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Vacation with Peace of Mind

Vacation with Peace of Mind

Ready to finally take that extended vacation this summer? Since it’s probably been a minute (or 751,680 minutes) since you’ve last traveled, here are a few helpful reminders for ensuring your home stays mishap free while you’re away. Set Your Thermostat If you have an AC, heatpump, or evaporative cooling unit, make sure to leave it on to prevent mold, mildew, and other conditions caused by heat...

What to do when you have bad neighbors

What to do when you have bad neighbors

Figuring out how to deal with bad neighbors can be a major struggle. There’s nothing worse than buying a house and then realizing you have nightmare neighbors. But you don’t just have to grin and bear your neighbors’ undesirable behavior or tension on the block. With the right approach, you can turn it into an opportunity to build a good relationship, create a more positive environment for you and...

Tips for Gardens Great and Small

Tips for Gardens Great and Small

Like the fabled “Victory Gardens” of WWII before them, urban and backyard vegetable gardens became a vital source of food and purpose for many people last year when world events threw supply chains into disarray. A year has passed, but interest in do-it-yourself food production has remained, and more and more DIYer's are getting into growing their own crops. Your ability to grow fruits, vegetables...

Need a Bigger Home Why Not Buy It This Year

Need a Bigger Home? Why Not Buy It This Year?

Are you clamoring for extra rooms or a more functional floor-plan in your house? Maybe it’s time to make a move. If you’ll be able to work remotely for the long-term or your overall needs have simply changed, it’s a great time to sell your house and move up. Why? With mortgage rates in their favor and higher-priced home sales powering more moves across the country, sellers in today’s market...

Real Estate Buying Season

Real Estate Buying Season is Back. Here’s What to Expect.

With peak Real Estate buying season upon us, here's what analysts are expecting to see this year: Increasing Mortgage Rates It appears, depending on how the economic recovery progresses, that mortgage rates could continue to increase. Earlier in the year, rates were holding under 3%, but those rates have steadily increased over the past several weeks. As more and more Americans are vaccinated, it's...

Tips For Growing An Urban Garden

Tips For Growing An Urban Garden

As families become more health-conscious and think more about the food they consume, family farms are on the comeback, regardless of the size. Whether driven to grow produce on their own to make sure their vegetables are pesticide-free, out of a passion for gardening or as a cottage industry for extra cash, city-dwellers are using innovative means to produce crops of their own. Your ability to grow...

Which States Have the Lowest Cost of Living

Which States Have the Lowest Cost of Living?

For many of us, the past year has brought about a slew of unexpected changes. The pandemic didn’t slow rising home prices or increase the amount of available inventory in major metro areas, but what it did do was dispel the idea that all office workers must be tethered to a physical location. With remote work becoming more and more normalized, many Americans are wondering why they’re paying...

Americans Spent Nearly $420 Billion On Home Improvement Projects

Americans Spent Nearly $420 Billion On Home Improvement Projects

2020 was a record-breaking year for home improvements. Harvard University researchers found that Americans spent nearly $420 billion, much of it on do-it-yourself projects. The study found that in late March of 2020, about 60% of people said they started at least one project in the previous two to three weeks. By early May that number jumped to nearly 80%. Multiple rounds of federal economic relief...

Fire Pit Ideas To Spruce Up Any Backyard

Fire Pit Ideas To Spruce Up Any Backyard

Adding a DIY fire pit to your backyard is an excellent way to keep the fun going long after dark. Instead of an unsightly dirt fire pit, spend a day making a new statement piece for your yard. If you’re wondering how to build a fire pit — we’ll show you how. When selecting and building your DIY fire pit, make sure you avoid using wet stones. If you are using river rocks, be sure to give them several...

Saving on Kitchen Cabinets

Saving on Kitchen Cabinets

When it comes to home renovations, a kitchen remodel is on the higher end of the price spectrum. One of the biggest line items in any kitchen remodel is cabinetry, which can account for up to 40% of your total budget. If you're willing to think outside the box a little, you can save yourself some money and still make a solid long-term cabinets choice. As always: do your research Take time to learn...

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