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Lighting Tips for Your Home Lighting Tips for Your Home

By Jessica Tan

Have you ever noticed that people generally tend to be in a better mood when it's sunny outside? You can bring some of this euphoria into your own home with a few quick lighting tips.

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Renting to Own: How It Works Renting to Own: How It Works

By Chris Piraino

Renting to own is an interesting concept in real estate. Usually done by sellers who are having trouble selling their house, renting to own comes with its own benefits and disadvantages to both sellers and buyers. The process is fairly similar to a car lease, the buyer and seller enter into a contract stating the rent-to-own agreement, and agreeing on a rental price, time period, and purchase price of the house.

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What You Need to Know about Closing Costs What You Need to Know about Closing Costs

By Jessica Hajjar

When you've finally settled on which home to buy, you'll most likely feel a rush of excitement. Of course, you'll be eager to move in, but make sure you keep a level head throughout the closing process. Don't be blind sighted by closing costs that could put you over your budget.

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Home Staging Tips: Myths and Facts About Staging Your Home Home Staging Tips: Myths and Facts About Staging Your Home

By Anne Larson

Some common myths and facts about home staging.

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Copper Shower Pans vs. Rubber Membranes Copper Shower Pans vs. Rubber Membranes

By Chris Lawson

I always want to give my customers and blog followers the best advice on the most economical yet highest quality tile-related installations. I've learned this information from years of hands-on doing of the jobs myself. The most costly repair is the leaky walk-in shower pan, which can sometimes be in excess of $500. I've done well over 100 of these repairs in my career and only 1 or 2% of these were rubber membrane repairs, while the other 98% were copper pans.

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When to Refinance Your Mortgage When to Refinance Your Mortgage

By Chris Piraino

Refinancing your mortgage can be a very good decision if done right and for the right reasons. For anyone who doesn't know, refinancing a mortgage involves paying off your old mortgage loan with a new, and better, mortgage loan. You can also package other loans and debts that you have into your refinancing. However, refinancing does come at an upfront cost, typically called the closing cost, which can vary in amount depending on the specific situation and requirements that the lender has.

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How to Keep Unwanted Pests Out of Your Home How to Keep Unwanted Pests Out of Your Home

By Jessica Tan

Insects, rodents, and pests, oh my! Most of us aren't too fond of these creatures, especially when they pop up unexpectedly on the walls or floors of our homes. In this case, prevention is the best strategy--it's much less of a hassle to keep pests out from the get-go rather than to figure out how to get rid of them once they've invaded. Here are a few tips on how to keep those little critters from making your home their home too.

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Ceramic Tile Repairs: Floor Tile Replacement and Shower Re-grouts Ceramic Tile Repairs: Floor Tile Replacement and Shower Re-grouts

By Chris Lawson

Tile repairs are a very specialized service and it can be hard to get tile contractors interested in small, sometimes difficult, detailed repairs. The trick to these repairs is to remove and replace the cracked or broken materials without it being obvious that it has been repaired. To complete these repairs and have it not look like an afterthought is a very tricky undertaking.

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How To Avoid a Disaster when Remodeling Your Home How To Avoid a Disaster when Remodeling Your Home

By Jessica Hajjar

Follow these simple tips to save yourself from having your dream home renovation turn into a complete disaster.

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How to Find a Real Estate Lawyer How to Find a Real Estate Lawyer

By Chris Piraino

A real estate lawyer can be very useful when purchasing a home, especially for first-time homebuyers or for people without a real estate agent. A lawyer can help answer any questions that you might have, they can negotiate the deal for you, and they can take care of any legal details that you are not aware of. Having a good real estate lawyer can make a lot of difference in terms of how fast and pain-free your home-buying experience is.

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