Home Improvement

Shades of Gray

Gray is here to stay! Gray has become a wildly popular color for both interior and exterior paint. It pairs perfectly with a wide variety of decor and can set the tone of a room anywhere from mysterious to glamorous to serene. Gray has become to the go-to color for home updates - simply changing your walls to a great shade of gray can bring new life to an older property. In fact, you could say it's a definitive neutral, an ideal option for maintaining versatility and polish.

Gray can be light and dark, warm and cool, deep and rich, or pale and tranquil. Picking the right shade of gray will help you create the perfect ambiance for your home. When you decide to update your paint scheme it will be important to test the shade(s) you have selected. Check your gray color in all varieties of light - daytime vs. nighttime, fluorescent vs. incandescent, etc. And work with hues and tones. Paint an accent wall in a deeper shade of gray to create interest and depth in your room. Add a light gray to your ceiling to create a polished look. Use sites like www.pinterest.com and www.houzz.com to get ideas of gray color palettes for your painting project. And gray isn’t just for walls.. painting older cabinets a contemporary gray and adding new hardware can be a cost-effective way to update your kitchen.

Here are some fabulous options to use when you decide to jump into the world of gray. Click on each color swatch to get more information about the hue and see coordinating and complimentary colors.

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Your Guide To Home Inspections

You have searched and searched and finally found that perfect home to purchase... what is the next step? As soon as you have a property under contract the next important step in the home buying process is conducting an inspection of the property. A home inspection is a valuable tool in evaluating the condition, soundness and safety of the property. The resulting report is a fantastic source of information about the home you are buying, and can highlight items that need to be addressed prior to purchase.

A home inspection should be conducted by a professional, licensed, experienced and highly recommended home inspection contractor. As in every industry, there are good and bad home inspectors. Ask for recommendations from your real estate agent - they have worked with many inspectors and have valuable insights to help with the selection process. Your agent will know which inspectors will provide the best and most useful information and provide excellent customer service, all for a reasonable price. You can also ask trusted family and friends for inspector recommendations. Once a professional is selected, your agent will schedule the inspection, coordinating with the listing agent and home seller.

A home inspection is usually paid for by the buyer. On the day of the inspection, the buyer (along with the buyer's agent) is invited to walk through the property with the inspector so they can verbally discuss and visually point out any findings . The inspector will also provide a written report for the buyer and agent to review, documenting all the things they observed while evaluating the property.

What is usually evaluated as a part of the inspection: