Tips for a Clean, Guest-Ready Home

Load the dishwasher first. When you’re throwing a get-together, the last thing you want is to open the dishwasher to find dirty dishes. Make sure to run the dishwasher the day before your guests arrive to ensure everything is clean when you need it. Prepare dishes for the wash cycle. To ensure dishes get clean and dry the first time, scrape away large piece... (more)

Late Summer is Perfect for Planting around your Property

By John Voket Recently, I chatted with Ed Hume ( for some ideas about the best things to put into the ground this fall, so you can enjoy the beauty and bounty of your property into winter and well into next season. Hume suggests late summer plantings should include: Fall Vegetables – Start fall and winter vegetables in late August. Green onions,... (more)

Beautiful Green Lawns Boost Neighborhood, Resale Values

By John Voket Curb appeal is one thing, but healthy green lawns also contribute to the amount of green homeowners might command when selling a home. A recent post from Grass Seed USA – a national coalition of grass seed farmers and academic turf specialists ( – reveals how homes and homeowners in neighborhoods flush with lush lawns... (more)

Cool & Easy Painting Projects for a Sizzling Summer Day

I know it’s one thing to intent to complete that little paint gin project, and it’s another to buckle down and do it – especially at the height of sizzling summer! But the folks at the Paint Quality Institute say there are loads of small-scale painting projects that can easily be completed early in the morning or late in the afternoon, times of the day... (more)

Be Wary of Fall Home Maintenance Scams

When autumn arrives, many homeowners prepare their homes for cooler weather by hiring specialists to clean and make repairs. Be mindful of cons during this time of year – scammers use this opportunity to swindle homeowners out of thousands of dollars for unnecessary work. Be way of these four scams typically advertised during the fall season. Chimney Repairs... (more)

3 Ways to Avoid Getting Outbid on Your New Home

“Bidding for a home can get pretty feisty in today’s market,” said Gibran Nicholas, Chairman of CMPS Institute, an organization that trains and certifies mortgage bankers and brokers. “In some cases, you may be competing with more than 12 other buyers who are bidding on the same property. ”Here are three potential solution to avoid getting outbid on your new... (more)

Why Replace It When You Can Paint It

By John Voket I recently became acquainted with Lisa Kaplan Gordon, a builder of luxury homes in McLean, VA. She has published a wonderful guide to help evaluate whether homeowners can refresh certain areas or furnishings with a new coat of paint. In this first of several segments, we’ll look at a couple of unconventional areas where a few cans of paint... (more)

New Kitchen Floor Choices: Is One Right for You?

By Barbara Pronin The kitchen floor, besides being practical, has becomes a major design statement – with a bigger choice of colors, styles and textures available today than ever before. “You need to consider practicality first,” said Home and Garden TV’s Katie Allison Granju. “How much time do you spend in the kitchen? What’s most important to you?” Granju... (more)

Tips to Reduce Moving Stress

Happy couple in their new home having fun – moving concept You’ve found the perfect neighborhood and the ideal house for your family. But before you can settle in you have to cross one more dreaded hurdle: moving day. “Finding a new home is a wonderful and exciting experience, but moving can be overwhelming — juggling packing, moving essential... (more)

Customize Your Home with Hassle-Free Design

(BPT) – Conventional wisdom holds that in order to achieve a custom look in your home decor you either have to spend a bundle hiring professionals, or invest countless hours of hard work doing it yourself. In the Internet age, however, it’s easier than ever to achieve the look of custom home decor without the expense or hassle of traditional methods.... (more)

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