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Tips for Prioritizing Your Fall Maintenance Projects

No matter what part of the country your home is in, the coming of fall signals an opportunity to do whatever necessary or voluntary projects need to be done ahead of winter weather, the coming holiday season, and the New Year. Have you been putting off re-staining or sealing your deck? Take advantage of the remaining warm, dry weather to clean and seal or stain... (more)

Buying a Home in Winter? What to Look for

While spring and early summer reign as peek home-shopping seasons, there’s no good reason why you can’t find that perfect house in the middle of winter, too. In fact, you might even get a good deal from homeowners who are anxious to sell as soon as possible and don’t want to wait for the spring thaw. Looking at homes in winter, however, requires... (more)

Breaking Down Spring Home Project Costs

Before you grab your toolkit or enlist the help of a professional for spring projects this season, do your wallet a favor and conduct some research. HomeAdvisor’s most recent True Cost Report found that 38 percent of homeowners don’t know how much it will cost to hire a professional for home projects, and nearly 70 percent are concerned about overpaying... (more)

5 Hot Curb Appeal Trends for 2016

By John Egan Curb appeal is in the eyes of the buyer. But as Texas Tech University researchers Emmett Elam and Andrea Stigarall point out, the precise factors that influence a homebuyer’s perceptions of curb appeal are debatable. What is not debatable is the lift that curb appeal gives to the value of a home. Improving the curb appeal of your home can boost its... (more)

5 New Home Mistakes to Absolutely Avoid

By Andrea Davis A home is a major investment and it’s one that stands to appreciate if you continue to invest your money wisely. Avoiding these five critical mistakes will help you turn your home into your greatest asset instead of your greatest expense. 1) Don’t sell too soon. Generally speaking, it takes at least three to five years to gain home equity. That... (more)

5 Ways to Add Instant Fall Curb Appeal

To make the most of your home’s outward appearance, it’s important to implement seasonal curb appeal. With autumn approaching, consider sprucing up your home’s exterior with these fall touches: • Replace your front door with an ENERGY STAR® alternative, complete with decorative glass accents or sidelights to keep cool weather out and natural light in. For entry... (more)

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