• Winterizing Your Home to Save Money On Your Energy Bill

    winterizing your home to save money on energy bills LystHouse

    The first freeze over here is a sign that winter is definitely coming. ‘Tis now the season to crank up your thermostat. Unfortunately, this might even cost you more than normal. This year, Americans will supposedly pay 15% more for their heating expenses than the last year. Here is our guide to help you winterize your home for the season.

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  • Tips for Selling Your Home During the Holidays

    Home Selling During the holidays

    It is snowing outside, temperatures are dropping, the neighborhood is in a joyous mood— and you are Googling tops tips for selling your home during the holidays.

    It is the time of year when calendars are crammed with holiday parties, gift-giving constrains budgets and the roads are either littered with fall foliage or freshly fallen snow. Alas, it is not the best season for selling your home. Nevertheless, the heartening news is that the few gallant house-hunters who do look out are serious about purchasing a house, and an attractive piece of real estate will make them want to embrace the Thanksgiving, Christmas, or the New Year holiday in your home.

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  • Home Remodeling – DIY or Hire a Pro?

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    When it comes to investments, it’s hard to find something as important as your house. It’s likely your biggest investment, but it’s also the one where you live and spend so much of your time. Keeping your home in good condition carries many benefits.

    That means remodeling and renovating your Dallas home can provide benefits to you and your family. However, this is a major undertaking that could backfire if you’re not careful. (Consider what a failed remodeling project to your kitchen will cost to repair.) In addition, you have to decide whether to do it yourself or hire professionals instead. Which is best? It depends on you and the project you’re tackling.

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  • The Best DIY Halloween Decorating Ideas

    the best DIY Halloween Decorating Ideas

     It is finally here – Halloween is almost upon us, my dear spooky friends!

    Whether you catch the DIY Halloween bug from designing homemade costumes for your children, putting together funky home decor pumpkins, or getting crafty for the first time, the following Halloween decorating ideas make it simple to inexpensively trick out your house for the holidays without looking tacky.

     

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    Boo Bottles

    You can make cute glass bottles in four easy steps: first, use empty bottles after removing labels and caps (I use Perrier ones). After that, spray-paint them white, and draw ghost faces on them with black marker. Lastly, to add more gloss to this inexpensive Halloween home decor, throw in colorful straws for artful centerpieces.

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    What you will need: Spray-paint ($4), colorful straws ($3)

    Cobweb Coasters

     

    Cups will look creepy when sitting on your eerie cobweb coasters. To make this DIY Halloween decoration, attach five bobby pins onto a small flat metal washer, and then, enfold twine around and string through each bobby pin. Also, spray-paint everything white for a ghoulish look, and disperse small toy spiders around the table. It is a fantastic idea to have fun crafting with the family without breaking the bank.

    cobweb coasters

    What you will need: bobby pins ($4), Spray-paint ($4), small Halloween spiders ($2 for 10)

    Vampire Napkin Rings

    A make-believe chomper will make your dining table look scary yet cute. Therefore, splash red Kool-Aid on white cloth napkins, arrange a white twist tie through a set of fake vampire teeth, and secure a twist tie around the center of the napkin.

    vampire napkin rings

    What you will need: plastic vampire teeth ($1), Kool-Aid ($0.50)

    Creepy Wall Hangings

    The Graphics Fairy makes decorating for Halloween simple with three free printable items and easy technique to transfer images directly onto fabric through your regular printer. (Make sure your black cartridge is high on ink). You can use wooden embroidery hoops to hang the printed fabric. However, if fabric-hanging home decorating idea does not resonate with you, put pictures into the frames and hang them up around your home.

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    What you will need: Wooden embroidery hoops ($2)

    Decorate Lanterns

    It is got to be the most straightforward DIY Halloween home decor concept: all you need to do is to cut cute faces out of a black paper and glue them onto a strand of white lights with paper lanterns.

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    What you will need: lanterns ($11), black paper ($3)

    Festoon a Pumpkin

    You can add a touch of sweet in the mirage of all things spooky by adding freshly cut blooms to a blazing pink squash. It is permissible to snip stems about two inches from buds, drill tiny holes in the painted rind, and stick in the buds. You can keep the centerpiece fresh for the guests by periodically spraying water on it.

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    What you will need: pink spray paint ($8)

     Dish Out the Punch

    Convert a hollowed-out pumpkin into an organic punch bowl by filling it with cider. It is a fantastic idea to greet your guests with a punch, oozing with the spirit of the holidays. Moreover, it is one less dish to wash after it is all said and done.

    pumpkin punch

    What you will need: ladle ($10), pumpkin scoop ($10)

    Dress the Windows

    Another smashing Halloween home decor idea is smartly putting candles in the corners to create dark shadows. Moreover, putting ghostly white tapers in a candelabra from a yard sale can alleviate the creepiness of flying bats and cobwebs.

    dress the windows halloween

    What you will need: candelabra ($40), candles ($10 for a pack of 10)

    Forever Pumpkins

    For budgeted jack-o-lantern, DIY Halloween decorations that will last past the holidays cover empty jars with orange tissue paper or construction paper. After that add features with black construction paper and place in a tea candle—with flames, or battery-operated—and see your pumpkin glow.

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    What you will need: Construction paper ($4), tealight candles ($1)

     

    Bloody Table Runner

    No Halloween home decor is complete without a bloodily festive dining table. Your materials are red acrylic paint, gauze, and a paintbrush. Swab your paintbrush into the paint and intermittently brush along the gauze runner. Also, for a genuinely Dexter-inspired look, pinch some red paint onto Mason jars for candle votives and on plastic cups. Lastly, add a couple of handprints for really gruesome look.

    halloween table runner

    What you will need: red acrylic paint ($9), paintbrush ($1)

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  • What is the Difference Between VA and FHA Home Loans?

    difference between va and fha home loans

    Wondering “what’s the difference between VA and FHA home loans”? The Federal Housing Administration (FHA), which is a branch of the U.S. government, guarantees FHA loans. On the other hand, a subdivision of Department of Veterans Affairs, namely the Veterans Benefits Administration, ensures VA loans. It is pertinent to mention that everyone can qualify for an FHA home loan, but only active or retired veterans are eligible for a VA home loan.

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  • 6 Halloween Decorations to Avoid When Trying to Sell Your Home Fast

    6 Halloween Decorations to Avoid When Selling Your Home LystHouse

    So Halloween is coming up and you’re in the Halloween spirit, but you’re also trying to sell your house – Okay great! It’s a fun holiday to decorate for. But what decorations should you avoid so you don’t scare away potential home buyers? Just how far can you go when home staging for Halloween?

    Experts say keep Halloween decorations neutral. Think pumpkins, hay bales, fall leaves, scarecrows. KEEP IT SIMPLE. Easy enough, right? So what Halloween decorations should you avoid? Well for starters…

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  • LystHouse OfferNow

    OfferNow

    LystHouse OfferNow is a home buying option for home buyers who want to instantly make an offer on a home. In just a few clicks, home owners are able to make an offer with a licensed real estate agent. The instant offer is provided to the home buyer at no cost or obligation to buy. After a home buyer puts in their information, they will be contacted by a licensed real estate agent to verify and confirm information and answer any questions the home buyer may have. Next, LystHouse will reach out to the sellers and let them know that an offer is on its way for their review. Then the offer paperwork is electronically drawn up and sent to the home buyer to digitally review and sign before it is presented to the seller. Not a home buyer? We have answers for home sellers and investors too!

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  • How to Sell Your Home Fast

    Sell your home fast with LystHouse

    Selling your home fast for the highest price possible is our bread and butter at LystHouse. Here are a few quick tips on how you can make sure your home sells quickly, easily, and for the highest price you can get.

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  • Keeping Cool and Saving Money This Summer by Summer-Proofing Your Home

    Summer-Proof Your Home

    Summer is heating up about as fast as the real estate market is here in Texas! But just because it is scorching outside doesn’t mean you  need to let your electric bill skyrocket. Here are a few ways you can save money with your energy bill during these sizzling hot months.

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  • 3 Tips for Homebuyers in a Rocket Fueled Real Estate Market

    Fast Paced Real Estate Market

    At LystHouse, we sometimes sell homes within hours of putting them on the market. So we know it’s tougher than ever right now for many homebuyers as they struggle to beat out the competition. Follow these 3 tips and you’ll be better prepared to win in a fast paced real estate market like we’re seeing now in North Texas.

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