Everywhere you hear “You need to get pre-qualified for a mortgage before you buy a house.” Then you talk to someone else and they say “No! You need to get pre-approved for a mortgage.”
Which is it? Well, it’s both really but for very different purposes. Continue reading
As a homeowner, you likely have two goals for your home: you want it to be a comfortable place for you and your family to live and you want to maintain and increase its value in the event you decide to sell. There are many ways to maintain your home value and ways to increase the value as well. If you plan to live in your home for a while, you should look for renovations that keep your home safe and comfortable for your family and make your home an even more inviting place to live. One of the first places homeowners choose to renovate is the kitchen.
Don’t let a late summer/early fall warm-up fool you. Cooler temperatures are on the way, and you cannot wait to prepare your home and yard for the changing seasons. Cleaning and maintenance tasks both inside and outside your home should top your to-do list before the first hard freeze.
1. Take Care of the Basics in Your Garden, Landscaped Areas, and Yard
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As your trees and bushes become bare and your annuals die, your garden and yard become devoid of lush foliage. Take advantage of the open areas and walk through your yard to assess your landscaping, garden, and grass to see what you need to do.
Determine whether any plants have overgrown their space; divide those that have and plant them in bare areas. Check for diseased or damaged plants and bushes and cut off those areas or dig them out entirely.
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One of the most common home improvement projects for people looking for a moderate to upscale change is the bathroom remodel. Whether it’s a guest or master bath, a bathroom remodel has many different components and can range anywhere from mostly DIY to barely any DIY, depending on a variety of factors. Here are some tips for how to tackle your bathroom remodel in the smartest, safest, and most cost-effective way possible. Continue reading
Your home is a reflection of you, whether you realize it or not. In particular, how you decorate gives your guests a glimpse into your personality. What first impression do people get when they walk into your kitchen? There’s one feature that says a lot, and it’s not those mute walls … it’s the floor!
What does your kitchen floor say about you?
Ahh July 4th! A time to BBQ with friends, soak in the sun at the beach and raise a toast in honor of the brave Founding Fathers and Mothers who gave the big heave ho’ to King George III. This year, why not truly celebrate our nation’s independence by visiting one (or all!) of these Revolutionary War era homes?
If you’ve ever been in the market for a used car, you probably know about Carfax. For $39, Carfax will sell you a detailed report on a car, based on its VIN — vehicle identification number. This can be invaluable when you are considering the purchase of a car that has been through a traumatic event, such as a major collision or flood.
Wouldn’t it be nice if there was a similar service for home buyers? There is. It is Housefax.com. Housefax reports are available nationwide and cost $29.95 for consumers. Professional plans are available too.
You take great pride in your home and are quite conscious of curb appeal. You’ve added a fresh coat of paint to your home, carefully tended the flower beds in your front yard and adorned your front porch with cozy decorations, and yet it still seems like something is missing when you stand back and admire your handiwork.
Could it be your home’s foundation?
A dingy, cracked and crumbling concrete base can detract from all of your other hard work. But aesthetics isn’t the only reason to pay attention to your home’s foundation. Giving it a little TLC can ward off larger headaches and costly repairs. Let’s take a look at what you can do to care for your home’s foundation.
Deciding to sell your home can be an emotional decision. Whether the move is due to a job change, a need to down-size or simply the desire to move to another part of the country, uprooting yourself and your family can feel overwhelming.
You may have loved your home for years and just can’t imagine that any potential buyer who walks through your door will be anything less than thrilled to pay top dollar for your splendid abode. But in reality, the hard truth is that you need to expect to give your home at least a modest face-lift before opening your door to a potential home buyer. Major renovations aren’t usually in order, but some basic cleaning and polishing will benefit you in the long run.
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When most people think of April, it’s usually in the context of Tax Day. And getting your taxes done often requires a fair bit of work, starting with making sure you have all the paperwork, receipts, W-2s, etc. in one place. So it’s no coincidence that April is also National Records & Information Management Month.
For homeowners, there is a LOT of information about the house that they should keep track of – from receipts for any improvements, repairs, or maintenance done on the house to manuals and spare part info (what is the water filter part I need? what paint color did I use on that wall?). For most of us this information is not well organized, so when we actually need it we waste a lot of time searching for it…including types of information you might not realize. Continue reading