This Is the Most Profitable Home Improvement—Can You Guess What It Is?

The most profitable improvement homeowners can make to boost their resale value isn’t as sexy as a kitchen with marble counters and stainless-steel appliances, as practical as a dedicated home office, or as fun as a backyard pool or hot tub.

Instead, the work that pays off the most is refinishing or replacing the home’s hardwood floors, according to a recent remodeling impact report from the National Association of Realtors®. Homeowners recouped about 147% of their investment for refinished floors and 118% of what they spent on new flooring when they sold their homes.

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DIY Projects That’ll Make Your Home Much Harder To Sell

So many DIY kits, tips, and tricks seem like a great idea when we see them in our social media feeds. But in the hands of a novice, such projects can go badly awry, look unfinished, or be abandoned altogether if the homeowner runs out of steam.

Ultimately, rather than save you money, these DIY projects can end up costing you when it comes time to sell—because buyers will steer clear or lowball you, due to what they see as cheap or substandard work that they will have to pay to fix.

Here are some of the most popular DIY ideas that experts say would make your home harder to sell—whenever you plan to make the move.

4 Common Culprits of a Smelly Dishwasher (and How To Fix Them)

Maybe you’ve recently cooked up an abundance of dishwasher-clogging meals. Or perhaps you are finally admitting that your dishwasher has reeked like a smelly sock for over a month. Whatever the case, we’re here to help you banish the nastiness from your dishwasher once and for all.

Here are four common causes of smelly dishwashers and tips from cleaning pros to send the stink on its way.

Pull Off a Fast-Paced Military Move

If you’re a service member, you know that when things happen in the military, they happen fast. And that’s especially true for prospective buyers during a Permanent Change of Station, or PCS—when you’ll suddenly be buying a house and making a hurried move to a community you know little or nothing about.

Without the luxury of time to stroll through open houses and compare neighborhoods, you might feel uncertain whether you’re making the right decisions.

Don’t worry! There are a few things you can do to help yourself nail this fast-paced move—with no regrets.

First, contact me!  Then check out this article!

How To Calculate Property Tax

Need to know how to estimate property taxes? You’ve come to the right place! Most people know that homeownership requires coughing up copious amounts of money. There’s your mortgage, of course, but the costs hardly end there. You will also have to pay property tax.

If you already own a home, you can look at how your tax is calculated on the most current property tax statement. If you’re considering buying a home, look on the real estate listing for assessment and tax information, or go to the county website to find out the annual property tax.

Be aware that property taxes can change. The assessed value of your house can go up or down, depending on the local real estate market. Your assessment can also rise or fall depending on changes you make to your house—for example, if you make additions to your property. And the tax rate can change depending on your local government.

Even though the government sends you a tax bill every year and tells you how much you owe in property taxes, it’s important to know how that tax is calculated.

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Tax Benefits of Owning a Home

What are the tax benefits of owning a home? Plenty of homeowners are asking themselves this right around now as they prepare to file their taxes.

You may recall the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act—the most substantial overhaul to the U.S. tax code in more than 30 years—went into effect on Jan. 1, 2018. The result was likely a big change to your taxes, especially the tax perks of homeownership. This revised tax code is still in effect today.

You might be wondering what else besides a change in the standard filing dates you need to beware of before filing your 2021 taxes, like whether your work-from-home setup might qualify for a tax deduction.

Read on to ensure you aren’t missing anything that could save you money!

How To Calculate Property Tax

Most people know that homeownership requires coughing up copious amounts of money. There’s your mortgage, of course, but the costs hardly end there. You will also have to pay property tax.

If you already own a home, you can look at how your tax is calculated on the most current property tax statement. If you’re considering buying a home, look on the real estate listing for assessment and tax information, or go to the county website to find out the annual property tax.

Be aware that property taxes can change. The assessed value of your house can go up or down, depending on the local real estate market. Your assessment can also rise or fall depending on changes you make to your house—for example, if you make additions to your property. And the tax rate can change depending on your local government.

Read more HERE.

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