New Study Reveals Home Renovation Firms’ Backlogs

Sep 26, 2017 3:58:50 AM Share this:

 

Home renovation professionals are busy right now. That’s great news for the remodeling industry but means that homeowners need to plan ahead. Homeowners can anticipate wait times averaging 4.3 to 7.4 weeks before a pro can take on their project, the Houzz research team finds. Design-build firms have the longest backlogs, at an average of 7.4 weeks. General contractors and remodelers are not far behind, with an average seven-week wait time.


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Topics: DIY, Home Decor & Furnishing

Furniture Layout Ideas for Outdoor Rooms, Big to Small

Sep 9, 2017 3:26:37 AM Share this:

 

Whether you are looking to build an outdoor dream room or dress up an existing patio, plan ahead. A design with the perfect amount of square footage can make the difference between an elegant room and an awkward room. Don't worry if space planning seems daunting at first — that's normal. But with the right tools, it can actually be fun.


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Topics: Home Decor & Furnishing

See How 6 First-Time Homeowners Around the World Shaped Their Starter Houses

Aug 23, 2017 4:14:04 AM Share this:

Rent or buy? It’s the question most of us face at different times in our lives. These 6 homeowners around the world opted to buy, not only for financial reasons but to have a place they could call their own and tailor to their tastes. Step inside these residences — in Sydney, Moscow, San Francisco and more — and see what these first-time buyers have done to turn their new houses and apartments into homes.


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Topics: Buying, DIY, Home Ownership

The Difference between a Condo, Townhouse, Co-op, and TIC

Aug 3, 2017 4:52:42 AM Share this:

 

When we think of buying a home, the first thing that comes to mind for many is a detached, single-family home (complete with grassy yard and dog). But for many, especially those looking to buy in an urban area, a condo, a townhouse or an apartment could be a more likely scenario.


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Topics: Buying, Advice, Home Ownership

Home Project: Give Your Living Room a Facelift

Jul 27, 2017 9:04:26 AM Share this:

 

Does your living room have a case of the blahs? Whether you’re looking for quick furniture-arranging help or a complete overhaul, read on for the need-to-know info on making your living room live up to its full potential. We caught up with interior designer Mollie Openshaw to get the scoop on costs, time frames and picking the right pro for the job.


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Topics: DIY, Home Decor & Furnishing

Moving: How to Sort through Paper Clutter

Jul 18, 2017 2:00:00 AM Share this:
 

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Topics: Moving House

Low Inventory Market: 5 Tips for Buyers

Jun 30, 2017 2:00:00 AM Share this:

The phrase, “Seller’s Market” is everywhere at the moment. Current housing inventory is low, creating high demand and raising prices substantially. What if you are looking to buy? Buying a home is a complex process and current market conditions can make the process even more daunting. Reduce the stress in buying a home with these tips suggested by the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR):


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Topics: Buying

Home Improvement: Tips for Sellers

Jun 28, 2017 4:40:11 AM Share this:

Even in today’s market it’s important to put your best foot forward. Here are a few things you can do to enhance the appearance of your home and increase buyer interest.


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Topics: Selling, home improvements

What you should know about property taxes

Jun 28, 2017 3:35:01 AM Share this:

Property taxes are often forgotten when planning a budget for a home. It is important to understand how your property tax bill works as your monthly payment goes beyond just your mortgage. As a home buyer, you have several tax breaks available to you, and you have the ability to challenge your property tax if it seems too high. Here are a few things you need to know about property taxes:


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Topics: Finance, Advice