December 5, 2019

A professional handyman service can tackle a number of small jobs and save you lots of time and effort. But some work will still require the expertise of a licensed specialist. So, how do you know when to hire one over the other? Here are five jobs perfect for a handyman (and a few hints on when to call on the experts).

1. Any job you could do yourself

The kinds of projects you could DIY (if you had the time, tools and patience) are perfect for a handyman. A seemingly simple job like mounting a TV or replacing a door can take the average homeowner hours, while an experienced handyman pro can get the same job done quickly and efficiently.

Pro tip: To get the best use of their time — and make the most of their hourly rate — hire a handyman to tackle several jobs in one visit.

2. Replace a toilet, faucet or outlet

Replacing fixtures and switches doesn’t usually require a license. So, a handyman with experience in the field should be able to do the work. Generally speaking, if you’re swapping o...

December 4, 2019

Like other home projects, you might be able to do some pest control yourself. A can of Raid will keep bugs at bay for a while. But for bigger problems, such as recurring mice or rabbits, you’ll want to call on a professional.

Here’s what you can expect to pay for pest control treatments.

Single-Visit Pest Control

You can hire a company to perform a single pest application. The cost will vary depending on type of pest, but you’ll typically pay more for a one-time treatment. It’s also not as effective in the long term. Professionals compare it to housecleaning. The first deep clean takes longer and costs more. But future visits take less time and effort.

Ongoing Pest Control

Each pest control company operates differently. But most set a schedule visits every 1, 2, 4 or 6 months. The more frequent the visits, the lower the cost per visit. A long-term pest control contract is the most effective way to rid your home of insects and rodents.

The size of your property and the level of infestation wi...

Unless you have a ton of cash readily available, you’ll need to borrow money to buy and renovate a distressed property. But obtaining a loan for a house flip isn't like getting a conventional loan for a home you intend to actually live in.

November 6, 2019

Real estate agents often work very closely with your lender and end up knowing quite a bit about your personal financial situation. Maybe you have more credit card debt than you let on. Are these details of your life you want to share with friends and family?

November 1, 2019

This is when you should start working on that resolution, not in January. This is the time of year most people spend way too much money, use up all their savings, and run up credit card balances. Those are not the steps to prepare for buying a house.

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