Don’t Let Pinterest Trick You Into These 5 Regrettable Design Trends

We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Beware the Pinterest house. Mottling together a home chock-full of trends—be it anything from open shelving to popular metals—can be at the least disorienting and at the most a very expensive letdown. Even when the magazines and the internet are in a tizzy about something, telling…
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June 20, 2018 0

Homebuying is a complicated process. Contingencies can make things a little less stressful.

How to Safeguard This Big Investment Purchasing a home is one of the largest financial commitments you’ll ever make, and it’s understandable to want to protect your investment throughout the purchase process. When you’re ready to make an offer on a home, adding a contingency to your contract can give you time to assess the…
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June 12, 2018 0

The 10 Commandments of Furniture Placement

Function, flow and focus are three things to keep in mind. A Blend of Two Worlds in a Scholarly & Creative Chicago Loft (Image credit: Aimée Mazzenga) Here at Apartment Therapy, we’ve been banging on about furniture placement for years, and it seems we’ve got a lot to say on the topic. Between all the…
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May 20, 2018 0

How to Build a Fence

A fence increases property value and security. Go ahead and build your own. An attractive wood fence not only creates an elegant border around your home – but done well, it can add value and curb appeal to your property.   Before After Step 1: Consider Setbacks & Permits Before you get started on your…
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April 24, 2018 0

Some fixes are bigger than others. Know what to look for before you buy.

Home inspections can help you dodge bullets While most home inspections go off without a hitch, no home is perfect. What you do with the results depends on the findings and how you structure your home purchase agreement. Here’s what to look for in a home inspection. Minor items can be fixed or ignored Major…
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April 17, 2018 0

Boost Your Down Payment Savings

Setting up automatic deposits and selling unwanted items are good places to start. Easy Ways to Save for a Down Payment With rising rental costs and the amount of student debt at an all-time high, it’s no surprise that many potential buyers are unable to save up for a down payment. If you’ve found yourself…
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April 12, 2018 0

Things to know when budgeting for a renovation

When my partner and I renovated in 2007, we budgeted carefully for the project. We did research on the price per square foot for similar projects in Denver, and we talked to several architects about what would be realistic. So we were surprised when the project ran 30% over budget (and didn’t include everything we…
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April 6, 2018 0

Genius Kitchens: Space Saving Details for Small Kitchens

Kitchen storage space is always at a premium, and this is especially true in small kitchens. But fortunately, having a kitchen with a small footprint doesn’t have to mean always struggling to fit things in. If you’re remodeling, consider one of these 13 solutions that will help you get the most out of your small…
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April 4, 2018 0

Most people are familiar with prepurchase inspections. But there are dozens of other inspections homeowners should be aware of.

5 Types of Home Inspections to Know Most buyers and sellers know that a home inspection is an essential part of the purchase process. But in real estate, there’s more than just one type of inspection to consider. In fact, there are dozens. Whether you’re purchasing a new home or investment property, selling your current…
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March 23, 2018 0

Plant Spring Flowering Bulbs in 9 easy steps

Tulips, daffodils and hyacinths are all spring bloomers. It’s time to get those bulbs in the ground. How to Plant Spring Flowering Bulbs   G. Merrill / Getty Images Spring flowering bulbs offer a reliable colorful display just when you need it most and they require very little effort. From which end is up, to…
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March 21, 2018 0