Many folks are aware of the hidden costs of buying a home—things like closing costs, homeowner’s association (HOA) fees, and property taxes. That’s not all you have to watch out for, though. There are other, even more hidden costs associated with owning a home. Let’s take a look at some of the less commonly discussed money pits that could be hiding in your home right now—and what you can do about them.Refrigerators
Most of us probably take our fridge for granted — after all, it just always seems to be there, stocked with food. It can be an incredible money pit, though, if you don’t keep a close eye on it. The average American household loses an [...]
With places to visit from the Lincoln Memorial to the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. is a great place to live. So when the time comes to sell your home, you should have no trouble, right?
Yes, living in a desirable area helps when you put your place on the market. It also helps that so many people move to D.C. to work in the political sphere. There are always incoming interns and lobbyists vying for space. But one of the best ways to give your listing an edge is to make your home eco-friendly. Many Americans understand the benefits of cleaner environment, so they realize the importance of individual efforts in making the world most sustainable.
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From its wind-swept beaches and tropical forests to exciting dining, shopping, and cultural events, Honolulu, Hawaii is one of the most spectacular locations in the United States. There are many wonderful sights to see and things you can get in Honolulu, but the one thing you don’t want is a painful sunburn! As the southern-most U.S. state and located less than 1,500 miles north of the equator, Honolulu gets significantly stronger sun exposure than other American cities. Daytime in the summer months are often periods of extreme risk for harmful sun exposure, which can lead to anything from an uncomfortable sunburn to skin cancer after prolonged exposure.
You’ve no doubt seen the dreary news about climate change; after all, it’s hard to turn on a television anywhere and not see a story about a piece of ice breaking off the ice caps or a rare species going extinct. It can start to make us feel helpless. But luckily for all of us, it’s easier than ever before to do our part and “go green” at home. Home automation has opened multiple potential avenues for monitoring your energy usage, reducing your carbon footprint, and helping to save money to boot! Here are the best ways to start.1. Use a smart thermostat
According to the Energy Resource Center, homes in the United States waste the same amount of [...]
The mild winters and dry summers in neighborhoods like the Richmond District around San Francisco can be a real dream, offering some of our nation’s most comfortable year-round climate for everyone from young families to retirees. While the climate can be wonderful for people, it can take a bit of planning when thinking about your garden and landscaping. Different areas of the United States get different levels of annual rainfall and daily sun, so it’s always important to keep in mind which plants are native your region and which may need to be avoided. But regardless of your local climate, plants that conserve water or are drought-resistant can make really good sense, [...]
Ready to transform your ordinary home into a stellar one? Invest in smart home technology – you’ll be glad you did. Today, many home insurance discounts and premium reductions are available to homebuyers who implement smart home devices. Here’s what you need to know to get started.The Benefits of Home Automation
With smart home technology at your disposal, you can enjoy a variety of benefits, including…Unparalleled Control
Smart home technology makes it easy to control your home’s temperature, turn off home lights and much more—all from your smartphone or tablet, anywhere you have a Wi-Fi connection. Improved Safety
With a smart [...]
Smart homes are a hot topic in the world of real estate and home improvement—and with good reason. A house full of internet-connected appliances—ranging from thermostats to ceiling fans—controlled remotely via smartphone or computer can bring excitement, ease, and peace of mind to your day-to-day routine. Identify any home appliance, and there’s probably a smart version of it. These gadgets are part of the fast-growing, worldwide Internet of Things (IoT) — a network that already includes more than 8 billion connected devices and may exceed 20 billion by 2020. The benefits of such connectivity range from customization and convenience to energy efficiency and improved security. [...]