Metal Roofing Pros and Cons for Your Home

Your home needs the right roof to keep everything inside protected and keep your house structurally sound. There are many different types of roofs, from wood and asphalt to slate and tile. One type of roof that’s been gaining more popularity is metal.[1]

Metal roofs are appealing to homeowners of all types of houses and in many different regions of the United States.[2] However, in order to decide if a metal roof is right for your home, you need to look at this material’s advantages and disadvantages. Let’s take a closer look at metal roof pros and cons.[3]

Benefits of metal roofing

One of the biggest selling points is that metal roofs can last longer than most other roofing materials — even over 100 years.[4] If it’s installed on your home properly, it should last for the life of the house. But here are some other … Read more

Signs of a Bad Alternator or Battery

Your stomach sinks as you put in your key, only to have your car not turn on. If your car won’t start, it’s often due to a malfunction of either the battery or the alternator. If it’s one of those two, placing the blame can be relatively simple.

Battery or alternator: what’s causing the problem?

Starting and running an engine, in its simplest form, is a three-step process. First, the battery delivers a jolt of electricity to the starter. This starts the engine running, which puts the alternator into action. Finally, the alternator completes this cycle by charging the battery.

Using the process of elimination, find the culprit by bypassing the battery’s role and jump-starting your car. If the engine starts but dies immediately, your alternator probably isn’t keeping your battery charged. If a jump starts and keeps your car running, but the car can’t start again off of its … Read more

Should You Work After Retirement?

Are you thinking about returning to work after retirement? You might want to earn some extra income, stay social, or create more structure in your daily routine. Whatever your reason might be — and whether you’re already retired or are getting ready to leave the workforce in your current capacity — yes, you can work after retirement. Learn more about what to consider, including the benefits and financial implications of getting a new job in this phase of your life.

Benefits of working after retirement

There are many reasons to work after retirement. Finances, savings, and benefits are just a few things to consider.

Financial stability

Your financial situation is one of those elements that will remain important throughout your life. Although you may have saved in preparation for retirement, you might not feel comfortable relying only on your savings to fund your lifestyle. Even part-time income can help offset … Read more

8 Ways to Find Apartments for Rent

Homeownership rates have been falling for the past eight years, according to a report by Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies. That means more people are renting, making it harder to find an apartment or rental home.

The secret, real estate brokers say, is to plan ahead. Often renters will wait until the last minute to look for another apartment. However, when renters are in a hurry they tend to take apartments they don’t really want, says Lance Macon, co-founder of Metro Home Managers, a Washington, D.C.-based, full-service rental property management firm.

Here are eight tips for finding the best rental homes and apartments in your area.

1. Start your search 60 days before your move

The best rentals, in terms of price, location and amenities, go earlier in the month, so don’t wait until midmonth to look for a new place to live, Macon says. It’s best … Read more

Apartment vs. House: Which is Right for You?

Going from renting an apartment to owning a home is a big step that can impact your finances and your lifestyle.

It’s important to understand the pros and cons before making a decision, and you’ll also have to weigh your needs. You may want more room and autonomy over your living space. Or you may prefer the conveniences of apartment living, particularly in a complex that provides many services and features, like gyms, pools or media rooms.

Here are four things to consider as you decide between a house or apartment:

1. Cost

Typically, when looking at buying a house, you’ll compare the amount you would pay every month to the rent you’re currently paying. But experts say that’s just the starting point; part of your monthly mortgage is going toward paying off your interest.

For a more accurate comparison and calculation, deduct the amount that’s going toward interest … Read more