7 Perfect Kitchen Upgrades for a New Look Without Remodeling

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Kitchen renovations require time and money, taking several months to complete and costing tens of thousands of dollars. If you don’t have the financial resources for a full-on renovation, there are a variety of ways you can give your kitchen a new look for a lot less. From refacing cabinets to replacing lighting, a few cosmetic tweaks can give you … Read More

Pro Tips for Making the Most of Your Kitchen Remodeling Budget

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A high-end kitchen remodel could easily drain your wallet. The nationwide average for a major kitchen remodel – replacing all appliances, installing a sink and faucet, and repainting walls – is $62,158, according to Remodeling magazine . And in cities like New York, those costs edge even higher. A modest kitchen remodel, in which the cabinets are left in place, … Read More

DIY Weekends That Work

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It’s Friday night and you’re ready for some quality time with your toolbox. Tape measure in hand, you dive into your next do-it-yourself (DIY) home improvement project. Based on the tutorials online, you should be done by Sunday night. Whether you hit roadblocks in cost estimation or concept execution, common mistakes can leave you with an unfinished, unsightly project that taunts … Read More

Take Steps Toward Financial Independence This 4th of July

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As you celebrate freedom this 4th of July, why not spend some time thinking about one day becoming more financially free? Here are a few things you should consider doing now. Save money automatically Research shows that the less effort it takes to save, the more likely you are to contribute to savings. Make it easy on yourself and automate your … Read More

How to Budget for Home Renovations

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Ready for a new kitchen? Anxious to redo the bathroom? The easy part is knowing what you want to remodel and why — whether you’re trying to keep up with your growing family, add office space, or increase your home’s value. But figuring out how to renovate without breaking the bank can be tricky. Here are five key steps in planning your home renovation … Read More

Eco-Friendly Home Updates That Save You Green

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Each year, Americans save billions of dollars by employing energy-saving measures and investing in energy-efficient homes. Some upgrades — like Energy Star appliances, new hot water heaters, or geothermal pumps — can be pricey upfront, but there are plenty of small, inexpensive updates that will make a big difference in your budget over time. Here are some places to start. Go low-flow … Read More

Switching Subway Tile to a More Creative Track

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Source: Zillow Digs Renovating a bathroom can be a costly and time-consuming process. Many homeowners use generic building materials readily available at “big box” stores to keep supply costs down. This is a sensible money-saving solution — but one that can result in a bathroom that looks generic, too. With a little creativity, it’s possible to get the best of both worlds. For example, … Read More

7 Ways Real Estate Investing Has Prepared Me for Traveling the World

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Over the past few years traveling I have been pleasantly surprised that my chosen career of real estate investing seems to be aiding me while seeing new cultures and meeting strangers on a daily basis. Below are some of these reciprocal skills between real estate investing and traveling. View the full article: 7 Ways Real Estate Investing Has Prepared Me … Read More

How to Budget for Relocation

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Moving is expensive, no matter how carefully you plan for it. Whether relocating for a new job, escaping rising rent prices or downsizing, the costs of exiting one property and settling into a new home can accumulate quickly. We asked some finance bloggers to share their budgeting advice on relocating, and here are their suggestions. How do you prepare your … Read More