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The paint job of a home’s interior walls is one of its most important features when selling. But how can you tell when it’s time for a new coat?

Did you know that 94% of real estate agents recommend a fresh coat of paint on a property you’re trying to sell? Or that a fresh paint job can increase the price of that property by as much as two thousand dollars? Crazy, right?

That’s why even if your investment property doesn’t have peeling walls or terrible wallpaper, you should seriously consider a new interior paint job.

Maybe the walls in one room are faded from sun exposure. Maybe one of the home’s former occupants was a smoker, or had a thing for scented candles. Maybe the person you purchased the property from had terrible taste in colors.

If you’re thinking of putting your home on the market in the near future, it can be difficult to see past tedious things like paperwork and scheduling, to assess the bigger picture - the current state of your home. There are certain home improvements that will fetch your home a higher price, so it's important to stay on top of the trends that are enticing today's buyers. Here are some of the top current home improvement trends that will increase the value of your home.

Smart home technology


For many potential buyers, a 21st-century home is not complete without integrated technology features. Thankfully, there is a wide variety of smart tech gadgets and other products that can add value to your home quickly and easily. Most tech-savvy homeowners

Your home may date back to the last century or before, but you can still bring it into the modern era with some key changes. You can take advantage of all that the technological age has to offer, and you can also save by making your home more eco-friendly. Here are the top four changes you’ll want to consider for your humble home.

Energy Efficient Windows

Companies like the Fischer Window and Door Store offer eco-friendly options that will help you keep the utility bills down. Choose energy star rated windows to minimize heat transfer and put a stop to drafts. You can also give your home a facelift at the same time by opting for decorative grids, bay, or bow windows.


From the thermostat to your alarm and even a doorbell camera,

Those looking to sell their homes may be concerned about home layout, number of bedrooms, renovated kitchens and even paint colors. However, research has shown that without the right appearance outdoors, many potential buyers will not even bother to look inside the home or will write off an otherwise amazing house.

For example, in the 2016 Remodeling Impact report from the National Association of REALTORS®, researchers found that nearly 100% of agents working with buyers believe curb appeal is important to potential buyers. A similar survey showed that sellers who invest in landscaping can make a 215% return on their investment in a neighborhood with other well-landscaped homes. Here are the top yard improvements and investments that can speed up the

As the weather begins to warm up, it is time to start thinking about pest control. Household pests will begin to multiply during the spring, and what started off as a few bugs can quickly turn into a massive colony. Here are some simple tips and tricks you can use to prevent bug and rodent infestations in the coming months.

Keep Your Pets Clean

Dogs and cats that are not regularly cleaned can easily bring new bugs into a home. Their thick winter coats are the perfect hiding place for bugs such as fleas, ticks, termites, and ants. As they start to shed their winter coat, you might want to consider having them trimmed and cleaned by an experienced groomer. You should also inspect them for ticks and other pests whenever they spend time outside.


Outdoor space at home is a valuable commodity. Even a very small area, such as a patio or porch, can be beautiful and useful when created with care. An outdoor space should reflect the needs of the family: a play space for children, a hangout for teens and tweens, or a dog run for the family pet. As needs change, the space can change also, provided it is designed with thought and planning for both the present and the future.

Create a Conversation Area

Even on a very limited budget it is possible to create an inviting conversation area. Comfortable seating and small tables to hold drinks and snacks are the necessities. Cushions to use on wood or metal outdoor furniture can be purchased or made at home. Fabric stores carry material specifically for

Many of us live from paycheck to paycheck. It can be a hard cycle to break. But whether you're saving up for a downpayment on a home, a much needed vacation, or simply beginning to build a savings, all it takes is a few smart decisions to keep more money in the bank. 

When looking for ways to save money, the first place to start is at home. It may seem daunting, but it's actually quite easy if you know where to start. You will be surprised what you are spending and where. If you don't already have one, now's the time to make a budget.

Calculate Basic Expenses


First, make a list of your basic monthly expenses. This includes items such as utilities, rent, groceries and car payments. This gives you the total you are responsible for every

Replacing your old home loan can have a major impact on your finances for many years to come. While it’s generally a great idea to refinance a loan when the mortgage rates are low, many different variables must be taken into consideration to help decide if now is the right time to refinance. Before you sign any paperwork, here is a closer look at a few tips that will help you find the best rates with the right company.

The Break-Even Point

This phrase is used to describe the amount of time that it will take before the cost of the new loan is recaptured through the lower monthly payments. There is no set amount of time that every homeowner will agree on, but many specialists believe that refinancing should pay for itself within two to four years.

When was the last time you took the time and money to nurture your biggest investment? After purchasing a house, homeowners should always remember to routinely invest in their property. Investing in a home will not only insure that your family remains safe, comfortable, and secure, it will also insure that your property’s value continues to grow.

Here are 4 ways you can make small investments in your home for a better house, and even better value.

Investing in an Alarm System

A quality alarm will ensure your family and household items are protected. An alarm will not only deter a thief from entering the home, but also alert authorities of a potential danger. In many instances, the most reliable ADT home security services will offer several

We all love the sunny Southern California weather, and the best way to take advantage of our year-round mild temperatures is with an amazing yard where you can enjoy it all. Whether it's a big backyard in Yorba Linda or modest patio space in Newport Beach, it's worth putting in the time so that you love spending your precious time enjoying it.

There are a number of ways to maximize the end-result of this project while also safeguarding against wasteful spending. Keep the following four tips in mind when gearing up for that backyard makeover and you'll be sure to reap the most benefit, at the lowest cost.

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