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Shiplap is the latest trend in home renovation, all thanks to Chip and Joanna Gaines’ show Fixer Upper. It brings a timeless look to a home, creating a country charm elegance. Some even know it as the South’s best building material.

What is shiplap?

Shiplap is a wooden board that was traditionally used when building barns, sheds, and other rustic buildings. The boards used for shiplap were often pulled off the sides of large boats that had wrecked in a harbor, hence the “ship” part of the name.

Are you looking to buy a new home but don’t know where to start? One of the main things to decide when looking to purchase a home is if you want to buy a new home, or one that is older and may need a little work.

If you’re unsure of what you want, here are the advantages and disadvantages of buying a new home versus buying one you’ll have to put more work into:

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No one else has lived in it. One of the perks of buying a new home is that you will be the first to live in it. You don’t have to worry about paint scuffs, dents in the floor, or used showers. Everything in there is brand new, and it’s for you to use first.

Tackling a home renovation project comes with hundreds of decisions, but the most important one is who you choose to lead the project. The contractor plays a crucial role in transitioning a house into a home, so you will need to hire someone not only capable but trustworthy.

A home builder is responsible for organizing and managing the entire project from start to finish meaning you'll want to invest in a company of quality. Find a service company with values, that cares more about pleasing you rather than just finishing a job. It's the detailed care that will separate your remodel from the rest.

Shopping for a contractor is a lot like shopping for your home: it takes patience, energy and a lot of 'no's' before that final 'yes.' Before you begin your search, review your expectations.

There’s something special about being a homeowner in Auburn, Alabama. From the bustling college community, to the quaint, family-oriented neighborhoods, there’s so much in this town that makes it a great place to live.

Auburn has a small town feel, with a few big town advantages. With places like Tiger Town, South College Street and the downtown strip, Auburn has everything a homeowner may need, without the hassle of driving 30 minutes in traffic to get it. There are plenty of restaurants, grocery stores and boutiques all over town that will satisfy almost everyone’s needs.

The traffic isn’t terrible. Minus Auburn University football weekends, the town has relatively small amounts of traffic compared to big cities. It is easy to get where you need to go, and driving from one side of the city to another doesn’t take more than 30 minutes.


If you’re thinking about putting your home on the market, it is important that you do some renovations to make your home sell for top dollar. One of the biggest money makers in a home is the kitchen.

Most buyers will pay more for a move-in-ready home, so spending extra money on your kitchen renovation can help your home sell quickly or for the full asking price. Here are some ways you can renovate your kitchen to add resale value.

Appeal to buyers, not yourself. Don’t personalize your renovation too much. You want your home to appeal to many buyers to increase your chances of selling the home for full asking price. Do your research and see what people in your area want to see in a kitchen. Keep it simple, classy and perfect for potential buyers.

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