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First Home: Buying a home after renting it for a year

As we got to the end of our one year lease agreement my fiancé and I began our search for a new place to live. The owner of the home had given us notice that she was intending on moving back into the home so therefore we could not renew our lease. We quickly discovered that finding a new place to rent was going to be difficult. You see, my fiancé and I have a few pets, most notably a great dane mix who weighs in at a featherlight 110lbs. Most apartments in our area have…


How to Stay on Budget when Remodeling a Home

Remodeling your home is one of the best ways to not only make it your own but to increase its value. In the last year our home has appreciated substantially in value due our continued effort at modernizing and updating every aspect of the home. In all of our projects that we have taken on we have only gone over our budget once. Here is how we stay on budget. Plan ahead Over half of the time that we spend on a remodel project is not time swinging a hammer. It is time spent meticulously planning…

Tools Everyone Should Own

Tools Everyone Should Own for Homeownership: Basic Tool List

When you own a home it is just a matter of time until something breaks. Hiring a handyman can cost hundred of dollars, but you can avoid those costs if you watch some Youtube videos and have your own basic set of tools. Over the past few years I have accrued an entire garage full of different tools to take on our home remodel and to build custom furniture. This is a basic tool list that every homeowner should own. Check out this fantastic site for great DIY furniture projects: You might also like my article…