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determine age of a home for lead concerns?

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If you need to find out the age of the house you can google  it under your county's tax assessment office.  Or do a 'property search, county, state'.Then type in your address (street name only w/o 'Drive', 'Street' etc.)Lots of useful information  there - including the age of the house (Residential section).
September 09 2010
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On Zillow for rent or sale?

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I've called Zillow about this -  and are actively trying to fix the problem.
September 09 2010
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Kitchen Paint

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We have dark granite on the counters which continues up 6 inches as the backsplash.... making the kitchen a bit too dark.  It also keeps me from installing a nice light stone (or stone and glass, etc) decorative backsplash with a diagonal focul point over the stove - which would add a great deal of design interest and make for a more upscale kitchen.   My advice is to check out some kitchen magazines or do some online research to see what you like first and go from there.  Good luck!
September 09 2010
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How do I find an owner of a property

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Google the county name followed by  'tax assessment records' or the county name followed by 'property search' and you'll get to a place where you can just type in the street name and all the names and addresses on that street will come up..... along with years of  tax assessments, when they bought the house, how much they paid, etc. 
September 09 2010
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Should I put hardwood or tile in a kitchen?

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We've had both tile and hardwood in our kitchens.... and I do prefer the hardwoods - and it is usually a better choice for resale.  One thing that hasn't been mentioned is that tile can be a little cold, unless you install 'under floor heating' which is delightful, great for resale - but an added expense. Best of luck to you.
August 18 2010
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All matching appliance brands in kitchen- absolutely necessary?

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Looks like the consensus here is on matching SS appliances - no matter which brand they are.  I'll add my voice to that vote.  Recently got new SS range, dishwasher, and fridge.  All different brands after shopping for weeks. Old microwave is still black, but goes with the black top on the SS stove.  Have to say, it really brought my kitchen up a notch.  Buy on a big sale weekend - with a 10% coupon if you can get your hands on one. (Home Depot will honor Lowes coupons!)As a realtor here in Northern Virginia - I'd have to say that SS is still the most desirable.  Check out some listings in your area and see what kind of things are noted in the remarks. 
August 15 2010
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can anything be done to help a basement feel more spacious?

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We added the feeling of 'space' to our basement by removing the 'stipple' ceiling.  Some having a similar 'popcorn' ceiling can do the same thing.  The process is simple though labor intensive, but the resulting feeling of more space will surprise you! Our handyman just sprayed the ceiling with a waterbottle, waited a minute and then scaped it off with a flat spatula.  It created a heavy clean up mess and took 3 days from beginning to end - but it was well worth it!
August 15 2010
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Patio Doors

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I've used both Pella and Anderson Sliding doors.  French doors that swing open can add a more elegant look as well.  If you're not in a hurry, check out your local Lowes and see what's come in the 'special order' aisle.  Several times I've found beautiful Pella doors that someone's special ordered - and then didn't use (didn't fit?) for some reason.  And Lowes will bargain down for them as they really don't want them on their floor any longer.  A good contractor/carpenter can most likely make them fit into your space.  And you get a great look for less money!
August 15 2010
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Should we add another bedroom?

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Also, if you're home utilizes a septic system... you'll have to see if the house 'perc's for the extra bedroom. 
August 15 2010
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Laminate vs Tile ? Change my first floor which is opening floor plan. Will home value go up Condo.

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I'd suggest going tile over laminate.  It conveys more value.  You'll often see 'ceramic tile floors,'  right in the remarks of the listing.  Though you're unlikely to ever see 'laminate flooring'....Just had a beautiful ceramic floor installed in 3 bathrooms that were just .68 cents per tile.  Look for the specials at Home Depot and Lowes. There's one every week. You can also get grout with the sealer already built in and then you'll never have any extra maintenance.  All in all - tile may be a little more expensive than laminate - but generally speaking, it'll yield  much nicer results! 
August 15 2010
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