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Questions to ask before hiring a contractor

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Your contractor will make – or break – your home renovation project. Because of this, it is important to research the right contractor for your job. The following questions can help you ensure you’re working with a trustworthy, experienced professional and help minimize emotional – and financial – stress during the project. How long have […]

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Home remodeling tips to avoid breaking the bank

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Most of us dream of ways to make our current houses feel more like our dream homes; unfortunately, many major home remodeling projects also include major price tags. However, there are a number of ways that homeowners can remodel their homes without breaking the bank. The following tips can help you update and upgrade your […]

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Electrical safety tips all homeowners should know

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We rely on electricity to keep virtually every appliance and system in our homes running smoothly day in and day out. However, this necessary utility can also create significant safety hazards if not treated with the appropriate respect. The following electrical safety tips can help keep you and your family protected at home. Cover outlets […]

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Easy spring cleaning tips

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With the arrival of springs comes one of the most dreaded chores of the year – spring cleaning. This year, make your entire home sparkle with these easy spring cleaning tips. Kitchen -          Leave the stove for last. The stove and range hood are often the dirtiest part of the kitchen; prevent grease and grime […]

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Tips to avoid closing stress

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You’ve found the perfect home, negotiated with the sellers, found a lender, and completed all the necessary paperwork; all that’s left is closing! Closing represents the last step in the home buying journey and should be seen as a kind of celebration. However, going into closing unprepared can make the day more stressful than it […]

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Tips for a successful short sale

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For sellers, short sales may be the only way to avoid foreclosure if they owe more on their house than it is worth. Unfortunately, some buyers may avoid short sales altogether, regardless of the home itself; short sales often have the reputation of being difficult, taking months to close, or falling through altogether. Whether you’re […]

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How to get a lease in a competitive rental market

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Rental rates are increasing around the country; both baby boomers and millennials are renting in increasing numbers. Because of this, many renters struggle to find a great – or even decent – property to meet their needs. The following strategies can help give you an edge when trying to get a lease in a competitive […]

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Ways to organize and declutter your garage

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Taxes can be difficult for even seasoned homeowners to understand. With new tax legislation that was passed on December 22, 2017, there may be changes to the taxes you file this year. The following tips can help ensure you’re filing for and receiving all of the home-related tax deductions you’re entitled to. 1. Mortgage Interest […]

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Things a home buyer needs to know about new construction

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Buyers in all markets and at all price points can find new construction homes for sale. While some buyers shy away from these homes, other prefer them because of their customizable features and lack of history. Keep the following five things in mind if you’re searching for a new home but on the fence about […]

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Tips on getting the home tax deductions you’re entitled to

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Taxes can be difficult for even seasoned homeowners to understand. With new tax legislation that was passed on December 22, 2017, there may be changes to the taxes you file this year. The following tips can help ensure you’re filing for and receiving all of the home-related tax deductions you’re entitled to. 1. Mortgage Interest […]

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