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    Home Ownership 101: How To Make Your Property Work For You

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    Purchasing a home is a huge investment. Whether you finance your home for 15, 20, or 30 years, the thought of making payments and accruing interest for a long period of time can seem daunting. Luckily there are some creative options that can allow you to actually make money from your home and save money while you are living in it. Here’s how to make your property work for you. *This post contains affiliate links.

    Property Investment

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    Property investment can provide massive amount of income with very little effort on your part after the initial investment is made. While it may take a few years to build up enough equity in your home to borrow against it, eventually you may be able to use your home as collateral toward investment property such as a local rental you can manage, or investment in a vacation property or time share. Using your own property to get you started in real estate investment can be a gateway to financial freedom.

     

     

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    In addition, if you have the space you can even rent out a portion of your own home. For example, my husband and I have considered converting the space above our garage into an apartment for rent which could provide long term income that might even be enough to cover our primary mortgage payment after the initial investment costs are paid off.

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    If you don’t have garage space, you could convert an attic or even build a “tiny house” on your property to rent out as well.

     

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    Grow and sell at local Farmer’s Markets

    Even if you don’t have a huge farm, you can more than likely find some place on your property to grow herbs, tomatoes or other easy growing vegetables that you can sell at local farmer’s markets seasonally. Not only will this provide you with a bit of extra money, it can also be an extremely rewarding hobby. You will also be helping to invest back into your community while engaging in sustainable farming practices at the same time.

     

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    Write Off A Portion Of Your Home On Your Taxes

    Of course you don’t have to stop with growing and selling herbs and produce! You can also start a small business from home. For example you might try making soaps, selling vintage wares online, or you may even want to use a section of your home as  a photography or music lessons studio. If you are a full time blogger or if you use any portion of your home as an office, workshop, or a place to store supplies you may be able to claim some of these expenses on your taxes, once again giving you an opportunity to make your property work for you.

     

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    Sell Your Junk For Extra Cash

    Of course you can always hold an annual or semi-annual yard sale to make some extra money from home. If you spend ample time cleaning and decluttering you are likely to find quite a bit of excess junk that can result in a rather lucrative sale. Don’t forget to advertise well in local newspapers, Facebook groups and Craigslist. There may be collectors who are searching for some of the very books, CDs, records, DVDs, and video games that you no longer want cluttering up your home. Often times flea market vendors will be looking for yard sales so that they may offer you a full buy out at the end of your sale.

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    If you just hate all the work of putting together a rummage sale, you can always sell your items on consignment. There are many different vendors that will take old clothes (as long as they are clean and stain free) as well as household items and collectibles. Decluttering and reselling your unused junk is a great way to make some extra cash.

     

    Make your home more ENERGY EFFICIENT

    Making your home more energy efficient might not necessarily make you money from your property, but it will help you save money that can be invested back into other areas of the home. Switching to sustainable energy solutions can involve adopting different lights within the home, as well as purchasing a smart meter to monitor energy use within the home and control it wherever you are. Furthermore, renewable energy such as solar panels on the home (when possible) will provide you with year-round energy and save you money in the long run. The world is putting further emphasis on green energy, and so going along with the trend will not only help your finances but the environment, too.

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    Another way to save energy is by updating your insulation throughout your home. This is something that a lot of people forget when considering how to improve efficiency, but it can have a massive difference, especially during the colder months of the year.

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    Rent Out Your Property For Special Events

    If you are lucky enough to own a unique or historic property or farmland, you might want to consider renting a portion of your property for special events such as birthday parties, bridal showers and weddings. For example, if you happen to have a barn, you are likely to have many people who may be interested in having a wedding or reception there.

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    Don’t forget the possibility of hosting seasonal activities such as corn mazes, hay rides  or even selling pumpkins or flowers from your land.  A friend of mine had no experience whatsoever farming pumpkins, and only a couple of acres to experiment with, but within a few years she and her husband had made huge profits from starting a pumpkin farm. Now their farm is  well established and their property is allowing them to make a rather large sum of money each fall with very little expense.

    Note: If you do decide to host events on your property, be sure to obtain legal advice and purchase appropriate business and liability insurance.

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    For even larger profits, there may even be the possibility of renting your property out for  TV and movie sets. While it might seem like a lot of intrusion, film crews will pay big, big money for the chance to film scenes in and around your house if you have a historic or picturesque property. Of course this may certainly disrupt your life for a while and there is definitely the potential for mess. However, the production company responsible for filming will – and absolutely should – provide compensation for any damages incurred.

    Exploring Your Options

    Finding out how to make your property work for you is something that can take a little bit of time, but it can really pay off in the long run. With a little bit of creativity and planning you can make your property work for you, allowing you to have more time and opportunities to enjoy all the things you truly love about your home. I have been using my home as a music lessons studio for years, and this year I am planning to expand my garden in order to hopefully grow enough herbs to sell at the local farmer’s market. I also dream of being able to use our home equity for real estate investing some day. Do you have any other ways you will be utilizing your property for income? I love hearing your ideas too!

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    Home Ownership 101: How To Make A New House Feel Like Home

    How To Make A New House Feel Like Home

    Most homeowners would agree that there’s a huge difference between buying a house and creating a home.  A house is a physical structure that can simply be purchased, whereas a home is something that evolves over time. I have moved many times over the past few years, as my husband and I have enjoyed the process of renovating and “flipping” a few houses. While it can take a while to truly bond with a house, here are a few tips I have learned that will help you get settled in and connect with your new home as quickly as possible.

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    Home Ownership 101: How To Prevent Potential Household Problems

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    In my previous post as part of my Home Ownership 101 series, I shared how to prepare for various disasters and emergencies which can strike our homes at any time. Today’s post is just a quick addendum, which emphasizes prevention of several of those unfortunate events as well as tips for recognizing a few other issues which could turn up in the future. Simply being aware of potential problems and taking steps to prevent them can help you avoid emergencies, financial loss, or even health consequences down the road and give you some peace of mind at the same time. *This post contains affiliate links.  Read more

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    Elegant Kitchen Update Ideas

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    It’s getting closer to spring, and I am becoming more indecisive about which direction I want to go with some of the kitchen updates we are planning. It seems the more I search, the more options I start to consider. While I love my cozy, homespun cottage, farmhouse style kitchen, there are also those more glamorous French Country and modern kitchens that seem to catch my attention on Pinterest and in magazines. While I probably would never go for a “high end” look (simply because I could never part with my vintage kitchen junk!) I am looking for easy ways to make some elegant changes to the kitchen. Since staying within our budget is always a priority, I decided to create a post to share some elegant kitchen updates that can work in any kitchen regardless of budget. Even if all of these updates cannot be made at once, just one or two can add  elegance. And just for extra inspiration I have thrown in some gorgeous and elegant kitchens as eye candy!

    Luxurious White cabinets to ceiling, nice have to have big drawers, Be still my heart!!!!

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    Elegant Kitchen Updates

     Cabinet Doors And Hardware

    Before ripping out fixtures or tearing the cabinets from the walls, you might want to think about simply upgrading the kitchen cabinets. You can update your kitchen without spending too much money simply by changing the cabinet doors. Rather than replacing the entire cabinets, you can resurface the doors, repaint them or even replace them altogether with doors that have glass windows. 

    Kitchen cabinets - like the interesting look of not all the cabinets being at the same level.

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    If you choose to repaint your cabinets, consider a bold color such as black for cabinet bases. You can even remove upper cabinets altogether and use open shelves instead for drastic new look. You can then repurpose the upper cabinets for storage in the basement or a craft room.

     

    Whether you're starting from scratch with a new reno (lucky!) or just looking for a simple update or refresh for your kitchen, changing up your hardware is a small way to make a big impact

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    Transform standard builder grade cabinets into custom with the addition of rope molding, paint & glaze (and maybe a little crown molding on top) - the blog doesn't tell you how to do it, but with Pinterest, it shouldn't be hard to find out... by holly

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    By sanding down the cabinet doors and restaining or varnishing them, you can give them a completely new look. Adding molding and trim is another great way to achieve the look of high end cabinets for a fraction of the cost.  For some great tips on sanding and varnishing wood be sure to check out: The Guardian. If you don’t want to repaint, resurface or repaint your cabinet doors you can simply change out the hardware for a drastic update.

     

     

    Update The Countertop

    If you new countertops are in your budget then you can certainly change the whole look of your kitchen and give it a designer edge by purchasing high end marble or granite from Worldstone . Either could give your kitchen a designer edge and ensure it looks absolutely fantastic.

    That arabesque backsplash is gorgeous!

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    If granite or marble isn’t in your budget, you can try DIY Giani Counter Resurfacing to achieve a high end look on a budget.

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    Add A Unique Feature

    Consider adding a unique feature that will make your kitchen feel more elegant. An appliance garage can keep your kitchen cabinets and countertops clutter free while concealing appliances that are used daily and making them easily accessible.

    Declutter with an Appliance Garage ... " Include an electrical outlet at the back of the cabinet for convenience."

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    Microwave, toaster oven, coffee appliances all together and hidden behind doors. Love this!

    You can also keep unsightly garbage cans hidden by installing a pull out trash can in an island or underneath a cabinet.

    Step by step tutorial on how to take a existing drawer and door and turn it into a pull out trash can. This will save you hundreds of dollars!

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    Update The Backsplash

    While beadboard is perfect for farmhouse and cottage kitchens, consider tile or brick for a touch of old world elegance.

    Breathtaking 29 French Country Kitchen Modern Design Ideas https://decoratop.co/2017/11/06/29-french-country-kitchen-modern-design-ideas/ Pairing stone slab countertops with a pure stone tile backsplash is an extremely popular appearance. If you don't have a current kitchen backsplash, it's the suitable time to have an excellent chance and add elegance and attractive one for only a few...

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    Chip and Joanna make over a large mid-century home, taking full advantage of a hefty renovation budget to create grand, luxurious spaces that are classically elegant with a touch of French country.

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    Add Glam Lighting

    Could I just transplant most of this kitchen to my house? CA kitchen reno in which I love almost everything.

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    Adding a glamorous light fixture or chandelier in place of a pot rack or utilitarian light is a really easy way to add elegance.

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    Use Fresh Flowers

    Last but certainly not least, displaying a bouquet of fresh flowers is probably the quickest and easiest way to add beauty and elegance to a kitchen. While flowers can’t be called an “update” they can certainly keep the kitchen looking bright and fresh.

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    Granite Countertops - Even though this material is in just about every kitchen these days, people are starting to favor countertops that are more versatile and low-maintenance, like quartz. "Granite is durable, I will give it that, but it lacks the beauty of marble or the sleekness of quartz," Crowell told Trulia. See other decor trends to say goodbye to in 2018 at HouseBeautiful.com.

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    As with any home renovation project or makeover, simple changes can have a huge impact. While I am still not sure which of these elegant changes I might want to incorporate when we start our kitchen makeover, I am certain I will be using fresh flowers as often as possible! I hope you have enjoyed these ideas and photos I have shared today. As we move forward into the makeover I will be sharing a few more inspirational kitchen round up posts as well. Now I am off to explore all the link ups at Thursday Favorite Things to see what fun ideas other bloggers are sharing. Be sure to come over and check out the party, it’s so much fun! See you there!

    Amber

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