Top 3 Trends In Vegetable Gardening

Posted on: June 19, 2017 by in Blog
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 Check out this year's top 3 trends in vegetable gardening Whether you go to a restaurant or stay home and dine in, you want what you eat to be fresh and full of flavor. This movement toward tasty, locally grown food is illustrated by the rise in farmers markets, food subscription boxes, and a renewed joy in growing vegetables at home. As the spring gardening season gets underway, here are three of the top trends you can take advantage of in your own vegetable garden that can help you Continue Reading ...

5 green home improvements that can help sell your home for more

Posted on: June 5, 2017 by in Blog
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Demand remains high for energy-efficient, eco-friendly home features, according to a survey by the National Association of Home Builders. In fact, the majority of builders now put energy-efficient windows, heating and cooling systems, thermostats and appliances in their construction, the survey says. If you're selling your home and hope to compete with new construction - as well as set your house apart from other resales - making green improvements could significantly pay off."Updating Continue Reading ...

Big-impact ideas for small patio spaces

Posted on: May 29, 2017 by in Blog
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 Do you have a small patio? Do you think you can't do much with the space due to its size? There's probably a lot more potential than you think.From the influx of urban dwellers, empty-nesters in transition and even the tiny-home movement, the trend of downsizing continues across the United States. Contrary to popular belief, you can have an impressive patio even if you have a smaller abode.Here are a few design ideas to help bring your limited patio area to life while Continue Reading ...

5 spring cleaning projects to take on immediately

Posted on: May 22, 2017 by in Blog
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Spring cleaning is a seasonal tradition. You've been setting house projects aside all winter, and now's the perfect time to make sure the warm weather season starts with a cleaner, happier home. So open the windows, turn on your favorite song, and start your spring cleaning with these five to-dos. Clear the clutter. Removing excess clutter is a great cleaning tip any time of year, but finishing this task when the weather was colder may not have been as tempting. Tackle your home Continue Reading ...

Gather the family in the kitchen for a magical Mother’s Day

Posted on: May 16, 2017 by in Blog
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 She's your biggest fan and the one you call whenever you need advice. Momsshould be celebrated every day of the year, but there's no better time to show her you care than on Mother's Day!This year, rather than going with the tried-and-true gift of flowers and chocolate, surprise Mom with a day of activities she's sure to remember for years to come. Esteemed celebrity chef and Iron Chef America judge Donatella Arpaia says to make Mom smile, turn to the kitchen for food, fun and Continue Reading ...

What You Should Know About Rising Interest Rates

Posted on: May 5, 2017 by in Blog
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Homeowners planning to refinance and buyers searching for a home may have an idea of what’s in store for them with regards to interest rates, but they never really know until they lock in a rate. This is in part because rates can change direction fast, and when they rise—as they have been recently—it can cost borrowers a great deal of money and time.The effect of rising interest rates on your home purchaseToday, the median existing home price in the United States is around Continue Reading ...

Reducing Risks While Taking Care Of Business: Tips To Avoid Distracted Driving

Posted on: April 28, 2017 by in Blog
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The pace of business never seems to stop, and thanks to the convenience of cell phones, many people work on the go, even while they’re driving. Yet cell phone use is one of the most common type of distracted driving, and it claims thousands of lives and causes thousands more injuries every year.More than a quarter of all car crashes involve cell phone use, both hand sets and hands-free, the National Safety Council (NSC) reports. In 13 percent of fatal crashes, the drivers were using Continue Reading ...

Fireplace & Chimney Safety, Maintenance & Inspection

Posted on: April 24, 2017 by in Blog
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By David Selman, Certified Master Inspector, TREC#10299 Proper maintenance, repair and upgrades to your fireplace and chimney are an important part of protecting your family, the home itself and the contents. Many house fires are caused by defects, inadequate construction and improper maintenance of fireplaces and chimneys. Our professional home inspectors evaluate fireplace and chimneys and compare them with current building standards.Fireplaces and chimneys should be Continue Reading ...

Is Your House Ready To Be Inspected?

Posted on: April 24, 2017 by in Blog
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By David Selman, Certified Master Inspector, TREC#10299 Home inspection report results and thoroughness are greatly improved when a house has been properly prepared for a professional inspection. Below are our recommendations for properly preparing a home for an inspection. These tips will help your Home Inspections go smoothly.When a house is properly prepared for the inspector, sellers and Realtors also prevent the added expense of re-inspection fees. Inspectors will charge Continue Reading ...

5 Easy Ways To ‘Charge Up’ Your Recycling Habits

Posted on: April 21, 2017 by in Blog
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Americans generate about 254 million tons of trash annually, according to the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) most recent figures, and only about one-third of that waste is recycled. For many, one of the main barriers to recycling is not knowing how or where to recycle certain items.For instance, many household cordless products we use every day are powered by rechargeable batteries. These batteries are not only recyclable, but contain materials that are potentially harmful to the Continue Reading ...