D L Real Estate Team Magazine

By Dennis L Hubbard | This is a collection of home related articles, pictures and information. Designed with my clients in mind, I hope all who stumble upon this digital magazine enjoy it!

Long Live Subway Tile!

Subway tile was created for the subway (hence the name). This bright, cleanable, and easily sanitized invention quickly went mainstream in the early …

Kitchens

The 9 Deadly Sins of Bad Paint Jobs, According to a Pro

With so many things that really ought to be done by a professional when it comes to home improvement, the temptation—the need if you don't have deep …

Home Improvement

50 Beautiful Before & Afters

1 of 52<p>Open Living Room: Before<p>Advertisement<p>2 of 52<p>Open Living Room: After<p>3 of 52<p>Scenic Living Space: Before<p>Advertisement<p>4 of 52<p>Scenic Living Space: …

Living Rooms

Will installing cavity wall insulation devalue my home? I hear it can lead to damp on interior walls...

We have cavity walls in our home and I’ve heard we can get insulation to fill them for free from our energy supplier.<p>I’m keen to do this, as it …

Remodeling 101: An Easy (and Affordable) Way to Fix Ugly Ceilings

<i>This content was produced as advertising by Remodelista in collaboration with Armstrong Ceilings.</i><p>If you’re stuck with ugly drop ceilings or dated …

This Is the Most Popular Style of House in America Right Now

A new poll says the craftsman-style home is America’s favorite kind of house — and whether you agree likely depends on your age.<p>In a poll of 2,000 …

How To Paint Your Kitchen Cabinets in 5 Easy Steps

1<p><b>Remove Doors and Hardware</b><p>First, remove the cabinet doors and all the hardware.<p>2<p><b>Sand* + Prime</b><p>After removing the hardware, we recommend that the …

5 Old-Fashioned Decorating Trends That Are More Popular Than Ever

Welcome back, old friends.<p>What goes around comes around; what was old is new again. So it goes with decorating. The hot new trends and styles we …

The Best In-Wall Wireless Light Switch and Dimmer

After spending more than 30 hours swapping out switches, flipping switches, programming timers, and talking to experts, we’ve decided that the Lutron …

Home Automation

Why You Should Replace Your Kitchen Cabinets with Drawers

The typical American kitchen (as of this writing) has a row of upper cabinets and another, deeper row of cabinets under the countertop. The lower …

7 Small bedroom designs by professional experts

The bedroom is typically a place to sleep and relax so honestly, you don't actually need that much space. The important thing is to make it the most …

The Fastest Way to Make Your House Smell Amazing

The holiday season means lots of things, namely food, celebrations and the arrival of guests. We bet you’ve tidied up the living room and prepped the …

Holiday Recipes

The Most Popular Kitchen Colors of the Last 100 Years

(Image credit: GardenWeb)<p>Looking through the kitchen color trends of the last century tells us a lot more than simply the most popular hues of the …

6 DIY Tips for Renovating Your Bathroom on a Budget

The time has finally come: from the grime that’s built up on the tiles, to the mysterious spots in the mirror, and the slow fading of the paint on the walls, you know what you have to do. You have to renovate your bathroom. You’re a DIY kind of guy (or girl) and you’ve always had a knack for fixing …

How to clean a dishwasher

You’re probably reading the headline of this article thinking, “don’t dishwashers clean themselves when they clean the dishes?” Sadly, much like how …

Cleaning

U.S. existing home sales increase more than expected in October

U.S. home sales increased more than expected in October as hurricane-related disruptions eased, but a chronic shortage of houses which is pushing …

The Biggest Mistake You’re Making When Renovating Your Home, According to the Property Brothers

While the Property Brothers have done over 280 renovations, their most recent project, Drew and his fiancée Linda’s 1920s-era historic home, was no …

Home Improvement

5 Smells That Sell Houses

What’s that smell? The sense of smell is the strongest of all the senses to connect buyers to a home. While a bad smell can really deter buyers, a …

Before & After: A 40-Year-Old Kitchen Gets a Dramatic Update

Finding the perfect apartment in New York, for a reasonable price, is no easy task. When soon-to-be parents Fabio and Melina decided to upgrade from …

Here Are *All* the Secrets to Decluttering Your Home Like a Pro

Thanks to Marie Kondo and the whole decluttering movement, everyone is obsessed AF with finding minimalist bliss and getting rid of anything that doesn’t “spark joy.” But what if you don’t want to throw away things you actually like? Enter Julie Carlson and Margot Guralnick, the team behind design …

U.S. Home Prices Rose 6.9%, Back to 2006 Peak Level

U.S. national home prices increased, on average, 6.9% year-over-year in August to a peak level last seen in April 2006, led by a double-digit gain in …

Home Sales Expected to Increase Nicely in 2018

<i>Freddie Mac</i>, <i>Fannie Mae, and</i> <i>The Mortgage Bankers Association</i> are all projecting that home sales will increase in 2018. Here is a chart showing what …

10 Home Upgrades That Boost Resale Value -- and How to Pay for Them

The housing market is still recovering, but these updates are full of earning potential.<p>Like most HGTV addicts, I caught the home renovation bug …

10 No-gos: Decorating errors that should be avoided (but we all make!)

It's never easy to find out that you've been doing things all wrong, but if it can save you some heartache in the future then it's worth it, don't …

A "Genius" Rental Kitchen Solution That's Incredibly Simple

(Image credit: Melanie Rieders )<p>For most renters, all decorating efforts come to a screeching halt in the kitchen. Whether it's dated countertops, …

A First Time Home Buyer's Guide to Mortgages

Before You Get a Mortgage<p>Updated March 19, 2018<p>If you're considering a home purchase in the near future - or within a few years - you should brush up …