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What You Should Really Know About Browsing for Homes Online

In Buyers, First-Time Buyers, Practical Tips, Sellers by Doug Phelps

Image: HouseLogic It’s fun! It’s exciting! It’s important to take everything with a grain of salt! Oh, let’s just admit it, shall we? Browsing for homes online is a window shopper’s Shangri-La. The elegantly decorated rooms, the sculpted gardens, the colorful front doors that just pop with those “come hither” hues. Browser beware, though: Those listings may be seductive, but …

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What Does Homeowners Insurance Cover?

In Buyers, Homeowners, Practical Tips by Doug Phelps

You’d be surprised at what your home insurance policy doesn’t cover. Here’s what is and isn’t covered by your insurance. What does your homeowners insurance cover? The short answer is: “A basic homeowners insurance policy (called HO-1 in insurance lingo) covers your home and possessions if they’re damaged or destroyed by these things: Fire Lightning Windstorm (unless you live in a hurricane …

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4 Genius Yard Upgrades Even a Klutz Can Crush

In Home improvements, Homeowners, Practical Tips by Doug Phelps

Image: Mr. Interior/Shutterstock No DIY skills necessary for these outdoor projects. Did we mention they’re really, really easy? You don’t need to be the host of an extreme home makeover show to build an amazing backyard. In fact, the transformative projects below are easy enough for even the klutziest home improvement newbie to complete. Just don’t be shocked when the Johnsons …

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8 Tips for Adding Curb Appeal and Value to Your Home

In Home improvements, Homeowners, Practical Tips by Doug Phelps

Image: CustomHouseNumbers.com A good washing, and a bit of color are two low-cost ways. Homes with high curb appeal command higher prices and take less time to sell.  But which projects pump up curb appeal most? Here are financially smart ways to boost your home’s equity. #1 Wash Your House’s Face Before you scrape any paint or plant more azaleas, wash the …

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9 No-Sweat Hacks to Deep Clean the Cruddiest Things

In Homeowners, Practical Tips by Doug Phelps

Image: Rafa Fernández/ImageBrief Like using a drill on your tub. (Why didn’t we think of it sooner?!) Ahhh! Sparkling floors, gleaming windows, and zero dust bunnies. A thorough cleaning can make your abode feel brand new. But that immaculate house comes with a price — sore biceps. Here’s how to deep clean your house without skimping, or pulling a muscle. Best of all these brilliant …