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Save on Home Repairs and Renovations

There are a couple of rules of thumb that can help guide you when budgeting for unexpected home repairs. According to the one percent rule, you should set aside at least one percent of your home’s value every year for home maintenance. For a $360,000 house, this works out to $3,600 per year, or $300 per month.

Here are some ideas on how to save money…of course you will need to weight the pros and cons of what will work best for you:

  1. Create and stick to a budget
  2. Pay Cash
  3. Prioritize projects and take your time
  4. Do a lot of it yourself
  5. Reuse materials
  6. Balance high and low-end materials
  7. Wait for sales before making big purchases
  8. Enlist the help of friend
  9. Be smart about hiring help
  10. Find money-saving hacks from DIY videos
  11. Keep your home’s footprint the same
  12. Stick to the classics-avoid trends that will become outdated
  13. Don’t skip on cost-saving opportunities
  14. Sell anything you are not using
  15. Use credit cards that have rewards
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About Emilie

A transplant from the Pacific Northwest, Emilie has first-hand knowledge of the ins-and-outs of first-time home ownership and remodeling. She has become involved in the local art community and all the diversity Southern California has to offer and more recently has expanded her knowledge to include New Mexico.

Emilie’s passion to be involved in her community led her to become a licensed Realtor and Broker.  She continues to educate herself on different aspects of real estate to support clients with a variety of needs.  She is certified as a Military Relocation Professional (MRP) to work with U.S. Service families and veterans to find affordable housing solutions.

Having worked for both a small boutique firm and a company with a global presence, in 2023 she formed Emilie Broughton Real Estate to work with buyers, sellers, landlords, and tenants in California and New Mexico.

Splitting her time between the Land of Enchantment and the Golden State, Emilie focuses on Los Angeles County and the Greater Albuquerque metro area, helping her clients achieve their real estate goals in both Mountain and Pacific Time Zones.

Emilie represented her region as a California Real Estate State Director for three years.  She has served as President of the Pasadena Foothills Association of Realtors and is a multi-year recipient of the Five-Star Real Estate Professionals Award for the outstanding service she provides to her clients.

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