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

Should You Hire a Professional Contractor or DIY Home Improvement Projects?When a home needs repairs or renovations, there are a couple of options for handling those things. One way is to hire someone who does that type of work professionally. The other way is for the homeowner to handle the issue themselves. Both can be good choices, and a lot depends on the skill set of the homeowner, the kind of work to be done, and the complexity and expense that has to be undertaken. With that in mind, each homeowner has to decide for themselves whether they want to tackle any home improvement projects or hire a pro.

Many homeowners want to handle...

Buying a Home? Avoid These Common Home Hazards

Common Home Safety Hazards to Beware OfHome 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 ...

A Guide to Different Real Estate Investment Types

A Guide to Different Real Estate Investment TypesAs a novice investor, choosing what type of real estate to invest in can be daunting, as there are pros and cons of each option. Single- and multi-family homes, vacation rentals, fixer uppers—where does one begin? The key to success in real estate investing is working with experienced professionals who familiarize buyers with local markets, guide them to solid purchases and even assist in determining the best way to utilize and market properties.

Depending on the type of residential real estate one invests in,...

Tips for Selling a Home When You Own Pets

Selling a Home When You Own PetsMany animal lovers would say that a home isn’t complete without having some kind of pet as a member of the household. Most often we find cats or dogs to be popular choices, and sometimes there’s several of them!

While pets can bring much excitement and enjoyment to a home, they can sometimes make the home selling process a little more difficult. So what is the most effective way to market your home when you have pets? Believe it or not, it’s rather easy to play up the benefits and overcome the challenges. If it’s ...

How Long is the Commute to Downtown Austin?

A Look at Austin, Texas Commute TimesPeople often live in the suburbs around downtown Austin, Texas, and commute into the city for their personal and professional engagements. This arrangement allows them to save on housing and live in a quiet area while enjoying all the capital city has to offer. Before making this move, prospective residents can see if the commute will work for them by looking at the average travel times. To help them get started, here's a look at common commute times across this region.

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The History of Austin, TX

Discover the Past: What You Need to Know About Austin's HistoryModern-day Austin is constantly buzzing with activity. Most people find Austin to be an appealing place where they can settle down and achieve their goals. While the city may be teeming with life and it seems the community will continue to flourish for the years ahead, Austin has not always been the metropolis that it is today. In fact, its history stretches past the European settlement that occurred during the mid-19th century, extending back thousands of years to a time when native tribes occupied the land.

Indigenous Life in the Austin...

How to Choose the Best Home Siding For Your Home

Let Location Guide Your Choice of the Best Home Siding MaterialThere is no single best choice for home siding. The architectural style of a Bee Cave home, the regional weather, and community standards play into the decision as much as initial price and maintenance concerns.

Types of Siding

Here are some basic facts to help you make the right choice for your home:

  • Wood: Real wood siding is still in use in some locales, although it has been discouraged in other areas because of home hazard...

What is the Cost of Living in Austin, TX?

A Look at Austin Housing Costs and Other ExpensesAs the capital city of Texas, Austin offers many compelling reasons to call this city home. A gorgeous climate, booming job market, and fun attractions all around are just a few things to love about this region. And people are obviously paying close attention, as they are moving to this area in droves.

In order to make the most of their move, however, it is important for them to look at the cost of living in Austin, Texas. Otherwise, they might not be ready for how much expenses can vary from other places across the United States and beyond. Here's...

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