Why You Need GFCI Outlets in Your Home

  A ground fault circuit interrupter (or “GFCI”) is one of the most Significant life-saving devices ever developed for protecting against serious injury or death caused by electrical shock. While breakers in an electrical panel are designed to protect wiring, GFCIs protect humans. A circuit interrupter has a very simple job… it monitors the amount

Does It Make Sense to Move Up?

  The idea of moving up to a larger home can be an exciting prospect, but here are a few questions to ask yourself to make sure it is the right decision for you. *  First, and most importantly, do you have sufficient income to afford the additional costs such as higher mortgage, maintenance, property

What Is a Sump Pump?

A sump pump is a device used to remove ground water from underneath your home. Let’s take a look at how it works. A sump pump is usually installed in the lowest part of a basement or crawlspace. Its job is to continually keep the area under the building dry and to prevent it from

What Documents to Keep After Closing

  There’s lots of paperwork involved in a real estate transaction. Here is a list of the documents you should keep after the closing: *  The purchase agreement and all attachments. *  The seller disclosure form. *  The home inspection report. *  The HUD-1 settlement statement that itemizes your closing costs. *  The deed that states

Things to Look for When House Hunting

  Finding the home of your dreams is exciting, but when you think you’ve found “the one,” here are a few things to look closer at to avoid future surprises: *  Check the condition of the windows, making sure they open and close and show no signs of deterioration. *  Check the walls and ceilings,

Inexpensive Ways to Improve Curb Appeal

  Whether or not you are selling your home, it’s always a good idea to be thinking about how to improve your home’s curb appeal. Here are some low-cost suggestions: *  Dress up your front door by painting it, replacing it, or simply replacing the hardware if it is dated or worn. *  Consider adding

How to Find a Good Handyman

A handyman is a person with a wide range of skills making various household repairs. Here are some tips for finding a reliable handyman. * First, make a list of the home repairs you need. Ask your relatives, friends and neighbors if they can recommend anyone to complete your projects. * Check sites like Angie’s

Proper Use of Extension Cords in the Home

Extension cords are meant for temporary use, but they are often misused. When used improperly, extension cords can cause serious electric shocks, fires, and even death. The following tips can help protect you, your family and your home: * Before using an extension cord, examine it for any damage. * Always use three-pronged extension cords,

Reasons to Not Sell “For Sale by Owner”

Every seller wants to make as much money as possible on the sale of their home, but if you are thinking about becoming a “For Sale by Owner,” your lack of experience could prove costly. Here’s why: How will you arrive at a competitive offering price? Are you familiar with the disclosure laws in your