Cutting Costs on Home Repairs

Professional graphic designer Jen Allyson had a right budget for her home renovation. After compiling a list of what should be prioritized, she then proceeded to shop for all the low-cost materials needed. She created a budget for each room that needed to be worked on and made sure not to surpass it. For the hardwood flooring and stairs, she avoided hiring a contractor and saved over 40% in the end. If you are like Jen and want to renovate or fix up your home without having to uncontrollably spend, then these tips will help you.

Air Conditioners

Air conditioners are crucial for areas with high temperatures. Many of them come with warranty’s that can be renewed annually. Put it this way, would you rather spend the $100 per year to ensure its upkeep or deal with the hassle of it randomly breaking down on you causing you to fork over thousands for a replacement.


Your fence plays a role in your house’s appeal. Small cracks or missing bricks seem like an easy and cheap repair. Sometimes that’s not the case. It could be a signal that something bigger is going on with your foundation. Instead of ignoring the signs, go out and get multiple estimates from professional and trusted fence companies. You can then narrow down your options and ultimately save yourself from a bigger problem.

Shower Tiling

After a period of time your shower tiles may need to be retiled. When you notice that your water isn’t fully draining as it normally should, try and get it inspected. As stated before, obtain multiple quotes and repeat the process. You can also try and cut costs by seeing if it can be graded without replacing all of the tiling.

Bio: Kuba Jewgieniew is the founder of Realty ONE Group, a full service residential real estate brokerage with over 6,000 agents and 50+ offices across the nation.


Common Mistakes That Do Not Sell Your House

Not Sell Your HouseAre you having problems selling your house? Are potential buyers leaving instead of coming in bunches? Many homeowners make these common mistakes when trying to sell their house and end up having their house sit in real estate purgatory.

Pay Attention to Curb Appeal

Curb appeal is one of the first things that prospective home buyers see. If the front exterior looks nice, they will most likely schedule a viewing. Many people focus too much on the interior design rather than the outside. Prospects can’t magically warp into the inside of your house; they have to stroll through the front to get there. It’s essentially the first impression that your buyers will take with them.

Picture Perfect

If you are putting up a listing, make sure you put as many pictures as you can. The more you place up the better. A high quality camera wouldn’t hurt either. Many sellers will put a limited amount of photos thinking that alone will attract their buyer. Little do they know that four pictures don’t really do justice to your house.

Do Not Be There For The Showing

Being there at the showing does nothing but make the prospective buyer uncomfortable. There’s nothing more awkward than going into a viewing of the house and seeing the homeowner. Don’t let your buyers see you until your house has been closed.

Selling your house can be a difficult process. By avoiding the above mistakes, you will be one step closer to closing out your property.

Bio: Kuba Jewgieniew, CEO of Realty ONE Group, heads a real-estate brokerage firm that has grown to be the largest brokerage in Nevada and is one of the fastest growing real estate companies in Arizona and California.

4 Financing Options For Your Home Improvement Projects

Affording a home improvement project counts for a lot. If this is a challenge, then it might take away the joy involved with the project.

So, here are 4 financing options for your home improvement projects:

1: A Short-Term Personal Loan

If your credit history is good, then it might be time to check with a bank or credit union. You might qualify for a short-term personal loan. The loan term might range from 24 to 60 months. Of course, rates will vary based on your credit score. The amount of cash you borrow as well as the term will also vary.

yourhomeimprovement2: Cash-Out Refinancing

If your home has gone up in value, then it’s time to consider cash-out refinancing. This will work especially if you paid a large amount of your mortgage principal. While higher mortgage payments are likely, it will still finance your home improvement work.

3: Contractor Loan

The company that you hire will often offer financing packages. Look at the terms and conditions before signing up. Make sure the rates and terms are competitive. Also, check the source of the contractor. This is to ensure that they’re not getting any kickbacks from any lenders.

4: Home Equity Line of Credit

If you have accumulated equity, then a home equity line of credit should work. One thing is that it offers low interest rates and you can use your home as collateral. Now, you can borrow a certain amount based on the home equity you have built. Of course, you have to wait for approval and schedule inspections too.