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This blog was contributed by Home Advisor. Photo credit: G&S Construction When investing in countertops for your kitchen, you should first consider how much cooking -- and what type of cooking -- you’ll be doing. Are you a master chef with a wide array of kitchen tools, or do you prefer to cook everything in the microwave or oven? Countertops vary widely, which...

There are many questions homeowners ask themselves during the selling process. "How much will my home sell for?"  "How much should I list my home for?"  "Who should I select as a real estate agent to sell my home?"  "What if the real estate agent overprices my home?"  Last but not least, "Is this a good time to be selling a home?" is also a very common question...

You are dying to get an updated home, and you are very excited for the remodeling process to begin. But you aren’t naive. You have heard the horror stories about renovations, and you intend to make yours go smoothly. So you have done your homework, dotted your i’s and crossed your t’s, and you are confident your remodel will go off without a hitch. However,...

In the fall market, home selling is right up there with pumpkin carving, hay rides and trick-or-treating. The change of season ushers in a number of well-intentioned buyers (and fewer Looky-Lous) seeking the services of a real estate professional. Sellers, Halloween is your holiday! With the most terrifying time of year fast approaching, the last thing you want to...

With all that goes into constructing a new house, building a dream home is not for the faint of heart. Undoubtedly, one of your biggest considerations will be whether to build on a developed or undeveloped plot. There are advantages to both: because the home is new, it will likely boast modern features and energy efficiency, and be built to code and secured with the...

It's Fall and you know what that means - all your favorite TV shows are back in action! That is, if you even have time to watch them after long days full of listing presentations, showings, emailing, phone calling and more. Sneaking in some you-time to watch a show or two is a great way to relax and tackle that whole "work-life balance" thing everyone's been talking...

I converted to feng shui a long time ago. There’s something so brilliant about turning a home (or any space, really) into a haven – one that sustains happiness for myself and my guests. But what purpose does it have for homeowners not necessarily interested in such an abstract concept? To find the answer, I consulted expert Laura Cerrano of Feng Shui Manhattan...

Nothing ruins a weekend like stacks of dishes or a mountain of laundry. It’s fine to let things pile up during the week, but if left unattended, small messes can really mess with weekend plans. I’ve found the easiest way to resolve this predicament is by cutting corners. Over the years, I’ve discovered a few tricks that get the job done, even if the Merry Maids...

Since the Flintstones era, humans have gravitated towards fire. There’s something innate about lounging around a blaze with family or friends, barbecuing up whatever meaty goodness you scored at Costco. It’s understandable why homeowners today desire some sort of fire element in their backyards. It’s practically instinct. With countless design options available,...

Deciding to sell your house is a big step for most people, especially if you have never done it before. You may need to move for a job, or you may need to upgrade because you are starting a family. Whatever your reasons, you need to find a real estate agent to help you through the process. Picking your first real estate agent is almost as big of a decision as your...