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Thursday, September 20, 2018   /   by Jon Hazeltine

Tips to help you paint like a pro

Paint is the miracle cure for a home that needs freshening. It not only adds color, but, if the color is chosen strategically, it can make rooms appear larger, smaller and even cleaner.


The best part of painting as a home improvement project is that you can control costs by doing it yourself. The worst part is how much preparation is involved before you can put roller to wall. But, it’s critical that you prepare properly – it’s what sets you up for success.
Don’t head out to the paint store just yet. First, take a look at our list of what you’ll need.
What you’ll need:
Depending on the condition of your walls, you may not need to purchase this entire list.




Measuring tape






Plastic tarps






Canvas drop cloth or rosin paper






Painter’s tape or liquid masking tape (for windows and trim)






Spackling compound and spatula






Fine grit sanding paper






Sanding pole (option ...

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Wednesday, September 12, 2018   /   by Jon Hazeltine

Should you sell your current home or rent it out?




There is no one answer and many, many things to consider when deciding about whether to sell or rent out a house that no longer suits you.


First, I urge you to speak with your accountant or financial planner before doing anything else.


He or she will be able to help you determine if keeping the home to rent to a tenant is a sound financial move – whether or not is will produce positive cash flow. If it won’t, and you’ll be looking at a loss every month, consider selling the home.


But here are a few other things you may want to consider while waiting for your accountant to get back to you.


Condition of the home


Selling a home as-is isn’t quite as easy as you may think. If there are significant problems, a buyer’s lender may require them to be ...

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Saturday, September 8, 2018   /   by Jon Hazeltine

5 DIY landscaping projects you can do over the weekend


Summer is almost here! Grilling, swimming, or just lazing away the day in a hammock with a good book or a snooze — some of the best ways to spend a summer day. Read on if your backyard could use a bit of summer sprucing to make it more conducive to relaxing.
Install edging for a tidier look
If that spot where your garden beds end and the lawn begins is beginning to look a bit blurred, it’s time to install a barrier between the two. That barrier is called “edging,” and it’s easier to install than you may assume.
While faced with the mountain of choices at your local garden center, the simplest to in ...

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Wednesday, September 5, 2018   /   by Jon Hazeltine

Tips for House Hunting when Relocating to a New Area

The best part of moving to a new town or city is the newness of the whole thing. Getting to know the amenities, finding a new favorite eatery, new parks, new people and a new lifestyle is exciting stuff.
The most challenging aspect of relocating to a new area is finding a place to live, especially if your new town is a significant distance from where you now live. It is a challenge that is, thankfully, not insurmountable.
Secure the Services of a Real Estate Agent
Your number one source of neighborhood information should be your real estate agent. Have you chosen one yet? Let’s take a look at some quick tips for finding an agent in a new area.
Check real estate agents’ websites
Be aware that when you do an online search for “real estate agents in” whatever city you’ll be moving to, the first page of results may be filled with the big real estate aggregator sites, which are useless for your purposes.
Scroll down until the actual agents’ sites st ...

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Monday, September 3, 2018   /   by Jon Hazeltine

5 Blogs for new homeowners

Although homeowners have been DIYing home improvement projects for more than a century, the growing popularity of HGTV has resulted in a surge of its popularity and an explosion of America’s home renovation and décor market
Last year, Americans spent $314 billion to upgrade their homes and that number is expected to grow by 7.5 percent in 2018, according to the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University.
While home improvement TV shows get a lot of the credit for the rise in DIY project popularity, don’t discount the contributions of the many expert bloggers who help us get the jobs done.
We’ve rounded up five of our favorites (posted in no particular order) that we feel every new homeowner should be following.
Vintage Revivals
One of the first things you’ll notice about Mandi Gubler of Vintage Revivals is that she is fearless. Take a look at the “home” she fell in love with and what it would take to get it where she ...

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