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Posted on 09/26/2021
What You Need to Know About Dust Mites in Your Home
Photo by EKATERINA BOLOVTSOVA from Pexels The idea that there are thousands of tiny bugs living in your home and embedding themselves in your carpet and furniture may make you uneasy. Unfortunately, the reality is that dust mites have likely made their way into your house and become quite comfortable there. Dust mites are so small that you...
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Posted on 09/19/2021
The Benefits of Garden Edging
Garden edging is an important element of landscaping design that serves many purposes. There are a variety of different materials and techniques for edging, ranging from professional installation to DIY weekend projects. If you’re wondering whether to add garden edging to your outdoor spaces, here are some key benefits to consider: Defining and Separating Spaces The obvious visual...
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Posted on 09/12/2021
Entreprenuers: What You Need to Know Flipping vs. Renting
Photo by PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay To an upstart house flipper, the difference between renting a property or selling it quickly may seem inconsequential. After all, entrepreneurs get into the real estate game to make money. Why should it matter? Truth be told, owning rental properties and fix-and-flip business models are like comparing apples and oranges. Although apples and...
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Posted on 09/05/2021
Glamorous Camping On a Budget
Photo by Rachel Claire from Pexels The term glamping comes from merging camping with glamor. However, glamor doesn’t have to be expensive. There are lots of ways to keep your costs down while still enjoying the most luxurious of outdoor getaways. Here are some of the top ways to have an affordable glamping trip: Don’t Go Too Far...
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Posted on 08/29/2021
Tips for Selling to Savvy Buyers
Image by wavebreakmedia from Shutterstock If you've owned your house for a long time and are putting it on the market, take time to consider how the buying and selling process has changed. Today’s buyers are both smart and cautious. They have access to more information than was possible a decade ago. Research shows that buyers begin shopping...
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Posted on 08/22/2021
How to Choose the Right Property to Flip
Photo by Jonny Lindner via Pixabay Making a flip profitable starts with one straightforward requirement: find a great deal. These tips are straightforward but crucial if you want to nail your first flip or your tenth. 1. Spread the Word that You're In The Market By this point you should have a rock star team nailed down--a few...
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Posted on 08/15/2021
Do You Need a Bigger Down Payment?
Many financial experts suggest paying a 20% down payment when buying a home. While for some prospective homebuyers this may be a simple task, others might wonder if the suggested 20% of the home purchase price—or higher—are necessary. Here are some reasons it benefits you to make a larger down payment when buying a house: Score Better Mortgage...
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Posted on 08/08/2021
Upgrade vs. Demolish: How to Make the Right Decision
Purchasing a property with a blighted house on it may present a cost-effective opportunity. The presence of a faltering structure typically drives down the price tag. Once you buy the parcel and building, you must carefully consider whether razing or restoration makes the most sense. Rather than move forward with a predetermined idea about the next step, conducting...
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Posted on 08/01/2021
What to Do When the Previous Owner Comes Back
Photo by JayMantri via Pixabay When you buy a new-to-you home, foremost on your mind is changing everything to make it yours. You paint the inside and even remodel the kitchen. A priority is removing the old carpet and installing new flooring. Lower on the list are changes to the exterior, but they are on the list. If...
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Posted on 07/25/2021
Tips on Building a Fire Pit in Your Own Backyard
Photo by jamie410 via Pixabay A fire pit can elevate your yard into a truly enchanting entertainment area, liven up your space and even help enhance your curb appeal. While some home projects are not ideal for the DIY approach, you can make a striking firepit on your own in about a weekend. You'll need to gather some...
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Posted on 07/18/2021
Easy Tips for Making Your Pet Feel Welcome in Their New Home
Photo by Zen Chung from Pexels As true creatures of habit, dogs and cats are not particularly fond of moving to a new home. There’s no good way to explain it to them either, leaving them feeling a bit shaken up until everyone gets settled in. Thankfully, you can ease their distress and help them feel cozy in...
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Posted on 07/11/2021
3 First-Time Homebuyer Expenses to Start Saving for Now
Photo by Kaboompics .com from Pexels Buying a home for the first time is often a stressful yet rewarding time. It’s a complicated process involving many variables and many costs. One question that many first-time homebuyers have is about preparation: how much should you save before buying a house? Here we will go over the 3 most important...
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