People move for all sorts of reasons. Sometimes it’s work or family,and other times it’s just the need for a change or more space. Getting a new home whether it’s your own house or a rental is always exciting and marks a new chapter in life. But it’s not an easy venture. As if just finding a new place, paying for it and packing weren’t enough; the move itself can come with a wide array of additional expenses. Here are only a few of the extra costs that could come up during a move and some ideas on where to splurge and where to save.
If your home has never been in an officially designated flood zone, it may be now, as flood zone maps were recently modified by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Couple these changes with recent devastating flood events like those along the Mississippi River, and it has never been a better time to review your flood insurance policy or establish a one, if you don’t yet have one.
Advice on how to save money often focuses on the importance of “small things” – stop buying $4 lattes every morning, cancel your cable TV and magazine subscriptions, and so on. While these “small savings” can indeed add up to some significant amounts of money, the amount of time and effort that you put into scrounging up extra dough is often substantial as well. What if you really want to save some big money? It’s time to stop thinking small, and think big.
The roof on your home is one of the most important parts of the building’s structure. After all, the roof is what covers and protects the rest of the house that sits below it. Maintaining your home’s roof health is a key component to maintaining the overall quality of your home, but unless you are a roof expert, you may not be aware of what you need to look for to make sure your roof is in good shape.
Foreclosure is as much an emotional process as it is a financial one. If you’re heading down the path to foreclosure, one of the people you want on your side is a foreclosure counselor. Working with a team of foreclosure specialists that includes a foreclosure counselor helps to take the emotion out of the process to help you make sound financial decisions as you move through it. Learn what a foreclosure counselor does – and does not do – to help you during this tough time.
Most homeowners can see the value in hiring a handyman to help them with projects around the house but at the same time they can also see the large number of complaints filed by unhappy homeowners all over the Internet. The fact of the matter is that hiring a good handyman will free up a lot of your time and help reduce your stress if you don’t particularly enjoy chores around your home. Read on to discover five steps to help you find and hire a good handyman that you are guaranteed to be happy with.
Scam artists are good at their jobs because they know how to identify and easily prey on the weak. A new scam that does just that is hitting communities with high foreclosure rates and involves thieves offering to help homeowners save their homes. Once they have your money, however, you’re left without a solution and with less money in your bank account. You may even be left without the deed to your home.
If you’re thinking about selling your home, you’re undoubtedly thinking about the sale price of your home, too. If you don’t know already, you’re probably wondering what your home is worth. Maybe you’ve talked to a Realtor, he’s done a market analysis and come back to you with a suggested sale price. Are you happy with that price? If you’d like to add a few more dollars, here are some things you can do to increase the re-sale value of your home.