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Should You Buy a House During the Holidays?

home decorated for holidays

If you’re currently in the market for a new home, you may be wondering if you should wait until after the holidays to buy. While spring and summer tend to see the bulk of home sales, it doesn’t mean they’re the best times to buy a house. Take a minute to explore the pros and cons of buying a house around the holidays.

How to Recognize Home Improvement Scams

home improvement scam

Home improvement season is here! If you’re hiring a company to make improvements on your home this summer, be on the lookout for scams. Home improvement scams are more common than you might think, and can end up costing you a lot. 

A salesman can con a homeowner by doing sloppy work that requires more repair down the line, leaving a job unfinished, or even making off with their pay and doing no work at all. Don’t let this happen to you. Read on for eight ways to recognize a home improvement scam.

Home Improvement Hacks

people working on home improvement project

You don’t need to spend a fortune to give your house a new look this spring. Read on for a list of DIY home improvement hacks and learn how to upgrade your home on a budget. 

Cabinet makeover 

You can give a tired kitchen a fresh look by just replacing the cabinet fronts. You’ll pay a fraction of the price and no one will know it’s your old cabinets hiding behind those beautiful new fronts. 

How to Prepare Your Home for Winter

home being prepared for winter

As a homeowner, you know you need to prepare your home for the upcoming cold weather, but where do you start? Keep your home warm and safe this winter by following our comprehensive to-do list before the real cold sets in.

Seal your home

Give your home a quick run-through, checking for drafts. You can do this by holding a lit candle near the following areas.

Why Do Mortgage Lenders Need So Much Information?

man getting paperwork ready for his mortgage lender

If you’re in the process of applying for a mortgage, you may be asking yourself—why does my mortgage lender need to know so much about me? 

Extensive research into the financial, personal and credit history of home loan applicants is standard. Every home lender will request similar information for processing the loan. However, you may still be wondering why lenders are so nosy? 

8 Steps to an Energy-Smart Home

energy-smart house

You can cut your energy costs this summer by making your home smarter. Check out the energy-smart ideas below to help get you started.

Go LED
If you haven’t already done so, switch to LED light bulbs only. Switching just five bulbs can save you $65 a year in energy costs. 

Plant Some Trees 
If your house has lots of west-facing windows, you’re getting loads of sunlight each afternoon. And that’s forcing your AC to work harder. Plant trees and shrubs in front of these windows to lower your energy consumption.