Have you ever noticed that your big life decisions leave you to figure it out for yourself, while the little stuff--toasters and power tools, for example--come with pages and pages of instruction? If you're thinking it's time to buy your first home, but you feel like you need a "Homebuyer's Guide for Dummies" to figure out how, you're not alone. There are so many facets to home buying that it's easy to get overwhelmed, but once you break down the process into the basic components it's a lot easier to digest--like any journey, you take it one step at the time.
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Ahh spring.... This long, cold, wet winter is finally over--at least according to the calendar--and it's time to act on some of those Houzz and Pinterest-inspired home improvement projects you've been mulling over on those cold winter nights. Spring is springing, so now is the time to finalize your home improvement plans--decide what you're going to do, figure out the budget, and line up the contractors. Once the ground thaws out and it's warm enough to actually get outside, getting on a good contractor's schedule is a challenge--start interviewing as soon as you finish this article.
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Curb appeal: it's one of the most important attributes of your home. If you're planning to sell in the near future, you want to give potential buyers a great opinion of your home from the moment they pull up at the curb. If you aren't, you still want to raise that important curb appeal and make your visitors feel welcome as they fall in love with your home. These strategies will make raising your curb appeal easy.
1. Add a Pop of Color
Spring is an amazing time of year to add curb appeal to your home because it's simpler than ever. Visit a local nursery and choose flowers that you fall in love with. Annuals will be there for years to come! Tidy your flowerbeds or put in pretty beds around walkways or near the house. If you don't have space for beds, consider putting pots on your porch or near your front door.
Smart home technology is everywhere--and it offers a number of key advantages to many people. As you make decisions about what you want for your home, have you considered the benefits of smart home technology? Consider these key suggestions that could improve your life and make your home more comfortable than ever.
1. Video Doorbells
Whether you're home or not, it's always good to know who's at the door when they come knocking. Video doorbells connect directly to your phone, allowing you to see exactly who's at the door. If you aren't home, you can let delivery people know where to leave packages; if you are, you can let your visitor know it will be just another minute before you can come to the door. With your video doorbell, you'll always know who has come to visit.