March 5th, 2014 Homeownership
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, Selling Your House Comments Off on Five Ways to Show Your Home a Little Love
Whether you’re getting your home ready for the market or planning on fixing up your new home, you don’t have to break the bank. There are plenty of simple and cost-effective ways to do home upgrades.
Here are five easy and inexpensive ideas for making some changes to your home:
- Install stair brackets. Make the outside of your staircase visually appealing by adding wood brackets. All you need are nails and an adhesive.
- Put up crown molding. Get some Trimroc molding, a handsaw and joint compound to install molding that instantly boosts your home’s appeal.
- Refinish your cabinets. With some cleaner, sandpaper, paint and a paintbrush, you can give your kitchen cabinets a fresh new look. This works best if your cabinets are in good shape already.
- Paint the floor. Instead of investing in a new floor, grab some floor paint and give your floor a whole new look. This is a much less expensive and time-consuming option.
- Give your bathroom fresh caulk. Update the caulk around your tub and sink for better protection against moisture.
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January 2nd, 2014 Homeownership
, Real Estate Tips Comments Off on Five Basic Tips for Winterizing Your Property
Keeping your house in good shape is crucial if you plan on putting it on the market soon. Otherwise, you could run into problems or maintenance issues that will cause delays in the selling process or even keep buyers away.
Use the following tips for winterizing your property to make sure yours will be in good selling condition:
- Have a furnace inspection done to ensure that your heating system is running efficiently and safely. This gives you time to replace it or repair it if necessary.
- Clear out your gutters, so melting snow and ice won’t cause blockages or leaks that could affect your siding or your home’s interior. Make sure that your downspouts are also fully connected to keep water draining away from your home.
- Insulate any exposed pipes on your property, so they won’t freeze up and break or burst. This could lead to extensive water damage on your property. Outdoor faucets should also be winterized.
- Replace any bulbs that are burnt out in your outdoor lights so you’ll have plenty of light when it gets dark early.
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November 13th, 2013 Homeownership
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, Selling Your House Comments Off on Hung Jury: Does an In-Ground Pool Make a Good Investment?
Putting in an in-ground pool might seem like a guaranteed way to boost your home’s resale value, but you might end up being disappointed. These pools don’t always translate into higher values on homes.
It’s important to weigh the pros and cons before deciding whether to get one:
- Location: Where you live can make a difference between getting a higher return on your investment or getting nothing in return. If you’re in an area where it’s warm or hot almost all year, having a pool is a big advantage. You might want to focus on boosting your home’s value in other ways, such as remodeling, if you live in a place where the pool would only be used for a few months.
- Cost: In-ground pools can cost up to $40,000 to install, and you’ll be facing higher property taxes once you have one. You’ll also be dealing with higher liability insurance payments.
- Maintenance: Although these pools are fun and relaxing, they also require a lot of maintenance that potential buyers might not want to do on a regular basis.
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October 14th, 2013 Homeownership
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, Selling Your House Comments Off on Investing in Home Renovations: Five Things Most Buyers Hate
Remodeling your home can be a great way to boost its value, but only if it’s done right. When it comes to investing in home rennovations, keep future buyers in mind. There are certain features that are considered deal breakers.
Here are some renovations to avoid when fixing up your home:
- Tinted bathroom fixtures: It’s fine to add some color to your bathroom floor or walls, but don’t choose a colorful toilet, sink or shower. Stick to white or beige instead.
- Wood paneling: Avoid this retro look at all costs, and replace it if it’s already in your home. Wood paneling gives rooms a dark, stuffy look that buyers don’t like.
- Popcorn ceilings: This trend used to be highly popular a few decades ago, but it’s no longer a desirable feature. Buyers prefer smooth ceilings.
- Shag carpets: This 1970s staple has shown up again in the form of area rugs, but don’t invest in unsightly wall-to-wall shag carpeting.
- Wallpaper: Most buyers prefer painted walls instead of wallpaper, especially if it’s metallic wallpaper or one that has a gaudy design.
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