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Posted on 05/31/2020
4 Expenses New Homeowners Don't Think About Before Closing
Image by mohamed Hassan from Pixabay Purchasing a new home is an exciting and life-changing event. While you likely know that you'll need to be able to afford to pay your mortgage each month, there might be other expenses that you aren't as familiar with. 1. Maintenance Costs It makes sense that you'd need to include money to...
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Posted on 05/24/2020
Tips on Maintaining Your Home Inside and Out
In many ways, the quality of your life is determined by the condition of your home. If it feels like your home is in disrepair, messy, or cluttered, you're not going to feel comfortable or satisfied with your living situation. While perfection is an unattainable standard, there are a lot of simple things you can do to keep your...
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Posted on 05/17/2020
Selling Your House? Consider a Pre-Inspection
Photo by Michal Jarmoluk via Pixabay Most buyers understand the importance of getting a home inspection before purchasing a property. But did you know that some sellers are also opting to invest in a pre-inspection? These savvy homeowners realize that a pre-inspection can be a very helpful tool when it comes time to market their houses. If you're...
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Posted on 05/10/2020
Budgetless Renovation: Getting Everything You Ever Wanted Without Getting Lost
Image by Malachi Witt from Pixabay You might think renovating a home is simple when budget isn't a factor, but when there are no limits, it's deceptively easy to become side railed. Getting off-track on a home renovation can be disastrous. You may end up with rooms that feel cavernous and impossible to fill or hallways that meander...
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Posted on 05/03/2020
Location over Size when Searching for a Home?
Image by Mohamed Hassan from Pixabay When it comes to selecting a home, every situation is a little different. Do you purchase a house because of its size or is the location more important? Both factors play a crucial role in determining your choice, but the unique details in your life can help you decide which is more...
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Posted on 04/26/2020
Common Home Renovation Mistakes
Image by ClassicallyPrinted from Pixabay Renovating your home is a great way to improve your home while also adding value. While you may go into a home improvement or renovation project with the best-laid plans, problems are bound to arise especially with a larger scale job. Some issues can be prevented by understanding the most common pitfalls that...
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Posted on 04/19/2020
5 Creative Ways to Hide your AC You Won't Believe
Image by triosolution1 from Pixabay When it comes to hiding an AC, it's vital to maintain proper airflow. But you don't have to block airflow to remove an air conditioner from your line of sight. Check out these five creative ways to hide your AC. A Hanging Garden To make this project easy, pre-made lattice works just fine...
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Posted on 04/12/2020
What’s the Best Home Improvement for ROI
Photo by Sue Smith via Shutterstock Choosing what to upgrade or fix in, on or around your home can be a complicated process. Changes fall into two categories – things that increase or decrease value (or sale price) and things that increase or decrease salability (or how willing people are to pay full price for it). Before you...
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Posted on 04/05/2020
Decor and Taxes: Working from Home
Photo by RawPixel via Pixabay The sky's the limit for cloud-based documents and files. Remote working is on the rise. The ranks of independent entrepreneurs are growing. For many, home is a place to live and work. Here are three elements to consider for your work-from-home space. 1. Choose Your Workspace Pick a bright spot. Daylight inspires! Will...
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Posted on 03/29/2020
Simple Signs It's Time to Check Your HVAC
Photo by ElasticComputeFarm via Pixabay Your HVAC system keeps everything cool and comfortable, but only if it is working properly. You don't have to have any repair or DIY skills to determine if your air conditioner is struggling, just look for one or more of the signs below. Finding problems now, at the first sign of trouble, can...
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Posted on 03/22/2020
5 Tips for Preparing Your Home for Sale
Photo by Im3rd Media on Unsplash Selling your home can be a very exciting experience. From house-hunting to packing up your stuff, it can all be a very fun and rewarding process. However, there are some steps that must be taken to ensure you sell your house for the right price. You must understand what your house is...
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Posted on 03/15/2020
Tips for Replacing the Mechanism in Your Toilet Tank
Photo by House Method on Unsplash Some home maintenance projects definitely require a professional. But given just how fast homeownership costs can add up, it's nice to know that other home projects are DIY for the average person. Replacing your toilet fill valve and the flapper is one such project. The toilet is one of the few items...
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