Category Archives: Family Home

Planting a Spring Garden

A man and a woman planting a spring garden with flowers and vegetables.

Spring is the perfect time to start a garden and enjoy the beauty of nature. Whether you are a seasoned gardener or a beginner, planting a spring garden can be a rewarding and fulfilling experience. This article will provide a comprehensive guide on planning, preparing, and planting a successful spring garden. From choosing the right location to selecting the perfect plants, we will cover everything you need to know to create a vibrant and thriving garden.

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How to Reduce Stress Before, During, and After Moving

A family sitting near unpacked boxes in their home.

Moving into a new house is exciting – and, like most major life events, incredibly stressful. You have to pack, clean, and hire movers, all on a timeline and budget.

According to a survey conducted by OnePoll, 64% of respondents consider their latest relocation one of the most challenging experiences they have ever had.

Moving comes with many different parts: planning, budgeting, and figuring out how to get your precious belongings into your new home. While procrastinating may be tempting, you can take a few simple steps to make your move less stressful.

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Building Tomorrow’s Homes Today: Innovations and Trends in Sustainable Home Design

A line of four homes constructed with sustainable home design in mind.

The concept of sustainable home design serves as a beacon of responsible construction amidst a world grappling with environmental challenges. This idea involves creating living spaces that minimize their environmental impact, enhance energy efficiency, and prioritize long-term ecological sustainability — steering away from the conventional practices that strain our planet’s resources.

As the construction industry confronts the pressing issues of environmental impact and resource depletion, the need for homes that align with long-term sustainability becomes increasingly evident. This urgency prompts a deep dive into innovation and trends in sustainable home design and the eventual future of housing.

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Creating a Welcoming Home for Pets

A mom and son saying hello to their dog after creating a welcoming home for pets.

Sharing your home with a furry companion is an enriching experience. Pets bring joy, laughter, and unconditional love into our lives. However, creating a comfortable and functional space for you and your pet requires thoughtful planning and consideration. Whether you are a seasoned pet owner or a new paw-rent, this guide will help you transform your house into a welcoming home for pets.

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Home Renovations to Avoid That Could Bring Down Your Home’s Value

A couple discussing potential home renovations.

It may surprise you, but some of the most spectacular home renovations are valueless in the eyes of buyers. What you might consider luxury, another might see as a waste of time, money, and space.

One of homeowners’ biggest home renovation mistakes is adding unnecessary features to their homes. Others make undesirable changes, turning off prospective buyers from putting in an offer. Whether you plan to live in your house a bit longer or plan to list it soon, you should protect your home’s value by avoiding these 10 renovations. 

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Downsizing and Investment Strategies for Retirement

By: Frances Black

Two retirees who are choosing to downsize in retirement.

Downsizing from your current home can make a lot of sense for retirees — or even older people still in the workforce. Most real estate accrues over the long run — the Great Recession notwithstanding. Provided you can find a reasonably priced replacement property and a good mortgage rate, residential sales can unlock capital that in later years can help fend off that most morbid of retirement bugaboos: longevity risk.

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Top 5 Unique Outdoor Kitchen Appliances You Should Have

A built-in pizza oven, one outdoor kitchen appliance to consider adding to your home.

Why only cook indoors when you can expand your kitchen to the outdoors? There are countless appliances and pieces of equipment you can invest in to elevate your outdoor kitchen for you and your guests.

In this blog post, we will explore the top 5 unique outdoor kitchen appliances you should consider incorporating into your home to create the ultimate cooking and entertaining space.

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Winter Chores and Safety Tips

Gloves and a toolbelt to symbolize winter chores needed in the home.

Winter is a magical time of year, but not without its own challenges, mainly as it concerns the safety of our loved ones and homes. It is critical to be proactive to protect the structural integrity of your property and those who reside within it as the temperature drops. This comprehensive guide will review crucial measures to safeguard your home during winter.

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Selling Your Home During the Holidays: Tips for a Successful Listing

A living room tastefully decorated to sell a home during the holidays.

The holiday season is upon us, and if you find yourself in the position of selling your home during this festive time, you might wonder how to navigate the real estate market effectively. Contrary to the belief that the holidays are a challenging time to sell, you can make your listing stand out and attract potential buyers with the right approach. In this guide, we will explore some valuable tips for a successful home sale during the holiday season.

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Prepping Your Home for Winter: Your Essential Winter Home Maintenance Checklist

A homeowner putting a cover on a home's HVAC system as part of winter home maintenance.

As winter approaches, it is time to trade in beach towels for fluffy blankets and to prepare your home for the colder months ahead.

Taking time to perform some necessary maintenance tasks can protect your home from potential damage, keep you comfortable, and save you from significant expenditures in the future.

Here is your ultimate checklist to ensure your home is winter-ready!

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