Should You Hire an Architect?

If your house is about to go through a major construction project, you’ll need some helping hands. You may already have a contractor in mind, but is that the only pro you need to hire? Depending on the project, you may also need to hire an architect.

But hiring an architect is not a small cost to consider. In fact, according to ImproveNet, the average cost of an architect is nearly $5,000, which, for most people, is a significant amount of their project budget.

So is an architect worth all that money? And how do you know if you can get by without one? We turned to the experts to find out.

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How To Hire a Home Builder

Building a home is a huge investment of time and money. The exciting part: You’ll get exactly what you want in your dream home. But building something from nothing can also become a terrifyingly messy process if you aren’t prepared.

The upshot is, you need to hire the right builder so your project goes as smoothly as possible.

An experienced homebuilder will help you every step of the way—from planning the design, coordinating with an architect, handling permitting, and helping you set a budget to keeping the project on track. But how do you find this key team player?

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Questions To Ask Your Partner Before Buying a House Together

If you’re hoping to buy a house with your significant other, it can be easy to get caught up in the fun stuff, like deciding the style of home you’d love (Victorian, midcentury modern, Cape Cod?) and finding the perfect neighborhood (downtown or middle of the woods?).

It’s a cliche among successful couples that communication is key, and that’s especially true if you’re planning to buy a house together. So before you get too serious and start poring through real estate listings, pop these four questions first.

5 Reasons You Might Really Regret Moving to the Burbs

Once you have a house and yard, all kinds of responsibilities arise. Arranging your books and throw pillows inside is the fun part. But there’s a ton of nonfun stuff to wrangle. The trees need checking to ensure a branch isn’t about to fall and crush your car pancake-flat, like in a cartoon. Fences rot and begin tilting. There are gutters to be cleaned, chimneys with caked-on creosote to be scrubbed out, and all matter of masonry, drainage, and roof issues to be addressed.

Here are some other things to think about…

What To Expect in 2021’s Housing Market

Few will be reluctant to say goodbye to 2020. With vaccines rolling out, the days of the deadly pandemic that bludgeoned the nation’s economy seem to be numbered. Good riddance! But the soaring home prices that became a hallmark of the COVID-19 crisis may be here to stay.

Realtor.com®’s 2021 housing forecast predicts record-high prices will continue rising in 2021, delivering a blow to first-time buyers and those on a budget. Mortgage interest rates, which hit historic lows this year and helped fuel the go-go growth in U.S. housing markets, are also expected to tick up again, making monthly housing payments ever more expensive.

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10 Drastically Different Design Trends for 2021

Many of us have never felt more desperate for a fresh start and a new beginning. And since it’s not like we’re leaving the house anytime soon, it makes perfect sense that the first place to start anew would be at home. (Plus, decorating and home renovation projects are a pretty good distraction from ever-present existential dread, if we do say so ourselves.)

If you’re looking to do a design overhaul, you’re probably also looking for some inspiration—so we asked real estate and design experts to weigh in on what they anticipate will be the biggest home trends of 2021. It turns out, with all the stress that 2020 brought to our lives, it also influenced some defining changes in the way we decorate, design, and live in our homes.

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