6 ways to finance your dream home improvement project

6 ways to finance your dream home improvement project

If you’re hatching plans for home improvements, get ready for sticker shock: On average, a kitchen upgrade costs nearly $20,000, and a bathroom remodel can easily set you back more than $9,000, according to HomeAdvisor.com. But a renovation that adds value to your property can be worth every penny. You’ll just need to figure out how to pay for it. Here are six ways to come up with the money. 1. Refinance your mortgage If you financed your home a…

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Home improvement – diy or hire a pro

Home improvement – diy or hire a pro

There’s something appealing about the idea of a do-it-yourself home improvement project. By tackling a job yourself, you can save money on labor costs and enjoy work that’s been done with your own hands. But the reality is some projects are better left to the experts. Professional contractors can handle tasks that are complicated, time-consuming or downright unpleasant. Whether you plan to spruce up your entire home or just remodel part of one room, you’ll want to make a smart…

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Maintenance needed to preserve home value

Maintenance needed to preserve home value

A common reason for many people to rent rather than buy is home maintenance. When the roof leaks or the air conditioner quits on you, they like knowing they can call the landlord or property manager to come to the rescue. Yes, maintenance is an ongoing part of home ownership and can be expensive and frustrating. Problems will arise – even in new construction. But many problems can be avoided, or at least resolved on your schedule, by following a…

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Why You Should Make Saving For Home Repairs A Priority

Why You Should Make Saving For Home Repairs A Priority

A home may be a person’s castle, but it can also come with a hefty price tag when it comes to maintenance and home repairs. For example, we moved into our house 3.5 years ago. In that time, we’ve had a plethora of home repairs including replacing the water heater, fixing faulty sensors in the garage door, replacing the heating and air-conditioning unit, repairing water damage in our child’s room that lead to mold, and replacing our shower walls and…

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5 Home Repairs You Should Never Do Yourself

5 Home Repairs You Should Never Do Yourself

Because life isn’t a home renovation TV show, here are some projects better left to the pros. With the popularity of home improvement shows designed to enthrall viewers with stunning renovations, it’s easy to get swept up in the DIY craze. In the hopes of saving money and channeling their inner design diva, even not-so-handy homeowners may be tempted to pick up a hammer and give home repair a go. This may sound empowering, but there are several home repairs…

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5 Questions to Ask Before Repairing or Replacing an Appliance

5 Questions to Ask Before Repairing or Replacing an Appliance

Appliances on the fritz? Ask these questions before you call the repairman or head to the store. Ice cream is melting in your freezer. Your oven won’t heat up. Your dryer stops spinning. If any of these machine breakdowns has happened more than once, you’re probably weighing the options of what to do—appliance repair or replace? Major home appliances can be major expenses, and it can be stressful when the time comes to repair or replace appliances. For instance, a…

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8 Summer Home Improvements to Start Now

8 Summer Home Improvements to Start Now

As spring weather ushers away the final storms of winter, now is the time to get busy with home repairs and improvements. Though many homeowners tend to begin home improvements when summer arrives, you can save time and money by starting them now. If you wait until summer, expect to get in line behind the multitudes of other homeowners doing projects around the house. Contractors will be swamped with work, which usually means higher rates and longer waits for their…

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6 house repairs to tackle

6 house repairs to tackle

In this economy, you may be tempted to delay or even skip minor home maintenance repairs, cleaning jobs and inspections in your home. But don’t be penny-wise and dollar-foolish. That $200 or $300 you save today could result in expenditures of $3,000 or even tens of thousands next month or next year if hidden problems in your home go unnoticed and become worse. Consider coughing up a little dough to take care of these small jobs before they morph into…

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