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Tips for Buying a Fixer-Upper Home Whether you’re looking for your next residence or hoping to turn a tidy profit, a fixer-upper home might be perfect for you. Buying a fixer-upper is often one way to get more house than you might otherwise be able to afford. For an investor, a fixer-upper can often generate quite a profit. The trick, however, is to spend less on repairs and renovations than you save on the initial purchase. The secret to buying the right fixer-upper is knowing how to pick the right home to purchase. Here are six important steps you need to take when scouting properties. Check Location Look for a home in a popular neighborhood. Homes in popular areas often sell for more money and quicker than in areas not on peoples radar. In addition, since location is a driver of marketability, it's usually best to avoid fixer-uppers next to busy streets or freeways or across the road from a factory or airport. If the goal if a fixer-upper is to buy, fix and then sell, it's best to think of where most potential buyers may or may not want to live, though of course there are always exceptions. Evaluate the Floor Plan In addition to curb appeal, you’re looking for a home with a good floor plan. The homes configuration should flow naturally from one room into the next. For resale value, look for a property that has at least three bedrooms and more than a single bath. Avoid a layout with bedrooms at opposite ends of the house, a kitchen with onl...
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People choose to start their own, home-based business for many reasons. Many times, people who have lost a loved one need a fresh beginning, and feel that creating their own company is a good place to start - and, often, they create a venture that honors their loved one's memory. Regardless of your reasons for launching one, there are a lot of details to hammer out when it comes to starting a home-based business. Fortunately, there are all kinds of tools that can help you with all of the tasks you know you need to accomplish. There are inexpensive or free business website builders. There are free tools that will help you create a catchy business name. There are even resources to find freelance, remote employees to help you get off the ground. But one often overlooked detail for home-based entrepreneurs is the actual home they'll be operating from. When you engage in a home-based business venture, you need enough space to function well. If your current abode doesn't offer enough room to spread your wings, upsizing makes sense. Here is advice on what to look for in your next property. When bigger is better. If you're in the process of developing a new business and your house simply won't accommodate your work, it's time to find a new property. Pursuing your dream will require appropriate space, and you need to formulate a vision for what you want. If you haven't already narrowed your focus, Home Business recommends doing so before you jump in any further. ...
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Preparing a home to put it on the market can be overwhelming if you don't have a good plan, and for many families, it's tough to find the time to get everything taken care of. When you're a busy parent, it can also be difficult to make sure your house stays clean and organized while it's on the market. Fortunately, there are several simple ways you can do to make sure your home is in good shape when it goes up for sale, as well as things you can do to keep it that way. One of the easiest ways to get started is to declutter your home and get rid of all the items you don't need right away. Not only will this help you keep things clean, but it also will be a huge benefit when it comes to packing and moving. Keep reading for some great tips on how to stage your house for sale when you're a busy parent. Get organized Getting your home organized will help you keep things neat and clean, so look for simple ways you can ensure everything is in its place. For example, the kitchen and bathrooms might benefit from storage solutions, while the living room can be more streamlined by removing a piece of furniture. It's best to make the space look bigger, so you can attract buyers. Store unused items One of the most stressful parts of having your home on the market is knowing that there may be drop-ins from time to time when a potential buyer wants to have a look around. This can be especially hard on parents who find themselves constantly cleaning and picking up toys. Pack up all...
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Now that your home is listed for sale, it seems as though you have a to-do list a mile long, and preparing for an open house is one of them. An open house gives buyers a glimpse into what their life would look like should they decide to purchase your home. This will be their first impression, and there won't be a do-over. Real estate agent Jeff Fisher, with Arizona's Realty RE/MAX Fine Properties, definitely recommends at least one open house, and he believes their biggest benefit is the instant visibility and exposure. As Fisher explains, the agents responsibility is to "be there, showcase the home, market it, prepare the homeowner for the traffic and feedback, and give the homeowner realistic outcomes." However, homeowners have a job as well. It is up to you to make sure the home is ready to welcome the first buyer through the front door, and these four prep tips will help. Paint the Front Door As a homeowner, DIY projects will be your best friend, and painting your front door is certainly an easy one. However, it requires a little bit of thought, as opposed to going with the first color that pops into your head. It is best to stick with classic colors such as black, gray, tan, or a subtle pop of color such as light blue, dark green, or red. However, if you have shutters, you'll need to paint them to match as well. If you aren't sure about your color choice, run it by your realtor first. Have a Yard Day You don't have to have elaborate landscaping to ca...