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Wednesday, July 17, 2024   /   by Megan Milliken

How to Research and Choose the Best Neighborhood for Your Family

How to Research and Choose the Best Neighborhood for Your Family
Choosing the best neighborhood for your family is a crucial decision that impacts your quality of life, safety, and happiness. Researching the right neighborhood involves evaluating various factors such as schools, amenities, safety, and community vibe. This guide will help you navigate the process and ensure you make an informed choice for your family’s future.

Define Your Priorities
 
When beginning your home-buying journey, identify your family’s needs and preferences. Consider proximity to work, schools, parks, and healthcare facilities. Think about the environment you want—urban, suburban, or rural. Defining these priorities will narrow your options and help you focus on neighborhoods that meet your criteria. Write down your priorities and rank them in order of importance. This list will serve as a guide as you explore different areas. 
For example, if having a top-rated school near ...

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Wednesday, June 12, 2024   /   by Megan Milliken

The Ultimate Guide to Packing and Moving High-Value Art Pieces

The Ultimate Guide to Packing and Moving High-Value Art Pieces

Packing and moving high-value art pieces can be challenging. These items often hold not just monetary value but also sentimental worth. Proper handling becomes important, especially if you must simultaneously tackle your home-buying journey. You need to take special care to prevent damage and preserve the integrity of your art. This guide will help you easily navigate the process, providing practical steps to safely pack and move your valuable pieces. From gathering materials to selecting the right moving company, you’ll find everything you need to know to protect your investment.
Understanding the Value of Your Art

Understanding the value of your art is an important first step in the moving process. Therefore, start by determining each piece's monetary and sentimental value. For an accurate assessment, consider getting a professional appraisal. That can help you understand the worth of your art in the market.&. ...

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Wednesday, April 17, 2019   /   by Jessalyn Inman

Make the Move: Your Moving Checklist

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

Sorting Possessions
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

Postal Service
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 ...

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Friday, January 11, 2019   /   by Jessalyn Inman

When Winter Weather Strikes

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 ...

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018   /   by Mia Franzen

5 Fun Alternatives to Boring Walls!

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!
Live out youe ...

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