In the hunt for the perfect house, it’s easy to get swept away by a home’s most charming details (a gracious front porch) and play down the important stuff you’ll be kicking yourself for later (the price is over budget). And if you are touring multiple open houses each weekend, keeping everything straight can get complicated. Read More
This ain’t your mother’s vinyl. Today’s flooring options include luxury vinyl, like this one made to look like reclaimed wood. In the flooring world, carpeting is getting softer. Wood is getting more roughed-up. And vinyl is getting more luxurious. Yes, you read that right. “Luxury vinyl” isn’t a contradiction in terms — it’s the phrase du jour among those who pay close attention to the materials home buyers are eager to walk on. Read More
You know the saying about your eyes being bigger than your stomach when you order a giant meal at a restaurant and then only eat a fraction? When it comes to DIY, your eyes can be bigger than your skill. Or your balance. Or your finesse.
Paint your room or pull up your carpet or plant some annuals or put together a bookcase. But when it comes to the tough stuff, it’s best to know when to call for help. Here are seven times you should call a guy instead of DIY. Read More
Busting the budget is everyone’s biggest fear when it comes to renovation. And with good reason. Even if you follow the essential advice we’ve been doling out for years—build in a 20 percent cushion to cover the nasty surprises, get contractor references and check them, banish the words “while you’re at it” from your vocabulary—it’s hard not to end up shelling out more than you want to, even if you want to pen a check for a million bucks. Read More
With the holidays approaching, sellers often wonder if they should keep their properties on the market or take them off? Or if they haven’t listed their homes yet, should they wait until after the first of the year? Maybe hold off until spring? Read More
Every industry has its “inside” jargon, and the real estate industry is no exception. Some of the lingo, such as “location, location, location,” is a snap to decipher, while other real estate terminology can be downright incomprehensible. Read More