5 Things to Overlook When House Hunting

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Have you guys ever seen the show “House Hunters”? We watch the iconic HGTV show fairly often, and always laugh when buyers can’t seem to overlook some of the easily-fixable items in a home. If I had a dollar every time a buyer says they can’t possibly imagine buying a home that doesn’t have stainless steel appliances…well I think I’d be able to afford one heck of a house.

If you’re house hunting, keep an open mind and overlook some areas in the homes you see. All five of these things to overlook when house hunting can easily be changed, and should by no means ever be deal-breakers! In fact, looking for homes that lack in these areas might lead you to a seller more desperate for offers, and more willing to negotiate. (more…)

10 Tips: How to Get your Rental Deposit Back

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We’ve already chatted about ways to make your rental feel a little homier and comfier. But when it’s time to move, you’ve got a big task on your to-do list… get that rental deposit back! That means that those holes in the walls from your gallery wall need to be filled, and everything should be fresh & lookin’ good for your landlord.

We’ve compiled a list of 10 tips for how to get your rental deposit back, so you can pick up that big ol’ check when it’s time to move on out. (more…)

Hidden Costs of Homeownership

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My husband and I are currently looking to buy a home in Chicago (we know right where to find move help in Chicagoland)) and it’s been one heck of an emotional roller coaster. Excitement, fear, anxiety…let’s just say that making this big purchase is a bumpy ride.

While we have many must-haves for our new pad (2 bedrooms, quiet neighborhood, close to public transportation), by far the biggest factor is our BUDGET. (more…)

7 Temporary Decorating Tips for Renters

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We are big believers in the idea that you should make every place you live feel like home. Heck, that’s why we have an entire blog about personalizing your space. We don’t care if you’re in your “forever home” or if your lease ends in 6 months…you should take some time to create a home that reflects your style, personality, and interests.

But now you’re thinking, “I rent and my landlord won’t let me do anything to make my pad more cozy.” Well renters, it’s time to rejoice. Gone are the days of staring at blank white walls devoid of any personality. There are plenty of ways to transform your rental, and still get your deposit back when it’s time to move onto another place.

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(And when you’re ready to get that deposit back, don’t move without Moving 101)

 

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Renting vs. Buying: What’s Right for You?

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Renting Vs. Buying a Home

Buying a home is probably going to be one of the biggest financial decisions of your life, so it’s definitely something you’re going to put a lot of time & thought into before taking the plunge. But how do you know when it’s the right time to take the leap and purchase a place of your own? Well, we can’t make that decision for you…but we can dive into some of the pros of both renting & buying. Perhaps seeing everything listed out will help as you navigate this big decision. (more…)

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