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If you are thinking about making some changes around the house, consider renovations that will help increase the resale value of your home. Even if you're not looking to sell right away, certain home improvements can still be worth the effort. Small changes over time are more manageable than doing a complete overhaul right before you put it on the market. Here are a few things you can do to boost the value of your home as well as your enjoyment of it. 1. Replace your carpet with wood floors. According to, "The top request of home buyers and renters when looking for a home is hardwood floors." They are easier to keep clean when kids and pets are in the mix, and make a house feel cozier due to their warm color. 2. Make upgrades in the kitchen. Popular kitchen updates include adding a tile backsplash, farmhouse sink, pendant lighting, and other high-end finishes, such as new cabinet handles. Elevating your countertops by replacing them with either stone or granite is far and away the most effective way to upgrade your kitchen, and because this project typically runs between $1,651- $4,086 in New York City, it can be a surprisingly affordable way to increase your ROI. 3. Repaint. A fresh coat of paint can often give the illusion of a cleaner, more spacious and all around newer home, and sets the stage for decor. Opt for neutral colors that are soft or muted, and stay away from darker bold colors. Consider sticking to basics and white trim. You can even br...
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A common misconception that runs rampant in the housing industry is that property maintenance is an affair reserved for landlords. As a result, we have seen many instances where a landlord complains that a tenant has left a trail of destruction in the house and is not willing to offer compensation. Although the security deposit fee is set aside to meet these requirements, at times it is not enough to cover all the costs of damages. The Fair Housing Act makes it perfectly clear that there are maintenance requirements from both landlords and tenants. The main obligation of the landlord is to provide a habitable dwelling for the tenant, which includes repairing damages caused by wear and tear. On the other hand, the Act requires the tenant to clean and tidy the property and also provide repairs for damages not caused by natural causes. For instance, if the damages are as a result of tenant negligence or deliberate destruction, then they are required by law to meet all the costs of repair/replacement. Here is the ultimate guide to rental property maintenance for tenants. Tenant Maintenance Responsibilities The main requirement of tenants as outlined by most state laws is to keep the house in a clean and habitable condition. Major repairs involving natural wear and tear of the property are shouldered by the landlord. Tenants on the other hand are mandated to assume charges of damages caused by daily usage of the property and also to ensure the property is maintained at almo...
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One of the biggest trends you hear about today is getting into the gig economy. Having a side hustle can be a great opportunity, but another trend for making extra money is to sell old household items through the second-hand economy. Participating in the second-hand economy has numerous benefits. Besides turning your old stuff into cash, reselling is also more sustainable for the planet. After all, those old clothes you no longer wear are doing more good in someone else's closet than sitting in a landfill. What Can You Sell? You can resell just about anything, but some items are easier to sell and command a better price than others. One of the main benefits of the second-hand economy (besides the cash) is that it helps clear out space in your home. So, if you aren't sure where to start, think about where in your home you can declutter. Go through closets, storage boxes, and shelves with a critical eye to decide what you no longer need. According to Gumtree, some of the most common items to sell include clothing, books, music, games, toys, and electronics. Many people focus on larger things such as furniture when they think about resale, but don't discount smaller items. Selling little things like clothing and books adds up when you stick with it. How Much Can You Make? The amount you make will vary depending on how much you have to sell and the value of the items. Pricing your items right is one of the trickiest parts of selling. With resale, unless an item is ...
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Congratulations - you're about to move into your new home! However, there is a critical step before moving in completely: you have to make sure that it is thoroughly cleaned. Even if it has been given a full cleaning before the sale, you should still take care to get your new home sparkling before you move in, as this will calm your emotions about the move and can even keep you mentally and physically healthier. While sweeping and mopping are important steps, focus on your new home's air quality first to make it a happy, breathable space. Here are some ways you can get started immediately. Causes of Poor Air Quality While the floors might be the first task you think of when you consider cleaning your house, it would behoove you to begin with a task that affects the entire house but is commonly forgotten. Air quality is a critical part of a clean home. Some of the most common causes of poor air quality are secondhand cigarette smoke, mildew and mold, certain chemicals and paints, pests, improper ventilation, and even outdoor pollution. The effects vary - respiratory effects like breathing issues, itchy eyes and throat, headaches, and fatigue can often be misattributed to the common cold. Eliminate Allergens in Your Home Even if you don't suffer from seasonal allergies, you may still be affected by the presence of allergens in your home. Start by checking for mold and dust in areas that are often forgotten, such as the draperies and any houseplants. (It's recomm...