Archive for May 2016

9 Surprising Things that Add Value to Your House

9 Surprising Things That Add Value to Your House By: Dona DeZube Published: December 3, 2013 A home’s value is dependent on many things. Here are nine factors you might not have thought about. 1. Surf Breaks Being within a mile of a surf break (a spot where surf-able waves happen) adds about $106,000 to…

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Conduct a do-it-yourself home security check by walking around your house to assess what needs to be done to reduce the risk of a break-in

1. Keep your home well-maintained on the outside. Burglars want an easy target. Stand on the street outside your house and ask yourself: Does my property look neglected, hidden, or uninhabited? A front door or walkway that’s obscured by shrubbery offers crooks the perfect cover they need while they break a door or window. To…

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Home Security Systems: Types and Costs

Understand home security systems’ price, installation, and options. What you’ll pay A home security system’s price comes in two forms. First, there’s the equipment cost, which can vary from $250 to $700, depending on the options you choose. Some companies may offer a basic package at a deep discount just to get your business. They…

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8 Tips for Adding Curb Appeal and Value to Your Home

Here are eight ways to help your home put its best face forward. The way your house looks from the street — attractively landscaped and well-maintained — can add thousands to its value and cut the time it takes to sell. But which projects pump up curb appeal most? Some spit and polish goes a…

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11 Ways to Create a Welcoming Front Entrance for Under $100

Wouldn’t it be nice to approach your home’s entrance with a grin instead of a grimace? Take our tips for beating a clear, safe, and stylish path to your front door. 1. Clear the way for curb appeal. The path to your front door should be at least 3 feet wide so people can walk…

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