Dreaming of swaying gently in a hammock while a salty-air breeze whistles through your hair? If you’re like a lot of people, this time of year finds you wistfully wishing you were on a beautiful beach somewhere, sipping on a tall, cool drink while the waves crash in the background. For most of us, the best we can hope for is the occasional beach vacation or day-trip to the ocean. But for those of us who are truly lured by the call of the waves, owning a beach property might be just the thing to soothe your soul.
Before you heed the siren’s call of the ocean and rush out to buy beachfront property, there are many pros and cons to consider and strategies that you can [...]
Take a look around your neighborhood – do you see any litter on the sidewalks? What about in the grass? The majority of realtors believe that litter can reduce property values from 7% to 12%, and home buyers report that seeing significant trash would definitely factor into their decision to make an offer on a given property. Litter is not just unattractive, it can also present a physical danger (such as sharp edges on cans and broken glass) or can increase the danger of disease, serving as a reservoir for germs and biological hazards, not to mention the danger to wildlife.
Litter happens in every neighborhood, on every street, and in every business district, [...]
In 1976, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development set forth federal standards for regulating the construction and performance of housing built in factories. They are built off-site on a steel chassis, with sections transported to the final location, set on a foundation and assembled on site. The national standards typically allow manufactured homes to avoid the complication of having to comply with building codes specific to their destinations. Although manufactured homes are technically “mobile,” they are rarely relocated like a mobile home might be.Benefits and Convenience
The advantages of manufactured homes are numerous, fueling increased interest [...]
A home’s electrical panel is the kind of thing that most people don’t typically think about, that is until they really have to, and then suddenly it becomes one of the most important things in your home! At the very least, be certain that your electrical system is a part of your initial home inspection when buying a new property. Faulty electrical wiring isn’t just extremely expensive to fix but it may even pose a significant fire risk. Before we dive into the nuts and bolts of your electrical panel, there are some incredibly important safety tips to keep in mind to avoid a fatal mistake:If you feel uncomfortable or lack the experience of dealing with a [...]
It seems like you can’t go anywhere these days without seeing a long line of restaurants extolling their wonderful farm-to-table menus. The idea of eating fresh, locally grown food has a great deal of appeal. The food seems tastier, the nutrients may be better, you often get the comfort of knowing your meats and eggs were farmed ethically, and as an added bonus, you’re helping local farmers stay in business. But farm-to-table restaurants can get expensive and may not be convenient to your location.
What can you do when you want the multiple benefits of eating locally grown food without the cost and travel? Go as local as one can go, and consider the benefits of [...]
Occupying an interesting niche between the durability of a standard built-on-site home and the flexibility of a mobile or manufactured home lies an interesting class of houses – the modular home. Modular homes take some of the best of both of these traditional styles to create a new way to build homes quickly, efficiently, and to a high industry standard. In modular homes, a house is built in large sections in a climate-controlled factory, then shipped and assembled on site by a licensed contractor. Unlike a mobile home, modular construction uses a permanent foundation, but unlike traditional construction, these homes are typically much faster to develop as they virtually eliminate [...]
When we finally decide to find a place of our own, we’re often excited about the opportunities created by a new home. Shopping for furniture, deciding where to put your favorite art and nick-knacks, and exploring new restaurants and stores are all part of the thrill when looking for a new place to live. However, one aspect of your new home is typically considered at best a nuisance and at worst a source of extreme anxiety and stress — your lease or rental agreement. But don’t let this packet of papers scare you and certainly don’t just turn to the last page to sign it… There’s important information in there that you’ll want to know about before [...]