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6 Tips for Building & Renovating With Resale Value in Mind

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Undertaking any home building project, whether you’re building new or renovating an existing home, is an expensive venture. While most homeowners make decisions on what to do and not do in their building and renovations based on what they want and need, thinking about the resale value of any design choices is a good idea. Even if you may not be planning to move any time soon, putting a bunch of money into changes that, down the line, are going to hurt your home’s resale value isn’t a sound practice. If you’re planning to build new or renovate an existing…

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When to Save & When to Splurge on Your Home Renovation

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Every home renovation project comes with a budget, and it’s inevitable that your budget won’t cover everything.  By balancing your budget, you can maximize your home renovations while still ending up with completed projects that will last years.  So, where do you save and where do you splurge on your home renovations?  Splurge on Bathroom Fixtures You can find cheap faucets and shower heads easily, but the drop in quality isn’t worth saving the money.  When you purchase high-end bathroom fixtures, you don’t have to worry about things such as water pressure, frequent replacements, or leaks that lead to eventual…

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7 Pitfalls to Avoid When Buying an Historic Home

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No one can deny that historic homes are gorgeous, but you should always be cautious before purchasing one.  For every pro a historic house offers, there’s a hidden con to counteract it. The good news is you can avoid being sucked into a money vacuum purchase by becoming aware of the cons before you purchase the home.  Here are some of the pitfalls of a historic home you should always keep in mind and look for:  Strict Rules Homes in designated historic districts come with strict rules.  Many times, historic homes are in disarray before they are purchased. You may…

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4 Tips for Choosing a Site for Your New Home Construction

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When most people start their home building journey, they often overlook the importance of finding the right piece of land to build on.  Selecting the perfect property can be a daunting task. Here are 4 helpful tips to keep in mind. Identify Your Needs Beginning to look for a property can be overwhelming, so one of the first things you can do to help is narrow down your options. You can do this by identifying your needs and focusing on properties that fulfill those.  Some questions to ask yourself are:  Is there a specific state, county, town, or zip code…

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One-Story or Two-Story? 6 Things to Consider

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When you’re looking to build a custom home, there are a whole host of decisions that need to be made.  Among one of the first – and most important – decisions you have to make is whether to build a one-story home or to go for a two-story house. There are many pros and cons to each choice, and sorting through them all can be frustrating. To help you figure out which option is best for you, here are 6 important things to consider when deciding whether to build a one-story or a two-story home: Cost This is one of…

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5 Renovation Projects That Promote Energy Efficiency

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As everyday energy costs increase, more and more homeowners are turning to renovation projects that promote energy efficiency. Whether you’re looking to decrease your overall energy bills or you want to do your part to reduce your impact on the planet, many homes can benefit from some renovations that make them more energy efficient. Here are some of the major benefits of having a more energy-efficient home, if you’re on the fence about it: Increased home value: Buyers are attracted to homes where a conscious effort has been made to be more energy efficient. Upgrades that decrease your energy bills…

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Renovate or Rebuild? How to Know Which Option to Choose

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When you own a home, whether it’s a new purchase or one you’ve owned for a while, the itch to change things up inevitably begins to show itself. And, if the space you’re in needs a lot of work, or if you’ve just got much grander plans than the bones of your space seem to allow, you may be deciding between renovating and rebuilding to start with a fresh canvas. To help you figure out which approach is right for you, here are 5 things to keep in mind: Your Budget For many people, this is probably the main deciding…

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7 Common Home Customization Requests

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Custom building a home is attractive for many people, as it allows them to have full freedom over what is and isn’t included in their space. While all homes need certain features – bedrooms, bathrooms, and kitchens, for starters – a lot of the rest of the details are left up to the person who designs the home.  With so much open to the imagination, we’ve seen homeowners plan all manner of customizations in their builds, leading to some truly unique homes.  Here are some common home customization requests by owners planning to build a new home: Bonus Room over…

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6 Options for Financing Your Home Renovation Project

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Home renovation can be expensive, especially if you’ve got big dreams or a lot of work that needs to be done. While paying cash for your renovations is always preferable, it isn’t feasible for everyone. If you’re considering a home renovation project of any scale, large or small, here are 6 options you have to finance the endeavor: Home Improvement Loans Home improvement loans are unsecured personal loans – meaning they don’t require you to put up your house or car as collateral – offered by banks, credit unions, and online lenders. The interest rate you receive depends on your…

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What to Expect During Your First Meeting with Your Builder

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Deciding to build a home is exciting, and the long process from decision to finished product begins by meeting with one or more potential builders. Since you may have a few of these meetings – and should if you’re hoping to find the right fit for your project – it’s important to know what to expect when going into that meeting. Here are 4 things you can likely expect from every first builder meeting when designing and constructing a home: Introductions Like any first meeting, your first meeting with a builder will begin with introductions. This portion may differ from…

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