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Hidden Costs to Look Out for When Renovating Your Home

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Home renovation projects can be pricey. That’s why it’s so important to create a realistic budget and stick to it.  If you’re planning on doing some construction to your home, you’ve probably already considered the price for the designer, contractors, and materials. But there are a few hidden costs that many people forget to consider.  These charges can add up, and if you don’t include them in your original estimation, you’ll end up way over budget. Here are 5 hidden costs to look out for when you’re renovating your home: The Land Surveyor A land surveyor is the person trained…

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4 Tips for Preparing for Your Selection Meeting

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Building your own custom home is an exciting process for many homeowners.  Because you’re choosing where everything goes and what it will look like, this means you’ve got nearly complete control over every aspect. From the overall layout right down to the cabinet pulls, there are dozens – if not hundreds – of selections and decisions you have to make during the custom home building process. Part of the custom building process includes the selection meeting. During this meeting, you sit down and make all the final design selections for the interior and exterior of your custom home, including flooring,…

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4 Ways Renovating Your Historic Home Can Be Cost-Effective

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The decision to renovate your historic home may be a difficult one, especially if you’re looking solely at the price tag. However, while knowing what you can reasonably afford before you sign a contract is important, it shouldn’t be the only consideration when making your final decision. In fact, even if the cost of your renovation seems high, the benefits of your renovation may far outweigh the sticker price. Here are 4 ways that renovating your historic home can be cost-effective: Your Neighborhood Many historic homes are located in neighborhoods full of similarly historic properties, and may even be located…

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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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