6 Ways to Celebrate Summertime on the Patio

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If you’re like us at the Massey Team at Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Properties, then you had all spring to cut the grass and pick up tree branches from those nasty storms. Now it’s time to get outside and relax. Remember, summer is right around the corner and you’ll want to enjoy it. What’s our suggestion for doing so? Celebrate summertime on the patio. If you don’t quite know how to do so, here’s 6 ways to do just that!

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9 Money-Saving Home Energy Tips to Keep You Cool This Summer

home energy saving tipsSummer will be here before you know it! As you begin prepping your seasonal wardrobe and daydreaming about your annual summer road trip, don’t forget to get your home ready for the upcoming hot months. Doing so will not only help the planet, but it will also help you save some money on your utility bills. Here are 9 ways you can do just that (and stay pretty darn cool!):

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6 Red Flags to Look for at Your Next Open House

open house tipsYou’ve seen the pictures of your potential dream home online. The stylish furniture, natural lighting gleaming through the windows, and stunning architecture all but completely steal your heart. You’ve noticed that the listing has an open house coming up, and you’re planning on seeing it in real life.

But don’t get ahead of yourself – instead of racing in ready to make an offer, you’ll want make sure that this house is definitely the right one for you. After all, open houses are kind of like a first date: meeting in person is often much different than viewing photos online and can help you determine if you should move on or see it again. Here are 6 important red flags to keep your eyes peeled for – and some important questions to ask – at an open house:

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5 Essential Landscaping Tips and Tricks for Beginners

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It’s time. This is the year you plan on getting outside and turning your ho-hum yard into your own personal paradise. There will be gorgeous plants, there will be head-turning landscaping, and weeds will come to fear you. But there’s just one problem: you’re not really sure where to begin.

Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered! Check out these tips to help you create the yard of your dreams this year:

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5 Smart Ways to Prepare Your Roof for Spring

spring roof tipsSpring is in the air! If you’re like most homeowners, you’re probably dreaming of how you’ll update your patio, choosing the perfect flowers and plants for your garden, or dusting off your grill. You may have even gotten a head start on your spring cleaning. All of these tasks are important, but there may be one very crucial part of your home that you’re forgetting: your roof.

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5 Important Questions to Ask After a Home Inspection

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It’s finally happening. You’ve found the home of your dreams, and the seller has accepted your offer. What’s next on the list? Before you begin celebrating and daydreaming about decorating your future home, you’ll need an inspector to check out the property. After all, an inspection can reveal the faults of a home, especially the ones that aren’t so obvious – which may change the tint on your rose-colored glasses a bit.

Inspections may sound intimidating, but they don’t have to be, especially if you ask the right questions. Here are 5 things you should be sure to ask during and after a home inspection:

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7 Easy Ways Beginners Can Attract Birds to the Yard

how to attract birds to your backyardIt may still be winter, but that doesn’t mean we can’t begin to prepare for spring! We know that spring is here when our days are filled with soft rains, the brilliant yellows and oranges of cheerful daffodils, and the happy chirping of neighborhood birds. If you’ve enjoyed watching birds nearby, maybe you wish you could get them to hop on over to your yard and stay a while. Does this sound like you? If you’re a beginner at birding, read our 7 tips to help you easily win over birds and keep them coming back!

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10 Factors That Could Lower Your Home’s Value

factors that could lower home valueIt’s no secret that your home is probably the biggest investment you will ever make. It makes perfect sense that you want to do everything you can to keep it looking as nice as possible. However, there are some factors or updates you may make that can actually lower your property’s value. From an undesirable location to particular interior updates, certain elements can scare potential sellers away from signing the contract.

Here are 10 surprising factors that could hurt your home’s value (and what you can do to fix it):

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5 Mood-Lifting Ideas for a Cozier Winter Home

cozy winter homeWinter’s the time of year when the sun goes down earlier and the chilly air causes you to go home, find a warm blanket, sit by the fireplace, or drink hot chocolate with extra marshmallows. People enjoy being cozy during this season. Though all these examples can be helpful, do you still find yourself missing the way sunshine makes you feel? Below are five mood-lifting ideas that are sure to make for a cozier winter home.

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