Why Finding a Rental is Awful Right Now

Have you tried to move into a new rental recently? If so, you may have had a harder time finding what you want than you’ve had in the past. That’s because the U.S. rental market is booming (and also changing).

Rental vacancies are few and far between. If you are able to find something that fits your needs, the rent is likely sky high and will probably rise even more in the coming months. Here are some reasons why. Continue reading “Why Finding a Rental is Awful Right Now”

Making the Most of Small Spaces

If you’ve ever rented before, you know that you often have to give up a few of the things you really want in a rental apartment or home. One of the things renters have to give up is space. And it can be incredibly frustrating to feel like you don’t have enough space to really enjoy the place you live.

There are some easy ways to better store your stuff and give you more space. If you understand how you really use the space you have, you can make better decisions about how to organize a room. Easy things like placing your furniture well and buying things that are the right scale will also help immensely. If you’re smart about how you use your small space, you can make it feel bigger than it actually is. Continue reading “Making the Most of Small Spaces”

Home Renovations That Aren’t Worth Your Time or Money

If you want to make changes to your home, you may talk yourself (or your family members) into it by saying that any upgrade is sure to increase your home’s value. But that’s not always true. Some renovations can actually devalue your home by making it more difficult to sell.

Of course, it’s important to enjoy your home. But it’s also wise to think of future buyers before making major changes. Think twice before you pour time and money into upgrades that will hurt your ability to sell in the future. If you really want to do some of these things anyway, just remember that you are unlikely to recoup much of what you spent and that your house may spend more time on the market before it sells. Here are some “upgrades” to avoid. Continue reading “Home Renovations That Aren’t Worth Your Time or Money”

Tips for a Welcoming Front Entrance

Your front door area should extend a warm welcome to anyone who stops by. For better or worse, it’s the first impression people have of your home (and sometimes, of you). It doesn’t have to take much time or money to transform this important space.

A little bit of planning and a few quick replacements will make the area right outside your front door look intentional and put-together. And with a few minor improvements to the indoors, that feeling will stay as people walk through the front door. Read on for a few suggestions to improve this often-neglected space. Continue reading “Tips for a Welcoming Front Entrance”

Affordable Home Technology

There are all kinds of new gadgets that can make your home life more convenient, particularly if you have a smartphone or tablet to control them all. Even if you don’t, you can take advantage of some of these cool new ways to make your life less complicated.

Need a more efficient way to control the temperature in your home? Check. Need to monitor for water leakage? Check. Need your smartphone to open your front door? Check. Read on for just a few ideas of great, inexpensive ways to add cool tech to your home. Continue reading “Affordable Home Technology”

Home Sellers: Are You Disclosing Everything You Should?

Most states require that sellers disclose certain material defects when they sell their homes. As a seller, it’s a good idea if you know what defects your home has before you even put it on the market. That way, nothing will take you by surprise when you have a potential sale.

Certain material defects can substantially affect the price of a home. In fact, some of these defects can even stop a home sale completely. To prevent the frustration that happens when a pending sale is derailed by unexpected discoveries, look into these issues before you even put your home on the market. Continue reading “Home Sellers: Are You Disclosing Everything You Should?”

Tips for Preventing and Killing Bathroom Mold

We’re all familiar with the dank smell that indicates mold growing somewhere nearby. What people may not realize, however, is that mold can actually be more than an annoyance or minor inconvenience. Mold can turn into a serious problem if it’s not promptly dealt with.

Since you can’t ever entirely get rid of mold, it’s best to prevent it before you have it. Bathrooms have a very high moisture content that makes them especially susceptible to mold problems. Here are some ideas for preventing mold, and if you already have it, here are some easy cleaning ideas. Continue reading “Tips for Preventing and Killing Bathroom Mold”

Tips for Buying a House in a 55+ Community

Buying a home in a retirement community can be a great investment in the next chapter of your life. Retirement communities are a good option for people who want to live with other retirees in a neighborhood that is catered specifically to their needs, especially social needs.

But the nuances that come with buying a home in a retirement community can make the experience overwhelming. Here are some things to consider as you evaluate your needs for retirement and also for the future. Continue reading “Tips for Buying a House in a 55+ Community”

The Most Expensive Homes for Sale in the United States

No matter what house you buy, there’s always something more expensive out there. In the case of these four houses, much more expensive. These homes are so luxurious that they almost seem like a fantasy.

From a Mediterranean-inspired villa in Beverly Hills to a recently-constructed palace in Florida, here’s a look at the most expensive homes for sale in the United States right now. Read on to learn about these homes’ incredible amenities—and maybe you’ll get a few ideas of your own! Continue reading “The Most Expensive Homes for Sale in the United States”

Tips for Increasing Natural Lighting in Your Home

Did you know that increasing the natural light in your home could actually make you feel better, both physically and psychologically? We all thrive on warm, natural light. More natural light in your home will also save you on electricity costs and make your home a more welcoming place for others. Your home will even feel more spacious with more natural light.

If you had a long, cold winter, these tips for increasing natural light in your home will be especially welcome. And if you live in a more temperate year-round climate, you may find a few ways to benefit from that great weather even more. Read on to find out how to take advantage of the longer days and fresh air. Continue reading “Tips for Increasing Natural Lighting in Your Home”