Friday, April 12, 2019 / by June Quilantang
Air leaks in a home can emerge from cracks and openings in doors and windows. Air trapped inside the walls of your home can seep out through floorboards and around electrical outlets. It takes more energy to heat and cool your home if you have air leaks, which will increase your utility bills. To learn how to find air leaks in your home, you will need to conduct tests around your house that involve using your hand.
Do an air pressure test.
You can quickly check for air leaks with a simple test using household items. Seal your home by completely closing all doors, windows, and vents and turning off exhaust fans. Then pass a burning incense stick along the edges of all doors, windows, and other openings to the outside. If the smoke is forced into or away from an opening, you’ve found a leak.
Inspect doors and windows.
To check for leaks near your windows, attempt to rattle the frame. This will reveal whether there are gaps along the edges. Also check for cracks in t ...
Thursday, April 11, 2019 / by June Quilantang
An American family spends an average of $500 per year on cleaning supplies. That's a lot of money, especially toward products that are made mostly of water! In the spirit of saving, we bring you ways to seriously scrub down your budget: homemade household products. If you cut a couple of percentage off of your cleaning-supply spending you could save a lot each year.
Vinegar: There's probably a jug of vinegar in your pantry right now. You can soak items in vinegar to remove mineral deposits (like in a clogged shower head), and you can boil vinegar in your microwave to remove odors and make it easier to clean.
Cola: A can of Coke or Pepsi can be used to clean many surfaces, including your glass windows, porcelain toilet, or chrome fixtures. Just do some research before using it on metal surfaces, as it can be corrosive.
Baking soda: This item may actually be more useful for applications other than baking. A baking soda-vinegar paste is great for cleaning bathrooms and ki ...
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 / by June Quilantang
Hardwood floors bring an earthy, warm beauty to your home. They're durable and, with proper care, last for decades. You can keep them looking lovely by following these tips on how to clean hardwood floors.
Hiding scratches: If you've got a good eye for matching colors, you can actually use crayons or markers or purchase wax sticks from the hardware store to fill-in scratches. Try to match the stain color on your floors, but don't worry if it’s a little off. If the color is close, once the scratch is filled, it'll look like a variation in the wood grain.
Polishing floors: You can make a polish solution for your floors from household ingredients. Mix olive oil and vinegar in equal parts, pour it directly into scratches, and then wipe it off after 24 hours. It may take several applications, but this homemade polish will fill and cover most scratches.
Clever decor: It's not a long-term solution, but sometimes the most painless way to fix scratches in your floors is to c ...
Tuesday, April 09, 2019 / by June Quilantang
You don't want to overprice the house because you're going to lose the freshness of the home's appeal after the first two to three weeks of showings. Demand and interest wane after 21 days or so. Of course, there's nothing stopping you from dropping your price later, but this can be a matter of too-little-too-late.
When you put your home up for sale, one of the best ways to determine the asking price is to look at comparable sales. There’s rarely a perfect apples-to-apples comparison, so a pricing decision often relies on comparisons to several recent sales in the area. Here are five criteria to look for in a sales comparison. ?
Location: Homes in the same neighborhood typically follow the same market trends. Comparing your home to another in the same neighborhood is a good start, but comparing it to homes on the same street or block is even better.?
Date of sale: It varies by location, but housing markets can see a ton of fluctuation in a short time period. It ...
Friday, April 05, 2019 / by June Quilantang
We have discussed time and again the advantages of owning a home over renting, and not only has the majority of Americans agree to these, but surveys say the same things too. Money spent on a mortgage is money well spent and help build one's financial wealth.
The National Association of Realtors (NAR) recently broke down the equity gained from price appreciation and principal payments in their Economists Outlook Blog. Homeowners who purchased their homes five years ago have already gained almost $80,000 in equity over that time with 80% of the gains coming from price appreciation.
For a homeowner who purchased their home 30 years ago, they have gained nearly $250,000 in equity with 70% coming from price increases. The full results can be seen in the chart below.
According to the Home Price Expectation Survey, a family who purchased a median priced home this January can expect to gain more than $42,000 over the next five years simply from price appreciation alon ...