So you're moving. You've got a lot to think about: packing up, arranging for movers, turning on utilities. But one thing you may not have thought about is getting to know your new neighborhood. This is especially important if you have children.
How to Increase Your Home's Value Project (average cost recouped, national) according to Realtor Magazine: Minor kitchen remodel (88%) Bathroom remodel (85%) Major kitchen remodel (81%) Family room addition (80%) Deck addition (77%) Master suite (75%) Attic bedroom (74%) Siding replacement (73%) Window replacement (69%) Home office (55%) Projects that may increase your home's value include: Jacuzzi (4 jets or more); permanent hot tub; in-ground pool; security system; sprinkler system; substantial out buildings; and vaulted ceilings.
Falling in love is exhilarating. It can also be a bit scary, especially when a home has captured your heart. What if something goes wrong and you end up not spending the rest of your life with this stack of brick and mortar you're lusting after?
Updating your home to be more chic - without looking cheap - is completely doable on a budget. Take your sophisticated style outside by building a stone fire pit in your backyard. Completed in only a few hours, take uniquely shaped rocks or large stones and put them together to create a functional and stylish fire pit.
If you, like 68 percent of Americans, own your own home, the thought has probably crossed your mind: if you were to be offered your dream job out of state, should you sell or rent your home? Naturally there are many factors to weigh before making such an important decision.
Atop the long list of items to do when buying or selling a house is the home inspection. But what is involved? How much does it cost? Why is it done in the first place? It's important to understand what a home inspection entails and how it affects the sale of your home or the purchase of a new one.
One of the scary things about making the leap from property renter to property owner is the idea of maintenance and upkeep. You're no mechanic or repairman. You don't know a socket wrench from a sheep ranch. And calling repairmen-how do you know you're not going to get ripped off because of your lack of knowledge?
Are you ready to go green? All kinds of people are trying to be more eco-friendly, and what better place to start than in your own home? Here are some tips for creating a greener home: l Recycling should be made as easy as possible so that it becomes second nature.
With all the current uproar about energy resources and energy costs, you may be looking into every available alternative to lower your own energy bill. One alternative you may want to research is solar power. It's the one power source we all have pretty equal access to (unless you happen to live near the north or south poles, or Seattle).
You may be able to take your moving expenses as a tax deduction. While government regulations are stiffer than they used to be, it is still possible to catch a break if you meet the following criteria: Your new job or job transfer is at least 50 miles farther from your home than the old house was.