12 Low-Cost Tips for a Better Looking Yard

 

Many Americans will put plenty of hours into beautifying their lawns and gardens. However, it’s not always easy to do so, and it’s certainly not always cheap. With that in mind, here are 12 tips that will help you save money while still making sure your yard looks its best all summer long, without breaking the bank: Continue reading

How To Make Your Home More Energy Efficient

 

When it comes to energy -saving, planet-helping home changes; little things add up. Not only do the little things add up in energy savings for your own home, but for the environment, as well. Let’s all do our part (and save some money in the meantime!), and think about implementing some of the energy tactics below: Continue reading

Best Ways to Boost Your Home’s Resale Value

 

Renovations. Weekend Warrior Projects. Pinterest Craft? Whether a big scale or small scale – home improvement can always feel daunting. That’s why we’re talking about projects that boost your home’s resale value. Improve your home for yourself, but also, do so in a smart way that directly contributes to a higher resale value. Not planning on selling your house soon? Think about making these improvements to enjoy your home before you sell. Don’t find yourself down the road wishing you had done it sooner! Continue reading

Spring Home Prep: Exterior Home Maintenance

 

Just like potholes are filled in (we hope) and trees grow back their leaves, our homes need a little extra loving care to bounce back from the winter season. As the sun starts to shine a little more (thank goodness), and we prepare for spring, keep this checklist in mind when it comes to preparing your home for spring: Continue reading

Spring Home Prep: Interior Home Maintenance

 

Sometimes we get so caught up in preparing for winter and the toll it takes on our home, only to months later find ourselves inspired by the excitement of “spring cleaning”. But what happens in between? Well, technically nothing has to happen – but what if you took advantage of the “in between” months to get completely up to date on interior home maintenance? Suddenly you’re ahead of the game. Continue reading

Steps for Winterizing Your Home

 

Winter is coming! — and unfortunately, so are those heating bills. The good news? Heating bills and other unexpected and miscellaneous winter-related costs can be greatly reduced by putting in a little time “winterizing” your home. While no, it won’t ever seem as appealing as breaking out those holiday decorations on a Sunday afternoon, your future-self will certainly thank your little bit of elbow grease you put in now. Continue reading

Take the Time to Test Home Heating Now

 

As the weather gets colder, homeowners need to make sure their home heating systems are ready for the rigors of another long winter. There are plenty of ways they can do that – some by themselves, others with professionals involved – but getting it done before the truly cold weather settles in is a must for any house. Continue reading

Things to Look for in a Home Inspection

Usually, by the time you schedule a home inspection, you’re at least halfway in love with a house. You’ve walked through it many times, and you’ve likely made note of any concerns you have regarding the home’s condition. The inspection is the last hurdle separating you from the house of your dreams, so it’s only natural for you to want it to go well.

Ultimately, though, you really don’t want a home that doesn’t pass the most rigorous inspection. Hire an impartial inspector who has no loyalties to anyone involved except you. The most qualified home inspectors do cost more than one you might find by happenstance, but when you compare this cost to the overall investment you’ll be making in this new home, it becomes clear that this is not the moment for penny-pinching. Continue reading