Wednesday, April 17, 2019 / by Jessalyn Inman
You’ve found your dream home! But now you have to move. Moving can be one of the most stressful aspects of finding a home. In order to make things go as smoothly as possible, planning is key. Once you have a move-in time frame, you will be able to start planning your moving count-down.
6 Weeks Prior to Your Move
Start making a list of items you actually want to take with you to your new home.
Make plans to donate, sell, or dispose of the items you do not want to move.
Start gathering moving supplies such as boxes, tape, packing paper, etc.
Save all moving receipts. Some moving expenses are tax deductible. Check the current tax code for requirements.
Place your legal, medical, financial, and insurance records in a safe and accessible place.
4 Weeks Prior to Your Move
File a change of address with your post office to have your mail forwarded to your new address on your move-in date.
Notify any other mail subscriptio ...
Wednesday, February 20, 2019 / by Jessalyn Inman
Now that you have made the decision to buy a home, there are steps you need to take that will help your home searching process go more smoothly. Before you start home shopping, come up with a list of features you want in a home.
Start thinking of your dream home and what it looks like. How many bedrooms/bathrooms? How far of a commute are you willing to make for work? What school district do you want your children to go to? Will you want a home with a large yard? What sort of amenities does your dream home have - Fireplace? Attached garage?
Once you have envisioned your dream home, you’ll know what to look for. This will help you filter out homes that don’t match your description and make the process less overwhelming. Knowing what you want will help you find what you are looking for.
Next, you will want to figure out your budget. You wouldn’t want to fall in love with the perfect home only to find you can’t afford it.
You will need to determine; ...
Friday, January 11, 2019 / by Jessalyn Inman
With winter finally making its way into our lives this season, it is important to remember the dangers that come with the cold weather. You and your home face risks at the threat of a winter storm that can damage your property or leave you without power.
Frozen pipes can lead to expensive repairs and many headaches. If the temperature drops below twenty degrees Fahrenheit, your pipes run the risk of freezing. Luckily, there are several preventative steps you can take.
Open your cabinet doors. This allows warm is to circulate closer to your pipes.
Keep your faucet on a slow, steady drip. The moving water prevents freezing.
Keep your thermostat turned up during the day and night. Often times, people turn their thermostats down in the night to save on heating costs. During a winter storm, it’s okay to spring for those few extra degrees of warmth! Frozen pipes would be a much costlier problem.
Keep your garage door closed.
Power outages are not unheard of durr ...
Tuesday, August 21, 2018 / by Mia Franzen
It is crucial to pick the right kitchen layout for your everyday life. The location of all appliances and counter tops will dictate how easily you cook, clean, and perform every day tasks.
See below for different kitchen layout ideas and their pros/cons!
1. Kitchen Island
These are among one of the most popular kitchen designs
Ensures efficient work triangle if the island contains your sink, cooking unit, or refridgerator
Gives families extra space for dining, homework, or social events
Added benefit: storage!
You can design your island to have shelves built-in to any of its sides
This will give you extra space for storing items, decoration, etc.
2. Kitchen Peninsula
This idea is good for those wanting the kitchen island layout, but don't have enough space to achieve the look
It gives the same great island look and functionality without using up so much square footage
This layout provides stool space and an open concept feel
3. Single-sided Kitchen
Tuesday, August 21, 2018 / by Mia Franzen
Ever looked at your walls and thought "I wish I could do something more with this boring wall color"? Well now you can!!
For some, paint just isn't enough....
1. Living moss wall
This one is a bit extreme, but looks amazing! If you have a green thumb I would definitely give this a try.
This would help to bring the outside feel into the home
Plants have a direct impact on ones well-being
Be prepared for extensive maintenance (it is a living wall after all!)
Love the idea, but not the price tag?
Replace the succulents with moss for the same look and effect with a less expensive price tag
2. Backlit Stone
If you are looking to add the "wow factor" to your bathroom or kitchen this option is for you!
Backlit Onxy is absolutely breathtaking
You may spend a bit more than you would with normal stone, but the result will blow your mind
3. Scratch and Sniff Wallpaper
As goofy as it sounds just think about how awesome it would be in a kids room!
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