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This Common Mistake Could Reduce Your Home's Value as Much as 30% - All your other updates will have been for nothing. For hands-on advice from designers and pro DIYers, plus more scrappy before-and-after...

Painting Your Front Door This Color Could Increase Your Home's Value by $6K - No need to cover the entire facade!

The Futuristic Kitchen Feature That Will Bump Up Your Home's Value - If you want to up your home's value, you only really need to invest in one room; the kitchen.

Easy Updates That Will Give Your Home the Best Resale Value - The small changes you should be making, which will garner the biggest reward.

This Outdoor Addition Will Increase

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(Article courtesy of Flipboard) Some of the most intimidating house problems have the simplest solutions. Before you call in a pro, learn how easy it is to tackle these troubles yourself. 

 

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9 Tips for Removing Scratches from Wood Floors 

 

How to Remove Drywall Anchors 

 

8 Genius Ways to Hide Every Wire in Your Home 

 

How to Get Rid of Pink Mold in the Shower for Good 

 

How to Remove a Stripped Screw 

 

How to Remove Stains from Wood 

 

7 Easier Ways to Clear a Clog 

 

How to Fix a Slow Drain 

 

The Best Ways to Remove Lingering Smoke Smells 

 

What to do About a Smelly Washing Machine 

 

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For most people, purchasing a house will be the largest financial transaction of their lives, so it's important to think about certain items before going through the process. You want to be mentally and financially prepared for every cost you might encounter. 

Here are 3 expenses to plan for before you buy your first home;

1. The costs of a real estate transasction

Generally, the main focus for a homebuyer using a mortgage is the seller price, but there are other costs to consider. 

Using a realtor during the process can provide great value as they can provide a buyer further detail about any other anticipated fees. Specific costs to take into account depend on each individual transaction, but some of them include an appraiser fee, home

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"Some of the most substantial factors that affect the property {price} are about the property itself, such as how big it is, how many bedrooms, how nice it is," said Taylor Marr, a lead economist with real estate brokerage Redfin. 

Ultimately, local home prices move up or down depending on the disparity between the number of residences listed for sale and the number of buyers looking to make a purchase. Yet, desirable home features and a favorable location command top dollar in any housing market, whether it is on the upswing or spiraling into a doldrum.

Diferences in square footage, the number of bathrooms and proximity to neighborhood amenities all help explain why a home may be worth thousands of dollars more - or less - than a property

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 Need a little color pick-me-up this winter? Sherwin Williams' new Living Well collection of paints will have you ready to redo your entire house. Not only does the collection include 11 different color palettes designed to make you feel good, but it also includes paints with bacteria-killing and air-purifying technologies. Yes, you read that right!

Learn more HERE from hunker.com

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What homebuyer doesn't want the perfect home? Unfortunately, the perfect home, like the perfect job, the perfect mate, or the perfect life, is quite elusive - and perhaps unrealistic.

In each of these scenarios, the goal should be to find something that makes you happy, something with potential, something you can work with or live with. THAT makes it perfect for you.

Sometimes, homebuyers miss out on what could be the perfect house for them because they're distracted by a few not-so-desirable features that really won't make a difference in the long run. These are some of the items that shouldn't weigh heavily in your decision-making process;

 

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 Roasting chestnuts over an open fire is a delightful holiday season tradition, but unless your flue has been inspected and cleaned, it’s not a very good idea. After all, a far less popular holiday pastime is running out into a winter night in your pajamas because your flue caught on fire. Flue fires account for about 46,000 home fires yearly, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. Although most homeowners made it out in time, the property damage that can result is often massive. Some flue fires will go undetected and may smoulder for a long time, while others will quickly burn a house to the ground. This is why it’s so important to keep your flue clean and in good repair, especially if you’re using a fireplace or other wood-burning heating

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These home improvements will reward you financially, especially if you are looking to sell your home

Finding the best ways to add value to your home is all important in 2021, with growing fears over house price drops since the global pandemic began. So, if you are thinking of selling up this year, which home improvements will bring you the greatest profits? We ask the experts.

'All too often home sellers will look to improve their property ahead of a sale with the goal of recouping this cost and more with a higher sold price,' advises Matthew Cooper, Founder & Managing Director of Yes Homebuyers. 

'However, this doesn’t always work out as planned and it’s important to understand what will add value in the eyes of potential buyers and the cost

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For many people, buying a home requires a pile of cash, putting homeownership out of reach. However, for those who qualify because of their military service (or spouse’s military service), it’s possible to get help buying a home with little or no money down through the VA loan program.

What is a VA loan?

A VA loan is guaranteed by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. The loan itself isn’t actually made by the government, but the fact that it’s backed by a government agency makes lenders feel more comfortable in offering these loans, as they pose less risk.

As a result, it’s possible to get a VA loan without a down payment, and with sometimes-looser credit requirements. While you still need to meet certain requirements, and the lender still

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Most people who do renovations start with their kitchen. Oftentimes, they end there too. But the bathroom is one of the most satisfying rooms to remodel. Everyone in the house uses the bathroom every day, so why not make it a peaceful place to be? 

These bathroom interior design ideas will give you affordable ways to make changes to your bathroom. Maybe all you need is new lighting or perhaps, you want to flip the entire thing! That’s all up to you, we’re just here to inspire. 

Solid Marble Vanity

While you may not be able to afford kitchen counters that are marble, a bathroom counter is much smaller. So small that if done right, you can get a solid piece of marble for the whole thing.

For a cheap cut, ask home improvement places if there

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