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    Monday, May 3, 2021   /   by Jeff Stoffel

    5 Moving Day Mistakes That May Slow You Down

    Congratulations! You’ve found a new home. Now it’s time to move in. One of the most important components of a successful move may be staying organized. Avoid making these common moving mistakes and you are likely to have a smoother move. Packing boxes haphazardly

    You may think that putting everything into boxes as fast as you can is easier, but in reality it is likely to make unpacking a headache. How will you find your silverware without opening up every single box? Pack items by room and label them accordingly so movers can drop them off in the appropriate rooms. Hiring movers without researching

    Do your research before choosing a moving company. Read reviews and ask for referrals from friends to decrease the likelihood of lost, stolen, or damaged belongings. Forgetting to set up utilities beforehand

    Call your providers a month before your move. Schedule to have your utilities set up in advance so you don’t have another task on your to-do lis. ...

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    Monday, May 3, 2021   /   by Jeff Stoffel

    CREDIT SCORE FUNDAMENTALS ...How to build and maintain a good score

    WHAT THE SCORE MEANS TO YOU

    Your credit score is a major personal financial indicator that ranges anywhere between 300 points (the lowest) and 850 points (the highest). Torabi suggests aiming for a score in the mid-700s and up. Higher credit scores will earn you the best interest rates on loans. Additionally, you should pay close attention to the major factors that can harm your credit score:


    Paying bills late



    Racking up too much debt



    Applying for several credit cards within a short period of time


    It’s important to monitor your credit score regularly. It’s an urban legend that requesting to see your score can harm it. “A so-called ‘hard inquiry’ from a bank or credit issuer can potentially ding your score, but only if there are multiple hard inquiries on your credit. Checking your score yourself is totally fine and I highly encourage it at least once a year,” Torabi adds. “And for what it’s worth, a new su ...

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    Monday, April 26, 2021   /   by Jeff Stoffel

    Dodge the 7 Most Common DIY Mistakes

    Armed with a library of how-to books, you’re confident that you can tackle your home’s repairs and remodeling yourself – and pocket the money you’d have spent on professional labor. Hold up.

    David Dorman of CENTURY 21 Professional Group in Orlando, Florida, says many DIYers make critical mistakes that can decrease their homes’ sale-ability.


    Avoid these seven common mistakes:

    1. Overestimating your skills: “Some people are handy, and some think they’re handy,” Dorman says. Be honest about your abilities. “Buyers can tell when things aren’t in the proper position, when light sockets aren’t vertical, and laminate flooring is bowed,” he says. “It comes down to quality of work.” If you can’t do it right, you’ll have to pay to have it fixed.

    2. Underestimating the value of your time: You may, in theory, be capable of laying new bathroom tile. But between your job demands and the kids; ...

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    Monday, April 26, 2021   /   by Jeff Stoffel

    New Homeowner Tips – 5 Do’s and Dont’s

    If you’ve recently purchased a new home, or if you’re about to, you’ve likely given a lot of thought to all of the responsibilities that come with it: mortgages, insurance and — sooner or later — renovations and repairs. While the responsibilities can seem overwhelming, owning a home is exciting and rewarding too. You just need to know what to do and what not to do to avoid unexpected expenses.

    New Homeowner Do’s:

    There are a few home maintenance projects that should top the to-do list of every new homeowner. According to a recent article, these include:


    Checking your HVAC system: If your HVAC system wasn’t serviced before you purchased the house, inspect air filters and other components for anything in need of repair or replacement.



    Inspecting gutters and downspouts: Make sure that your gutters or downspouts have been cleared of debris. If they’re clogged, moisture could build up and leak over into your roofing or . ...

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    Thursday, April 22, 2021   /   by Jeff Stoffel

    Tips for Growing Fruits and Vegetables at Home

    There may be many benefits to growing your own garden, including better quality of produce, saving money, and having a healthy hobby. If you’re just getting started, use the guide below.

    Here are our tips for growing fruits and vegetables at home!

    Gather your tools: Before you get down in the dirt, gather your gear. If you aren’t properly equipped already, head to your local home improvement or gardening supply stores to stock up on the essentials. To get started, you will need: a trowel (weeding, digging small holes), gardening gloves, a watering can and/or hose, a wheelbarrow, a shovel (digging large holes), a rake, shears (pruning), and sun protection.

    Decide how your garden will grow: Once you’ve planned the spot for your garden, you’ll need to decide which type you will grow. The traditional route is an in-ground garden, which uses natural soil and should ideally receive at least six hours of natural, direct light. If you have poor soil, you can ch. ...

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