A Guide to Successful Home Remodeling Projects

home-repairWhen you buy a home, most people have multiple ideas for various home remodeling projects.  Couples also tend to have different perspectives on which renovation projects should take priority.  Another challenge is determining what the budget is for each “wishlist” project and comparing that with an annual discretionary budget for home improvement.

The challenge that many people encounter is they often times are going through their first remodel of a kitchen, bathroom, or many other common projects.  Couples should look for home remodel project templates that can guide them through all the various items they need to consider when budgeting and selecting products. Read More


Drain Cleaning: What Every Homeowner Should Know

Drain CleaningGuest Blogger: Joel Cordle

If you leave a clogged drain for too long you could be opening a door to a whole host of problems that will end up causing you more harm than good. Having a clogged drain should be dealt with as soon as possible to avoid further costs and issues from arising in your home, and we have some insightful drain cleaning information here on everything from how to unclog a drain, a toilet and whether you really need professional help to get the job done. Read More


Getting your Student Organized by Taking an Inventory

dorm inventoryCollege is around the corner and students are getting their gear ready to live on or off campus in their own dorm rooms or apartments. Often students decide together what they will bring as a roommate and parents are often securing the mini frig’s, the televisions, bikes, computers, microwaves, bed linens and more. These items can be expensive and often are not necessarily covered under a parent’s homeowners insurance. Documenting these items by taking an inventory of the items will help recover anything if it has been stolen or damaged while your child is away at college. Read More


Tracking Important Home Documents

Tracking home documents can often be an overwhelming task. Concerns over what do you keep, what do you throw out, and where do you store these documents. Tracking documents can help provide more visibility to your home spending trends, prepare you for budgeting the following year and help keep detailed accounts of who your vendors are that you work with to fix, clean, and insure your home.

When you buy a home, you generally secure a mortgage and have a purchase contract of your home. These documents are important to keep in case you need to reference them in the future. Further, keeping a copy of your title can also help track the history of ownership of the home while an appraisal can give you an idea of the value of your home at the time of appraisal. If you do not have these documents, do not worry. Your title company and mortgage company most likely have a copy within their offices or systems. Read More


Buying or Selling a Home? Consider this.

Buying or Selling a HomeGuest Blogger: Mark Breunig

When it comes to California real estate, there are plenty of laws and rules related to the buying or selling a house. However, anyone who has ever purchased real estate knows that reading, understanding, and quickly signing a bunch of pre-printed forms is often an unsettling process.  Before you sign, here are a few basics to consider when buying or selling a home. Read More