How Well Can You Estimate Home Improvement Costs?

How prepared are you for the unexpected? If you’re a homeowner, you might want to take stock.  According to a new study, only about 37% of homeowners have money set aside for repairs. And what’s worse? Most homeowners grossly underestimate what their future home improvement projects might cost.  Test your knowledge below. What Improvements [...]

By |2019-10-10T10:19:17-04:00October 10th, 2019|Categories: DIY|Tags: , |

Questions to Consider Before Moving an Aging Parent into Your Home

At some point in life, most adults consider moving mom, dad, or even both parents into their home. With the rising costs of elder and nursing home care, not to mention the guilt that often comes with putting a parent in a home, weighing this option is only natural for most sons and daughters. [...]

By |2019-09-19T14:21:30-04:00February 20th, 2019|Categories: Advice, Home|Tags: , , |

Aging in Place? Make These Renovations First

A whopping 87 % of seniors say they're fans of aging in place, preferring the homes and properties they’re accustomed to rather than a senior housing community or assisted living facility. If you’re one of the overwhelming majority planning to stay put in your older years, then it’s time to start making some adjustments at home. [...]

By |2019-04-08T16:54:22-04:00January 3rd, 2019|Categories: Advice, Misc, Refinance|Tags: , , , |

7 Don’ts of DIY Home Improvements

With the rise of shows like “Fixer Upper” and “Flip or Flop,” DIY renovations have become one of the hottest trends with today’s homeowners. But updating your property takes more than a few feet of shiplap and some shabby chic paint — especially if you want your reno done safely, properly, and in an [...]

By |2019-08-20T15:23:33-04:00November 16th, 2018|Categories: DIY, Refinance|Tags: , , , |

Home Improvements That Cost Under $1,000

High-impact home renovations don’t have to come with equally high costs. In fact, some of the most game-changing upgrades and improvements are actually some of the least expensive. Are you looking for some DIY projects that pack a big punch without putting a dent in your bank account? Here are 10 of the best: [...]

By |2019-08-26T23:36:38-04:00November 9th, 2018|Categories: DIY|Tags: , |

5 Smart Ways to Use Cash-Out Refinance Money

Cash-out refinances are a great way to access money easily and quickly. The strategy essentially replaces your existing mortgage with a new loan — one that’s bigger, pays off your old one, and gives you cash based on the equity you have in the home. (If you’ve lived there a while, that could be [...]

By |2019-08-18T19:07:31-04:00October 29th, 2018|Categories: Financial, Refinance|Tags: , , , , , |

Buying a Fixer-Upper? 6 Common Concerns Addressed

Buying fixer-uppers are a super popular move nowadays — especially given the rise of shows like “Flip This House” and “Fixer Upper.” Not only do fixer-upper properties usually come at a lower price than move-in ready ones, but they’re also just fun projects. Gung-ho homeowners can dive in, DIY to their heart’s content, and truly [...]

By |2018-09-24T13:57:07-04:00September 11th, 2018|Categories: DIY, Purchase|Tags: , , |