We all know how exciting the buying process can be, but let's be honest, as exciting as it is, the first night in a new home is usually pretty stressful! You're probably already tired from moving, the home may not be as clean yet as you would prefer and boxes are still all over the place... Sound familiar?
We're all aware of that daunting period between closing on your home and actually moving into it and getting it set up to your liking, but the first night especially can be tough if you're not prepared! We want ... read more
We have made it to AUGUST! For those of you who have been following our Monthly Home Checklist since January, Congratulations... you're still on the right track to accomplishing one whole year of a clean, well maintained home! If you're new to the checklist and just beginning, that's ok! This is the perfect time to start joining in and preparing your home for the last month of Summer and prepare for a clean home come Fall!
Since August is still hot (don't be fooled by the cooler, less humid days we've been ha... read more
"The short version of this story is as follows: A "For Sale" sign went in our front yard on a Thursday afternoon. Friday we had six showings. Saturday we had an offer. Sunday we had a bidding war going on. And by Monday morning, our house went from "active" to "contingent" on MLS."The above scenario came straight from blogger Kelly Hedlund at My Creative Happy, in reference to her Blog "How We Sold Our House in a Weekend!" We follow Kelly's regular postings and they are all fantastic, but this one ca... read more
While being a homeowner has its financial perks, it can also take its toll on your wallet in terms of your monthly electricity bill! Recent studies show that up to a third of the energy pulled into a residential setting goes to waste, which also means we're wasting money. Let's be honest, we all spend money on our homes, but we'd rather help you spend it on fun things like new furniture, a fresh coat of paint or a fun DIY project... not a high utility bill! So we're going to explore a few ways to cut back... read more
When you buy a home that has a Home Owner's Association (HOA) you're essentially paying a fee to live according to the association's set of rules and guidelines. Your payment in return, is used toward maintaining the community and managing the common areas, other members of the community and any issues that may arise. During your home search, it's important to factor in the pros and cons of having an HOA in order to decide if it's something you want or something you'd rather not pay into.
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