Weekend DIY Projects to Improve Your Home Value

October 31, 2014

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The best home improvements are those that have a high return on the investment. Remodeling Magazine publishes an annual Cost vs. Value Report, analyzing the ROI of 35 separate remodeling projects. You can even look at the return based on your region. The report is based on the assumption that you’re using professional labor to [...]

Choosing a Kitchen Sink to Match Your Style and Budget

August 22, 2014

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If you’re remodeling your kitchen on a budget – or equipping a new kitchen and haven’t a clue where to start – focus on the kitchen sink. Yesteryear’s limited selection of cast iron and stainless steel can’t compete with today’s stylish, modern sinks. Simply choose the mounting type and style, then select the material. A [...]

Should You Remodel or Just Move?

August 8, 2014

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If your home no longer fits your needs, it may be time to either move or remodel. But which makes the best sense in your situation? Whether to move or remodel is an entirely personal choice, based on your financial situation and your personal preferences. Ask yourself first if you can renovate your house, then [...]

Buy a Fixer With an FHA Loan

April 4, 2014

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Most real estate agents have tales of clients who just can’t seem to look beyond a home’s minor flaws, be they ratty floors or sagging screens. Then, there are those clients who can envision the possibilities of a house that’s seemingly being held up by a prayer. If you fall into the latter category but [...]

Remodeling Your Bathroom on a Budget

August 30, 2013

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Remodeling a bathroom on a budget requires careful thought and more elbow grease, so to speak, than simply going out and buying whatever you want at the first place you see it. Still, it can be done. Certain strategies will help keep you from going over budget. Here are some tips to keep in mind as [...]

Swimming Pools: Do They Add Value or Turn Buyers Off?

November 30, 2012

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Sparkling blue water, especially when it’s lit up at night – what’s not to love about a swimming pool in your backyard? If you have one, you may feel blessed. If you don’t, and are considering adding one, hang on a minute. Who Wants a Pool? According to Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate, middle-aged [...]

Lead-Based Paint: Keep Your Family Safe

October 12, 2012

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Lead is a metallic element found in rocks and soil virtually everywhere in the world. Tiny lead particles can be toxic if individuals inhale or swallow them. Over time, those inhaled or ingested lead particles may accumulate in blood, bones and soft tissue. The lead can cause permanent damage to the central nervous system, kidneys, [...]

5 Home Improvement Tips to Increase Property Value

August 3, 2012

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Home improvements are still a surefire way of adding value to a property, but with the average return being somewhat lower than we have seen in prior years, it is time to strategically select your DIY projects in order to see the maximum return. Always remember that your taste isn’t universal, and what you see [...]

Keeping Everyone Happy During Home Improvement Projects

June 8, 2012

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Home improvements can be fun and exciting – at least the end result can be. The process itself can be stressful, expensive and noisy for many homeowners, their families, neighbors and pets. Since areas of your home may be out of commission for a few days or even up to several months, it’s critical for [...]