10 THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU SELL YOUR HOUSE

  10 THINGS TO DO BEFORE YOU SELL YOUR HOUSE ​Before you put your house on the market, ask ​your real estate agent ​​​for guidance on improving your home's presentation. ​Your agent​​​ can tell you what buyers expect in your particular market and at your home's price point. The following 10 steps are a way … [Read more...]

MAINTENANCE TIPS FOR PROTECTING YOUR BIGGEST INVESTMENT

  MAINTENANCE TIPS FOR PROTECTING YOUR BIGGEST INVESTMENT ​While it's not a dramatic renovation project, regular home maintenance will help you maintain your home's value. In fact, proper maintenance actually increases the value of a house by about 1 percent each year, according to research from the … [Read more...]

7 WAYS TO MAKE YOUR LIFE EASIER DURING A HOME RENOVATION

  7 WAYS TO MAKE YOUR LIFE EASIER DURING A HOME RENOVATION ​A home renovation is as exciting as it is hectic. Between coordinating contractors and choosing fixtures, your home is all out of sorts - which is overwhelming in and of itself. Luckily, it doesn't have to be a challenge. Keep these tips in … [Read more...]

THE HOME-BUYING PROCESS IN 8 STEPS

THE HOME-BUYING PROCESS IN 8 STEPS ​The path toward homeownership can be a long and winding road. By thoroughly understanding each step of the process, homebuyers can avoid obstacles, eliminate uncertainty, and experience the excitement of finding a house to call home. You can break the home-buying process into eight essential … [Read more...]

MAINTENANCE TIPS FOR PROTECTING YOUR BIGGEST INVESTMENT

MAINTENANCE TIPS FOR PROTECTING YOUR BIGGEST INVESTMENT ​While it's not a dramatic renovation project, regular home maintenance will help you maintain your home's value. In fact, proper maintenance actually increases the value of a house by about 1 percent each year, according to research from the University of Connecticut and Syracuse … [Read more...]

6 WAYS TO KEEP YOUR HOME GERM FREE

6 WAYS TO KEEP YOUR HOME GERM FREE ​Keep your home from serving as a breeding ground for the cold or flu virus with these simple tips. 1. Disinfect your Remote ​What's the first thing someone does after calling in sick to work or school? They grab the remote and hunker down with Netflix and some … [Read more...]

5 Projects to Tackle This Spring Break

March (hopefully) means the weather is warming up. If you don’t have a trip planned to an exotic locale, take some time to get ahead on home maintenance projects. Here are a few projects you can complete during a spring fling of home repair. 1. Fun with Water Power washing your home’s exterior not only adds to its sparkle factor, but also blasts away any potentially damaging mold and mildew. … [Read more...]

6 Easy Ways to Bring Spring Indoors

It’s been a nice winter but most of us are more than ready for spring and all the great things that get us outdoors. But wouldn’t it be nice to bring the spring season inside, too? Here’s a checklist of small jobs that will make an instant difference in how your home looks and feels this spring. Wash your windows —or call to have them professionally done. You’ll want a clear view of all … [Read more...]

5 Ways to Prep Your Yard for Spring (No Matter What Punxsutawney Phil Predicts)

According to legend, if a groundhog named Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow when released from his burrow on February 2, we can expect six more weeks of winter. I love a winter wonderland, but six more weeks? No, thank you! I’m hoping he’s not spooked by his shadow which means an early spring! If you’re planning your spring garden, don’t rely too much on the groundhog’s shadowy prediction. … [Read more...]

Budgeting Tips To Help You Save For A Down Payment

Saving enough cash for a down payment may seem impossible, but with planning and discipline you can make it happen. It might not be tomorrow, but owning your own home is something worth waiting for, working for and, perhaps, sacrificing a few expensive coffee drinks for as well. Here are a few tips to help you get started. 1. Track Every Dollar Find out exactly where your money goes each month … [Read more...]