Author: Jeff Larson

3 Budget-Friendly Bathroom Makeovers

Before: Not-Bad Before Sleek and stylish, this master bathroom looks like an “after” before the makeover even begins. The space includes all necessary amenities but in HGTV fan isabellaandmaxrooms’ own words, it “lacked personality.” After: Even Better After Just a few key but relatively inexpensive updates make a dramatic difference. By simply updating the room’s paint, lighting and accessories, the homeowners made a good thing even better. Design by HGTV fan isabellaandmaxrooms. Before: Blast From the Past Honey oak cabinetry and hunter-green tile were all the rage — 30 years ago. HGTV fan nesting has some work to do...

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Affordable Home Improvement Ideas

Improvement 1: Bathroom mini makeover—$430 If you’ve long wanted the elegance of natural stone in your home, consider a new granite bathroom vanity top, which is a great, affordable way to get it. You can now find granite tops at Lowe’s, Home Depot and other home centers. Prices range from $150 to $450 depending on the size. Complete this bath makeover with a new faucet and mirror, and you’ll still keep the price under $500. Begin by ordering your new items and don’t start the project until you have them all on hand. Be sure to inspect them for...

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10 Investments to Boost Your Home’s Value

1. Kitchen Is King Matt: And sometimes queen. Unless your home is falling down around you, the smartest place to put your hard-earned dough is in the kitchen. When I hold an open house, the first thing buyers do is make a beeline to the kitchen. That’s where all the “magic” happens, so to speak. Now, I can give you the whole speech about putting down tile, stone, nice under-mount sink and yada yada yada. We have all heard it a million times over to put stainless steel appliances in the kitchen. We get it! Instead think about your layout...

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30 Tips for Increasing Your Home’s Value

Home Improvements: Under $100 Tip 1: Spend an hour with a pro. Invite a realtor or interior designer over to check out your home. Many realtors will do this as a courtesy, but you will probably have to pay a consultation fee to a designer. Check with several designers in your area; a standard hourly fee is normally less than $100, and in an hour they can give you lots of ideas for needed improvements. Even small suggested improvements, such as paint colors or furniture placement, can go a long way toward improving the look and feel of your...

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How To Create A $1,000 Emergency Fund, Month by Month

All financial advisers such as David Ramsay and Suzanne Orr will advise that every household should have an emergency fund.  For a lot of people, just the thought of saving money when you’re living paycheck to paycheck is a joke. The Paycheck to Paycheck Epidemic In fact, a 2016 CareerBuilder survey of 3,200 full-time workers and 2,100 full-time hiring and human resource manager found that 75% were living paycheck to paycheck. It’s not that working people don’t want to save; it’s just that too many of us are struggling with trying to pay the rent and put gas in...

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