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Home Improvement Search Engine

April 29th, 2007 No comments

When you search “home improvement,” chances are good that you’re looking for DIY or home repair information, not fan info on the popular Tim Allen TV show. Now you can get focused home repair and improvement search results from the best, most helpful sites on the Web by using the Home Improvement Search Engine, brought to you by yours truly. We will be working with Google’s technology to serve-up expert results that are very specific to your topic…and to weed out the less helpful results. When you check it out, notice that you can add this search engine to your blog, Web page, or Google home page.
Try it! Home Improvement Search Engine.
–Don Vandervort

© 2007, Don Vandervort, HomeTips.com

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Before You Buy a House…

April 11th, 2007 No comments

Are you thinking about buying a house? Considering the absurdly high home prices in most regions, it’s more important than ever to get the biggest possible bang for your buck (or 500,000 bucks, as the case may be). To do this, of course, you need to do plenty of shopping to make sure the homes you’re considering are competitively priced.

But once you’ve narrowed it down and gotten really serious about a particular house, the most critical next step is to have a home inspector thoroughly check it out. Getting a really good professional house inspector–and having him or her give you a complete report on the house you’re thinking about buying–can give you reasonable peace of mind that you’ll be making a solid purchase. The last thing you want to do is sink your hard-earned dollars into fixing the foundation, replacing the plumbing, or eliminating termites from The Money Pit. For a complete report, see the free HomeTips guide on Selecting a Home Inspector. Before you actually hire an inspector, you may want to perform a basic inspection yourself (so you don’t waste your money if the house can’t clear a few fundamental hurdles). For more about this, see Home Inspections: 10 Things to Check Yourself.

© 2007, Don Vandervort, HomeTips.com

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