More people than ever are working from home. According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, 24 percent of employed people in the US work from home at least part of the time—and that number jumps to 42% of workers with advanced degrees. And as more people make the shift towards working from home, the demand […]
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Finding the right home is a serious process. Just like any other long term commitment, you’ve likely spent a great deal of time finding a home that you love and can picture yourself spending your life in. So what happens when you think you’ve found the right one but the seller rejects your offer? Here […]
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From spooky decor to candy galore, the Halloween season is meant to be a fun and festive time for all ages. But according to Traveler’s insurance, along with tricks and treats, this autumn holiday sees 17% more crime-related home insurance claims filed than any other day of the year. With theft and vandalism prevalent, taking precautions […]
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Moving always has the tendency to sound stressful, but adding downsizing to the mix can seem daunting. There are certain challenges that come with downsizing, but that doesn’t mean it has to be more stressful. By changing the way you approach downsizing and moving the experience can actually be a positive one. Downsizing gives you […]
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Now that the warm summer months are behind us, it’s time to prepare for winter. Regardless of whether you expect to see sub-zero temperatures this season or you live in one of the warmer climates, preparing your home for colder weather can save you money and hassle this winter. So before you dig out your winter sweaters, take a weekend and prepare your home for the cold weather to come.
Fall is a great time to seal drafts in the home which can suck energy out. Check around doors and windows and replace worn weather stripping and caulking. If you use your fireplace for warmth during winter, this is the right time to have the chimney cleaned and checked for safety. Arrange a furnace tune-up complete with replacing the filter and vacuuming the vents to make sure you are warming your home efficiently.
Before the chill turns to freezing, head to the yard to winterize the exterior of your home. Check gutters for clogged leaves and other debris and examine the roof and siding for any repairs which could create leaks or drafts in the cold. If the gardening season is at its end, drain water from outdoor faucets and garden hoses. Make sure the sprinkler system is off and reinforce any exposed pipes which could burst with the cold.
Fall is here. Along with the smell of baking and falling leaves, you can ensure your home is ready for winter by taking a few steps now to prepare. Save energy and the hassle of an unexpected repair by getting some routine maintenance done before the cold months come.
Just like other details of your home, sometimes fans (and their light fixtures) can make or break a room. While their appearance is important, keep in mind there are other factors you should consider. Different fans offer different amounts of breeze and depending on where you live, that range can make a difference when it […]
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When you put your home on the market, you want it to sell quickly—and profitably. And one of the best tricks you can use to sell your home faster and for a higher price? Scheduling a home inspection before you list. A recent article on Realtor.com broke down the benefits of having your home inspected before you start showing […]
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According to a recent survey from Fannie Mae, a huge percentage of Americans are overestimating what it takes to secure a mortgage—and those misconceptions about mortgage qualifications could be holding people back from purchasing their dream home. Fannie Mae’s survey aimed at exploring how well consumers understand the basic requirements for obtaining a mortgage. And […]
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When you make an investment, you’re hoping that investment will appreciate in value over time—in other words, that your investment will be worth more down the road (whether that’s next month, next year, or in the next decade) than it was when you made your initial investment. Well, if you’ve invested in real estate in […]
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Do you know what a home appraisal is, or why it’s so important for you to have? Many people misunderstand this crucial component of the home buying experience. In a nutshell, an appraisal is a valuation of your home; it’s a way for lenders to ensure that they aren’t providing a mortgage that isn’t worth […]
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