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Energy audit can provide valuable information when buying a home

Buying a home is one of the most important decisions you’ll ever make in your life, so doesn’t it make sense to get all the information possible about the house you’re going to buy?

Posted: July 18, 2014
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Tuesday 07/01/2014
Ways to celebrate National Curb Appeal Month with projects you can do on your home
Updated: July 09, 2014 - 1:33 am

(BPT) - Can the look and condition of your roof affect the resale value and curb appeal of your home? What about your window frames, entry door or shutters? The answer is absolutely.

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The homebuilding method you've never heard of that cuts energy bills up to 60 percent
Updated: July 09, 2014 - 1:33 am

(BPT) - For people building new homes in the coming months, the ever-increasing pain of monthly utility bills for cooling and heating their homes has them looking for more energy-efficient construction methods. In 2014, homeowners have been burdened with electricity costs that rose 5 percent, heating oil 7 percent and natural gas 10 percent, as reported in USA Today.  At the same time, homebuilders are challenged to meet increasingly stringent energy codes imposed by cities and counties.

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Monday 06/30/2014
Three success tips for converting an attic into living space
Updated: July 08, 2014 - 1:34 am

(BPT) - Moving up – vacating your current, smallish home for a larger, roomier abode – was the American way before the Great Recession. Now that the economy is humming again, at least some of the people who stayed put during those lean years will be looking to move into larger, nicer homes this summer. High demand and low inventory, however, may leave many with nowhere to go. Some will rediscover a time-honored space-gaining technique: attic conversion.

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Wednesday 06/11/2014
Design inspiration at your fingertips: Homeowners go digital to jumpstart home improvement projects
Updated: June 21, 2014 - 1:36 am

(BPT) - More than 40 percent of homeowners plan to update their homes in the next two years, according to the latest Houzz & Home Study. Of those who plan to remodel, 78 percent cite their motivation as improving the look and feel of the space.

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Monday 06/02/2014
Bathroom remodeling should start at the studs
Updated: June 10, 2014 - 1:40 am

(BPT) - Remodeling a bathroom can increase the value of your home but short-sighted planning can wash projects down the drain.

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Wednesday 05/28/2014
Debunking the Myths about Homeownership
Updated: May 29, 2014 - 1:37 am

(StatePoint) As a result of the recent housing crisis, many potential homebuyers, especially first-timers, are hesitant to enter the market. But if you’re holding back, evaluate why. Experts say your reasons may be based on myth.

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Take the hassle out of moving your boxes to a new home
Updated: July 30, 2014 - 1:39 am

(BPT) - Americans are on the move. More than 35 million Americans moved last year, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation. While relocating to a new place is exciting, it also brings its own set of worries, with packing and unpacking topping the list of stressors. With careful planning and organizing, your move can be more celebratory than stressful – just follow these tips.

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Thursday 05/22/2014
Most often-overlooked truth of curb appeal: Little things mean a lot
Updated: July 30, 2014 - 1:39 am

(BPT) - Curb appeal relies not just on the color of a home’s siding or the beauty of its landscaping, but on often-overlooked, underplayed details. Whether it’s charming intricate gingerbread scrolls on the porch, or fluted door casing that imparts an elegant, upscale look, trim can have a strong impact on a home’s curb appeal.

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Sunday 05/18/2014
Home design: the value of the ideal exterior color
Updated: May 26, 2014 - 1:36 am

(BPT) - When it comes to designing a home – whether it’s new construction or a renovation – choosing beautiful exterior colors and complementary accent hues is critical to creating an appealing household.

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Wednesday 05/14/2014
Top 10 Tips Every Renter Should Know
Updated: May 15, 2014 - 1:38 am

(StatePoint) The number of U.S. renters has expanded significantly since the burst of the housing bubble, and renters now represent 34 percent of all households, according to government statistics. Meanwhile, rents climbed 3.2 percent last year.

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