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One of the biggest stresses that comes with owning a rental property is when the tenant moves out. At this time, it’s your responsibility to check the property, order maintenance, and clean everything for the next tenant. Sometimes, this process is a breeze. Other times, you’re left with a lot of work on your hands….

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The most financially successful interior design professionals are often the most diversified. They have multiple streams of income. One lucrative “stream” available to real estate stagers is offering partial or complete interior design services. Problem is, too many stagers avoid that opportunity because they feel they lack the proper credentials. True, stagers who don’t have…

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Most homeowners insurance policies cover fire damage. But heads-up: That’s not the whole story. If you live in a high-risk area, such as near a canyon, you may need to pay more for additional coverage. And if, God forbid, a fire has devastated whole communities, such as what we’re seeing now in Northern California, your…

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) Broken glass, holes in walls and destroyed vanities: that’s what one landlord walked into after his tenants left. “You can see they took the fronts off the cabinets, they broke through the countertops, they smashed dents and holes in the tile, so in doing that, literally everything has to be replaced in here,”…

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Growth in home renovations and remodels has been steady since 2012, and the Residential Remodeling Index predicts continued growth into the future. Many renovations are trending from coast to coast, such as installations to increase energy efficiency, sustainability and security. There are some, however, which are more popular in specific regions. Indoor/Outdoor Living on the West Coast…

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Do you own a rental property or several rental properties? Routine maintenance will ensure that your properties are protected from the harsh fall and winter elements, and most can be done without detracting too much from your time or pocketbook. Begin With a Tenant Check-In It’s important to consistently check in with tenants and ensure…

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In the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, many homeowners are struggling to get up to speed on water damage restoration—the process it takes to repair a home that’s endured a flood or other water-related problems. Even at the minor level of a leaky roof or burst pipe, water damage can easily hit homeowners with bills amounting to several thousand dollars—and with…

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It has been one busy hurricane season. Hurricane Harvey recently slammed the South Texas coast, flooding cities with trillions of gallons of water and bringing tornadoes with damaging winds in its path. Flooding in metro Houston affected about 6.5 million people, according to a study from RealPage’s data analytics team. Harvey has become one of the most catastrophic storms…

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Increasing energy efficiency in the home is a concern that is echoed throughout all aspects of the residential housing sector. From sustainable building practices and energy-conserving materials to smart gadgets and ultra-efficient appliances, professionals across the board are tasked with finding ways of making homes more energy efficient. Because keeping up with current trends is…

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Choosing paint color palettes for residential units and common spaces is a task many painters and property managers struggle with. So, we spoke with the color experts at KILZ® Paint, the makers of Complete Coat Paint-and-Primer-In-One, for their solutions to some of the hardest paint puzzles. Q. How do you choose multiple colors for common…

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