7 Mistakes That Cost Homeowners BIG Money During Cold Weather

Wintry weather is great at turning up problems you didn’t even know you had. Like that first snowy night in front of your fireplace that you thought was pure bliss — until you noticed a leak in the ceiling corner, which apparently was caused by a lack of insulation. How were you supposed to know.. read more →

How Much Home Can Your Lifestyle Afford?

If you’re considering purchasing a home, you’ve likely already considered how much you have available for a down payment, what an ideal mortgage payment would be, and how much home you can actually afford based on your monthly income. But what about your lifestyle? Have you considered how much wiggle room you need to leave.. read more →

Top 5 Tips to Keep Your Home Sale from Falling Apart

Finding a buyer for your home is just the first step on the homeselling path. Tread carefully in the weeks ahead because if you make one of these common seller mistakes, your deal may not close. Mistake #1: Ignore Contingencies If your contract requires you to do something before the sale, do it. If the.. read more →

Are You a Cheap vs. Frugal Homeowner? How to Tell the Difference

Sometimes trying to save will actually cost you more. Here’s when that happens. You’ve got all the loyalty apps (free burrito after you buy 10!), you shopped around for the lowest rate on your mortgage, and you never go to the grocery store when you’re hungry. You’re frugal, and the rising amount in your savings.. read more →

If You Were Selling Today, Would You Have the Home That Buyers Want?

Two new surveys about what homebuyers want have me feeling pretty smug about my own home choices. Maybe you’ll feel the same. Privacy from neighbors remains at the top of the most-wanted list (important to 86% of buyers), according to the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS’® “2013 Community Preference Survey.” Privacy is no doubt the best.. read more →

Make Every Day ‘Give Your Stuff Away Day’

Since your stuff might not be someone else’s find and can muck up your curb appeal, opt for other great ways to give away your stuff all year long: 1. Use Freecycle. You join online and post a description of the stuff you want to be rid of. Members email telling you they want your.. read more →

Make A Home Emergency Preparedness Kit

Putting together a home emergency preparedness kit you hope never to use may seem like a waste of time and money. But when disasters happen that are beyond your control, you can take charge of how you respond. Items for an emergency preparedness kit Store all items in an easy-to-carry bag or suitcase that’s readily.. read more →

6 Things Everyone Should Do When Moving Into a New House

When I bought my first house, my timing couldn’t have been better: The house closing was two weeks before the lease was up on my apartment. That meant I could take my time packing and moving, and I could get to know the new place before moving in. I recruited family and friends to help.. read more →

Can One Home Insurance Claim Bump Up Your Annual Premium?

When a tree fell on my house during a derecho wind storm last summer, it poked a half-dozen holes about the size of a car steering wheel in the roof. But my husband, Al, and I weren’t in a hurry to call our insurance company. Call us paranoid, but until we knew how much it.. read more →

The 7 Most-Needed Repair Tips Every Homeowner Should Know

Paint, dust, and moisture can all make a window stick. Luckily, you can get a window working again in just a few easy steps. 1. Fix a leaky toilet. Running toilets not only rob sleep, they waste water and jack up your bill. Here’s how to change a flapper — the usual suspect — and.. read more →

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