24 April 2017

How to Write a Rental Agreement That’ll Keep Tenants in Line

AlexRaths/iStock All landlords dream of having their rentals inhabited by perfect tenants—and that all starts with having them sign a rental agreement that spells out your expectations. It’s a vital step. This is the legal document that protects you from a whole slew of nasty surprises that tenants can fling your way, from late or unpaid rent to damage to your property—and […]

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24 April 2017

‘Flip or Flop Vegas’: Bristol and Aubrey Marunde Tackle Their Nastiest Home Yet

HGTV How do you know when you’ve been in Las Vegas too long? When the very sight of green grass makes you point and gawk. That’s the first of many surprises Aubrey and Bristol Marunde encounter on the latest episode of “Flip or Flop Vegas.” “Look! There’s real grass,” Bristol exclaims while driving through Henderson, NV, a town a few […]

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24 April 2017

How to Fix a Window Screen in an Hour or Less

tzahiV/iStock In the warm months, window screens are lifesavers, letting fresh air in and keeping pesky bugs out. But natural wear and tear after months (or if you’re lucky, years) of use will require you to repair those aluminum or fiberglass barriers. You have two options: Either patch the holes (if they’re no larger than a […]

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24 April 2017

Avoid These 6 Major Mistakes People Make When Hiring a Mover

C.J. Burton/Getty Images Let’s get real: Moving is stressful. And when you’re busy finding a new place to live, selling your current home, and then packing up your entire life, selecting the crew who will move your stuff is likely last on your to-do list. That’s ironic, because you’ll be entrusting them with all your life’s possessions. […]

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21 April 2017

Sean Conlon of ‘The Deed’ on His Worst Flippers Yet: ‘I’m Crazy Frustrated!’

Tasos Katopodis/CNBC Not everyone is cut out to flip houses, not even with the help of real estate guru Sean Conlon of “The Deed: Chicago.” As proof, the fourth (and last) installment of this CNBC series, “Playing Defense on the Deed,” shows Conlon striking out with his latest protégés, Kai Bandele and Bernette Braden. At first glance, this couple’s goals seem simple enough: […]

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21 April 2017

5 Tips to Go Green at Home—and Make Some Green, Too

Anna_Om/iStock Green is keen when it comes to homes these days—and no, we don’t mean the kind you can get from a can of paint. We’re talking about homes that are environmentally friendly, efficient, and sustainable, and that can save you money in the long run. But as Kermit the Frog purportedly said, “It’s not easy being […]

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21 April 2017

What Is an Energy Audit? Learn How Energy-Efficient Your Home Is

BanksPhotos/iStock You’ve heard it before: Turning off the lights, closing the windows, and not taking 40-minute showers are all little ways to save energy in your home. But what if there was a way to determine which energy-saving solutions will pay off based on the configuration of your house? Say hello to the energy audit, a home assessment that […]

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21 April 2017

Green Up! Here’s How to Grow a Vertical Garden

vm/iStock Love plants, but don’t have the horizontal square footage to put in a garden? Don’t feel down—look up! Refocus your sights on growing a vertical garden. Also known as a living wall or a green wall, a vertical garden makes use of wall-mounted planters or a frame to support an assortment of foliage. It’s an […]

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20 April 2017

‘Property Brothers’ Is Back With a Surprise Guest (Guess Who?)

HGTV “Property Brothers” stars Drew and Jonathan Scott, who have been busy bros. Between wedding plans for Drew and Linda Phan and their latest spinoff about the couple’s new SoCal home, “Drew’s Honeymoon House,” we’re amazed they still find time for, well, anything! But the recent Season 6 premiere of “Property Brothers: Buying and Selling” proves even their crazy schedules haven’t drained […]

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20 April 2017

Does Homeowners Insurance Cover Water Damage and Roof Leaks?

bee32/iStock Whether you’re dealing with a slow leak in the basement or a steady drip from a hole in the roof, water can wreak havoc on your home—and your bank account. Once the water recedes, one of the first questions you’ll have is whether your homeowners insurance covers water damage and roof leaks. Well, we have you covered with the […]

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20 April 2017

What Is Landlord Insurance? Property Owners Need This Now

SergeyToronto/iStock Renting out your vacant property can yield great supplemental income, but it also means you are at the mercy of your tenants. If they smash a hole in the wall or fail to pay rent, you could—as their landlord—be financially liable. As a property owner, you want to cover all your bases—and that means purchasing […]

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20 April 2017

7 Signs a Homeowner Is Desperate to Sell

PondShots/iStock Every house hunter hopes to move into a new home with as few hitches as possible. And that largely depends on how eager (or, let’s be frank, desperate) a homeowner is to sell. And while it’s gauche to ask outright why someone is selling—Divorce? Job transfer? Downsizing?—there are ways to sniff out the answer. Here are some subtle […]

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