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The 5 Best Home Improvement Apps For Homeowners

Posted by Luke Hancock

Oct 14, 2015 4:58:17 PM

Home renovation can be overwhelming.

How much paint will you need? Can you install your own back splash? Where the heck did you leave your level?

As long as you know where your smartphone is, you’re all set. There are mobile apps designed just for home renovators and remodelers like you, ready to turn your smartphone into tools, inspiration, and handy little home repair reference guide.

Here’s a look at some of the best home improvement apps to get you on your way. Now, where did you leave that phone charger?

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Topics: Home Renovation

On A Budget? 5 Money-Saving Home Renovation Tips For Homeowners

Posted by Luke Hancock

Oct 9, 2015 9:32:39 AM

When you’re planning a home renovation, every new idea comes with dollar signs attached. Lots of dollar signs.

“Let’s do new kitchen counters and backsplash.” Ka-ching.

“The bathroom tile is gross. What if we...” Ka-ching.

“So, I saw this idea in a magazine and...” Ka-ching

You get the idea.

But there are ways to trim the cost of your home renovations. You’ll need a crow bar, some paint, some planning and creativity. Here’s a look at five home renovation tips to take a bit of the ka-ching out of your renovation project.

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Stay On Budget — 3 Tools For Creating A Home Renovation Budget

Posted by Luke Hancock

Sep 30, 2015 2:27:00 PM

When you lay awake at night contemplating your upcoming home renovation project, what’s your biggest fear?

Choosing the perfect paint color? Trying to hang wallpaper with your spouse? Discovering termites?

Nope. It’s probably spending too much money. Let’s face it, it’s easy to do. Remodeling is full of mind-boggling decisions, piles of receipts and a ton of expenses.

Keep your financial cool by creating a home renovation budget. There are tools to help. Take a look at three handy options. Add one to your tool belt. Then we’ll share some pro tips for sticking to that budget.

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Topics: Home Renovation

Must See TV — Our Top 5 List Of House Flipping Shows

Posted by Luke Hancock

Sep 9, 2015 9:47:00 PM

There’s nothing like a good house flipping show to jump-start your home renovation plansAny project you launch will seem easy compared to the drama unfolding on screen.

Need new kitchen counters? No problem. At least your kitchen isn’t infested with bees. Shabby living room carpet? Piece of cake. At least you have a floor.

House flipping shows, from Flip or Flop to Flip Men to Flipping Boston, are notorious for their catastrophic challenges as flippers rehab rundown properties to sell them later at a profit.

Why watch? Lots of reasons — here are a few:

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Topics: Home Renovation

Our Top 10 Excuses To Get You Out Of Your Honey-Do List

Posted by Luke Hancock

Jul 14, 2015 10:04:40 AM

When you have more tasks on your honey-do list than there are hours in the day, you either need to get to work or figure a way out of them. If you go with the later, you’ll need a good excuse.

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Topics: Home Renovation

Review: The 4 Best Interior Design Apps For Homeowners

Posted by John Ferracuti

Jun 24, 2015 11:29:48 AM

Designing a room can make a huge difference in your home — if you’re able to visualize what the new space could look like.

To figure out what you do and don’t like without needing to move or return things, turn to your mobile device.

Interior design apps can help you turn your ideas into reality, whether you’re starting from scratch or hoping to change up a room already full of items.

The next time you redesign a space, check out our picks for the best interior design apps for homeowners.

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Topics: Home Renovation

Benefits Of Decluttering — How To Turn Donations Into Tax Deductions

Posted by Luke Hancock

Feb 16, 2015 4:19:00 PM

Now that we’re in the thick of tax season — and on the heels of spring, too — this time of year serves as a good reminder of the benefits of decluttering. In today’s post, I’m talking about one benefit in particular — donating household goods to a qualified organization for a tax deduction.

And while it’s too late to donate items now for a tax deduction on your 2014 tax return, there’s no reason you have to wait until December to do the legwork. Get a jump on your 2015 return by following five simple steps:

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Topics: Home Renovation

Declutter Your Home Fast: Our Top 4 Clutter Busters

Posted by Luke Hancock

Dec 10, 2014 4:26:00 PM

Remember when you first moved into your home and it was empty? A blank canvas full of possibilities. Then came the clutter. And your blank canvas — a clutter free home — became more crowded and cramped with each passing year. Where did all that space go?

Did you know, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, 32 percent of people with two-car garages are only able to park one car inside due to clutter? And the National Association of Professional Organizers (NAPO) says 80 percent of what we keep we never actually use.

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Topics: Home Renovation

Home Design Hacks To Give You More Storage Space

Posted by Luke Hancock

Dec 6, 2014 4:53:00 PM

Whether you rent or own, everyone complains about the amount of space available for storage. It’s the bane of home or apartment living. Fortunately the world is filled with clever people willing to share their insight and innovation. When it comes to saving space, there’s no end of ideas. Here are a few of our favorites.

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Topics: DIY Projects, Home Renovation

Preparing For Your Relocation: Sell, Keep or Toss It?

Posted by Luke Hancock

Nov 26, 2014 4:54:00 PM

A new job. Returning home to be near family. There are many reasons people choose or are required to relocate. No matter the reason, packing up and moving across town or across country is stressful and challenging.

One way to make the process easier is to lighten your load by selling, donating or throwing away as much as you can. Sure, there’s some stuff you need to keep: important documents, family heirlooms, children. But you’ll also have to make some tough choices.

Here’s some advice for deciding what to keep, what to sell, and what to throw away (or donate).

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Topics: Home Renovation