The cost of buying a home today is rising, making home ownership more difficult to achieve.In fact, for many Americans, the home they purchase to live in will likely be the biggest financial investment they will ever make. In an effort to succeed in becoming a homeowner, more buyers are choosing to look at homes that have lower asking prices due to some type of condition or repair issue.
One of the best things you can do for your home and property is improving your landscaping. After all, not only does it look great but it can add a significant amount to your home value.
About to remodel that old kitchen? Unless you’re cool with treating the hardest working room in your house like a museum exhibit, resist the temptation to buy the cheapest or shiniest materials available and go for durable options that can stand up to regular abuse.
Trust us: Although it may be tough to leave that raised, tempered glass bar top (ooo!) in the showroom, repairing its first (and second, and third) chip will get old. Very fast.
Picking the right materials is easy if you do your homework. “There are amazing products out there,” says Jeffrey Holloway, a certified kitchen designer and owner of Holloway Home Improvement Center in Marmora, N.J. “You’re looking at price point, sanitation, how easy it is to clean the product, its durability and maintenance.”
Keeping those all-important features in mind, here are some materials to avoidduring your next kitchen project.
Mold is a household nuisance that often creates a musty odor. Although it's not a difficult task to remove some common types of mold with towels and a spray bottle of bleach, mold can cause health problems and destroy building material. Similar to smoke or water damage, serious mold removal requires a professional.
According to some studies, as many as 21,000 people a year die from lung cancer linked to radon gas. This substance is not something to take lightly. One in ten homes nationwide has elevated levels of the gas indoors.
The Appalachian region is known to have significantly higher levels than this. The gas is a radioactive element that’s invisible, odorless, and tasteless. Fortunately, it’s easy to test for it, and there are effective ways to vent it out of the house.
Why pay someone to do something you can do yourself? Because sometimes doing it yourself costs more than it saves.
More than 100,000 people injure themselves each year doing home improvement jobs. So add medical bills to your DIY budget, and you ending up spending the same, or more, than if you hired a pro.
We're not suggesting that you call a plumber each time you need to plunge a toilet. But think twice about what DIY might really cost you. Here's how to decide.
Buyer’s regret is real and painful. The bigger the purchase, the higher the stakes. Buying the wrong home can be catastrophic. Ideally, we wouldn’t make these kinds of mistakes...
Thankfully, there was a recent Zillow survey of 2,000 recent first time home buyers we can learn from them and avoid catastrophe with a little forethought. Here are some key steps to a happier new chapter....
Just another weekend? Not if you take advantage with one or more of these 5 great projects you can easily pull off for under $300.
Most of the cost of these DIY weekend projects is in the materials. The labor — that’s you — is free. All you need now are the hours. But, hey, you’ve got two full days — plenty of time to be a superhero weekend warrior and grab some R&R. Read the full article for more info on the following projects:
Project #1: Add a Garden Arbor Entry
Project #2: Install a Window Awning
Project #3: Screen Off Your Air Conditioner from View
Project #4: Add Garage Storage
Project #5: Edging Your Garden
Tired of working so hard just to build your landlord's equity instead of your own? Been dreaming about paint swatches and obsessing over Pinterest projects? Making that leap from renting to owning a home comes with many perks -- both financial and emotional. And even though home ownership comes with great responsibility, you might be surprised how achievable it can be. This article will help you answer the following questions:
- Are You Financially Prepared?
- Are You Prepared to Make Compromises?
- Are You Emotionally Ready?
- Will Owning Pay Off in the Long Run?
- Has Your Lifestyle Outgrown Renting?
Here's an easy, doable preventative maintenance checklist to keep your HVAC in top shape.
It's a good idea to hire a HVAC company to inspect and do maintenance on your system every fall and spring. They'll do things like inspect and clean the wiring and mechanisms of the unit, which is bit more challenging for the average homeowner.
But you can prolong the life and increase the efficiency of your system if you follow this simple maintenance plan.
When the new year arrives, promises and resolutions abound. Here's the top-10 list of what the resolute home owner should accomplish this year.
This time, it's going to be different. A brand new year, brimming with possibilities, and you've resolved to move through your house like a whirling tornado of can-do, fixing, painting, and organizing. This year, nothing will stop you.
Welcome to your home improvement New Year's Resolutions.
Based on the most-common top-ten resolutions gathered by Time magazine, USA.gov, and other sources, we've put together an inspiring list of home management goals.
New homeowners may have heard that winterization is important, but in the hubbub of your first year living in a home you own (finally!), it can be easy to overlook the need to prepare for the cold weather ahead. After all, it's just not something renters deal with; prepping pipes for winter (http://www.houselogic.com/home-advice/plumbing/prevent-freezing-pipes/) is often the landlord's job.
Ideally, you should winterize your pipes in the fall, before winter seriously sets in. But if you've forgotten and all of a sudden you're in the middle of a deep freeze, there's still time to prevent disaster.
Is your home squandering precious energy? Here's how you can search out areas of energy waste that may be costing you money. By following up on problems, you can lower energy bills by 5% to 30% annually. With annual energy bills averaging $2,200, investing in fixes or energy-efficient replacement products could save you up to $660 within a year.
Leave the deerstalker hat and magnifying glass behind. All you'll need for energy sleuthing is a flashlight, screwdriver, paint stirrer, tape measure, and--not just for serenity's sake--a stick of incense.