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Please Welcome Jim Quehl to the F.C. Tucker Emge Team!

Please Welcome Jim Quehl to the F.C. Tucker Emge Team!

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The Best Way to Remove Wallpaper Without Losing Your Sanity

What would you do to avoid removing wallpaper? Probably whatever you could, judging by the stories of woe we found on the web.

DIYer Rachel Meeks wrote in her “Small Notebook” blog that she was so overwhelmed by the prospect of removing 40-year-old wallpaper from several rooms that she actuallyknocked down a couple of walls rather than spend time scraping. That fear and dread are also palpable in online forums on the topic, where many people strongly advise: Get a pro to do it. (Subtext: Have a cocktail instead.)

Can’t argue with the cocktail idea, but here’s a fact that will come as a huge surprise to many DIYers: With a little bit of know-how, removing wallpaper just isn’t that hard. If you want to save a few hundred bucks on a pro, it’s actually a fairly simple DIY project — as even Meeks later found out — so long as you have the right info, tools, and expectations. (It’s gonna take some time!)

First, Check to See If Your Walls Were Primed

Anyone who’s managed to remove wallpaper lickety-split likely (and luckily) had walls that were sealed with wallpaper primer before they were papered, says Geoff Sharp, owner and founder of Sharper Impressions Painting Co., which operates in several cities including Atlanta and Indianapolis.

Priming, which became more common in the 1990s, prevents the wet glue from soaking into plaster or drywall and forming a tough-to-break bond. Loosen a corner or seam with a putty knife and pull. If it peels off in a sheet, you got primed!

Being able to peel off wallpaper in complete or partial sheets after lifting the corners with a putty knife is called dry stripping. With...

Tucker Talks Homes - May 14-15, 2016

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How to Style a Small Patio 3 Ways to Style Your Small Patio For $250 or Less

Having an outdoor area is a big bonus to your space no matter the size. A small patio or deck can transform into an additional living spot that turns into something you might not have in your home. Even when you're on a budget, you can transform that little terrace into the oasis you've been waiting for. No matter if you're looking for a chic spot for entertaining or a cozy corner for recharging, make it happen with these three solutions. 

1. Chic Lounge

Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Sarah Lipoff

If you're more of a hanging-around-the-table patio person, going with bar chairs and a tablemakes smart use of a small space. This way, you can have guests sitting or standing around the table with drinks and appetizers in easy reach. Angling an outdoor rug also makes the space seem bigger.

Add Lights

Image Source: POPSUGAR Photography / Sarah Lipoff

If you're in need of a bit of extra privacy, DIY a succulent planter trellis divider. Hanging bulb lights create ambiance once the sun goes down. This look, including the table, outdoor rug, and globe lights, comes in just pennies over $250.

Tucker Talks Homes - May 7-8, 2016

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Happy Mother's Day from F.C. Tucker Emge!

F.C. Tucker Emge REALTORS would like to wish all the mothers out there a wonderful day! Enjoy! 

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Please Welcome Lee Riddle to the Tucker Team!

Please Welcome Lee Riddle to the Tucker Team! 

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Tucker Talks Homes - April 23-24, 2016

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Please Welcome Ryan Windhorst to the Tucker Team!

Please Welcome Ryan Windhorst to the Tucker Team!

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Tucker Talks Homes - April 16-17, 2016

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4 Spring Landscaping Ideas for Homeowners Who Hate Yard Work

Just because you’re not interested in cultivating a green thumb doesn’t mean your yard has to be boring. These simple-to-do ideas have big impact.

If only 50 shades of green could be as exciting as, well, you know. But let’s face it: There’s nothing titillating about green bushes against green grass. To give your boring monochromatic yard a dose of charm without a ton of effort, try these four ideas perfect for spring. No gardening prowess required.

1. Plant Just One Tree

Planting one tree isn’t a huge effort. You’ll be helping our planet, too. Plus, once the tree is established, it’s about as low maintenance as a landscape can get — and the difference it can make to your yard lasts for decades. The key is to choose a tree that adds interest to your landscape in the form of color, shape, and texture.

There are a ton of trees to choose from, but to play it safe, try a Japanese maple. Many are suitable for most any climate. They all offer color, form, and texture that can liven any landscape. 

Image: Lisa Meddin, Harmony Design Northwest

2. Tap Into the Colorful Punch Mulch Can Make

Mulch...

Tucker Talks Homes - April 9-10, 2016

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The Most Common Spring Cleaning Mistake

If you really want an allergy-proof home, avoid this typical spring routine.


Once there’s even a glimmer of spring, you’re ready to throw open your windows and let the breeze blow away the winter funk. Well, you might want to rethink that spring cleaning ritual this year.

If you’re an allergy sufferer (and who isn’t?), that’s the last thing you want to do, says Dr. Neeta Ogden, a spokesperson for the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. “It will allow pollen to settle in your home.”

If you really can’t skip that spring breeze, avoid opening them in the morning, pollen counts are highest in the morning; they decrease late in the day and at night.

And that’s not the only common spring-cleaning mistake homeowners make. Here are eight more to avoid:

1. Not Looking Up

You’ve worked up a sweat and everything’s starting to sparkle, but then you realize your ceiling fan is coated in dust. Uh, oh. Once you start wiping the fan, dust will scatter on what you’ve already cleaned. That’s why you should always look up to see what needs dusting before you start cleaning at eye level. Tackle hard-to-reach places like the tops of bookshelves, crown molding, and window ledges.

2. Starting to Clean Without a Plan

You wake up motivated — today you’re going to get all your spring cleaning done! But by noon, your house is in disarray, and not one single room is finished. Ugh. That’s why Briana Norde, owner of Caliber Cleaning Inc. says it pays to break up the biggest cleaning project of the year into smaller, more manageable tasks.

She recommends conquering your hardest job first, like the kitchen,...

Tucker Talks Homes - April 2-3, 2016

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Tucker Talks Homes - March 26-27, 2016

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Happy Easter from F.C. Tucker Emge!

Happy Easter to all of our followers! We hope you have an amazing day with your family and friends!

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Please Welcome Dennis Denton to the Tucker Team!

Please Welcome Dennis Denton to the F.C. Tucker Emge Team!

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Tucker Talks Homes - March 19-20, 2016

Tucker Talks Homes is the Tri-State's only real estate TV program. Tucker Talks Homes airs every Saturday at 6:30am and Sunday at 10:00am CST on WFIE Channel 14.

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14 Pro Mover Secrets That Make Packing Your Stuff Easier

These moving hacks will reduce the hassle of taking all your things to a new home.

Packing up an entire house is on most people’s invisible list of “Least Fun Activities. Ever.” But it doesn’t have to be that way. A few clever hacks can help you fast forward the whole moving thing — and ditch some of the stress.

To help demystify the process, we combed the Internet and asked two professional organizers — Maria White, founder of the website “Enuff with the Stuff,” and Donna Smallin Kuper, author of “How to Declutter and Make Money Now” — to give up their secrets.

1.  Do a Pre-Pack Photo Shoot

Make unpacking a snap by taking some pre-packing photos so you’ll know exactly where everything goes when it’s time to empty those cardboard moving boxes. Take pictures of bookshelves, display cases, and even all that wiring behind your TV and computer. With the photos in hand, you’ll remember just how you had it set up before so you can recreate it in record time.

2.  Follow the $20 in 20 Minutes Rule

Smallin Kuper, who’s moved 11 times herself, warns against packing up anything you don’t love or don’t really need. But what you really need can be hard to define. To help make the call, she advises going by the $20 in 20 minutes rule. “For smaller items, ask yourself if you were to need it again in the future, could you find it for under $20 in under 20 minutes. If yes, let it go.”

3.  Corral Cords with Toilet Paper Rolls


Image: Libby Walker for HouseLogic

How many extension cords can fit in moving...

Tucker Talks Homes - March 12-13, 2016

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