Wednesday, June 1, 2022 / by Maike Houser
Look Out for These Common Home Hazards
Homes can have safety issues that aren’t always obvious — problems that could endanger you and your family.
Fortunately, doing an annual safety audit of your property can help identify some of these hazards and allow you to remedy them before they cause larger problems. It may also help you to avoid using your home warranty or homeowners insurance.
Want to make sure your home is safe for you and your loved ones? Here’s a room-by-room breakdown of what to do.
KitchenIf you have kids, make sure sharp knives and utensils are stored safely in a drawer. You should also check that your vent hood is working properly and that there’s a fire extinguisher within easy reach.
BathroomsDo your rugs have nonskid undersides that are in good condition? If not, replace them or add a nonskid mat underneath. You should also check that your electronics are kept away from water sources like the sink and tub.
BedroomsMake sure heavy furnr ...
Tuesday, May 10, 2022 / by Maike Houser
5 Ideas to Improve Your Outdoor Space
We’re finally approaching summer: The days are getting longer, the sun is shining and the weather’s getting warmer — it’s the perfect opportunity to spend more time outdoors.
Is your backyard or patio ready for heavier use?
If not, there’s still time, and you don’t need to spend a lot to make it happen. Here are five great ways to upgrade your outdoor area as we close in on the summer months.
Update Fences: Are there broken posts or holes your neighbors can see through? Repair the fence to ensure your privacy before summertime rolls in. You can also give it a new coat of paint or stain to improve your yard’s overall aesthetic.
Install a Focal Point: Every outdoor space needs a focal point — something to add visual appeal and interest. Fountains can be a great option, as can blooming gardens, well-lit walking paths or vine-covered pergolas.
Include Nature: Adding potted or plan. ...
Friday, April 1, 2022 / by Maike Houser
WHAT TO KNOW ABOUT HOME INSPECTIONS
Whether you're a buyer or a seller, you should know these four things about inspections.
You probably know that home inspections are often part of the homebuying process.
But do you know why they’re so important — or what they mean for your home purchase or sale?
Home inspections can play a big role in whether your homebuying (or selling) efforts are successful.
Are you hoping to buy or sell a house soon? Here’s what you should know about how a home inspection might impact your goals.
Inspections aren’t required. A home inspection is generally encouraged for buyers, but it’s not required. In a hot market, buyers might waive their right to an inspection to win a bidding war. But be careful: This could hurt you financially if you find yourself having to make large repairs and renovations.
The results can influence your deal — and your price. If the inspector finds issues, the buyer will often want . ...
Tuesday, March 1, 2022 / by Maike Houser
4 Inspiring Kitchen Upgrades Trending Now
For many households, the kitchen tends to be one of the most-used spaces in the home.
It’s where you cook, entertain and have family dinner. And even when it’s not mealtime, the kitchen often becomes a gathering place for snacking, doing homework and spending time together.
Does your current kitchen live up to your expectations and meet your needs? If not, it’s time for a few upgrades. For inspiration, take a look at these trending renovation and remodeling projects.
Get inspired now >>> ...
Tuesday, February 1, 2022 / by Maike Houser
What to Do if You Can't Find a Home
Finding a home in a hot market can be challenging: Supply is limited, and bidding wars are common with demand so high.
You may find yourself up against dozens of buyers, making it hard to snag the home — and at a price you can afford.
It’s important not to lose hope, though. Despite the competitive market, there are ways to find (and buy) your dream home.
Are you having trouble with your home search? These tips might help:
Get preapproved for your mortgage. Having preapproval is critical in a highly active housing market. It could give you a leg up over other buyers, and it can help you gauge your budget more accurately.
Expand your search area. Branching out a little often helps open up more inventory — and it may reduce your competition. If your lifestyle allows for it, you might even want to try looking in more rural areas.
Change your ideal property type. Rather than only focusing on single-family hom. ...