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The Hidden Costs of Downsizing

The Hidden Costs of Downsizing

Downsizing sounds like a great way to save money, right? A smaller house should mean smaller expenses, but that isn’t always the case. In fact, sometimes downsizing can actually cost you money. Here are some of the hidden costs you…

Growing a Privacy Hedge

Growing a Privacy Hedge

Creating privacy is often a priority for many homeowners. Installing a fence is a common option for creating privacy, but it isn’t right in every circumstance. For those looking to create privacy without putting up a fence, growing a privacy…

Increase Your Home’s Value

Increase Your Home’s Value

If a home sale is in your future, then you may want to start thinking about ways you can increase your home’s value. Getting top dollar is important to all sellers, and by making strategic choices about upgrades and renovations,…

Helping Your Child Buy a Home

Helping Your Child Buy a Home

Home ownership is a dream come true for many. However in today’s economic landscape, many young adults are finding it hard to turn that dream into a reality. Whether it’s because of student loan debt, not having enough money for…

Staging a Living Room to Sell

Staging a Living Room to Sell

There’s no doubt about it – one of the most important rooms to stage when you’re selling is the living room. The living room is where family and friends gather and where you unwind after a long day. A great…

Heating Systems 101

Heating Systems 101

We’re heading into the hottest part of the year, so it’s unlikely you’re thinking too much about your home’s heating system. But if you’re house hunting this summer or you need to upgrade to a new system, now is the…

Make the Most of a Small Yard

Make the Most of a Small Yard

Yards are a great way to extend your living space – especially when the weather is nice. However, if you have a small yard, then you may feel like you’re missing out. But don’t be dismayed! There are many ways…

Creating a Craft Room

Creating a Craft Room

Is a personal craft room on your wish list? If you’re house hunting – or you’ve just purchased a home – you may be wondering how you can turn a spare room into a craft room. Fortunately, all it takes…

How to Minimize Your Home’s Flaws

How to Minimize Your Home’s Flaws

Does your home feel less than perfect? There are truly very few homes that live up to all the owner’s expectations. Although it’s common for most homeowners to feel some dissatisfaction with certain elements of their homes, it can be…

When Do You Need a Permit?

When Do You Need a Permit?

Summer is a great time to complete home improvement projects. Both sellers and recent buyers may opt to make upgrades because they can add value to a home. But it’s essential that you understand which projects may require a building…

Planning a House Hunting Trip

Planning a House Hunting Trip

Memorial Day weekend is almost here. This holiday is often thought of as the unofficial start of summer. But it can also be a great time to go house hunting. In fact, if you’re planning to move out of town,…

Selling a Home With a Pool

Selling a Home With a Pool

If you’re selling a home with a pool, then you may be wondering whether it will help – or hurt – your home sale. Well, we have some good news for you! According to the National Association of Realtors, having…

Hidden Expenses of Selling Your Home

Hidden Expenses of Selling Your Home

Is it time for you to sell your home? You’re no doubt thinking about all the money you can potentially make from your home sale. But it’s important to remember that selling a home can also cost you money. Not…

Filing a Homeowners Insurance Claim

Filing a Homeowners Insurance Claim

A big storm causes a tree limb to fall on your garage. A pipe bursts and floods your kitchen. A burglar breaks in and steals your electronics. These are all unfortunate situations in which you might need to file a…

Ignore These Home Selling Tips

Ignore These Home Selling Tips

If you’re selling your home, then you’ve no doubt received lots of advice (some of it unsolicited). While those offering advice may have good intentions, the information they are sharing isn’t always correct. In fact, there is some advice that…

Why Is My Closing Delayed?

Why Is My Closing Delayed?

When you’re buying or selling a home, the closing day is seen as the finish line. Everything you do is in preparation for that day, and it’s the goal that you’re striving for. But what happens when your closing day…

House Flipping Mistakes

House Flipping Mistakes

Are you considering buying your first home to flip? While house flipping can be a great way to make money, it can also be full of challenges. In fact, there are many ways in which your first home flip could…

Clean Your Windows Like a Pro

Clean Your Windows Like a Pro

Cleaning windows is one of those chores that most people would rather ignore. However, if you’re selling your home then you’ll need those windows to sparkle. Clean windows let in more light and help to enhance the view – both…