The traditional picture of new home construction is turned into a modern one when the real estate agent is taken out completely and a computer screen replaces the blueprints, design swatches, and spreadsheets. A new digital platform known as Edgewise is doing just this, by making the buyer-to-builder home construction model an easy and affordable possibility. The platform allows buyers to purchase brand new or in-progress properties online. Users can take care of the bulk of their business with the builder online, including reserving lots, making and negotiating offers, uploading financial documents, and paying deposits. To cater to the 41% of Americans who prefer a newly-built home over an existing one, Edgewise has programmed a “Design Studio” into their online platform. This feature allows buyers to make their own design choices and upgrades in their property. In turn, builders can send updates of the home’s construction progress through photos and videos.
Many homeowners underestimate the costs of general maintenance and repairs. But the fact is, the average homeowner will spend between 1% and 4% of a home’s value on maintenance and repairs annually, costs which tend to increase as the house ages. For a $200,000 home, that’s at least $10,000 in repairs every five years. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to save money during the renovation and maintenance process, both by cutting initial costs as well as investing in future savings based on sustainability. With that goal in mind, here are a few ways you can save money with your fall home renovations.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment for welders, cutters, brazers, and solderers is projected to reach 412,300 by 2024. Despite these labor increases, a shortage of welders will remain — but women welders can help fill the gap.
If you merely imagine the possibilities, we're fairly certain those imaginings would be a product pretty soon. Our generation lives for a good product. Willingly chaining ourselves to voracious advertising campaigns and rampant consumerism. You have to admit, we have some pretty cool stuff. Casper is a mattress company many Americans are familiar with. Like many companies targeting a millennial
Weddings aren’t just expensive parties; they’re life-changing rites of passage. They often carry great religious significance. Of course, for the bride and groom, this magical day is preceded by months of arduous tasks and stressful planning. The attending guests only see the final product. They miss out on what went into the event planning. For many couples, especially those struggling with student loans and stagnant wages, it’s also a time of belt-tightening and penny-pinching. In other words, weddings aren’t cheap. For the wife to be, being a frugal fiancee helps.
The combined debt of Americans has hit a record $13.1 trillion. That means most of us need to learn about staying out of debt When Do We Accumulate Debt? According to Time Money, the average American starts accumulating debt in their 20s and 30s. That debt nearly doubles by the time they are in their late 30s and 40s. To put that in perspective, here’s how much typical Americans owe in debt overall, broken down by age group: