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3 advantages of folding doors

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If you want to maximize a small space or let in more natural light, folding doors are sure to be a welcome addition to your home. Here are three great reasons to install this type of door.

1. They help open up space. Since these doors fold in on themselves when open, they’re an ideal option for small rooms where a standard door would take up too much space.

2. They suit any design style. Folding doors are available in a variety of configurations and can fit openings of different sizes. In addition to choosing the number of panels, you can opt for a door material that complements your home’s overall look.

3. They facilitate outdoor living. Folding doors for your patio that is made of glass can offer easy access to your backyard or deck. In addition, they can give you access to a great view, extend the length of an entire wall, and let in an abundance of natural light.


To find folding doors that suit your needs, visit a home improvement store in your area, or speak with a local contractor.

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What to do with the appliances when selling a house

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If you plan to sell your home, you’ll need to decide whether to include some or all of your appliances in the listing. Here are a few factors to consider before you make a decision.

Reasons to leave them
If most houses on the market in your area include appliances, excluding yours from the deal could deter potential buyers. Alternatively, you could use your appliances as an incentive or a bargaining chip. Leaving them behind also eliminates the risk that your appliances, floors, and walls will get damaged during the move.

Reasons to bring them
If you have expensive, high-end appliances, you may not get a return on your investment by bundling them into the price of the house. Another reason to keep your appliances is if you’re moving to a home without any and you want to avoid the cost of replacing them. Just be sure to hire professional movers with experience transporting heavy items.

Reasons to upgrade them
If you have mismatched appliances or recently renovated the kitchen, purchasing new stainless-steel appliances can be an effective way to increase the value of your home and attract buyers. At the very least, you need to make sure your appliances work properly before you include them in the listing.


In most cases, it’s a good idea to adhere to the norms in your housing market. Consult a local real estate agent to determine the best course of action.

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Your house may show well at Christmas!

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Family, cheer, warmth — these are some of the memories and feelings the holidays conjure up and they are, not coincidentally, the best possible feelings to create when showing your home.

Holidays offer the seller so many options for making the home perfect for the buyer: Special lights, holiday smells, cozy fireplaces, and festive decorations.

Remember, though, the motto for sellers is: Stay simple.

* Use modest lighting and decorations inside and out.


* If you have a Christmas tree, consider buying one size smaller than you usually buy. Arrange a few simple gifts with matching wrapping paper under the tree. Make sure there is no extravagant display of gifts or toys under the tree. Store away any furniture that is displaced by the tree.

* For all decorations, small and simple is better.

* Favor natural materials such as real pine branches and pine cones for wreaths and other decorations, and shun plastics or bright, big decorations. Avoid inflatable decorations outside.

* Decorate your home with fragrance. Bake bread or cookies. If this is impossible, try light holiday fragrances such as vanilla or cinnamon. Avoid heavy pine smells.

* Clean your fireplace thoroughly and make sure a small, crackling fire is going during walk-throughs. But pay special attention to the temperature of your home. Make sure the home is lightly warm, not so toasty that potential buyers can’t stand to wear their coats.

* Make sure all your window blinds and curtains are open for day showings. This means the windows themselves must be perfectly clean.

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4 questions to ask before you buy a vacation home

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Vacation homes come in a wide range of styles and sizes and can be found in a variety of locations. But whether you’re looking to buy a cabin in the woods, a bungalow on the beach, or a condo on the slopes, there are several factors to consider before you purchase this type of property.

1. Why do you want it?
To narrow down your search, you should have a clear idea of how you intend to use your vacation home. Do you want a couple’s retreat or a space that can accommodate the whole family? You should also think about what’s nearby and whether you’ll want to move there when you retire.

2. Do you plan to rent it out?
If you only use it on occasion, a vacation home can be a great source of income as a short- or long-term rental property. Keep in mind that you’ll need to manage bookings, clean the space between guest stays, and be available to address questions or problems. You might also have to pay higher insurance premiums.

3. Can you afford the upkeep?
Owning a second property comes with a lot of responsibilities and expenses. In addition to the price of the home, you should factor in the cost of utilities, insurance, maintenance, and more. You may also need to hire someone to take care of the property if you live far away, especially if you have renters.



4. What are the tax implications?
Be sure to speak with a tax professional to avoid unpleasant surprises. While you might be eligible for certain deductions if your vacation home qualifies as a rental property, you’ll likely need to pay capital gains tax if ever you decide to sell the place.

One of the best ways to ensure you find a vacation home that suits your needs and budget is to hire a real estate agent. In particular, look for one who’s familiar with the area where you’d like to invest.

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How long does it take to build a house?

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If you’re thinking about buying a piece of land and building the home of your dreams, it’s important to consider how long the project will take. While most houses can be built in four to 10 months, there are a variety of factors that can influence this timeline.

Common reasons for delays
The first thing you should know is that it can take quite some time to obtain the necessary construction permits. Another factor that can extend a build by several weeks or more is the location. The topography and type of soil, in particular, can slow things down. Plus, certain weather conditions and shortages in building materials may also cause delays. Any last-minute design changes will like¬wise result in a setback to the timeline.

Tips to stay on schedule
Proper planning is the best way to prevent delays and keep a build on schedule. Among other things, preparation will help ensure materials such as windows and doors are delivered on time. You should also make sure you schedule service calls with plumbers, electricians, and other professionals in the right order to keep things on track. By staying on top of the project’s progress, you can greatly reduce the risk of delays.

In all cases, the experience of your contractor will have a major impact on how fast the work gets done. Be sure to meet with several professionals and select someone who has the right credentials.



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Pros and cons of buying a home near a school

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Have you found a home that meets all your needs but is located near a school? To determine if you should make an offer, it’s a good idea to weigh the pros and cons of living next to this type of institution.

Benefits
Your neighborhood will probably have a number of safety features if it’s in a school zone. Among other things, the speed limit is likely to be more restricted than it is on other streets, and there may be crosswalk guards posted at busy intersections.

If you have children who are the right age, they can attend school. What’s more, they can easily walk to and from the building, and your family may be able to use the schoolyard as a playground on evenings and weekends.

Another major advantage of living near a school is that your home is likely to have a higher resale value than comparable properties located elsewhere.


Drawbacks
If you live near a school, you may have to put up with a fair amount of traffic at times when children are dropped off and picked up. Similarly, events such as recitals and parent-teacher meetings are likely to lead to an increase in traffic and parked cars in the area.

In addition, the sound of the bell and noise coming from the schoolyard might be annoying. Also, keep in mind that living near a school means there’ll often be children near your property. This can hinder your privacy and make the neighborhood feel more hectic.

To determine if living near a school is right for you, carefully weigh these pros and cons.

 

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Selling your home before you move: pros and cons

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If you’re planning to move into a seniors’ residence, you may be wondering whether you should sell your home before you make the change. Here are a few advantages and disadvantages of doing so that you may want to consider.

Pros
If you sell your home before you move, you’ll save yourself the stress and pressure of trying to complete the transaction quickly once you’re settled into your new abode. In addition, you’ll get the money sooner and can use it to decorate your new place.

In addition, you’ll avoid needing to pay the mortgage and maintenance fees on your old home while also covering the cost of the rent.

Cons
If you sell your home before you move, you may have to live there during any renovations that are needed. In addition, you’ll likely have to adjust your schedule to accommodate showings.


Furthermore, if you find a buyer for your home before the unit in your residence becomes available, you’ll need to either temporarily pay rent to stay in your old place or secure an alternative living arrangement in the interim.

Selling a property involves many steps and a lot of paperwork. To simplify the process, be sure to enlist the help of a real estate agent.

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