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Wanted: Guest Posts from Local Businesses

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I’m more than a little biased.  But I’m okay with that.  Supporting small, local, family businesses is important to me.  I’d like to think that my readers, you, agree with me.  So, with that in mind, I’d like your help.


I am looking to host informative guest posts on anything related to the home by people working and living in the central Maryland area especially those in Carroll, Baltimore, and Howard Counties.  Interior design, landscaping, home insurance, energy efficiency, appliances, furniture, paint, artwork, home health, home safety, and exterior design are just some topics that I would be interested in hosting.


So, if you are interested in some free, online, targeted advertising that people read (my blog averages about 200 readers per day!) send me an email (katlin@nullmercercarpetone.com) with your post attached in a Word file.  Please have it at least 250 words, focused on being informative, and include a short introduction about you and your business.  Plus, if there are any images you would like to see included in the post, please attach them to the email as well.  Note: I allow two in-text links to a website of your choice so take advantage of a great way to get people to visit your business’s website!
As always, if there are any questions (or ideas), please let me know! Katlin@nullMercerCarpetOne.com Facebook.com/MercerCarpetOne Twitter.com/MercerFloors

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Local Guest Posts Wanted

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Hello and welcome to Let’s Talk About Floors!


As a small, local, family run business, we at Mercers are a little biased.  We think us small, local businesses need to stick together.

So, if you are with a small, local business that works in and/or around the Howard and Carroll Counties, listen up!


I’d like to host guest posts by you.  My blog receives approximately 200 visitors per day and is written for homeowners in the Central Maryland area.  Why not take advantage of a free advertising source?  All topics need to be informative and some how related to the home.  Don’t be afraid to think outside the box!


Posts should include a paragraph about you/your company and should be somewhere around 500-700 words.  You can also include up to 3 in text links of your choice and pictures of your choice.

All posts will be scheduled 1st come 1st serve on Wednesday mornings.  In addition to being posted live here, I will also share links to the post on my personal and professional online profiles.  I ask that you do the same.  And, if you have a website of your own, it would also be beneficial to link to the post there.



Please send your ideas to my email – Katlin@nullMercerCarpetOne.com – including a brief introduction about you and your company (this can be the final or rough intro that will be in your post).

Have Fun,

Katlin Farrell
Mercer Floor & Home
10155 Baltimore National Pike
Ellicott City Maryland 21042
Office: 410-480-0087
Katlin@nullMercerCarpetOne.com
Facebook.com/MercerCarpetOne
Twitter.com/MercerFloors
Pinterest.com/KatFarrell
As always, if there are any questions (or ideas), please let me know! Katlin@nullMercerCarpetOne.com Facebook.com/MercerCarpetOne Twitter.com/MercerFloors

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[Guest Post] 10 Easy Steps to Renovate Your Home and Increase Its Value

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Many expensive home remodeling projects are nothing more than a waste of money, doing little to increase the actual value of the property above what is spent on the remodeling. The area in which your property is located can, unfortunately, limit how much your home is worth regardless of the money you spend doing renovations and property auctions. Here are ten easy steps that you can follow to cheaply and efficiently renovate your home and increase its value.


1. Pamper the Yard
Keeping the yard in great shape can do much more to increase your home’s value than, for instance, adding a deck. Make sure your yard is free of litter and dead leaves, and cut the grass regularly. This includes weed whacking the corners and edging the sidewalks properly. Blooming flower beds with no weeds look beautiful and add value. 




2. 
Clean Walls and Windows
Sometimes washing your walls and siding can do more for them than repainting would. Cleaning your finishes will make them look like they were just added yesterday. Hose down the outside of your home with a high-pressure spray, and clean your windows until they are completely transparent.


 3. Paint
If a fresh coat of paint is desperately needed, make sure to patch up the holes and add a coat of primer first. Sand the primer down a bit once it dries, and then add the first coat of paint, sanding it down too once it dries. Make sure the walls are clean and free of dust before adding the final coat of paint.



4. 
Install New Blinds and Curtains
This simple and cheap renovation will make your home sparkle. Blinds and curtains receive a daily beating from the sun, which causes them to fade drastically over time. Installing new ones will make your home look fresh and new again.

5. Clean the Carpets
Carpets that are free of mold and stains and that smell fresh can make your home look beautiful. Carpets cleaned by a professional with hot water extraction will increase your home’s value much more than the cost of the cleaning.


 6. Replace Old Switches and Outlets with Modern Ones
Often the best and most value-increasing renovations are small ones that subtly make your home more appealing without showing themselves off too much. Replacing your old light switches and outlets with modern dimmer switches and new outlets is cheap and can make it look like your electrical wiring is newer than it is.



7. 
Refinish or Replace the Cabinets in Your Kitchen
Slapping a quick refinish on the kitchen cabinets can make your kitchen look a lot more modern and valuable than it actually is. A lighter finish will make your kitchen look bigger and brighter. Only replace the cabinets if they are really in bad shape.



8. 
Buy Brighter Bulbs
Homes that are well-lit are both more attractive and worth more on the market. Buying light bulbs with a slightly higher wattage for your lamps and fixtures will make your home look fresh and warm.




9. 
Install Quality Trim
Replacing your home’s trim (baseboard, quarter round, door frames, etc) is a cheap and simple renovation that can make it look new and exciting.


10. Add a Level Five Finish to Textured Walls
Score the surfaces of your textured walls lightly with 60 grit sandpaper. Wipe off the dust and give each wall two separate coats of your favorite joint treatment. After the second coat, sand the walls lightly again, this time with 220 grit sandpaper. This simple and easy process will give your textured walls a level five finish and greatly improve your home’s value.

 
My name is Nisha, I represent a site called http://unmodernised.com. I love to write about fashion and design.

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Hello everyone!  I hope you enjoyed Nisha’s post.  I’d love to know what you think about the tips and if you’d like to see more work by Ms. Nisha.
As always, if there are any questions (or ideas), please let me know! Katlin@nullMercerCarpetOne.com Facebook.com/MercerCarpetOne Twitter.com/MercerFloors

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[Guest Post] How to Choose the Best Floor for Your Home’s Design

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I was recently contacted by Heather J. who writes on behalf of Design55, an English source for modern living room furniture. She had a great idea on a post on how furniture and flooring can work together to enhance the overall design of your home.  I’d love to know what you think of her post!

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Choosing the right flooring that maintains compatibility with your overall decor is an important choice, and can be tough one without some guidelines.

Whether you realize it or not, your floors set the stage for the tone of your room. A hardwood floor can add warmth whereas a light carpeted floor can bring a certain comfort to your overall environment. Do you want your floor to accent your already-perfectly-in-place wall décor or do you want your furniture to mimic the feel of your new floor?

Here are some tips to help you know what floors go best with your furniture, and how to best maximize the space you have.

Carpet

Many people want to know what furniture goes best with carpet.

Depending on the color of your carpet, this can greatly affect what type and color of furniture you choose. If you are redesigning your entire living room, pick your carpet color before anything else.



If you think about how influential a color scheme could be, then you know that any color you pick will set the overall tone of the room. Grey carpet works well for a little boy’s room as you can accent that with a race track area rug, while if you want a stress free living room consider putting in a light blue or sage colored carpet. Complimented with cream colored pillows and a neutral colored sofa, you can feel at peace anytime you spend an evening there.

Hardwood Floors

Just as you treat your furniture like an investment, you should treat your floors like one too.



Hardwood floors can be the most versatile material to work with, especially if you have a neutral colored couch or arm chair to rest on top of it. Contrasting is important when it comes to your hardwood floors, so if you have a dark color leather couch for example, a lighter color hardwood floor would look best. Dark furniture with dark wood floors tends to blend in, but a contrast looks great no matter what type of furniture you have.

Tile

Tile is a great choice for any busy household.

Like any other hard surface, it’s easy to clean, durable, and stain resistant. Any tile that has more than one color or a complex pattern tends to look busy with too many other colors in the room’s décor.



If you choose a Spanish tile flooring consider plain, neutral furniture which won’t appear to be “too much” color for the look of the room. On the other hand, if you want more color and patterns in your furniture then by all means, pick a color of tile that represents the overall tone you wish for! Blues and greens always enforce a calming effect while bright colors like yellows, reds and purple can give your room the flair it needs for entertaining.
As always, if there are any questions (or ideas), please let me know! Katlin@nullMercerCarpetOne.com Facebook.com/MercerCarpetOne Twitter.com/MercerFloors

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Time Flies…

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I can hardly believe it…

Exactly a year ago today, I posted my first blog post here.  Let’s Talk About Floors is a year old.

It’s definitly been a fun and interesting journey and I’ve learned a lot.  I hope that you’ve enjoyed it and learned something also. 

What did you enjoy the most so far?
It’s been great to share my rich resources of information and ideas with you (and actually get proof that someone is listening – thank you to all who’ve commented!)

What would you like to see in the upcoming year?
I’ve started (and definitly will continue) to bring in other experts as well.  Who would you like to see featured?


As always, if there are any questions (or ideas), please let me know! Katlin@nullMercerCarpetOne.com Facebook.com/MercerCarpetOne Twitter.com/MercerFloors

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