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4 Easy-Peasy Must-Do’s for Homeowners in December

December. The year's coming to an end. Time to do four small tasks for a bright (and money-saving) new year. #1 Clean Light Bulbs and Fixtures Two great reasons to clean your light bulbs: You want as much light in your house as you can get as the days grow shorter,...

The Genius Way to Clean Fast for Last-Minute Guests

What in the world made you invite your new workmates over for a little "whine" time tonight? You never dreamed they'd actually say yes, but they did. Gah! While your place isn't a total mess, it's not exactly guest-ready. You'll have maybe an hour before they get...

6 Simple Steps to Prep Your Home for Holiday Guests

And will you ever get a chance to relax yourself? Hosting has its share of anxieties, especially if you're striving to make your home welcoming. How do you know everyone will feel comfortable? You will if you focus on what's really necessary. Here are six steps to get...

10 Simple Comforts Every Houseguest Will Adore You For

You're expecting houseguests. Fun! You want them to feel welcome, comfortable, and — dare we say it? — maybe even a tad envious of your hosting prowess. No need to moonlight at hospitality school. We asked Airbnb hosts with tons of great reviews on their cozy...

6 Tasks Every Homeowner Should Do in November

It’s the spring cleaning of fall, so to speak. With THE HOLIDAYS coming at you fast and furious, you want to be sure your home is cozy, but with that fresh-as-spring feel — as opposed to that musty-damp-winter feel. Here's how to make that happen (along with a few...

9 Quick DIYs That Could Make That House Your Home

Whether you’re a new homeowner, on the hunt, or a current homeowner, we all want our space to feel like us, right? Nothing compares to the sense of relief that comes from feeling like you’re home. But how do you create that feeling? I have nine tiny fixes any...

5 Surprising (and Useful!) Ways to Save for a Down Payment

Buying your first home conjures up all kinds of warm and fuzzy emotions: pride, joy, contentment. But before you get to the good stuff, you've got to cobble together a down payment, a daunting sum if you follow the textbook advice to squirrel away 20% of a home's...

Fire Pit or Money Pit? 9 Ways to Avoid Overspending

Don’t do built-in seating. Your butt (and budget) will thank you for it. Indoor evenings on the couch are so last year. Literally. Relaxing around a fire and under the stars is about to be the place for a perfect night. But a built-in fire pit can cost upward of...

6 Tasks That Every Smart Homeowner Does in October

The temps are starting to drop; the smell of wood smoke is in the air. Temps are more chilly than warm. That's when veteran homeowners know it's time to do these six things if they want to avoid grief or overspending. #1 Buy Appliances Whisper to them. Do a rain...

Homeowners Insurance: Time for an Annual Check-Up

It’s time for your annual check-up. The good news is that for this one, you won’t have to don one of those revealing hospital gowns -- and you may walk away with a healthier pocketbook. We’re talking about a homeowners insurance check-up, a task you should complete...

Detect Termites and Other Wood-Destroying Insects

One of the biggest threats to your house comes in the form of tiny pests that silently and invisibly consume or live in wood — from the sills of your foundation to the rafters of your roof. Known by exterminators as WDIs, wood-destroying insects cause more than $1...

4 Things Proactive Homeowners Do in September

Ah, September. The weather is changing, and we're getting back to our normal, post-summer routines. It's also a great time to give the house a little extra love and maintenance. Stain the Deck Help your deck field what winter throws at it by re-staining it this month....

The Secret to Programming Your Thermostat the Right Way for Each Season

Owners of programmable thermostats are misusing the devices, according to research from Energy Research & Social Science journal. About 40% don't use programming features, and 33% had programming features overridden. But it’s really not that hard, and it’s...

A Seller’s Guide to Navigating the Home Inspection

Getting beyond the home inspection is sort of like advancing to the next level in a video game. When you get past this step, you get to advance to a fresh, exciting place — your new home, to be exact. In Every Inspection, There Are Stakes for Buyers and Sellers Once...

17 Things to Never, Ever, EVER Do to Your House

What may seem like a good idea, often isn't. Here are 17 common mistakes new homeowners often make. #1 Get Rid of Your Only Tub If resale value is important to you, don't get rid of your only bathtub no matter how dreamy that walk-in shower looks. It will make it...

Should I Sell My House or Rent It?

When your current home no longer suits you, selling it is a popular option. But in some cases, turning it into a rental home might make more sense. There are lots of factors to consider when making the “sell vs. rent my home” decision, including: Your financial...

Do Swimming Pools Add Value to Homes?

You can picture it now: cocktails in hand as you sit by the pool, grill fired up for an al-fresco dinner so it'll be easy to dive back in before dessert. But you're getting an inkling that the cost might be a bit more than you thought, and now you're wondering, is...

Hey, Buyers: These Home Appraisal Tips Are for You

Most people have deeply personal reasons for wanting to buy a home. Maybe it’s the bathroom that feels like a dreamy, modern spa. Or that two-tiered deck just made for parties. Your lender doesn’t care about the freestanding tub. Or the built-in outdoor fire pit....

How Long Is That Remodel Going to Take?

Renovations can take weeks -- and sometimes months. That means endless days of subcontractors traipsing through your home, noisy tools, and major dust. Even some minor projects can disrupt your daily routine. Before you begin to remodel, know what’s in store for you...

How to Check for Flood Risk During Home Buying

You’ve found the perfect home — sunny kitchen, the right number of bathrooms, and a big, beautiful yard. And then someone mentions a case of flooding in the area — far from any major body of water. You start wondering, Could my dream home be at risk for flood damage?...

What to Expect During a Home Inspection

The first thing you need to know about home inspection: You’ll feel all the feels. There’s the excitement — the inspection could be the longest time you’re in the house, after the showing. Right behind that comes … anxiety. What if the inspector finds something wrong?...

Mold. Ugh. Here’s How to Kill It Forever

Ugh. Mold. It's ugly. It's tenacious. It's the uninvited guest that keeps visiting — no matter how rude you are to it. But, unwittingly, you may be setting up the perfect conditions for mold's return: a food source, lots of moisture, and a pleasant temperature. You've...

Everything You Need to Know About the Pre-Approval Process

You've probably heard of the “pre-approval process,” but many people don't know or fully understand what it actually means. I’m excited to chat with you guys about this process and answer some frequently asked questions!  What is Pre-Approval? Pre-approval means a...

35 Money-Saving Household Habits

Your house gives you so much: security, pride, shelter. With all that on the line, it's easy to assume the costs of keeping it up just are what they are. But wait. There are plenty of expenses that are simply a waste. Here's how to save money each month without...

What to Expect from Virtual House Tours, Staging, and Showings

The COVID pandemic hasn’t stopped people from buying houses. But it has changed how buyers view homes, with technology sometimes replacing the in-person experience. To help keep everyone safer and comply with state and local guidance, agents are...

Understand What Goes into House Prices in a Competitive Market

Even in a seller’s market, home sales depend on certain factors that may require you to be flexible. You may be selling a home in a competitive market — for example, with low inventory and high demand. And you may be thinking “Yay!” or at least “Whew.” You know you’re...

7 Common Mistakes when Closing on a House

#1 Sprinting through documents and emails Attention spans are short in the digital age, and you’re probably not in the habit of reading thousands of words at a single sitting. That’s understandable, but you must read every word in documents and emails your lender,...

Drawers Overfloweth? 7 Ideas to Solve the Problem Once and for All

Messy junk drawers. Unorganized spices. Your overflowing dresser. Drawers and cabinets are supposed to keep you organized, not hide what you need. Don't despair. Whether you choose a DIY solution, an inexpensive store-bought fix, or even a custom-made splurge, solving...

How Much Should Landscaping Cost?

The success of any landscaping project depends on having a plan and sticking to it. Landscaping is one of the surest ways to pump up the value of your property. According to research by Virginia Cooperative Extension, going from a plain lawn and a concrete driveway to...

7 Ideas to Make Your Outdoor Living Space Irresistible

Budget ideas to transform your outdoor living space into a beautiful (and fun) retreat. Americans are putting their own spin on the Scandinavian passion for open-air living--friluftsliv. We’re not just doing things outside as much as possible. We’re expanding our...

5 Awesomely Easy Landscaping Projects

No need for fancy DIY skills, a lot of money, or a ton of time to pull off these yard upgrades. To give your yard a dose of charm without a ton of effort, try these four spring landscaping ideas. You'll boost your curb appeal for sure. #1 Plant Just One Tree Planting...