Tips to Making Your Closets Work Harder

Closets look so big when you see them in model homes. Once you move in though, they seem to shrink and somehow there’s never enough room for all the stuff you’ve collected over the years. That’s true whether you live in a home under 2,000 square feet, or a newer house that’s more than 2,500 sq. ft.

You’re not alone as the average size of a new house in the US increased to 2,687 sq ft in 2015. As our houses have gotten bigger, closets are also getting larger. At the same time though, we’re buying more which means we need more... 

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A Sneak Peak at What’s New in Housing

You know car manufacturers come out with new models every year. One year they might change the lights and another year, the door handles. Houses evolve the same way – we just don’t buy them as frequently as we buy cars, so you might not notice.

The way we learn about new home products is different too. The most popular advertising today are the television shows like HGTV’s Property Brothers or Fixer Upper (see the top 25 shows). These are followed by websites like Pinterest and Houzz, and traditional magazines like Better Homes & Garden and Architectural Digest.

Builders and remodelers learn... 

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How LED Lights Are Changing Our Lives

We probably think more about lighting during the holidays than any other time of year (unless you’re building a house). You have to decide what holiday lights to hang, whether to buy new ones or what neighborhoods to visit to see the best holiday lights in town (watch these house lights flicker to music).

This made sense in the past because there weren’t a lot of new lighting ideas. Now that LED lights are everywhere, there are many more lighting options for every room in your house. So this month we’re exploring lighting ideas because the light in a room can affect your emotions.


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Doors that Welcome Family & Friends

Fall is in the air and soon we’ll be welcoming friends and family into our homes. That’s the one time we get to use the front door as most families go into their house from the garage or a side door off the driveway. So we decided to step back and take a look at what makes an attractive front door, as every homeowner has one (or two).

Where is Your Front Door Located?

The front door traditionally faces the street, going back to the days when people walked to the store, bus or rail station. Where the front door is located was... 

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It’s Time to Review Your Homeowners Insurance

We lead such busy lives there’s little time to sit back and review things. Autopay has replaced paper bills so where we once might have reviewed an insurance policy at renewal, we don’t even know when it happens.

Many of us take homeowner insurance for granted, along with health and automobile insurance. We assume every national insurance company is trustworthy, without realizing their coverage can be quite different. It’s not enough to shop for the cheapest homeowner insurance. It’s important to read your policy and understand what it covers.

Learning about your coverage when you have to submit a claim adds stress to an already uncomfortable... 

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Want 20% More Storage Space in Your Home?

Have you got a room or closet like this in your house? Let’s be honest as most of us do, and keep it hidden behind a door we rarely open. We keep saying we’re going to tackle the mess. We have the best intention of getting things under control tomorrow but that day never comes.

There are lots of reasons why you want to get rid of the clutter.

You waste time looking for things you can’t see or find. You waste money (and time) buying replacement items because you can’t find things. You don’t enjoy life at home as much as you could if the clutter... 

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How to Add Personality to Painting Projects

When it comes to painting a room or the entire house, most people focus on picking paint colors. Painting involves a lot more, from prep to cleaning brushes and picking the best paint finish for durability.

You can find lots of great tips on coordinating paint colors with your furniture, artwork, flooring and more (see HGTV’s 15 Designer Tricks for Picking a Perfect Color Palette). Now we’re also seeing interior designers decorating walls with much more than paint. Wallpaper is coming back, and homeowners are now using tile and wood for wall coverings but these types of wall treatments require a bigger investment than paint.

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Which Home Improvements Have the Highest ROI

your home exterior includes many features that need home repairs

Maybe you’re thinking about buying a new house and have to prioritize the features you want or … can afford? Or you might be planning an addition or major remodeling project so you can stay in the house you’re in. Your home is a huge investment and you want to spend your money wisely. So this month, we’re offering tips on how to research home features.

Hanley Woods annual Cost vs Value report is a good place to start, It provides cost data plus the projected return on investment (ROI) for 29 popular home improvement projects. The report breaks the data down for... 

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After the Closing, 25 Things You Need to Do

Buying a house can be very stressful. You have to collect lots of paperwork and review/sign lots of documents before and during the closing. So once you’re handed the keys, you’re ready to relax.

But there are quite a few things you still need to take care of.

This article outlines what homeowners need to do after buying a new home. Even if you’ve been in your house for several years, you may find things you missed. Some tasks only need to be done once, while others should be reviewed every year.

Things You’ll Want to Do Before/While Settling In

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Sunlight & Solar Energy, A Smart Decision

Are you seeing more solar panels in your neighborhood? That’s because the federal solar tax credit has been extended. Through 2019, the credit is a whopping 30% of the cost of solar systems and through 2021, homeowners of new houses can deduct a slightly lower percent of installed solar. That’s a huge gift with Uncle Sam paying almost one-third of the cost of solar panels that will save you money for years to come (more details at

For many homeowners, the decision to install solar panels or wait is primarily about their cost. Some people though, don’t like the look of these... 

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