Every home needs regular maintenance. But sometimes, it’s the small tasks that are the most neglected – changing out light fixtures, fixing a leaky faucet, installing a ceiling fan or replacing loose shingles.
1.) Demand Is High
Homes are selling at a pace not seen since 2007. The most recent Existing Home Sales Report by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) showed that annual sales in 2012 increased 9.2% over 2011. There are buyers out there right now and they are serious about purchasing.
You can deduct the cost of mortgage loan interest from your federal and state income taxes, as well as the property taxes you pay as a home owner. The value of your home will appreciate over time. And nothing beats the joy of having a place to call your own.
Should I use a Realtor?
Absolutely! The detailed process of buying a home, qualifying for a mortgage and signing the papers at closing can be overwhelming for even experienced buyers. A Realtor can help you find a home to meet your needs and price range; negotiate the best price; guide you through the paperwork; and serve as a trusted advisor during the home-buying process – and beyond.
Many of life’s little household emergencies often start with a water issue – either a leak or a lack of it. At best, it’s an inconvenience. At worst, it’s a flood. But either way, it’s a problem that likely needs immediate (and sometimes expert) attention.
While many plumbing problems can be remedied with simple tools or a temporary fix, it’s always a wise plan to build a relationship with a local and trusted plumber. But when should you fix it yourself and when should you hire a professional?
That depends on the type of problem and your comfort level and skills. Here are some common plumbing problems that you may be able to remedy yourself: