Home Improvement Projects, What I like, Versus What I can Afford

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Another age old conundrum with home improvement projects is the trade off of what I like versus what I can afford. Everyone struggles with this reality where finances and costs are pulling one side of your brain, versus the emotional trigger of I really want and like “this” to be a part of my project.

One method in helping resolve this debate in your head, or worse yet with your spouse, is to have developed a detailed budget for each item in your project.  As an example, you might have a patio project that includes 10 key items like the following. Read More


Make Better Decisions by Becoming the CEO of your Home

Your home is one of your largest assets.  And your home needs a lot of care and understanding in order to maintain its value. As it’s primary care giver or CEO of your home, are you really aware of what is going on in your home?  Are you aware of what your are spending on home improvement projects? Are you up to date on your home maintenance and what it is you need to do to take care of your home? How about documenting what you have in your home? Do you know what you own or will you need to recall everything
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A Scented Home, Bringing Freshness Indoors

A Scented Home, Bringing Freshness IndoorsFreshness in a house is a great thing to think of this time of year. The weather is cooling off, homeowners can open their windows to air out their homes. And fall brings some wonderfully lovely scents to create a scented home worth showcasing. The baking of pumpkin and apple pies, the spices around cinnamon and nutmeg and vanilla give the introduction to fall. And its cooling down of temperatures and excitement for the holidays to come. Using the lingering smell of late summer early fall flowers to create a scented home of mums and sunflowers and late blooming roses. Read More

The Invisible Home Toxins

How do you know if your home has invisible home toxins? Sure, everyone would like to assume that their home is relatively toxin free, and most people would swear by it. But truly what is a toxin free home and where are those invisible home toxins we may not be familiar with and where are they lurking in our homes? If you know someone that swears that their home is toxin free, show them the infographic below. Invisible home toxins are hidden in your prescription drugs, cosmetics and your household cleaners. Many of these toxins can be adsorbed in the skin which if you are using them when you are cleaning, maybe investing in a set of gloves might be valuable to protecting your health. And by no means, are we suggesting that you completely get rid of all of your household cleaners, but there are a few things you could keep in mind that will help keep the toxin levels to a minimum in your home:  Read More


What Home Renovations Have the Best ReSale Value?

There are countless ways that a homeowner could perform home renovations on their beloved home. One way is to remodel the kitchen. Remodeling a kitchen is expensive and probably one of the most expensive projects you can undergo or you can modify smaller areas of the kitchen for a refreshed look versus a complete makeover of the kitchen. Other home renovations are to replace the windows in the home especially if they are single pane windows. Repainting a room, the entire inside or outside of your home is another home renovation that could be beneficial to potential resale and also get you excited to live in your home again. All of these home renovations are great for a homeowner to personally improve their home for their own needs. Which of these home renovations and others consistently give you the best return on your investment if you are eventually going to sell your home?

The infographic below will give you better insight to which renovations are worth spending your valuable time and money on for an impressive return on your investment. After all, your home is one of your largest assets.  Read More