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April 20, 2018

Slab vs. Foundation: What Are the Differences and Which Is Better?

When looking to purchase a home, the design is an important factor. You want a home that is well built with a solid structure. An important factor is the type of foundation that the home was built on. In general, you can choose between a concrete slab and a foundation with a crawl space or basement.

The choice of a slab or a foundation depends on geography and climatic conditions. Crawl spaces are more common in the northern latitude, as many building codes require a greater distance between the foundation and the home in the colder climate. A 2014 survey by National Association of Home Builders found that 84% of homes built in the upper Midwest had a full or partial basement. [...]

 
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April 20, 2018

Ways to Go Green While Saving Green

Happy Earth Day! Celebrated in more than 193 countries, Earth Day is an annual event to celebrate support for environmental protection. Protecting the environment starts at home, and at Homes.com, we want to help you help conserve the world around you! Not only can going green protect the environment, but it can also save you some cash. Check out these tips on how to go green while saving green at home!

1. From garden to table

Farm-to-table? Try garden-to-table instead! Edible gardens are an excellent addition to any home. Not only are they a way to have quick access to healthy foods, but they also save you some of your hard-earned money. Having a garden at home reduces the [...]

 
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April 20, 2018

Our Top 2-Hour or Less Cleaning Tasks for Spring, Just in Time for Earth Day!

Earth Day isn't just about keeping your world clean, it's about good practice for your home too! Here are a few ways to thank your home this Spring.
 
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April 19, 2018

How to Prepare Your Garden for a Downpour

Spring means it’s time for everyone to get ready to spend more time outside doing what they love. For some, that means going to the pool every day. For others, it might mean hiking more often. If you would enjoy nothing more than to spend a warm spring afternoon in your garden, then this might be the most exciting time of the year for you.

You’re ready to start picking out new seeds to grow, and you’ve spent a while dreaming about how you’re going to design your garden this year. Maybe you’re using the old layout from the past year in a new way, or perhaps this is your first garden altogether. Whether you’ve had a long history with gardening [...]

 
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April 19, 2018

Contemporary Home Design: 5 Benefits of Modern House Plans

Contemporary or modern house plans are becoming increasingly popular and even a welcome change in home design. They are functional, efficient in more ways than one, and look aesthetically appealing as well.

Many cities, residential areas, and even neighborhoods have their own set of codes, rules, and restrictions when it comes to construction and the design of houses. However, with the numerous benefits of modern plans coming to light, they have become less restrictive and more open to these new, contemporary ways.

1. Efficient Utilization of Space

One of the main benefits and principles of modern house plans is maximizing the space and making it as functional [...]

 
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April 19, 2018

This Michigan Home Is a Triumph of Weirdness, and It Will Blow Your Mind!

Picture Liberace playing a mafia figure in a Scorsese movie set in the 1970s; this Detroit home and everything inside could have been the set.
 
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April 18, 2018

Millennial Home Buyers: How to Improve Your Credit and Qualify for a Mortgage

As we learned in our profile of millennial homebuyers, most are burdened with student loans and are relatively new to earning a steady paycheck while a significant portion don’t have any credit to speak of. Let’s look at first-time homebuyer loans and what you can do to quickly improve your credit to qualify for a mortgage.

First-Time Homebuyers Loans

Because these loans are designed to encourage people with moderate incomes to venture into the real estate market, they come with a few restrictions. It’s helpful to know about these before you start house-hunting. Most first-time buyer loans

Cap the price of the house you can buy (so you’re not [...]
 
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April 18, 2018

The Most Commonly Broken Lease Rules: Early Termination

When you sign an apartment lease on the dotted line, you are probably excited and think nothing of complying with the terms of the contract. That said, one of the most commonly broken lease rules is an early termination of the lease. With so many people moving come Spring, some renters will be breaking their leases (or considering it) to set their sights on a new home. Here are a few things you need to know before breaking a lease. This includes the ramifications of your decision so that you understand what’s outlined in the lease should you decide to terminate early.

Knowing Your Options Before Breaking Your Current Lease

From a landlord’s point of view, the [...]

 
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April 18, 2018

How to Weatherproof Your Basement for Continuing Rain This Spring

Having a leaky basement is a serious problem; here's how to waterproof your basement so you don't have to worry no matter how bad the rain gets this spring.
 
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April 17, 2018

The Top Spring Allergens to Avoid by Region

Spring is in full bloom and so are some of these pesky Spring allergens that are common across the United States. Depending on where you live in the country and if you suffer from allergies, these immune triggers can cause issues ranging from mild to severe. To beat hay fever this year, beware of these common spring allergens.

Pecan

Pecan, although a tasty tree nut, can produce major problems for those with seasonal allergies. The pollen of pecan trees comes second to ragweed as a powerful allergen. People with a pecan pollen allergy should take precaution in the southeastern US, particularly in Georgia and Florida.

Oak

Oak produces a pretty mild pollen but a really [...]

 
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April 17, 2018

A Low Percentage of Millennials are Buying Homes – Why?

Millennial – the generation born between the 1980s and late 1990s, often associated with technological savvy, social media obsession, short attention spans, and self-centeredness.

But are they? A Pew Research survey found that millennials are more likely to be critical of themselves than older generations, readily identifying with words like “greedy,” “self-absorbed,” and “wasteful.” But the deeper you dig into the data, the clearer it is that millennials are cautious, content, and community-minded.

Cautious: Rent, Not Buy

Millennials are significantly more likely to rent or live with their parents (or in a group living [...]

 
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April 17, 2018

One of America’s Most Revered Mansions Is Up For Sale

The Brooke Mansion in Birdsboro Pennsylvania, designed by renowned nineteenth-century architect Frank Furness, is now up for sale and could be yours today.
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