Pros & Cons Of Security Systems For Home Protection… Are They Really Worth It?

The purpose of home security systems is to provide peace of mind to homeowners while notifying the authorities in the event of a break-in or other emergency.  Much like insurance, a home security system is something that you buy that you hope you never have to use. So, are security systems for home protection worth it?  Does it make sense to buy this type of "insurance"? Certainly anyone who has been rescued from a robbery or fire because of a home security system would find … [Read more...]

Top 8 Tips For First Time Homebuyers

After you have weighed the benefits of home ownership versus renting, you may be ready to purchase your first home. To determine whether you're ready to buy a home at this time, check out these 100 Questions & Answers About Buying A New Home from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  You'll find everything homebuyers need to know -- from start to finish -- there. Summarized, these are the most important things that a first time homebuyer needs to be … [Read more...]

12 Best Home Improvement Projects That Benefit Home Sellers Most

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HomeGain surveyed 1,000 Realtors nationwide and asked for the top 12 DIY home improvements that cost under $5,000 and benefit home sellers. Guess what?... The #1 home improvement that Realtors recommend to home sellers -- based on cost and return on investment) is:  Cleaning and de-cluttering! That's right. It costs $200 on average to do the proper amount of cleaning and decluttering prior to a move, yet it can increase your home's value by as much as $1,700. That's an 872% return on … [Read more...]

Play ‘House Flip’ Online (Free) To Test Your Skill At Flipping Houses

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So fun!... You've seen shows like Flip This House featuring Armando Montelongo on A&E and Property Ladder with Kersten Kemp on TLC, right? Well, now you can try your hand at flipping houses yourself for free online. I first heard about this from Bob Vila: Want to feel like a star on Flip This House but don't necessarily care for sinking tens of thousands of real dollars (not to mention countless hours) into a potential money pit? Then you need to try your hand at House Flip, a free … [Read more...]

Moving A Computer – 8 Things You Need To Know Before You Pack Computers For A Move

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There's nothing quite as scary as trying to figure out how to pack up your computer before a move so that you don't damage it.When I moved from Portland, to Seattle, this was my main concern because my computer represented a portion of my livelihood. Without it, I was not only out a computer, but out of money as well. So I went the extra length to make sure my computer was packed just right.I've since learned some tips from people in the know -- people who pack computers for a … [Read more...]

Home Inspections: What You Need To Know

A home inspector does a whole lot more than check for working outlets and make sure the dishwasher works.  If you are wondering if you really need a home inspector, chances are you do.     Here's what you need to know about home inspections and how to find a good home inspector... … [Read more...]

9 Moving Tips For Those Who Have Pets

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Pets, just like children, can get very stressed during a move.So it's important to do what you can to keep them calm and happy during this chaotic time.It's not as hard as you might think.And, with a little preparation ahead of time, your pet can be comfortable for your upcoming move.Here are some tips for helping pets transition through a move...  … [Read more...]

6 Free Ways To Learn More About Your Neighbors… Legally

The truth is with a little careful research online, you can find out just about anything about anyone these days. In fact this is one reason that some people (about 6%) decide not be Internet users at all. Still, there are times when it is critical to find out information about your neighbors. 6 Reasons You Might Want To Know More About Your Neighbors:1. The possibility that a neighbor may be a convicted sex offender.2. Your neighbors always seem to know what is going on in your house and … [Read more...]

Kids & Moving: 7 Packing And Moving Tips For Parents With Young Children

Moving can be a scary venture for kids, especially the younger ones.The whole idea of moving to a new town (or even just across town) and having to go to a new school and make new friends can make children apprehensive.It's normal for kids to not handle the strain of moving well, but there are some things you can do as a parent to make the move less stressful for your children... … [Read more...]

Moving Boxes: Everything You Need To Know

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We've all had to move at least once in our lives, and one of the more arduous tasks when you move is making sure that you have enough moving boxes to pack everything.One of the worst experiences of my life during my last move was when I ran out of boxes and had to start purchasing them. I was amazed at the amount of money it took to purchase even a few boxes.Before I was done, I had easily spent $50 just on boxes alone! A very scary thought especially when you take into account the fact … [Read more...]