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Feb 21

Five Landscaping Mistakes

Landscaping Mistakes Any time is a great time to get your lawn in order. When landscaping, here are a few things to avoid. Choosing the wrong plants One of the biggest mistakes you can make while landscaping is choosing the wrong type of plants. Invasive plants, such as bamboo, fountain... read more →
Feb 20

How to Build a Blanket Fort

Blanket Fort You’re never too old to make (and hang out in) a blanket fort! They’re the perfect place to relax on a weekend…or whenever you want to build one. Here’s how to make the perfect blanket fort. Gather your materials One of the great things about making a blanket... read more →
Feb 19

Eleven Mistakes You Make When Painting

Painting Mistakes Painting is one the most common home improvement tasks that homeowners do on their own.  If you decide to paint your room by yourself, make sure to not make these mistakes. Skipping prep time Professional painters spend much of their time on prep work. Make sure you’ve properly... read more →
Feb 16

How to: Deep Clean Your Bedroom

Deep Clean Your Bedroom Your bedroom tends to accumulate a lot of stuff. As a room gets more cluttered, the less relaxed you feel in the room, and that’s the exact opposite of how you should feel in your bedroom. Here’s how to deep clean your bedroom to get your... read more →
Feb 15

How to Decorate When Renting an Apartment

Decorating a Rental Decorating while renting may seem like a daunting task. You don’t want to do anything that could potentially damage the apartment and cost you your deposit. However, this shouldn’t keep you from decorating at all. Here are a few ways for you to decorate your apartment without... read more →
Feb 14

Six Ways to Ace Your Job Hunt

Perfect the Job Hunt No matter what, job hunting is difficult. The stress and time associated with the job hunt can be overwhelming at times. However, there are a few things you can do to get more prepared. Here’s how to ace the job hunt. Fix up your resume Make... read more →
Feb 13

10 Types of Trees to Avoid Planting in Your Yard

Types of Trees Not to Plant Your yard is just as important to your home’s appeal as the inside is. When decorating your lawn, here are ten trees to avoid. Silver maple The silver maple tree roots spread fast and shallow. They can easily bust underground pipes, especially if they... read more →
Feb 12

Creating the Perfect Master Bedroom

Master Bedroom Your master bedroom is one of the most important rooms in your house. After all, you do spend about a third of your life in bed! Because of that, you should make your bedroom the best it can be. Here’s how to do just that. Step One: Decide... read more →
Feb 09

How to Start Saving For College

College Savings Accounts College is expensive, even with loans. So, why not start the saving process early?  There are a few different ways that you can start saving early on that aren’t just a separate bank account. Here are three ways to start saving for college. 529 plan Almost every... read more →
Feb 09

Types of Kitchen Countertops

Kitchen Countertops There are many different types of kitchen countertops on the market. It can be overwhelming when starting to redo your kitchen. Here are six of the most popular types of kitchen countertops to help get you started. Laminate Laminate countertops cost about $10 to $40 per square foot.... read more →
Feb 09

Living a Cash-Only Lifestyle

How to Live a Cash-Only Lifestyle If you have a habit of overspending, living a cash-only lifestyle may be a good option for you. Living within a definite budget helps you towards a debt-free lifestyle. If you would like to live a cash-only lifestyle, here are a few steps to... read more →
Feb 08

Your Home’s Value and Your Neighbors

How Your Neighbors Affect Your Home Value When selling your home, one thing that affects whether you can sell your home and how fast you can sell your home is your home’s value. Most people know that a home’s value can be affected by your home, but did you know... read more →
Feb 07

Five Mistakes New Homeowners Make

Mistakes New Homeowners Make It can be daunting when deciding how to decorate your new home. If you don’t know where to start, here are five things that you should avoid doing to help get you started. Keeping the current layout You don’t need to keep the layout you saw... read more →
Feb 07

Hard to Kill Houseplants

Eight Hard to Kill Houseplants Not everyone has a green thumb. For many people, it’s hard to keep a plant alive that isn’t plastic. However, if you are not into the fake-plant look, here are eight hard to kill houseplants that may be right for you. Aloe Aloe is best... read more →
Feb 07

Writing an Offer Letter

Real Estate Offer Letters An offer letter is a legal document used by a buyer who wants to place a bid on a house that is for sale. You want the seller to feel positive about you after reading your letter. To make your offer letter the best it can... read more →
Feb 06

Landscaping Trends for 2018

Landscaping in 2018 Landscaping is an important factor to make your house really pop. After all, it is the outside of your home that gives your guests their first impression. Here are some landscaping trends you should incorporate into your yard in 2018. Water-saving foliage Sustainable landscaping has been on... read more →
Feb 05

Five Things to Declutter

What to Declutter It’s human nature to hold on to stuff. However, this leads to a cluttered and messy household. If you don't know where to start when clearing clutter, here are few things to get rid of first. Cell phones Often, people will hold onto old cell phones that... read more →
Feb 05

How to Install Carpet

Carpet Installation Installing carpet can be difficult work. However, not everyone has the funds to hire someone to do the work for you. Here’s how to install carpet on your own. Get ready First things first, you need to get rid of the old carpet. Start by removing the moldings... read more →
Feb 02

How to Avoid Bankruptcy

Avoiding Bankruptcy Bankruptcy occurs when your liabilities exceed your assets or when you have an insufficient cash flow to service your debt. In other words, bankruptcy happens when you don’t have enough money to pay off your bills. Declaring bankruptcy has many consequences and can affect your credit for many... read more →
Feb 02

Superstitions for Your Home

Superstitions Superstitions don’t stop with black cats and walking under ladders. In fact, there are plenty of superstitions across all different beliefs that have to do with your home. Here are 13 superstitions that relate to your home. Avoid unlucky numbers Number thirteen is a well-known unlucky number, but did... read more →
Feb 02

Lowering Your Credit Card Interest Rate

Credit Card Interest Rate Is your interest rate not where you want it? Here’s how to lower the interest rate on your credit card. Evaluate your situation Before you call your credit card company, you should understand your current situation. Take a look at your current credit terms, including your... read more →
Feb 01

How to Install Hardwood Flooring

Installing a Hardwood Floor A hardwood floor is a classic floor style that looks great in any home. To install hardwood in your home, this is what you need to do. Step 1: Prep time Before doing anything, you need to prep the area. Measure the width and length of... read more →
Feb 01

Saving on Home Construction Costs

Home Construction Savings Finding the perfect house can be difficult. If your home search is coming up empty, you may want to consider constructing your own home. As you may imagine, building a home comes with more costs than buying an already constructed one. However, here are a few things... read more →
Jan 31

What is the Mortgage Process?

The Mortgage Process Have you ever wondered about what steps your loan goes through before closing? Wonder no more! Here are the steps your loan goes through before you close. The loan coordinator Once you finish the application, the loan coordinator takes care of getting everything in order. They make... read more →
Jan 31

Seven Home Staging Mistakes

Home Staging Mistakes Home staging is the act of preparing a home for sale. The goal of staging is to make the home appealing to several potential buyers, helping the home sell faster and for more money. Home staging is an essential part of the home selling process. However, it’s... read more →
Jan 31

What to Know About Life Insurance

Life Insurance Life insurance should be considered in each and every household. Here are five things to make understanding life insurance easier. If anyone relies on you financially, you need life insurance If you have a spouse or are the parent of a dependent child, you should have life insurance.... read more →
Jan 30
Jan 30

Six Feng Shui Mistakes

Feng Shui Mistakes The concept of feng shui is meant to balance the energies in a given space to bring your environment into alignment with who you are and where you want to be. However, sometimes this can be difficult. There are many different principles that you can use to... read more →
Jan 30

Protect Your Home From Theft

Protecting Your Home It’s always important to protect your home from being burglarized, but how do you do it? Here are a few ways to protect your home from theft, both on the outside and the inside. Outside Trim shrubbery Overgrown shrubbery provides an easy spot for thieves to hide... read more →
Jan 29

Pricing Your Home for Sale

How to Price Your Home The most important factor when selling a home is pricing the home. An overpriced home won’t get attention and will lose its freshness in the first two or three weeks. After twenty-one days on the market, interest in a home wanes. Pricing a home too... read more →
Jan 29

How to Make an In-Home Movie Theatre

In-Home Movie Theatre Have you dreamed of having the big screen right in the comfort right in your own home? Here’s how to make your own in-home theatre. Choose the room A spare room with few windows and doors works best for a home theatre. The additional wall space means... read more →
Jan 29

Six Common Tax Return Mistakes

Tax Return Mistakes As you get ready to file your taxes, it can be tempting to fly through your return. But you shouldn’t! Rushing through your return can lead to mistakes, which can slow down the process or render your return invalid. Here are the six popular errors the IRS... read more →
Jan 26

10 Mistakes to Avoid During a Home Renovation

Home Renovation Mistakes A home renovation is a big project to take on. If you are planning on doing a renovation, here are ten mistakes you should avoid making. An unrealistic timeline Construction projects almost always take longer than expected. Usually, this is due to unforeseen obstacles, such as work... read more →
Jan 25

What is a Luxury Home?

Luxury Homes During your real estate search, you may have come across the term “luxury” or maybe you’ve been watching a lot of Million Dollar Listings. Either way, the term luxury seems to appear a lot, but what exactly does “luxury” mean? What makes a home luxury? In real estate listings,... read more →
Jan 24

Seven Questions to Ask When Purchasing a Flipped House

Flipped House Questions If you’ve ever watched HGTV, chances are you know what it means when someone says a home has been flipped. For those that don’t, a flipped house is one bought at a discount either because of the property’s condition or the seller’s need to move quickly. The... read more →
Jan 23

What to Do If You Get a Low Appraisal

Low Appraisal An appraisal is an estimation of a home’s value. But what happens when an appraisal comes in under the home’s selling price? Here’s how to deal with a low appraisal. Why do low appraisals happen? The first thing you must ask yourself is why the home appraised for... read more →
Jan 23

Seven Types of Doors

Types of Doors Doors are one of the most important factors in your home. Not only are they functional, but they can also add flair to a room. If you’re thinking of adding new doors to your humble abode, here are seven different types to consider. Hinged single door A... read more →
Jan 23

How to Choose a Contractor

Choosing a Contractor Are you thinking about remodeling a portion of your home? Before you do, you have to make sure you are hiring the right contractor for the job. To make sure you have the perfect person, follow these steps. Get recommendations First things first, get recommendations from trusted... read more →
Jan 22

What is a Tax Return?

Tax Return A tax return is the form or forms used to report income and file income taxes with the IRS. They allow taxpayers to calculate their tax liability and remit payments or request refunds. Tax returns must be filed every year for any individual that received income during the... read more →
Jan 22

How to Build an In-Home Gym

In-Home Gym Do you want to get a jump start on your New Year’s resolution to get healthier or have a spare room that you don’t know what to do with? Consider making an in-home gym! While it may seem like a big task to take on, it’s easier than... read more →
Jan 22

Home Inspection Mistakes Buyers Make

Home Inspection Mistakes A home inspection is an essential step in the home buying process that shouldn’t be overlooked or rushed. Here are some common mistakes buyers might make during the home inspection process. Not getting an inspection Most people know to get an inspection when buying a home from... read more →
Jan 19

Six Ways to Meet Your New Neighbors

Meet Your Neighbors Moving into a new neighborhood can be difficult. In addition to moving in all your stuff, getting to know your neighbors might be one of the most important steps of moving. If you don't know how to make the first step, here are six ways to get... read more →
Jan 19

What is a Buyer’s Representation Agreement?

Buyer's Representation Agreement An agent typically works with a buyer for several weeks to a few months, sometimes longer. They do a variety of things, including: Introducing the buyer to lenders and helping obtain preapproval letters Finding listings that fit the buyer’s requirements Call listing agents to determine availability Making... read more →
Jan 19

What Does It Mean to be House Poor?

House Poor House poor is a situation where a person spends a large portion of their total income on home ownership. This includes mortgages payments, property taxes, utilities, and maintenance. Individuals in this situation find themselves short on cash for other financial obligations, such as car payments. This usually happens... read more →
Jan 18

What is a 24-hour Notice When Showing a House?

24-Hour Notice When selling your home, one of the things that you may think about how you will make your home available for showing. In addition to a 24-hour notice, there are a few different notices you can employ for this. Call first, lockbox This is the method preferred by... read more →