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January 15, 2018

How to Age in Place with Smart Home Technology and Home Renovations

63% of baby boomers who refuse to sell their homes do so because their current homes meet the needs of their families, those same individuals may find their situation trickier to navigate as they age. Steps and throw rugs may trip unwary feet, and door handles can make hands ache.

Other homeowners relate to those struggles. More importantly, they do something about them. Houzz reports that more than half of its senior users make home renovations so that they can age in place.

The following checklist suggests projects and upgrades to help you age in place and create a safer and more convenient home for everyone, regardless of age.

Home Exterior

Many homes feature [...]

 
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January 10, 2018

Small Renovations That Can Have a Big Effect on Accessibility

Aging in place is a concept that is becoming a big deal. Staying in a home of your choice as you age rather than moving to senior housing, as well as creating spaces that are equally accessible to everyone are helping people enjoy their quality of life. You might have decided to stay in your current home as long as possible, you might have disabled children or friends, or you just might want a home that’s more convenient for you and your family, especially if you have active, injury-prone kids (I know I seemed to constantly have a sprained ankle over some childhood mishap or another). Overhauling a home to be fully handicapped accessible can be expensive, but there are some [...]

 
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January 10, 2018

Wallpaper or Tile? How to Add Bold Design Touches to Your Home

Want to add some bold designs to your home? Try using wallpaper, tile, or a combination of both. Here are some ideas to get you started from Homes.com.
 
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January 9, 2018

5 Home Improvement Resolutions to Make for the New Year

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 [...]

 
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January 8, 2018

Asking the Seller for Repairs or Replacements

The hard part is over! You’ve found that nearly perfect home that your family has been looking for. You’ve made an offer and it’s been accepted, and now you’re settling into the nuts and bolts of getting to closing. If you’re like 95% of home buyers, you’ve had an inspection done because you want to make sure that your new home is as safe, reliable, and valuable as you hoped it would be. A certified home inspector will do a very thorough job of checking out the property from top to bottom, and it’s inevitable that they may find anywhere from a few minor things out of sorts, to a long laundry list of desperately needed repairs. If you’ve [...]

 
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January 3, 2018

What to Know Before You Blow Your Snow

It only took one winter of clearing snow with a shovel for me to know that I needed a snow blower. Beyond taking way less time, snow blowing has saved me from my annual tradition of throwing out my back after the first snowstorm of the year. But only after I began shopping for a snow blower did I realize that I knew nothing about snow blowers.

To save you the headache of digging around online and pestering Home Depot employees with questions, here’s everything you need to know about buying a snow blower of your own.

Buy Before the First Snow Hits

You’ll want to begin shopping for a snow blower before the first snow starts to fall. Most stores will see a run [...]

 
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December 29, 2017

What to Know About Buying a Hot Tub

As the mercury plummets and snow drifts pile up in your yard, many people turn to a hot tub to weather the winter. If you’re considering joining them and buying a tub of your own, be aware – purchasing a hot tub should not be taken lightly.

A faulty or improperly installed tub can lead to serious headaches for homeowners – flooded basements, frozen pipes, cracked pavement. But not to fear! We’ve broken down all the questions you need to ask yourself before buying a hot tub, along with some tips to get you started on your search.

Questions to Ask Yourself Before Buying a Hot Tub

Before you walk into your first hot tub dealer, there are a few [...]

 
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December 29, 2017

DIY Gardening Tips for the Cold Winter Months

Your garden doesn't need to be put on hold when the temperatures drop. Check out these winter gardening tips for a year-round garden, from Homes.com.

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