Thinking about selling your home?

Written by Donald Lee

Owning a home isrepparttar original American dream. It’srepparttar 118019 old frontier spirit, wanting to claim your own tuft ofrepparttar 118020 New World. Then again, these days it also makes perfect economic sense. Experts estimate that all ofrepparttar 118021 homes inrepparttar 118022 United States alone are worth a combined $14 trillion. That goes a long way to explain why a housing boom has been sweepingrepparttar 118023 globe.

Where there is a boom, though, there may be a bust. Read any headline from your local newspaper, and you’ll see headlines such as “Bye-Bye, Housing Boom” to “Housing Boom is Leveling Off.” Some economic forecasters predict a bubble that may be about to burst. They make you wonder: am I missingrepparttar 118024 boat?

Whether you’re looking to cash in on this real estate bubble before it pops—or simply wanting to move to a bigger home or move acrossrepparttar 118025 country—selling your home can be more a nightmare than a dream. Not only do you have to find and trust a real estate agent. You need to prep your home for open houses. You need to haggle with prospective buyers. Not to mention, you have to worry aboutrepparttar 118026 moving and selling of all of your valuables.

It’s almost enough to make you want to live in one home forrepparttar 118027 rest of your life—just as folks did in your grandparents’ day. Then again, your home is worth a percentage of that $14 trillion. Don’t you want to see just how much?

As hectic and horrible as selling a home may seem, it really isn’t so bad if you break it down into a few simple rules. If you don’t believe us, readrepparttar 118028 rules for yourself.

Fuss overrepparttar 118029 façade. Your home’s future owners do not want to worry about repairs and renovations as soon as they move in. So make certain they don’t. Be sure to have your home immaculately clean before you invite prospective buyers over. Redecorate if your interior is outdated. And invest in minor renovations if necessary. You’d be surprised what a coat of paint can do.

Focus onrepparttar 118030 fine details. Prospective buyers will leave no stone unturned when they visit your home. They will test every light switch, run every faucet, and lift up every toilet seat. Everything—and we mean everything—should be in working order before your open house.

Double check for blown out light bulbs and leaky faucets. Scrubrepparttar 118031 bathroom and clean up any ring aroundrepparttar 118032 bowl, tub scum, and any other nasty surprise.

Don’t settle for maybes on safety. Ensure that there are no safety hazards anywhere on your property. Something as small as uncovered electrical sockets or as large as an unfenced pool can scare off buyers, especially parents of small children.

Thinking about building a Log Cabin?

Written by Jack Hudson

Thinking about building a Log Cabin? This is how your determine your foundation

There are at least three types of foundation that may be used with many ofrepparttar popular cottage plans available today. These are: a concrete slab on grade; a full foundation wall (or basement) aroundrepparttar 118018 outside perimeter ofrepparttar 118019 building; and a pier type of foundation. Most plan drawings show pier foundations, because they are usuallyrepparttar 118020 cheapest to build andrepparttar 118021 easiest forrepparttar 118022 amateur craftsman to construct.

If you have a level piece of property on which to build, you may want to use a concrete slab. It is fairly simple to make. After you have selectedrepparttar 118023 cottage or camp you wish to build, refer torepparttar 118024 foundation plan that is shown with it. Getrepparttar 118025 over-all dimensions firmly in mind.

On your site clear awayrepparttar 118026 brush and lay outrepparttar 118027 lines ofrepparttar 118028 building with strings and batter boards. The next step is to dig a trench about 12 inches deep and 12 inches wide aroundrepparttar 118029 perimeter ofrepparttar 118030 building. If you hit some large rode, leave it. Taperrepparttar 118031 inside edge ofrepparttar 118032 trench as shown. By cuttingrepparttar 118033 outside edge ofrepparttar 118034 trench square, you can use it as part ofrepparttar 118035 form forrepparttar 118036 beam edge of your slab.

While you're trying to getrepparttar 118037 crimp out of your back, have someone callrepparttar 118038 local supply yard and have them send you enough gravel or crushed rock to lay a 6-inch bed underrepparttar 118039 slab. The following table tells you how to figure how much grave! or crushed rock you will need.

At this point, while you are waiting forrepparttar 118040 delivery ofrepparttar 118041 material, you will want to get allrepparttar 118042 rough plumbing in place. This means that allrepparttar 118043 pipes which will be permanently buried inrepparttar 118044 slab should be put in place, connected, and tested.

Whenrepparttar 118045 rock or gravel has been delivered, borrowrepparttar 118046 neighbors' wheelbarrow and start spreading it. The finished bed, in cross section, will look likerepparttar 118047 picture atrepparttar 118048 side. Don't stop now, you've only begun. Get enough 15-pound roofing felt to coverrepparttar 118049 slab area. Coverrepparttar 118050 gravel area with this, lappingrepparttar 118051 edges about 3 inches. You're doing this, I might add, to keeprepparttar 118052 ground dampness from coming up into your finished slab.

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