are looking to sell their homes, should consider painting as a newly painted home potentially helps sell the home. These painting tips help homeowners make it go faster without skimping on quality.

1. Get the Right Tools

When people head to the home improvement store to buy some paint and painting gear, they may be surprised by a dizzying variety of options available. Homeowners might want to consider buying the following painting tools before they start painting:

  • Drop cloths
  • Protective eyewear and masks
  • Rollers and roller covers
  • Paint trays
  • Handle extensions (for high walls and ceilings)
  • Brushes
  • Painter's
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Real Estate Investment for NewbiesReal estate investment can be very profitable for the right individual. To make real estate investment a worthwhile endeavor, investors do a lot of research, maintain operating cash to weather hard times, maintain their properties and cultivate a good instinct for their properties. This guide will help a beginner real estate investor to get started in the process.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a financial advisor before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

How Real Estate Investment Makes Money

Real estate investments can make money for investors in a variety of ways. Understanding the different ways that real estate investment brings in income can help investors decide which type of real estate is right for

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