Tips for Increasing Natural Lighting in Your Home

Did you know that increasing the natural light in your home could actually make you feel better, both physically and psychologically? We all thrive on warm, natural light. More natural light in your home will also save you on electricity costs and make your home a more welcoming place for others. Your home will even feel more spacious with more natural light.

If you had a long, cold winter, these tips for increasing natural light in your home will be especially welcome. And if you live in a more temperate year-round climate, you may find a few ways to benefit from that great weather even more. Read on to find out how to take advantage of the longer days and fresh air. [Read more…]

Protecting Your Home from Natural Disasters

Natural disasters are a fact of life. And they are becoming more prevalent, thanks to global warming. A natural disaster will probably affect you and your home at some point in your life.

Wildfires are becoming more common, thanks to extended drought conditions. In other areas, record rainfall is leading to increased flooding. Violent storms like hurricanes and tornadoes can cause mayhem in a matter of seconds. Find out what you can do to minimize your chances of home damage in these kinds of natural disasters. [Read more…]

How to Choose a Contractor

You need some work done on your home, but maybe you’ve never hired someone before or you’ve moved to a new area and need to find a contractor. Choosing someone to take on your project can be a little overwhelming.

The last thing you need on top of a home renovation is a problem with your contractor. After all, you’ve hired someone to do the work to make your renovation easier, not more stressful! A few simple guidelines will ensure that you find the right contractor to make your project a reality with as little stress as possible. [Read more…]

Easy Tips to Lower Your Utility Bills

Who enjoys spending hundreds of dollars on utilities every month? That’s right, no one. But most of us don’t even think about all the little things we do every day that cost us money.

Some small changes in your home can be really worthwhile. Sure, each change might just save you a few cents here and there, but over time, this can add up to big savings. With some easy and inexpensive cost-saving measures, you can painlessly save some of that cash you’re shelling out each month. [Read more…]

2015 Landscaping Trends

When the spring comes after a long winter, it’s often fun to do some maintenance and updating in your yard. But it’s sometimes hard to know exactly what updates to make to your landscape.

2015’s landscape trends include building a useful outdoor entertainment area, creating a more natural landscape, and planting a vegetable garden. Read on for things to think about as you revitalize your yard this spring. [Read more…]

Bringing in the Bucks: How to Increase your Home Appraisal

When you’re putting your house on the market there’s a lot to think about—and how to price your home is probably one of the first things you’ll mull over. In the buying and selling process an integral step is the home appraisal when a licensed professional from the state assesses the worth of your home.

Even though fresh baked cookies and fragrant flowers might make a good impression, there’s a lot more that goes into an appraisal than how nice of a host or hostess you are. In order for your home to be appraised well, consider the following home improvement projects you might undertake while getting your home ready to be appraised and sell. [Read more…]