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Home improvement advice for Durango residents from the Colorado Property Group.

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Tuesday, June 23rd, 2020.

How to Take Care of Your Home's Chimney The chimney is the answer to a functional fireplace, one that keeps smoke and sparks at bay. Learn more about what homeowners can do to maintain the structure of their chimney.

Keep It Clear

Smoke needs to be traveling primarily through the chimney, but if leaves and debris are blocking it, then the contaminated air will begin to infiltrate the home. Additionally, homeowners should be limiting their amount of fireplace use at any given time, as using it for more than five hours per day is considered too much. This advice is true for both gas- and wood-burning fireplaces. Gas may not produce nearly as much soot as wood, but it can still leave a mess behind.

Keep It Sealed

If the mortar of the chimney is starting to wear away, the gaps can

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Tuesday, June 16th, 2020.

New to Fireplace Ownership? Tips to Maintain Your FireplaceAre you a new homeowner with a fireplace? If so, you probably have a lot to learn about fireplace maintenance and care. Fireplaces need regular maintenance or they can become a hazard. Working with a reputable fireplace contractor and following the tips below, you can maintain your fireplace for years to come.

Get Annual Inspections and Cleanings

Fireplaces need annual inspections. Cracks in lining or mortar, deterioration of the bricks in the chimney, bird nests in the flue and other problems can turn any fireplace from a beautiful focal point to a danger to everyone in the household.

Homeowners must have their fireplace inspected by a professional at least once per year. A good fireplace contractor can tell homeowners about whether they need

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Tuesday, June 2nd, 2020.

Getting New Countertops? Check Out These Great MaterialsCountertops are one of the most important parts of a kitchen, and they can add value to a home depending on the material chosen for them. Whether a homeowner is choosing their countertops for their new construction home or just upgrading the counters in their current home, there are many great options to pick from. Different materials can give kitchens different feelings, and there are different materials to fit in a variety of different budgets. Here are some of the most popular countertop materials that can be a great choice for any kitchen.

Laminate Countertops

For homeowners who are trying to save money or stay within a budget, laminate can be a great choice. Laminate is a durable synthetic material that isn’t very expensive, and it comes in

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Wednesday, February 12th, 2020.

How to Maintain and Care for an HVAC SystemThe HVAC system in a home tells a story about how much Bayfield homeowners pay in energy bills and whether the air they inhale is safe. But despite these important factors, it's still easy for homeowners to ignore their duct work. Learn more about what it takes to maintain an HVAC system, so everyone can breathe a little easier.

Filters First

Pet hair, dust, dirt: these seemingly invisible particles can clog up a filter quickly. In fact, some homeowners may have to change their filters as often as once a month! Some homeowners can keep their filters for up to 6 months, but these are generally the people who are meticulous about cleaning. It's important to note the rate of accumulation in the first few months of homeownership to get a sense of how

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Tuesday, February 4th, 2020.

5 Tips for Organizing Your GarageA garage can be a tremendous opportunity to store all those extra items that either won't fit in the home or aren't practical to keep there. From sports equipment to a classic car to extra groceries, garages are a safe, clean, and dry place that can open a world of possibilities to all.

Despite all this, so many Vallecito Lake homeowners end up with messy spaces that end up being more bothersome than helpful. People may not want to go out to the garage for fear of spider webs or dust. They may just avoid it because it's impossible to find anything without first searching for hours. Learn more about what it takes to organize a garage, so all residents can make use of the total square footage.

Bring in Shelves

The walls can be a great spot to

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Wednesday, December 4th, 2019.

How to Improve the Look of Your YardRenovating a backyard doesn't have to be difficult or expensive for most homeowners, but it will require some advanced planning and a little ingenuity. Those who want to spend more time outdoors can consider the following tips for getting their yard back in shape.

Consider the Climate

One of the more common tips homeowners receive is to install a fountain or add a birdbath to their backyard. A rain barrel or rain garden can be a good way to preserve water while highlighting a pleasant element in the yard. Plus, these options can help conserve a homeowner's budget while doing the same for the environment.

For those who want to cut out the need for water altogether, adding more succulents to the yard can improve the aesthetics without soaking

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Wednesday, November 27th, 2019.

Homeowners: Everything You Need to Know About Window CareYour windows can have a big effect on your comfort and happiness at home. If your windows are well-maintained, your home will be more energy efficient and more attractive overall. If your windows need more maintenance or need to be replaced, your home's value could suffer. Here's what Ignacio homeowners need to know.

Wash Windows and Screens Once Annually

Windows will get dirty if they're not washed regularly. Inside your home, use glass cleaner or water mixed with vinegar and a microfiber cloth.

Your window's exteriors may be more dirty and thus may need extra help. Wash your windows first with water mixed with a few drops of dish soap, then spray down your windows with a hose. Once you're done, wash the windows again with the vinegar and

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Tuesday, April 9th, 2019.

Designing a Home Office? Tips to HelpWhen buying a new home, many people look for one with an office space. Working from home is the dream of many people, but it's only possible with a proper home office. If you're a homeowner who works from home and you would like to create a functional home office, these tips can help.

Create a Peaceful Working Environment

Many people are most productive in a peaceful and serene working environment. There are many things homeowners can do to create a peaceful work environment. Painting the walls in soft, soothing colors can reduce feelings of anxiety. Decorating with calming images can help as well. Homeowners who want to create a calming work environment can install peaceful pictures of birds or landscapes to make the office as soothing as

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Tuesday, April 2nd, 2019.

Practical Tips for Refurbishing CabinetsNot everyone can afford to refurbish a whole kitchen. That is not necessarily bad news. In fact, the ROI on simply refurbising existing kitchen cabinetry can be better for those looking to refurbish the entire kitchen. With many options available to homeowners, it is possible to achieve more attractive and functional storage spaces without a big budget. Learn more about easily refurbishing kitchen cabinets today.

Stick with Good Bones

There is little reason to replace kitchen cabinetry made of high quality materials. Replacing cabinets can cost homeowners a significant sum and it is easier to stretch those dollars with some refurbishing. While overall costs may be lower, homeowners may need to put in a little sweat equity to achieve desired

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By Ryan Poppe - Last Updated: Tuesday, March 19th, 2019.

What to Do When You Have to Postpone Home MaintenanceDeferred maintenance is the technical term for homeowners who postpone major home repairs for any reason. Whether it's due to a lack of funds or a lack of awareness, deferred maintenance is a common problem for many homeowners today. But not every homeowner understands the damage they're doing to both their home and the people who live in it. Deferred maintenance can impact the selling sucess of homeowners. Remediation of deferred maintenance can make it easier to avoid long-term consequences of these kinds of delay, so keep the following tips in mind.

Learn the Truth

The first step to remediation is recognizing the real costs of deferred maintenance:

  • Destroys value: From yearly appraisals to future resale value, postponing repairs can
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