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Buying or Selling a Home
A home foreclosure may appear to be a hot deal, but beware of hidden costs if you are bargain shopping. Foreclosed homes often come with a variety of repair and financial problems that can add up to major expenses. Before starting your property search, make sure you know exactly how much home...
Exterior Remodeling

Planning home improvement projects are always fun. From a designer bath with plush fittings to a luxurious outdoor pool to beat the summer heat, renovating your house can add to its overall appeal and increase its value in case of a resale. But remodeling can have an added cost of increased...

Home Warranty Advice: Are They Worth the Money?

If you own a home, you may be more tempted to purchase a home warranty to help avoid the financial surprise of an unexpected repair. But do home warranties truly offer the peace of mind they claim on the brochure? Will purchasing a home warranty cover an air conditioner that gives out mid...

Disaster Proofing

If you're considering the purchase of a vacation home, take steps to ensure that your choice offers low-maintenance enjoyment throughout the year. Start by determining whether the vacation home will be used exclusively by your family or spend most of its days as an investment property rented...

Mold
Buying a foreclosed home is not as easy as it sounds. It would seem like bargain hunting on a grand scale and when gazing up a tree-lined street featuring foreclosed homes, you may think there's homeowner's gold in them there hills.  But beware before buying a foreclosed home. Foreclosed homes...
Appliances

Winterizing your vacation home is best accomplished when you develop a checklist of tasks that need to be completed and then follow that list faithfully. The major areas a winterization list should include:

1. Plumbing. Plumbing is one of the most important areas to address when winterizing...