Buying a home is a big decision that includes more than falling in love with the style and decor of a home. A home needs to be in good working order. This is where an home inspector comes in. Read more
The winter months are fast approaching; soon old man winter will be knocking at your front door. Doors are a huge cause of heat loss. Much is lost just by opening and closing them, but the amount of heat lost when closed can be reduced greatly with the following three maintenance tips.
Don’t let your home get the winter blues. As the cold weather approaches, home owners can do the following maintenance checks to ensure their properties are ready for the winter months. The real estate Web site Zillow offers some of the following tips:
• Check the weather stripping along your door and door frame to ensure there are no gaps that can let cold air seep into your home. Also, you may want to add weather stripping or caulk to your windows to prevent any drafts and wasting energy. Read more
“Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.” – George Eliot
Fall is a welcome reprieve from the oppressive heat of Summer. It also offers homeowners all across the country a chance to ready their homes for cold weather, hard rains, and all that cold seasons have to offer.
As the seasons change, once again it’s time to perform some home maintenance. Here are 9 yearly tasks that will help keep your household in working order when the temperatures drop. Read more
Boosting home value for your own satisfaction or for a potential buyer begins easily with enhancing curb appeal. You might spend an afternoon spreading bags of mulch around your flower beds, applying a fresh coat of paint to exterior doors and shutters, or pressure washing the deck and siding. Inside your home a few quick and inexpensive improvements will make a big impact, whether you replace bathroom fixtures and lighting or switch out your old draperies to a new window treatment. Read more
For many, homeownership is still a dream. Moving from renting can seem like it’s an impossible mission.
But if you plan ahead and carefully budget, the goal of homeownership can be yours.
When budgeting how much home you can afford, it’s important to understand and anticipate the costs of owning and maintaining a home. Here are a few things that some first-time buyers forget to include. Read more
When faced with a homeowner association maintenance or repair issue, the starting point is to determine whether the HOA has the duty to maintain or repair. Read more
Recently, I was contacted by a homeowner who is currently living in the Midwest, but she owns a home in the Washington, DC/Maryland area. She and her family had moved out of the area for job relocation and because things happened so fast, the family ended up trying to sell their DC-area home from the Midwest. Read more
You have a dated kitchen and you need to fix it up in order to sell your home, but you find yourself short of the typical $30-40K for a full upgrade. What do you do? Read more
This is me jumping up on my soapbox again: Here it comes—my fury (fury is probably a strong word) at demolition done wrong. Whether it’s a roof or interior trim, a house comes apart best in the reverse order it was assembled. Read more