October 30th, 2014

Former TV home prices run the gamut

Posted by at 11:15 pm

Think it would be fun to have a Full House? Grow up Brady? Chill out with the Huxtables in the Cosby Show’s Brooklyn brownstone? Looks can be deceiving. You might be surprised how many TV shows used very particular cities and neighborhoods as settings, then used exterior shots of homes in completely different cities or states. The locations of some TV homes also calls into question whether the characters could even afford to live there in real life. Set in the posh Lower Pacific Heights neighborhood of San Francisco, Full House ran on ABC from 1987 to 1995. According to the story line, three men and three girls… and later a woman and two little boys, shared three bedrooms and three bathrooms. While the show was filmed mostly in a studio, their iconic red 2,484-square foot Victorian home on Broderick Street was featured...
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October 23rd, 2014

Basic burglary barriers

Posted by at 7:32 pm

Watching the news, homeowners can get the feeling there are a lot of people out there looking to snatch their stuff. Unfortunately, it’s true. There are unscrupulous, opportunistic folks out there looking to take advantage of the trusting and unprepared. The most effective weapons against burglary are simple: Looking out for your neighbors, and taking steps to make burglars uncomfortable doing what they do – trying to sneak in and out, quickly and quietly. Nowhere to hide You don’t have to put up a 10-foot high electric fence or dig a moat. The first thing to do is to start reducing the amount of places around your home a burglar might hide, a lot of which comes down to increasing lighting and visibility. Ask yourself this question. Does your porch or landscaping offer concealment from you, your neighbors, the street...
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October 15th, 2014

Plumbing for dummies

Posted by at 10:40 pm

Many home owners just assume they cannot do any sort of plumbing repair on their own. When something is plugged or leaking, they often call on professionals with the rapidity usually reserved for auto mechanics. The term “plumbing” can be somewhat intimidating – engendering visions of an ever-more intricate network of pipes lying under the ground and snaking invisibly through the walls. While major plumbing problems are best left to a professional, some boil down to simple physical concepts like gravity and pressure. Plumbing is simply the science of moving water from place to place, and there are a few repairs around the house pretty much anyone can do. Mostly maintenance chores, they provide a real feeling of self-reliance, and can go a long way toward avoiding big future bills. Unclogging a sticky drain Probably the easiest do-it-yourself plumbing project...
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October 8th, 2014

Everybody get on the floor!

Posted by at 9:26 pm

There are a growing number of home owners who are happy with the quality of their quarters right up until they look down. Is the 1980s wall-to-wall carpet in the living room something you just can’t stand? Has the linoleum inthe kitchen lost its kitsch? One thing is for sure. Many floors have flaws. Or as they say in the South, many flaws have flaws. Is it a good idea to replace your floors? Is it a good investment? There are so many options, the prospect of choosing can floor you. This flooring primer can get you on your feet again. The great flooring debate It’s a questions as old as time itself. Well, as old as floors, at least. Should you go with carpet or hardwoods? If you’re betting on selling in the next few years, the smart money...
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