Home Ideas and Tips

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Should you Buy a Home with a Swimming Pool?

It’s the heat of the summer, and you want a home with a swimming pool but before you go off the deep end, make sure the benefits outweigh the drawbacks. Swimming pools are a strong part of the outdoor living trend. They’re fun for all ages, they promote fitness, and they give you a great … Continue reading Should you Buy a Home with a Swimming Pool?

How to Decorate Your Kitchen with White Hues

Kitchens decorated with mostly white hues never seem to go out of style but there’s a fine line between white that’s serene and beautiful and white that’s stark and clinical. If you love the color white, here are some tips to make your kitchen modern and sophisticated: Include a little grey. Choosing a light grey … Continue reading How to Decorate Your Kitchen with White Hues

Three Responsibilities of Homebuyers

Nothing says, “Welcome to Adulthood” like buying a home. You’re taking on very real responsibilities, but you may not realize how far they reach and impact others. Meeting them will reward you and your family for years to come with more equity, happier neighbors and a better living environment for your family. Financial responsibilities: Paying … Continue reading Three Responsibilities of Homebuyers

Portable Gardens for Curb Appeal

To make your home more attractive to homebuyers, 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 a bohemian vibe. They’re the perfect … Continue reading Portable Gardens for Curb Appeal

Five Must-do Improvements For Resale

Most buyers want a move-in ready home that’s clean, updated and functional and they’re willing to pay more to get what they want. Here are just a few improvements you can do that will go a long way with buyers. – Update the finishes. If you’re going to improve a room, update everything, even the … Continue reading Five Must-do Improvements For Resale

Staying on Top of Rugs

Rugs help warm a dreary room, add a splash of color to a dull space, tone down a room with strong, bright colored furniture and create a new look to almost any room. Plus, it’s a quick fix to any floors that may need replacing.  – Persian rugs can cost thousands of dollars, but many … Continue reading Staying on Top of Rugs

Making Color Work in Your Home

Don’t be offended if an agent suggests that you paint before placing your home on the market. They understand “color psychology.” Since people’s reaction to color is immediate, it can have a tremendous influence on their daily choices. You can make your home stand out from the competition, sell more quickly and at a higher … Continue reading Making Color Work in Your Home

Six Easy Low-cost Energy Savers

According to Energystar.gov, the average American household spends more than $2,200 a year on energy bills, with nearly half of that amount spent on heating and cooling. Here are six easy, low-cost ideas to cut those bills down. – Change your air filters. It’s a chore that’s easily forgotten, so put it on your calendar … Continue reading Six Easy Low-cost Energy Savers

Rainy Day Projects For Your Home

April showers bring May flowers, but they also give you time to check a few things off your to do list on a rainy weekend. Here are a few projects you can get done: Spring clean. Dust all the blinds, wipe down the quarter-round molding, and clean under the beds and furniture you haven’t moved … Continue reading Rainy Day Projects For Your Home

The Hygge Lifestyle

Denmark and Norway are the happiest countries in the world. They offer stunning natural beauty, legendary winter sports and small populations. It’s no coincidence that both countries have the same word for a happy lifestyle: – hygge. Hygge, pronounced “hoo-ga,” is a term that has no English equivalent but is best translated as the enjoyment of living in … Continue reading The Hygge Lifestyle

Preparing a Wood Burning Fireplace

Few winter delights beat the crackling sound and soothing aromas of a wood-burning fire. As you prepare for the upcoming holidays, make sure your fireplace and your fire-building skills are ready in time for cozy gatherings. Have a chimney sweep company check your chimney for birds’ nests and other debris that could block smoke from … Continue reading Preparing a Wood Burning Fireplace