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4 Investments Worth Making in Your First Home

Guest Post: Suhayl Laher, Marketing Coordinator at Tiles Direct
Posted by Matthew Hillier on January 07, 2020 in  Buying a Home  Homeowner Tips  Homeownership  New Homeowner
In today’s post, we’re offering some advice for first-time homeowners on areas where spending a little bit more is likely to pay off in the long-run. From valuable aesthetic updates in key areas such as the kitchen, bathroom and living room to installing smart heating systems and insulation to prioritize energy efficiency, our tips will leave you inspired to make the most out of your first home update.Replace flooringFlooring has the power to change a room entirely, so it should go without saying that t... read more
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Keep Your Heating Bills in Check This Winter

Guest Post: Amy Freeman, Blue Matter Blog Contributor
Posted by Matthew Hillier on December 03, 2019 in  Homeowner Tips  Winter
Winter is coming, and with that comes sky-high heating bills... If your gas or electric bill spikes every year from December through March, it’s time to do something about it. There’s no reason why you need to pay an arm and a leg to keep your home comfortably warm all winter long. Fix Up Your FurnaceIf your furnace is working harder than it needs to, you’re likely to see higher heating bills throughout the winter. Before the temperatures fall too much, have a repair company come out and tune... read more
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Summer is a great time to take time off and enjoy some TLC on vacation. However, most of us are so focused on the excitement of our trips that we don’t take much time to consider the security of our homes while we’re away. Studies show that burglaries take place 10% more in the summer than in the winter. Keep your home protected while on vacation with these 4 helpful tips.#1 Lock All Windows & DoorsOver 30% of burglars enter a home through unlocked doors and/or windows. To avoid this mishap, ensurin... read more
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How to Buy a Home in Your Twenties

Posted by Matthew Hillier on May 28, 2019 in  Buying a Home  Homeowner Tips  Homeownership
We’ve got to give it to the millennial generation; they’re an educated, tech-savvy bunch that typically knows what they want. Lately, we’ve been finding that many twenty-somethings in this group have recently decided that they want to buy their first home. There are apps for just about everything out there, but swiping right isn’t going to get you into your first home. Instead, try these five tips on how to buy a home in your twenties: 1. Decide You’re Ready to Commit It’s proba... read more
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If you feel like you’re being drenched by utility bills, you may be looking for ways to cut your monthly costs. While utilities like internet and cable TV may seem like obvious targets, your water bill can also run much higher than necessary. Missing water bill payments could also eventually hurt your credit score. While most utilities don’t report on-time payments to the credit bureaus, many will report accounts that have gone into default or collections, which will cause your scores to take a hit. The... read more
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