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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8 Tips to Help You Host a Stress-Free Holiday Party

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It’s the most stressful time of the year?

From gift-giving and party-going to visiting with people you maybe see a handful of times a year, it’s no wonder why most people are seeking peace on Earth during the holidays. This is especially true if you’re planning on hosting a holiday party. Hosting can be taxing in itself, but add another layer with all the hall-decking and festivities, and it can become downright hectic.

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8 Smart Tips to Keep Holiday Decorating Safe

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No matter what you’re celebrating this holiday season, there’s just something special about putting up decorations. The trouble is that you don’t want to get so caught up in the merriment that you put your safety at risk. If you’ve ever seen National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, you know just how hazardous holiday decorating can be to your health!

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6 Easy Ways You Can Give Your Home More Personality

ways to give your home more personalityThe homes in our neighborhood can say quite a bit about the people who inhabit them. The neat and tidy façade of the ranch next door may suggest that the owners are classy, detail-oriented, and take great care of their home. The bright blue door of the bungalow across the street may indicate a sense of playfulness and adventure. Oh, and that lake house tucked away from it all with the pool and beautiful gardens? We’re willing to bet that homeowner loves being outside (and maybe hosting some fun parties!).

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