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4 Roof Styles For Your HomeWhen purchasing a new construction home, buyers have many advantages over buying a pre-made home because new construction means they have an opportunity to customize nearly everything about a home to truly make it their own. One of the many things that can be personalized on a new home is the style of roof used. Contrary to popular belief, there’s actually many great styles that Birmingham homeowners can choose from  and not just the ones that are popular with the builders who work in the area. Here are some of the different roof styles that homeowners can choose from.

Gable Roofs

Gable style roofs are some of the most common used in homes. Because they’re angled upward, they provide attic space for homes, help shed water and snow, and are the

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How To Identify Pests In Your HomeNo homeowner wants to discover that a family of mice or cockroaches has moved into their home. Household pests can cause a lot of damage to a home and create health problems for the people living there, so it’s important for homeowners to be familiar with the different signs that pests leave behind. But what should homeowners do to help get rid the insects and pests that try to share their home? Here is some helpful information any Birmingham homeowner can use about identifying pests and getting rid of them.

Identifying the Pests

There’s a wide number of different insects, rodents, and other critters that can get into a home, and the ones around will vary depending on where the home is located. Here are some of the common ones:

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What You Can Do To Keep Your House SafeHomes are generally safe places, but there are some common hazards that can be found in homes all over the country. Knowing the different hazards can help homeowners protect their property and loved ones. Below are some of the most common hazards found in households to be careful of.

Fire Hazards

Household fires can start for a variety of reasons. Some of the most common causes include electrical problems, poor kitchen safety practices and unsafe usage of the fireplace. Homeowners who want to prevent household fires can do so in the following ways:

  • Investigate any electrical problems as soon as they become evident.
  • Stay in the kitchen and monitor food on the skillet when cooking on the stove.
  • Never leave a fire in the fireplace
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How to Eliminate Mold in Your HomeMold is not only an ugly mark on the surface of a home but a health hazard that can potentially make residents ill. Taking care of it can be more complicated than first meets the eye, which is why homeowners may need to do additional research on the remediation process. A tiny patch of mold on the carpet may be easily vanquished with a DIY removal kit, but if the homeowner can't identify its source, they may find themselves constantly fighting mold for months on end.

Step One: Safety Basics

Mold is mildew's more intense cousin in that they both indicate there's too much moisture is in the air. But while mildew is relatively harmless and can be killed with surface cleaner, mold has a far more intense grip. Mold can cause cold-like symptoms to

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New Home Building Technology in Construction TodayHome lighting is important for creating a pleasant atmosphere and a safe place to live. It's typical for homes to come with built in light fixtures, but often these light fixtures are simple and utilitarian, rather than attractive and multifunctional. Often, it's up to the homeowner to install their own lighting, either during a remodel or by purchasing specialized lamps. These suggestions can help homeowners decide which lighting options are best for their home, whether it's for personal use or for home staging.

Install Unique Pendant Lighting In Unexpected Areas

Pendant lighting is lighting that hangs from the ceiling and provides focused, directional illumination. It is commonly seen in the kitchen and dining room, hanging over food eating

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3 Strategies For Selling a Home With PetsIt’s easy to find advice articles that warn homeowners against trying to sell a home when they own pets because they make it extremely difficult to find a buyer. While this can be true, it doesn’t have to be, and there are many things homeowners can do to help their home sell without resorting to giving their beloved pets away. Here are tips and tricks any homeowner can use to help their home find a buyer regardless of how many furry, scaly, or feathery friends live in it.

Remove Pets From the Home During Showings

Just like it’s important for homeowners to step out of the home during showings, pets shouldn’t be left behind, either. There’s a number of different reasons that pets at home can be a poor choice. Here are some of them:

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Hot Tips to Selling Undeveloped LandSelling land can be a different experience than selling improved land featuring homes and other structures. Sellers need to create a vision of the potential of a parcel and may need to exert some creativity to attract potential buyers. An awareness of the different groups of individuals that may want to use and improve the property, such as those who need tracts for agriculture, hunting or recreational purposes, can help sellers target their audience. What should individuals selling land for the first time know to make the process easier?

Learn more about how to sell land today.

Make the Parcel Attractive

Sellers need to take an objective view of the property and make it as appealing as possible to potential buyers, even if traditional curb

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The Basics of Home InsulationUnless the cost of utility bills has recently skyrocketed, homeowners may not think about the state of their insulation very often. They may think that their home is new enough that they don't need to replace or install their current insulation. Yet, old and new homes alike may not be nearly as energy efficient as the homeowners would like to believe, and that lack of energy efficiency may be costing them money. Find out more about how to tell if you need additional insulation for your home.

Perform an Energy Audit

Full energy audits may cost several hundred dollars to perform, but they will show a homeowner where and how they're losing air. This allows the owner to focus only on the problem areas, rather than adding insulation to a part of the

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5 Things Every Outdoor Living Room NeedsAn outdoor living room could be an excellent space for relaxing or entertaining. These fundamental components play an important role in the cohesiveness, function, and comfort of a yard's design.

Create Shade in Your Outdoor Living Room

Although some regions of the country will support outdoor living at any time of year, most people will spend the bulk of their time outside during the summer. This makes adequate coverage a necessity. Sitting in the baking sun for hours is the biggest driver for appropriate shading, but protecting furniture and other equipment also calls for shade. Homeowners might decide to build an awning or canopy to cover the living area during the hottest parts of the day. Adjustable shades can make it easier to open up the

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Construction News: Robots, Wearable Technology, and Augmented RealityWaste reduction and Timeline consolidation on the construction site are both vital if homes of the future are to remain affordable for buyers and cost-effective for builders. In addition, state-of-the-art technology may help compensate for labor shortages that still plague the industry following the housing meltdown of the last decade.

Here is a sample of new technologies that show promise in residential real estate construction. Some of them are available today; others should become mainstream in the not-far-distant future. All are based on high-tech options and improvements that were not even on the horizon as recently as a decade ago. Improvements in protective gear have boosted the comfort quotient for construction workers and, in some cases,

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