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How to Determine If You Need Foundation RepairsFoundation repairs can be one of the most expensive home improvement projects a homeowner can take on, but they're also some of the most necessary. As a home settles over time, it's inevitable there will be some type of imbalance or undue pressure that throws the foundation out of sync. To restore the stability and safety of the home, consider the following facts about both assessing and repairing the damage.

Seeing the Trouble

Sometimes spotting the problems is as easy as going outside and looking at the home objectively. A home with foundation damage will bulge or sag because the base is starting to fall apart. The home may look as though it might topple over in the event of a strong breeze, or it may even attract small animals to live inside

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3 Basic Home Insurance FactsHome insurance is not easy to understand because it's specific to both the policyholder and the insurance company providing the policy. There are certain regulations insurance companies must follow, but they are often vague enough to allow for some interpretation. Unfortunately, there's no worse time to discover a policy doesn't cover an event than after that event has already occurred. For a little extra help in deciphering your policy, consider the following.

Claims Are Subject to Change

It takes time and effort for a home insurance company to tease out the truth of the many claims they deal with, which is why it's crucial homeowners choose a company with a good reputation. Some insurance companies may deny claims off-hand requiring

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Four Things to Consider Before Buying a New Construction HomeA newly constructed home is truly inspirational to many buyers because they have the opportunity to start fresh and make every memory their own. But while it may seem as though a new house has nothing to hide that doesn't mean there isn't more to the story than meets the eye. To get a quality home at a reasonable price, a buyer has to take a slightly different strategy than they would with a traditional home sale.

Potential Delays

Construction crews have to put up with everything from unexpected weather to meticulous zoning inspectors. Even the most experienced of foremen may not see certain delays coming, so buyers have to be understanding when timelines are pushed back. On the other hand, it is possible for a construction crew to overestimate

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Are Today's More Efficient and Cost-Effective Solar Panels Worth the Investment? There is growing interest in residential solar panel use, fueled by an improved housing market, low-interest rates, environmental concerns, and increasing energy costs. There have also been advancements in the products themselves. They have not only become more effective and efficient but more affordable, making them one of the most popular energy efficient home upgrades. This has many considering the prospect of adding them to a property. Here are some solar panel basics to help get started.

What Is Solar Power?

Solar power and solar panels are not the same. There are three types of solar power, including passive, thermal, and active. Passive solar energy uses the built-in features of a structure like its position toward the sun, skylights,

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Your Guide to Downsizing a HomeDownsizing can sometimes sound like an unenviable situation, but it doesn't necessarily have to be. Empty nesters may be thrilled they won't have to take care of their four-bedroom home anymore. Active couples may be excited because they'll actually have the money to travel to all those exotic destinations. But even the happiest of transitions can be met with unforeseeable stresses, and it might be time to address those stressors with the following tips.

Count It Up

Most people accumulate way more stuff that they realize, even when they're trying to live light. Taking the time to do an inventory gives people a chance to sell off or toss that extra slow cooker or china set they had living in their attic. These types of systematic methods of

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What Paperwork Is Needed To Sell A Home? Home selling involves a lot of paperwork, oftentimes more paperwork than a home seller is prepared for. Homeowners who wish to sell their property and have a smooth real estate transaction must get their papers in order before they start the sale process. Knowing the various types of paperwork that are involved in selling a home can help. Here are just a few of the most common items sellers should be aware of.

Warranty Information and Owner's Manuals

Warranties for appliances and home renovations often carry forward from one homeowner to the next. Details about the home warranty, including whether or not the warranty transfers from one homeowner to the other, should be contained in the document that homeowners receive upon making the purchase.

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Tax and Loan Information About Buying a Vacation PropertyBuying a vacation home is different from buying a primary residence. A homeowner who is thinking about buying a vacation property for the first time might assume that the process is similar to the process they used to buy their primary residence. Failure to understand these differences could make the home buying process more challenging, or could lead to tax problems down the road.

Tax Implications

Tax implications of owning a vacation home are different from tax implications of owning a primary residence. The tax laws changed recently with the new tax bill that went into effect on January 1, 2018.

People who own a primary residence are usually familiar with the mortgage interest deduction. However, it often comes as a surprise that vacation

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Tips for Protecting and Maintaining Hardwood FloorsHardwood floors are beautiful, functional and, like many home design trends, can add great value to your home. Taking care of your hardwood can help ensure that your floors will continue to be beautiful for years to come. These tips will help you avoid scratches, stains and other types of damage that can affect hardwood.

Pad All Furniture

Furniture has a way of scratching hardwood floors. This is especially true of furniture that gets moved frequently (like dining room chairs). Padding the bottoms of furniture can protect floors and prevent scratches. Check the padding on a regular basis, especially on dining room chairs. Replace the padding as needed.

Cut Pet's Claws

Pet claws can scratch hardwood floors just as easily as wooden chairs.

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What To Know About Home-Buying ContingenciesThe purchase of a home has always been the largest single investment that most people will make in their lifetime and that remains true today. This is easily illustrated by the fact that the current median price of single family homes in the United States is now almost a quarter-million dollars. The sheer cost of purchasing a home today makes it more important than ever for homebuyers to pay extra attention to the purchase process. This can be accomplished by effectively using contingency clauses to protect the buyer's financial interests whenever making any offer to purchase real estate.

How do contingency clauses provide protection for the buyer?

Real estate purchase offers that are properly signed by all parties are considered to be legal,

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How To Spot Roof DamageWhen it comes to protecting a home, the roof is out there 24/7 on the front lines, standing against everything from blizzards to thunderstorms. With all those beatings from weather, it’s no wonder they need a little repair every now and again. But what exactly should homeowners look for when trying to discover if their roof needs repair or not? Here are five different things to keep an eye out for to help keep any roof in good condition.

Granules in Gutters

The next time someone takes out a ladder to get dead leaves out of the gutters, they should take a closer look in the bottom of the gutters for shingle granules. It’s common for shingles to lose their granules as they age—when they’re young, some granules may be lost because they weren’t

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