Home Ideas and Tips

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8 Ways to Boost Your Homes Value

8 Ways to Boost Your Home’s Value Improving the look and functionality of your home goes a long way toward boosting its value. But what types of renovation are today’s buyers looking for? If you are thinking of remodeling, a national survey by Consumer Reports reveals the most sought-after amenities: Kitchens top the list– Buyers … Continue reading 8 Ways to Boost Your Homes Value

Eco-friendly Kitchen Features That Won’t Break the Bank

Eco-friendly Kitchen Features That Won’t Break the Bank Eco-friendly features are all the rage today as homeowners commit to living greener lives. But for those looking to reduce their carbon footprint, where do you begin? For many, the answer is the kitchen. The central hub of the home, the kitchen offers a perfect foundation for … Continue reading Eco-friendly Kitchen Features That Won’t Break the Bank

Wet Rooms – Why they may be the Perfect Solution . . .

The Inside Scoop on Wet Rooms It’s official: Wet rooms are a rising trend in luxury bathroom design. For years, they’ve been used as a solution when space was limited, but this style is increasingly being seen in high-end homes for many reasons. Before we dive into them, however, you might be asking yourself, “What … Continue reading Wet Rooms – Why they may be the Perfect Solution . . .

Would You Buy a Haunted House?

Spooky houses look like they haven’t seen a living occupant, gardener or handyman in years. Many so-called haunted houses are so dilapidated they look occupied by ghosts, or they’ve been on the market so long, buyers suspect there’s a skeleton hidden in the closet. But that house for sale that gives you the creeps may … Continue reading Would You Buy a Haunted House?

Portable Gardens for Curb Appeal

Portable Gardens for Curb Appeal To make your home more attractive to home buyers, you could plant fresh flowers or you could put plants in containers and take your garden with you when you sell your home! Containers can accent your home’s personality – like washtubs for a farmhouse look or colorful fired pottery for … Continue reading Portable Gardens for Curb Appeal

5 Ways to Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal

5 Ways to Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal Before listing your home, improving curb appeal is a top priority. Luxury homebuyers want a turnkey residence that requires zero work before they move in and if your house is looking a little worse for wear from the street, they could be turned off before even stepping … Continue reading 5 Ways to Boost Your Home’s Curb Appeal

How Important is Square Footage

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

What to Do If Your Yard Floods When It Rains

  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

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

The Home Sizes and Clutter Relationship

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

Avoid These Common Mistakes When Arranging Living Room Furniture

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

Tear Down or ReModel?

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?