Top 8 Estate Planning Mistakes

Perhaps you have heard the expression: “If you fail to plan then you plan to fail.” This statement was never truer than for estate planning. By some accounts, 70% of adult Americans have no will or trust in place for their loved ones. Furthermore, others who initially did prepare an estate plan have failed to…

Fixer Upper Properties: What You Really Need to Know

Here are some terms and concepts to consider in this corner of the real estate market. I. Definitions — There are different degrees of fixing. A. Cosmetic repair — Paint, landscaping, carpets, clean-up, minor repairs. (refurbishing)B. Rehabilitating — Making livable again, habitable.C. Renovating — To make new, restoringD. Remodeling — Room additions, balcony, changing floor…

Is It Time to Go Green in 2019?

What was once embraced by the fringes is today a major lifestyle trend impacting everything from land development to retail to food production. When it comes to homebuilding, real estate, and associated industries, the eco-friendly focus is more pervasive than ever. Green Home Builder did a Green Home Design Year in Review, which we expanded…

How To Score A Deal On Home Appliances

Who doesn’t dream of a kitchen full of shiny, new appliances. Raise your hand if you want a new refrigerator, dishwasher, oven, microwave – and, hey, let’s throw in a washer and dryer, too – but don’t want to pay top dollar for them. The expense is definitely a bummer when it comes to buying…

Six Ways to Make Yourself Happier at Home

Your home is your haven. Or, at least, it should be. But is it really making you happy or are there aspects of your place that are bringing you down? Little fixes can turn it all around. Get some houseplants Put your green thumb to good use and surround yourself with houseplants. Not only will…

How to Create a Great Accent Wall

Bringing color into your space doesn’t require you to splash paint up everywhere. Sometimes, focusing on just one wall can have even greater impact, or at least allow you to slowly get used to the idea of color before you take the four-wall plunge. “An accent wall can be a perfect way to break up a…

A Guide to Home Insulation Materials

Insulation is one of those building products that you never see, because it is usually covered up by something else. But if you don’t have enough, or if it is installed incorrectly, you’re wasting energy and paying more for heating and cooling than is necessary. There are a number of insulation products you can use…

Nontraditional Places to Use Pendant Lights

When you picture pendant lights, where do you see them in a house? Close your eyes and imagine it. The first place you thought of was the kitchen island, right? You’re not alone. For many people kitchen islands and pendant lighting go hand in hand, and while they wouldn’t be wrong, I would say think…

Should You Finance Your Renovation?

You can finance your house, your car, your new teeth, and your college degree. We just got a quote from a company that offers financing on new board-on-board fences (But no thanks on the interest rate that is triple what we have for our mortgage—we’ll live with our existing fence a bit longer, thank you.).…