Consider Getting Rid of Your Wood Burning Fireplace

Believe it or not we are only a few months away from cold weather.  So it’s time to start thinking about energy efficient home improvements.  Why on earth would you ever get rid of your wood burning fireplace?  Why eliminate that warm crackling sound on a cold winters night?  The reason you should consider it […]

by Nick Siglinsky on 9/1/15

Water Quality

Community water systems are required to test and monitor drinking water supplies to ensure safe and good-tasting water.  But what happens once the water has been piped to towns, neighborhoods, and homes? Older homes may still have service lines made of lead going into the home, which can result in unacceptable levels of lead leaching […]

by Harry Andruss on 8/18/15

Choosing the Right Type of Tile Layout

Brick Style – This is the classic layout that you see in most subway tile.  Each row of title is offsets it by half the length of the tile below it.  The long horizontal lines can help elongate a room and this style is generally universal for any space. Stack Pattern – This pattern type takes the […]

by Nick Siglinsky on 8/6/15

Staging Consultations Get Results!

Can you get more money for your occupied home by setting up a Staging Consultation?  The answer is, “YES!”  A professional Staging Consultation is a budget-conscious way to provide sellers with a step-by-step plan that you can follow to get your home show-ready by utilizing your existing furniture and accessories.  Then, with a little elbow grease, […]

by Linda Andrews on 7/16/15

7 Types of Bathroom Sinks – Pros & Cons

When choosing a type of sink it is very important to make sure you evaluate your needs and wants so that the sink meets your qualifications.  Believe it or not, there are actually 7 most common types of bathroom sinks. 1.  Top Mounted Sink – The sink is actually mostly below the countertop, however the sink […]

by Nick Siglinsky on 7/9/15

What Does Cake Have to do with Marketing a Home?

Sometimes the simplest of analogies are the most profound. I was recently at an event honoring a dear friend’s many years of dedicated service to her profession.  A beautiful cake was brought in and cut into individual pieces for the attendees of the event.  Around the perimeters of the cake was a lovely floral pattern. […]

by Linda Andrews on 6/19/15

Inspection Insights – Lead Based Paint

Older paint contains lead. Over the years, governments have regulated the phasing out of lead in paint entirely. If your house was built before 1960, the paint used during construction would have contained a great deal of lead. Reduction started soon after, with complete elimination by the 1980s. If your house was built after 1978, […]

by Harry Andruss on 6/11/15

2015 Remodeled Homes Tour – Sunday, May 31, 2015

In this year’s tour of remodeled homes, Sweeney Construction highlights a Kitchen remodel of a home in Fitchburg.  Our design team worked closely with the owners to design the space in which this family can entertain and enjoy their favorite past times.  As with many homeowners, the kitchen has become the true heart of the […]

by Tim & Linda Sweeney on 5/29/15

NARI Remodeled Homes Tour Set for May 31, 2015

TZ of Madison will be featuring a kitchen project on this year’s NARI Remodeled Homes Tour.  Our project, Tour Site #11, features an Über traditional kitchen that is transformed into a gorgeous, contemporary inviting space for entertaining.  The sleek, modern design, including a gas fireplace, makes this a visually stunning space, but don’t be fooled.  This […]

by Larry Taff on

Financing: What to know before August 1, 2015

CHANGE – Something we dislike, yet something we deal with daily in this industry.  August 1, 2015 is fast approaching and TILA-RESPA INTEGRATED DISCLOSURES (TRID) becomes effective. So what is TRID?  The TILA-RESPA INTEGRATED DISCLOSURES (TRID) consolidates four existing disclosures required under the Truth-in-Lending Act (TILA) and the Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA) for closed-end credit transactions secured by […]

by Heather Mitchell on 5/28/15