Does Your Home’s Foundation Need a Little TLC?

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.

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The Inspiring Growth of Hispanic Homeownership

Owning a home is no doubt part of the “American dream.” Yet less than two-thirds of Americans currently do. In fact, the overall rate of homeownership is hovering near a 50-year low, at 63.6%. For minorities, the rates are even lower, coming in at 56.8% (Asian), 46.6% (Hispanic), and 42.7% (African American).

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Consumer Alert: Hidden Dangers Left Inside a Meth Lab

Anne-Marie and her partner spent the better part of a year looking for a dream home in Longmont, CO that fit their budget.

They had a property under contract when they discovered that a former occupant had been a methamphetamine smoker. It was then discovered (through independent testing) that the former occupant was not only smoking meth, but cooking it also. The property’s Housefax Report shows this activity (but to our surprise, the DEA website does not.)

Professional meth lab cleanup contractors estimate that about 90% of meth labs are never discovered, and their tenants will likely never know about their homes’ toxicity. Clean up costs can easily exceed $30,000 to make the home healthy again. But even a cleaned up meth lab can pose serious health risks.

So how can you protect you and your family from this growing epidemic? Always run a Housefax Report first on a property you’re interested in buying or renting. Here are a few other things you need to know….

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Celebrity Housefax: Barack and Michelle Obama [PHOTOS, VIDEO & FULL HOUSEFAX REPORT]

While they no longer reside at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, former President Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, aren’t moving out of the Washington, DC area anytime soon. Their youngest daughter, Sasha, has two-and-a-half more years of high school, so the Obamas recently purchased the Kalorama neighborhood house they have been renting since January.

Built in 1928, the brick Tudor-style mansion was renovated in 2011. (Incidentally the Housefax Report shows that the fire department was dispatched in March 2011 to deal with a natural gas leak on the premises.)
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SELLER’S GUIDE: 7 Pro Tips to Sell Your Home

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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How to Win a Bidding War [FREE RESOURCE GUIDE]

The real estate industry has a popular saying: “All’s fair in love, war and real estate.” For buyers, getting into a bidding war can be brutal…except for one lucky winner. In today’s heated market, homes in sought-after neighborhoods can command multiple offers and the sold price often well exceeds the asking price.

So how do you come out on top? Here’s our favorite expert advice from the pros including TV’s most favorite real estate agent, Modern Family’s Phil Dunphy. Oh and don’t forget to download the “Ultimate Resource Guide to Winning a Bidding War.” Continue reading

Memorial Day Tribute from Team Housefax

Each year, Americans celebrate Memorial Day weekend as the unofficial start of summer. Memorial Day itself — which falls on May 29 this year — is a special day that we take time to remember and honor the courage of those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. The Housefax team shares their wishes for these brave men and women and their families.

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HOMEOWNER’S GUIDE: BBQ Grill Safety Tips for Summer [INFOGRAPHIC]

With Memorial Day almost here and summer just around the corner, chances are you’ll be firing up your outdoor grill soon (if you haven’t already!). In fact, May is National Barbecue Month so there’s no excuse not to break out the charcoal or flip that igniter!

Although humans have been cooking food over an open flame since practically the day after fire was invented, it wasn’t until the 1940s that it caught on in the U.S. as a backyard fun-omena. Early open-air cooking was a challenge, though, as the only grills available at the time – brazier grills – weren’t designed for consistency or safety. Continue reading

7 Easy Ways to Make any Bathroom Feel Like a Luxury Spa

 

Ok moms, confession time! Everyone needs a trip to the spa now and then. But what if you could go to the spa every day —in your own bathroom? Every Mom’s dream, right? Check out these 7 simple (and affordable) tips for turning your bathroom into your own private spa retreat just in time for Mother’s Day!   Continue reading