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Help! I Was Sold a Bad Home. Now What?

Sometimes all the safeguards the real estate industry has put in place to help prevent buyer’s remorse after purchasing a house still don’t work. The process takes time for a reason, and you aren’t getting a home inspection for the fun of it. It can happen. You can buy a …

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New Year’s Resolution: Take Back Your Bad DIY Renovation

You’re inspired. That home design show made it look so easy and even explained how to re-tile your bathroom in a few simple steps. Equipped with a YouTube video and some new, funky tiles, you set to work. Your bathroom is going to be a Moroccan oasis in no time. …

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How to Get on Your Neighbor’s Good Side When You Move In

A disagreement between neighbors can escalate quickly. One minute you’re mowing your lawn, the next you’re plotting revenge on the homeowner next to you for parking his car on your freshly cut grass. “You hear about neighbors chasing each other down with spades and all sorts of weird things,” notes Nick …

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Current Design Trends That Will Date Your Home

The popularity of sites and apps ranging from Instagram, Pinterest and design blogs has given interior design a wider reach than ever before. But before you incorporate all that barn wood into your living room, think about which design trends will be better investments in the long run, and which …

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How Your Home Changes When You Telework

With winter on its way in, taking advantage of your company’s telework opportunity might sound appealing – but snow days aren’t the only thing keeping people at home during the workweek. Telecommuting opportunities are available at increasing rates to employees in the U.S., and they’re taking advantage of the option …

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7 Things to Do Before Buying a Flipped House

House flipping has gained notoriety from TV shows like HGTV’s “Flip or Flop” and A&E;’s “Flipping Vegas,” but chances are the person who flips your potential future home won’t have a TV crew documenting the work. Horror stories abound of house flips that hid major problems, only to be revealed …

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How to Find a Reliable Helping Hand for Home Improvement Tasks

Like many homeowners, one of your New Year’s resolutions may be to do some home improvements. Unless you’re handy, you’re likely to be in the market for a handyman (or handywoman) who can do in minutes the tasks that take you hours. “A lot of consumers can quickly get in …

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Fan of Home Renovation Shows? The Fantasy vs. Reality

We’ve all seen the home renovation shows where the nice young couple buys a decrepit home with a kitchen so ugly even 1960 wouldn’t take it back. In 30 or 60 minutes, that ugly house becomes a veritable dream home, with every detail perfect, down to the color-coordinated stand mixer …

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Want to Spend Your Senior Years at Home? Here’s How to Do It

For 30 years, Pat Weis has called the Bay Indies community in Venice, Florida, home. It’s where she lived with her husband until his death three years ago and where she currently resides with a friend. Now 80, Weis has no plans to leave her house anytime soon. “I’ve been …

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How to Make Hiring a Home Contractor Less Like Gambling

Hiring a contractor to do a major home renovation is difficult for most of us. We’re risking a lot of money, so it’s important to avoid costly mistakes. Since it’s not something we do often, we have few opportunities to practice and improve our skills. Even for experienced home renovators, …