Best Uses for Your Tax Refund Around the House

Tax season is just around the corner, and for many Americans that means a tax refund coming in from the IRS. Whether you are getting a check in the mail or a nice direct deposit in your checking, here are some of the best ideas to invest your tax refund in your home to grow your property value, and your home enjoyment at the same time. Continue reading

Baby Boomers Downsize Homes To Age In Place

As we get older we need to consider where we want to ‘age in place’.  Remaining in our home may be just too much to handle, especially if it’s too large or in need of repairs.  A large two story home certainly doesn’t meet our needs any longer.  We question ourselves if we should sell and downsize to smaller home or invest our equity and just lease.  Or, would it be better to hire someone to make modifications in order to remain where we are. Continue reading

DIY Projects that Raise Home Value

If you are a new home buyer and are looking to buy a new construction home, these are the steps you will need to take to get the most of your money's worth.Every homeowner wants their home to be worth more, whether you plan on selling soon or sticking around for a long while. Whatever your homeowner status, you have the ability to put in a little elbow grease for a do-it-yourself project that raises your home value. Many DIY projects are under $100, but make your home more comfortable, desirable, and valuable. Here are a few ideas to get you started. Continue reading

Can You Deduct Home Improvement Projects from Your Taxes?

Whether you just moved into a new home or have called your place home for years, you may be interested in making some home improvements. Small projects like adding new lights or paint all the way to a full home remodel cost money, so you may be wondering what is deductible and what is not in terms of taxes. Let’s take a look at whether or not that home improvement project is tax deductible.

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5 Exterior Upgrades to Improve Comfort and Curb Appeal

Whether you are planning to sell in the near future or hold onto your property for years, exterior upgrades are a fun way to improve your home’s comfort and curb appeal. The first thing anyone sees when visiting your property is the the outside. Never underestimate the power of a first impression. Make your home something you can be proud of and improve the curb appeal at the same time with these exterior upgrades. Continue reading

19 DIY Home Upgrades You Can Handle Yourself

Woman and little girl doing home repair

Home upgrades may sound like a big hassle, but with just an hour or two of work, a few bucks, and a little elbow grease you can be on your way to a more fun, vibrant, and valuable home. Whether you have the deep home improvement knowledge of Bob Villa or the clumsy skills of Tim “The Tool Man” Taylor, or just have a dusty tool box sitting in the garage, these 19 projects are easy enough to do yourself. Who knows, you might learn something and have fun along the way! Continue reading

Should You Consider Purchasing a Fixer-Upper?

Is buying a fixer-upper the best idea?

Are you an avid fan of HGTV? Does the season of spring cleaning elicit more excitement than annoyance? Forget Disneyland, is Home Depot the happiest place on earth for you?

If so, then you are likely a do-it-yourselfer. You have that innate knack for spotting a diamond in the rough. You see potential in everything and anything, as each object or opportunity you encounter becomes a canvas for your inner artist and craftsman. Always making this or doing that, there’s no project that doesn’t intimidate you. Continue reading

5 Surprising Factors Affecting Your Home’s Value

Hidden factors that can hurt your home's value

It is common knowledge that factors such as location, neighborhood schools, and the age of the house itself will affect the overall value of your home. When it comes time to consider selling, it is important to keep these in mind as well as making the necessary appliance upgrades and infrastructure updates. What many don’t know, however, are the hidden factors that can oftentimes negatively impact your home’s value. Below are five such surprising kickers. Continue reading

5 Easy and Inexpensive Home Staging Ideas

Easy and inexpensive home staging tips

Getting your home ready for sale can involve major effort and expense. Before you even look into hiring real estate agents, you may have to contend with replacing roofing or fixing code violations.

When it comes to home staging, you might not have a ton of money at your disposal. Here are just a few easy and inexpensive ideas that can help you to stage your home for a speedy sale. Continue reading

How to Prepare to Sell Your Home

Aside from finding the right Realtor, you will need to follow these steps outlined in order to best prepare to sell your home.

It’s time to move. That means it’s time to get your home ready for the housing market. You’re going to need to do some work both inside and out to make it the most desirable and sought-after listing among all buyers who are looking for a home. Continue reading