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Crown molding is a great way to beautify an ordinary looking home into one that exudes class and style. Crown moldings are typically decorative strips made up of wood, plastic, or fiberboard. These are introduced to any room décor in an effort to camouflage the existing flaws and ugly blotches on the walls or ceilings. The crown molding is therefore similar to a wall decoration which adds a touch of elegance to a room, making it appear more grand and unique.

Crown molding ideas can be retraced to the Roman and Grecian culture where it became vastly popular. Wooden crown molding gained popularity later when craftsmen mastered the art of cutting, sanding, and carving wooden blocks to create masterpieces. Crown molding is affordable and can be implemented in almost any type of room. You can buy the raw materials yourself and get it made professionally by customizing it. What materials you choose for crown molding will largely determine how durable and beautiful it is going to be. Superior quality materials for home furnishing are likely to be far more expensive but are less likely to be damaged.

Home furnishing experts choose crown molding these days because it helps heighten a property's real estate standing. When a property appears visually stunning, chances are buyers will be willing to pay more for it. Simply demolishing walls to give your rooms a spacious look is not enough; instead, this is more expensive and impractical. An easier and economical alternative is using decorative columns and ceiling medallions for your home décor. These home décor ideas are easy to implement and will not cost you dearly.

Buying crown molding online can give you many advantages. This is because you can purchase your decorative columns or door casings or ceiling medallions directly from the maker without having to handle the wholesalers and retailers. They offer you the luxury of customizing your home furnishing ideas and guarantee you good quality materials. Unlike furniture, such decorative columns or ceiling medallions will not occupy unnecessary space, nor will they clutter the room. Besides, they are fire-resistant and help keep away harmful UV rays. Crown molding can be easily maintained and these products seldom rot. Installing them is never a problem and most of the products can be set up by following simple instructions, except ceiling medallions where professional assistance is recommended.

Crown molding can come in various designs like the traditionally classic designs which help add elegance and class to your home décor. Crown molding in the kitchen is similar to ceiling and wall decorations, but the installation process is different. Although challenging, using crown molding is a sure way of giving your rooms that much-needed makeover. It helps give every room a distinct flavor, an aesthetic appeal, a unique personality, and a sophisticated touch.

When choosing the crown molding for your rooms, make sure to choose the right molding depending on the room dimensions and ceiling height. Select the materials that are sturdy, dependable, and weather-proof. The world of home furnishing has undergone a revolutionary change with the advent of crown molding.

by: Walter Mitchell 
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Understand market value: No matter the listing price, a home will typically sell for what it's worth. Silver recommends determining the home's market value-by consulting a real estate agent or looking up comparable properties on the Canadian Real Estate Association's Multiple Listings Service (MLS)-and bidding that amount. If the house is listed for $100,000 less than it should be, most of the offers won't make it past the first round.
 

Put in your best offer: When up against two or three other bids, give your best offer right away, Silver recommends. If you don't get the house, you can at least feel comfortable knowing that you tried your best. Remember that putting in your best offer doesn't mean going beyond your budget. Determine your limit and stick to it.
 

Nix your conditions: Removing conditions from your offer may make your bid more appealing. The financing condition is fairly easy to remove, as long as you have completed the mortgage approval process before bidding. You may also want to eliminate the home inspection condition. That doesn't mean forgoing the actual inspection - pay to have it done before you make an offer, not after.
 

Be prepared to walk away: While it's good to be optimistic that your bid will win, you and your agent need to be ready to move on. I say to my clients: we'll put in our best offer, but there's a good chance we'll be out looking for houses again tomorrow. For more information on buying a home please visit, www.genworth.ca

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(NC) With the prices of homes continuing to be on the rise, many Canadians are choosing to renovate rather than move. It's less expensive than purchasing a new house and the updates can go a long way to modernize your home, provide a more functional and comfortable space, and to increase the value of your property.

When considering renovation possibilities, it is easy to get caught up in the glitz and glamour projects, say advisors. Instead, consider new features that will increase your home's level of efficiency, such as:

  • Upgrade your insulation. If you have the opportunity to open your walls up and re-insulate, considering installing stone wool insulation that will ensure your home is warm in the winter and cool in the summer. Stone wool insulation, such as Roxul's ComfortBatt, or Safe 'n' Sound, is also fire resistant; water repellent; resistant to mold, mildew, rot and bacterial growth; and is made from natural stone and recycled material.
  • Upgrade your existing appliances. Consider installing energy efficient appliances and replace dated older furnaces. By simply installing new appliances you will notice a savings on your energy bills.

Reduce your water consumption by installing low-flow toilets and low-flow shower heads. This very simple and affordable upgrade will result in less water being wasted and save on costs.

Replace old windows to keep heat from escaping. Windows do have a shelf life and although it may be a large home improvement task, upgrading them will save you tons of money on energy bills. Inefficient, single-panes, in particular, should be replaced - and the money you spend on installing new windows will be recouped with each energy bill.

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We'd love it if you would pop in to say "HI" to us at our Open House at 22 3902 LATIMER ST in Abbotsford.
Open House on Saturday, September 20, 2014 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Spacious, clean and bright, this end unit townhouse is sure to please the fussiest buyer. 4 bedrooms (2 up, 2 down), 3 full baths and a large double garage guarantee you will have enough space for the whole family. Freshly painted one yearago, with larger renovations completed two years ago including new flooring, new stainless steel applainces, kitchen countertops and new light fixtures. Close to all levels of schools, and walking distance to Bateman Park. Two pets allowed, no rentals allowed. Call today for your personal viewing!
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Changing your ceiling lights is a great way to improve the look and feel of your space and you have more options than ever before in terms of selection and price. Most projects will only take a little bit of your time, even if you're a DIY novice, and they really do make a big impact on the level of comfort people will experience in your home.

Changing out an old ceiling light to a new one is easy and only takes seconds. Underneath the cover, at the base of the lamp will be a couple of screws that hold it to the ceiling. After turning off power to the room, unscrew the unit and detach the wires from it. Once you do this, you can simply reattach the new ceiling light, restore the power and enjoy a whole new effect in the room. It really is that simple for most installations, so the only thing to seriously consider is the look you want your light to give off. 

One option is to also install a dimmer switch. This is also a simple procedure, and the switch is very inexpensive and can be found in almost any lighting accessory retail location as well as online at your favorite dealer. This will allow you to control the brightness of your ceiling lights, and is perfect for areas such as the dining room, study or even the bedroom.

Chandeliers are a great way to accentuate rooms that have high ceilings, but they can also be small enough to fit over any existing fixture. Whether you are looking to use a chandelier as the focal centerpiece in an entryway or a small accessory for the dining room, there are plenty of models to choose from, and the designs can range from contemporary to classical. The only thing to remember is that your ceiling will need to support the weight of the chandelier, so it is very important to know what those limits are before installing a new piece. You may need to reinforce the mounts or consider an alternative that is less heavy.

If you do install a chandelier in a room it's also worth considering placing a large mirror on one wall, this will give the impression of greater space in the room and will accentuate the impact of the chandelier.

Ceiling fans are also exceptionally beautiful and can add a lot to a room, especially kitchens and bedrooms. Most come with or without light fixtures, and you have the option of choosing a simple fan or one with a light attachment. A double benefit of having circulating air as well as light is that it can make a stuffy or crowded room much more pleasant to be in. Just as easy to install as replacement ceiling lights, it can be a simple weekend project that most people can do in about an hour. Finding the right one will depend on need, space and personal taste.

Whether looking for ceiling lights or fans, there is a wide selection to choose from for prices you won't find in traditional stores. A trusted online retailer should be a one stop resource for not only products, but for service and coaching as well. If you have a project, you can find a lighting accessory retailer that can help you to transform any space into an inviting place. Just give yourself some extra time for your order to be shipped.

Styles don't last forever, and changing ceiling lights is easier and less expensive than most people think. From simply replacing a cover to switching to a whole new light entirely, there are more options than ever to transform that dull room into a luminescent space that is warm, inviting and comfortable. Whether you want to install ceiling fans or chandelier lights, there are many design options to choose from, and knowing what the effect is that you want to create will help you to make satisfying choices.

by: Kathryn Dawson 
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