Money

The financial side of home improvement from improving home value, to saving on costs, to borrowing, and more...

Finding The Best Product Comparison Websites

Finding The Best Product Comparison Websites
If you're like a growing number of consumers these days, you like to do your research online before buying products for around the home to make sure you're getting a good deal, but with so many recommendation, review and comparison sites out there, how can you know which ones to trust?

For example, you might be looking for a Leaf Blower, Smart Locks, or a safety device like a Carbon Monoxide Detector*, so you type something like "best outdoor gas grill" into a search engine and go from there.

But how do you know if you're getting good advice?

Is Rent to Own a Good Idea for Buying a House?

Rent to buy a house

I recently published an article by Nicholas Brown who works for JustRentToOwn.com and it got me thinking, why do buyers enter into rent to own arrangements, and are they a good idea?

Before we delve into the question it would probably help to ensure you know what I'm talking about so I'll briefly explain what Renting to Own actually is...

Expert Advice on Preparing Your House for Sale

Preparing a house for sale

Last week I wrote about some of the ideas my cousin and I came up with to quickly get her house ready to sell. Fortunately for most people a rushed process isn't necessary, so with a little bit of planning and effort you can prepare your house for sale in ways that will maximize your sale price.

An important thing to keep in mind is that you're not trying to make your home a better place for yourself, you're trying to make it more attractive to others.

When You Need to Prepare Your House for Sale Quickly

Preparing a house for sale quickly

One of my cousins moved overseas to Australia several years ago with her husband and young daughter. They set about building an exciting new family life which included building their own home.

Sadly, as is all too often the case these days, their marriage broke down. And as if that wasn't bad enough, just recently their daughter was diagnosed with a serious illness. Star has decided that she needs family support to help her look after her daughter, so she's selling the house and hopes to move home in less than two months.

Remodeling - Does it Make Financial Sense, And Does it Need To?

Home Improvement Values

I am continually being sent proposals to publish articles or infographics about how you can make money by remodeling your home.

The reason you don't see many articles of this nature on Totally Home Improvement is because when I ask the authors to produce facts and figures to back up their claims, they are nearly always unable to do so.

Thanksgiving for the Glory of Shopping Bargains!

Thanksgiving

In 1621 the settlers in Plymouth and the Wampanoag Indians, who were the traditional land owners there, decided that it would be in the best interests of 21st century Americans to set asside their differences and declare Thanks Giving & Black Friday as a time to honor everyone searching for bargains to enhance their home life.

Actually, it was a three day festival honoring the pilgrims' first successful harvest at which the locals killed 5 deer to eat for the celebrations, and in addition to that they prepared exactly 0 turkeys, 0 pumpkins and 0 potatoes.

Special Offers: Dinnerware - Steam Showers - Garage Doors

discounts

With Black Friday and Cyber Monday special offers being advertised everywhere I thought it would be a good time to quickly mention some of the special offers that have been sent in to me over the last few weeks.

Five Ways To Own A Home For $50,000 Or Less

It's possible to build a house for less than $50,000!

You may have seen it in the news. Home buying numbers in the United States continuing to rise after a shaky recession that turned many potential homeowners into renters. The last U.S. Census data showed home buying is up 17.0% in September 2014 from what it was a year earlier, with over 467,000 new single family residential sales in September of 2014 alone! (U.S. Census Bureau)

Replacing a Door - One of the best Remodels based on ROI

replacement entry doors

If you're a regular reader, then you'll know I've been talking about doors a bit recently - fixing sliding doors and drooling over frameless glass doors, and all this got me to thinking about replacing any of the entry doors to your home - both the front and garage doors - and what kind of Return on Investment (ROI) you can expect from taking on a project like this.

I'm not going to kid you - all the best data suggests that on average there are no remodeling projects that turn an instant profit - in fact any time they immediately increase your resale value by more than 70% of their cost, you're doing well. Of course, this assumes you pay a contractor to do all the work - DIY projects have a much better ROI (except when they go wrong and you have to bring in a contractor to fix it up).

5 Practical Ways to Save on your Energy Bills

Saving energy helps save the environment

With all the new appliances and gadgets that our fast-evolving technology has been spurting out in just the past few years, it’s no wonder why our electric bills have gone up. Finding ways to save on them can not only benefit us, it also benefits our environment. Let’s discuss the ways of minimizing costs on our energy bills.

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