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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...

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

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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...

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.

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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...

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...

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.

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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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How to Read Your Home Warranty

How Home Warranties WorkHome warranties come in all shapes and sizes, and home buyers need to understand theirs prior to closing if they want to be successful owners. From the HVAC system to the wiring, warranties keep new home buyers from having to pay for costly repairs out of pocket. Unlike home insurance, a warranty will cover parts of the property from wear and tear.

Warranties are excellent for homeowners who want to give themselves peace of mind, but warranties can be difficult to understand which can cause confusion when something actually happens. Keep these facts in mind...

Buying New Construction? Tips to Get Started

What You Need to Know About Buying New ConstructionBuying a new construction home can be an incredible thrill, but it can also be a time consuming, intimidating process. Many people who decide to buy a new construction home know little about the home-buying process and are unsure of where to begin. These tips can help buyers decide

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When to DIY a Project and When to Leave Repairs to a Professional

When to Leave Home Maintenance Repairs to a ProfessionalMany homeowners want to handle home maintenance repairs themselves. After all, there are instances when doing so can save the average homeowner money and some repairs call for relatively easy fixes. However, the budget-minded homeowner does need to realize when it is best to call a licensed professional to address the problem.

Learn more about when to perform repairs yourself and when to seek professional help today.

Be Objective About the Project Requirements

There are plenty of projects which may be addressed by the average homeowner with rudimentary skills and understanding....

Buying a Home? Red Flags to Watch Out For

Home Buying Red FlagsWhen searching for a new home to buy, many home buyers look for a good layout, nice lighting and lots of storage space. However, in all of the excitement of finding a new home, some people forget to watch for signs of a problem. Knowing the most common red flags can help a home buyer to avoid serious problems when purchasing a home.

Water Damage

Water damage can be indicative of many things, depending on where it's located and where it originates. Water damage on or near the ceiling could be an indication...

How to Choose the Right Real Estate Agent

Choosing the Right Real Estate Agent When Buying or Selling a HomeWhether buying a new home or selling the current one, all prospective buyers should work with an experienced real estate agent. Having an agent is the best way for a buyer or seller to help themselves get the best deal regarding their home as well as make sure the process runs as smoothly as possible. However, it can be difficult for buyers and sellers to know what to look for in an agent, especially if they’ve never bought or sold a home before, so here are some of the different things to know when considering hiring a real estate...

Why More Homeowners Are Going with Solar

Real Benefits of Residential Solar Power for Homeowners and CommunitiesThe majority of homeowners will face increasing energy bills from traditional utility companies in the years to come. The additional costs may not be offset by steps to improve a home's envelope, address drafts or reduce energy consumption. Rather, many have made the decision to find alternative sources of clean energy to supplement and even replace traditional sources, with more than 1.4 million homeowners who have decided to lease or buy residential solar panels.

With the growing...

5 Essential Strategies For Selling a Fixer-Upper Home

5 Ways To Help Your Fixer-Upper SellSelling a home can be difficult, and when it comes to selling a fixer-upper, it can feel impossible. Fortunately, selling fixer-uppers is completely possible when the homeowner knows what they’re doing. For homeowners trying to get a leg up on the competition and help their fixer-upper home find a buyer, here are 5 essential tips and strategies to keep in mind. 

1. Set a Lower Price

One of the big draws of fixer-upper homes is that ...

5 Essential Packing Tips For Moving To a New Home

5 Essential Packing Tips For Moving To a New HomeMoving is a big job that takes a lot of effort, and it can easily seem overwhelming to homeowners who aren’t ready for it. But just how does someone get all of their possessions ready to move to a new home without getting stressed out? Having a plan of attack can be extremely helpful to have in mind when getting ready to move, so here are five essential steps all homeowners should use when packing up for the big move.

1. Start Packing Before the Home is Sold

While it might seem a little premature to start packing before the home is sold, it...

8 Tips for Designing the Perfect Outdoor Kitchen

Designing The Perfect Outdoor Kitchen

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Designing an outdoor kitchen will not only provide homeowners with a lovely area to spend their time, but it will also enrich their overall home experience. Furthermore, owing to its popularity in the world of design, a stunning outdoor kitchen may even increase the value of a home at the time of sale. If a homeowner has decided to create their own cooking area for al fresco dining and entertainment, here are top eight tips for the perfect design. ...

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