In home listings across the country, the word small is often
replaced with a far more marketable and appealing word:
“charming.” But what makes a home charming compared to
small? How does a homeowner transition a cramped room into
a space with unique and appealing character? Continue reading
Are you ready to refinance or sell your home? If you answered yes, then it’s time to get your home appraised in order to define its true value in the current real estate market. Continue reading
The home buying process can be an overwhelming one. At the end of the day, the right thing to do is to protect what is most likely your biggest investment. This is where home insurance and home warranties come in. These two items accomplish similar goals, but in varied ways.
For decorators on a budget, there is nothing more exciting than discovering a diamond in the rough. Garage sales, thrift stores and seasonal sales hold a special intrigue for these treasure hunters as they search endlessly for the hidden gems that will polish up to become centerpieces in their home. Some look for antique tables that have covered their beauty in years of old paint and dust, just waiting to be sanded and refinished to their former splendor. Others simply want to repurpose discarded items such as pallet wood or turn an old piece of scrap metal into a lamp. Though some people seem to have a knack for extreme bargain hunting, anyone can become an expert with a few tips and a little practice! Continue reading
Installing a new entry door is a great way to improve the curb appeal of your home and create a warm, welcoming first impression for visitors. And while entry doors should certainly be attractive and architecturally interesting, they must also be resilient, weather tight and able to withstand exposure to the elements all year round. Continue reading
If you just purchased an older home, chances are that you have some work to do! After all, just because a home needs a little more love and elbow grease doesn’t mean it’s not worth it. Continue reading
Have you checked your credit and decided that it’s time to buy your first home? Well, it’s no surprise that making a home purchase can be an overwhelming process. Fortunately, there are ways to stay ahead of the game while keeping your stress under control. Before you jump into a new mortgage, let’s learn some preparation techniques to achieve the best possible outcome.
One thing on your long summer to-do list may be cleaning out the old garage. For most, this sounds easier than it actually is. Garages tend to house years of accumulated and forgotten items, especially if you have a large family. On top of that, there is years of dirt and grime on the floors from car tires and engines, bikes, lawnmowers, etc.
Buying a new home can be a complicated process. Despite the ease of finding multiple listings online these days, there’s still a lot to consider. Is the asking price in line with current market values? Are you confident about negotiating a deal, or know what to look for during an escrow closing? Below are four advantages of using a buyer’s agent to help you navigate the complexities of purchasing a home. Continue reading
If you’re ready to try out your green thumb or dust off the gardening skills you long ago acquired, there are plenty of ways to achieve the lush vegetation you desire. Check out these tips and tricks for cultivating a thriving and productive garden of any variety.
Although modern homes and new construction builds have rooms with at least one natural light source (yes, even closets!), some rooms are just dim and difficult to light. The room may be windowless, or in a dark wing of your home, or it may contain characteristics like wood panel walls and ceilings that make the room feel unbearably bleak. Luckily, there are techniques that can brighten a dim room and creative ways to bring more light into your space. Say goodbye to cave living! Continue reading
Classic planters will never go out of style, but there are so many ways to get creative and give your plant and flower pots a unique twist. DIY doesn’t have to be difficult, even for those of us who are less than crafty. Transforming the way you showcase your flowers and plants is much easier than you may think, and it’s a great way to bring some personality to your living space. Continue reading
Every house has plumbing issues here and there, but calling a plumber isn’t always the best bang for your buck. Here are 7 ways to eliminate plumbing problems on your own. Continue reading
The home buying process can be an overwhelming one. At the end of the day, the right thing to do is to protect what is most likely your biggest investment. This is where home insurance and home warranties come in. These two items accomplish similar goals, but in varied ways. Continue reading
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to spend a fortune or go to design school to revamp your home. “It’s all about simplicity,” says Susan Yoder, interior design expert for builder Clayton Homes. “A little goes a long way when it comes to home décor and living spaces. Only a few simple changes can make a big difference and allow you to create a room you’ll be itching to show off to friends and family.” Continue reading
Whether you have a pet or not, there is dust-free light at the end of the tunnel! You’re not alone, either – allergies affect more than 20% of Americans. In this post, we’ll go over specific ways to free your home of allergens so you and your family can finally breathe cleaner air. Here are some trusty guidelines to get you started. Continue reading
Choosing a new bathroom color doesn’t have to be an intimidating task. In fact, simple changes in wall or accent colors can make a drastic difference with minimum impact on your wallet. Here are some quick tips and ideas on how to select the color that’s perfect for your palette! Continue reading
Creating a charming book nook in your home is much easier than you might think. You don’t need wall-to-wall shelving or an overstuffed chair next to a roaring fire (although if that’s what you’re working with, great!). All you really need to create your reading nook is a comfy place to sit, some soft light, and a warm blanket. Follow these tips for setting up your perfect reading escape.
Modern kitchen islands are exceptionally versatile and useful additions to your home! They are also incredibly popular and top the kitchen renovation list for most homeowners. Yet, designing the perfect kitchen island takes both careful planning and proper execution. While this addition can transform your kitchen into an absolute dream, a poorly constructed kitchen island can create a whole new set of problems. Whether you are remodeling your kitchen or looking to add a brand new kitchen island, these design tips should steer you in the direction towards form and function! Continue reading
You have decided to take the plunge and finally remodel your home’s interior to match your mind’s eye. The dreaming, the planning, and the picking out of paint colors have all been completed, but now you need someone to help you accomplish your project. Selecting a home contractor can be overwhelming, so where do you start? What do you need to look for? Better yet, which aspects do you want to avoid? To get you started, we have compiled some do’s and don’ts for hiring a home contractor. Continue reading