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Rent over Buying

 

Flexibility

At this point, students are just beginning their journey into adulthood. Their future options are still unsure so buying a house would just mean more responsibility and less freedom of movement. In case they want to switch schools while renting an apartment, it would be much easier and won’t hold them back. And of course, during summer, most students head back home, or they might go abroad to study, so buying a house would result in total immobility.

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Temporary

College students are in a transitioning period of their lives and aware that renting is temporary. A student studying in one state is not certain that they will eventually plan on settling down there after graduation. Most students move on to another city to start their career. Graduate students attending Law and Business School may even be there for less. So, renting is often the right option.

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First Time Home Buyer Credit

This kind of incentive and many more are offered by the government and private institutions to first time home buyers which are actually quite lucrative and have low-interest rates. Renting an apartment is a wise thing for college students because buying a home at this stage in life will also deprive them of this benefit later in life.

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Maintenance Costs

If students get a condo or a house, maintenance expenditure is big hole on their pockets. When renting an apartment, they won’t have to worry about an appliance breaking down or if there’s a water leak from the unit above because the property management company fixes such type of maintenance issues. Low maintenance costs for students means less burden on their shoulders.

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Payments

College students can split the rent and utilities between roommates. This is a great deal for them unlike buying their own property because there’s a lot of other costs like mortgage, down payment, closing costs, property taxes, maintenance costs that will be a burden. It will be quite a commitment to make. Buying and selling a home also takes time, effort, and money.

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Source: RealtyTimes.com

 

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Huge Home Inspection Problems

It’s a big relief that you’ve finally found a buyer for your beloved home and signed a deal. The big question here is “Are you going to pass through the Home Inspection with flying colors?” This leaves the seller with stress and fear because many contracts include a contingency that allows the buyer to back out if serious problems arise during the inspection.

You think everything is fine but once a professional take a look at it, they might see it differently. Keep at least one step ahead and check out these common issues found during an inspection. That way you can try to fix them, save the deal, and even save yourself from the shame.

 

basementDank Basement

Basements are usually dark, damp and humid and have very little to no air circulation. This can be the perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew. It’s more than just a horror film cliché. According to Frank Lesh, the executive director of the American Society of Home Inspectors, the most common problem he finds is basement seepage, which could lead to full-fledged flooding.

Groundwater is water that is naturally located below the ground’s surface. The groundwater level can be, at times, above the level of the basement floor. In some locations, groundwater can be above the level of the floor at all times.

Sewers are also located on the ground. This includes all varieties – storm, sanitary, and combined. While in most cases, sewers are below the level of the basement, the water level in the sewers can be, at times, above the level of the basement floor.

Groundwater infiltrates your home through small cracks or over a foundation wall. A basement waterproofing contractor can give you a bid on quickly repairing any minor problems before they go bad.

 

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Another most common issue is electrical. This can be anything from a receptacle that doesn’t function to wiring that is over fused and dangerous. Inspectors routinely discover ungrounded fixtures, spliced wires that are not terminated in a proper electric box, receptacles wired backward, and improper breakers in the service panel. Faulty wiring is the most common cause of house and apartment fires in the United States. As fire codes and building codes improve over time, electrical wiring becomes more safe long-term. This is a worthwhile investment for a household’s safety and peace of mind. Always remember, bad wiring starts the fire.

 

diy gone badAmateur workmanship

One potential headache is when a homeowner decides that they can do major work around the house without paying a contractor. Most usually than not, people who do it themselves create much more damage than fixing it. If you’ve done home improvement work yourself, consider having a professional double-check the project.

 

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Small leaks can easily be overlooked because they’re not noticeable until something serious happens. Roof leaks left unattended can become major problems. How to find a leak in a roof may be the hardest part of all. Finding the actual spot where the roof leaks is difficult because water can enter the roof in one place and run down to another before it starts soaking into the ceiling. Have an ASHI-certified inspector come out and check your house periodically.

 

maintenancePoor maintenance

Many homes suffer from an overall lack of upkeep. If you can, you may prepare a home maintenance checklist. Put it somewhere visible to remind you of your task. Unless they fall in the repair category, most of the home maintenance tasks are simple. However, because they are many, homeowners mostly forget a thing or two or even more.

Another practical tip is never to ignore the signs of damage. You hear your air conditioning system creak? There must be something wrong with it. Check it. What’s worse that you can do is to delay the inspection and necessary fixes. This can lead to more and costlier damages in the future. Not to mention, replacing damaged stuff is indeed a costly undertaking as well.

The premise does your part in extending the life of your possessions. In this way, you need not sacrifice the things that you want to buy for yourself and your loved ones because you need to spend your money buying things that must be prioritized.

 

Source: Realtor.com, utilitieskingston.com, ebay.com, dummies.com, quora.com

 

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All About Cleaning: Beds and Mattresses

For most of us, bed is one of those comfort zones where you can eat, pamper your partner and play with your kids. It’s the place where you can relax and enjoy watching reruns of your favorite TV soaps while eating all sorts of junk foods. Of course, no one can stop you from messing with the bed covers unless you’re a kid.

Just make sure to remember that a dirty bed can be harmful for your health. Make it a habit to clean the bed and mattresses regularly. Keep those bed cover, duvet and pillow covers clean. Did you know that a dirty bed can lead to skin infections, dandruff problems and other diseases? Here are some tips how to clean, remove stains and maintain your beds and mattresses.

 

Give your mattress the care it needs

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The mattress helps in supporting your body weight throughout the night but it also requires support to last long. A great way that you could do to protect it from harm is by framing the mattress. Bigger mattresses like queen or king sized need a central support. Boards that span the entire width of the bed are also good for mattresses.

The upper part of the body is weightier. No wonder your mattress gets stressed on the head side more than the foot side. Turn your mattress four times a year to distribute the wear evenly. It should be turned side to side and also top to toe. This way, your mattress will last longer and you will feel more comfortable.

Any pets and babies in your home? Chances are high that your mattress often gets dirty. Placing the mattress under the sun is a good disinfectant. It can kill the accumulating germs and dampness of your mattress and make it comfortable and warm.

 

Regular Inspections

Anthony Melchiorri inspecting the bed of a room at the Sevilla Inn

Check your mattress for spotting oil or dirt marks, so that you can remove them before it gets too late. You can use upholstery shampoo or mix some mild soap with water to clean them up. Make sure to dry the washed area before you lay it on the bed. It is also a good idea to invest in a good mattress protector that you can clean regularly. Mattress protectors prevent exposure to dust mites, and can repel any liquid.

 

Thorough Cleaning

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Vacuum mattress and box springs every three months with the upholstery attachment each time you do the turning. You could get rid of the lose dust, food crumbs, dirt, mud from the feet, and hair shed by your pet that accumulate on the bed cover and mattress just by using the vacuum cleaner. This is the best way to clean all of these.

Removing dirty spots depends on the gravity of the mark or stain. Most common stains come from sweat, urine and even blood marks. An easy mixture for these protein based stains is with a mixture of hydrogen peroxide, liquid dish soap and baking soda. Pour this mixture in a spray bottle and use it just on the spots. Rub these spots with a clean napkin or tissue. Another mixture is using lemon juice and salt, spray and rub then let it sit for 60minutes and then clean it away.

 

Let it smell good

Deodorizing the bed is important most especially after you kid has peed on it. You can sprinkle some baking soda on the entire mattress and let it absorb the bad odors for a long time. You can vacuum the baking soda after some time to get that refreshing mattress.

Doing a regular maintenance of the mattresses can help you reduce bad odor and enjoy that much needed sound sleep. To ensure a hygienic and comfortable bed, clean marks and deodorize the mattress at regular intervals.

 

Source: Hometone.com, apartmenttherapy.com, news.com.au, intellibed.com, travelchannel.com, providr.com

 
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