Although it’s almost impossible to get rid of all mosquitoes from your property, here are a few steps you can take to greatly help limit the amount of mosquitoes that will show to party with you and your guests.
Say goodbye to dirty tile grout! We’ve found the best ways to clean tile grout, and it honestly doesn’t seem too bad! It almost makes me want to clean my house! Almost. Check it out.
There’s a downsizing movement sweeping across the land. Find out how living with less can save you more.
One of the most important things a home buyer can do before putting in an offer is having the property inspected. Here are six relevant tests and their costs so you can have peace of mind.
Hot weather doesn’t have to mean high electricity bills. Learn ways to save money and energy this season.
Making upgrades to your home can add value and worth. Most home improvement projects are simple, affordable, and can be done yourself. Here are four suggestions to improve your home without breaking your budget. Spring clean with four home improvement projects under $300: Paint Your House Painting is a home improvement project that can pay big dividends using inexpensive and easy supplies. The living room, kitchen, and master bathroom are the most important rooms in a house. A new coat of paint can freshen up your home and add zip to it. The most appealing colors universally are neutrals (off white, and other shades of yellow- based tones). Indoor Light Fixtures When renewing lighting, remember to replace the three Ds: Damaged, Dated, and Distracting lighting. - First replace all damaged lights in your home. - Renew dated, low-hanging chandeliers with a basic pendant lamp placed higher for less distraction. - Replace lighting in dark rooms with higher-wattage light bulbs. Landscaping Before you begin, survey the area and make a plan. Landscaping home improvement projects can range from relaxing Zen themes to traditional yard designs. Aside from lawn upkeep, landscaping consists of floral arrangements, shrubbery grooming, and even the addition of a garden. Proper watering and careful lawn mowing will keep your landscape looking its best for years to come. Curb Appeal Add curb appeal to your home with easy DIY home improvement projects by: - Replacing your dated mailbox - Cleaning your storm door and windows - Add a fresh…
If you’re in the process of buying a home and preparing for your mortgage closing, read this article to learn what to expect. There are several things to keep in mind such as your mortgage lender’s role, your role, third party vendors and closing costs and fees.
You’re ready to stop renting and buy a home? The first step is to get pre-approved in order to give you an idea of how much you can afford. When getting a pre-approval letter, mortgage lenders will verify your assets and income. Read this article to learn about the documentation you will need during this step of the home loan process.
In light of the Mississippi River floods, homeowners ask themselves if flood insurance is necessary. Home buyers looking to buy a home in a high-risk zone using a government-backed loan are obligated to purchase flood insurance. Others homeowners may purchase flood insurance just to get peace of mind. Learn about flood insurance, who needs it and where to buy it.
The following is a guest post from Sarah Damon who writes about financial topics for SavingAccounts.com. Her opinions do not necessarily reflect those of Quicken Loans. About SavingsAccounts.com: For 10 years, SavingsAccounts.com has been helping people quickly and easily discover which savings accounts are best as stable and secure places to invest their money. The website enables you to make informed banking decisions by giving you in-depth bank information and daily rate updates. Over the course of your life, you’ll have some expenses that will consume the lion’s share of your income. While some of these expenses are easy to predict, people often fail to plan for them, or don’t understand how spending too much affects them in the long run. In Get Financially Naked: How to Talk Money with Your Honey, authors Manisha Thakor and Sharon Kedar identify some key lifetime expenses that are important for you and your partner to discuss. “Addressing each of these key areas as early on in your relationship as possible will go a long way toward ensuring financial and emotional harmony in your relationship and your budget,” they write. (While their book is primarily about talking to your partner about finances, much of the advice is applicable for singles, as well.) The three expenses Thakor and Kedar list, along with key points for each, are: Home. Delayed gratification can be hard, but saving 20 percent for a down payment on your home is the way to go. Once you’ve reached that savings goal, and you’re ready to buy a house,…