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11 Smart Home Improvement Projects to Tackle This Winter 

Key takeaways:  Home improvement projects may be synonymous with spring. But many don’t require you to even go outside. This can be an ideal time to delve into a few of those tasks that will keep your home in tip-top shape and make your life more comfortable. Read on to learn about 11 home improvement […]
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How to Plan and Pay for Landscaping Projects 

There are several options for financing major outdoor projects. Home equity can be a good source of funds, through loans or a Home Equity Agreement (HEA).

The Pros and Cons of a Home Improvement Loan and Where to Get One 

A home improvement loan is one way to finance a renovation. We look at where to find one and other options to fund your next project.

Home Improvements that Save Energy and Money

Key takeaways:  Reducing energy use and costs are good ideas any time, but with Earth Day around the corner (April 24 this year), you may find a little extra motivation to implement some cost-effective, energy-saving improvements.   Energy-efficient upgrades can make your home more comfortable while significantly lowering energy costs. Plus, you may even be able […]

11 Smart Home Improvement Projects to Tackle This Winter 

Key takeaways:  Home improvement projects may be synonymous with spring. But many don’t require you to even go outside. This can be an ideal time to delve into a few of those tasks that will keep your home in tip-top shape and make your life more comfortable. Read on to learn about 11 home improvement […]

Home Improvements to Support Aging in Place 

Pandemic or not, staying home is the new “in” thing – at least for seniors. According to an AARP Home and Community Preferences survey, about 75% of people over age 50 want to stay in their homes or communities for as long as possible.  Aging in place requires having a home that can accommodate potential […]

Home Sweet Home: 8 Tips for Hiring a Contractor

Key takeaways: In today’s real estate market, more homeowners are turning to remodeling, addition, and/or repair work in lieu of selling and purchasing a new house. Add in the tight labor market, and finding and hiring a contractor can be fraught with frustration, confusion and even scams.  Whether you are planning an addition, getting new […]

Tackling Home Improvement Projects: DIY or Hire a Professional?

Key takeaways: Taking care of your home, inside and out, is important for every homeowner. Doing so maintains and enhances the home’s value, keeps things in working order and makes the house more livable. Yet it can also be expensive, tempting many homeowners to consider tackling some projects on their own. Before diving into a […]

How to Keep Your Home Free From Pests This Summer

No matter what time of year, pests are unwelcome guests. In many parts of the country, though, it’s summer when they become, well, pests. Keeping things under control can vary dramatically by region, state and local areas, but here are some tried-and-true steps you can take – inside and outside of your home – to […]

How to Prepare Your Home’s Exterior for an Appraisal

Key takeaways:  If you’ve ever prepared your home for a sale, you know you don’t take any chances. You probably tidied up all the clutter, cleaned everything, and tried to make your aesthetic choices as neutral as possible, to appeal to as many potential buyers as possible. There’s an argument to be made that you […]

8 Warm-Weather Home Improvements to Enhance Your Home’s Value

Temperatures are rising. Days are getting longer. Flowers are blooming. As your attention – and time – moves outdoors, you may find summer home-improvement projects rising to the top of your list. From quick DIY tasks to more extensive projects requiring professional help, making needed home improvements can  increase enjoyment of your time outside, as well […]

Unlock Technologies Customer Success Story: Marina

This success story features Marina, whose home equity agreement funded needed home repairs.

How To Estimate And Reduce Home Maintenance And Repair Costs

Home maintenance and repair costs don't have to be painful. Here are some tips on how to reduce them.
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