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We’ve Moved

Early in March, we decided we would move Villa, our thirteen year old company, back to a home based business office. The surroundings are familiar, welcoming and warm. Obviously, my commute is terrific. So, two weeks ago, I began the task of spring cleaning our office, tossing outdated materials, reorganizing, and planning for the relocation.

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Embrace Your Style

There are quite a few decisions to be made when you decide to remodel a space in your home. The possibilities seem endless, and opinions from our family and friends are usually not in scarce supply. All of the choices, opinions and our own thoughts on what we like and don’t, can sometimes paralyze our

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Was your home built before 1978?

If the answer is yes, you really should read about the new EPA Renovating, Repair and Painting (RRP) law that will be in effect next month. This is going to be especially important to you when you hire someone for remodeling, renovations, repair or painting which disturbs more then six square feet on the interior

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Tax Credits for Energy Efficiency

For Maryland residents considering swapping out appliances for more energy efficient models, keep your eyes open for possible Maryland mail-in appliance rebates. The rebate program is tentatively scheduled to start sometime in April. According to the U.S. Department of Energy’s website, refrigerators and clothes washers that are Energy Star® qualifed and ultra efficient will be

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On the Priority List

In late January, Better Homes & Gardens shared proprietary research at the NAHB International Builders Show in Las Vegas. Their survey results revealed what home buyers want in their next home and which home improvement projects are at the top of the priority list. Home Buyers: The Survey Shows Downsizing is still a trend. 36%

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Remodeling Basics

As we await the big storm headed this way, remodeling might not be at the top of your mind. Understandably, you are probably thinking about shoveling mountains of snow and the transportation obstacles to deal with over the next couple of days. If on the other hand, while you are enjoying mugs of hot chocolate,

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Secret to Service

Last July I wrote a post about a book I was reading titled Service Included, by Phoebe Damrosch. It was completely unrelated to the remodeling industry. The author was once a dedicated Captain at Per Se in NY. Her subject, ‘service’ is very near and dear to me. Personally, I like great service. I am

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Energy Audit Q&A

A Severna Park resident had an energy audit completed for her home in late November and shared her experience with me. My first question was to gain an understanding about what were her reasons for doing the audit. There were several motivating factors. She had concerns about whether or not her home had the recommended

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Propelling Forward

Happy New Year! Okay, I’m not the most adept at blogging. Sometimes as I sit, to begin hammering out my thoughts, I remember the stress and tension of writing book reports in middle school and essays in college. Admittedly, writing is not an activity I am typically eager to do. Why have I pursued this,

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