A Guide to Installing a Septic Tank

If you’re completing a house build or renovation, it is fair to say that a septic tank isn’t at the top of the list of tasks you’re looking forward to completing. But if you are, you want to know everything involved with installing a septic tank. If access to a public sewer is impossible, then using a septic system is the way to go. 

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By using a septic tank, you have an effective method to deal with wastewater and sewage. Every home does. Due to the essential nature of a septic tank, it is imperative its build and installation are done correctly.

To ensure it operates trouble-free on a long-term basis, this guide will feature the steps to follow when installing a septic tank. 

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Architectural Styles that Make Louisville Housing So Unique

Louisville is a remarkable town. It is a crossroads of historical cultures, and its architecture reflects this splendidly. Regardless of whether you own a house or not, a Sunday spent walking the streets of Louisville can be a journey of exploration as you unravel the city’s history through its buildings. Here are four building styles you’ll find in Louisville housing that speak volumes about the evolution of this proud town. 

Louisville Housing: The Shotgun

Photo of a home in Clifton Louisville Kentucky by Tre Pryor

No profile of Louisville’s historic architecture would be complete without a mention of the shotgun shack. Louisville housing includes the largest collection of shotgun shacks in the country. However, New Orleans held the title before Hurricane Katrina devastated the city.

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4 Brilliant Interior Styles to Consider in 2021

2020 has been a challenging year for most people. Many small businesses have closed their doors for the very last time. Others have had far less drama. These folks have been saving money throughout 2020. With the new year in sight they’ll be looking out for productive ways to spend their cash. To that end, let’s check out some of the hottest interior styles to consider in 2021.

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As we look for a new change of scenery, finding an interior design that you really connect with can be amazing. Also, if done right, will also add value to your home. That’s good, right?

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Remodeling with Kids in the House Is Possible!

Renovations can be arduous at the best of times. Remodeling with kids in the house is doubly difficult. Right now pandemic home remodeling is booming. Work is being done. It is possible. Don’t let having kids in your home deter you from pushing forward with the changes your family needs.

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Could your home use a space like this for your kids? If you already have it, you can utilize it to occupy your kids while working on another part of your home.

Below you will find three concepts that will help you remodel your house effectively when you have kids. Remember that strong planning also saves money throughout the entire renovation process.

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Tax Advantages of Using A Property Management Company

Owning a property that generates a steady income is an exciting idea until you run it by yourself. Every property owner who has tried to manage the properties while juggling another occupation knows how difficult it is. You need to consider plenty of things, such as rent payments, routine inspections, and general administrative work. This piece will highlight one of the less understood benefits of using a property management company—paying fewer taxes.

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If you want to have a successful real estate investing outcome, hiring a property management company might be the answer. It is a common misconception that all a property manager does is to collect rents. 

But many property owners didn’t realize that using a management company comes with several benefits, including tax advantages. We’re highlighting some of these tax advantages below. 

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Investing in Land: What are its Risk and Benefits?

You can find a lot of ways to generate money by investing in land. Despite the erroneous assumption when it comes to putting your money on a piece of a vacant lot (that it’s a weak investment and such), the benefits that you can get from this type of real estate investment are substantial. 

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However, an investor like you must know how to do your land investing right, especially if you don’t have enough experience. Aside from the advantages, you should also be aware of the risks associated with investing in vacant land. Read this blog post to learn more. 

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Moving? New Home Cleaning Tips

Moving into a new home can be very stressful. Even if you have done it several times before. Your new place may have looked spotless the first time you went in for a visit and fell in love with it. But when the time comes to get it ready for your move, you are bound to find a few unpleasant surprises in terms of its cleanliness. Read on to learn some great new home cleaning tips to make for a smoother transition.

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Here are four steps to take to make sure that every area of your new home squeaky clean before you move in.

1. Do an Initial Inspection 

When it comes to carrying out the first deep cleaning of your new home, it is often difficult to decide where to begin. A suitable place to start is to carry out an initial inspection of the whole house and check for any major repairs or damage that you need to fix before doing anything else. Taking care of such issues beforehand will make the process of prepping your new home much more manageable. 

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Tips to Buy Your Very First Rental Property in Louisville

Are you thinking about buying your first rental property? Maybe you want to invest, and you have come to the conclusion that real estate is the best option. Either way, there are a few things that you can do to make sure your investment is a profitable one.

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There are many factors that go into buying an investment property that is very different than buying a home for your family.
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What Today’s Homebuyers Are Looking For

If you’re selling your home in Louisville or any of the surrounding areas, I’ve got great news for you! Your home is in great demand. I haven’t even visited your property but I know this is the case because housing inventory is at an all-time low. But if you want top dollar for your house, read on to learn what today’s homebuyers are looking for.

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How to Hire the Right Vinyl Siding Contractor in Louisville

Choosing the right contractor isn’t just a matter of comparing prices and selecting the company with the lowest price. According to Windows Plus, a vinyl siding contractor in Louisville, Kentucky, a good contractor will “use high-quality products backed by lifetime warranties from trusted manufacturers.”

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Vinyl siding offers protection and ease of maintenance to your home’s exterior for a reasonable price. | Photo by Tre Pryor

If you choose a bad contractor, you may find yourself with problems with improper installation that won’t be covered by the manufacturer’s warranty. So it makes sense to do your research carefully, interviewing, and comparing multiple contractors before you pull the trigger. Here are some of the things you should consider when hiring a vinyl siding contractor.

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Virtual Staging and the Future Of Real Estate

I came across this tremendous piece by Hermann Samano and wanted to share it with you. For years, home staging has been mostly straight forward—less is more, declutter and clean, fix all the obvious broken things in order to sell their home faster. Now with virtual staging, we’re in a whole new world! I’ve started the article below, then click over to read the rest. It’s really quite interesting!
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Staging a home for sale has been a tool used by real estate agents and sellers for years. When a home is beautifully staged, it can be a real lure for potential buyers. The process of home staging involves a lot of heavy lifting, rearranging furniture, and intense attention to details and decorating. Most buyers prefer to purchase a home that looks well-kept and on-trend, which makes staging the property a smart marketing move. However, a lot of physical work, time, and effort comes with the staging process and it doesn’t mean that a quick sale is guaranteed. Virtual staging uses the same principles as regular staging, but with a technological twist. This process can save you a lot of headaches while still providing you with amazing results. 

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Essential Factors You Should Look For When Choosing An Energy Company

Choosing the right energy company is an important decision that many homeowners tend to overlook. In most cases, many don’t put much thought into choosing an energy company. But it’s important to weigh its impact on their finances and their homes’ comfort and safety. 

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If you don’t want to experience low-quality services that could put your home at risk and cost you a lot of money. Your home is a major investment. It’s important to pick the right energy provider at the start. Depending on your home’s location, you may have many suppliers or just a single one. To help you make the best possible decision, here are essential factors you should look for when choosing an energy company. 

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Before You Move To-Do List

Making a new place home is a milestone and gives your life a fresh start. Nonetheless, many people dread the relocation process as it is physically exhausting and can emotionally drain anyone. There’s so much to do! So, what should you focus on before you move?

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With more and more people moving to the suburbs, there’s actually a far greater demand for movers and moving-related companies now than in the recent past. It makes it all the more important to have thorough planning and preparation.

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7 Tips to Raise Your Credit Score Before Buying a Home

A higher credit score will lower your mortgage interest rate and give you more buying power. Since the COVID-19 induced recession, buyers are finding that some credit scores that were previously sufficient to qualify for mortgages are now inadequate. And if you’re torn between buying or renting, your credit score might make the decision for you.  Read on to learn some great ways to raise your credit score before buying a home.

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My Mortgage Insider explains,

“The Federal Housing Administration, or FHA, requires a credit score of at least 500 to buy a home with an FHA loan. A minimum of 580 is needed to make the minimum down payment of 3.5%. However, many lenders require a score of 620 to 640 to qualify.”

In reality, marginal borrowers may find that a 640 credit score is the absolute minimum required for a conventional loan. Therefore, it’s critical to raise your credit score before beginning the home buying process, and here are seven ways to do that.

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