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3 Things Every Homeowner Should Know How to Do
You don’t have to be a pro to tackle every home fix-it problem that arises. Home repair expert Bob Vila offers simple fixes for three very common household issues: Unclogging a toilet. Sooner or later, every homeowner faces a clogged toilet. Be prepared by having a toilet plunger on hand. When...
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It’s summer—when the sun sets later and patio furniture is on sale! Now’s the time to dress up your backyard and host your friends to a cool summer evening. Never fear if you’re new to entertaining, experienced party planners say. Throwing a party that’s fun, festive and filled with food...
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A home provides many tax benefits, literally from the time you buy to the time you sell. The mortgage interest paid on a home loan up to $750,000 for a primary residence or second home is tax deductible every year, as is the local property tax. Other mortgage costs—including late-payment...
What to Ask a Home Inspector Before Hiring Them
If you’re looking at hiring a home inspector to get to the bottom of your dream home (literally), congratulations! This probably means your offer has been accepted. A home inspector’s findings will often make or a break a purchase decision, so it’s crucial that you work with someone who is...
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In today’s day and age, choosing the right lighting for your space can be an overwhelming proposition. But it doesn’t have to be. Here are three out-of-the-box ideas you can—and should—put into play. Light unexpected spaces. There’s no need to settle for simple overhead lighting. Up ambiance and interest in a...
If you’ve been thinking about buying a second home, now is a good time to take the leap. Mortgage rates are still historically low. But there are some vital things to do before you start shopping. Follow these steps to make buying a second home a smooth process: The best...
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Today’s Ask the Expert column features Dan Steward, president of Pillar To Post Home Inspectors. Q: Should sellers get a home inspection to help the mortgage process along? A: If you’re a seller, it behooves you to get your own home inspection prior to putting your house on the market. But why...
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Ugh. Moving, right? Packing, coordinating, updating contacts and everything that goes along with it is time consuming in itself. Managing to squeeze it all in when you have a full-time job or kids to take care of? Sometimes it seems impossible! The trick is to plan ahead and reframe your...
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For empty nesters and others, moving into a smaller space can mean less maintenance and a welcome bump in discretionary income. But what to keep and what to toss can be a difficult, and sometimes painful, decision. The editors at after55.com offer 10 good tips for making the move without...
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Remodeling a home, even in minor ways, can increase a family’s comfort and enjoyment. But whether or not they’re planning to sell, many homeowners considering an upgrade wonder how much the planned project will increase the value of their home. Surprisingly, design experts say, sometimes not as much as the...
SUMMER CAMP: 4TH OF JULY ROCKETS We borrowed this idea from Moms Craft Space and I’m so excited to be sharing another fun kid’s craft idea. 4th of July has always been one of my favorite holidays (along with Halloween and Christmas), I have outlined a portion of the article...
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A fenced-in yard. Double sinks. A wrap-around porch. An open floor plan. Solar panels. There are just so many things we want our new home to have. However, when shopping for our dream home, it’s essential to steer the dream a little bit more toward reality. No home will have every single...
August 19, 2018
3 Things Every Homeowner Should Know How to Do

3 Things Every Homeowner Should Know How to Do

You don’t have to be a pro to tackle every home fix-it problem that arises. Home repair expert Bob Vila offers simple fixes for three very […]
August 12, 2018
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7 Tips to Hosting a Summer Party

It’s summer—when the sun sets later and patio furniture is on sale! Now’s the time to dress up your backyard and host your friends to a […]
August 4, 2018
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Expert Insights: How Can Owning a Home Pay off at Tax Time?

A home provides many tax benefits, literally from the time you buy to the time you sell. The mortgage interest paid on a home loan up […]
July 28, 2018
What to Ask a Home Inspector Before Hiring Them

What to Ask a Home Inspector Before Hiring Them

If you’re looking at hiring a home inspector to get to the bottom of your dream home (literally), congratulations! This probably means your offer has been […]
July 21, 2018
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3 Ways to Get Creative With Lighting

In today’s day and age, choosing the right lighting for your space can be an overwhelming proposition. But it doesn’t have to be. Here are three […]
July 15, 2018
5 Positive Things to Do When Stuck in Traffic

5 Positive Things to Do When Stuck in Traffic

Sitting in traffic can be a major mood drain. When it happens at the start of the day, it can leave you feeling grouchy for hours. […]
July 7, 2018
Why Home Inspections Are a Must

Why Home Inspections Are a Must

Buying a house is one of the best decisions you may ever make, and it’s always a thrill to go through the process. But there are […]
July 1, 2018

4th of July Rockets For The Kids

SUMMER CAMP: 4TH OF JULY ROCKETS We borrowed this idea from Moms Craft Space and I’m so excited to be sharing another fun kid’s craft idea. […]
July 1, 2018

4 Tips for Buying a New Sofa

While it can be exciting to hunt down that perfect sofa, with so many options online and in-store, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. And considering the […]
June 16, 2018
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Making the Most of a Small Backyard

Summer weather brings backyard suppers to mind; picnic favorites, savory barbecues, chicken roasting on a spit. But it calls out for company, and entertaining can be […]
June 9, 2018
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5 Ways to Pick the Perfect Color Scheme

If you’re revamping your interior design scheme, you may be considering a new color palette. Should you go with earthy hues? Vibrant jewel tones? Cool blues […]
June 2, 2018
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Turning Your Dining Room into a Restaurant

Do you love fine dining but don’t quite have the budget? Or perhaps you’re looking to jazz up date night or create a fun evening for […]
May 26, 2018
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Transforming Your Bath Into a Spa

A long soak in a bubble-filled tub can feel like heaven after a hard day at work—and soaking in a bath that feels like a spa […]
May 23, 2018
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4 To-Dos Before You Sell

The weather’s better in a neighboring state. It would be nice to be closer to the grandkids. Those are a lot of stairs to walk up. […]
May 19, 2018
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Choose Your Battles When Buying a Home

A fenced-in yard. Double sinks. A wrap-around porch. An open floor plan. Solar panels. There are just so many things we want our new home to have. However, […]
May 15, 2018
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Which Remodeling Projects Will Add the Most Value to Your Home?

Remodeling a home, even in minor ways, can increase a family’s comfort and enjoyment. But whether or not they’re planning to sell, many homeowners considering an […]
May 12, 2018
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10 Quick Tips for Easier Downsizing

For empty nesters and others, moving into a smaller space can mean less maintenance and a welcome bump in discretionary income. But what to keep and […]
May 9, 2018
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3 Ways to Reduce Stress While Moving

Ugh. Moving, right? Packing, coordinating, updating contacts and everything that goes along with it is time consuming in itself. Managing to squeeze it all in when […]
May 4, 2018
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Ask the Expert: Can a Home Inspection Help the Mortgage Process Along?

Today’s Ask the Expert column features Dan Steward, president of Pillar To Post Home Inspectors. Q: Should sellers get a home inspection to help the mortgage process […]
May 1, 2018

Keys to Buying a Second Home

If you’ve been thinking about buying a second home, now is a good time to take the leap. Mortgage rates are still historically low. But there […]
April 26, 2018
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What to Expect at Closing

Long after first seeing the home of your dreams and deciding to buy it, and just before getting the keys to it, comes the closing process. […]
April 17, 2018
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Maintaining the Beauty of Your Natural Stone Fireplace

In your home or in your vacation cabin, a handsome stone hearth is often the gathering place for comfy family evenings. But accumulations of dirt, soot […]
April 15, 2018
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Why Do I Need an Agent If I Can Find a Home by Myself on the Internet?

While more buyers now use the Internet to gain access to listings, or available properties for sale, it is still a good idea to use an […]
April 13, 2018
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How to Keep Pests Out of the Kitchen

No matter how much of a critter lover you may be, pests in your kitchen is never fun. But many consumers are also disinclined to spread […]
April 11, 2018
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Which Remodeling Projects Will Add the Most Value to Your Home?

Remodeling a home, even in minor ways, can increase a family’s comfort and enjoyment. But whether or not they’re planning to sell, many homeowners considering an […]