Renter’s Guide to Renovations: Are These 7 Common Upgrades Worth Doing?

November 26th, 2014
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I’ve always placed great value on turning a house—or apartment—into a home, whether I’ve rented (mostly) or owned (once).

But here’s the rub: As a renter, you can’t exactly knock down walls and tear up floors at will, which means “as is” takes on a whole new meaning.

In my recent search for the perfect New York City rental, I looked at more than 40 prospective pads—and there were some doozies. One had six-foot ceilings but floors so slanted that the appliances seemed to lean away from the walls. (more…)

Prepping Your House for Market: 5 Areas That Will Make or Break Your Inspection

November 24th, 2014

You have butterflies in your stomach. You can’t decide which perfume to use — flowery and feminine or bold so he knows you mean business. Should you start in the kitchen or go straight upstairs? And should you tell him about that thing in the attic?

You have a date with a house inspector, and you can’t back out now.


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A home inspection is a crucial step in putting your house on the market. Buyers need to collect as much information about the property as possible to be sure they’re investing wisely. And for sellers, a poor prognosis can mean the difference between an easy sale and a long list of costly repairs. (more…)

How to Get the Most Out of a Small Bathroom Layout

November 22nd, 2014

A bathroom renovation of any size is most cost effective when designed to occupy the same footprint as existing bathroom space. Plumbing is much less expensive when you’re dealing with replacement rather than changes to the plumbing infrastructure. On the other hand, bumping an adjacent wall out to add space is generally inexpensive.

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