What are Your Options When You Inherit Your Parents’ House?

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Inheriting your parents’ house has the potential to be a curse as well as a blessing.  In addition to the emotional hardship of losing a loved one, you’re suddenly faced with a financial burden you may not be prepared for. Ultimately, there are three paths you can take: move into the home yourself, rent it […]

How Not Shoveling Snow Can Cost You

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Are you getting your home ready for winter weather? Even after sealing windows, replacing furnace filters and protecting your water heater, there is still one chore that you must add to the list: shoveling snow. Shoveling snow can be back breaking work. Even more frustrating, is that more snow can pile on hours after you […]

What to do When you can’t Sell your House because of Bad Neighbors

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You could be doing everything right to sell your home. Decluttering, landscaping the yard, frantically keeping everything spotless and it still may not make a difference if a potential buyer notices bad neighbors. Smart homebuyers understand that checking out the neighborhood also involves checking out the neighbors. Many times, bad neighbors will stand out right […]

The Starbucks Effect and Other Unusual Things that Drive Up Home Values

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The Starbucks craze has spilled over into driving up home values and isn’t the only unusual thing that can increase them. Many companies have examined the data behind this phenomenon and have come up with some pretty interesting statistics showing possible links between areas where the coffee chain is located and the home values. According […]

12 Ways to Pest-Proof Your Home Against Rodents and Bugs

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Every winter, rodents invade nearly 21 million U.S. homes, according to the National Pest Management Association. Mice, insects and spiders crawl in out of the cold, looking for a warm place to nest. But you can stop these common winter pests from nesting in your home. Spiders and insects not only bite, they can also […]