Stories By Annie Millerbernd

  • Home Remodeling in 2022 Calls for Patience and Flexibility This article was first published on NerdWallet.com . The pandemic wreaked a specific kind of havoc on home remodeling. Swelling demand for construction projects collided with material and labor shortages, creating a home improvement traffic...
  • How a Home Improvement Fund Can Upgrade Your New House to a Home This article was first published on NerdWallet.com . If you’re preparing to buy a home, you’ve probably been saving up for the down payment and other closing costs. But if that nest egg can only get you through the front door, it may not be...
  • If you’re preparing to buy a home, you’ve probably been saving up for the down payment and other closing costs. But if that nest egg can only get you through the front door, it may not be enough. Once you own the home, you also own its peeling...
  • DIY or Call a Professional: Which Is Right for Your Remodel? This article was first published on NerdWallet.com . A do-it-yourself remodel can be a budget-friendly way to freshen up your home. For some projects, it may take just a few YouTube videos to show you how to modernize your space. But not...
  • Not every project is right for amateur renovators. Your skill level, budget and how important the project is to your home’s value can all be deciding factors in whether to call a professional.
  • A do-it-yourself remodel can be a budget-friendly way to freshen up your home. For some projects, it may take just a few YouTube videos to show you how to modernize your space. But not every project is right for amateur renovators. Your skill...
  • Brian Gawthrop has waited over six months to remodel his home. The Washington state-based certified financial planner and his wife have a long enough wish list to keep a contractor busy: a kitchen remodel, new flooring, a new deck and many...
  • This article was first published on NerdWallet.com . Brian Gawthrop has waited over six months to remodel his home. The Washington state-based certified financial planner and his wife have a long enough wish list to keep a contractor busy:...
  • Contractors say pandemic-prompted home remodels have kept their schedules full, while labor and material shortages have extended project timelines. That means the next contractor you call may be more selective about the projects they accept, and...
  • It’s been a big year for nontraditional financing options like “buy now, pay later” and cash advance apps. Buy now, pay later companies offer at-checkout financing that lets shoppers split the cost of a purchase into multiple smaller...
  • This article was first published on NerdWallet.com . It’s been a big year for nontraditional financing options like "buy now, pay later" and cash advance apps. Buy now, pay later companies offer at-checkout financing that lets shoppers...
  • Cash flow can get tight around the holidays when bills must compete with things like gifts and travel for space in your budget. Paycheck advance apps offer a cash boost. They let you borrow money from your expected earnings for low or no fees,...
  • This article was first published on NerdWallet.com . Cash flow can get tight around the holidays when bills must compete with things like gifts and travel for space in your budget. Paycheck advance apps offer a cash boost. They let you...
  • You’ve researched a few different financing options and settled on a personal loan, but your work isn’t done yet. The next step is to decide which lender can make you the best offer. Affordability should be a top priority: If one lender offers...
  • This article was first published on NerdWallet.com . You’ve researched a few different financing options and settled on a personal loan, but your work isn’t done yet. The next step is to decide which lender can make you the best offer....
  • This article was first published on NerdWallet.com . A month after Wells Fargo made news for its decision to close customers’ existing personal lines of credit, the bank has changed course and will leave the lines open. The company began...
  • This article was first published on NerdWallet.com . Wood costs have skyrocketed over the last year, leaving would-be home renovators to choose between waiting in price purgatory or moving forward and possibly overpaying. Lumber mills...
  • This article was first published on NerdWallet.com . Small-dollar, short-term lenders, unburdened by a federal maximum interest rate, can charge borrowers rates of 400% or more for their loans. But more states are bringing that number down...
  • This article was first published on NerdWallet.com . Wells Fargo customers have begun receiving notification that their personal line of credit accounts will close, and the company confirmed Thursday that it will no longer offer the product....
  • This article was first published on NerdWallet.com . Fresh landscaping can add a personal touch to a new home or spice up a backyard where you’ll host happy reunions. But if you’re just getting into the planning phase, a DIY landscaping...