Home Renovation Techniques

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Every homeowner knows that renovations and home repairs are necessary to keep the home in tiptop shape. While this reality is an accepted fact, some people do not want to have large expenses when it comes to home maintenance and renovation. It is true that you definitely need money to renovate a home but spending more than you can afford is something that you can avoid. Examine each part involved in the renovation.

Saving Money on Renovations

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Of course, like all home buyers (particularly property virgins ), we have a vision and don’t want to sacrifice what we want. One of the biggest questions in our minds when we are considering a house that needs renovations is “how much?”, so I’ve taken it upon myself to cost out the renovations for a new kitchen, new flooring, bathroom upgrades and painting. I don’t know if you’ve checked recently, but renovations are EXPENSIVE! Which Home Renovations Really Pay Off?

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Cheap Ways To Renovate Your Home

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Home is where the heart is, but there are times when home is where the cost is. After years of wear and tear, there comes a point when your home needs a renovation whether for maintenance or to maintain its aesthetic value. Here are some tips on how to renovate your home cheaply. It truly costs time and money to give your home a makeover. What are some cheap renovating techniques that you can think of?

Five Home Renovation Savings Tips

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Home renovations are a necessary process when you own your home. Not only will renovations provide pleasure and function to you, but they could increase the sale value of your home a bit. Here are a few tips on saving money while doing renovations. Take the time to learn any requisite skills, either by reading, learning online or perhaps attending some of the home improvement big box store presentations and skill shops.

Should You Invest In Renovations Or Purchase A New Home?

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At one point or another, every homeowner eventually decides they want to either add something to their home, or renovate it one way or another. But if your family might very well move out in five to ten years anyway, then the question becomes a different one altogether: should you renovate or simply get a new home right off the bat? Assess The Renovation Size. Also, consider the degree to which you’ll have to renovate if you remain in your current home.

Why You Need a Home Ownership Binder

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Your home will most likely be the largest purchase in your lifetime. So it makes sense to stay organized with all of the paperwork involved in every aspect of your home. We have lived in our home for almost 15 years and have done many improvements, renovations, and repairs over the years. You will likely have your home for years and even decades, so keep your important home ownership documents organized in one central location.

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Inexpensive Ways to Modernize Your Home

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When we were house hunting for our home a few months ago, before we landed where we are, we saw a whole bunch of houses. We saw brand new homes, newly renovated homes, and ones that were old (and looked their age). We saw these two homes back to back on a Saturday afternoon. If you are looking to sell your home and that is why you need to update it, make sure that the paint color you choose is something neutral and universal.

Good Modern Home Design is Eco-Friendly & Sustainable

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The harsh reality is that however aesthetically pleasing a modern home may be, like all buildings, it uses resources, generates waste, and is relatively costly to operate and maintain. As a result, every professional person who is part of the home design process is strongly encouraged to utilize a sustainable design philosophy, irrespective of the type and style of building to be designed and built. LEED for the Design and Construction of Homes. By Michael Tobias.

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Sell Your Home or Stay?

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How do we decide if we should sell our home or stay put? What bothers you about your current home? Do you love your home, but hate the neighborhood? How will moving to a new home benefit you? Will the home and area still suit you in 10 – 15 years or will there be too much yard work or too long of a drive to shops and services? Selling a home is no easy task. What if your current home doesn’t sell?

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Inefficiencies in Homes to Look For as a First Time Home Buyer

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My fiance is a carpenter, so we spent longer in the home checking it out than most people likely would. After we left the house and made some notes, we had a home inspection appointment that my fiance insisted on attending. He pointed out some of his findings to the home inspector and paid attention to what he may have missed in our initial walk through. We had two single paned windows in our home when we moved in, but the rest had been replaced by the previous owner.

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Basic Home Decorating Tips That Will Make Your Home Look Great

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My mom has a great eye for decorating a home. She poured a lot of time and effort into decorating her own home and gives a lot of tips to her co-workers and friends who ask for advice. When we bought our home in late 2012, we had decided that we weren’t interested in spending a ton of money on home decor, because we’d inevitably get plenty of furniture and small household items from various different sources.

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5 Ways to Cope with Moving Back Home

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OK, so you moved out of home, possibly to go to college, maybe for a job opportunity, to travel or to experience living with friends. Whatever the reason, many people find that the time comes when they need to, or want to, move back home. Here are 5 ways to help you cope with moving back home. There are lots of different reasons why you might make the decision to return to the family home but the most common one is financial.

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How to Furnish a New Home For Next to Nothing

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When we first moved into our new home, it was pretty empty. We’ve been in the house for about a year, and now have a well furnished home. The funniest thing happens when you decide to move into a new home, especially if it’s your first home: people want to give you furniture. We went from a 800 square foot one bedroom apartment to a 1,100 square foot three bedroom house, not including the basement suite.

3 Tips for Getting Rid of Clutter and Organizing Your Home

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It’s disrupted our entire home enough, and things start to feel cluttered. This quick de-clutter isn’t meant to be lasting or serious, but it does help clear the area so that I feel more comfortable in my home and better able to relax or work. Sell Your Home Faster With These Cheap Ideas How to Simplify Your Life to Make it Better Easy and Inexpensive Ways to Revamp Your Home for the… Cheap Ways To Renovate Your Home Three Reasons I Prefer Experiences to Things.

Taste of Home & Martha Stewart Magazine Deals

For the Mommas

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Family Budget Spreadsheets 2021

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Special Purchases – Have some fun with this spreadsheet and use it to plan for upcoming large expenses, such as vacations, home renovations, equipment, replacement, etc. Are you ready for a fresh start? After the year we’ve had, I think we all are!

5 Money Saving Home Improvement Projects That Add Value To Your Home

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Whether you are considering selling your home in the near future or you have no specific plans to sell and move but know that your home is your biggest asset and you want to build it, there are a number of steps you should take to add value to it. You do not need to be a skilled handyman, you just need to have a can-do attitude, a willingness to spend when necessary, and some time to put into upgrading your home. For the Home frugal living

Book Nook: Ernie's Big Red Nose

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A great book for reading at home and in schools. From an early age I always saw myself moving to Australia which I now call home and where I work as an Events Manager, Yoga teacher and more recently, author.

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Arts & Crafts Homes Magazine Subscription Just $6.99 a Year

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Today, you can get a subscription to Arts and Crafts Homes Magazine for just $6.99 About: Our mission is to offer expert advice and perspective for those building, renovating, or furnishing a home in the Arts and Crafts spirit. Offering hundreds of resources, we showcase the work not only of past masters, but also of those whose livelihoods are made in creating well-crafted homes, furnishings, and works of art today. This looks like a fun one.

Eco-Friendly Pest Control For Your Home Garden

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These days it seems like everyone is going out of their way to adjust their lifestyles and homes to be more environmentally conscious. People that are renovating their kitchens more often choose energy efficient appliances, knowing that they are not just good for the planet but also worthwhile investments. The first step in finding the rest pest control plan for your home garden is to figure out exactly what kind of pests you are dealing with.

A Goal Without a Plan is Just a Wish

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The building offered so much potential, but needed a lot of work and we set out to renovate our dream office. The business softened, renovations were more costly than expected, and we were now the owners of two mortgages, our home and our business. I poured over both our business and our home expenses, created a line item budget, and a made a plan for every dollar that was coming in.

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Introducing: Family Budget Spreadsheets

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Special Purchases – Have some fun with this spreadsheet and use it to plan for upcoming large expenses, such as vacations, home renovations, equipment, replacement, etc. Summer Planning – Use this spreadsheet to plan for your summer fun, such as vacations, day trips, pool memberships, home/landscaping renovations, etc. I’ve been working behind the scenes on a tool that I personally use to track and organize our finances: Family Budget Spreadsheets.

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How We Paid off Six Figures of Debt

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Our business was doing very well, and we were excited about the opportunity to own a property outside of our home. Aside from the mortgage, we also added equipment and renovation loans with the purchase, and we had a student loan. With that much debt, we needed some go big or go home heavy hitters that would make a big impact on debt reduction. Financially speaking, he focuses on building the business and I focus on managing our home and finances.

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Friday Links – Day Off Edition

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I have been traveling a lot for work lately and have not been home much in weeks. It is really nice to not have to go to work today and have a day where I can concentrate on the home life. Staring a home renovation? If so, don’t miss Mike’s post about the 5 Costly Mistakes Contractors Make When Starting a Home Remodel Project at Personal Finance Journey. Happy Friday everyone. I hope you are all managing to keep sane during this crazy time of year.

Magazine Deals: Spring Savings Event + Martha Stewart Living

For the Mommas

Deal ends Sunday 3/30/14 at 11:59 PM EST. Martha Stewart Living Magazine was created by the famous television hostess who has become the popular advisor on all things for the home and garden. Each issue of Martha Stewart Living Magazine allows you to celebrate the simple things of everyday life, such as gardening, entertaining, renovating, cooking, and decorating. Check out the Spring Savings Event , where you can get Magazines for just $4.80! Many popular magazines to choose from.

Magazine Sale: $5.00 Subscriptions + Architectural Digest Offer

For the Mommas

Architectural Digest explores the homes of talented designers and architects. Each issue is filled with full-color photographs that highlight inspirational aspects of their homes, has in-depth interviews with the owners, and commentary by experts. Special features include art, travel, and home electronics. This magazine subscription will inspire your next design idea or home renovation. Check out the $5.00 Magazines Sale!

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A new year can mean home renovations for a lot of us, and whether you’re moving, doing a serious overhaul, or just want to freshen up your living space, Nate’s newest collection has plenty of amazing pieces to get you started. The Nate Berkus for Target collection is finally here and we couldn’t be MORE excited.

Magazine Deals: Print + Digital Magazine Sale {Starting at $4.99}

For the Mommas

Home & Cooking Category. Architectural Digest explores the homes of talented designers and architects. Each issue is filled with full-color photographs that highlight inspirational aspects of their homes, has in-depth interviews with the owners, and commentary by experts. Special features include art, travel, and home electronics. This magazine subscription will inspire your next design idea or home renovation.

Front Yard Landscaping: Take 3

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We have done a lot of renovations around our home in the last ten years. The DIY project that we are most proud of is the landscaping in our front yard. I wrote about the process 2 years ago and it is still my most popular post. Read more about our Front Yard Landscaping: We Did It Ourselves. Before May 2009: After May 2009: Moving on to 2010, we needed to replace 3 of our new shrubs that didn't make it through that winter. Read more about Front Yard Landscaping: Take 2.

5 Lessons Learned When Our Finances Went Awry

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But in August 2013, our business softened, renovations to our new building were more costly than planned, and we were now the owners of two mortgages, our home and our business. I analyzed both our business and our home expenses, created a budget, and made a plan for every dollar that was coming in and out. August 2013 was a month that I’d like to wipe from my memory. Prior to that, we thought we were golden.

How To Make The House Hunting Process Easier

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Driving around from house to house and sacrificing your time (entire days, sometimes) to being disappointed because the listing just isn’t what it looked like online can really kick your budget to the curb, and in a seller’s market, there’s a good chance that you’ll end up less than thrilled with the negotiations and bidding wars on a home that you became attached to because it seemed just perfect for your family. Homes are where we raise our families, spend our down time.

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Prairie Eco-Thrifter Was Included in Seven Carnivals This Week

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Canadian Finance Blog hosted the Canadian Finance Carnival #73 and included Marie’s post Five Home Renovation Savings Tips. Many thanks to The Jenny Pincher for including my post, Learn How to Eat Sustainably in the Carnival of Personal Finance #346. The Amateur Financier included my post, What Buddhism Teaches Us about Personal Finance in the Yakezie Carnival as well as the Carnival of Financial Planning – Edition #221.

Making A List, Checking It Twice | Planning for Christmas

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I don't remember why we waited so long, but we took on a house renovation project in December and planning for that threw me for a loop. Toys-R-Us made it easy a few weeks ago when they sent their catalog to my home along with a coupon. Christmas is now less than 6 WEEKS away. Can you believe it? Back in June I wished you all a Merry 6 Months Until Christmas and now we are down to 6 weeks. YIKES!

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Friday Links – Win an iPad Mini Edition

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If you’re searching for a home, you’re most likely also searching for a mortgage. Saving Money on Renovations. Greetings and happy Friday. Summer has arrived here and I have to say that I am loving it. I thrive in the heat and sunshine. It really makes me happy. This week I wanted to share a giveaway with you. My friend Jackie over at The Debt Myth has created a Pay Off Debt App which I think is very cool. I don’t know the first thing about creating apps.

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Friday Links – Long Weekend Edition

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If you’re considering renting out your home, CAPI has a great list at Creating a Passive Income that you won’t want to miss: For Rent: Do’s and Don’ts of Renting Out Your Space. Home Renovation Techniques. Happy Friday everyone and cheers to everyone who has a long weekend. It has been a week of curveballs for my husband and I. We aren’t stressed per say but there have been numerous detours and extras to deal with this week at work and personally.

Staying Organized With A Big Wardrobe And a Small Closet

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If you are renting, doing a big closet renovation isn’t usually possible, and they can sometimes get pretty expensive if you own a home. I try to keep my closet organized without any renovations or major changes to it. Related posts: Closet Organization Tips Start Small; Dream Big: Achieving Financial Security From Small Beginnings Save Money with an Organized Approach to Home Maintenance How to Be an Organized Blogger Staying Healthy Saves You Money.

How to Start a Budget (and be successful at it!)

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I discovered the term, Zero-Based Budget, when my husband and I took Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University home course many years ago. Necessary expenses could be: – Home: Mortgage/rent, utilities, insurance, taxes, necessary repairs. More budgeting resources: How to Budget and Save for Large Yearly Expenses, such as taxes, home owners and auto insurances. Do you feel like you have more month than money?

Summer Fun Guide 2019

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Also, my husband and I have a few home projects that we would like to accomplish. Include everything from weekend trips to longer vacations, yard/garden projects, home renovations, kids’ camps, gear and clothing, and any other summer expense you might have. You will need to time the delivery around your summer so you are home for the delivery and care. Fun @ Home: Host a backyard S’mores party.

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2019 Debt Freedom Plan Update

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To ease my anxiety about our new loans, we took the Financial Peace University home course and it changed how we thought about debt. We were mentally exhausted from the previous few years with paying off debts and medical bills, but in January 2019, I could see the home stretch and felt really comfortable that we could have this last non-mortgage loan paid off by the end of the year. 1 – Save a starter Home Emergency Fund.

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Architectural Digest Magazine Subscription just $5.99

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About this magazine: Architectural Digest explores the homes of talented designers and architects. Each issue is filled with full-color photographs that highlight inspirational aspects of their homes, has in-depth interviews with the owners, and commentary by experts. Special features include art, travel, and home electronics. This magazine subscription will inspire your next design idea or home renovation.