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Home Improvement in Kansas City

What to know about home improvement projects in Kansas City and Kansas City real estate.

Found 16 blog entries about Home Improvement in Kansas City.

4 Ideas for Your Outdoor SpaceEveryone wants a backyard that feels like it’s an extension of the home. And whether a homeowner is fixing up their backyard in preparation for selling or just because they want to enjoy their outdoor space more, there’s a lot of potential in every backyard to be great. However, with so much potential, it can be easy to not know where to start. Here are some great projects to consider for any backyard that needs something extra to spice it up.

1. Add Some Lighting

Lighting can be tricky for an outdoor space. Homeowners want something that looks good but doesn’t require much maintenance. While a fireplace can provide good light, not everyone wants to light a fire in order to see their yard. A string or two of globe lights can go a long way to give

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4 Things You Should Know About Buying in a Competitive MarketIn a seller’s market, there are more buyers looking for homes than there are homes for sale, creating a lot of competition between buyers in order to get one of those few homes. If a buyer doesn’t know what they’re doing in a competitive market, they’re likely going to be left behind in the dust and not be able to get the home they want, so they need to know the tips and tricks for getting ahead of the competition. Here are some of the best strategies buyers need to know when shopping in a seller’s market.

1. Hire an Experienced Agent

No matter what, buyers and sellers alike should always work with a real estate agent when doing anything that involves real estate, but in a competitive market, an agent is even more important. Agents help buyers

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Foundation Damage Repairs and ReplacementHow bad of a problem is foundation damage in a home? Homeowners may live for years with some types of foundation damage, but find that for others, they need to decide whether it is worth repairing or replacing the foundation. Serious foundation damage often requires repair by a professional and is not ususually a DIY project. Such a project may affect the structure's integrity and home value. Understand more about foundation damage and what may need to be done about it today.

How Much Should Homeowners Worry?

First off, all cracks are not the same. While the appearance of cracks in a home may be due to natural settling, other cracks may be a result of a more significant issue. Look at the type of cracks that may be forming in order to get an

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4 Ways To Improve Your Home’s Curb AppealEvery homeowner wants a home that they can be proud of inside and out, but landscaping can be difficult for many people. Even homeowners who love interior decorating may find themselves lost when it comes time to focus on the home’s exterior because they’re just so different. For new construction homeowners who don’t know where to start with their home’s landscaping, here are some easy projects to get the ball rolling that can improve or maintain a home’s look without having to spend too much time or money on them.

1. Use Native Plants in Gardens

It’s no secret that gardens can be a lot of work: the more plants and flowers in a garden, the more upkeep is required between weeding, watering, and other care. Homeowners who want a green garden

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Steps to Remediate Unpermitted WorkUnpermitted work in homes often goes unnoticed by everyone from the home inspector to the original seller. This is because unpermitted work can be one of the messier topics of home improvement. Different neighborhoods have different priorities, and few homeowners (or even home inspectors) have the time or the wherewithal to parse through numerous building codes. Unpermitted work often happens as an innocent do-it-yourself project, when the owner doesn't know they need a permit.

However, homeowners who do turn a blind eye to the quality of previous renovations can find themselves in trouble if the wrong person discovers the flaws. Bad or unpermitted renovations can include a renovation of a kitchen, bathroom or an addition to the home. Find out

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Home Improvements that Decrease Your Homes ValueIn general, home improvements will boost a home's value. However, some home improvements will not. If you're a homeowner who would like to bring up the sale price of your home by making home improvements and home upgrades, it's important to know which home improvements will help you accomplish your goal. Here's what you need to know.

Bedroom Conversion

Some new Lenexa homeowners dream about converting a spare bedroom into a hobby room. For example, some musicians want nothing more than to turn their spare bedroom into a recording studio or a place where they can practice their instrument. If doing this involves replacing normal walls with soundproofing, this could drag down the value of the home. Home buyers like extra bedrooms, and will

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The Best Smart Home Technology InvestmentsThere is no shortage of smart technology these days, with practically every company racing to adapt the latest breakthrough to their new devices. And while it's clear the market is seeing signs of saturation, homeowners should be aware that smart technology can really improve their property if they know which devices to buy. For those looking to increase the value of their home, keep these four gadgets in mind before solidifying any other home improvement plans.

Smart Moisture Detectors

Water damage in a Kearney new home is not always detectable, especially if a homeowner has a larger property. In addition to drainage or puddling, it only takes a small amount of excess humidity to cause a case of mold. These two dangers can cost a homeowner

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Energy Efficient Upgrades for HomeownersEnergy efficiency can save homeowners money, improve property value, reduce a home's carbon footprint and is an important part of sustainable home construction. These home upgrades can help homeowners reduce their utility bills and make their home more attractive to buyers, should they ever decide to sell.

New Windows

It's well known that single pane windows are not the most efficient option for homeowners. The US ENERGY STAR program estimates that most homeowners can save approximately $100 to $500 annually just by replacing their single pane windows.

What to look for?

Energy efficient windows will have two or three panes of glass, not one. Sometimes the space between these windows is filled with gas, other times it's filled with air.

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Home Safety Tips for HomeownersIt's important to live in a safe home. Knowing the cause of standard household injuries and what can be done to prevent them can help homeowners maintain a house that is safe for everyone.

Fire Safety

Household fires cause property damage and injuries every year. Household fires happen for many reasons, including poor wiring, failure to maintain a chimney and improper use of candles. These tips can help homeowners avoid Olathe household fires or injuries from household fires.

  • Never leave a candle, the stove or fireplace burning unattended.
  • Keep smoke detectors in every room of the house.
  • Investigate electrical problems like flickering lights, charred outlets and corrosion on the circuit breaker box.

In addition, homeowners

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DIY or Hire a Pro: Which Should You Do for Renovations and RepairsWhen a new Lenexa home needs repair or a homeowner is planning to renovate it, whether or not to hire a pro or do things on their own is often a big question. It's also not always an easy question to answer, because there are several things that have to be considered. One of those things is the budget for the project, but money isn't the only issue. Homeowners also need to think about the skill level they have, and how difficult the repairs or renovations are likely to be. Then they should consider that things might not go as planned, and whether they can handle additional work if needed. Here are some things to think about.

Hiring a Pro Can Be Less Stressful

While it generally costs more money to hire someone to do a job then it does for a

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