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Home Maintenance Mistakes to Avoid

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As a homeowner, you know the importance of maintaining your home. If you don’t give certain parts of your home tune-ups every year, you risk having to deal with costly repairs.

Most homeowners know about scheduling AC maintenance and cleaning the gutters, but many other maintenance tips might fall to the wayside. This article lists some common home maintenance mistakes and how to avoid them.

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How to Avoid Buyer’s Remorse with Your New Home

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Buying a home is no simple feat, and it seems that no one prepares you for the waterfalls of emotion afterward. After making such a big, life-altering decision, buyer’s remorse can sneak up on any homeowner. The stress of unpacking, new maintenance responsibilities and renovation needs can turn an exciting time into a tumultuous one.

However, the key is to fight back against these negative emotions and remind yourself just why you loved this house so much in the first place. Here are some tactics you can use — before and after moving into a new home — to combat buyer’s remorse.

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How to Save Money on Your Homeowners Insurance

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It is no secret that homeowners insurance can be expensive. And it isn’t just because the average American home is more expensive than ever. Insurance companies keep raising their premiums to cover losses due to natural disasters, theft and vandalism, weather damage, and accidents.

Additionally, other unexpected events like the COVID-19 pandemic have caused a surge in expenses. The good news is that there are several effective ways to lower your insurance premiums and protect yourself from these risks.

Read on to learn how to save money on homeowners insurance.

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Pros & Cons of Selling Your Home During the Holiday Season

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While your neighbors are slowly starting to decorate their homes for the upcoming holidays, you are decorating your home for sale. While they are waiting for their guests to arrive, you are waiting for the potential buyers to arrive. Now you might be wondering – is this time of the year a good time to sell? Like all other things, selling your home during the holiday season comes with its pros and cons. If you plan to put your property on the market in the upcoming months, keep reading for some valuable insight.

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Which Demographics Are Driving Homeownership in 2021?

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The past year has been — excuse us — unprecedented for many Americans. With the pandemic still influencing Americans’ ability to work, move and navigate life, it’s no surprise that it is also shaping homeownership trends in 2021. However, other factors, including changing family dynamics and generational shifts, are also making a mark on home purchases this year.

Looking for an overview? Here are some of the top demographics driving the market in 2021.

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How to Make Home a Safer Place When Living with Kids

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that about 9.2 million children have to visit the emergency department for an unintentional injury each year. Unfortunately, the CDC also states that injuries are the leading cause of death for children in the US and Canada, too.

Children are curious, easily distracted, and more prone to injury than adults are. So, it’s important to take extra precautions to keep them safe, even in the home.

Thankfully, most of the accidents mentioned in the CDC’s research are preventable with the right approaches to safety. Here’s what you need to know to minimize risks and make your home a safe and hazard-free space for kids.

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How to Resuscitate Your Bank Account After Buying a Home

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Buying property is a huge investment, and it often comes with additional, unplanned expenses. If you’re not careful, you can find yourself in a less than desirable financial position. Before you realize it, your budget is forgotten, you’ve spent money on all sorts of things you’d never imagined needing, and you’re feeling somewhat out of pocket. For this reason, it’s important to know how to balance homeownership and breathe new life into your bank balance. To help you out, we’ve compiled eight handy tips to boost your bank account.

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Home Warranty Plans: Reasons You Should Have One

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When buying an old home, it is common to check that all appliances and systems still work as intended. Having one or a few of them broken simply will not do. But what if there is concern that these aging appliances and systems will break down in the near future? You can maintain, repair, and replace, but the costs are not cheap. You should have a home warranty plan.

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8 Mistakes to avoid when purchasing a home insurance policy

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Getting a home insurance policy is essential when you are buying your dream home. However, just any homeowner’s insurance policy is not enough; you need to have adequate coverage to financially protect yourself against any unexpected circumstances.

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How to Create a Functional Balcony

Balconies are a great way to incorporate outdoor fun with indoor living. They add space to the home, and they have been found to increase the value of your home. A balcony that has been beautifully constructed will impact the home’s style and atmosphere, but to get to that point, there’s a lot you need to consider. 

To start, you need to take into account the purpose and function, the location and views, materials you’re using to create the balcony, and the style you’re after. The following tips will help you to create a balcony that is functional and inviting.

Define the purpose of the balcony

Think about why you want the balcony and what you’re planning to do with it. Do you want to sit there during the day to rest? Or will you invite your friends over and have drinks and dance there at night? By defining what you want it for, you’ll be able to come up with a quality design and size to suit. 

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