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U.S. financial and economic topics from several finance writers.

How to Save on Your Water Bill this Spring

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With the spring season in full swing, it’s time to take a strong look at your water usage and the changes you can make to save money in the months to come. Like many people, you may find your water bill going through the roof during this time of the year. Rather than go down the same path this year, there are a few basic changes you can make to save some money. Here are...
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Easy Ways to Reduce Cooling Costs this Summer

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After a long and cold winter for most of the country, it appears that warmer weather has finally arrived. On one side of things this means you can turn off your furnace once and for all, thus saving on heating costs. However, as the temperature in your area continues to climb, you’ll find yourself searching for ways to cool your home in the most economical manner. The easiest way to immediately cool your home is...
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Reasons to Plan Your Spring Home Renovation Projects Today

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Are you looking forward to the spring months? Do you have big plans in mind in regards to your home? Are you hoping to take on a renovation project in the next few months? Although the cold weather is lingering, there is no better time than now to plan your spring home renovation project(s). Here are three reasons why you should take control right now: 1. Improved Financial Planning Most home renovation projects take a...
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My wife and I are planning a big landscape renovation. We are planning to build a new fence as well as build out our deck a bit. W... Read More
Monday, 30 April 2018 16:41
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Do These Things Before Hiring a Contractor

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Do you have big plans for your next home renovation project? Have you come to find that the work is beyond your scope? Are you ready to hire a contractor? Hiring a contractor is never quite as simple as it sounds. On the surface, you assume that all you have to do is find a qualified company, discuss the project, and agree on payment terms. Unfortunately, it’s not always this simple. There are both good...
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I really have only hired contractors for small projects for less than $500. I use TaskRabbit or Thumbstack. Overall I have been ha... Read More
Monday, 26 February 2018 15:40
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3 Projects to Boost the Value of Your Home Before Selling

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Are you ready to put your home on the market? Are you hoping to get top dollar? Are you willing to take on a few projects to ensure that you secure the largest profit possible? While there is no way of knowing what will happen once your home hits the market, there are steps you can take to position yourself for success. Here’s the dilemma: you want to upgrade your home to boost its value,...
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The house we purchases put their house on sale without renovating the kitchen, did not like the offers, and ended up renovating th... Read More
Monday, 26 February 2018 15:34
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Easy Ways to Prepare for a New Home Purchase in 2018

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Are you convinced that 2018 will be the year that you purchase your first home or move into a new property? Are you just now beginning to prepare for this major life change? Are you ready for anything and everything that will come your way? While there is no way of knowing exactly what you’ll face when buying a home, there are a few things you can do today to prepare for your purchase. Here...
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I purchased a home in 2017, but it took me about 5 years to save for the down payment. Overall I am very happy with my purchase, b... Read More
Friday, 23 February 2018 14:24
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Winter Home Improvement Projects to Increase the Value of Your Home

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When the winter months roll around, you may be tempted to hibernate indoors until the spring weather arrives. This is particularly true if you live in a state where the winter months mean cold temperatures and snow. While there’s nothing wrong with staying indoors, it doesn’t mean you should spend every day lounging on the couch. When you get the urge to tackle a home improvement project, these three are perfect for the winter months:...
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I would add: (1) replacing windows (2) making sure your doors are sealed shut around the edges (3) fixing / updating the fire pla... Read More
Tuesday, 28 November 2017 09:01
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What are the Top Benefits of Planning an Estate Sale?

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There may come a point when you realize that having an estate sale is one of the best things you can do from both a financial and personal perspective. While there are many benefits of planning an estate sale, three stand out from the crowd: •    Opportunity to make money. Just because you want to get rid of an item doesn’t mean that the next person will feel the same way. Here’s something to keep...
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I have done an "estate" sale once. I would really just call it a garage sale. While I did not make a lot of money, it really helpe... Read More
Tuesday, 28 November 2017 09:00
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Should You Buy Your First Home?

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As you begin to ponder the idea of buying your first home, there will be many feelings running through your mind. You may be scared at the prospect of spending so much money at one time. You may also be excited about the positive impact this could have on your life. While it’s up to you to make the final decision, there are many questions you can answer to help you along the way. Here...
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The Advantages of Owning a Home vs. Renting

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While there are many people out there who enjoy renting a home, there are just as many (if not more) who dream of the day when they’ll be able to purchase real estate. There are a variety of pros and cons associated with both owning and renting. Here are some of the many advantages of owning a home: •    Ability to make it your own. When you own a home, you have the right to...
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I purchased my first home this year, and even though it was very expensive, it was 100% worth it. The benefits you describe are th... Read More
Thursday, 26 October 2017 09:24
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