Completing a VA loan home check appraisal and sprucing up your curb appeal are great ways to attract potential buyers. This infographic is chock-full of tips for VA loan buyers and sellers.
Complete a thorough walk-through of your home and compare it to the infographic. Don’t feel pressured if you have to pick and choose certain improvements. No two homes are in the same condition, so some might need more attention than others. Complete the projects that are within your budget and time frame.
When life gets a little busy and a lot messy, it might seem silly to spend your spare time digging around in the dirt; however, according to CNN Health, gardening has been proven to often relieve stress better than other more common leisure activities. James Jiler of Urban GreenWorks attributes this to gardening’s sensory experience, which “allows people to connect to a primal state.”
However, these relaxation benefits are often outweighed by other concerns, such as skill or most notably, space. Mel Bartholomew, host of Square Foot Gardening, which ran on PBS for five seasons, claims space as the number one reason many are so hesitant to garden. “These days, space is at a premium… but that doesn’t mean you can’t grow a little something,” Bartholomew said. While using shelves or hanging baskets are more traditional space-saving options, greenUPGRADER recommends this revolutionary vertical garden from Instructables user pippa5 that takes just minutes to make.
Spring has finally arrived.
For homeowners, this is the perfect time to do check-up on your place to make sure it’s in tip-top shape. Regular, preventative home maintenance helps you spot potential problems early on and avoid expensive repairs down the road. The season is also great for picking up that renovation project you have been neglecting on account of winter—little touch-ups here and there are sure to add value to your home.
Future Military Homeowners is here to help make your spring home improvement routine easier with this handy roundup of informative posts.
Do you like perusing antique stores for hours? Does the feeling when you stumble upon the greatest find ever thrill you? Do you prefer to decorate with old lamps and vintage furniture? Then this is for you.
No matter if you’re new to antiquing or if you’re a seasoned pro, there are tips and suggestions that can make your experience more efficient, enjoyable and successful.
Owning a home is all about having a good roof over your head. Your roof is your first line of defense against the elements and also plays a vital role in keeping your home cool in the summer and warm in the winter. For being such an important part of the home, not many people know about maintaining and repairing roofs.
Whether you’re trying to spot problems early or avoid buying a costly money pit, homeowners and home shoppers alike should know how to spot the warning signs of costly roofing problems.
Increasing our energy efficiency on a personal level has been a hot topic over the past few years. One of the best ways to do this is ensure that your house is running as green as possible to save you money, conserve energy and make your home more efficient.
Better yet, many municipalities, including on-base housing groups, offer free programs to help you cut out energy waste. So what are you waiting for?
One of the biggest perks of homeownership is the ability to mold the home to your liking. Repainting the walls, getting a few accent pieces to decorate the entrance, adding a rug or two or other home additions can all work wonders for your living space.
But if you have a larger remodeling project in mind, you might want to consider whether its future payoff justifies the money invested. An important cost many homeowners overlook is their insurance premium—major projects like home additions will usually prompt a rate spike.
Can you avoid these two insurance pitfalls?
Winter is here, and it’s a time for building snowmen, drinking hot cocoa and sitting in front of the fireplace. Because it’s cold outside, heating up some soup on the stove, turning on the heat in your house and letting a fire crackle in the fireplace are ideal remedies for bone-chilling weather.
But with all the extra needs to create warmth during the winter, fire and heat will be used much more than during summer, and that means potential fire hazard risks increase.
And according to the National Fire Protection Association, December, January and February are the leading months for home fires, when half of all home heating fires occur, with space heaters being the leading cause of those fires during winter.
What are some problem areas to look out for?
If moving into a new house is a long process, then making it feel like home is an even longer one. Gifts for new homeowners should be personal, but also practical: helping them fix up, personalize and enjoy their new space. Talk to new homeowners on your holiday shopping list about what their place needs most, then check out this gift guide for some additional ideas.
We all know winter is coming when the days grow shorter and the temperature falls. With that in mind, homeowners may be looking for a way to transition their home decor from the hot afternoons of summer to the cold nights of winter.
A great way to add warmth is with wool and other soft fabrics. Not only will these help keep you warm, they’ll give your home that cozy winter look. Check out our ideas for winterizing your home decor with wool.