10 Ways to Save on Summer Utility Bills

July 31st, 2018

When the summer weather heats up, so can your utility bills.  But there are a few things you can do to keep your expenses down.  The easiest are to turn off lights, unplug computers or turn off the AC when you’re not home.  Or, you can go radical and hang the laundry outside instead of using the dryer!  For 10 ways to beat the bills, check out these tips from U Read More...

Summer Curb Appeal – The Door Does It!

July 17th, 2018

Thinking of selling your home this summer?  Creating curb appeal can be as easy as dressing up your front door.  Consider painting it an eye-popping, attention-getting color that makes heads turn. Or, keep the color neutral and add a splash of color and elegance with a wreath or attention-getting potted flower arrangement Read More...

Let There Be Light!

May 23rd, 2018

From melting food in the fridge, to no running water or lights, power outages can make life miserable.  When an outage continues for hours or days, things can get very dicey – and you may resolve that your next big purchase will be a generator.  It’s a great way to give yourself peace of mind and comfort when those summer or winter storms strike Read More...

Why You Need Homeowner’s Insurance

May 8th, 2018

If you’re in the market for a new home, whether a resale or new construction, your mortgage lender will require that you have homeowner’s insurance for the home you want to buy.  This type of insurance covers a number of issues that are important to you as the buyer, and to your mortgage lender as the holder of the mortgage Read More...

Tax Advantages of Home Ownership

March 21st, 2018

It’s income tax season – the perfect time to talk about the tax benefits of owning a home.  That’s a big topic this year, considering that a new tax plan will be going into effect for the 2018 tax year.  With all the talk about how that plan will play out, one of the biggest points of discussion is how the new plan will affect the deductibility of mortgage interest Read More...

Fireplace Safety

January 17th, 2018

A crackling fire is a warm and wonderful thing. But a fireplace can also pose a safety hazard. Before you strike a match, be sure to understand how to burn safely. It’s just as essential to take preventive measures to assure that your fireplace and chimney are in good shape – and that you have carbon monoxide and smoke detectors installed Read More...

What Makes a House a Home?

December 13th, 2017

Photo by - Discover deck design ideas We all dream of a house that truly feels like home. But, creating one takes more than referring to a collection of photos torn from design magazines or pins on your Pinterest page. The trick is to understand who you are, what matters to your family, and how you want to live Read More...

Countertop Color: What’s Right for You?

November 21st, 2017

Photo by Greater Dayton Building & Remodeling - More kitchen ideas Designing your kitchen is something you just need to get right. After all, cabinets and countertops are not something you can change easily once installed. Material is important, but what’s even more critical to your design aesthetic is the color Read More...

Windows 101

September 14th, 2017

Every home has windows. The question is, are the windows in your home right for your lifestyle and aesthetic preferences. From providing light, to enhancing energy efficiency, to adding personality and style, the right window choices can make a real difference in your enjoyment of your home, in the time you spend on maintenance, and in heating and cooling costs Read More...

When Grandma Comes to Stay.

August 22nd, 2017

More and more family homes are becoming intergenerational. That’s a fancy way of saying that grandma and/or grandpa are moving in and planning to stay. The traditional idea of a mother-in-law suite is expanding with some families building separate cottages, others converting garages, and some opting to build a new home, complete with a separate space designed to make life easier for an elderly resident Read More...