Since October is the month dedicated to all things mystical, it may have you yearning to add a little magic to your home. Or maybe you just want to create a space that’s quiet and away from activity. Whatever your reasons, creating a secret space in your home can be fun and easy. Here are a few creative ways to add them to your living space. The secret space behind the bookcase If you’ve ever seen the movie Young Frankenstein, then you know how bookcases can be great at hiding rooms and passages. There’s no reason you can’t add that kind of mysterious element to your own home. It might take an architect to help you design and install your secret bookcase, but think what fun that will be. You can also achieve this look with far less effort ... » Learn More about Creating Secret Spaces in Your Home
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There are so many questions to ask when you’re selling your home. The one that may be at the top of your mind right now is whether or not it’s a good time. While most people tend to think that spring is the ideal season to put your home up for sale, that isn’t true for everyone. In fact, fall can be an excellent time to list your house. Here are some of the reasons why fall is a good time to sell. Fewer sellers Now that the school year is in full swing, there are fewer homes on the market. Families with children will often have their big move coincide with the school year to make the transition easier on the kids. By September, most of those homes have closed. If you’re putting your home on the market now, you’ll have less competition to ... » Learn More about Is Fall a Good Time to Sell?
It’s very unlikely that you’ll see the word “haunted” in any home listing. So how do you know that the home you’d like to buy is free from unwanted, otherworldly guests? While you may not believe in ghosts, it’s important to know the home’s history. If the property has a reputation for being a house of spirits, then it could affect your resale value down the line. Here’s how you can find out whether or not the house you’re buying is haunted. Check the disclosures The first place you should check for evidence of a ghostly presence is the seller’s disclosures. Although requirements vary from state to state, in general, sellers are required to disclose information about the condition of the property. This usually includes things like roof ... » Learn More about Are You Buying a Haunted House?
Do you feel a little overwhelmed by the number of chores you have to do around the house every week? From cleaning the bathroom to washing the sheets, it seems there’s a never-ending list of cleaning tasks that must performed. But the good news is that there are quite a few chores that only need to be completed annually. Here’s the rundown on the things you only need to think about once a year. Hopefully, it will make all the other chores seem more manageable. Fireplace With colder weather just around the corner, it’s time to clean the fireplace and chimney. Schedule an appointment with a professional to have the flue checked and cleaned. Clean andirons and fireplace tools. When using your fireplace for the last time as the weather warms ... » Learn More about Annual Chore Checklist
If you think Halloween isn’t a good time to sell your home, then think again. While it’s a holiday that’s typically associated with ghouls, goblins, and ghastly creatures, it can also be a great time to market your home creatively. Here are some of the best tricks we’ve discovered to use the holiday to your advantage when selling your home. Decorate tastefully There’s no reason you can’t get into the Halloween spirit, just because you’re selling your home. But this is not the time to drag out the coffin, hang the spider webs, and cue up the scary music. Instead, opt for more family-friendly decorations with a fall theme instead of a spooky theme. Great choices include potted mums and pumpkins for the front porch and a wreath for the front ... » Learn More about Use Halloween to Sell Your Home
With all the images in the news of flooding due to Hurricane Florence, you may be wondering what to do if you have a similar emergency. Natural disasters like storms aren’t the only things that can cause your home to flood. You could experience a burst pipe or other water system malfunction that causes water to pool. It’s important to know what to do in these scenarios and to be prepared before they happen. Here’s an outline of what steps you should take when your house floods. Avoid more damage If a leaking appliance causes your flooding, then cut off water to that appliance. If you can’t determine the source of the water, then shut off water to the whole house. No matter what type of flooding you’re experiencing, whether it’s coming from ... » Learn More about What To Do When Your House Floods
It may seem counterintuitive, but the best time to think about your home’s resale value is before you buy it. While it’s important to buy a home that suits your needs, you should also consider how attractive it may or may not be to future buyers. Let’s face it – one day you’ll need or want to sell, and you want that process to be as stress-free as possible. Here’s what you should be looking for when it comes to a home’s potential resale value. Good location We all know that location is one of the most important selling points in real estate. Carefully consider a home’s location when you’re deciding whether or not to buy. Good locations are often characterized as being in highly rated school districts, near amenities, and on quiet streets. ... » Learn More about Does Your Home Have Resale Value?
Fall is officially here, which means there’s no time to waste in getting your home ready for the season. This is a great time of year to finish those bigger projects you’ve been meaning to get to as well as regular maintenance chores before colder weather sets in. Here are the top items that should be on your list this fall so you’ll be ready when winter rolls around. Clean gutters We know this isn’t your favorite job, but it must be done. Once your trees have shed their leaves, it’s time to clean out the gutters and downspouts. Clogged gutters can damage your roof and siding and cause water to seep into the foundation. Get up on the ladder and get them cleaned out before the next big storm. Shut off outdoor faucets If you live in an area ... » Learn More about Fall Home Maintenance Checklist
Is your home’s brick exterior in need of a makeover? Try limewashing! This tried and true technique has been used on brick exteriors for hundreds of years, and the finished product gives your home antique curb appeal. Here’s a look at the basics and some information about tackling this as a DIY project. Limewash basics The term “limewashing” is often used interchangeably with “whitewashing”, but the two techniques have one key difference. Whitewashing is a process that uses watered down paint to achieve that old world feel. Limewashing, on the other hand, actually uses powdered limestone to create the same effect. Limewashing has been used for centuries to add an extra layer of protection to brick structures, which is why it can add a ... » Learn More about Limewashing Exterior Brick