How to Build a Fence in 8 Steps

Even though the fence is an often-overlooked aspect of a home, it serves a variety of useful purposes. From protecting your yard from animals and potential intruders to providing an extra barrier against inclement weather and loud neighbors, a privacy fence is a great way to ensure your property truly stays private.

Putting up a fence can require a significant amount of time and work, so it’s good idea to learn some of the basics before you begin a fence project. Get started here with our 8 steps on how to build a fence.

1. Check property lines and local building codes

Don’t even think about digging up spots for your fence until you do your research. Fence construction can be highly regulated; your city, neighborhood or local homeowners association may have specific codes you need to follow. These codes typically govern certain features of your fence, such as its … Read more

4 Ways to Make Money Fast

Money. Cash. Scratch. Sometimes there just isn’t enough of it to make ends meet. When the going gets tough, learn how to make extra money, and consider the pros and cons of each idea.

1. Get a side gig

If you have even a little bit of time, you may be able to find a side job to earn some extra dough. In the midst of our chaotic time, there is increased demand for delivery services. Two popular categories include grocery shopping (like Shipt or Instacart) and food (like Grubhub or Uber Eats).

  • Advantage: You don’t have to pay it back; it’s your money to spend.
  • Disadvantage: It may take some time to find the right opportunity.

2. Through a home equity loan or home equity line of credit

Both of these options hinge on the same basic idea: You owe less on your house than what it’s worth. The … Read more

How to Start An Online Store

Starting a business is easier than ever thanks to greater online opportunities and the burgeoning “gig economy.” For many people, opening an online store has been a major success. Some 25 million people sell products on eBay’s marketplace alone.[1]

But the process is more complicated than putting your goods on a website and waiting for someone to buy them. Before you jump in, here are some ecommerce tips and things you need to know about how to sell your products online.

Learn the marketplace

Selling a product online requires some advanced knowledge about how online sales and ecommerce work to prevent missteps. Regardless of what platform you’re using — eBay, Amazon, Craigslist, Etsy, or something else — you should become a customer before you attempt to sell your own products. This will familiarize you with the sales process and what to expect from it.

It can also help … Read more

Remodeling Tips: 26 Home Renovation Mistakes to Avoid

Are you renovating your home? Whether you do it yourself or hire a professional, make sure you do it right the first time. Home projects can take a big bite out of your budget and your time if they’re not done properly. Here are some of the most common home renovations mistakes to avoid:

1. Setting an unrealistic budget

Renovations often cost more than expected. Build in an extra 20% to your budget to be better prepared for any surprises.

2. Not complementing the original architectural style

Additions don’t need to be the same style as the original structure. However, they do need to complement it to help with resale value and to look and feel great while you’re living in them.

3. Sacrificing function for form

Think about how you’ll actually live in the space. Consider door, window, and outlet placement, as well as traffic patterns throughout the home.… Read more

What Your Car Emergency Kit Should Have

It’s one of a driver’s worst fears: A dead battery or alternator, a blown gasket, your car ran out of gas, or any number of other car troubles that leave you stranded on an empty stretch of road. For winter drivers, there’s also the possibility of sliding off an icy road into a snowbank.

In such a scenario, having a car safety kit with the right components can mean the difference in keeping you and your passengers safe and sound until aid arrives. Depending on the problem, the proper tools can also get you back on the road as quickly as possible.

While some items should be found in every trunk, not every roadside emergency kit is built the same. Tailor it to the type and condition of your vehicle, as well as the weather where you typically travel. With the unpredictability of winter weather, even drivers in … Read more