For you to enjoy a white Christmas with your family without the winter hassles, you need to be prepared. In a country where 31% of households have trouble paying their energy bills, every dollar saved matters.
Many people find excuses to limit their exercise regimen as they get older. Pain, limited mobility, or previous injuries. For others, it's simply a matter of being lazy, regardless of age. Then there are those who relish in the opportunity to get outside and remain active.
No matter what your age, physical ability, or physical limitations, there are a number of ways to stay active as the summer approaches.
Every summer, the temperature goes up and so too does your power bill. The energy your AC requires to keep the house cool and your family comfortable is impressive, especially when the hot summer sun is heating up your house from the outside. Every year, you may enjoy the bright sunshine and the laughter of children out of school, but you don't look forward to that rising power bill.
You've found the perfect home. It's a beach-front property sitting on two acres of land with the best views. But, if you're like most buyers, you didn't ask the right questions during the purchase process. For example, why's that huge blot of paint thicker on the siding of one wall than it is on others? Or, why is the home sloping so much at the back, while it's level at the front? These, and other things buyers forget to look for when buying, end up costing more than they bargained for.
Concealing Paint Coverage
You'll obviously look at the floor and ceiling for watermarks to spot signs of water damage. But, if you notice fresh paint right before an open house, on several walls or areas of the home, sellers might be trying to hide something. This includes mold damage, which is an even bigger issue you don't want to deal with. Check pipes, exposed areas, and look for fresh paint. If it's staring you in the face, don't hesitate to ask about it.
Throwing a good yard sale is a lot like throwing a party--you want lots of people to come, have a good time, and not leave empty-handed. So when you're planning a yard sale, think of it as a party you're having--and follow these five tips to have the best yard sale on your block. Enlist the grown-ups to run the sales, and let the kids set up lemonade stands for thirsty shoppers.
Invite the Neighbors
The first thing you do when you have a party is to invite the neighbors, and a yard sale is no exception. Get as many families as you can to join you in the yard sale; the bigger the sale, the more traffic you'll get. Also, when you expand your sale you get the benefit of your neighbor's expertise--if you're not good with social media, chances are good you have a neighbor who's a Facebook whiz. And social media is a must for a successful yard sale.
Have you ever noticed that your big life decisions leave you to figure it out for yourself, while the little stuff--toasters and power tools, for example--come with pages and pages of instruction? If you're thinking it's time to buy your first home, but you feel like you need a "Homebuyer's Guide for Dummies" to figure out how, you're not alone. There are so many facets to home buying that it's easy to get overwhelmed, but once you break down the process into the basic components it's a lot easier to digest--like any journey, you take it one step at the time.
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Ahh spring.... This long, cold, wet winter is finally over--at least according to the calendar--and it's time to act on some of those Houzz and Pinterest-inspired home improvement projects you've been mulling over on those cold winter nights. Spring is springing, so now is the time to finalize your home improvement plans--decide what you're going to do, figure out the budget, and line up the contractors. Once the ground thaws out and it's warm enough to actually get outside, getting on a good contractor's schedule is a challenge--start interviewing as soon as you finish this article.
Topics: My House & Home
Curb appeal: it's one of the most important attributes of your home. If you're planning to sell in the near future, you want to give potential buyers a great opinion of your home from the moment they pull up at the curb. If you aren't, you still want to raise that important curb appeal and make your visitors feel welcome as they fall in love with your home. These strategies will make raising your curb appeal easy.
1. Add a Pop of Color
Spring is an amazing time of year to add curb appeal to your home because it's simpler than ever. Visit a local nursery and choose flowers that you fall in love with. Annuals will be there for years to come! Tidy your flowerbeds or put in pretty beds around walkways or near the house. If you don't have space for beds, consider putting pots on your porch or near your front door.
Smart home technology is everywhere--and it offers a number of key advantages to many people. As you make decisions about what you want for your home, have you considered the benefits of smart home technology? Consider these key suggestions that could improve your life and make your home more comfortable than ever.
1. Video Doorbells
Whether you're home or not, it's always good to know who's at the door when they come knocking. Video doorbells connect directly to your phone, allowing you to see exactly who's at the door. If you aren't home, you can let delivery people know where to leave packages; if you are, you can let your visitor know it will be just another minute before you can come to the door. With your video doorbell, you'll always know who has come to visit.