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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10 Ways to Sabotage Your Home Sale

10 Ways to Sabotage Your Home Sale If you really don’t want to sell your home, here are 10 things that you can do to sabotage the sale (based on my real world experience working with buyers). 1. Make it difficult to see your home. If you really want to turn off the buyer, agree…

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10 Things a Burglar Doesn’t Want You to Know

10 Things a Burglar Doesn’t Want You to Know Successful burglars have lots in common — home owners who unwittingly give invitations to robbery. Here’s how thieves thank you for your generosity. You come home to an open front door, a ransacked house, and missing valuables. How did a burglar know you’d be gone? How…

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Copy of Your Deed

Homeowners are once again receiving solicitations from scam artists offering to sell them a copy of their deed. Hopefully, homeowners will ignore these sales letters and not provide any information to these scammers. For one, do you really need a copy of your deed? Probably not. But if do want one, you can check with…

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