The holiday season is officially here! It’s that time of year when we all deck the halls and gather together to celebrate. It also happens to be that time of year when you’re more vulnerable to burglars – or even house fires. It’s important to be extra-vigilant during the holidays to protect your home and your family. Here’s what you need to know. Don’t broadcast your travel plans Are you heading out of town for the holidays? While you may want to share your excitement with your friends and family on social media, you should keep it under wraps. Don’t post where you are going or when you’ll be gone. Potential thieves are always on the lookout for easy targets. Posting your plans on social media lets them know when your home is most likely ... » Learn More about Protect Your Home Over the Holidays
You’ve probably heard of secondhand smoke. But did you know there is such a thing as thirdhand smoke? It’s the chemical residue that lingers on indoor surfaces as a result of tobacco smoke. If you’ve just purchased a house from a smoker (or you’re a smoker and you’re selling your home), then you’ll want to take steps remove this residue and the smell that it causes. Here’s what you need to know. The dangers of thirdhand smoke While the smell of tobacco smoke can be unpleasant, it’s the residue that’s left behind that can cause serious problems. You can become exposed to these chemicals through touch or by breathing them in, and they can be a health hazard to children, adults, and even pets. Unfortunately, this residue can remain even after ... » Learn More about Getting Rid of Tobacco Smoke Residue
You know how it goes. In the beginning, it was all sunshine and heart emojis. You fell in love, and it was hard to imagine ever feeling differently. But time marches on, and sometimes you grow apart or fall out of love – with your house. Buying a house is just as much of an emotional decision as a practical one. And when it comes time to break things off and move forward, it can be tough. Here’s how to break up with your home gracefully. Understand that your home no longer suits your needs As we get older, our needs change. The house that you bought as you started your family may no longer suit your needs once those kids are grown and move out. Perhaps you’ve gotten a new job and the commute is too long and is making you unhappy. Maybe you ... » Learn More about Breaking Up With Your Home
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
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