Renting An Apartment? Here Are Some Ways To Make It Feel Like A Home...

Oct 8, 2014 by

There are many times in life when renting an apartment makes better financial sense than buying a home. For instance, when you first move to a new city, it’s a good idea to get a good feel for all the neighborhoods before you decide where to settle down permanently. Plus, apartment life has its perks. Some communities offer outstanding amenities such as business centers, swimming pools, and exercise facilities. However, one drawback to apartment living is being restricted in altering the décor of your new place. Here are a few things you can do to personalize your space and make it your own. Paint The Walls Apartment communities tend to paint the apartments between tenants so they appear fresh. If you time it just right, you may be able to request the color paint...

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How To Prepare Your Home For A Refinancing Appraisal...

Oct 6, 2014 by

Refinancing your home can be beneficial if the interest rates are lower than when you originally took the loan out and if you have improved your credit score since your original loan application. Oftentimes, when you refinance a home, you must have an appraisal performed, such as by Appraisal Solutions Inc. Here, you will learn how to prepare for the home appraisal to achieve the best results. Inside the Home Inside your home must be clean and in great condition. Complete the following tasks to get the interior of your home ready for the appraisal. Scrub the carpeting Polish wood floors Clean tile grout Paint walls and ceilings if needed Clean light fixtures Remove clutter Remove hard water and rust stains in the bathroom and kitchen Doors and windows must be cleaned and frames...

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2 Things You Should Discuss With Your Mortgage Broker...

Oct 6, 2014 by

For most people, the purchase of their first home can be an overwhelming and stressful experience. In addition to finding the perfect place, you also have to face huge financial responsibilities and difficult questions. Fortunately, the mortgage broker at your local bank or credit union might be able to answer most of your questions. Here are a few topics that you should discuss with your mortgage broker, in order to get the best deal. 1: Your Debt-to-Income Ratios Believe it or not, making a bunch of money every month isn’t enough to qualify you for a mortgage. In order to determine your ability to make your payments, lenders will use mathematical formulas to evaluate your debt ratios. Here are a few different things that they will look at before they lend you a few...

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How To Remove Unwanted Animals From Your Home...

Oct 3, 2014 by

When you have unwanted animals living in your attic, you need to know a few basic facts for getting rid of them. This information will help you remove these animals and prevent them from making your house into their home. Find the Entry Points Before you can remove any unwanted animals from your home, you need to find out how they are getting in. Once you find these locations, you can block the entrances so they can no longer use it as a doorway into your home. When searching for their entry points, you want to look at your entire roofing system. Larger animals like opossums and raccoons will create holes by pushing up your shingles or pushing an attic vent to the side, which gives them an entry point into your attic. Another...

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Ready To Move But Your House Won’t Sell? How To Stage Your Home & Attract Buyers...

Oct 2, 2014 by

If you’re excited to move, but can’t seem to sell your home, there is one thing that always attracts buyers—staging it for an open house. Staging your home sets it up to show how each room looks with only their essential items. Storing clutter and personal items makes rooms appear bigger while allowing people to imagine what it looks like with their own items. If you are trying to sell your home and want to learn the art of staging, here are some tips that can’t miss. 1. Add curb appeal Staging isn’t all about the inside of the home. Some people worry so much about furniture and decor, they completely overlook their curb appeal. If your home doesn’t look gorgeous and inviting from the outside, people will lose interest before they even walk...

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5 Tips for Dealing with Short-Term Work Relocation...

Oct 2, 2014 by

A short-term relocation for work may not be as dramatic as relocating permanently, but it can still be quite an adjustment, and require a bit of planning ahead. Here are five tips for making your short-term work relocation as stress-free as possible. Negotiate a Relocation Package Before You Move Most companies offer a short-term relocation package to employees in order to offset the additional expenses you will acquire by being out of town for weeks or months. These packages might include the cost of short-term rent, a rental car, and possibly even a per diem for meals and gas. Be sure to discuss the details before you officially agree to the short-term relocation. If the offered package doesn’t quite cover the extra expenses, be up-front about this and they might offer you more. Look...

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