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In the house hunting market, there have been some recent shifts in what buyers are putting at top priority when searching for a new home. Even current homeowners are rethinking the functionality of their homes. Do they really have enough space inside their home?  Is the lack of a backyard starting to become an issue? Since COVID-19,  the ample time spent in the house has buyers and current homeowners reconsidering the kinds of things that will make them most satisfied with the space they call home. Here are some home trends that are heating up the market and some that are slowly cooling down!  

Home office spaces

With the rise of telecommuting, home office spaces have been a hot commodity.  While many of us may have to make use of common areas

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Due to the current environment, more people than ever are working from home. The likelihood  that people are creating home office spaces where they never thought they would need to is high. Many do not have the luxury of simply converting a spare bedroom into an office, but have had to be more creative. Here are some new home office ideas that we have seen lately.

Use the corner of a room for an office

Using only a piece of a room helps conserve space and can provide a productive environment for work. A corner of a living room, bedroom, or other room with a simple desk, and some storage for books and papers can be just what you need. Converting these areas into a work space is usually very inexpensive and can be done in a very short amount of

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Let’s say you’re preparing to put your home on the market and are looking for ways to get the highest ROI possible. There’s a few areas in your home that could no doubt use a little work before putting on the market, the question is .. Will you simply repair and refresh? Or, will you dive in a little deeper and remodel? Here are some smaller projects you can take on to prep your home for future buyers - they can even increase the value of your home!

Painting 

Without a doubt, curb appeal sells homes. Have unpleasant chipping or paint that has just faded over time or due to weather? That’s nothing a fresh coat of paint can’t fix, plus it’ll add a nice aesthetic appeal for those passing by. On the other hand, you may have some walls on the

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Searching and finding the perfect home for your situation can be an adventure even during “normal” times. With the uncertainty and limited inventory on the market these days, it can be much tougher to find “a” home, much less “ the” home. So what is a home buyer to do? How can they help improve their odds in today’s reduced inventory market? Here are a few tips for successful home buying in this environment.

Be prepared

One of the things that you can do to make the process easier is to first get prepared to buy. Meet with a lender and get pre-approved. This step lets you write an offer right away when you find a home that you love rather than waiting to see if you are approved once you have already gone to the home. If you wait, by the time

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Warmer weather is on the rise and cranking up your AC might already be tempting. It’s never too early to start preparing for ways to keep costs down this Summer, but you want to make sure you can stay comfortable without overheating your wallet. Stay cool without worrying about breaking the bank. Try these tips to help make your home more energy efficient! 

Weatherproof/Seal windows and doors

Don’t let that cool air slip through the cracks (literally)! It’s possible that air could be seeping through into oblivillion or into spaces you don’t necessarily need cooled. Take some time to inspect your home for any leaks and seal, weather strip, and caulk what you can. 

Use ceilings and pedestal fans

Keep your home easy and breezy by using

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Let's face it, this is one of the most unique Mother's Days that we have had in a while. You may not be able to go shopping. And while flowers and chocolate are great, they are gone shortly after Mother's Day is over. How about a more unique idea for Mom?  If she lives close, and you have a little bit of time to plan, there are a lot of quick cleaning / makeover options available.

Let's Start with Step 1: Cleaning

If your mom lives close, and you can get to her home, then the gift of clean up or organizing, while not extravigant is something that may the perfect gift idea for her. Other cleaning suggestions might be the gift of a hired cleaning service to help her out when that becomes available.

Along this same line of thought is the gift of

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A lot of us have recently had the opportunity to do some much needed quarantine cleaning and organization around the home. As a result, you may now have an excess of rediscovered items you need a home for or simply just some things that need to go! Spending this extended time at home has probably helped you learn a more about the items you use in your home, maybe you’re not taking advantage of some of your appliances as much as you expected! It’s also possible that working from home in your favorite loungewear has made you realize that some items in your wardrobe have gone untouched for way longer than you had hoped for. 

Decluttering and making use of the space you have in your home is no small task. We’re also aware that given the current

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The warmer weather plus being at home more than usual offer many people the chance to boost the curb appeal of their homes. There are quite a few ways to boost the curb appeal (and value of your home) that are quick, relatively easy, and surprisingly affordable!

Clean (and Fix) Gutters

This is something that is likely on everyone’s “to do “ list after Winter. After checking on your gutters to make sure that they are in good condition, you can fix any that are needing some attention. From the street, it’s surprising to see how easily you can notice gutter issues on your home. 

Break Out The Power Washer

A power washer can accomplish multiple curb appeal projects at once. A one day power washer rental can provide a huge curb appeal upgrade

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Everything going on in life regarding quarantine and social distancing can be hectic, it’s important to look at your home as not only a safe haven during this time, but also as a source of peace and relaxation. Adding calming elements to your home to make it an overall more tranquil place to be and will help you keep sane while spending most of your time indoors. Here are a few ways you can make your home feel more like a pleasant retreat.

String lights

Adding string lights to a space in your home can give that area a beautiful and calming soft glow. This is a great way to kick start the ambience in a room, string lights naturally give you a cozy “at home” feeling. The possibilities are endless for placement, drape the lights around a doorway,

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During these times where we are quarantined due to Covid-19, some of us may be searching for things to keep us busy. The extra time on our hands allows us to check off some of the "to-do" list items that we haven’t had the chance to get around to due to our regular busy schedules. Even if you’re in the position where you may not have the extra time or budget to tackle a larger home improvement project, there are still projects you can take on that are time and cost efficient. Here are a few ideas that can be accomplished quickly and inexpensively.

Furniture Updates

Stripping and restaining or painting a chair, end table, or other piece of furniture is something that is quick, relatively inexpensive, and when completed gives an immense amount of

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