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Blog Archives: January 2017 — December 2017

How to decide if it's time to replace your windows and where to get started.

June 10, 2017
KC Cormack
Before you dive into replacing your windows, the first step is to carefully evaluate the pros and cons. Replacing your windows is no small investment. The average cost to replace the windows in a home is in the five-figure range. Even if replacing your windows results in huge energy savings, it can take years and years for the investment to pay off. If you’re truly ready to replace them—whether it’s for energy and comfort, an aesthetic upgrade, or your current windows are simply beyond repair—here are a few things to keep in mind. Pick ...

5 Tips for Maintaining Houseplants

June 04, 2017
KC Cormack
Adding plants to your home will give it a fresher and brighter feel and will also improve your home’s air quality. Although it does take a little bit of work and consistency to maintain your plants, but it’s well worth the effort. Here are a few tips for keeping your plants looking great. Plants love the extra nutrients from your leftover cooking water that can’t be found straight from the tap. Instead of dumping the water right after boiling vegetables, let it cool and use it to water your plants. Rather than throwing your used ...

A little extra preparation and ingenuity goes a long way toward a better paint job

May 30, 2017
KC Cormack
Painting is one of the most inexpensive ways to give your home a makeover. Whether it’s updating an old bathroom paint scheme or adding a bold accent wall, painting can totally transform a room. But painting can be a big hassle and come with tons of prep work and clean up. Here are a few of Breakthrough Broker’s top tips to make your painting experience more enjoyable and lead to a more professional finish. A drop cloth will protect your floors, but a thick and durable drop cloth is also a little clumsy to maneuver. For smaller, awkward ...

5 Factors That Affect Your Property Value

May 11, 2017
Amy Yuen
If you are considering selling your home, your first question is likely “how much is my home worth?” There are many factors that determine the value of your property and the price you ultimately receive will depend on the motivation between you, the buyer, and market conditions. Although many of the elements are out of your control, understanding these five factors will help you leverage your strengths and understand your bargaining power. Location is the single most important factor in determining the value of your home! That’s why a ...

Hidden Homeowner Costs

May 11, 2017
Toby Jackson
Budgeting for buying a home can be difficult enough when you're just weighing mortgage options and a purchase price. But there are many other factors that go into the cost of home ownership. Some of them are one-time expenses that you'll pay during the home buying process, while others will be recurring costs for as long as you own the home. Closing costs There are several smaller fees that add up to a rather large sum when you're going through the closing process-loan fees, escrow fees, underwriting fees, and more. They typically add up ...

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