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6 Important Questions To Ask Before You Start Renovating

By Tara Mastroeni / July 20, 2020
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Renovating is not an easy process, which is why the more organized you can be going into it, the better it will be for everyone involved. To that end, below are six important questions to ask yourself before you start…

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" Coronavirus Renovation Diaries: Small Steps Forward to the Starting Line

Coronavirus Renovation Diaries: Small Steps Forward to the Starting Line

By Tara Mastroeni / July 2, 2020
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Welcome to the newest installment of the Coronavirus Renovation Diaries! Last time, I talked about my experience buying my first home in the middle of a global pandemic, realizing that my unit needed more than a little TLC, and the…

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Planning Some Home Improvements? The Dos and Don’ts You Need to Know

Planning Some Home Improvements? The Dos and Don’ts You Need to Know

By Aly Yale / June 18, 2020
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It’s a good time to improve the house. We’re staying home more than usual, we’re probably a little bored, and improving our homes can sometimes mean more in sales profits later on down the line. But upgrading your home isn’t…

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8 Affordable Kitchen Upgrades That Look Expensive

8 Affordable Kitchen Upgrades That Look Expensive

By Aly Yale / June 8, 2020
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Kitchen renovations are usually some of the best ones you can make as a homeowner. According to Remodeling Magazine, a minor kitchen remodel may result in a 77.6% ROI and more than $18,000 in added resale value when it comes…

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Coronavirus Renovation Diaries

Coronavirus Renovation Diaries: When You Can’t Move In, Renovate First

By Tara Mastroeni / May 27, 2020
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Welcome to the start of a new series for Embrace Home Loans. I’m Tara, one of the blog writers for the site. While I usually bring you mortgage and real estate content, this time I’m doing something a little different.…

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Pros and Cons of Using Vinyl Siding on Your Home

Pros and Cons of Using Vinyl Siding on Your Home

By Tara Mastroeni / May 22, 2020
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Vinyl siding is a polarizing topic. Some people love it, but others would rather see their home coated with just about anything else. If you’re not sure where you fall on the spectrum, keep reading. We’ve outlined the pros and…

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Agents Say These are the Renovations that Make Your Home More Marketable

By Aly Yale / January 30, 2020
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If you’ve got your eyes on selling your home or vacation property in the near future, then it’s time to start thinking about some rehab work.  It might sound like a hassle, but the right renovation projects have the potential…

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How Well Can You Estimate Home Improvement Costs?

By Aly Yale / October 10, 2019
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How prepared are you for the unexpected? If you’re a homeowner, you might want to take stock.  According to a new study, only about 37% of homeowners have money set aside for repairs. And what’s worse? Most homeowners grossly underestimate…

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when to sell as is

When to Make Repairs and When to Sell Your Home “As-Is”

By Aly Yale / September 16, 2019
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As with anything, homes are subject to wear and tear. Systems break down, roofs age, and over time, things just aren’t as perfect and pristine as they once were. This poses a dilemma when it comes time to sell. On…

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10 Ways to Enhance Your Home’s Curb Appeal

By Aly Yale / September 9, 2019
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Whether you’re looking to up your home’s value, fetch a higher asking price, or just makeover an older property, improving your curb appeal is a great place to start. It doesn’t have to be an expensive endeavor, either. In fact,…

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