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Found 7 blog entries for February 2016.


The popularity of smaller homes and apartments is growing. Whether new homebuyers just don’t feel the need for larger living spaces, or current homeowners are needing to downsize, the desire for small living spaces is getting bigger. Of course, just because you want a smaller living space because you don’t need or want as much room doesn’t mean that you want your home to feel small.

Living in a smaller home has its challenges. Namely, where do you store things, and what are you supposed to do when you have guests or company. Fortunately, there are some really clever tips and tricks that you can use in order to make your small living space feel bigger, while at the same time keeping it uniquely your own.

Tip #1- Light, Light, Let There Be…

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So, you’ve just moved into your new home, maybe you’re in Boise or Meridian, or even Star. No matter where you are though, you are probably looking for some way to personalize or customize your home- in an inexpensive way, preferably. But you are not sure how. Well, look no further, here are some ideas that you can use to modify your new Idaho home.

1) Soundproofing

So, maybe you like to make more noise than you thought. Whether it’s music, movies or parties, noise isn’t something that you want disturbing your new neighbors. Though, with all the costs of moving, you don’t really want to pay a lot of money to soundproof your house. There are however a few different things that you can do to inexpensively keep the sound in your house.

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One of the first steps of buying any home is getting a mortgage loan. But what do you do when you have a foreclosure on your credit report? You might be worried that you will never be able to buy a house again. While getting approved for a home loan after you have a foreclosure is difficult, it’s not impossible. You can find lenders that will be willing to look past the foreclosure, but it won’t happen overnight. You will have to rebuild your credit and wait.

How long you have to wait will depend entirely on the type of home loan that you are looking at getting. Each one has different requirements, both in terms of credit, income, and wait time. Some loans might make you want as long as seven years before you can apply for another one, where…

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Upgrading your home is an important phase of the listing process. If you want to list your home, and it has endured many years of love, you will want to see what kinds of upgrades you can do to raise its resale value. In a previous article we talked about the more important things to upgrade in your home. If you are finished with all of those upgrades and are looking for more, look no further. Here are five more upgrades that can pay off big time when it comes time to selling your home. The first thing to consider is how you can get more space in the home—this can be actual or perceived. If you can raise the actual square footage of your home, then, by all means, do it. Some ideas for adding more square footage include building extra rooms, recessing…

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If you have ever owned a home, you have probably seen what a few years of living in it can do to its structural integrity and general appearance—and this is just for new homes. When it comes to older homes, every year more and more of a home, despite who built it, will deteriorate. This has led many people to start planning for upgrades and remodels for their homes, which is a great idea, especially if you are planning on selling your home in the near future. However, with so many things that need to, or can, be done it is hard to know what will help the value and look of your home the most.

One of the most important things you can do for your home is to do regular maintenance and repairs. If you can catch the problems in your home before they…

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Whether you bought a fixer upper or are simply updating your kitchen, home renovations can be a big project. If you know what you’re doing, or have friends that can help, you always have the option of doing the renovation yourself. Sometimes, it is easier to use a contractor to get the work done. Either way, you have a big decision to make when it comes time to start work on the renovations.

Do you stay in your house, or do you move out while the work is being done? Living in your home during a renovation can be a nightmare. It can make the work take longer, whether you are using a contractor or not, simply because the work area will have to be cleaned up at the end of every day. This means more time for setting up and taking down the job…

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The list of things that have to be taken care of when you are listing a home for sale. There is the appraisal, prepacking, cleaning, and more. But, one of the things that might be overlooked when it comes to preparing a home is the process of depersonalization. Depersonalization is a tactic that focuses on the psyche of the prospective buyer in order for them to feel more at home in your home.

As we live in a home, we tend to accumulate a lot of stuff. For instance, most homes have a number of different heirlooms, knickknacks, specialized furniture, and even collections. These things are fine to have in a home, but when they are there, they make it hard for a prospective buyer to visualize themselves living there instead of just being a guest.…

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