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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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Screw gun repairing a door: When to Make Repairs and When to Sell Your Home "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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Questions to Consider Before Moving an Aging Parent into Your Home

By Aly Yale / February 20, 2019
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At some point in life, most adults consider moving mom, dad, or even both parents into their home. With the rising costs of elder and nursing home care, not to mention the guilt that often comes with putting a parent…

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Aging in Place? Make These Renovations First

By Aly Yale / January 3, 2019
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A whopping 87 % of seniors say they’re fans of aging in place, preferring the homes and properties they’re accustomed to rather than a senior housing community or assisted living facility. If you’re one of the overwhelming majority planning to stay…

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7 Don’ts of DIY Home Improvements

By Aly Yale / November 16, 2018
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With the rise of shows like “Fixer Upper” and “Flip or Flop,” DIY renovations have become one of the hottest trends with today’s homeowners. But updating your property takes more than a few feet of shiplap and some shabby chic…

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Home Improvements That Cost Under $1,000

By Aly Yale / November 9, 2018
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High-impact home renovations don’t have to come with equally high costs. In fact, some of the most game-changing upgrades and improvements are actually some of the least expensive. Are you looking for some DIY projects that pack a big punch…

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