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This year has drastically changed the way we use our homes and the amount of time we spend in them. Many of us had to create a home office in our bedrooms without much notice and tried to upgrade our outdoor space without spending a fortune. Pandemic living will continue to have an effect on home decor trends in 2021 as #WFH remains the new normal and further nationwide and local lockdowns can't be ruled out. Here, the experts from home renovation platform Houzz predict the design trends we're likely to see more of in 2021. They're partly based on search traffic, so you're probably starting to see some of them on the 'gram already. Outdoor entertainment spaces

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While it may seem quite unconventional to consider selling your home during the holiday season, we've got FIVE reasons why it's actually a very smart choice! 

1. Buyers are Serious 

Many people think 'serious' buyers only come around in the spring, and this just isn't true! When sellers choose to wait until the spring market for more buyers, they're actually missing out on the opportunity to sell their home much faster. In the spring time, more homes are on the market, creating more inventory & more competition, therefore, buyers have more options. When a buyer is moving around the holidays, it's either because they're being forced to move (maybe their landlords want to sell) or they're relocating or they're just finally ready to take advantage

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Hiring a home inspector is a critical part of the home-buying process. Today, it is unthinkable that anyone would buy a home without bringing in an inspector. Worth their weight in gold, home inspectors provide an experienced and objective assessment. 

Yet because of this objectivity, the home inspector will report all problems relating to the home that falls within their scope. From trivial issues that can be quickly cleared up to stomach-wrenching deal breakers, the inspection report will equally report problems that the next homeowner – you – will inherit from the previous owner.

How can you distinguish between problems that are minor, major (yet allow the deal to go ahead), and deal breakers?

What is Involved in a Home Inspection?

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One of the most confusing things for any homeowner is trying to understand how much their home is actually worth. Fair market value, often abbreviated as FMV, is the value at which an asset (like your house) would sell under normal market conditions. It’s a primary tool used to determine a home’s asking price.

So what exactly determines the fair market value of a home? We spoke to some industry experts who explained how they go about figuring out the fair market value of homes on the market.

 Home Buying

Fair Market Value of a Home: How that All-Important Number is Determined

 

by Larissa Runkle

Contributor

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One of the most confusing things for any homeowner

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As much as you wish, electric bills are something that can’t be avoided. During the snapping cold winter months, your electric bill can climb up to insane heights, sometimes blowing your entire month’s budget.

Want to learn how to lower your electric bill sticker shock? We got you! Follow this list of things you can do to help you save money on your electric bill.

25 Ways to Save on Your Electric Bill

1. Use Your Dishwasher

Dishwashers may use electricity, but using one regularly can save more energy, money, and time rather than hand washing. Using a dishwasher instead of hand washing can save you, on average, 5,000 gallons of water and $40 in utility costs each year, not to mention 230 hours of your time.

2. Use a Smarter Bulb

If

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Gutters are an integral part of our home’s roof as they play a role in maintaining both its structural integrity and longevity. Whenever it rains, gutters collect water and help to direct it away from the home. If you want to protect your gutter, gutter guards are an ideal purchase as it’ll help keep any debris and leaves from clogging up your rain gutters or downspouts. 

If you’re new to purchasing a gutter guard and aren’t quite sure where to start, we’ve got you covered. Here, we’ll talk about the benefits of gutter guards and what you should look for when purchasing one. In the end, we’ve rounded up 7 of the best gutter guards with detailed reviews to get you started. 

Why Use Gutter Guards? 

There are multiple benefits that you can reap

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Here's one of the weirdest side effects of the coronavirus pandemic that we've heard of so far: People around the world are experiencing a rash of bizarrely vivid quarantine dreams while sleeping, called "quarandreams." And surprisingly often, these weirdly intense sleep visions are all about real estate.

Sleep experts and dream analysts agree that the rise of quarandreams is not surprising, given that many are under a lot more stress than usual, combined with the fact that it's simply easier to remember dreams when there is less noise outside to wake us up mid-sleep cycle.

But why are so many of these pandemic dreams centering on homes?

Psychoanalysts dating to Carl Jung have traditionally viewed the house as a

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From ladder tips to cleaning tools and more, here's what a roofing expert has to say about this important household chore.

Make no mistake about it: If left unattended, a blocked gutter can turn into a big roof problem in no time. "Gutters are designed to help water drain off your roof," says Zach Shoffner of Farha Roofing. "When they're clogged up with leaves and other debris, water has no place to drain, and so it goes back up and into the roof system potentially causing a whole slew of issues."

On residential roofs, Shoffner says this can mean water getting trapped under shingles, causing rot and leaks in your home. He says water can also spill over the side of your gutter, right down the exterior of your home and into your

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Color can make or break the ambience of a space. Here's how to choose the correct hue for your home's style.

But what do you do when you've settled on an interior style but aren't sure what hue to paint the room? "Selecting the perfect paint color comes down to two things: the aesthetic you're hoping to achieve and the purpose behind your space," says Abbe Fenimore of Studio Ten 25. "You can brighten up a dark interior with lighter paint colors, while rooms with an abundance of natural light work well with darker hues." Looking for the perfect paint color for your unique taste? We asked a few experts to share which paint colors work best with certain home aesthetics, and here's what they had to say.

Related: How to Pick the Perfect

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File these 4 home upgrades under wish fulfillment, not value investment.

Life is a balancing act, and upgrading your home is no different. Some upgrades, like a kitchen remodel or an additional bathroom, typically add value to your home. Others, like putting in a pool, provide little dollar return on your investment.

Of course, homeowning isn’t just about building wealth; it’s also about living well and making memories -- even if that means outclassing your neighborhood or turning off future buyers. So if any of these six upgrades is something you can’t be dissuaded from, enjoy! We won’t judge. But go in with your eyes wide open. Here’s why: 

#1 Outdoor Kitchen

The fantasy: You’re the man -- grilling steaks, blending margaritas, and

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