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July 25, 2017

5 Ways to Speed Up the Selling Process Without Compromising

Selling your home is stressful and can be long, depending on your location, the season, home price, and much more. However, there are many things you can do to speed up the process without compromising on price, like staging the right rooms, working with a realtor and more.

Use the following ideas to get your house off the market quickly and easily so you can move into your new home and start fresh.

Stage Your Home

Staging is one of the best ways to speed up the sale of your home. In fact, in the 2017 Profile of Home Staging 30 percent of sellers’ agents said that staging a home greatly reduces the amount of time a home is on the market.

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July 12, 2017

8 Expert Tips for Making Packing Less Stressful

The worst part of moving is packing. Not only does it get expensive—that bubble wrap adds up quickly—but packing is time consuming and downright stressful. Instead of using the grin-and-bear-it tactics for your next move, use these quoted professional tips to make your life easier and less stressful during the process.

1. Organize Before You Pack

“Organize belongings prior to packing into three categories:

Move – all items that you are planning to keep Sell – items in good condition that you can make a little bit of extra cash from Discard – items that should just be thrown away

Then start packing items you don’t currently need first [...]

 
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May 26, 2017

5 Purchases To Make After Buying A Home With Land

You’ve traded urban sprawl for a rustic lifestyle, slower pace, and tranquil nature views — congrats! But making that transition from cramped square-footage to rambling acreage is both invigorating and overwhelming—what do you do with all this extra land?!

Maintaining a property with extensive land is a major responsibility, whether your goal is to create a self-sufficient homestead or to give your children more freedom to explore and romp around. It can be rewarding to learn tricks-of-the-trade and maintenance practices, but investing in the right tools couldn’t be more important. Make property maintenance easier for you and your family with these tips and [...]

 
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December 6, 2016

8 Great Housewarming Gift Ideas

8 Great Gifts for New Homeowners

Moving into a new home is an exciting time and often a big achievement for most people. However, whether it’s a first or fifth house, moving never really gets easier—much less when you’re settling in before the holidays.

There’s new furniture to buy, endless to-do lists, and sometimes even major renovation projects to start on.

When attending a housewarming party this holiday season, or just dropping by for a tour of the new digs, bring a gift to congratulate the new homeowners. If you’re having a hard time deciding, here are eight housewarming gift ideas for a thoughtful and useful gift that new homeowners are [...]

 
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October 25, 2016

Tax Cuts New Homeowners Should Know About

Purchasing a new home can be a daunting and expensive task for even the most prepared buyers. Once you get settled in, it’s easy to stress over the many expenses including renovations, high power bills, new furniture, lawn care, and homeowner association fees.

Although buying a home often comes with unforeseen expenses, it can also help lower the amount you owe come tax season. Check out these tax deductions that can save you money when April 15th rolls around:

Energy Efficient Property Credits

What’s good for both the earth and your bank account? The Residential Energy Efficient Property Credit, which can directly lower your tax bill and is applicable when using [...]

 
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August 22, 2016

5 End Of Summer Projects for Outdoor Living Space

Those balmy summer nights will soon be replaced with the briskness of autumn, but that doesn’t mean your al fresco evenings are numbered. Even as the weather cools down, you can turn up the volume on that patio ambiance for year-round entertaining, relaxation, and quintessential curb appeal. Get some ideas from this roundup of DIY pointers for creating your end-of-summer backyard oasis!

Image courtesy of Pallet Furniture DIY 1. Wooden Pallet Walkway

Create a charmingly rustic and down-to-earth vibe by transforming wooden pallets into a garden walkway, lined with foliage or decorative rocks. Find various boards of discarded reclaimed wood and arrange them horizontally in your [...]

 
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August 1, 2016

5 DIY Garden Projects For Your Old Household Items

Whether you live on 5 acres of sprawling countryside or in a high-rise urban studio, giving your garden a facelift just got easier — compliments of upcycling.

This new type of DIY crafting allows you to re-purpose worn-out objects into functional and ornamental pieces to display around the house. You can use jars, canisters or even old windows to bring new life to an already thriving garden.

So, go ahead, raid that long-forgotten storage closet and transform the contents into a garden oasis for your balcony, backyard or even windowsill. The following eco-friendly and cost-effective DIY ideas offer creative inspiration to get you started.

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June 30, 2016

Neighborhood Research You Can’t Afford to Forget

You’ve found your dream home—but your dream home doesn’t live on its own planet. More than likely it’s in a neighborhood, in a city, surrounded by grocery stores, public transportation, neighbors, traffic and more. You’ve done your due diligence researching the home, but have you done the same with your neighborhood? Be sure to consider the following research points before making the final decision. Don’t let a loud, late-night train or unbearable morning traffic ruin that new-homeowner feeling.

Cost of Food

It may shock you to know how much the cost of monthly groceries varies from city to city. For example, in Denver, the monthly cost is $354.22, while in Minneapolis it’s [...]

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