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How Homeowners Can Manage Unpermitted Work

5 Things to Do After Discovering Unpermitted WorkGetting permits before starting a home improvement project on a Cedar Park home seems like a small step. However, a lot of people end up with unpermitted work in their homes. There are many reasons homeowners have house upgrades without the proper permitting. For many people, problems arise when they try to sell the home only to discover they must make major renovations in order to satisfy buyer expectations. By learning...

Safety Hazards in the Home: How You Can Protect Yourself

Five Things You Can Do to Improve Safety At HomeHome is where the heart is, but it can also be a place of hazards if it's not properly maintained. As a Bee Cave homeowner, there are many things you can do to make your home a safer and more enjoyable place to be. The following five tips can help you improve safety around the house, and may also improve quality of life as well.

1. Install Smoke Detectors and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

Many homes already have ...

The Most Common Roofing Materials for the Home

How to Choose a Roofing Material for Your HomeWhile the whole of the roof is not usually visible to a Bee Cave homeowner, its materials will make a difference to the home and the people who live within it. Along with its effect on the overall style, the roof can protect the home and residents from any natural and man-made threats alike. Learn how the common materials of the roof function over time. Having an idea of each one can make it easier to replace or construct a roof (long before there's an immediate need to).

Metal

Most people don't think of metal as...

Selling a Property? Here's Why It Pays to Bring in a Professional Photographer

Top Reasons to Acquire Professional Photos When Selling a HomeUpon deciding to sell their property, Round Rock homeowners have to decide if they are going to bring in a professional photographer to take pictures for their MLS listing and other ads. Many will skip this step in favor of just having their real estate agent handle it rather than shelling out the extra cash.

Although real estate agents can simply take a few photos of the property for the listing, professional photographers are the ones who can really do it justice. Here's...

Signs of Common Pests

Signs of Common PestsHomeowners are often surprised by a pest infestation, as they are not always aware of the signs of a pest problem. The extent of the problem can grow quickly before a person decides to call an exterminator. From musky smells to droppings, there are ways homeowners can deduce that a pest issue may be forming. Understand more about signs that pests may be lurking in a home and what to do about it - especially if you are considering selling your home in a buyers market.

Termites in a Home

Some traditional...

Selling a Home With Pets? Problems and Solutions

What Should You Do to Sell Your Home With Pets?Pets can make selling a home - especially in a buyers market - difficult if the potential home buyer isn't a fan of pets. Knowing that some people are allergic to pets and others can be fearful of animals, it's important to ensure that if you have a pet on your property, it won't interfere with the home selling process. If you're a pet owner, here's what you need to know about owning a pet and selling a house at the same time.

Take Care of Pet Odors

Pet odors can ward away...

4 Common Types of Home Security

What Type of Home Security Is Best for Me?Home security on a property is defined by the personal values of the homeowner, which is why there are a variety of systems available. Whether a person wants to merely lock their doors at night or hire a private 24/7 guard for their home, keep the following points in mind.

Common Sense

Much of a Spicewood home's security is just thinking through potential scenarios. While some criminals are masterminds who will stop at nothing to get into a house, most are just looking for a quick fix. They'll consider how much they can do given the location...

Buying a Home? Avoid These Common Home Hazards

Preventable Common Home Hazards: Falls and FiresIt is all too easy for residents to suffer an injury from common and entirely preventable Leander new home hazards. New homeowners and those with growing families may not be aware of the home safety hazards leading to falls or residential fires. As young children and those with mobility issues may be more susceptible to serious injury, it is helpful to take a few steps to improve occupant safety. Know more about common home hazards found in homes today.

Falls Result in Injury

Not every slip and fall will lead to an injury. However,...

How to Remediate Mold In Your Home

How to Get Rid of Mold in My HomeMold can happen in any property, even though it's more likely to occur in high-humidity areas, like kitchens and bathrooms. Mildew can be easily vanquished with a few cleaning products from the store, but mold is a serious problem that can linger in the walls and under the floorboards. Find out more about how to prevent, treat, and remove mold before it threatens the home's integrity of the health of those who live in it.

Inspecting the Home

Georgetown home maintenance starts with learning the ins and outs of the property. It's not enough for owners to notice a...

Room-By-Room Home Lighting Guide

Personalize your home with layers modern & efficient lighting optionsGetting the light right in your home can be more challenging than at first glance. This is especially true if you aren't familiar with the amount of various lighting products available. Like most aspects of home decorating and improvement, the more you know, the more likely you are to be successful. And great lighting always helps sell a home. Here are some general tips followed by a room by room lighting guide

Forms of Lighting

There are three basic forms of lighting. They include:...

Understanding the Role of Credit in the Homebuying Process

How Credit Influences Home Loan DecisionsAs Georgetown TX home buyers work toward getting a mortgage, their creditworthiness will come up many times throughout the process. By analyzing credit scores and their underlying factors, lenders can assess risk and determine if the homebuyers qualify for the mortgage loan. The credit scores also come into play as lenders calculate the terms of the loan for qualified homebuyers. Understanding the role of credit in the homebuying process can help everyone navigate this process with much less stress and frustration. Here's what everyone needs to know.

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Selecting Home Insurance? How to Pick the Best

How to Pick the Best Home Insurance When Buying a HomeHome insurance is a requirement if you're going to get a conventional mortgage when you buy your home. The home insurance you choose can have a big impact on how quickly you're able to recover from a disaster like a wildfire or tornado.

Knowing how to pick the best home insurance is important. If you're in the middle of the home buying process and are trying to decide what kind of home insurance to choose, these tips can help.

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Closing Cost Guide for New Home Buyers

Everything You Need to Know About Closing CostsIf you're thinking about buying a home, one of the things that you should be aware of are the closing costs. If you haven't properly budgeted for the closing costs, or if you're not clear on what the closing costs are, you could have trouble buying a house. Knowing about closing costs, how much you can expect to pay and when they're due can help you decide if you can afford to buy a home soon.

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How to Design an Outdoor Living Area

How to Set-Up the Perfect Outdoor Kitchen and Living RoomNo matter how a backyard may look after a homeowner has purchased a new constrcution home, it is easy to overlook it entirely after a few months. But as easy as it is to stay indoors, residents are giving up a piece of their property if they don't take advantage of it. Here are a few tips to constructing an outdoor living area that will make it easy to transition from indoors to out.

A Different Living Room

Patio furniture can be used to construct...

Selling In a Buyer's Market: A Guide for Homeowners

Buyer's Market Guide for Home SellersSelling in a buyer's market can be a challenge. Homeowners who want the best home selling experience possible must price their home competitively, stage the property, and work with a real estate professional. If you're a home seller who is trying to sell your property in a buyer's market, here's what you need to know.

Beautify Your Property

Before listing their property for sale, most sellers find it's very helpful to beautify their property. This could include better home landscaping. But this beautification inside the...

Buying In A Seller's Market: Strategies and Tips

All About Buying a Home In a Seller's MarketBuying a home in a seller's market can be stressful, especially if you're not ready for the experience. If you're thinking about buying a home - either a pre-owned home or buying a new construction home, and you've heard that the market is very competitive, it's important to know what that means, and how it will affect your search.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional...

Foundation Damage? What To Do to Repair Your Home Foundation

Everything You Need to Know About Foundation DamageFoundation damage can significantly devalue a house if it's not properly repaired. Foundation damage may also impact selling a home. Homeowners who can identify foundation damage in its early stages can often get their foundation repaired by an expert. If you're a homeowner and you think you might have foundation damage, here's what you need to know.

Identify the Damage

Before contacting an expert to diagnose your problem, know what foundation damage looks like. This type of problem can take many forms, depending...

Home Downsizing In a Hurry: 4 Tips For Shrinking Your Home

How to Downsize Quickly: A Guide for Home SellersDownsizing can be a challenge, especially if you're downsizing in a hurry! When the time comes to move from a larger home and buy a smaller Georgetown home, many homeowners have to get rid of items like extra holiday decorations, old books and extra pieces of furniture. Deciding what to get rid of, how to get rid of it, and how to do it in a hurry can be overwhelming. These tips can help.

1. Make a Rule, What Goes and What Stays

Making a rule that dictates what goes and what stays makes the sorting process easier. Some homeowners decide to get rid of entire categories...

Selling Your Vacation Home? What You Need To Know

Selling a Vacation Home: Information for Homeowners with Second HousesSelling a vacation home is far different from selling a primary residence. If you're a home owner who would like to sell your vacation home, here's what you need to know about the tax implications and other details of selling a vacation property.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any...

How to Prepare When Buying a Vacation Home

How to Finance a Vacation HomeA vacation home can be a practical purchase for a home buyer who spends a lot of time vacationing in one favorite area. Some vacation home owners even rent out their cabin or vacation home while they're not there, in order to pay for the second mortgage. However, buying a vacation home and buying a primary home are very different, and the financing for a second mortgage loan is different as well. This is what home buyers need to know.

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