Robin Sylvester's Blog

Posted on 03/28/2021
Should I Be Worried if the Previous Owners Return?
Photo by JayMantri via Pixabay When you buy a new-to-you home, foremost on your mind is changing everything to make it yours. You paint the inside and even remodel the kitchen. A priority is removing the old carpet and installing new flooring. Lower on the list are changes to the exterior, but they are on the list. If...
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Posted on 03/21/2021
Prepping Your Home to Appeal to All Generations
Image by kirkandmimi from Pixabay When you list your home for sale, you are setting it up to sell to a wide range of buyers. Chances are the person who buys your home is not going to be the same as you, and often they will belong to a completely different generation. For example, if you’re prepping to...
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Posted on 03/14/2021
Requesting a Zoning Variance
Image by Michi S from Pixabay Every property has an assigned zone that controls how you can use it. In residential zones, for example, you often have to abide by restrictions regarding business activity and animal husbandry. Commercial and industrial zoning also comes with many restrictions for its use, limiting the types of businesses that can be operated...
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Posted on 03/07/2021
DIY: Multifaceted Potting Bench
Photo by Neslihan Gunaydin on Unsplash If you're like most homeowners who enjoy cultivating an attractive yard and garden space and perhaps even providing some tasty treats for the family table, you probably appreciate tools and amenities designed to make your gardening chores easier and more enjoyable. Many home gardeners make do with whatever available surfaces that happen...
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Posted on 02/28/2021
Tips for Updating an Old Painting
Image by Juraj Varga from Pixabay If you're looking to get creative but to do so on a budget, then one fun activity to look at is upcycling an old painting and making it more personal to your style. By old paintings we mean those $2 thrift store oil paintings and popular prints you nabbed for cheap at...
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Posted on 02/21/2021
Slaying the Home Improvement Myths
Photo by Rades via Shutterstock Not everything you’ve heard over the years about home improvements actually “improves” your return on investment. In fact, there are some myths that continue to crop up that surprise homeowners when they price their homes to sell them on the market. Learning the difference between a change you make for your family to...
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Posted on 02/14/2021
5 Trees and Shrubs That Withstand High Winds
Photo by PublicDomainPictures via Pixabay Windy conditions have the potential to cause branches to break and can strip leaves from deciduous plants and trees. In certain cases, heavy winds can uproot trees and shrubs altogether. This creates dangerous situations for homeowners or others in the area, and it's also frustrating when landscaping plants are severely damaged or destroyed...
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Posted on 02/07/2021
Review Your Homebuying Options
For those who want to buy a house, it helps to consider your options closely. That way, you can make an informed home purchase. Now, let's take a look at three factors to consider as you prepare to conduct a home search: 1. The Local Housing Market Assess the local housing market before you dive headfirst into a home...
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Posted on 02/01/2021
514 Allendale Street, Baltimore, MD 21229 is now new to the market!
WELCOME HOME to this updated beauty! Greeting you at the door is an open floor plan (perfect for entertaining your guests) and beautiful hardwood flooring the flows throughout the house! The kitchen has granite countertops with a beautiful backsplash and stainless steel appliances. The basement features beautiful premium flooring throughout, the 4th bedroom or Office, a family room, a full bath and laundry area (with a washer and dryer in place). The upper level bathroom features a gorgeous ceramic designed shower that compliments the beautiful ceramic flooring. The rear yard is fenced a perfect area for your barbecues and for the kids...
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Posted on 01/31/2021
What Does It Really Cost to Buy a House?
The cost of buying a house extends beyond a seller's initial asking price. In fact, there are many "hidden" costs that buyers need to consider as they decide whether to purchase a house, such as: 1. Closing Costs There are various closing costs that a buyer may encounter before he or she finalizes a house purchase, including survey, appraisal...
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