You're a homeowner and the challenge for me is figuring out what types of homeowner articles you want to read. When I saw other business owners sharing their top picks for 2013, I realized I could use google analytics to see which of my articles where viewed most often in 2013 … and here they are, the top 10!
My biggest surprise was #6, an article written in December about the True Cost of Home Ownership. This made me realize you're digging in to learn more about your homes and cost is a big concern, so watch for more articles on this very important (you picked it) topic.
#1 – Interior Trim to Spice Up Up Any Room
Interior trim can add spice to every room in your house, from the ceiling down to the floor. While this trim started out being functional, to cover the gaps where different building materials meet … it's taken on a new dimension, allowing you to add personality to your home.
The first 3 articles in this series are done, so guess it's time to write the remaining 4 articles – fireplaces, shelving, built-in cabinets and stairs. So click here to pick your favorite room trim …
#2 – Home Maintenance Tips to Protect Your Home
Buying a new house is pretty exciting but the real work starts after you move in. Most new homeowners don't realize this and few homeowners are experts in all facets of home ownership. That's why we've got these checklists to help you stay on top of this important job … as we learned in Girl Scout, it's wise to always “Be Prepared”.
You'll find this article takes you to all of my seasonal home maintenance checklists for fall, winter, spring and summer. I've also shared different strategies for picking your personal home maintenance personality in What's Your Home Maintenance Strategy?
#3 Great Outdoor Playspaces for Kid's Imagination
Playspaces for children offer an environment for healthy growth, physically, emotionally and mentally. When the sun is shining and kids go outside, they can run around and pretend they're almost anywhere …
#4 Popcorn Ceilings: Why & How to Remove Them
Guess I shouldn't be surprised to see this article in our top 10 list, as it seems like every other buyer on HGTV hates popcorn ceilings and wants to get rid of them. The problem is removing the popcorn is really hard and messy too. Once you start, there's no going back really so the best time to remove popcorn is when you've got another ceiling repair. Rather than using trial and error to match the existing popcorn, you can scrape it off.If you still want to go ahead and get rid of your popcorn, make sure you know where you're going to stop as today's open concept floor plans mean you're likely committing to do the work in multiple rooms. Learn more …
#5 Custom Window Seats & Extra Storage Space
#6 The True Cost of Home Ownership
Buyers focus on the mortgage but it doesn't tell you the true cost of home ownership so most homeowners don't know how much they're spending. Sadly, home buyers also don’t estimate the total cost of home ownership when deciding how much house they can truly afford.
This article reviews the financial and operating costs of home ownership, plus home maintenance, repairs and upgrades you need to make over time. My surprise is the level of interest this article has gotten, as it's barely a week old and made the top 10 list. Learn more …
#7 Organizing Tips for Paperwork at Home
You can hide the papers but not the information or tasks they represent. If you're procrastinating, you already know it's not going to be easy getting things under control but ignoring paperwork can be a disaster.
Maybe you know where to find things in all the stack of paper but someday you may have to leave your home with little or no time to prepare. That's why it's important to get your paperwork under control now. Get tips on where and how to manage all the paperwork …
#8 Home Emergencies: How to Shut Off the Water
#9 Finishing an Attic Includes What?
Finishing an attic is less expensive than putting an addition on your house but it still takes time and money … so this article gives you a checklist of attic remodeling items.
Get your attic remodeling checklist here …
#10 Installing Curtains: Where Do I Hang Them?
Hanging curtains isn't something we do everyday, so homeowners don't know where to place them relative to the windows they frame. Everyone has their own decorating style and not everyone has curtains so maybe it's time to get advise from a decorator? Get help calculating where to install your curtains …
Which one of these articles do you like best?
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