Stay organized and focused on your quest for a new home, to make the search easier and avoid surprises later

12 House-Hunting Tips to Help You Make the Right Choice

In the hunt for the perfect house, it’s easy to get swept away by a home’s most charming details (a gracious front porch) and play down the important stuff you’ll be kicking yourself for later (the price is over budget). And if you are touring multiple open houses each weekend, keeping everything straight can get complicated.

Set your priorities and streamline the house-hunting process early on, and you can breathe easier knowing you have a handle on things. It’s probably the most important purchase you will ever make, so take a few deep breaths and make a plan before diving in — you’ll be glad you did.

These 12 tips can help you stay organized and focused on the important things during your house hunt.

Help your home renovation go smoothly and stay on budget with this wise advice from a pro

Contractor Tips: Top 10 Home Remodeling Don’ts

Whether you work with a general contractor or act as one on your own project, getting a glimpse into the mind of a contractor can give you a new perspective into remodeling projects around your home.

I’ve learned a lot working as a contractor, and some of those lessons can help homeowners too. What you do is just as important as what you don’t do, and sometimes a homeowner’s instinct can negatively affect a home renovation project.

How do you know if you’re helping or hurting your project? Read on to find out and to see what can help simplify your home remodel.