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10 Investment Tips for Buying a Vacation Home

By Dan Hechtkopf and Reid Heidenry 1. View the home as a form of recreation, not an investment. If you buy one, make sure, above all, that this is a house and an area you enjoy. It will be worth the cost if you spend as much time there as possible, put your heart and soul into caring for it or plan to keep the home in the family for future generations. 2. Approach... (more)

Five Remodeling Projects That Add Resale Value

1. Kitchen – The best way to increase your home’s value is to do a complete kitchen renovation. Aside form stainless steel appliances and modern finishes on cabinets and countertops, upgrade the room’s electrical and plumbing to get the most bang for your buck. 2. Master Bedroom – Whether you choose a full renovation or simple cosmetic changes, updates... (more)

Three Must-Have Accessories to Accent Your Summer Soiree

There is plenty of summer left for partying and hosting guests and family at your home. So to make your summer gatherings more interesting, consider acquiring one or more of these summer party must-haves to spice up anything from an intimate get together, to a full fledged soiree. When pursuing thriftyniftymommy.com, the Melamine Berry Colander from tovolo.com... (more)

4 Ways to Keep Homes Energy Efficient While on Vacation

    The Energy Education Council offers these tips to help prepare your home for vacation: Change thermostat settings before you leave. When temperatures are warm outside, it is unnecessary to keep your home as cool as you normally would since you will not be in it. Turn the thermostat unto a warmer temperature or turn it off entirely. If you have... (more)

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