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5 simple steps to sparkling hardwood floors

Posted on: May 28, 2019 by in Blog
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Getting your home ready for summer means putting away the warm clothing and winter gear, clearing out clutter and making room for lighter and brighter accessories. As you prepare to tidy and organize your home for a summer of get-togethers and cookouts, don't forget to show a little extra love to those hardwood floors. The floor is the largest surface in your house, so caring for and cleaning your floors is important to keep the home healthy and dust-free. Particularly for hardwood floors, Continue Reading ...

The home fire safety feature you probably haven’t thought about

Posted on: May 21, 2019 by in Blog
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Home is supposed to be a safe space so it can be scary to think about things like fires. Unfortunately, fires are a real threat. Seven people die each day due to home fires, so it's important to be ready. Every home needs working smoke alarms and an escape plan for exiting the house. These are essential first steps, but there is an additional tool that dramatically reduces the spread of home fires and the risk of dying from one: installing home fire sprinklers. Home fire sprinklers save Continue Reading ...

How to choose plants for your summer garden

Posted on: May 14, 2019 by in Blog
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Whether you’re new to gardening or have a green thumb, summer is the perfect season to start your own garden. Now is the time to start thinking of all the possibilities the warm weather brings! “The first step to start your summer garden is considering what plants make you happy and what types of things you’ll use or enjoy most throughout the season,” says Emily Murphy, author of Pass the Pistil blog and “Grow What You Love” book and podcast. “In gardening, as in life, I Continue Reading ...

7 smart steps to improve indoor air quality at home

Posted on: May 7, 2019 by in Blog
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Think about how much time you and your family spend inside versus outside. From your home to the car to work and to school, it’s not uncommon that the majority of your day is spent indoors. This modern phenomenon means increased exposure to indoor air pollution. Fortunately, with a few smart, proactive steps, you can help protect yourself and your family. People vastly underestimate the time they spend inside, assuming just four hours, when in actuality they are inside more than 21 Continue Reading ...

Real estate ready: Smart tips for first-time homebuyers

Posted on: May 1, 2019 by in Blog
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Today’s first-time homebuyers face a variety of hurdles when trying to enter the real estate market. While interest rates have declined recently and there are signs that more inventory may be coming onto the market, many buyers continue to feel the frustration in finding and financing a home. Additionally, high levels of student loan debt and entry-level jobs that didn’t pay as much as expected have made homeownership financially difficult for millennials. Many have opted to move in Continue Reading ...

Get ahead of the storm: Check your coverage before hurricane season

Posted on: April 23, 2019 by in Blog
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Hurricanes provide little advance notice of their arrival, and as landfall approaches, insurance companies may temporarily suspend new coverage and coverage changes. That means it's usually a good idea to review your insurance coverage yearly to make sure it matches your needs. An insurance representative can review your policy, explain limits and deductibles, and help you identify coverage gaps. "You should ask your representative for tips on hurricane risk mitigation that may lower Continue Reading ...

Downsizing as you age: 8 smart organization tips and tricks

Posted on: April 16, 2019 by in Blog
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It's easy to accumulate a lot of things throughout your life. From clothes and household goods to antiques and treasured keepsakes, decades of living often means decades of stuff. When you get to a certain age, it can be smart to start downsizing your belongings. Sometimes downsizing is inspired by a move and other times it's simply a proactive effort to keep a home clutter-free and make things easier for the next chapter of life. Although it can feel overwhelming, with a few smart Continue Reading ...

3 Tips To Refresh Your Home and Your spirit This Spring

Posted on: April 8, 2019 by in Blog
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Every spring, the changing season brings a desire for renewal. It’s a time of growth, transition and revitalization. The latest trend in home cleaning popularized by Marie Kondo reveals what many of us yearn for not just decluttering, but a fresh start, a clean slate. We dream of an open, airy, bright home where everyone can thrive and be their best selves. But how do we get there, when our houses are filled with stuff not to mention the accumulated dust and stale air of winter? Here Continue Reading ...

Jump-start Your Next Project With These 5 Tips

Posted on: April 2, 2019 by in Blog
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5 tips for organizing your next DIY project If you prefer to take on your own home improvement projects instead of hiring professional craftsmen, you’re part of a growing trend. Americans are increasingly aware of the money they can save by completing their own renovations rather than paying premium prices for the work of others. And that’s reflected in sales figures; not surprisingly, the value of the DIY market rose a full 45 percent between 2012 and 2018, from $30.2 billion to Continue Reading ...

Buyer and Maintenance Home Inspection

Posted on: March 26, 2019 by in Blog
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Home inspection is what buyers put on top of their list during the sale of a house. This is because a home inspection will turn the place inside out as the inspector examines the state and shape of the property. Home inspectors are trained to evaluate the house from a professional standpoint. They are objective in determining defects and areas that need consistent maintenance and work. Understanding the Home Inspection Process There are many reputable home inspectors in Huntley, and home Continue Reading ...