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Furnishing Your Vacation Rental Property

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When residential markets improve, so does the real estate investment market. This means more people are purchasing secondary homes to either flip for profit or to rent out. One of the most common trends today is the purchase of rental vacation houses. As the economy improves, more people take vacations. With a shift toward vacation rentals versus hotel resorts, vacation rental investors profiting. As a new vacation rental owner, what types of furniture and amenities should you provide to your renters?

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Vacation renters are different than residential renters. They are only renting the house for short period of time. Even longer term renters are only in the property for a month or two. For this reason, rental owners need to provide all needed indoor

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The Importance of Plumbing Knowledge as a Homeowner

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Most homeowners know very little about their plumbing. They are unaware of how the plumbing pipes enter and exit the house. They are unaware of how to repair or install their water heater. They are even unaware of how a simple toilet clog can lead to an expensive flood remediation service. This is shocking, considering that water damage and flooding is the number one insurance claim in the country. Many of these disastrous floods could have been prevented with minimal plumbing knowledge or regular plumbing service inspections.

Minimal plumbing awareness

There is nothing wrong with a general lack of knowledge regarding your house?s plumbing. However, homeowners should have minimal plumbing knowledge. This means having the ability to identify a flood or leak. It also means understa

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The 4 Benefits to Having an Above Ground Storm Shelter

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People do not often think about it but the United States is home to some of the most volatile and dangerous weather on the planet. From tornadoes to hurricanes and blizzards, you would be hard pressed to find a corner of the country that is untouched by bad weather. Every year, there are more than 1,200 tornadoes that strike around the nation. These violent weather events can cut a swath of damage that is about a mile wide and up to 50 miles long. The damage done by hurricanes can reach into the billions of dollars. It took New Orleans nearly a decade to recover from Hurricane Katrina. Parts of the northeast are still recovering from Super Storm Sandy. Because of these strong storms, many people are looking to get the above gro

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Hosting the Most Effortless Outdoor Birthday Party

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Spring brings warm weather and an increase of birthday party invitations. People with birthdays or children with birthdays in the warmer months tend to celebrate outdoors to enjoy the beautiful weather. An outdoor birthday party can be a great excuse to catch up with family members and friends. The outdoors offers endless space and the ability to set up a variety of outdoor activities. Planning an outdoor birthday party can be effortless, as long as you plan accordingly and keep these planning tips in mind.

Appropriate space

Even though people tend to feel less crowded when outdoors, keep in mind the size of your guest list and the size of your yard. If your yard is closed off with a fence, you may need to limit your guests. However, if you are planning on throwing a birthday party in a pa

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7 Reasons to Consider Bamboo Flooring

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Homeowners today have a number of options when it comes to picking the flooring for their homes. Many people say that they would pay more for a home that has hardwood flooring already installed. The reasons vary but many think that this kind of flooring adds class and elegance to the look of just about any home. It is also easy to maintain and keep clean. After looking at bamboo flooring samples, many homeowners are opting for that kind of flooring because it looks so similar to hardwood flooring. Natural bamboo flooring has a lot of advantages over hardwood floors, however.

The Benefits of Bamboo Flooring:

  1. Bamboo flooring is much more environmentally friendly than hardwood. If you have ever had bamboo in your yard, you know how fast it can grow. Th

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