Maintenance Future Military Homeowners

  • 16 Ways to Protect Your Home While You're Gone

    16 Ways to Protect Your Home While You’re Gone

    Residential crime usually spikes during July and August as families leave for summer vacations. Before you head out, take some extra precautions to ensure your house and belongings are safe. A potential burglar looks for signs of a vacant house, but you can use these tricks to protect your home and fool anyone into thinking you're there. Here are a few things to look out for: A dark quiet house is…

  • Dress Your Home to Sell With Quick DIY Fixes

    Active duty homeowners know relocation is always lurking around the corner. A PCS can kick-start the home-selling process, and some homeowners can find themselves short on time when it comes to prepping their property. Here’s a list of some simple do-it-yourself fixes that can help get your home ready quickly and cost-effectively: Paint A fresh coat of paint is a quick and easy way to completely chang…

  • Ready to Renovate? Consider Your VA Cash-Out Refinance Options

    Ready to Renovate? Consider Your VA Cash-Out Refinance Options

    The VA Cash-Out Refinance is an excellent option for veterans who need some extra cash. The refinance, in effect, adjusts your interest rate and gives you the option of extracting money from your home's equity. Here's how it works: Let's say you still owe $100,000 on a $200,000 mortgage, and you want a lower interest rate. You also want $25,000 cash for home repairs. You can refinance the mortgage for $125,000. (That's $100,000 for what you already owe and $25,000 for the repairs.) This money…

  • Pros and Cons of Fixer-Uppers

    Pros and Cons of Fixer-Uppers

    My husband and I bought our first home about five years ago. It was old and hadn't been taken care of in a long time. But, we got a great price...or so we thought. Our plan was to gut the inside of the house and fit it to our needs. Since we spent so little acquiring the property we had extra in our budget for renovations. As we started tearing up the old flooring and taking down interior walls, we noticed someth…

  • Secure Your Perimeter With these Burglar-Baffling Tips

    Secure Your Perimeter With these Burglar-Baffling Tips

    Take a moment to imagine the typical burglary: It's late at night, and the spouse and kids are deep asleep. There's a gruff-looking thug clad in black clothing and a ski mask outside your window. He's snooping around the outer walls of your home. He arms himself with a brick and smashes a window, reaching through broken glass to jimmy the lock open. The shattering jolts you awake. You rush down the stairs with 4-i…

  • You’ve Earned It: These Grants Can Help Disabled Veterans

    You’ve Earned It: These Grants Can Help Disabled Veterans

    When returning from deployment, adjusting to life at home may be difficult. There can be relationship issues, financial stress and other problems. Worse yet, there's injuries. For service members who suffered an injury during their service, adapting to a new way of life may be even more challenging. To alleviate some of the stress, the VA has two grant programs that allow veterans with service-connected disabiliti…

  • INFOGRAPHIC: VA Loan Home Check

    INFOGRAPHIC: VA Loan Home Check

    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 attent…

  • Future Military Homeowners' Ultimate Guide to Spring Home Maintenance

    Future Military Homeowners’ Ultimate Guide to Spring Home Maintenance

    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 …

  • How to Take a Home Inventory and Protect Your Possessions

    How to Take a Home Inventory and Protect Your Possessions

    Pop quiz: can you name the most valuable things in your home, where they are and how much they are worth? If not, then you need to think about taking a home inventory. The National Association of Insurance Commissioners says that 59 percent of Americans do not have a list of their possessions. But this list is extremely valuable for insurance purposes because it documents the things you own. And for military famil…

  • Simple Recipes for Making DIY Air Fresheners a Breeze

    Simple Recipes for Making DIY Air Fresheners a Breeze

    According to Consumer Reports, about half of Americans use air fresheners, and about 34 percent use candles or incense to spruce up their homes. The comforting fragrance of air fresheners, however, may not be so comforting if you are to find out the lot of toxic chemicals used to make these products. A recent study by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency shows that the air inside American households is two to …