Home Buyer's Blog
Buying a house is a significant commitment. It requires investing virtually all your savings and anchoring yourself to a particular community. It’s a decision driven by numerous financial factors—both personal and broader economic issues—as well as emotional considerations. If you’re on the fence, these questions may help you sort out several of the most important financial factors.
First impressions matter. Your front door often creates a lasting impression on your visitors, on your neighbors, and even on you. Why not let that impression be stylish and impactful? There are many options to choose from!
Once you’ve moved into your house and unpacked most of your things, you may be eager to host a housewarming party. It’s a great way to introduce your new home to family and friends—and meet your new neighbors.
Does your pantry resemble a disaster zone? No worries. Storage areas are notorious for becoming messy and disorganized. Here are a dozen steps that will help you bring perfection to your pantry and keep it in tip-top shape!
The popularity of smart home technology and the simplicity of “plug-and-play” options for cameras, sensors, and remote door intercoms have prompted many homeowners to install their own home security systems. These questions can help ensure you buy the right system for your current and future needs.
Most buyers include a home inspection contingency in their purchase offer. It’s a crucial step that will alert you to problems that may need to be addressed, like malfunctioning appliances or cracks in the foundation. What should you include in your repair requests? What’s asking too much?
Buying a home involves learning the lingo of the real estate market. It’s especially important to get up to speed if you’re close to submitting an offer since purchase offers are legally binding contracts. Here are ten of the most common contract clauses.
Buying a house is a significant financial investment. After saving for a down payment and closing costs, you’ll also need to be ready for several other major expenditures once you’ve received the keys to your new home. Here are a few things to consider and rough estimates.
There are many reasons to tackle a remodeling project. For homeowners, which projects brought the most joy? Which ones provide the best value? Recent research from the National Association of REALTORS® helps answer these and other questions.
Are you a fan of home fragrances? If yes, you're in good company! However, along with growing popularity, there has been increasing concern about potential risks to indoor air quality. If you want your home to smell good while preserving a healthy environment, here are seven preferable options.
Does a walk around the outside of your house trigger a list of like-to-do or need-to-do remodeling projects? If you’re making decisions that involve your roof, walls, windows, or doors, it may be helpful to check out new research from the National Association of REALTORS®.
Are you in the market for new carpet or rugs? If your top priority is maintaining a chemical-free, natural environment, you may want to explore floor coverings made from plant- or animal-based fibers instead of synthetic options. Here are a few possibilities.
If you’re expecting a baby, you probably want to prepare the best possible space for them in your home—a room where they can rest peacefully and grow healthy and strong. Here are a few tips to help ensure your nursery decor includes wholesome materials.
Many homeowners do a great job of staying on top of routine cleaning chores. However, a generally clean house often has dirt lurking here and there. Here are five places where dirt often hides in nearly everyone’s home.
Adding carpet to your home is a major financial and lifestyle decision. It’s an investment. Plus, there are so many choices! How do you make the best possible decision for your lifestyle, taste, and budget?
Adult life includes many responsibilities, along with numerous official documents that detail who you are, what you own, what you owe, and your wishes. Are these vital records stored in a safe place that you could access quickly if needed?
For many homeowners, fall ushers in one unavoidable dilemma: What should I do with the leaves in my yard? The answer depends on many factors, based on where you live and your personal priorities.
Your home is your castle, where you and your loved ones feel safe. However, despite your best efforts, you may be unintentionally inviting toxins into your realm as you clean, decorate, and add ambiance. Maintaining a healthy home environment requires diligence on several fronts. Here are three areas where dangers could lurk.
You don't need to be a gardener to be interested in composting your food. And you don't need to do it yourself. New composting pick-up and drop-off services provide appealing, earth-friendly options for everyone.
When it comes to reducing the risk of fire in your home, prevention is the first line of defense. It’s also essential to have early warning systems, in case a fire does break out. That means smoke detectors!