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Clear Up Cluttered Kitchen Countertops

While homebuyers seek ample kitchen counter space when searching for a home, surface area tends to fill up quickly as homeowners settle in to their new digs. Reclaim your countertops in time for the holidays with these clutter busting tricks. Designate an area for paper. Adopt a storage solution for mail or loose papers, such as a kitchen desk, tray or basket.... (more)

How to Make Your Home Safe for Trick-or-Treaters

If you’re expecting trick-or-treaters at your home this Halloween, take time to rid your yard of any potential hazards that can compromise a child’s safety. Follow these steps for a fun and safe Halloween in your neighborhood. The costumed crowd and their parents/guardians will thank you. Secure your entryway. Before trick-or-treaters come bounding up your doorstep,... (more)

6 Tips to Keep in Mind as You Prepare for a Home Inspection

By Keith Loria Preparing your home for its market debut can seem overwhelming, but making repairs or taking care of anything cosmetic that needs to be fixed is an important piece of the puzzle. And for those looking to sell, taking the time to prepare for an inspection is just as important—if not more so. Whether your inspection is right around the corner—or... (more)

Making a List and Checking It Twice - Top Features Today's Buyers Want

By Paige Tepping For today’s buyers, finding that perfect home goes way beyond locating the ideal neighborhood that’s a stone’s throw from the office. With must-have lists that can range anywhere from a few items to those that are more than a mile long, real estate professionals certainly have their work cut out for them when it comes to finding buyers the home... (more)

Homeowners: Make the Switch to Energy-Efficient Lighting

At the start of 2014, manufacturers of 40 and 60 watt incandescent light bulbs ceased operations in a nationwide bid to support energy-efficient alternatives. As a result, homeowners seeking new bulbs can only purchase LED (light-emitting diode) or other comparable lighting. “LEDs use about 80% less energy than traditional bulbs and the average homeowner would... (more)

Stay Productive with Smart Home Office Design

Whoever first said, “You can’t go home again,” probably wasn’t considering the 38 million home-based businesses in the United States, or the approximately 37 million households that have active home offices. More workers are plying their trade from home, as employers recognize the value of flexibility for their work force and more employees... (more)

Keep Winter Energy Bills in Check

As winter temperatures drop, the potential for higher utility bills goes up. Taking steps ahead of the cold season can help you trim costs and make your home more energy efficient, keeping those utility bills in check even as the winter weather rages. “Many homeowners just assume the winter season means their bills will go up as systems work harder to keep... (more)

Five DIY Projects to Complete before Winter

The leaves are starting to fall off the trees, the birds are flying south and you can feel the temperature dropping. Winter is on its way and while squirrels pack away food before the first snow fall, you’ll be relieved to know that you still have time to finish some projects listed below to get your home ready for winter. Tackle the yard. Your yard will... (more)

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