5 signs you need to hire a landscape professional

You might need a landscape professional if... (BPT) - In this age of DIY, many outdoor home projects look doable. The truth is, plenty of outdoor projects tackled by homeowners to save money are better left to landscape professionals. When attempting these projects on their own, homeowners soon realize that some jobs require more knowledge and expertise than an online search engine can provide, and the project may end up costing more if doing it themselves. Fortunately, trained, experienced Continue Reading ...

The Homeowner’s Guide To Reading Your Roof – What’s Normal And What’s Not

How to tell when your roof needs repair? (BPT) - Four out of five homes in the U.S. Have asphalt shingles on their roof. And it's easy to see why. The wide variety of available colors and styles, combined with durability and affordability, has made asphalt shingles the leading choice for residential roofing in the country. But, like all exterior building products, asphalt shingles start to age as soon as they are exposed to nature. Buildings experience aging factors differently, so it's Continue Reading ...

5 Smart Ideas To Refresh Your Deck

(BPT) - At seasons turn, your focus begins to shift to the outdoors. Your deck or patio becomes your new living room - an ideal setting for memorable moments with friends and family. If you look at these spaces and long for a refresh, the time to start planning is now. You have options, and many you can do yourself with minimal effort. To start, if you don't have a deck or patio, research materials carefully before making an investment. One prevalent building trend involves making the smart Continue Reading ...

Room Redesign? Start With The Floor

5 trusty tips for a room redesign (Hint: Start with the floors) (BPT) - To change the look of any room, start with the floor. A beautifully finished hardwood floor adds warmth and charm - and the range of options available for hardwood floors today can truly transform a room. With choices from soft natural to cool gray to dark charcoal you can find the perfect shade for your renovation. The floor sets the tone for the room's overall appearance.Don't know where to start? Here are a few tips to Continue Reading ...

Want To Buy A Home? Do The Math

(BPT) - It is a common misconception that a 20 percent down payment is required to buy a home. Advice to wait and save a large down payment is often based on the theory that the cost of mortgage insurance (MI), which is required when you buy with a smaller down payment, should be avoided. This may not be the best advice and is, in fact, not in line with market trends, considering the median down payment for first-time homebuyers is 7 percent, according to the National Association of Continue Reading ...

How To Improve Your Credit Score Before Applying For A Mortgage

(BPT) - In today's world, lenders use many different types of credit scoring models. There are virtually hundreds of different models out there for lenders to choose from. Many lenders continue to use conventional models that don't provide a score for millions of consumers. That often puts younger borrowers such as millennials at a disadvantage. Millennials are less likely to have long credit histories, and they may only have one or two credit accounts. Because young adults today carry Continue Reading ...

How Long Does a Home Inspection Get?

A home inspection is a fantastic tip and commonly a required method when purchasing a new property. The operation usually involves standard assessment of a building testing the structure of the establishment, the roofing system, air conditioning, and heating unit, and lastly the condition of plumbing connections. Its fundamental purpose is to offer you the actual condition of a home before you can invest your fund in a new home. If neglected, you are most likely to be a vulnerable target for Continue Reading ...

The Building Blocks To A More Beautiful Outdoor-Living Space

(BPT) - Segmental retaining wall units are one of the most versatile landscaping tools in the homeowner's and professional landscaper's toolbox. Retaining wall units have evolved from just retaining soil, transitioning slopes and preventing erosion. Today's SRWs can do all that plus serve as multipurpose building blocks for outdoor-living features, including stairs, columns, freestanding walls, tiered walls, curved walls, seating and more. Creative designs While these walls still accomplish Continue Reading ...

Real Estate Ready: Smart Tips For First-Time Homebuyers

(BPT) - Today's first-time homebuyers face a variety of hurdles when trying to enter the real estate market. While interest rates have declined recently and there are signs that more inventory may be coming onto the market, many buyers continue to feel frustration in finding and financing a home. Additionally, high levels of student loan debt and entry-level jobs that didn't pay as much as expected have made homeownership financially difficult for millennials. Many have opted to move in with Continue Reading ...

3 Tips To Make Your Bathroom More Inviting and Functional

(BPT) - We tend to think of the bathroom strictly as a utilitarian space, and therefore not worthy of the same energy and expense put into designing spaces like the living room or kitchen. We spend a lot of time in the bathroom, however. It's the room where we start and set intentions for our day. In the evening, the bathroom is where we go to unwind - some people prefer soaking in a bubble bath while others take a hot shower to relax after a long day. How a bathroom is designed can Continue Reading ...