Monthly Archives: May 2016

Don’t Go Over Budget on a Remodel — 5 Tips to Protect Your Bottom Line

When Kelly Whalen demolished her built-in bookshelves as part of a living room DIY, she found it gave the room some much-needed space. Unfortunately, she also found a hidden subfloor made from asbestos(!) tiles. She hadn’t budgeted for a new … Continue reading

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How to Assess the Real Cost of a Fixer-Upper House

Trying to decide whether to buy a fixer-upper house? Follow these seven steps, and you’ll know how much you can afford, how much to offer, and whether a fixer-upper house is right for you. 1.  Decide what you can do … Continue reading

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5 Ways You Didn’t Know You Could Save for a Down Payment

Buying your first home conjures up all kinds of warm and fuzzy emotions: pride, joy, contentment. But before you get to the good stuff, you’ve got to cobble together a down payment, a daunting sum if you follow the textbook … Continue reading

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Tips to Clear Clutter and Create a Happier Home

That jumble of clothes in your closet or stack of mail in your mudroom isn’t just an eyesore. According to organization expert Melissa Michaels, all of that clutter could also be draining happiness from your home. “Clutter is a stealer of joy and … Continue reading

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6 Upgrades Under $1,000 That Give You The Most Bang For Your Buck

Pop quiz: Would you rather buy a home with 1990s laminate countertops or pristine marble? It seems like an easy “A,” yet many home sellers are so immune to pre-existing (read: old) features in their homes that they can’t understand … Continue reading

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4 Renovations Under $5,000 That Add Serious Property Value

When it comes to adding property value to your home, you’ve probably already gone through the basic upgrades and renovations that are frequently recommended. New flooring, new roof, updated landscaping: All of these can have positive effects on your property … Continue reading

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The Newlyweds’ Guide to Buying a Home

Hey, lovebirds: If you’re newly married, you may be thinking of buying a nest together. Indeed, 35% of married Americans purchased their first home together within two years of tying the knot, according to a study by Coldwell Banker. Yet while we hear plenty about … Continue reading

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