It’s 2018 and we’re collectively entering into a brand new space — a clean slate, if you will. It’s the perfect opportunity for setting new intentions for the 365 days in front of us. Traditionally, these New Year’s resolutions tend to focus on self-improvement practices such as reading more books, losing weight or being more patient.
However, where we live and improving the environment around us doesn’t seem to feature as much as it should in New Year’s goals. For the majority of us, our homes are part of our self-definition and have a significant impact on our quality of life. Therefore, part of our New Year’s intentions should be [...]
If you have a winter cabin, you may want to rent it out. There are many advantages. Many people rent their vacation property for additional income. Renting your cabin can also ensure that it doesn’t go uninhabited for months.
There are, however, many considerations to keep in mind as you prepare to rent out and market a winter cabin. Here are eight to think about.Renting It Out Decide Who Will Clean and Maintain
A vacation rental needs to be spotlessly clean and kept in tip-top shape. You need to decide who will do the cleaning and maintenance. If you live close, will you or family members do it? If not, you’ll need to engage cleaning and [...]
With the holidays right around the corner, you’re probably starting to scramble to find gifts for everyone on your list. If anyone on that list has recently purchased a new home, your job just got a lot easier. New homeowners — especially if they’re first-time homeowners — need a whole new set of stuff. Read on to find fun items to help spruce up your friend’s new abode.Kitchen Wares
Cheese boards, cocktail shakers, serving bowls — they may not sound super glamorous, but with the right eye, you can find cute pieces for a new homeowner’s kitchen. They might actually get excited about slicing up some cheese for a holiday bash. More importantly, these [...]
Many gardeners and homeowners shrink from winter just because they can no longer have the pleasures of a garden. No more daffodils, no more tomatoes, no more rustling of the branches of deciduous trees. Winter yards are grey, brown and cold, right?
Well, not necessarily! They might be cold, but some trees look beautiful in a yard during winter. You can have the same pleasures of looking outside at a muted palette, dotted by the vibrant green of trees and enjoying the architecture of tree branches as birds hop on them.
Many trees are hardy enough to withstand winter. Just make sure you check out the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Plant Hardiness Zone Map [...]
As your mother may have told you, how you look on the outside tells a story about how you feel on the inside. It’s a similar association for houses. Your home’s overall curb appeal is an insight to how well it’s maintained and shows others it’s cherished. Curb appeal sets a precedent for any onlookers or potential buyers that this extra grooming effort is what the home deserves and is worth.
Your house is rarely going to have as many eyes on it as it does during the holiday season. Family, friends, and general passersby will be checking out your home and hopefully admiring it. Take a look at the tips below to help your home shine above the rest with [...]
You’re thinking of selling your house and you’ve read advice on real estate agents. Instead, however, you have a friend who has suggested they can handle selling your house. Is it a good idea?
There are many situations in which you might want to have a friend sell your house. Maybe Sue or Bob is just starting out as a real estate agent, and you want to throw work their way. Perhaps you need to sell your house relatively quickly, and you figure your friend won’t mind working 24/7 to make that happen. You might be looking for a deal on real estate agents because you need money for another important event, like saving up to buy an engagement ring that meets [...]
Millennials, once characterized as the generation that stayed in their parents’ homes during the Great Recession, are moving into their own homes now. In fact, people 36 years of age or younger, who are of both the millennial and Generation Y cohort, now constitute the largest group of homebuyers in the United States, at 34 percent. Two-thirds of these buyers are purchasing homes for the first time.
Perhaps most intriguingly, though, this group of home buyers are increasingly choosing to buy single-family detached homes rather than condominiums or townhomes, which are often grouped under the “attached” home umbrella. Briefly, condos are a single unit in a [...]
With places to visit from the Lincoln Memorial to the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. is a great place to live. So when the time comes to sell your home, you should have no trouble, right?
Yes, living in a desirable area helps when you put your place on the market. It also helps that so many people move to D.C. to work in the political sphere. There are always incoming interns and lobbyists vying for space. But one of the best ways to give your listing an edge is to make your home eco-friendly. Many Americans understand the benefits of cleaner environment, so they realize the importance of individual efforts in making the world most sustainable.
Green living [...]
Living in a busy city like Washington, D.C. means you’re probably at work all the time, focusing on building your career and putting other aspects of life aside for later. Growing your career can be a great thing to do, but at some point, you’re going to have to think about progressing in your personal life. The big question is figuring out when that point is for you. Most of the time, people can begin to advance to the next stage of their lives when it comes to their apartment. Apartment living in D.C. can be the preferred option to those struggling with home ownership responsibilities and fees, but there will come a time when you might want to move. How will you know [...]
Construction and renovation options outside your home structure are often overlooked in the general scheme of a property upgrade. However, there are many options, such as hardscaping.
What is it exactly? Hardscaping refers to the use of “hard” material such as brick, stone and concrete to incorporate permanent structures into your landscape design. Hardscape construction includes the addition of pathways, patios, fences, steps, etc.
If you are searching for ways to make your Jacksonville home stand out, consider thinking outside the box! Check out these creative and unique renovation tips:1. Design While You Drain
Does your home sit on a relatively [...]
Everyone who has ever been to Florida knows there’s one decor style to rule them all. Beach themes make sense for both locals and those who rent out their Jacksonville properties to vacationers heading south throughout the year.
Due to its popularity, beach decor is a great way to style your home before you put it on the market, too. If you’re not sure where to start — there are so many options when it comes to making your home look and feel Floridian — here are the dos and don’ts of beach-inspired interior design.Do: Keep Things Light and Airy
Selling your home often requires you to present a more neutral color palette so that potential buyers have [...]
New Orleans: your dreams of buying a house might include the sound of jazz wafting from French Quarter streets along with wrought iron balconies and the glint of the mighty Mississippi. Then there’s also great food — gumbo, Cajun and beignets for breakfast — and Mardi Gras to brighten the winter. Once spring has sprung, magnolias and dogwoods grace the parks. Buying a home in New Orleans’s historic districts might be a dream that makes all these site-specific fantasies come true. The Big Easy has some of the most beautiful historic districts in the United States and a lively preservation community. Well-maintained historic homes generally keep their property values well, [...]