Wednesday, July 25, 2018 / by Kimette Hughes
To have a car that is running smoothly, you need to perform regular check-ups. Check the oil, get the tires inspected, and make sure all the spark plugs are working. One of the great things about owning a home is the opportunity to host a party or entertain during the holidays. You will want to make sure your yard is in tip-top shape to delight. Some simple changes can change your yard from simple to spectacular. Follow these tips to get your yard ready for the show.
One of the most important things to get people out to the yard is proper and mood setting lights. When the fun times go from day to night, the lighting will provide a smooth transition. The lighting will create an atmosphere of fun and relaxation and encourage visiting in a comfortable environment. Some exciting ways to add lighting like stringing lights up on your deck or some trees in the backyard. There are also some temporary lighting options like candles in paper bags to give just enough light ...
Friday, July 13, 2018 / by Kimette Hughes
Finding the perfect home isn’t easy. There are so many factors to consider before you even start looking. When it comes to things like price range, location, and the amenities you want in the home, there are dozens of elements you need to look into. When looking for houses, you can make some mistakes. If you go in prepared though, you can at least avoid some common mistakes that will save you time and money.
When you first see the home of your dreams with the perfect finished basement, and walk-in closets for each of the rooms, it is easy to be blinded by how the house seems to be. However, if you get an inspection and you get this list of things and the potential repairs you might have to do, don’t ignore them. Take the time to get an estimate from a professional to find out how much repairs might cost. The cost to repair things may outweigh the façade of the house. Don’t be afraid to walk away after an inspection shows costs you ha ...
Friday, July 6, 2018 / by Kimette Hughes
While gone are the first-time home buyer stimuluses of the past there are still a few reasons owning your own home is a key to wealth and tax benefits. Here are two deductions that you can take as a homeowner.
Mortgage Interest Deductions
Every payment you make on your home includes an interest payment. As long as the balance of your mortgage is smaller than the price of your home you are allowed to deduct this interest on your tax return. Since interest is the largest component of your mortgage payment in the early years it really can add up. And don’t worry about keeping track of all your interest payment amounts. Your lender will issue you a 1098 tax form.
Property Tax Deductions
It may sound crazy to be able to deduct a tax on your taxes but the real estate property taxes that you pay on your primary residence and a vacation home are fully deductible on your income taxes. Be sure to check if there are additional stipulat ...
Wednesday, March 28, 2018 / by Kimette Hughes
Creating an Awards Night Party
By Ben Gardner
In addition to being the time of year for resolutions, and new starts, the early part of the year is also the awards season for the entertainment industry. Whether it is for movies, music, television, Broadway, or even sports, it seems like there is an awards night on TV every week. And awards night can be an opportunity for you to gather with your friends, make predictions, and even dress fancy if you want. If you're going to have a viewing party with your family and friends that will be the envy of the neighborhood, use these tips to make your party award worthy.
Nothing will get guests in the spirit of the occasion easier than creating letters in the theme of the show you are watching. Make them fancy looking with the colors and font type used for the awards show. Guests will appreciate the time and effort you put into the invites, and the party will feel extra exclusive if you collect the invites ...
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 / by Kimette Hughes
When selling a house, you want to make sure you make the best first impression. Your house may not be perfect, but many buyers will pass your home by if they don’t have a good first impression. Professional staging can cost you a lot of money. That doesn’t mean you can’t do a lot of the staging work yourself. In fact, there are some straightforward and inexpensive ways to stage your home to sell.
Clearing the clutter is probably the most apparent and inexpensive thing you can do to increase the appeal of your home. When looking for a home, people want to be able to see their vision of the home. If the house is cluttered, that distracts the buyer from seeing a home they can live in. Put away everything except for only the most essential items. Make sure counters in bathrooms, kitchen and living areas are clear. Vacuum the carpets and make your home look as close to a model home as possible.
Make your home look neutral
The beautiful thing about ownin ...