How to Prep Your Home for a New Addition to the Family

Posted on: July 18, 2018 by in Blog
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How to Prep Your Home for a New Addition to the Family

Here’s what you need to know: Get ready in style Prep the space with all the necessities needed to make your new addition’s life as happy as possible. Based on the needs of your new child or pet, this could mean turning your home office or game room into a nursery or finding the perfect doggy door to install in the back entrance. After checking big-ticket items off your list, consider how moments such as bath time will change in the new dynamic. Choose a product that is stylish and Continue Reading ...

The Right Wood for the Job: Your Guide to Summer Deck Building

Posted on: July 13, 2018 by in Blog
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The right wood for the job Your guide to summer deck building

Think about your favorite moments and memories from past summers. The time you spent with family and friends, dining, playing games or simply enjoying one another’s company. Now, ask yourself this: How many of those summer memories took place outside, on the deck? The deck is the perfect spot for summer get-togethers and events. However, if yours is in need of a facelift or a complete re-do, now is the perfect time of year to complete a new outdoor living space customized to fit your Continue Reading ...

Remodeling to Age in Place? Make Changes Where It Matters Most

Posted on: July 5, 2018 by in Blog
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Remodeling to Age in Place Make Changes Where It Matters Most

American household demographics constantly change. With kids grown and moved out, many adults are considering remodeling to meet their future needs. This has inspired the idea of aging in place, meaning the desire to have a high quality of life in your home as you get older. In the United States, it's a desire shared by many. According to the AARP, 87 percent of adults age 65 and older want to stay in their current home and community as they age. Furthermore, among people age 50 to 64, 71 Continue Reading ...

You’re Covered: 4 Unusual Homeowners Claims You Didn’t Think Would Ever Happen

Posted on: June 29, 2018 by in Blog
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You're covered 4 unusual homeowners claims you didn't think would ever happen

Homeowners insurance is a practical investment to help protect you, your family and your property in the event of unforeseen and unexpected losses. Traditionally, it’s associated with fire damage, burst or leaking pipes, or stolen property, but occasionally it covers unusual events that make for sensational news stories and viral videos. Here are four claims homeowners never thought would happen to them. 1. Bear B&B Bears are notoriously curious and intelligent creatures that also Continue Reading ...

Top Tips to Help First-Timers Navigate the Fast-Paced Housing Market

Posted on: June 22, 2018 by in Blog
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Top tips to help first-timers navigate the fast-paced housing market

Across the U.S., the housing market is picking up pace moving into the peak of the summer homebuying season. In city after city, home prices are on the rise, up 2.3 percent on average between April 2017 and 2018, according to the RE/MAX April 2018 National Housing Report. And there are fewer houses on the market to choose from, with total housing inventory down by 11.3 percent. Based on home sales in April 2018, the national supply of inventory was at 2.5 months, making it a strong Continue Reading ...

How Homeowners Can Prepare for Summer Storm Season

Posted on: June 11, 2018 by in Blog
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How homeowners can prepare for summer storm season

It’s that time of year again when unwanted weather patterns like severe thunderstorms, rainstorms, and tornadoes can wreak havoc on homes and businesses. While certain areas of the country are more apt to face tornadoes, virtually everyone is at risk for heavy rain, winds, and hail, which can cause flooding, power outages and structural damage. Whether you’re in the Midwest, the Southwest, the Great Plains or any other part of the country, it’s important to be prepared for the upcoming Continue Reading ...

5 Home-Buying Tips for First-Timers and Old-Timers

Posted on: June 7, 2018 by in Blog
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5 Home Buying Tips for First-Timers

Whether you are buying a home for the first time or you are just looking for an upgrade, it is never a bad idea to arm yourself with tips that can make your search go from overwhelming to enjoyable. Rather than learning the hard way about hidden expenses and difficult neighbors, there are things you can do to feel more confident as you begin your search. With a seller’s market in many parts of the country, these tips are even more important as you battle other buyers for the home of your Continue Reading ...

The Beauty of Barn Doors

Posted on: May 29, 2018 by in Blog
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Create indoor sliding doors as a decorative piece in your home. A sliding barn door would be a space-efficient option for a small room, regardless of its use or function. Barn doors moved out of the farmyard and into the house a long time ago. Recently, however, they have become an even more popular and useful feature in the residential design. It’s not hard to see why. “Many homeowners hear the term ‘barn door’ and think of reclaimed, rustic wood, which may not be a look Continue Reading ...

Call 811 Before Digging for Home Improvement Projects and Landscaping This Spring

Posted on: May 27, 2018 by in Blog
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Call 811 Before Digging for Home Improvement Projects and Landscaping This Spring

With spring having officially begun, many eager homeowners and landscape professionals across the country will roll up their sleeves and reach for their shovels to start projects that require digging this season. During the transition into “digging season,” Common Ground Alliance (CGA), the organization dedicated to protecting underground utility lines, people who dig near them, and their communities, reminds homeowners and professional diggers that calling 811 is the first step toward Continue Reading ...

Credit Tips for Buying an Investment Property

Posted on: May 23, 2018 by in Blog
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Credit Tips for Buying an Investment Property

If you love the idea of being a landlord, and don’t mind being on duty around the clock, buying an investment property may be the wealth-building option for you. Property values have enjoyed a steady increase over the decades. That’s why real estate has earned its reputation as a sound investment that builds wealth and credit. Most people, however, don’t have the quantity of cash on hand to purchase a house or apartment building outright. Still, if becoming a landlord means taking Continue Reading ...