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DHRE DIY Blog: Make A Home A Home!

DHREA 14/11/2018

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The key to any living situation is making “a home feel like a home”. Whether you own or rent, a little elbow grease and creativity can go a long way. Here’s some quick and easy examples of how to make your home feel more like a home.

1. SHOW YOUR STRENGTHS

If you are someone who is crafty and clever, don’t take for granted your skill. If you own a staple gun, update you bedhead, armchair, or dining chairs at the cost of the fabric only. Competent sewers should consider recovering lampshades, cushion covers and whipping up some curtains. You might have a knack at photography or be a gifted artist. Here again, don’t undervalue your skills. Instead, consider creating some pieces for your wall. You will be updating your space at a low cost and can also have the satisfaction of knowing it is the result of your own handy work.

2. PERSONALIZE

Displaying photos in the house is a no-brainer for personalizing your home, but how you do it can make or break your space. Group photos together to create a gallery wall for an effective contemporary look. Avoid using small photos which can get lost on the wall and create clutter. Similarly, your book collection is uniquely yours so empty your books out of their storage boxes and display them in your home. Whether stacked on bookshelves, piled in a tower on the floor or plumping up a vignette, books are an ideal way to personalize your space.

3. GO GREEN

If I’ve said it once, I’ve said it 100 times: Greenery in the home provides life. While some will argue this, we all need more plants in our interiors. A large plant is an ideal way to fill out a corner and there’s no reason to stop at one. A collection of different plants in varying heights and in varying pots creates interest, lushness, and vitality.

4. BE A SOFTY

A home to me should be a like a big fuzzy bear hug – a place you feel comfortable and at ease. Pay special attention to the soft furnishings in your home to simply soften up your space. Cushions, rugs, curtains, bed quilts, and towels, are those pieces that create a layered, welcoming, and homely look and feel. And strive for diversity in your materials and patterns to create added interest.

5. HAVE FUN

When styling any space be willing to play around with your furnishings until you can stand back and feel a sense of pride and satisfaction. There are interior styling ‘rules’ which you can apply to help you in the process, but it is largely intuitive and requires a lot of play. Add, delete, shift, delete, shift, add, shift, delete, delete, delete! I suggest waiting until you’re home alone, playing your favorite tunes, getting in the zone, and then play the day away.

6. LOOK FOR UNIQUE BARGAINS

It might be time to step out of your comfort zone and seek out some fun and interesting furniture and homeware retailers. Not only can discovering new suppliers provide a fresh source of inspiration, but often the more diversely you shop, the more diverse your space becomes. And don’t be afraid of second hand stores and antique dealers…sometimes the most obscure find can really satisfy your taste for unique decor.

 

 

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NEW LISTING! Recently gutted and rehabbed gem in Washington, PA!

DHREA 06/11/2018

 

🎈 NEW LISTING! 🎈

Recently gutted and fully rehabbed inside and out. NEW ROOF 2017. Open concept with high ceilings and recessed lighting. Click the the pic above or this link, or contact Corey Drexler about this property today!

 

 

 

 

Don’t miss the final Alex Deacon Real Estate Workshop of 2018!!! We’ve opened up the room for extra seating due to our growing attendance. Click below to connect with Alex on MeetUp.com, network with nearly 600 other Real Estate Professionals, and RSVP to the November workshop!

Virtual Bus Tour of Current and past rehabs

Saturday, Nov 10, 2018, 10:00 AM

Hampton Inn Bridgeville
150 Old Pond Rd Bridgeville, pa

34 Members Attending

We have done a few actual bus tours in the past but with the strong turnout I dont like to have to turn down folks due to the high volume of requests. Our next workshop in November we will do a virtual tour of some current and past projects and show you where to spend your money wisely and where you can and cant cut corners in order to stay profita…

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New listing! Brick home with a fantastic location in Dormont!

DHREA 05/11/2018

 

🎈 NEW LISTING!!!🎈

A very well maintained 2 story brick home located in the heart of Dormont with a fantastic location! Click the picture above or this link, or contact Ashley Johnston for more details on this wonderful home!

 

 

 

Don’t miss the final Alex Deacon Real Estate Workshop of 2018!!! We’ve opened up the room for extra seating due to our growing attendance. Click below to connect with Alex on MeetUp.com, network with nearly 600 other Real Estate Professionals, and RSVP to the November workshop!

Virtual Bus Tour of Current and past rehabs

Saturday, Nov 10, 2018, 10:00 AM

Hampton Inn Bridgeville
150 Old Pond Rd Bridgeville, pa

34 Members Attending

We have done a few actual bus tours in the past but with the strong turnout I dont like to have to turn down folks due to the high volume of requests. Our next workshop in November we will do a virtual tour of some current and past projects and show you where to spend your money wisely and where you can and cant cut corners in order to stay profita…

Check out this Meetup →

Visit our affiliates!

MACE Property Management: www.PittsburghPropertyManagement.com

Tara Mortgage Services, LLC: www.Tara-MTG.net

HDH Settlement Services, LLC: www.HDHTitle.com

Burkhead Insurance Services: Burkhead.Insure

Bin There Dump That: www.PittsburghDumpsterRental.com

 

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Reduced price and a motivated seller! Check out this nicely renovated home!

DHREA 02/11/2018

 

This cozy home in Penn Hills has been nicely renovated and is ready for you to move right in! The unique architecture stands out in the quiet neighborhood of Crescent Hills. Upon entering to the right you are greeted with a freshly painted living room with fireplace and new hardwood floors. To the left is the updated eat-in kitchen with new cabinets and stainless steel appliances. In the back of the house is the door leading to enormous deck, perfect for a grill and fire pit to enjoy the upcoming Pittsburgh fall. Upstairs there are three bedrooms, including a large master bedroom and new full bathroom. 109 Crescent Hills is a gem waiting for the next family to call it home!

Click the picture above or this link for full property details!

 

 

Don’t miss the final Alex Deacon Real Estate Workshop of 2018!!! We’ve opened up the room for extra seating due to our growing attendance. Click below to connect with Alex on MeetUp.com, network with nearly 600 other Real Estate Professionals, and RSVP to the November workshop!

Virtual Bus Tour of Current and past rehabs

Saturday, Nov 10, 2018, 10:00 AM

Hampton Inn Bridgeville
150 Old Pond Rd Bridgeville, pa

28 Members Attending

We have done a few actual bus tours in the past but with the strong turnout I dont like to have to turn down folks due to the high volume of requests. Our next workshop in November we will do a virtual tour of some current and past projects and show you where to spend your money wisely and where you can and cant cut corners in order to stay profita…

Check out this Meetup →

Visit our affiliates!

MACE Property Management: www.PittsburghPropertyManagement.com

Tara Mortgage Services, LLC: www.Tara-MTG.net

HDH Settlement Services, LLC: www.HDHTitle.com

Burkhead Insurance Services: Burkhead.Insure

Bin There Dump That: www.PittsburghDumpsterRental.com

 

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Twilight Open House Monday, October 1st! A must see in Penn Hills!

DHREA 29/09/2018

Come out to Penn Hills this Monday to look at this fantastic home! Located in a quiet neighborhood, this brick home has been uniquely renovated and is a must see. Contact Megan Clancy or click the picture above for more details!

 

 

 

 

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How to find and analyze my next RE Investment

Saturday, Oct 13, 2018, 10:00 AM

Hampton Inn Bridgeville
150 Old Pond Rd Bridgeville, pa

27 Members Attending

This is our most widely asked for workshop. We do this a few times a year and it will contain the steps you can take right now with very little experience. You can implement these steps and start using them in your day to day investment journey. We will discuss and hit on a few very important ideas on how to do the following 1. Where to look for …

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Insulate Your Windows and Cut Your Heating Costs Down!

DHREA 24/09/2018

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Winter is coming, and so are cold drafts and high energy bills. One area that often goes overlooked in preparation for autumn/winter is making sure your windows and doors aren’t leaking in cold air.

If your leaking problem is from loose fitting window sashes or a poor fitting door, the simplest and cheapest method would be to purchase some self-adhesive foam weather stripping. This rolled product can be easily installed at the bottom of a window or around the outside edge of the door frame. Select the smallest size that will help seal the gaps, then just peel and stick. Too large and you may have difficulty closing the door etc.

Another good window treatment is the clear plastic window film that mounts to the frame of the window. Use a hair dryer to “stretch” the film, thus sealing any air leaking in around the sides or through poorly glazed panes.

Get a window insulator kit. It is made of a clear, plastic material that goes over the window, with double-sided tape around the edges to seal it. It’s easy to set up and helps a lot with drafty windows.

If you can actually see the gaps in the windows, a can of “Great Stuff” or something similar would probably do the trick. It’s an expanding foam that you spray into gaps.

Or you could use a squeeze tube of “DAP Silicon II” and run a bead of it around the window. This is perfect if you either don’t have a caulking gun, or don’t want to buy one. Instead, you can use a “squeeze it yourself” tube of Silicon II.

As for doors, a great short term fix is just rolling up an old bath towel and put it along the bottom of the door as a draft blocker! Old school? Absolutely. But, amazingly effective and inexpensive.

 

 

 

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Carnegie, PA
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Tara Mortgage Services, LLC: www.Tara-MTG.net

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Bin There Dump That: www.PittsburghDumpsterRental.com

 

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Temps are on the rise again! Ensure your AC Unit is working properly!

DHREA 27/08/2018

 

 

 

Air conditioner repair can be very expensive when you have to call in a professional. Of course there are times when a costly repair is unavoidable, but you can troubleshoot your system first, before calling in a professional. Many times your problem is something you can easily fix. 

It’s often the case that your unit is not working for the simplest of reasons. In can be frustrating to pay out a hundred dollars or more just to have a technician come out and flip a breaker back on. There are some quick and easy checks you can perform yourself before you call for help from an air conditioner repair company. These checks often help you save a lot of money too.

Here are a few things you can try if your air conditioner unit is in need of repair, not running at all or maybe just blowing less than cool air:

1.  CHECK YOUR BREAKER

If the unit won’t come on at all your breaker could have tripped. If you have several appliances, lights and other things on the same breaker often it will trip and the air conditioner will not operate. This is a quick check that can save you money, frustration, and even embarrassment.

2.  CHECK THE THERMOSTAT

This is another part of the system that can cause you dollars and distress. If the unit is battery operated it may just need new batteries. Make sure you have the thermostat set for a temperature below the room temperature. Insure that the unit is not turned off or set to just have the fan blow. Settings can get inadvertently changed. 

3.  DON’T FORGET THE FILTER

Many air conditioner repairs can be avoided by consistently changing your filter. If your filter is dirty and clogged, it can cause many issues with your unit. Lack of air flow can cause a lack of cooling efficiency with the system. In some cases a clogged filter can lead to your system icing up. Filters should be checked often and changed on a regular basis.

4.  MELT AWAY ICE

If your unit is iced up it will not cool properly. Melting the ice is a simple procedure. You can turn the system to off and run just the fan to help melt the ice quickly. Or you can just turn off the unit and let the ice melt on its own.

5.  CLEAN IT ONCE IN AWHILE!

Often the system may just be dirty. Instead of an actual air conditioner repair, the unit may just need to be cleaned. On the outside unit you can carefully clean the fan blades and remove any debris from inside or near the unit. The condenser fins can be cleaned also. Be very careful when fooling with blades and fins as they are easy to bend and break. Also, make sure the unit is off when you clean it.

6.  EXAMINE DUCTS

If you feel comfortable climbing into your attic, check out your ducts to make sure air is coming out of them. In the event they are dirty enough to block air flow they will surely need to be cleaned. Often a register may have been accidentally closed partly or even all the way. A cursory check will show if air is flowing through the ducts.

 

(The steps above are some things you should try if your AC unit is on the blink. These can save you a lot of money before you call in a professional air conditioner repair company. Of course, some things dealing with air conditioner repair can only be handled by a competent and professional service company. Things like adding freon and electrical repairs have to be done by specialists!)

 

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Zero Money Down is not Impossible

Saturday, Sep 8, 2018, 10:00 AM

Hampton Inn Bridgeville
150 Old Pond Rd Bridgeville, pa

25 Members Attending

I know it sounds too easy to be true and I often preach that if it sounds too good to be true then it probably is. In this case I am confident saying that this can be done regardless if you have been in the business as long as I or if you are new to the business of Real Estate Investing. I am going to show you the step by step process to start your…

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DHRE Home Blog: The Benefits of Using Essential Oils

DHREA 30/07/2018

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Essential oils are a product made by the distillation of natural material, usually by water or steam. The resulting all natural oils are highly aromatic, and can be used for a number of holistic reasons from health and skin care to aromatherapy. Essential oils can also be used for healthy home do it yourself projects. These projects can range from simply getting your home to smell nice, all the way to pest control.

Here are a few do it yourself healthy home tips and tricks you can do with Essential Oils.

AIR FILTERS

While doing your monthly air filter replacement in your home, put a few drops of your favorite essential oil on the air filter before you install it. Put a drop in each corner, as well as a couple in the center of the filter. This will keep your home smelling great for a month when you change your air filters again.

FRESHEN WHILE YOU VACUUM 

Depending on the type of vacuum you have this can be done two ways. The first way is if your vacuum uses the disposable paper bags. If so just add a few drops to the bag before you install it. If you have a reusable bag or a bagless vacuum simply put the drops on a cotton ball and place the cotton ball inside the bag or canister. Then every time you vacuum you will leave behind a fresh scent.

LINEN SPRAY

Get a spray bottle and fill it with 1.5 cups of water. Then add 3 ounces of vodka and about 30-35 drops of your favorite scented essential oil. Lavender is a popular choice for this spray. Shake the bottle up to mix the ingredients and spray your linens to give them a pleasant aroma.

GET RID OF SHOE ODOR

This is possibly the easiest trick you can do. Put a few drops of some great smelling essential oils on cotton balls and leave them in your shoes overnight. The next morning your shoes should be smelling good as new. Just make sure to put your shoes out of the reach of any pets you have when you do this.

KEEP YOUR BBQ BUG FREE

No one enjoys a BBQ with a bunch of mosquitoes and flies buzzing around. To keep these annoying bugs at bay drip a few drops of citronella oil on the coals of your BBQ and on any candles you have out.

AMAZING SMELLING LAUNDRY

To get your laundry smelling fantastic put a couple drops of an essential oil like lavender or your own favorite blend on a dryer sheet. Put the dryer sheet in with your laundry and turn the dryer on. Your laundry should come out smelling even better then usual.

HOMEMADE AIR FRESHENER

Rather than using those store bought aerosol sprays that are full of dangerous chemicals you can make your own air freshening spray with essential oils. Get a spray bottle and fill it up with no more than a cup of distilled water. Then choose three of your favorite essential oils that go well together. Put eight drops of each oil in the spray bottle. Shake well. Now you have a healthy, homemade air freshening spray.

HOMEMADE PEST REPELLENT

If you have pests like mice, spiders and ants in your home this is an easy trick to get rid of them. Put a few drops of peppermint oil on a cotton ball. Then, put the cotton balls in the problem areas of your home. Most of these pests detest the smell of peppermint so this should drive them out of your home.

EASY SIMMER POTS

Want to freshen up your entire house quick and easy? Fill a pan with water and bring it to a boil. Once it begins to boil set it to simmer and add drops of your favorite smelling essential oil. This will have your home smelling great in no time. Just remember to keep putting water and drops in the pan as they evaporate into the air.

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Detailed Game plan from A-Z for your next Buy and Hold

Saturday, Aug 11, 2018, 10:00 AM

Hampton Inn Bridgeville
150 Old Pond Rd Bridgeville, pa

1 Members Attending

This is a great session for those who want to buy and hold. This will give you an idea of realistic expectations that you can count on for your current and your future investments. We will look at some of my current and past buy and hold properties and take a close look to see what mistakes and successes I had made and lets learn from those and com…

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*UPDATE* 132 W Brentridge Now Listed at $139,900!

DHREA 24/07/2018

 

Come home to this elegant four bedroom two bathroom brick tudor tucked into a quiet tree lined street. This house embodies that Main Street USA feeling so unique to Brentwood. It features a sweeping view out over the hills and city lights and is just steps from the shops, restaurants, schools and library of Brentwood. Finished attic space. Original details. A wonderful neighborhood with a community feeling under the trees.

Click here for full property details!

 

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Carnegie, PA
470 Members

Learn investing from a local expert with a vast amount of experience in the Pittsburgh market. Alex started investing in 1993. We will review hands on examples, analysis, and …

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MACE Property Management: www.PittsburghPropertyManagement.com

Tara Mortgage Services, LLC: www.Tara-MTG.net

HDH Settlement Services, LLC: www.HDHTitle.com

Burkhead Insurance Services: Burkhead.Insure

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New listing! Wonderfully updated home in 15120!

DHREA 18/07/2018

 

3716 Trautman in the Steel Valley School District is move-in ready, and a beautifully well-cared for home! This home has been updated from floor to ceiling over the past 8 years. There is a new roof, siding, and carpet on the first floor. The kitchen is very clean and walks off to a beautiful deck and decent sized yard. The home is very clean and there was a lot of work put into this home. If you like great outdoor living space this is perfect for you with a huge front porch and great deck. There is a long driveway that can fit about 4 cars. One block away is a gorgeous park that has swing sets, slides, and a baseball field. The bedrooms are spacious with large closets in each room. Click here for full property pictures and details!

 

 

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Carnegie, PA
467 Members

Learn investing from a local expert with a vast amount of experience in the Pittsburgh market. Alex started investing in 1993. We will review hands on examples, analysis, and …

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MACE Property Management: www.PittsburghPropertyManagement.com

Tara Mortgage Services, LLC: www.Tara-MTG.net

HDH Settlement Services, LLC: www.HDHTitle.com

Burkhead Insurance Services: Burkhead.Insure

Bin There Dump That: www.PittsburghDumpsterRental.com

 

 

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