Homebuyer's Blog

kitchen cabinets, renovation, rehab, organization

You’ve been planning to remodel your kitchen for months, and the start date is finally approaching. What preparations will make it easier to give up your kitchen temporarily and keep your sanity once the dust starts flying?

condo building, home buying, outdoor space, condominium

Buying and owning a condo is different from purchasing a single-family home. These questions can help ensure you’re doing your homework and don’t overlook any fundamental concerns.

outdoor plants, watering, deck, porch, flowers, potted plants

Summer vacations are about temporary escapes and good times. But don’t let a vacation spell gloom and doom for your plants. With some planning, it’s easy to help them thrive while you’re away.

furnace filter, replacement, high-efficiency, air purification,

Furnace filters play a vital role in protecting your furnace and improving indoor air quality. But when it's time to shop for more, the choices can feel overwhelming. What should you know to simplify your decision?

3d printed home, render, 3 dimensional,

3D printing has taken the world by storm, including corners of the housing industry. While 3D-printed homes are still rare, they inspire numerous thoughts and questions about this entirely new way to construct more affordable homes.

mortgage lender, transaction, loan officer, preapproval, down payment, financing

Selecting a lender to finance your home purchase is a major decision that can significantly impact your real estate transaction. Here are five questions that can help ensure a lender offers more than an attractive rate.

illustration of three birds sitting on a bird feeder

One of the joys of summer is the sights and sounds of songbirds. But birds prefer some locations over others. Here are the best ways to put out a welcome mat for your local bird community.

drone, roof inspection, roof access, uav, shingles, fixr

The conventional way of inspecting roofs—on foot and using ladders—is giving way to drones, also called unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). What should you know about roof inspections, potentially using a drone?

rain garden, sustainability, rainwater harvesting, gardening, landscaping,

Do heavy rainfalls cause water to puddle in your yard? Then, consider converting that low, troublesome spot into a rain garden! It’s an excellent DIY project that can benefit your property and help your community.

condominium, condos, homebuying, property, city life

Many buyers view condominiums, or simply condos, as an excellent way to join the ranks of homeowners. Should you buy a condo? Of course, it depends on what you want. Here are some of the most critical trade-offs.

home renovation, painting, kitchen, remodeling, selling home, insulation

If you’re preparing to sell your home, your agent will undoubtedly offer recommendations to help it sell faster and at a higher price. Learn more about agents' top remodeling recommendations.

laundry, detergent, cleaning, bleach, powder, liquid, soap

Glance down the laundry aisle at most major retail outlets, and it’s easy to assume that detergent products are nearly identical. But take a closer look, and you’ll realize that laundry detergents can be complex buying decisions. Not sure where to start? Here are six helpful tips.

energy efficient window, window film, storm windows, weather proofing

Windows play a significant role in your heating and cooling costs. If you aren’t satisfied with how some or all of your windows are performing, there are many ways to upgrade their performance without replacing them.

bare root planting, tree, shovel, arbor day, plant

Spring is an excellent time to celebrate the many ways trees enhance our environment and add to their ranks. If you're purchasing bare-root saplings or picking up free seedlings at an Arbor Day event, here’s how to give your baby tree a healthy start.

home remodel, investment, renovation, painting, floor refinish,

For many homeowners, additional time spent at home during the pandemic has meant more remodeling projects. So which projects offer the best return on investment?

accessibility, disability, ADA, home, grandfather, elderly, mobility

Entertaining overnight guests can offer excellent opportunities to grow closer with others, especially when you make sincere efforts to help your guests feel comfortable and included. This is particularly true if a visitor has a disability. 

Home appraisal, inspection, homebuying, home buying, home inspection,

Your home inspection revealed unexpected issues with the property. How should you proceed? Your agent is your best source of advice, but it may also be helpful to consider these questions.

homebuyer assistance, freddie mac, fannie mae, mortgage assistance, down payment, low down payment

One of the most significant challenges buyers face is saving enough money to purchase a home. Fortunately, there are numerous programs designed to lower the costs of homeownership and other obstacles.

spring cleaning, home maintenance, yard, projects, patio furniture

With winter weather nearly in the rearview mirror, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get a head start on yard projects. Follow these five critical steps in anticipation of enjoying more time outdoors!

solar panels, solar photovoltaic system, renewable energy,

Since many homeowners have added solar photovoltaic (PV) panels to their property, it's increasingly possibly that you may have an opportunity to buy a home that includes a solar energy system. What questions should you consider asking the seller before making an offer?