What to look for when buying a house

You are ready to find the right home: You have a budget. You know your affordability amount. You’re pre-approved for a loan. You’re working with a realtor, or you are comfortable working on your own. You know your timeline. You’re now a highly-qualified buyer, the only thing standing in your way is finding that perfect house. The great home search has begun!

Finding the right neighborhood

Exploring different neighborhoods might be the best part of the home buying experience. There’s nothing like cruising the streets in an area, looking at the houses, discovering parks, restaurants, coffee shops, and talking to your potential new neighbors. Read More

What does a real estate agent do?

If you’re thinking about buying a home, you’re probably asking yourself “Do I need a realtor? What does a real estate agent do?” It’s a fair question that can lead to even more questions about this mysterious figure that’s supposed to guide you into your new home. What are they responsible for in the process? How do real estate agents get paid? How much do they cost? It can be a confusing situation if you’ve never worked with a realtor before, but we’ll break it down below and help you figure out if using a real estate agent is right for you. Read More

California first time home buyer down payment assistance programs

Looking for help buying your first home? California has a number of state and country programs that encourage homeownership and will help first-time home buyers qualify for specalized loans or help them come up with the down payment. In this article we’ll cover the various state agency home buying programs, down payment assistance programs and grants, and some of the largest local programs that you may be able to use when qualifying for a home loan.

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Carbon Monoxide Detector Beeping? 5 Things You Should Do Right Now

A carbon monoxide detector and alarm is designed to alert users about the unsafe level of carbon monoxide. These work through making flashing lights and noise. Nevertheless, they also make flash lights and noise under some conditions. The noise that they make was described as chirping, beeping, and squeaking.

Majority of carbon monoxide detectors make sounds a much shorter chirp and beep. The beeping noise is used for alerting you unsafe CO levels. Usually, this can be in the form of four beeps. This pattern is continuously repeatedly until the CO level drops or until pressing the mute button. If you have heard the sound from your carbon monoxide detected, don’t just ignore it and consider taking action immediately. Read More

How to Install a WiFi Thermostat Without A C-Wire

Imagine buying a new WiFi thermostat, patiently waiting for that Amazon box to be delivered. You open it up, read the instructions, maybe watch a video that tells you how to install the device. You remove your existing thermostat to find that things aren’t quite right – you don’t have a C-wire. A C-wire or common wire is a power supply that is required for your smart thermostat to work properly. You can learn more about the C-wire and why it’s important in our article here. Unfortunately, most of the older thermostat models didn’t require one and that is the reason why many homes do not have a C-wire installed.

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NVR vs DVR – What’s the difference between them?

If you are contemplating about getting a video surveillance system, there are actually two types of security systems you can find in the market right now. These are the NVR security systems and the DVR security systems. As you probably know by now, the NVR or network video recorder and the DVR or digital video recorder come in a plethora of features, types and models. Understanding their unique functions and the difference between NVR and DVR (NVR vs DVR) is very important for you to choose the system that best suits your needs, requirements and budget.

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Security Camera Installation Cost – Everything You Need To Know

When it comes to searching for security cameras, one of the things that people wonder about is the cost to install security cameras. And the answer is (like most things) it depends.

The most common factor of security system installation cost is whether you will do it by yourself or hire professionals for the job. The initial installation costs of a hardwired system are a bit higher compared to a wireless security system. Unless you are handy, you will have to look for professional’s assistance with knowledge on security systems to assist you install your security camera properly.

Before we dive into installing security cameras – if you haven’t made a decision about which security system to buy, we recommend reading our guide to the best home security cameras. We cover all of the latest models from the best brands like Nest, Arlo, xmartO, Zosi, and more! Read More

How to Install Security Camera at Home

When you talk about how to install security camera system in your home, your mind should always to two things. They include how to install outdoor security camera wiring, and how to hide security camera wires outside. If the camera or the wire is exposed they are subject to attack by intruders.

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Thermostat C Wire – What is a Common Wire?

Smart thermostats are becoming more and more popular. Learning thermostats like the Nest help keep your home comfortable and can save you money on your energy bills. Smart thermostats with remote sensors, like the Ecobee4, can control the temperature in your house on a room-by-room basis. Purchasing one of the top smart thermostats is a no-brainer. The hard part is determining whether or not a new thermostat is compatible with your heating and cooling system. Before making a new purchase it’s important to understand how to wire a thermostat. When it comes to wi-fi or programmable thermostats, compatibility often comes down to the C-wire (or Common Wire).

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How to Secure Home with Hidden Outdoor Security Camera

Hidden outdoor security camera is a multi-camera surveillance system which is hidden from intruders and installed in any outdoor portion of your home. Such cameras are placed in the driveways, walkways and other secure places. Homeowners consider various variables in making their choice of such cameras, as well as in determining the best places to hide it. The most important thing is that it is to be located where it would be able to monitor your compound, and other outdoor properties. Read More