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Posted on 08/04/2021
Accessibility: Small & Tiny Homes
Image by Anna Armbrust from Pixabay The conventional thinking that accessible homes require significant square footage to accommodate wheelchairs and walkers runs contrary to small and tiny house floor plans. Many of these affordable new construction houses are ideally suited for people with physical limitations. Modestly-sized home plans reduce the amount of space people have to navigate. When...
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Posted on 07/28/2021
Should You Build Or Buy a Home? Here's What to Consider
Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay Is it better to build or buy a home? A home is a sizable investment, perhaps one of the largest in your lifetime, and you want to ensure you are investing well. Both buying and building have benefits and drawbacks to consider. Here's what you need to think about as you make...
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Posted on 07/21/2021
New Builds vs. Pre-Existing Construction: Who Wins and Who Falls Short
Photo by Expect Best from Pexels When you’re looking for a new home, should you purchase an existing one or have a brand new house built? Since this is a major decision, it’s important to learn more about the advantages of new construction vs. existing construction. Keep the following in mind, so you can compare the benefits of...
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Posted on 07/14/2021
Do You Need Cash-On-Hand to Be Successful in House-Flipping?
Photo by Tima Miroshnichenko from Pexels Having the cash-on-hand to buy a dilapidated house and renovate it into a profit-generating dream home takes much of the financial strain off a house flipper's shoulders. But what about that hard-working person who possesses the skills and expertise but lacks money? Does the mere fact someone doesn't have the cushion of...
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Posted on 07/07/2021
Should I Turn My House into a Short-Term Rental
Photo by Arek Socha via Pixabay In a bid to afford homes in high-value areas, many homeowners turn to income from short-term rentals to cover a high mortgage payment. You can benefit from this option with some caveats: Location really matters. A lot. You might advertise your home as near the coast when it’s really 20 miles inland...
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Posted on 06/30/2021
Benefits of Increasing Natural Light in Your Home
Photo by Free-Photos via Pixabay There's a lot of benefit to be had from increasing the amount of natural light that enters your home. Scientists have long linked natural daylight to improved mood and productivity. You just feel better when you regularly work or relax in a room filled with light from the sun. Sunlight helps regulate circadian...
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Posted on 06/23/2021
Mortgage: What are Points?
Photo by Precondo via Pixabay Some mortgage companies offer loans with points. In a nutshell, paying points means paying down the interest rate. One point is equal to 1 percent of the mortgage amount. On a $200,000 mortgage, one point is $2,000. The percentage the interest rate lowers depends on the mortgage company and the market. For example,...
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Posted on 06/16/2021
DIY: 4 Walkways to Boost Curb Appeal
Photo by Craig Tidball on Unsplash It's probably much easier and less expensive than you realize to improve your home's curb appeal. Simple fixes such as replacing rickety porch railings or giving trim a fresh, bright coat of paint go a long way toward making prospective home buyers smile. And when you create a welcoming pathway, that leads...
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Posted on 06/09/2021
Should You Rent Your Next Home?
Image by Andrian Valeanu from Pixabay Whether you’re renting or buying, transitioning into a new home can be a big step. From the moving costs to the costs associated with deposits, first and last months’ rent, and more, the whole process can be stressful and expensive. But before these worries pop into your mind, you may also be...
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Posted on 06/02/2021
The Easy Way to Remove Old Caulk & Replace It
Image by bidvine from Pixabay If you have a bath or shower that required caulking, chances are that caulk has seen better days. It's soft, so abrasive cleaners wear away at it. This may cause gaps or ragged holes that trap residue. And even if it's all in one piece, mildew and grime will likely stain it over...
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Posted on 05/26/2021
How to Design a Beautiful Spacious Wheelchair Accessible Shower
Photo by Marcus Aurelius via Pexels Approximately 61 million adult Americans have some form of a disability, according to the CDC. That figure equals one out of every four of our community members. Add the fact that the U.S. Census indicates the country is headed for a “gray tsunami” with upwards of 73 million people entering retirement age....
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Posted on 05/19/2021
Why You Should Keep Plants Away From Basements and Crawlspaces
Image by Jean-Pierre Pellissier from Pixabay It's tempting to plant shrubs and other plants against your house to hide the basement or crawlspace area. However, you could be asking for trouble. Before you buy or plant anything new for spring, find out why it's not such a good idea to have plants too close to your basement or...
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