7 Tips to Get Your Home Ready to Sell

For today’s guest post on getting your home ready to sell, please welcome Logan Allec from Money Done Right.

Selling your home can be a time-consuming process, and you can typically increase the sale price by making a few last-minute changes. Depending on the home’s current condition, your real estate agent may recommend drastic transformations or just some simple adjustments.

If you're getting your home ready to sell, it's important to spruce it up a bit to maximize your home's value. Here are some of the best ways to prepare.

This article will cover some of the best ways to prepare your home for sale and maximize its market value. Again, you should talk about these ideas with your agent—they have the knowledge and experience necessary to identify the most effective strategies for your unique situation.

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How to Choose a Great Home Lender for Your Mortgage

Once upon a time, getting a home loan was as simple as walking down to the local bank, sitting down with the manager, shaking hands, and presto! You’ve got a home loan and your local bank was your home lender. That’s pretty much the way it used to be.

With low interest rates, it's prime time for getting a mortgage or refinancing your home. Here's how to find the right home lender for you.

Today, with the advent and popularity of online lending, times have really changed. Borrowers are now spoiled with so much info and so many choices! Right now (and how many times have you heard it over and over again in recent years) mortgage and refinancing rates are at really low numbers. With so many different lenders beating a path to your door and giving customers so much different information, how do you know when you’ve chosen a great deal from a great home lender? Well, wonder no more!

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20+ Ways to Reduce Energy Costs and Relieve Financial Pressure

Are you sick and tired of stressing about money all the time? One of the biggest challenges in personal finance is figuring out new ways to spend less money and one of the best ways to accomplish that is to cut down on your regular monthly expenses, such as reduce energy costs. When you do that, the pressure on your budget is relieved.

It is possible to reduce energy costs and save some money on a regular monthly bill. Here are more than twenty ways to help you save on energy.

Even though some of your regular bills might seem small and insignificant on their own, their cumulative effect can be enormous and become a huge drain on your financial resources. And the weirdest part of it all is that we just don’t try to stop that bleeding because they are regular routine bills we get on a monthly basis and it seems like they are all required and we have no options about them. But I am here to say that some people proactively look for ways to cut these routine expenses.

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Stop Buying These 8 Things and Save $6,320 This Year

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There are lots of articles about how you can save money by changing your lifestyle, sometimes even turning it completely upside down. I have even preached about such things as downsizing your home and even giving up your car and of course when you do those things you will save a ton of money. Those are real ways to do it if you are ready to really make big changes in your life like when you are entering into retirement or after the kids are gone and off on their own.

You can save money by making big changes or by cutting every luxury. But if you simply stop buying these 8 things, you can painlessly save more than $6,300.

Yet there are other little ways to save a lot by cutting out just a few of the small guilty pleasures in your life. People also write about some of those obvious money wasters and non-essentials such as Starbucks lattes and the high cost of cable premium channels that can really add up your expenses every month. But, life is too short to give up all of the little perks in life you love, isn’t it?

So what can you really do to save big money right now?

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3 Things You Can Learn From Early Retirees

Your retirement is something you think about with a smile and some pleasant thoughts even though it might seem like it’s light-years away. But if you get to your golden years with insufficient funds, it’s guaranteed to be a nightmare and very unpleasant! You don’t want to live through that scenario, I promise you.

If you're having difficulty saving enough money for retirement, take a lesson from those who have been there. Here's what you can learn from early retirees.

Saving up enough money over a 45-year career to maintain your lifestyle in retirement is pretty challenging. But there’s a lot to be learned from the people who have managed to hit their savings goals well before that point, people who then retire early. You can learn a lot even if you haven’t been bitten by the early-retirement bug. That’s why it’s important to concentrate and learn about these three things you can learn from early retirees when you think that your retirement is at hand. But before you find out the answers…

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We Purchased New Laminate Wood Flooring and Here’s Why

We have lived in our current home now since 2007. That’s just over 12 years and during that time we haven’t done much to the floors around here. We had new carpeting in our living room, dining room, and hallway when we first moved in and truthfully, they’ve been looking pretty worn and stained to the point where it was really bothering us. After all, it wasn’t the finest carpeting when we purchased it and it really didn’t owe us anything after 12+ years of use, did it? It was time for an update and we decided on new laminate wood flooring.

It was time to update our floors and after considering our return on investment, we purchased laminate wood flooring. Here's what went into our decision.

When you do any home improvement, you often hear the abbreviation ROI (return on investment) mentioned. That’s why when we decided to make a change we asked ourselves this question:

“What might be the ROI if we purchase new flooring and besides the beauty aspect, does new flooring mean an increase in the value of our home?”

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13 Things to Consider When Choosing Where to Live

I really don’t like to write long-winded posts about anything, even if I sometimes do just that. But, sometimes there are subjects that do require that kind of detail. Like, for example, the subject of picking where to live. Maybe you never actually had to pick a place to live, but these days it has become a much more common thing to have to do, and that’s especially true in retirement.

Choosing where to live is a major decision and there are many factors that you should consider. Here are 13 areas to examine to find your ideal location.

I’m sure that there are plenty of good and obvious reasons why you live where you live. In retirement, many need to live in a less expensive place or a place closer to family. For others, it may be that they always wanted to live in a mountain area or a beach environment. Those are all good reasons to consider and get advice about.

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The True Cost of Owning a Home

There is an ongoing discussion about whether or not buying and owning a home is a really a good idea. I have been a homeowner myself continuously (with just a small blip on that screen while I recovered from my divorce) since 1976 and that’s roughly 40+ years, so I can testify that owning your own home has been a great move for me. That’s why I wrote about it several times (most recently with “Damn Those Skeptics: Owning a Home Does Build Wealth” in January 2018) and said it is definitely a good thing.

The cost of owning a home can be more significant than it first appears. If you're a renter, you may be in for a big surprise when it comes to ownership.

But, and here’s the big but, maybe not for everybody! Why? There is a list of reasons as to why home ownership may not be the right decision for you, but one of the most underestimated and overlooked is understanding:

What is the real price of owning your own home?

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