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Tips for Tackling a Bathroom Remodel: When to DIY, When to Hire, and What to Expect

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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

What Your Kitchen Floor Says About You

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?

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Summer Road Trip! Visit These Historic Homes

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?

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What Do Agents Really Think of Housefax? Here’s One Agent’s Honest Review

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.

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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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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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HOMEOWNER’S GUIDE: How to Quickly and Easily Organize Important Information About Your Home

Thanks to Centriq for this guest post!

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

How Does Walkability Affect Home Value?

Thanks to Redfin for this guest post!

In U.S. cities, homes within walking distance to jobs, schools, shopping, parks and other urban amenities are both highly desired and extremely rare. Fewer than 2 percent of  active listings are considered a walker’s paradise (Walk Score of 90 and above). Yet 56 percent of millennials and 46 percent of boomers prefer walkable communities with a range of housing amidst local businesses and public services. And like everything rare and desirable, walkability comes at a premium; homes highly “walkable” to amenities, everything else being equal, are more expensive than comparable homes in less “walkable” areas.

To estimate how much walkability is worth when buying or selling a home, we looked at the sale prices and Walk Score ratings of more than one million homes sold between January 2014 and April 2016 across 14 major metro areas to determine the average price of one Walk Score point.

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Home Staging Tricks that Increase Sales

Home staging is a proven and effective way to garner more attention from buyers. It can help you to sell your home more quickly and for top dollar, which are top goals for any seller. However, you can spend a fortune staging every inch of your home and transforming it to look like a model home. Those who have limited time and minimal funds available to stage their home may be looking for the most effective way to boost results from staging.

Each home has unique needs, but you can generally enjoy considerable results when you devote your resources to the areas below.  Continue reading

Tips & Tricks to Minimize Stress & Struggles During a Home Remodel

Spring is near. And with that comes the “remodeling itch.” There are countless projects that can increase your home’s resale value, and add plenty of enjoyment as well. There’s also no shortage of worries when it comes to remodeling your home. Between second guessing design decisions and fretting over your budget, home remodeling isn’t for the faint of heart.

As if that wasn’t enough, remodeling projects also make your house vulnerable to a number of other costly concerns. Here are a few potential issues to be aware of and ways to help prevent them: Continue reading