Home Ideas and Tips
How Important Is Square Footage? Buyers tend to think bigger is better, but a smaller home may actually feel more spacious than a similar home with a larger footprint. That’s what makes the emphasis on size over livability so frustrating – it’s not really an accurate gauge for living space. Living space is roofed, enclosed, … Continue reading How Important is Square Footage
If rainwater collects in your yard, you can wind up with large pools that can damage the landscaping and flood your basement. If your yard has repeatedly flooded after rainstorms, you have a serious drainage problem that needs to be addressed to avoid costly damage. How to Control Localized Flooding Sometimes a yard floods … Continue reading What to Do If Your Yard Floods When It Rains
Quartz vs. Granite: Consumer Reports Rates Kitchen Countertops Is there a kitchen renovation in your future? If so, one of the most crucial and difficult decisions ahead of you is what kind of countertop to choose. Consumer Reports takes a look at two of the most popular options—quartz and granite—to determine which one is the … Continue reading Quartz vs Granite
In a way, the trend toward larger homes is the result of Americans’ fondness for clutter. The world’s tiniest house is in Germany. It’s one square meter, made of wood and glass, and it’s portable, if you don’t mind carrying it on your back. By day, you set the little house upright, where you can … Continue reading The Home Sizes and Clutter Relationship
Arranging Furniture? Think Outside the Box . . . As any homeowner knows, the living room is a major focal point of the home. From family gatherings throughout the year to sitting back and watching TV together at the end of a long week, the living room is often a home’s social center for family … Continue reading Avoid These Common Mistakes When Arranging Living Room Furniture
It’s Either a Tear down or A Remodel Older homes that served our grandparents and parents well may appear poorly planned for today’s families. They tend to be smaller with narrow lots, closed-off kitchens, and fewer bathrooms and bedrooms. On the other hand, older homes tend to offer character and quality craftsmanship that is unmatched … Continue reading Tear Down or ReModel?
Can’t wait to get out of town for a much-needed vacation? Make sure you don’t ruin your trip by returning to a disaster at home. Here are some tips to help prevent an unpleasant homecoming: Unplug all appliances. Believe it or not, phone chargers, computers, televisions and coffee pots all continue to use energy even … Continue reading Love Your Home? Then Protect it While You’re Away . . .
What You Should Know Before Co-Signing a Home Loan Many home buyers need help from friends and family to qualify for a home loan through co-signing. Of home purchase loans in the U.S. during the second quarter of 2017, 22.8 percent included a co-signer, up from 21.3 percent in the second quarter of 2016—according … Continue reading What You Should Know Before Co-Signing a Home Loan
Organizing the Linen Closet, Once and for All If your linen closet is one of those doors you quickly open and shut for fear one false move may bury you under an avalanche of towels and blankets, then it’s time to take action. Getting your linen closet in order is easier than you think with … Continue reading Organizing your Linen Closet . . .
Looking for a home so cozy you almost want to cuddle with it? The following design elements can create a comforting, warm space that you will never want to leave. Warm colors. Add warm colors to your walls, accents, linens window hangings and more to create a cozy vibe inside. Deep orange, rusty reds, buttery … Continue reading How to Up the Cozy Factor in Your Home
From Google Home to Amazon Echo, smart speakers are hitting the market in droves. But while they seem like the next “must have,” what do they really do? And do you really need one? First things first, according to WhatIs.com, a smart speaker is a wireless and smart audio playback device that uses several types … Continue reading 5 Ways Your Smart Speaker Can Help Out Around the House
Crossing the threshold to your first home is one of the most exciting moments in a young person’s life… until that first mortgage payment is due. Then the heating bill. And the electric. And the taxes. Let’s face it. Home ownership can be pricey, especially when you’re a newbie. For those still adjusting to … Continue reading How New Homeowners Can Save Money