Month: February 2016

Creative Ways to Save for a Down Payment on a Home

One of the biggest obstacles deterring hopeful home shoppers from buying a new home is the down payment. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Once you’ve figured out how much of a down payment you really need, the only step left is to find out how you’re going to start saving. For those

How to Tell if Your DIY Project Is a Disaster—and How to Dig Out

When you first envisioned your renovation project, it was the stuff of rainbow-colored daydreams. A few weekends of manual labor, a forcibly fun painting party, and your house would be totally transformed. A new you! Indeed, it was fun for a while. The first weekend you blasted out the walls, ripped up the floors and channeled your

How to Choose and Keep a Long-Lasting Roof

Built to last from extremely durable materials, your home’s roof probably receives scant attention — until there’s a problem. It’s best not to wait until water pours through the ceiling to educate yourself about roofing essentials. For first-time and long-time homeowners alike, this guide is key to researching a roof replacement and extending its lifespan

A Beginner’s Guide to Choosing Flower Bulbs

With all the choices in catalogs and on websites, ordering bulbs, corms, rhizomes and tubers can seem a bit daunting. You have to pay attention to the planting time, height, bulb size, and bloom time, not to mention how they’ll be used in your garden. But don’t be discouraged. Use this short guide to simplify

5 Signs It’s Time to Walk Away From a Home Purchase

Buying a home is an exciting, stressful and emotional process.  Once you’ve gone to lots of open houses and started making offers, chances are you might get hooked on a house or two. But even when you’re this far into it, several situations can occur to make the deal seem less appealing. It’s tough to

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