Money that’s available to offset costs of energy-saving upgrades for homes is getting more plentiful, plus it’s easier to find.
In a world of new, shiny rental homes, some hidden gems await. Distressed homes that need repairs are there for the right kind of owner who can add a little polish and create a comfortable, safe residential experience. (more…)
A docking station or outlets aplenty to harbor smart devices is far from enough to make today’s home techno complete. New technologies that integrate with the home and control temperatures, door locks, sprinkler systems and security systems are giving the modern house a new image. (more…)
The value a tree provides to a home and neighborhood branches far beyond shade relief on a hot summer’s day. Research shows that trees help fortify not only the appearance of a community but also the physical and mental fitness of its residents. (more…)
The Propertyware track at RealWorld has a Monday afternoon pick-me-up in store.
New in 2015, the fast-paced “Propertyware Speed Rounds” will team up audience members to compete and collaborate on tasks, trivia, and idea-sharing. You may not even have time to finish your caffeine-charged latte.
Bryn Huntpalmer, Editor of Modernize.com
Looking to maximize your rental income without spending a lot of money out-of-pocket? Tenants don’t want to cook in a dark, cramped, outdated space. Increase the wow-factor of your property by updating your kitchen. Stainless steel appliances are nice, but if you’re remodeling on a budget, read on for some easy, low-budget ways to improve your kitchen. Plus, if you decide to sell in the next 5-10 years, a mid-range kitchen remodel can give you up to a 70% return on your investment, according to Remodeling Magazine’s 2015 Cost vs. Value Report
Within seconds, the joys of outdoor grilling can go up in smoke. A recent ABC News video shows how quick a home can be engulfed in flames when grilling goes wrong. It’s quicker than you can say “make mine a cheeseburger”. In one scene, the top blows off the grill after lighting a burner that was left on while the lid was closed, burning the outdoor chef.
Electricity is a necessary convenience and can help make any house feel like home. Because a growing number of appliances are used in today’s homes, more electricity is being consumed, says the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI). About 34 percent of the power a house consumes each year is consumed by lights and appliances. And with that, the potential for fire-related hazards increases.
With societal and cultural changes, new emphasis is being placed on Fair Housing laws. And housing providers must stay on top of their games, says attorney Scott Moore, a veteran lawyer who specializes in the housing industry.