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Posted on 05/16/2021
How to Avoid Common Financial Mistakes as a First-Time Homebuyer
Photo by William Fortunato from Pexels Buying a home is a big decision made up of dozens of smaller decisions. With so many moving parts in the process it's difficult to know you’re making the best choices. Some of the most important choices in buying a home have to do with finances. Here we will go over some...
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Posted on 05/09/2021
Ways to be Prepared to Move When You Have Pets
Photo by Ulrike Mai via Pixabay Moving from one state to another is stressful enough for adults and children. Often pets are doubly confused. Your home may be the only world they've known. They don't understand why you're leaving or if you're coming back. Boxes are piling up and moving people, family and friends are everywhere. This may...
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Posted on 05/02/2021
5 Easy DIY Projects you can Tackle Yourself
Photo by RawPixel via Pixabay It may be tempting to call an expert (and sometimes, you can't avoid doing so) to fix something or to enhance the decor of your home, but some projects are surprisingly easy to do. Tackling DIY projects at home has never been easier, thanks to the availability of tools and products designed just...
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Posted on 04/25/2021
Are Pier and Beam Foundations Right for New Construction Accessibility?
Photo by 1778011 from Pixabay Although concrete walls and slabs rank among the most popular types of foundations, the vast majority of new construction relied on pier and beam designs until the 1960s. Pier and beam, commonly called as “post and beam,” was viewed as the most effective and cost-efficient way to elevate a structure above grade. In...
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Posted on 04/18/2021
3 Simple Ways to Refresh Your Home Exterior
Photo by Stephanie Ho from Pexels Boosting your home’s curb appeal doesn’t need to be a difficult or expensive task. Even the smallest upgrades or adjustments can boost your home’s value and aesthetic appeal, regardless of the architectural style or amount of space you have to work with. Some upgrades are well worth doing, even if you are...
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Posted on 04/11/2021
Arbor and Trellis Ideas for Your Garden
Photo by Colin Maynard on Unsplash Homeowners love the idea of creating a personal sanctuary in their outdoor living space, but many aren't quite sure of how to proceed when it comes to making the most of their yard and garden area. One of the most common issues faced by homeowners is that they don't really know how...
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Posted on 04/04/2021
Building A Sustainable Home
Image by 政徳 吉田 from Pixabay Green living is all the rage, and you can fully immerse yourself in a sustainable lifestyle if you decide to build your own home rather than purchase an existing property. During the planning and design phase, you can work with your builder to incorporate sustainable features into your new construction home. After...
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Posted on 03/28/2021
Luxury Home Seller Questions
Photo by Pixabay from Pexels Sellers of luxury properties have more concerns about selling than sellers of properties that are not considered luxury homes. Because of the amount of money involved in the transaction, selling a luxury home has additional hurdles. Our real estate agents help you get over some of these hurdles. My House is Unique —...
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Posted on 03/21/2021
How to Deal with Ice Dams Safely
Image by Emilian Robert Vicol from Pixabay Have you ever gone outside after a patch of cold weather to find long icicles hanging from your roof's edge? These spears of ice are usually caused by an ice dam forming along your eaves or roof's edge and can be dangerous when they melt and go flying to the ground....
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Posted on 03/14/2021
Boost Curb Appeal by Refreshing These 3 Features
Image by F. Muhammad from Pixabay When it comes to improving the exterior of your home, it might be hard to know where to start. Many small details combine to create a home’s first impression and affect potential resale value. With so many different features potentially needing an upgrade, there are some that might not seem obvious at...
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Posted on 03/07/2021
DIY: Refreshing Old Furniture
Photo by eric montanah from Pexels Furniture DIY projects can be fun and exciting. And better yet, these can help you save thousands of dollars. However, these projects take time, energy, and knowledge, which is where you’ll see a lot of people give up. But by learning some super simple DIY projects, you can get your hands on...
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Posted on 02/28/2021
4 Tips to Settle Down in Your New City
Photo by Alexas Fotos via PixabayMoving to a new city is an exciting time, but it can also be stressful. Getting the lay of the land, especially if you don't have contacts in the city, is intimidating. From figuring out your transportation options to learning where the most affordable grocery store is, you have many things to tackle...
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