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Millennials Are Seeking Prenups—and It Might Just Be Worth Considering

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How to Pay for Emergency Home Repairs, So You Can Move on ASAP

You might not like to think about it (and frankly, who does?), but when it comes to owning a home, stuff can and will break. Water pipes burst. Roofs cave in. The list goes on.

While you never know precisely when a big appliance or HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system is going to conk out, most products do have expected lifespans. For instance, a hot water heater or a dishwasher lasts about a decade, while an HVAC unit lasts an average of two decades.

So, it’s smart to have a plan for how you’ll manage financially when something big—the furnace, the roof, the plumbing—needs emergency repair. And yes, it is not if, but when.

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How to make your home renovation work within budget

How to Refine Remodeling Plans to Fit Your Budget

Editor’s Note: The following article on home renovation and budgeting originally appeared on our web partner Houzz’s website. It is the second part to Houzz’s Dream to Done series – home renovation advice on a budget. Some of the content has been slightly edited from its original version.

Matching your renovation dreams and dollars can sometimes feel like a challenge. But there’s a lot you can do to get the look you want at the right price. In the first story in this series, we laid out the steps in choosing the pros you will work with and setting an initial budget.

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Home Equity Loans vs Personal Loans for Home Improvement

Maybe you’ve spent too much time watching HGTV and now have visions of turning your kitchen into a chef’s paradise. Or perhaps your master bath is just one shower away from disaster.

If so, you’re not alone. Last year, the Joint Center of Housing Studies for Harvard University reported that the home improvement industry should continue post record-level spending in 2016. For many people, that means borrowing money to pay for those home improvements.

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