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Appeal Your Property Tax Bill - 11/09/11 08:57 AM
Appeal Your Property Tax Bill To successfully appeal your property tax bill, you first need to do a bit of sleuthing into your real estate assessment.
Read your assessment letter A real estate assessment is conducted periodically by the local government to assign a value to your home for taxation purposes. An assessment isn't the same as a private appraisal, and the assessed value of your home isn't necessarily how much you could sell it for today. Real estate assessment letters are mailed to homeowners annually, or perhaps every two to three years, depending where you live.The letter will (1 comments)
8 Solutions to Common Wet-Basement Problems - 11/09/11 08:55 AM
8 Solutions to Common Wet-Basement Problems Solving wet-basement problems is one of the most important things you can do to protect the value of your home and health of your family.
Some wet basements are easy to cure simply by clearing gutters and by diverting gutter water away from the foundation. But if the problem comes from other sources—water flowing toward the house on the surface, seeping in from underground, or backing up through municipal storm drains—you must take more aggressive action. Here are eight strategies to keep water out of your basement. 1. Add gutter extensions If downspouts (1 comments)
LED holiday lights vs. old-fashioned bulbs: 6 tips to help you decide which is right for you.
1. LED holiday lights save you money. LED lights use at least 90% less energy than traditional holiday lights, according to the U.S. government’s Energy Star program. That results in a $50 energy savings for the average family during the holidays, says Avital Binshtock of the Sierra Club in San Francisco. Put it into perspective: The amount of electricity consumed by one 7-watt incandescent bulb could power 140 LEDs—enough to light two 24-foot strings, says Energy (0 comments)
You should understand the pros and cons of steel, fiberglass, and wood exterior doors before choosing the one that's right for you.
Steel If you're looking to save money, a steel door may be a good choice, particularly if you have the skills to hang it yourself. A simple, unadorned steel door can sell for as little as $150 (not including hardware, lock set, paint, or labor) and typically runs as much as $400 at big-box retailers. Steel offers the strongest barrier against intruders, although its advantage over fiberglass and wood in this area is (1 comments)
Energy-efficient window coverings help reduce heating and cooling costs and may qualify for the federal energy tax credit.
In addition to cutting energy costs, some window coverings qualify for the energy-efficiency tax credit. The tax credit offers a 30% rebate on the cost of the coverings, up to a $1,500 limit. The credit doesn’t apply to the cost of installation.To qualify, download a certification statement from the manufacturer’s website. Note that not all window covering products qualify; you'll have to research to find a manufacturer whose products qualify for the energy efficiency tax (0 comments)
Disclaimer: ActiveRain Corp. does not necessarily endorse the real estate agents, loan officers and brokers listed on this site. These real estate profiles, blogs and blog entries are provided here as a courtesy to our visitors to help them make an informed decision when buying or selling a house. ActiveRain Corp. takes no responsibility for the content in these profiles, that are written by the members of this community.