Cost-Effective Entertaining Tips

A group getting together in the kitchen, one of the most cost-effective entertaining options.

Entertaining is a rite of passage for any household in the spring and summertime. Between the official holidays and the nights you simply want to relax with friends and family, throwing a party can get a little pricey. If you’re hoping to make the most of the warmer weather this year without breaking the bank, here are some cost-effective entertaining tips to get you through the planning process.

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8 Spring Cleaning & Organization Ideas for Your Backyard

A backyard that has been cleaned and organized for the spring.

Spring is a time for general renewal, and what better place to start than your own backyard? As everything comes back to life, you want to make sure that your own corner of nature is in the best possible shape. After winter, when your backyard didn’t play a major part in your day-to-day activities, you might consider decluttering it and finding new ways to keep it organized for the upcoming summer, whether you’re ditching some of the outdoor items for the yard or continuing to use them.

Here are some ideas to help you get your backyard in shape:

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Things You Should Know Before Moving to Miami

The Miami skyline at night.

Miami is an energetic, vibrant city full of fascinating art, fantastic food, and diverse cultures. Whether you’re drawn to this Florida city for its outdoor attractions or its party scene, there’s so much to experience that you’ll find it hard to be bored!

There are many reasons for moving to this city, so let’s look at what you should expect, and how you can best prepare for this process. Before you pack up your moving truck and high tail it to Miami, here’s what you need to know.

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How to Save Money on Your Homeowners Insurance

A copy of a homeowners insurance policy.

It is no secret that homeowners insurance can be expensive. And it isn’t just because the average American home is more expensive than ever. Insurance companies keep raising their premiums to cover losses due to natural disasters, theft and vandalism, weather damage, and accidents.

Additionally, other unexpected events like the COVID-19 pandemic have caused a surge in expenses. The good news is that there are several effective ways to lower your insurance premiums and protect yourself from these risks.

Read on to learn how to save money on homeowners insurance.

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Moving to Canada: Pros, Cons, and Tips

A woman with a Canadian flag in her hand, symbolizing moving to Canada.

Have a craving for maple syrup, a passion for hockey, and a hankering for cozy winter weather? Canada might just be the country for you.

You’re not the only person who feels this way. According to a study conducted by Remitly, Canada is the dream destination for people all over the world, outranking southern neighbors the United States along with cultural havens such as Japan and the sunny shores of Spain.

As with any big life change, though, the decision to move to Canada is not one to be taken lightly. There are lots of questions and challenges for you, your partner, and your loved ones to unpack. To help make this process a little easier, we’ve put together a collection of pros, cons, and tips about the Great White North. Let’s get started.

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Top Real Estate Agent Johanna Rivera Opens New Brokerage in Lake Hopatcong

The grand opening of Realty Executives Property Squad.
Johanna Rivera and her team at the grand opening celebration of Realty Executives Property Squad.

Johanna Rivera, a top real estate agent in northern New Jersey, has announced the opening of her new brokerage, Realty Executives Property Squad in Lake Hopatcong.  The new office, which is located within Jefferson Township, offers services in Morris, Sussex, Union, Essex, Passaic, and Bergen counties.

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6 Signs It’s Time to Upsize

A family with two young children playing in moving boxes.

Most people love their current homes, especially if the home is where they grew up or where they have raised their children. But no matter how many memories those homes hold, there may come a time when you will simply need to move into something bigger. Maybe your family is growing, perhaps you’ve acquired too much stuff that you can’t let go of, or maybe you need more room for your hobby. These are all signs it’s time to upsize your home. If you want to know more about these signs, keep on reading.

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How to Assemble the Perfect Herb Garden

An outdoor herb garden.

An herb garden is a perfect way to exercise your green thumb and produce a delicious product that can be used in virtually any dish you cook. There are a few decisions you’ll need to work through before getting started, such as whether you want to plant the garden indoors or outdoors. Then you can decide on the herbs and learn how to care for them. If it sounds like a lot, don’t worry, herbs are one of the easiest things to grow. Plus, we’ve broken down everything you need to know right here!

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Spring Cleaning Tasks to Remember

A bucket of sprays for spring cleaning.

While many of us would like to lounge outside and soak up blooming flowers and sunny skies when spring rolls around, it can sometimes be hard to do when there is a laundry list of lingering tasks. This is when spring cleaning often takes place, almost like a rite of passage, during the months of March, April, and May.

While a good case of spring cleaning can be subjective, it generally consists of cleaning the things you rarely do throughout the year. Here’s a roundup of the spring cleaning tasks to remember that extend beyond the typical decluttering process.

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Poor Workmanship When Renovating Your California Home? Know Your Rights

Two workers in the middle of a California home renovation.

If you are a homeowner, regardless of the age of your home, at some point there will be home improvements, maintenance, or renovations to undertake. Projects to improve your property, such as knocking out drywall or creating a backyard garden, will be exciting yet inevitably stressful.

The last thing you want to think about during your project is a future lawsuit. By consulting a real estate attorney, a consumer rights group, or local government authority before you sign on the dotted line with your selected contractor will aid you in protecting your rights.

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