Home Remodeling Do’s and Don’ts for Home Appraisals

real_estate_appraiser-1Selling your home is no walk in the park. You try to do everything possible to fix it up and add value, but this can be hard because you feel the money you put into the house just doesn’t equal the value of your home. It can seem like you are running in circles. Well, you’re not alone, because many people feel this way when making renovations to increase the value of their home. The most important thing to remember is to make sure that what you are remodeling isn’t actually decreasing the value of the house. Here is a list of home remodeling do’s and don’ts so you can be sure to not waste your time and money. Continue reading “Home Remodeling Do’s and Don’ts for Home Appraisals” »

Saving Money on Building Your Dream Home

find-your-dream-homeEveryone has dug through magazine after magazine imagining their dream home. You pull out clippings and ideas and you paste together a list of things that you would love to have. Unfortunately, not everyone can have this dream. Many people will eventually settle for buying a home that has most of, or at least a decent amount of, the things on their list. However, there are the lucky ones who have the time to build their actual dream home. If you fall into that category, this article is for you. Here are some of the ways you can save money while building your dream home.

 

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Things to Consider When Redesigning Your Office Space

3043545-slide-s-4-the-open-office-designed-with-purposeThe design for your office space is important. The colors and patterns that surround your workspace can actually affect your productivity. The chairs you use can either support you properly or not at all. There are many things to think about when redesigning your office. You don’t want to cut any corners and end up with an unproductive workspace. Here are just a few of the top things to consider when redesigning your office.

 

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Is Home Remodeling Tax Deductible?

6355404323_ac5691e105_oWe are always looking for new ways to save money. Tax deductions are a great way to do that. There are different activities in your day-to-day life that create expenses, this we all know. Tax deductions are a way to get some of that money back. So what about home remodeling and additions. We all know that is no small expense, so is there a way to get a tax deduction on that money? Continue reading “Is Home Remodeling Tax Deductible?” »

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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