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Seven Qualities of a Good Neighbor

If you want good neighbors, you’ll first have to become one yourself. Master these seven techniques, and even you (yes, you!) can win the approval of your entire neighborhood.

1. Good neighbors bring cookies

Whether you’re new in town or haven’t kept in touch, a delivery of freshly baked goods is a perfect way to break the ice and let neighbors know that you’re thinking of them.

If cookies can keep Santa returning year after year with a bag full of loot, then surely they can train your neighbors to do your bidding. Consider the following scenario.

“Honey, somebody’s robbing the neighbor’s house again.”
“Wait, Janet. The ones who brought cookies yesterday?”
“Exactly. This time I’ll call the cops.”

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Home Design Trends for 2019

New year, new look for your home! We’re looking at the most innovative home design trends for 2019 in order to show how simple it can be to incorporate them into your own space. Here are some of our favorite interior design trends and how you can breathe new life into your current spaces.

Bold and patterned back-splashes

While 2018 was a minimalist year for interior design, 2019 will signify a move toward more vibrant kitchen looks. Bold and patterned back-splashes can add some life back into your kitchen with bright colors and graphic tiles. Try using a cool blue, gray or even geometric-patterned tile in your kitchen.

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Tips for Organizing Your Holiday Décor

With the holidays approaching, it’s important to ensure that your decorations don’t end up in a complete mess after the holiday season ends. Maybe you’re dreading decorating because you remember the stress of storing all of your decorations last year. Or maybe you just don’t know where to start. Whatever stage you’re at in the decorating process, here are some of our best tips for organizing your holiday decor this season and beyond. Continue reading

Six Ways to Keep Your Home Safe When Traveling for the Holidays

With the holiday season approaching, it is highly important to not skimp on security. And if you’re planning on traveling during the holidays, you should feel some peace of mind knowing your home is safe while you’re away. Here are our top tips for keeping your home safe as you travel for the holiday season.

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DIY: Building Your Backyard Fire Pit

Autumn is in full swing and there are so many incredible changes happening. The kids are back to school, football is on TV, the leaves are changing color and you get to enjoy the crisp, cool air of the season. With everyone’s schedule jam-packed, the weekends become more meaningful when the entire family can get together. With the great weather outside, you don’t want to get caught sitting on the couch. Why not spend a night with the family sitting by the fire? Don’t have a fire pit? Good thing they’re cheap and easy to build! Here’s how you can build one by yourself: Continue reading

Things to Consider When Planning For a Home Addition

When you and your family first moved into your new home, everything seemed so spacious. Your kids ran through the halls and played in the living spaces without any hitch. You were able to throw parties and have enough space for all your guests. Continue reading

New Data Finds Homeowners Struggle When Selling, Despite Hot Market

Twelve days before Thanksgiving, Mark Meaney and his wife, Sue, decided to put their 109-year-old house on the market. They looked at comps of similar-sized homes near their St. Paul neighborhood, agreed on a price with their agent and waited anxiously for their first offer to roll in. Continue reading