My husband noticed the other day that the value of our home had risen. (He’s so good with stuff like that – I would have never even though to CHECK IT. Mercy!) But he loves all things financial, and was pretty pleased to see the equity we’ve built in the past couple of years. So he shared his joy with me! Which led to a conversation about a few remodeling projects we still want to complete in this house. Which led to a discussion about where we would pull the money from in order to make those changes.
Somewhere along the way, Jorge Adevop sent me an email to see if I was interested in publishing his article regarding ways to pay for remodeling projects, and yes, I was interested, not only in publishing it, but in reading it for myself! Check out his ideas below…they’re good ones!
Putting money back into your home through remodeling to maintain a modern look and appeal is usually a wise investment, but the scenario has to make sense and you should never be over extending yourself if the line between income and expenses is getting extremely thin. There are, however, certain times when finding funding for your investment makes very good sense, especially when you have a good strategy on how your going to pay it back, maybe even quicker than its term. If you’ve been looking into alternate funding sources then here are a few for you to consider:
2019 is drawing to an end. Can you believe we’re more than halfway through the month of September already?! As 2020 comes closer, there is at least one thing that you need to do – ditch your old calendar and make way for a new one! If you have the time and if you’re feeling creative, why not DIY a calendar on your own? No idea how to do it? No problem! Keep on reading and learn from the following tips!
If you are into photography, use your best pictures to add an aesthetic element to your DIY calendar. Choose one photo for every month of the year. Use photo editing software to make the pictures stand out. If you already have the photos and you’re not sure how you want to use them, you can always create a calendarwith the help of Shutterfly. They have a team of experts who can help turn ordinary photos into an extraordinary calendar.
Pair It with a Stand
Make the DIY calendar stand out on the table or desk by having a base to hold it still. With an easel calendar, you can choose from a variety of designs that will complement the look of the calendar, which has a different display every month. Among others, wood is one of the common base materials for an easel calendar.
The great road trip has fast become a quintessentially American tradition, accounting for nearly 39% of all vacations taken. From the Pacific Coast Highway to Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia (where I grew up traveling to), there are a plethora of gorgeous natural areas to drive through and stop for a few days. Road trips appeal to America’s love of independence and freedom. It can be extremely liberating to let your wishes be your guide, and to take every day as it comes, sleeping in your very own RV or booking local hotels with charm. If you are keen to take your very first road trip and you need some advice for traveling with children, keep these considerations in mind and enjoy a fun-filled bonding experience with those you love.
Because a road trip enables you to visit more than one site, ask everyone in your family to come up with their own ‘bucket list’ that covers the general area you are visiting. If everyone feels like they have chosen at least one top destination, the trip can be a little more satisfying for everyone involved. There is one proviso when it comes to lists, of course. Some places are particularly magical and may entice you to stay for longer than envisioned. For this reason, you should keep your bucket lists fairly ‘loose’ and agree to slightly alter your route if you become enamored by a new spot.
Selecting and Preparing Your Vehicle
If you are traveling with children (and let me tell you: you haven’t travelled with children until you’ve traveled with 3-year-old twins!) or simply taking a road trip spanning more than a long weekend, a spacious RV-style vehicle will certainly make travel easier and more convenient. On the one hand, items like strollers, toys, and other essentials can be easily stored, as can sports equipment and sportswear – including items like boots, thick coats, and the like – without worrying about space. Check your vehicle maintenance book and ensure that your oil and filter are clean/new, change your spark plugs if need be, ensure spare tires are in good working order, and obtain extra items such as car belts and other essentials. If a maintenance check is due in the next few months, pull up the date slightly to ensure you don’t go over the stipulated mile count.
As long as you don’t have to deal with leaks in your home, you may not give your roofing system that much thought. The fact is, your roof and eaves have a very important function in keeping your home safe and healthy. When one of those things isn’t operating as it should, damage can build up and cost you a bundle in repairs or replacement. And we’ve been keeping a close eye on all things roof at our home, since it’s hurricane season, we live in Florida, and we JUST BARELY missed that nasty monster storm Dorian.
Your eavestrough system is designed to redirect water and snow runoff away from the delicate seams of your roof. When water isn’t displaced in the right way, leaks can form, wall damage can happen or your foundation can even crack. My husband, who works in the home insurance industry, sees these kinds of issues often!
Real estate experts like Scott Haveson will tell you that the health and quality of your gutter systems should always be in excellent working condition, especially if you are thinking about selling. Potential buyers can easily spot issues that could mean larger problems when your gutters aren’t functioning properly. To maintain the health of your roof it’s important tokeep your eaves cleaned out and in good repair.
No matter where you are in the country or what the weather is like, there’s an approaching feeling of fall in the air. Summer is coming to a swift close, and the carefree feeling of vacation season is fading away. Pumpkin spice products are starting to appear on grocery shelves, even if it’s still hot and humid.
Before you get the end-of-summer blues, make some plans to brighten up your home this fall with these tips:
Bring Your Garden Indoors
Spring and summer are when our flowers bloom and our gardens thrive—but what about the fall? Sure, you can find some beautiful late bloomers at great prices this time of year, but your outdoor space still won’t have the pizazz it had when in full bloom. Save yourself the “garden gloom” and find a few easy-to-care-for houseplants to brighten up your indoor rooms!