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June
22

 

Security & Safety

These are the very first things you should do after buying a house (for obvious reasons):

1. Change locks. Spares could be floating around anywhere.

2. Hide an extra key in a lockbox. Thieves look under flower pots.

3. Reset the key codes for garage doors, gates, etc. The former owners might've trusted half the neighborhood.

4. Test fire and carbon monoxide detectors. Who knows when the last time was. Definitely install them if there are none.

5. Check the temperature on your water heater, especially if you have young ones, so it won't accidentally scald. Manufacturers tend to set them high. (but the best te...

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June
8

The home-buying process is long and arduous. You often spend months searching for the right home before you make an offer and once an offer is made and accepted, you must jump through several more hoops before the sale closes. An important part of the process is the home inspection where a professional makes sure everything in the house is functioning properly and identifies needed repairs.

The buyer pays the cost of a home inspection but can always wave the right to an inspection. That's not a good idea. You should make a home inspection a mandatory part of the home-buying process. You need unbiased documentation of the home's condition. This goes for both the purchase of a pre-owned home as well as new construction.

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May
25

Whether you're looking to sell your home or simply improve its overall appearance, consider upgrading the landscape. These six tips will help you utilize landscaping to increase your home's curb appeal:

1. Freshen your mulch

Mulch eventually dulls and blends in with the surrounding plants and shrubs. Adding new mulch doesn't cost very much and

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May
11

If you've fallen in love with a new property, it's easy to dismiss its shortcomings. That's why, when looking at prospective new digs, it's important to focus on the parts of the space that you don't like and would change later on. Ask yourself, "How will I feel about this space in a decade?" You may come to realize that some design trends and characteristics – such as lackluster landscaping, a swimming pool or a noisy location – may actually be less desirable and make your dream home harder to sell in the future.

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April
27

When it comes to buying a house, most people know what they prefer: a bungalow or a condo, a hot neighborhood or a sleepy street.

Mortgages, too, come in many styles — and recognizing which type you should choose is just slightly more involved than, say, knowing that you prefer hardwood floors over wall-to-wall carpeting.

First things first: To pick the best loan for your situation, you need to know what your situation is, exactly. Will you be staying in this home for years? Decades? Are you feeling financially comfortable? Are you anxious about changing loan rates? 

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April
16

Does walking into your kitchen make you want to walk right back out? A kitchen that's outdated or just plain drab can be depressing, but so can the realization of how much it will cost to renovate it. The good news is that you don't need to do a complete overhaul to get happy in your space again. Little changes can actually make a big impact, and many of them can be done inexpensively, easily, and without having to hire someone.

New faucet

It's amazing how a little thing like a new faucet can change how you feel about doing dishes. Especially if your existing faucet doesn't have a modern design or is lacking features like a sprayer, a new version will be much appreciated. Go crazy and get a touchless faucet for...

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March
30

Home staging versus interior design: What's the difference? And which one do you need? While both share the goal of making your home look its best (and many pros offer both services), each serves a very distinct purpose. Here are some questions to ask to help you decide which one is right for you.

Are you selling your home soon, or staying put?

To begin, consider whether you're planning a move in the near future. If a sale is on your mind, a home staging company is the right choice.

Home staging is all about prepping your house so it will appeal to as many buyers as possible.

Home staging can include changing out paint colors, adding new pictures and artwork...

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March
21

So, you're getting ready to buy your first home, and you feel like you're at the mercy of the market. And your mortgage lender. In some ways, it might even feel like they're working against each other - especially if you're in a really hot market in which you can't qualify for the amount you'd need to buy what you want.

When it comes to providing pre-approvals for would-be homebuyers, lenders today are more careful than they were in the years leading up to the market crash, and that means your financial picture will be more rigorously scrutinized to determine your credit-worthiness and develop your max approval amount. Trust us, that's a good thing. The last thing you want is to be house poor. Having a great...

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