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Hackers Are After Your Down Payment. How NOT to Get Scammed

You finally found it: the two-story bungalow in the trendy part of town you’ve been eyeing for years – the one with the best coffee shop (hello, foamy latte) and favorite farmer’s market. You made your best offer (they accepted!) and now you’re about to close on your dream home. Then just before closing, an.. read more →

5 Bathroom Things You’ll Hate If You Install Them

There is one paint color you must avoid at all costs (see #5). A clean, well-planned, and stunning bathroom is every homeowner’s goal. But creating it can be a bit of a sticky wicket. All that water, humidity, and artificial lighting, and those tight corners make the space a real challenge. Don’t make it worse.. read more →

How to Pick Paint Colors to Fix Any Room’s Quirks

Paint colors can do a ton to fix a room’s flaws for not much money Every home suffers a few negatives, but not every solution requires pricey structural changes. Paint is a frugal remodeler’s go-to solution to perk up a problem room. Here’s how to pick paint colors to give any room a facelift: Choosing.. read more →

10 Clever Uses for Hydrogen Peroxide

Non-toxic. Low-cost. Hydrogen peroxide is your cleaning arsenal’s secret weapon. In Your Kitchen 1. Clean your cutting board and countertop. Hydrogen peroxide bubbles away any nasties left after preparing meat or fish for dinner. Add hydrogen peroxide to an opaque spray bottle — exposure to light kills its effectiveness — and spray on your surfaces… read more →

The 7 Worst Habits Homeowners Need to Break Now

Guilty of buying cheap stuff? Pack-ratting? Here’s how to change your ways. A date with a glass of wine and your favorite curry dish while watching the latest season of “Orange Is the New Black” may seem like the perfect way to spend your evening — until you hear something alive in that leaning tower of plates.. read more →

14 Packing Hacks From the Pros That Make Moving Less Awful

Moving. Is. Exhausting. But you can make it as seamless as possible with these pro tips. New house: YAAAAY! Moving out of the old one: BOOOOO. Packing up, moving, and then unpacking an entire house is the worst. Moving may never be a great time, but it is possible to cut down on the aggravation, effort,.. read more →

5 Tips That Will Protect You from This (Expensive) DIY Mistake

It was their first plumbing project. “It was just a small crack in a pipe,” says Karah Bunde. She and her husband, Joel, had just purchased a fixer-upper they planned to renovate and rent. They bought a new piece of PVC pipe to replace the cracked one. “We installed it, glued it, gave it 24.. read more →

3 Must-vs-Lust Buying Tips to Avoid Overspending

The super-simple (and fun) way to separate needs from nice-to-haves. This post will show you how to pare down the excess and make sure to get the things you really NEED. Make a List of Wants Start by making a list of everything you want in your house. If you love it, jot it down. Have your.. read more →

5 Tips for Buying a Foreclosure

When lenders take over a home through foreclosure, they want to sell it as quickly as possible. Since lenders aren’t in the real estate business, they turn to real estate brokers for help marketing their properties. Buying a foreclosed home through the multiple listing service can be a bargain, but it can also be a.. read more →

Negotiate Your Best House Buy

Buying a home can be emotional, but negotiating the price shouldn’t be. The key to saving money when purchasing a home is sticking to a plan during the turbulence of high-stakes negotiations. A real estate agent who represents you can guide you and offer you advice, but you are the one who must make the.. read more →

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