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Tackle your "to-do" list with our Home Maintenance Checklist Life is busy. Kids, work, meals, appointments - the list goes on. And hey homeowner, you still have to squeeze out time to clean the gutters (yuk!) and change your furnace filter. We've put together this monthly Home Maintenance Checklist to help you tackle your chores in bite-sized chunks so you have time for the bigger things in life.
You might think that a mortgage company is going to push a home loan for every little home improvement project you may want to do. But here's the thing about doing that: not everyone needs to finance home improvements. It's a shocking truth some lenders don't want you to know. But it's the truth. Not everyone needs to borrow money for home improvement financing, just like not everyone should buy a house. Sometimes renting is better for some folks, just like some folks can perform do-it-yourself upgrades with no financing.
*UPDATE: This article originally focused on the HomePath Renovation loan. That program was discontinued in October 2014. However, other renovation mortgage options do exist - like FHA 203k and HomeStyle Renovation! I was watching TV over the weekend, and saw a promo for a couple of Mike Holmes shows on DIY-network. It got me thinking: a lot of folks love do-it-your-self work. While home improvement loans don't promote DIY work necessarily, it's not out of the question. The FHA 203k is less forgiving, but HomePath Renovation lays out specific guidelines for just this occasion. Let's look at 5 do-it-yourself repairs you can do under the HomePath Renovation mortgage. Download our Ultimate Guide to Home Improvement Loans and learn more about all your renovation options.
If you've ever been the last to shower in a houseful of people, you often know what's coming before you step naked into the bath: bone-chilling, teeth-chattering ice cold water. If you're having water problems, however, without the houseful of people, it's time to spend some time evaluating your electric water heater. Electric water heater problems can cause a variety of symptoms, including issues with water temperature, leaks, discoloration, odor and noise. Here's a step-by-step process to help you troubleshoot your water heater problems.