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If you are hiring out to have your home alarm installed, always use a licensed vendor to install, repair, or service an alarm system. While licenses do not guarantee honesty, it does indicate that the vendor has registered with the state, and has met the specified minimum criteria for your locale. In most cases, a license is predicated upon proof of adequate insurance and/or bonding, so you have that protection as well. Local alarm systems (those which sound only on the protected premises) are much less effective, especially when local ordinances limit the time for which the signal can sound to avoid nuisance disturbance of neighbors. If you invest in such an alarm, you are counting on conscientious neighbors to call the police to respond. Having the signals from your alarm system monitored by a licensed vendor better assures that you get the protection you pay for when you install an alarm system.

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Real Estate Agents Using Window Boxes as Secret Weapon

The real estate game is a big game to be in. Every year in the United States alone, the trillion dollar industry seems to just keep growing. With the housing market in 2008 lower than usual, real estate moguls are looking for an edge and for unique selling points to help them sell homes. Plain homes have been harder than usual to sell in the current buyers market and it's the homes that offer the most upgrades that are doing well in the industry. Curb appeal, as every real estate agent knows, is near the top of the list as important factors that increases a homes sellability.

Real estate agents love when the home seller has put in the effort to make the home attractive on the outside so they can have a happy customer before they even take them to the inside of the home. The window box is a powerful tool and cost-effective way to add curb appeal to a home and put a smile on a realtors face. Agents love window boxes because they are unique selling points for a home and they add curb appeal.

Builders and home owners are starting to love them too, because they are a cheap and affordable way to totally change the feel of a home and put some life back into it. Wooden window boxes can be purchased in the $50 - $250 price range and often just a couple of these will make a dramatic change to the face of a home. No rot window boxes have become more affordable and competitive in pricing with wooden ones and add an additional selling feature as a no rot product that lasts 20-30 years. PVC window boxes look like wood and can be painted, plus they don't have any of the maintenance issues of wooden window boxes. These upgraded window boxes usually cost around $70 - $350, but last virtually forever. Rarely is it a bad move to put money into the outside of a home.

When it comes to making a profit on a home, getting it off the market quickly is the winning strategy. It's definitely a good idea to spend a little more to accomplish this. Realtors love it when they get compliments on a home before the potential home buyer walks in. Window box planters are an affordable secret weapon that builders are using in a buyers market and real estate agents love them too. It's a good way to add landscaping that puts permanent value in a home and it's such a rarity, that you will set a house apart immediately in a good way. Home buyers always consider the selling points of a home and will remember the unique selling features that make a home appealing to them.

Sometimes this is price or location and other times its the quality of the home itself that matters. When you can add a house to your list of potential homes and it has something unique to it that people remember, then you have an edge over the competition and a winning strategy in real estate.

Matt Buquoi is the owner of Flower Window Boxes, an internet-based window box company that makes no rot PVC window boxes and custom window boxes. They offer custom window box sizing and many styles to choose from.



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