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You have always dreamed of having a second house, but weren’t sure if it was financially possible. While a mansion on a beachside cliff may not be in the cards, there are many ways you can affordably purchase a second home. Whether you want a vacation home in your favorite travel destination, a winter home to escape the cold or a small haven to stay at when you visit your children, these four tips can help you save money and achieve your dream of having a place to call home number two.

Choose an Affordable Location

When deciding where to buy your second home, there are many factors to consider. While a home right on a popular beach or in the midst of a desirable tourist location sounds like a good idea, these kinds of locations drive the cost way

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This is the age of on-the-go. You get your coffee to go, you do your banking on the fly and you may fall into the approximate 25 percent of people who don't sit down to eat with their families, according to CBS News. Nearly every aspect of your life has become mobile, but this isn't necessarily a bad thing. When it comes to personal time management and what you're able to accomplish during the day is quite impressive.

You can even design or upgrade your home if you know what tools to use and how to manage your time. This is especially true when using a tablet. Here are five tablet tools that can help you take care of your most recent design or home improvement project on your own while on-the-go.

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Thinking about transforming your boring master bath into a relaxing spa-like sanctuary? People use their bathrooms for more than just bathing and brushing their teeth these days. Instead they’ve become multi-functional retreats perfect for the weary worker or mother needing a quiet escape. When remodeling the bathroom or during a new build, add luxury upgrades to create the fantasy bathroom worthy of the rich and famous.

Install Marble Countertops

Nothing says luxury like marble countertops. Consider using some of the world’s most interesting and rare marble, a material that enhances any bathroom transformation. Calacatta marble features thick veining on a calming white backdrop; use it for a dramatic look. The classic Italian-polished Carrara —

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When moving to a new home or updating our current home, sometimes a easy way to really change the room is to simply add blinds and/or curtains.  But if we’re being completely honest there are so many different types of curtains and blinds that choosing the best ones (or the right ones) for you space can be tricky.  These following is a list of the benefits that come with the most popular types of blinds.


Venetian Blinds


Venetian blinds are very common.  They’re the standard light-control window blind and are usually made of plastic or vinyl.  The benefits of Venetian blinds are that they are easy to control, low maintenance, and very easy and inexpensive to install.


Vertical Blinds


Vertical blinds are the kinds you see most often on

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Most people don’t know how easy it is to make their homes run on less energy. Drastic reductions in heating, cooling and electricity costs can be achieved through very simple changes, most of which homeowners can do themselves. Without taking energy efficiency precautions, your utility bill can make paying rent or a mortgage even worse. To help avoid such financial stress, here are a few things that not only will help you save money.


1. Turning off electronics

 

At one time, cable boxes cost Americans 3 billion per year, and 2 billion of that cost was when televisions were turned off! A quick fix is as simple as a flick of a switch. Turning off your power strip when devices are not in use

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If you’re like many homeowners, there will undoubtedly come a time when you’re ready to upgrade that old paint job or add a half-bath to your game room. Whether you’re staging the house for a potential buyer or simply in need of a change in aesthetics, remodeling and home improvements can seem like daunting tasks.

These tips (and differentiations between the two) may help you prep for your next project.

Home Improvement

Home improvements are usually simpler and less time-consuming endeavors and most of the time won’t involve a contractor or architect. From a new coat of paint in a bedroom to refinishing hardwood floors, these projects can usually be completed within a weekend. A slightly more involved home improvement is repainting the

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Home Appliances Most Likely to Fail

Today’s appliances are more fickle than ever before. A surge in new technology has allowed for designers and manufacturers to add gadgets and techy features to many types of appliances. But these additions might be doing more harm than good. Sometimes basic is better. But even the most study appliances will give you trouble from time to time. From dryers to dishwashers, these are the appliances in your home most likely to fail.

 

Dryers

Do you keep your lint trap clean? If you’re not emptying out your dryer’s lint screen with each load of laundry it’s only a matter of time until your dryer will fail. Keep the lint trap clear and be sure to clean up clogs and crevices routinely as well. Additionally,

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Some call it zen, others call it feng shui.  It doesn’t matter what you call it, choosing the right color scheme is important.  Your home is your safe haven and there are specific colors that will make or break the flow of your space. Implement some of these tips and you’ll feel warm and cozy in your newly painted home.

Shades of Color

Using different shades of the same color throughout your home creates a brilliant flow.  Also, choosing hues with similar undertones will connect different rooms.  Benjamin Moore says “choose between three and five favorite colors, and then alternate the primary, secondary, and accent colors for each room.” Another good rule of thumb is to buy paint samples before committing to a certain color.  Sometimes paint

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Backyard fire pits are a huge hit with homeowners. In a 2012 American Society of Landscape Architects survey, 95.8 percent of respondents rated outdoor fire pits as "somewhat" or "very" in-demand, and California's Orchard Supply Hardware reported that backyard fire pits were one of their biggest growth areas this summer. You just can't beat a fire pit for barbecuing, socializing or just adding a little rustic charm to your backyard. Pits are relatively easy to install, but before getting started, here are a few questions you should consider.

Are There Any Restrictions?

Check your local ordinances or homeowners association guidelines. Some regulations don't allow pits. Others require maintaining a safe distance from building structures and property

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Are you unsure of how to go about the process of putting your home up for sale?

As the new year is getting into full swing, you may be ready to move on to bigger and better things such as selling your home. I am going to give you a step-by-step list of what to do in order to hopefully make the process a little bit smoother.


  1. Get all of your finances and documents in order

 This may not seem like a big deal, but it’s definitely one of the most important things to do in order to make the selling process easier. You are going to need to be prepared, so when you find a realtor you like you have all the information already laid out. This information includes: gathering all of your personal finances, figuring out your budget, deciding out how

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