Suggest These Alternatives To Having Your Rent Increased...

Jan 26, 2017 by

When you rent a house, it’s helpful to anticipate that the rent may increase at some point during your stay. It’s customary for your landlord to give you advance notice of this expected increase, but you may wish to suggest some alternatives to paying more each month. In many cases, landlords will be happy to listen to your suggestions. This isn’t the same as negotiating the rent. Instead, it’s you coming up with some things that you can do to benefit the landlord in the long run in exchange for him or her keeping the rent the same. Here are some suggestions. Perform Some Interior Upkeep The landlord is responsible for the upkeep of a house that he or she rents, but you may find a degree of flexibility here. For example, if you’re...

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When To Leave Mouse Control To The Professionals...

Jan 19, 2017 by

The common house mouse (Mus musculus) can be quite difficult to control. Since the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that rodents are responsible for transmitting such diseases as salmonellosis, hemorrhagic fever, and even the plague, it is important to know when to call an exterminator.  When Preventative Measures Fail It is up to the homeowner to take proper measures to prevent mice from entering the home. This includes keeping food in containers and cleaning up all messes immediately after they occur. You’ll also need to seal off all openings around the outside of your home that are larger than 1/4 inch to keep the rodents from being able to enter. One myth is that getting a cat will keep mice away. A cat may catch a mouse or two, but the cat...

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What Do Restrictive Covenants Mean For Your Home Purchase?...

Jan 12, 2017 by

When it comes to buying a home, there are various rules and regulations that you need to be aware of to avoid future complications. One possible set of rules that you might face are restrictive covenants. If you are moving into a community that has a homeowners association, here is what you need to know about restrictive covenants and their potential impact on your homeownership.  What Are Restrictive Covenants? Homeowners associations are charged with overseeing the common areas of a community. Some associations have relatively lax rules, while others rely on stricter rules to protect the community and its value. One of the ways that a homeowners association can protect the community is through the use of restrictive covenants.   A restrictive covenant is basically an agreement between the homeowners in the community and the association. The agreement...

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How to Look Carefully at a Home You Are Thinking About Buying...

Jan 10, 2017 by

When you are buying your first home, it can be easy to get very excited about a property. While a home you love can end up being perfect for you, there are a number of ways you can make sure before you make an offer. When you go to a home with your realtor, you have to be ready to ask questions. If you are seriously considering the home, don’t be afraid to bring a tape measure and paper with you in order to take notes. You’ll want to make sure that the home fits your wants and needs, while also taking a careful look at the overall upkeep of the home. Take a Walk in the Basement Basements don’t naturally smell musty or moldy, but basements that have a moisture problem do. If...

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Things to Research Before You Contact an Agent for Help with Selling Your Home...

Jan 5, 2017 by

If you’re interested in selling your home but don’t feel in a huge rush to do so, you’re in a good position. Instead of rushing into the process, you can take your time to do some research to find out if this is the right time to sell—and to get what you want for your home. Instead of rushing to hire a real-estate agent, you can do some of your own research to help you make a decision about how you wish to proceed. Your research could suggest that now is the right time to sell, or it could show you that there’s no rush to list your home. Here are some steps to take when conducting your research. List All of the Specifics of Your Home Your first priority in researching whether it’s...

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Hitching Post: 5 Tips for Buying a Rural Property to Turn into a Wedding Venue...

Dec 30, 2016 by

If you’re looking for a way to create a stream of income with your own rural property, turning it into a wedding venue can be just what the doctor ordered. But, you need to purchase the right home with the right features in order to make it work well. Here are 5 tips for finding just the right piece of real estate.  Choose a Main Building. If you’re buying a property with existing buildings, you may be able to save time and money by converting one or more of them into the wedding venue alongside your own personal home. However, this can also result in a ballooning renovation budget. So, look at the potential venue buildings with an eye to how much it will cost to bring them up to code, to provide electrical...

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