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4 Ways to Avoid DIY Mistakes — From a Homeowner Who’s Made Them All

DIY gone wrong is your worst nightmare. Sleep better with these tips to master DIY know-how. New backsplash? You’ve done it. Upgrading a faucet? No problem. You’re a DIY master. But what about that electrical issue? Or fixing a leaky roof? Even though you (and your BFF, YouTube) have pulled off many DIY projects, you.. read more →

8 Hidden Costs When You Buy a Home

1. Home Inspection A home inspection helps protect you from purchasing a home that could be a lemon. So you don’t want to forgo it. Tip Your inspector isn’t required to be an expert in everything. If you suspect termites, asbestos, and foundational issues, for instance, you’ll need to hire a specialist. Inspectors will look.. read more →

What to Do BEFORE You Start House Hunting

A real yard. Closets bigger than your average microwave. The freedom to decorate however you darn well please! Making the switch from renting to owning is exhilarating, but many rookie homebuyers find the process trickier to navigate than they expected. This is why we created our First-Time HomeBuyer Checklist. The 12-month timeline will help you.. read more →

Ready to Renovate? The Rehabbers’ Guide to 203(k) Loans

Tight-fisted lenders have made home equity loans harder to come by. So what’s a fixer-upper to do? Meet the 203(k) loan. Lenders’ weak stomach for extending credit doesn’t have to sour your upgrade dreams. The old but new again FHA 203(k) loan rolls remodeling and mortgage costs together, whether you’re buying or refinancing an existing.. read more →

Why Seller’s Remorse Is So Common, and What to Do About It Thinking of selling your home and worried you’ll regret it? Here’s how to cope.

Selling your house can be scary: It’s been your home, where you’ve lived and made memories. Chances are good it’s your most important asset and your biggest investment so far. Wrestling with the emotional heft of putting your home on the market is a difficult byproduct of real estate — but once a closing date.. read more →

Buying a Fixer-Upper: Is It Worth It? How to Tell

Here’s how that sad-looking house can be a wealth-builder. In 2012, Alessandra Pollina and her husband, Ondre, were looking for a property that would need no more than some cosmetic changes and upgrades. But because the price was right, they ended up with the ultimate fixer-upper: a two unit, single-family-style home that was already gutted.. read more →

5 Success Tips to Incorporate in Your Home Buying Plan

Planning to Buy? Got a Plan for What Comes After? 5 questions help you look ahead to home ownership. Buying a home comes with a huge financial stake, a lot of responsibility, and even more fine print. While investing in this aspect of the American dream is exciting, it’s important to reflect on your current.. read more →

Don’t Be One of Those Homeowners Who Goes Over Budget on a Renovation

Image: Libby Walker for HouseLogic ‘Home renovations on a budget’ isn’t an oxymoron. It can be done with these 5 tips. When Kelly Whalen demolished her built-in bookshelves as part of a living room DIY, she found it gave the room some much-needed space. Unfortunately, she also found a hidden subfloor made from asbestos(!) tiles… read more →

4 Ways to Avoid DIY Mistakes — From a DIYer Who’s Made Them All

  For Lucas Hall, finding that answer has been trial and error. As a “DIY landlord” for more than two years and founder of Landlordology, an online resource for landlords, he’s gutted three homes and renovated countless others. “I’m just handy enough to be dangerous,” Hall says. He’s suffered more than his fair share of.. read more →

Evaluate Your House for a Garage Addition

When planning a garage addition, you’ll need to consider size, siting, access, and how the garage relates to the architecture of the house. Maybe you’re tired of getting drenched as you dash to your car on stormy days. Or you dream about having more space for storage, a workshop, a home gym, a kids’ play.. read more →

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