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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

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...

Buying or Selling a Home
Even in the best of circumstances, home buying or selling is stressful, and some of the biggest potential deal-breakers lurk in the time right before the sale closes. Home buying stress can be easily avoided, however, with the following five home buying tips.
Home Buying Tip #1 - Home...
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...

Interior 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...

Appliance Repair

For 13 years, Ken and JoAnn paid for a service contract on their side-by-side refrigerator. "We live on a fixed income and didn't want to be surprised by a high repair bill if something broke-down", said Ken.

But a surprise was exactly what they got when the compressor broke. The repair man...