Furnace Repair and Maintenance Tips

furnace-repairThere are many household maintenance jobs that most homeowners don’t normally think about until the time comes when it actually doesn’t work – specifically heating and cooling systems. Colder weather comes quick in the Northern United States and the day will soon be here when you have to turn on your furnace to stay warm. But wouldn’t it be terrible if it didn’t work and now you are stuck in the cold? Although you can quickly call a furnace repair specialist near you to fix any problem you are having, wouldn’t it be easier to just take a few simple steps to keep your system working with just a little maintenance? Here are 5 easy furnace repair and maintenance tips to keep your system running smoothly all year long. Continue reading “Furnace Repair and Maintenance Tips” »

When is the Right Time to Invest in a Vacation Home?

vacation_home_tamarindo_costa_ricaVacation homes can be great investments, but only if they are approached from a strategic point of view. The right time to purchase a second home will depend on certain considerations related to fundamentals, personal finances and the housing market.

Timing the market is not the right way to approach a second home; it is more important to determine whether a vacation home is a good investment at the time the buyer can afford them. With this in mind, there is an undeniable cyclical and seasonal aspect that influences the vacation housing market. Continue reading “When is the Right Time to Invest in a Vacation Home?” »

Decorating Tips for Your First Home

No more renting out apartments that 100 of people have already lived in, you finally have your own place! A way to make your new home finally yours is to decorate it the way that you want. Looking at your new and empty home is like looking at a blank canvas. You want to decorate in a way that looks grown-up, comforting, and inviting all at the same time. But where does one get started on decorating? Follow these decorating tips for your first home.

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Office Trends of 2016

2016 home office trends

Trends come and go like seasons. Some people partake in trends, and others stick to what they are comfortable with as the trends pass. One of the trendiest places can be your office, whether it is your corporate office of your home office. For some people, their work space impacts the quality of the work they do. Check out the corporate office trends of this year that you could implement in your home office today!

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Keep Your Home Safe While on Vacation

You and your family are all set to go on vacation. But, you begin to worry about the safety of your home, even when you do the security basics of locking your doors. How can someone ensure that their home will be safe when they are away on vacation? Check out these tips on keeping your home safe, beyond locking the doors, while you are on vacation.

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Home Appraisal FAQ

Appraisals are a complicated process that most home sellers need to go through to sell their home. As most people know, the appraisal process is complicated, and not a lot of people know how to go about finding the right appraiser for the home they are trying to sell. For those of you who are trying to sell your home and are trying to understand the appraisal process, here are 10 FAQ’s to help you get a basics of what a home appraisal is like.

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Benefits of Renting a Cabin on a Lake

Time for some de-stressing without added distress? Kiss those high-maintenance getaways goodbye, and head for the water. Here are seven benefits of renting a cabin on a lake. Continue reading “Benefits of Renting a Cabin on a Lake” »

Reasons to Rent a Vacation Home

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Whenever you go on vacation, there are many options on where you could stay: a hotel, condo, beach house, with friends or family, and the list goes on. Picking a place to stay at while on vacation is difficult, especially when there are also many factors to consider, like proximity for example. With so many options to choose from, it can be hard to make a decision on where to stay on vacation. In this article, I will discuss reasons to choose a rental vacation home as your place to stay on your next vacation.

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Home Office Design Inspiration

If you are a blogger, a freelancer, or any other stay-at-home worker, you have a designated home office area. Being able to get up every day and get work done from home takes a lot of self motivation. A work space that is unorganized or dull can make it even harder to stay motivated throughout the work day. Since you spend a lot of your time at your desk when working from home, it wouldn’t hurt to give yourself an organized work space. It also wouldn’t hurt to add some color or design to your home office either. After all, you do spend a lot of time in your work area, you might as well make it look exactly how you like it. If you are interested in spicing up your home office workspace, here are some design inspiration and ideas to get you started.

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How to Improve Your Home Appraisal

Home Appraisal Picture

A home appraisal is a guessed estimate on how much a house is worth. An appraiser is a person that comes through the home and looks around to estimate its potential value. An appraiser looks at everything about a home from its square footage to its lawn. Getting a home appraisal is an important thing to do for someone who is trying to sell their home. For home sellers, it is important for your house to be on the market for the highest amount possible. If you are selling your home, here are a few things to do to ensure a higher price of your home during a home appraisal.

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