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Moving! 7 Tips to Make Packing Easier

Posted in Home Ownership, Home Tips and Trends, Tips for Homeowners | June 9, 2014

Life is not always like a box of chocolates, particularly when it comes time to pack up and move. Packing is stressful, whether you plan to move from a one-bedroom apartment or a 3,000 square-foot home. As is true with anything in life, a little bit of planning and forethought can go a long way. While moving strategies are not always cut-and-dried, some guiding principles do apply –  like these seven tips to make packing easier. Packing to Move: Your 7 Step Plan If you pack the wrong things in the wrong order, you’ll make things that much harder on yourself. Try it this way: 1. Clear out the clutter. Presumably, this packing thing has not been suddenly sprung upon you, and you have needed time to de-clutter your home. Think of this process as

Remodeling: Your Top 5 Targets

Posted in Home Tips and Trends | June 2, 2014

Your main consideration when planning a home renovation is meeting your needs. If you’ve got three kids and one bathroom, that most urgent need should be pretty apparent. But what if you have a lot of needs and limited funds? Most homeowners have wish lists that exceed the time and money they can devote to remodeling, so they need to prioritize. Here’s how. Top 5 Remodeling Priorities According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, you should first take care of these issues: Anything that could affect your family’s safety Maintenance items like peeling paint and roof repairs Obvious cosmetic problems like ugly, dated lights, holes in walls and battered baseboards Easy, low-cost improvements that offer high-impact results – like painting and replacing fixtures Money-saving upgrades like energy-efficient windows and appliances If your goal

6 Ways to Update Your Backyard

Posted in Home Tips and Trends | May 19, 2014

(Photo: Tami Hills) If Charles Dickens had lived in modern America instead of Victorian England, he’d never have written “Bleak House.” He’d have written “Bleak Backyard” instead — and not just for the alliteration. The fact is, we are — with countless notable exceptions — pretty lousy at making the most of the exterior space surrounding our homes. How many times have you sat in an exquisite,  painstakingly and expensively crafted living room, only to stare out of the window at a flat and featureless expanse of grass? Yes, we obsess about our interiors, lavishing endless time and thousands of dollars on near-constant renovations, restorations, refurbishments, remodellings and redecorations while totally ignoring the biggest single areas we own: our exterior space. It Doesn’t Have to Be Grandma-Style Gardening (Photo: Takota

Update Your Outdoors: 5 Ways to Spruce Up for Summer

Posted in Home Tips and Trends | May 15, 2014

Summertime means fun outside–like backyard barbeques and late nights catching lightening bugs. But, what can you do if your great outdoors doesn’t look so great anymore? There’s no need to run inside and draw the blinds. If your exterior is looking tired and worn, try these five tips to breathe new life back into it. 1. Refresh your linens If your bedroom is looking dated, you replace the curtains and bedspread right? Maybe you add a few throw pillows and toss some new art on the walls? The same principal applies to your outdoor space. You don’t have curtains or bed clothes to change, but you can get a whole new life out of outdoor furniture by replacing (or adding) new cushions. Choose bright colors in bold geometric prints or classic stripes.

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