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4 Amenities to Complete Your Springtime Cabin Upgrade

Spring is the perfect time to make some upgrades to your springtime cabin. The weather is nice, and you will have extra energy after being cooped up all winter. Plus, many of us need projects to entertain out time these days. Here are 4 amenities to complete your springtime cabin upgrade.

Install a Pool

Who doesn’t love a pool? It’s…


Added by Kara Masterson on April 30, 2020 at 7:26pm — No Comments

4 Home Upgrades When Moving to Your Cabin Permanently

While having to make due with fewer comforts, utilities and household amenities is often part of the appeal of vacationing in a cabin, moving into your cabin full-time means that the very same issues can be a far more serious drawback. From water and power to waste-management issues and HVAC systems, making a few key upgrades is often crucial…


Added by Kara Masterson on March 16, 2020 at 2:30am — 1 Comment

How to Stage Your Cabin for Short Term Rental Success

The explosive growth of the short term rental market has allowed a growing number of owners to use their vacation homes, cabins and other properties to generate additional revenue when not in use. With so many different rental options and property choices, effectively marketing a vacation property has become a key consideration. Knowing how to…


Added by Kara Masterson on March 4, 2020 at 3:47pm — No Comments

How to Set Your Cabin Apart From Other Short-Term Rentals

The recent boom within the short-term rental market has provided property owners with numerous opportunities. While turning an unused cabin or rural vacation home into a financial asset has never been easier, failing to stand out from the competition could make renting out your property a far more difficult undertaking. From building a tree house or…


Added by Kara Masterson on March 4, 2020 at 2:36pm — No Comments

3 Ways to Build a Granny Flat Addition to Your Home

Home renovations and upgrades are a great way to increase the market value of the property while also creating a more comfortable household. While new additions and interior expansions are among the more ambitious home-improvement options, the addition of a granny flat can make adding a new room to your home far easier than you might expect. From…


Added by Kara Masterson on February 24, 2020 at 7:54pm — No Comments

5 Modern Replacement Ideas When Renovating Old Cabins With Water Damage

If your cabin has recently been damaged by water, then it might be time to consider making a few upgrades. After all of the damaged materials have been cleared away, it is going to be much easier to carry out some renovations that will bring your cabin into the 21st century.

Waterproof Vinyl…


Added by Kara Masterson on February 20, 2020 at 6:28pm — No Comments

4 Budgeting Tips for Long-Term Cabin Repairs and Replacements

Even if you do everything in your power to keep your home running smoothly, unexpected repairs are sure to pop up at some point. Luckily, you should be able to handle those expenses as long as you plan ahead and invest in the right financial products.

Start Your Emergency Fund Today

Building an emergency fund is one of the wisest…


Added by Kara Masterson on February 7, 2020 at 4:30pm — No Comments

4 Tips to Flip an Older Vacation Home Into This Century

One of the most scenic areas of the U.S. is the Atlantic Coast. This is the region where vacation homes have existed for centuries due to easy access to beaches. Many of these vacation homes were originally built in the late 1800s. Most are in Victorian style, some with two stories and others with New England Cape Cod and salt box styles.



Added by Kara Masterson on January 1, 2020 at 8:30am — No Comments

How to Flip Your Common Cabin Into Luxury Lodging

If you own a cabin, then you can create a luxurious place to stay year-round or during your vacations. There are also several ways to upgrade your cabin to make it more desirable on the real estate market. Here are some of the things that you can add to a cabin to increase its value.

Movie Theater Room

To enjoy leisure time, you can…


Added by Kara Masterson on December 22, 2019 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Custom Build Cabin— Should You Use Trusses or Rafters

At some point during your custom cabin build, you will need to decide between trusses and rafters. While both of those features can be useful in certain situations, there are quite a few variables that you will need to consider when you are planning out your cabin’s roof.

The Basics of Rafters

For many years, almost all homes were…


Added by Kara Masterson on December 17, 2019 at 6:29pm — No Comments

4 Common Issues Why Your Cabin Is Still on the Market

It can be frustrating to have a home that will not sell. However, if you understand the common mistakes that homeowners make when trying to sell, then it will be easier for you to get your home off the market. There are several issues that can cause your home not to sell.

You Have Not Made Any Upgrades

Many homeowners do not want to spend…


Added by Kara Masterson on December 6, 2019 at 8:06pm — No Comments

4 Unique Challenges to Building a Log Cabin Kit

Log cabin kits are all about making the most out of limited resources. The growing popularity of such homes has seen the rise of log cabin communities. While the smaller scope and reduced cost of such communities make them an attractive option for many potential developers or…


Added by Kara Masterson on November 19, 2019 at 8:47pm — No Comments

4 Preventative Tips to Avoid a Winter Basement Flood

When it comes to home emergencies, very few situations are as serious as a flooded basement. That type of catastrophe is going to bring your life to a grinding halt, and that is why you must make sure that your basement isn’t going to flood when the winter storms blow through.

Grade Your Yards

Trying to keep water out of your basement is going…


Added by Kara Masterson on October 21, 2019 at 6:03pm — No Comments

Uninvited Guests? 5 Pest Control Pointers for New Homeowners

After you buy your first home, you are responsible for keeping pests out of the building. In the past, you may have had a landlord who was responsible for eliminating insects or rodents, so you may not understand how to get rid of any pests that are entering your home. Here are five pointers for controlling pests.

Keep Your Home Clean and Free of…


Added by Kara Masterson on April 26, 2018 at 1:13pm — No Comments

Room Remodeling: 4 Tips to Revamping Your Master Bedroom

The home is such a special place. It’s the one place where you can be completely vulnerable, let your hair down and get completely comfortable. It’s also the place that you can customize and make your own. Your home decor communicates your mood, personality and overall vibe. To take it a step further, your bedroom is your safe place. It needs to be a space of supreme relaxation since it’s the place where you’ll be getting your beauty sleep. In order to revamp your master bedroom, consider…


Added by Kara Masterson on April 24, 2018 at 4:02pm — No Comments

Home Repair How-To: What to DIY and What to Leave to the Experts.

After buying a home, you must have various things repaired occasionally. Fortunately, some home repairs are easy do-it-yourself projects, so you can save money by reading a book or watching a video to learn how to fix a problem. However, there are problems that will require the expertise of a knowledgeable technician. Here are the things that you can fix on your own along with things that require an expert.…


Added by Kara Masterson on April 23, 2018 at 1:52pm — No Comments

Fixer-Upper: 4 Tricks to Repairing an Older Home

Having an older home definitely has its advantages. It rekindles thoughts of youth, and they are also often much stronger than newer homes today. At the same time, as with most things that age, there will be some repairs that are inevitable. Here are four tricks to repairing an older home that you should find useful.

Take a Look at the Masonry



Added by Kara Masterson on April 11, 2018 at 12:30pm — No Comments

New to Homemaking? A Short Guide to Efficient Home Upkeep

Being a homeowner comes with a lot of challenges. Many people find that keeping their home in good shape can be a challenge. There are several things that you can do in order to keep your home in good shape.

Maintain Your HVAC System

Before you turn on your HVAC for the winter or summer, you will need to make sure that it receives maintenance. Failing…


Added by Kara Masterson on April 6, 2018 at 11:58am — No Comments

Making a Change: 5 Home Upgrades That Won't Break the Bank

Upgrading your home can improve its look. It will also help you increase the value of it. You can upgrade your home without breaking the bank. There are many inexpensive ways that you can increase its value.

Update the Cabinet Handles

You do not have to replace your entire set of cabinets to make the kitchen look better. If you replace your old cabinet…


Added by Kara Masterson on April 4, 2018 at 10:40am — No Comments

House Hacks: 5 Tricks to Saving Money around Your Home

Maintaining your new home can become a drain on your finances, especially when you have bills, debts, and family to feed. However, there are always ways to save money around the home. Try these five tips and you should start finding some extra cash in your bank account at the end of each month.

Track Your Expenses

It does no good to try saving money if…


Added by Kara Masterson on March 27, 2018 at 4:50pm — No Comments

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