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Tips for Buying a Vacation Home

Tips for Buying a Vacation or Second Home

Investing in a second home is a great way to vacation.  Whether it’s a beachfront condo or a Disney-adjacent single family home, there are so many wonderful ways to make lasting memories with your family.

But, before you jump in, review these 6 tips:

1. Keep costs within the budget.  Unless you’re paying cash, make sure you get prequalified for a loan before you start looking.  And don’t overspend:  you’ll need cash for ice cream.

2. Determine the frequency of use.  If you’re going to be spending a week or a month at a time at your vacation home, then you may not mind spending half the day in the car (or in airports) to get to your destination, but if it’s a weekend home, you’ll probably want it a little closer. 

3. Pick the right location.  Pick an area that offers what you want.  If you’re not a beach person, maybe homes with the Gulf of Mexico in the backyard isn’t where you should be looking. 

4. Understand upkeep.  If you don’t want to hire a lawn service to mow a large yard, you may want to consider a maintenance-free condo or town home. 

5. Research rental potential and costs.  If you intend to rent out the property, be sure to research things like renter’s insurance and what properties in the area are renting for. 

6. Think about resale and changing needs.  Don’t forget to factor resale value into your decision.

These tips are summarized from Barbara Ballinger.  Read more at Realtor Mag.

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Recessed Dryer Box

Recessed Dryer Box

Having problems with your dryer?  It might be because the vent doesn’t have enough room to work properly.

An easy fix is to install a recessed vent box in the wall behind the dryer.

Check out these tips by Matt Risinger at Custom Home on how to install one yourself!

Tips for Hanging Christmas Lights

Tips for Hanging Christmas Lights

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Did you hang your Christmas lights yet?

A few of my neighbors had theirs lit on Thanksgiving.  But whenever you do decide to deck your house in holiday style, be sure to follow these safety tips:

  • Inspect light for fire hazards like frayed cords and broken sockets.
  • Follow the manufacturer’s suggestions for connecting multiple strings, since the recommended is usually three.
  • Don’t use indoor lights outside and don’t use outside lights indoors.
  • Take lights down within 90 days to avoid overexposure to the elements.
  • Pack them safely to lessen damage that could cause fire hazards.

Read more about Christmas light safety at House Logic.

8 Tips to Add Value and Curb Appeal to Your Home

8 Tips to Add Curb Appeal to Your Home

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8 Great Tips for Adding Curb Appeal and Value to Your Home:

1.  Wash your house’s face
2.  Freshen the paint job
3.  Regard the roof
4.  Neaten the yard
5.  Add a color splash
6.  Glam your mailbox
7.  Fence yourself in
8.  Maintenance is a must

To read all of the details of these suggestions, check out this article from HouseLogic:

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5 Feng Shui Concepts to Help a Home Sell

Want to sell your home?

Try some Feng Shui!

5 quick tips include:

1.  Pay special attention to the front door.
2.  Chi energy can be flushed away wherever there are drains.
3.  The master bed should be in a place of honor, power, and protection.
4.  The dining room symbolizes the energy and power of family togetherness.
5.  The windows are considered to be the eyes of the home.

Read the details at the National Association of REALTOR’s article 5 Feng Shui Concepts to Help a Home Sell.

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Home Maintenance 101: 7 Things Every Home Owner Should Know

 7 Things Every Homeowner Should Know
When you move into your first (or second or forever) home, there are a few things you should know how to do:

1. Fix a leaky toilet.
2. Repair drywall holes.
3. Adjust cabinet doors.
4. Open a stuck window.
5. Stop a leaking faucet.
6. Silence door squeaks.
7. Turn off the main water line.

Find out how to solve all these common homeowner maintenance issues here:

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Affordable Kitchen Remodeling: 5 Money-Saving Steps

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Want a complete kitchen remodel, but don’t have the full budget you’ll need available yet?

Try these 5 money-saving steps:

Stage 1: Start with a complete design plan
Stage 2: Order the cabinets, appliances, and lighting fixtures
Stage 3: Gut the kitchen and do the electrical and plumbing work
Stage 4: Install cabinets, countertop, appliances, flooring, and fixtures
Final phases: Upgrade if necessary

Read all the details here:

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7 Things New Homeowners Don’t Realize They Have To Do

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When you move in to your new home, there will be joy and relief and excitement.  But don’t forget there there are also new responsibilities!

First time buyers are often accustomed to having a landlord take care of things for them, so learning to doing it yourself, can be a bit of an adjustment.

BrightNest offers some great suggestions for getting started:

1.  Prepare for Breakage
2.  Form an Inspection Habit
3.  Buy a Bunch of Furnace Filters
4.  Get to Know Your Appliances
5.  Take Advantage of Tax Credits
6.  Start Keeping Records
7.  Beef Up Your Insurance

Read all the details at BrightNest.

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3 Tips for Selling Your Home

The top 3 tips for selling your home from Bryon Ellington are

1.  Price Your House Right

2.  Consider a Pre-Sale Inspection

3.  Consider All Offers

Watch the video to hear him explain why these are his top 3 tips: