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How Selling a Vacation Home Is Different From Selling a Primary Residence

Differences Between Selling a Vacation Home and A Primary ResidenceFinancially and logistically, selling a vacation home is different from selling a primary residence. Home owners who would like to sell their vacation property must understand and be prepared for these differences. These tips can help make the home selling process clearer and easier to understand.

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What to Do When You Discover Unpermitted Work

Steps to Take If You Find Unpermitted Work on Your PropertyEvery county, city or homeowners association have general rules regarding what a homeowner can build on their property. These general rules can be zoning laws, building codes and/or general HOA guidelines. Since a homeowners neighbors often share certain resources, such as plumbing and electricity, local officials have an obligation to look out for the safety of everyone by having these building rules and regulations.

However, not all homeowners know (or possibly care) about building regulations, which is why work that has not been permitted or allowed can often be a common occurrence. For...

What New Construction Buyers Need to Know

5 Questions to Ask Before Buying New ConstructionBuying a newly constructed home is a little different than buying one that has been lived in for years. What are the differences between a new construction home and a preowned home - and what do home buyers need to know?

It's important to note that there are generally two types of new construction homes; a custom built home and a planned builder home. A custom built home is where a home buyer chooses the floor plan and sometimes even the lot. They have a lot of freedom as to how the home is constructed, the building materials and the finishes of the home. A planned builder home is one where a builder...

Home Buyer's Guide to Home Warranties

Home Warranty Information GuideOne of the nice perks of buying a new home is the home warranty. Having a home warranty policy can give homeowners assurance that if something in the home breaks down, the warranty may pay to repair or replace it. For new home owners, who are often strapped for cash, the home warranty can be a serious advantage at a crucial time. This guide will tell new homeowners everything they need to know about the home warranty.

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4 Reasons to Hire a Pro to Avoid Home Renovation Disasters

DIY or Hire a Pro? 4 Reasons to Rely on Home Renovation ExpertsWhile certain home renovation projects can be accomplished by even novice DIY'ers, most major tasks and improvements are best left in the hands of home renovation experts. Homeowners wanting to save money often ultimately discover that they have (or will need to) spend more through DIY efforts. Here are four reasons to put the tools away and hire a professional home improvement contractor to avoid renovation disasters.

1. Technical Proficiency From a Team of Tradespeople

There's a reason that only one ‘Y' appears in DIY, as most homeowners end up performing the majority of many home...

How to Choose a Real Estate Agent

Tips for Finding the Right Real Estate AgentHome buyers and sellers often have their sights set on the next step on their real estate journey—whether that be discovering the house that has everything in their dream neighborhood or selling their property in a matter of hours for higher than asking price. These are important real estate goals, but the first step isn't scanning the online listings or getting a market analysis performed on a home. It's actually hiring a real estate agent, and not just any agent. Buyers and sellers need the right agent to meet their needs and achieve their goals.

Here's how to choose the best real estate agent, whether you're ...

How to Construct an Outdoor Living Space You'll Love

How to Get the Outdoor Space of Your DreamsAn outdoor living space is not just a nice thing to have, but a necessary component of a well-kept property. Plus, the outside of the home is the very first thing a person sees—whether it's the owner or a passing pedestrian. To spruce up the outdoors and discover the motivation you need to spend more time in the sun and fresh air, consider the following tips for constructing a more appealing living area.

Use Creative Color Choices

Even the most uninspired home decorator can get...

5 Ways to Identify Roof Damage

How to Identify Roof Damage In Your HomeHomeowners are always on the lookout to make sure their home is in peak condition, and a home’s roof should be no exception, especially given that a roof in good condition is a valuable improvement to home buyers. While it may be difficult to know what to look for when it comes to a damaged roof, there are a few telltale signs that all homeowners should keep an eye on when doing a regular inspection. Here are five different types of damage homeowners may spot on their home’s roof and what it means.


How to Choose Flooring Materials For Your Home

How to Find the Right Floors for Your HomeChoosing floors for a home may not seem very difficult until a homeowner considers the sheer volume of choices available, and this is one very common home improvement project that most homeowners will undertake. From natural stone to plush carpeting, the options can seemingly stretch out for days. To get a handle on their choices, homeowners need to consider the strengths and weaknesses of each type of common flooring material before deciding which one would find their rooms best.



Is It Better to Rent or Buy a Home?

Is Renting or Buying a Home the Better Choice?Some renters are building up a nest egg in order to make a down payment to buy their first home. On the other hand, there are homeowners looking to downsize and reduce their maintenance obligations by renting. According to one study, more than a third of families rent their home. There are pros and cons to either situation, in addition to unique challenges that apply to renters and to homeowners.

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