Basic Maintenance Specialists All Homeowners Need

Owning a property comes will a lot of perks, but one of the downsides is that you are responsible for the upkeep of your house. Keeping your home clean and tidy is one thing, but you will also need to keep an eye out for problems. That’s where basic maintenance specialists come in.

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Have you seen signs of issues in your home’s foundation? or roof? Maybe it’s something less critical like overgrown plants. All homes will need maintenance. Some tasks you might be able to do yourself, but if you’re lacking in expertise or don’t have a lot of time to do these jobs, you might want to call in the professionals. Here are some examples of the kind of services that all homeowners need.

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3 Big Things to Make Your Property Ready to Sell

If you’ve chosen to sell your house, there are a number of things you should do to make your property ready for potential buyers. It must look, smell, and feel its absolute best in order to sell fast and at the highest price.

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As a result, you’ll need to put in some effort before you can put it on the market. Otherwise, you may be disappointed by the limited number of visitors and the low asking price suggested by your real estate agent. Here are some things you should do to get your house ready to sell.

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Current Home Updates to Increase Value

When you are considering a home renovation, the first step is to do some research. Some updates you might tackle just for yourself or your family. Others are home updates to increase value in your home. Whether you are looking to sell your home in the future or simply want to get your money back, here are the top five best investments that you can make in 2021 and beyond. 

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Top 6 Factors to Consider Before Installing a Pool

Have you always dreamed of having a pool in your backyard? Depending on where you are located in the country, this could make a significant difference in your property values. At the same time, you need to think carefully before installing a pool.

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Pools come in all shapes and sizes. You need to make sure you can take care of them. Before you put a pool in, what are a few of the most important factors to consider? Take a look at the list below, and remember to reach out to a professional who can help you.

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5 Types of Real Estate Investments

When you hear the term real estate investment, you more than likely think of your home. Yet, various real estate options can grow your money and improve your financial security. But there are actually five types of real estate investments apart from owning your own home.

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If you are looking for an investment that can help you generate a large return, buying property is often an intelligent decision. Yet, the property you buy can determine how much cash you will generate. Make an informed choice by reading this rundown of the different types of real estate investments.

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4 Sound Reasons to Invest in Property on French Riviera

French-born, English playwright, novelist, and short-story writer W. Somerset Maugham—apparently the highest-paid author during the 1930s—is known for many witticisms. Among them this gem: “Money is like a sixth sense without which you cannot make a complete use of the other five.” Maybe you’d like to invest in property in this incredible location?

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4 Things to Consider When Thinking of Remodeling Your Living Room

If you’ve considered remodeling your living room, there are a few points to consider before moving forward with the project. This remodel needs to be insightful and practical to get the most out of the investment and effort. Before beginning, consider some details that affect the outcome and the process of remodeling. With some research and planning, you’ll successfully create an updated and useful space you’ll enjoy for years to come.

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Because your living room is used so frequently, special thought should go into its design. | Photo by Luis Martinez
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5 Landscaping Tips to Elevate Your Home’s Value

It’s never a bad idea to change and renovate your house to increase its curb appeal. Spending a few hundred dollars can give you back by increasing the house value by thousands of dollars. But it all depends on what and how you carry out things. Renovating kitchen cabinets or finishing an attic can be a good idea, but taking advantage of these landscaping tips increases the house value to 15-20 percent.

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The house’s exterior casts the first impression. So, any valuable touch to its exterior enhances its value. Who doesn’t loving a beautiful landscape? The good thing about landscaping is that it never goes out of fashion.

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Sunrooms and More: A Guide to Additions for Your Home

Like life, it gets to a point where we need to revamp ourselves by doing something different to look or feel good. The same applies to our living spaces. Most homeowners get to a point where they think they need to make some changes to the “normal home look” that has always existed. We present this guide to additions for your home to help you view the whole picture accurately.

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Unlike what most think, these additions don’t have to be exhaustive. It could be a simple replacement of curtains with some window blinds. However, large home additions require proper planning and multiple considerations, especially large renovations that add value to your home. Listed below are the six things to think about before doing that home addition.

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8 Ways to Invest in Real Estate Without Big Money

As children, some of us had our eyes set on a profession in teaching, medicine, or technology. Others have always been drawn to the idea of real estate. But one big barrier remains. It takes money to get into real estate investing. And that money has to come from somewhere. Most of us aren’t born with money in the bank. This piece will outline eight ways to invest in real estate even if you don’t have a giant bank account.

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While you certainly have to spend money to make money, it’s hard to tackle this hurdle so that you can put that money to work. When faced with this dilemma, there are some practical strategies you can apply to invest more with less.

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Louisville Real Estate Prices by Area

I’ve been writing a “Best Bang for Your Buck” article since 2014. (If you’re interested, I’ll link them at the bottom of this piece.) Somehow I missed writing last year’s article. Something must have interrupted my thinking *cough* *Covid* *cough*. Well, I’m not going to let that disrupt me again! So without further ado, here’s the most current data you can find on Louisville real estate prices by area.

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Springhurst continues to be a great value for its prime location.

So a bit of the explanation first. What we’re doing is comparing the sold price per square foot for single-family homes, not condos, to arrive at our metric. But these numbers alone don’t paint the whole picture.

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2021 Home Staging Trends

Preparing your home for sale is a serious task. It involves several steps and may take away some of your time, but it’s worth it. It can help you find a buyer much faster, but also get a better deal. But the question that bothers sellers the most is – how to make a home attractive for the potential buyer? An important factor centers on current home staging trends.

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Minimalist interior design is most often the best choice for staging a home to sell. | Photo by Francesca Tosolini

The answer depends on the target buyer but also the time of putting a home on sale. That’s why we wanted to share some home staging tips for 2021. As the trends are constantly changing, and it’s good to know what will make buyers want your home at the moment. And this list will help you with that – let’s make your home a star in listing databases. 

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Can You Spend Too Much on a Kitchen Renovation?

Most agree that kitchens are the most important room in the home. But is it possible to spend too much on a kitchen renovation? There are so many costly items that are needed for a great kitchen but real estate experts can help you identify where your money can go the farthest.

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Spend your money smartly and you can have a gorgeous kitchen without breaking the bank. | Image by ErikaWittlieb

Home improvement in the past two years has been skyrocketing! Newbies are joining the ranks of DIYers by the droves. It’s satisfying to tackle simple projects that require a long weekend to finish. In fact, we strongly believe that it’s one of the best ways to spend your free time during these not-so-pleasant circumstances because it’s super productive and can help appreciate your property’s value if you ever plan to list your home for sale.

Sadly, though, one major misconception that continues to fester among both newbies and seasoned veterans alike is the idea that kitchen renovations are inherently expensive. While these certainly incur more expenses than your typical weekend DIY, it’s not impossible to cut down your kitchen renovation budget with a few tweaks to your perspective.

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4 Ways to Decorate Your Walls with Portraits

Artwork, portraits, and paintings can transform not just the bare walls of your home, but they also add personality. The way you decorate your walls can deliver the “Wow!” factor to any room by becoming the focal point that draws the eye. Portraits and art talk about your interests and the important people in your life.

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Interior design is all about taste. But, before your start picking out your favorite pictures and ordering frames, you might want to learn how to blend the pieces with the appropriate backdrops and spots around the house. Here are some quick ideas to get you started.

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