Hosting for the holidays can be an expensive and timely endeavor, from investing in new sheets and blankets to prepping dinners and cleaning the house. At a time of year when you’re already stressed, hosting for the holidays can quickly put you over the edge — but it doesn’t have to. Here are five tasks to do before your holiday visitors arrive to reduce how much time and money you need to spend. When you get everything out of the way now, you’ll be greeting visitors with a smile on your face.Start Borrowing Now
Borrowing from friends and family is a great way to spend less and make your visitors feel at home. It’s also something you can do early and [...]
Your dream home is out there, but how will you get it when you find it? There are many secrets and tricks-of-the-trade that can help you lock down the home of your dreams, like writing the owners a love letter or offering to pay in cash. In a crowded buyers’ market, however, you may need to take it a step further with an idea that’s even more uncommon—yet potentially effective.
Whether you need to find the home (you know what it looks like, but haven’t found it yet), are struggling to come up with a down payment, or have to convince the buyers to sell to you, these ideas will possibly help you get your dream home. Sometimes the most uncommon tactics are the [...]
No matter where you live or how many people live in your home, security is always a concern. You want your home and family to be well protected from intruders. The only way to effectively protect your home, however, is to know where your areas of weakness are and what intruders are looking for.
According to A Secure Life, here’s what you need to know:65 percent of burglaries happen while you’re at work. The master bedroom is the first room targeted. 34 percent of burglars enter through the front door; the second most popular entry points are a first-floor window or back door. The most commonly stolen items are cash, electronics, gold, guns, jewelry and [...]
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.
The question is [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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.image courtesy of [...]
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 [...]
Not only is the emergent millennial generation currently flooding the workforce, but this young demographic has also inundated the real estate market as well. If you’re between the ages of 18 and 34, you’ve likely had a Facebook feed plastered with “Our first home!” posts for some time now. While it is so exciting that so many young people are buying homes, we millennials also risk lacking the necessary experience to make informed financial decisions, putting us at a heightened risk of rushing into investments that we can’t afford in the long run.
So, whether you’re a recent college graduate or twenty-something professional, make sure to sidestep these common pitfalls [...]