Real Estate Guide

Real Estate Guide (Page 19)

5 Things You Should Avoid Doing Before Buying a Home

Owning a home is something that many adults dream of. Of course, we’d all love to have a mansion on the side of a cliff, overlooking the ocean, but most of us are pretty happy to settle for something smaller and more reasonably priced that requires far less cleaning and maintenance. Unfortunately, we’re not all so practical when it comes to our finances. As a result, many would-be homeowners commit terrible mistakes that could make it well-nigh... ❯❯❯

Top 5 Home Exterior Sun Control Tips

One battle that many homeowners wage is a fight against the elements, or more specifically, an ongoing attempt to keep them from compromising the interior environment. And yet, unless you’d like to hermetically seal your home, chances are that your house will be exposed to the natural incursion of sun, wind, and water at some point. The roof may leak and exterior air will certainly sneak in around doors and windows, especially when they’re... ❯❯❯

5 Things You Should Know in Order to Negotiate the Best Deal on a New Home

Are you in the market to buy a new home? If so, probably your first priority is finding a house in a safe neighborhood that has all of the features that you want. Your second? Making sure that you can get it at the lowest price possible. So, in the effort to help you negotiate the absolute best deal possible on a new home, we wanted to provide you with five solid tips. Check these out below: Research comparable sales. The first thing that you should do... ❯❯❯

5 Ways to Prep Your Furnace for Winter

When the cold weather comes around – the nose and lip biting cold weather – your furnace will be your closest ally. However, if you don’t take certain steps to prepare your furnace for the harsh weather, you could be dealing with a night without cold – maybe even a few nights. There are usually about 7 tips to cut energy use and one of those is making sure your furnace is ready for the wintertime. Not only is prepping your furnace... ❯❯❯

Top 5 Child Safety Tips During Home Renovations

Renovating your home can be a stressful event, especially if you have decided to continue living in the house while construction is underway. With workers coming and going, tracking dirt and debris all over the house, you’re sure to have extra cleaning to contend with, not to mention noise and a high level of inconvenience overall. But if you’re remodeling certain areas, the kitchen, for example, you’ll have bigger problems to deal with... ❯❯❯

5 Common Issues That Arise When Fixing Up a Historic Home

Historic homes are just that: historic. Historic might as well be another word for really, really old. While historic homes are beautiful to look at, you do need to spend a little money on renovations – just to bring some of the home’s amenities up to code for the 21st century. These renovations are important for a number of reasons, but also so that you aren’t spending an additional fortune on energy costs, especially when it comes to... ❯❯❯

5 Benefits of Using Solar Energy to Power Your Home

With the constant rise of energy costs, homeowners are looking elsewhere for their home energy needs in order to reduce energy waste and cut back on extra spending. An increasingly popular alternative is to install solar energy panels to power homes. Solar power can offer homeowners many benefits, including these 5 perks. Save money on your monthly energy bills. While the money you spend upfront to install solar energy paneling may be a large... ❯❯❯

5 Ways to Conserve Energy at Home in Fall and Winter

Whether you’re interested in preserving and improving the health of our planet through the products you buy and the practices you follow or you’re merely looking to save some money on your utility bills, conserving energy can deliver on both fronts. But short of installing solar panels or a residential wind turbine, you might not have the first idea about how to start when it comes to cutting your energy consumption. Wearing sweaters and wool... ❯❯❯

Will Installing an AC System Increase the Value of Your Home?

One of the things inside of our homes that many of us take for granted is our air conditioning system. That is until it stops blowing cool air, there is a duct leak or it’s time to actually replace it with a new one. However, if the service technician does tell you that the clock is ticking on the lifespan of your unit, although that might initially seem like some pretty unfortunate news (especially when it comes to your finances), did you know that... ❯❯❯

5 Benefits of Hiring a Cleaning Service When You Move

Researchers have done studies that show that moving is one of the most stressful things you can put yourself through. Not only do you have the stress of finding a brand new house or apartment, but you also have the stress of making sure everything is packed up and ready to go. Once you do have a new place, you have to move all of your belongings and you also have to legally change your address. By the end of it, you will wish you never moved in the first... ❯❯❯

4 Ways to Extend the Lifespan of Your AC System

Considering that installing a new air conditioning unit in your home could set you back several thousand dollars, you’re likely not too keen to take on the expense until you absolutely have no other choice. And if you’ve recently installed a new system, you have every opportunity to practice preventive care in order to ensure that your equipment lasts as long as possible. But if you happen to have an older system, you might be looking for ways... ❯❯❯

Quick and Easy Home Fix-Ups

Your home is one of your largest investments. In addition, it is your sanctuary where you can relax and escape from your daily routines. In order to preserve this investment and be able to enjoy your home in the best quality possible, you may need to make some minor home improvements. Luckily not all improvements need to be costly, time consuming or tiring. Here are a few quick and easy home fix-ups that will drastically improve the condition of your home... ❯❯❯

5 Ways to Prepare Your Roof for Winter

If you happen to live in an area that features relatively mild winter conditions, like southern California, for example, you might not be terribly worried about the prospect of damage to your roof due to winter storms. However, most of the world has to deal with inclement weather conditions during the colder months, including rain, sleet, snow, hail, and high winds, all of which can do a number to your roof, especially if you aren’t property... ❯❯❯

The Pros and Cons of Purchasing a Mobile Home

Mobile homes have a long and storied history, but today they have a disparate reputation. Mobile homes might have been more portable in the past, but today they are prefabricated in a warehouse or factory and then moved to a more permanent location location – usually a trailer park. When it comes to the common dream of owning property, mobile homes are the answer for people who can’t really afford traditional housing. These days, mobile homes... ❯❯❯

The Benefits of Leasing Office Space Rather Than Buying It

If you are a new business owner, or if you are looking for a new place to move your business, it can be hard to know whether you should purchase office space or rent it. This question can be quite a head-scratcher, because the economy ebbs and flows, much like a tide, and you can never tell if it’s buyer’s market or a renter’s market. When it comes to leasing or buying office space, both have their unique advantages and disadvantages.... ❯❯❯

5 Things to Look for When Hiring a Property Management Company

In the real estate market, if you are the owner of a rental property, it is always best to hire an intermediary to help find occupants and manage the property for you, because chances are that you have a lot of other things on your plate. Also, hiring a rental management company is important because they have the experience when it comes to marketing properties appropriately and doing the proper background checks on possible renters. When it comes to... ❯❯❯

5 Things to Consider Before Purchasing Waterfront Property

Buyers beware: you might be buying the home of your dreams. Waterfront property is the dream of many homeowners. However, not everyone can afford a waterfront property, which makes them so exclusive and unique. Moreover, there aren’t a lot of waterfront properties on the market. Why is this? – Mainly, this is because you’d have to be out of your mind to let go of one in the first place. However, once and a while a waterfront property does... ❯❯❯

5 Common House-Hunting Mistakes

This is certainly a great time to purchase a home. It’s a buyer’s market, as people are desperate to sell and there is no shortage of available properties in quality neighborhoods all across the country. Interest rates are near their all time low, so as long as you have a solid credit history you should be able to secure a mortgage that meets your financial goals. It’s all good news, and you should absolutely get excited about the... ❯❯❯

5 Costly Mistakes to Avoid When Selling Your Home

Being that we tend to spend most of our waking work week hours in an office setting, that also means that for many of us, we are also working among a room full of people. And while there are many studies which indicate that the most diverse a work environment is, the more a business is able to thrive, sometimes there are conflicts; sometimes people will file a discrimination complaint. In the effort for you to be thoroughly prepared in case it happens to... ❯❯❯

5 Things to Consider When Hiring a Residential Painting Contractor

Painting your home is a serious matter and you want to do it the right way, lest you suffer the circumstances. If you have thrown up the white flag and have decided to forgo your DIY plans and hire a painting contractor, you need to know what to look for before you say, “You’re hired.” When it comes to painting your home, you need a contractor with not only experience, but also a passion for the job. If you are going to get a bunch of... ❯❯❯