Are You Overimproving for Your Neighborhood?

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We all love those house-flipping shows – we shout our opinions on what the homeowners should update and weep when we see the final reveal. It’s an innate human instinct to want to make things better. And when it comes to selling your own home, it’s often a good instinct to follow. But while it may be OK to max … Read More

How to Set a Home Renovation Budget

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Ready for a kitchen renovation? Anxious for a bathroom remodel? The easy part is knowing your goal for home remodeling – 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 plan a home renovation that doesn’t break the bank can be tricky. Here are five key steps in … Read More

5 Home Renovation Choices That Can Cut Your Remodeling Budget

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Planning a home remodel is exciting, especially when your loan or line of credit is approved. That earmarked money feels limitless in the beginning as you set your sights on fancy flooring, upscale appliances, and elaborate fixtures. Unfortunately, that fantasy only lasts as long as your first major purchase. The cost of materials and labor creeps up quickly, and those … Read More

Easy Updates to Help Your Home Sell

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When it comes to selling your house, it’s a lot easier to catch the big repairs than to see the small details. But buyers notice it all, and even one squeaky door can signal issues to them. Here are a few last-minute, easy tweaks that make a big difference. Clean/replace blinds ($5-15) Dirty blinds are an eyesore, and you can … Read More

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