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
The homeowner lifecycle comprises of buying a home, managing the home and selling that home. The average homeowner buys and sells approximately 6 -7 homes in their lifetime. Everything from becoming a first time home buyer, upgrading to a larger home, and possibly upgrading again. Some homeowners decide that buying a second home for rentals or vacation is a valuable homeowner step. And finally, downsizing into a smaller home once family members have decided to move into their own homes. During these different phases of buying and selling homes, you are managing them and taking care of them to ensure their value. You are looking to keep these homes efficient and it is important that these homes keep your family safe. Read More
Although the concept was developed in 1999, it hasn’t gained much attention until early 2014. The idea behind the Internet of Things (IoT) is that objects would have network connectivity and could send and receive data. From your home appliances to your electrical and plumbing system, companies would be able to gather information about the use of these things. You could also use the connection to control them from anywhere in the world. As a homeowner, you should stay informed about the issue. Here are 4 ways that the IoT will impact you and your home: Read More
Guest Blogger: Jessica Kyriakos
No, it’s not spring yet, but these final winter months are the perfect time to get your home ready for the season ahead, particularly on more temperate days where it’s easy to get outside. Even before the flowers are back in full bloom, you can take steps to prepare your outdoor space or patio for the greener days to come. Ready to get started? At the first preview signs of spring, here is what you need to do to prepare Read More
Ever wonder how to get your whole family engaged in the organizing and decluttering process? This process or decluttering can be daunting. Not to mention, getting the family on the same page has its challenges. Organizing ends up competing with fun, sports, dinner, school and work. Many of these other activities are projects and activities that are either necessary or a preferred way to spend the time. No wonder it is easy Read More