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Bathroom Upgrades that Can Improve Your Home's ValueHome buyers love comfortable, attractive bathrooms. There are many bathroom upgrades that can improve your home's value. If you're a homeowner who would like to make your home more attractive to buyers, now is the time to start on a bathroom renovation. Working with a licensed contractor and installing the right bathroom features can boost your home's value. Here's what you need to know.

1. Install Pedestal Bathtub

For many years, the types of bathtubs that homeowners installed were called alcove bathtubs. Alcove bathtubs have three enclosed sides and one side that is open for the user. In the last few years, pedestal bathtubs have become far more popular. Also known as freestanding bathtubs, pedestal bathtubs are open on all sides, like a giant

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Which Kitchen Renovations Net the Best Returns?The kitchen has some of the more noteworthy features of the home, making it one of the more interesting areas to explore for homebuyers. Owners who want to spruce up their kitchen now in hopes of selling it for a higher price later may want to conserve their budgets by focusing only on the renovations that net the highest returns.

A Rule of Thumb

Every buyer will have their own idea of what makes a kitchen valuable, and these priorities can change based on everything from age demographic to yearly income. However, when experts boil the market down to its fundamental basics, they find that larger kitchen remodels are not worth their high price tag. Homeowners should instead opt for minor remodels if they're looking for a high ROI.

Appliances

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How to Create an Efficient Home OfficeHome offices can be used for private reasons or for professional business endeavors. They also make great selling points when placing your home up for sale. However, regardless of the intention of their use, it's always nice to make the space comfortable yet functional. Here are some solutions for creating an efficient workspace for greater productivity.

Starting With the Basics

Temperature, lighting and flooring are going to be primary concerns when it comes to maintaining comfort in a home office environment. Ample lighting is a necessity, but consider daytime direct light through any windows and try to position the desk away from frontally facing the sun. If a rolling chair is desired, consider wood flooring with a non-scratch coating or use a

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Drone Photography: Is It Right For Your Home?Standard photographs do little to capture the size and shape of the home. They also cannot give the buyer a sense of the landscape around the house, or the scope of the property. Drone photography can do all of that and more. If you're selling your home, and want to do it quickly, drone photography may be right for you. Here's what you need to know.

How Drones Help Sell Real Estate

Drones have the ability to fly high above a property and take photographs from the air. They can also be used to capture video of a property, either from their air above the home, or as the drone flies through the home. Drone photography is often not precise, but it can be used to gather sweeping, beautiful shots of expansive properties.

Which Properties Are Best

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Selling as a Short Sale? What You Need to KnowA short sale is what happens when a homeowner sells their home for an amount less than their mortgage. Short sales often happen in neighborhoods where homes have been devalued. Although a short sale can be a stressful event, it's often a better option than foreclosure. If you're under water on your mortgage and you need to sell your house, a short sale may be the right thing for you. Here's what you need to know about the short-sale process.

For informational purposes only. Always consult with an attorney before proceeding with any short sale real estate transaction.

Contact a Real Estate Agent

Any time a homeowner wants to sell their house, the natural course of action is to start by contacting a real estate agent. The job of the real estate

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Everything Homebuyers Need to Know About HOAsIn certain neighborhoods, homeowners associations provide oversight and management support to keep all properties in optimal condition. Although beneficial to homeowners, living in a neighborhood managed by an HOA takes a little extra forethought and consideration. Before buying a home with an HOA, prospective homebuyers should explore just how it works and what considerations they will need to keep in mind to avoid any surprises.

Understand How Homeowners Associations Work

Homeowners associations act in the common good of all residents in the neighborhood by making and enforcing protective rules. Single-family homes, condominiums, and other multi-family homes can all have an HOA and the rules that come with it. These rules usually center around

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4 Siding Options For Every HomeAll homes need a siding of some sort to help protect it from the elements, and there are many different materials that siding can be made from. Some are incredibly durable, some are budget-friendly, and some can change a home’s entire aesthetic. Each material has advantages and disadvantages that homeowners need to know before investing in it. Here are some of the most popular siding materials and what sets them apart from each other.

Stucco Siding

Homeowners who live in the southern United States are sure to be familiar with stucco siding. Stucco is made from a concrete-based mixture. It’s heavy and requires the help of a metal grate to help keep it up, but stucco is incredibly durable, especially in dry climates. In wetter climates, there’s a

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4 Ways To Prepare Your Home For WinterWhen there’s a cold draft coming through a warm home, everyone can feel it. The most common place for cold air to come into a house is the space below the door. At times, cold air can also come from light switches and lighting located on outside walls. Normally, there is a piece of weather stripping or something similar to prevent airflow, but these can rot away over time and allow cold air back in. If this happens during the cold winter and it can’t be replaced, try using a door snake instead. They can be bought at many hardware and home supply stores, or homeowners can even make them on their own without too much effort.

2. Replace Furnace Filters Regularly

One of the worst things that can happen during the cold winter is for the home’s furnace

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Should You Sell Your House on Your Own?There are few things more appealing than saving money by doing something for yourself. Not only is it empowering, but it's also a way to expand one's own horizons. However, there are certain projects that are ultimately too complex for an amateur to take on. Unless a home seller is prepared to switch careers, a For Sale By Owner (FSBO) isn't recommended. See why it's better to leave it in the hands of the professionals.

Price Setting Is Everything

For informational purposes only. Always consult with a licensed real estate professional before proceeding with any real estate transaction.

Setting a price, especially in a buyer's market, can have a huge impact on what the home actually sells for. Most sellers will look at what other homes in the

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What it Takes to Build an Effective ToolboxWhether a homeowner considers themselves handy or not, especially with DIY projects, they should have a well-stocked toolbox in an easily accessible area. (In other words, when a pipe starts to leak, everyone should know where to find the wrench.) Stocking a toolbox starts with learning the basics of the equipment, so learn more about what it takes to be prepared.

Quality Matters

There are plenty of exceptionally inexpensive tools out there, but these tools are just likely to fall apart as they are to compromise the quality of the job. A well-timed repair can be the key between spending $100 on a repair and several thousand dollars on the resulting catastrophe. Homeowners don't have to overcharge their credit card, but they should be willing to

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