Pricing Your Project – Home Building: 8 Ways to Stick to Your Budget

When remodeling or adding on, know thyself, plan well, and beware of ‘scope creep’! Inevitably, any new client will ask me “How much will the project cost?” The answer isn’t always straightforward and easy. You see, a home construction budget, in both its creation and its maintenance, is more art than science. Sure, it’s easy […]

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Do-It-Yourself Home Energy Audits – Energy Savers

U.S. Department of Energy – Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy You can easily conduct a home energy audit yourself. With a simple but diligent walk-through, you can spot many problems in any type of house. When auditing your home, keep a checklist of areas you have inspected and problems you found. This list will help […]

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Estate Planning Essentials: 8 Steps to Protect Your Family

By Kate Ashford Nobody likes to think about estate planning — except perhaps for estate lawyers. It’s simultaneously morbid and boring, and you probably already have a long enough to-do list. The gutters are full of leaves and the kids need fall clothes — why worry about power of attorney? But look at it this […]

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12 Tough Questions to Ask Your Parents

Hey Dad, how’s the game? Oh, and do you want to be buried or cremated? And how much money are you leaving me?” The mere idea of having a talk with your elderly parents about their finances and estate planning is enough to make you wish for swine flu this Thanksgiving — anything to help […]

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Death in the Family: 12 Things to Do Now

The death of a loved one imposes cruel demands on the closest survivors. You, more than anyone, need time and space to handle your emotions, gather your thoughts and say goodbye. And yet demands are suddenly coming from all sides. You need to make quick decisions, from funeral flowers to financial matters, from how to […]

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