zillow.com - Nothing renews that feeling of pride of ownership more than attending to annual home maintenance tasks (especially once they are completed and behind you). Now that spring has arrived, it’s time to investigate the condition of your home’s exterior — everything from the roof, gutters, siding, and foundation to the lawn, shrubs, trees and garden. The chore isn’t so bad, and with a plan — and the right tools — you can make short work of many of these common tasks:
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realtytimes.com - Many of the homes on the market need some work and some need a lot of care. How do you know what to look for in a fixer-upper? If you're a first-time home buyer, purchasing a fixer-upper can be a good option because the price will be lower. But fixer-upper homes come with flaws and some can be huge.
Why a fixer-upper? In some areas, the housing market is very low on inventory, especially new and/or homes in top shape. Foreclosures and short sales, though, can offer better prices if you can deal with the home's maintenance needs.
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