Tuesday, February 11, 2020 / by Brian Ness
They’re cute. They’re cuddly. And they’re oh so very messy! We are, of course, talking about dogs, those irresistible masses of fur and drool that bring so much joy to so many lives and households.
But as any dog parent would attest, it’s really not all love and affection with these four-legged family members. In fact, sharing your home with a dog (or several) comes with a variety of challenges—not the least of which is maintaining a tidy home.
Thankfully, having dogs and keeping your house neat while you’re at it are really not mutually exclusive concepts. You may even be surprised that it’s easier done than said—and won’t break the bank to boot. Here’s how.
The best way to keeping a clean house is to make sure that there’s nothing to clean in the first place. This is, of course, impossible when you have a pet, but it can be made considerably more manageable. Containing your dog’s myriad messe ...
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 / by Brian Ness
If you don’t use your garage for vehicle storage, it is probably space that rarely gets any attention. However, if you need a home office, it pays to consider turning your garage into a workspace you can be proud of. But it is not as easy as popping a chair and desk next to the water heater. Transforming this space into a professional showplace takes planning.
Before You Begin
Before you start putting up walls and rerouting the HVAC, check with the county codes department to ensure you can remodel this existing space. In most cases, you’ll be granted a building permit, but there are other things to consider as well. Your HOA, for example, may restrict what you can do, or it might require that renovations be approved before beginning.
Along the same vein, if you don’t have a garage but plan to build one, you will need a building permit. Your structure has to meet zoning requirements, and you’ll have to submit a plan to the Rochester Planning Departmen ...
Friday, July 12, 2019 / by Brian Ness
Owning A Rental Property: The Best And Worst Aspects
Owning a rental property comes with a lot of responsibilities and considerations, but many Americans are finding that it’s a great way to invest in something that will pay off well. If you already own a property and want to convert it or are interested in buying a new home in order to rent it out, there are many ways you can go about it; however, there are some things to think about first. Location is crucial, as is knowing how to market the home to attract renters. You’ll need to figure out whether you’re going to rent out the home year-round or if your budget will allow for seasonal bookings, since the cost of maintaining a big house can be high, especially in certain areas of the country.
There are many pros and cons when it comes to setting up a rental home, so it’s important to simply weigh them to see whether becoming a property owner will benefit you. The costs can be high, but if your home h ...
Friday, June 21, 2019 / by Brian Ness
Buyer demand continues to outpace the supply of homes for sale. This means that buyers are often competing with one another for the few listings that are available.
Housing inventory is still under the 6-month supply needed to sustain a normal housing market.
Now may be the time for you and your family to move on and start living the life you desire!
Thursday, June 20, 2019 / by Brian Ness
Young buyers (Millennials & Gen Z) have waited longer than previous generations to enter the housing market for their first home. However, this hasn’t stopped them from dreaming about the home they will eventually buy. Many spend hours searching listings and building Pinterest boards of their favorite home features.
According to a survey from Open Listings, 70% of single renters are more likely to spend their Sunday nights swiping through house listings than dating profiles.
All that time window shopping has led 45% of millennials to expect the first home they buy to be their “dream home”! They are willing to wait longer, save more for a larger down payment, and are pickier about the listings they want to tour and the features that they want to see in their first home.
Waiting a little longer to buy a home than their parents or grandparents did has also helped young buyers become more established in their careers prior to ...