Spring Cleaning with an Eye Toward ROI

Spring cleaning. It’s an activity some people love, and the rest of us merely endure. But no matter which category you fall into, being purposeful about your actions can help you make smart decisions, especially if you’re looking to sell your home soon. “Spring cleaning is the perfect opportunity for home owners to de-clutter and…

Septic or Sewer: What’s the Difference?

Septic systems or sewer systems: what’s better? What’s the difference? Homeowners flush their toilets, run their sinks and take showers without putting a second thought into the sewer systems that allow for this luxury. All of these functions rely on one of two things: 1. Sewer system 2. Septic system Sewer systems are different than…

How to DIY Abstract Art

Some of us are DIYers and some of us need to smash our thumb with a hammer a few times or fall off a ladder and sprain our ankle to realize that we’re…just…not. But just because we clearly shouldn’t try to take down a wall or install a floor or even put together a bookcase…

Home Upgrades That Can Save You Money

With the constant evolution of modern technology, looking for new ways to upgrade your home can be daunting. From “how long do solar panels last?” to “how far can an electric car drive?”, there are a lot of questions to ask. Smart housing upgrades have become very popular, but how do you tell what’s flashy…

15 Ideas for Home Projects on a Budget

Here’s a list of simple projects you can tackle to improve the look (and value) of your home. Projects Under $100 1. Rearrange Furniture. Pull furniture away from the walls and position it at new, more inviting angles. You’ll change the look and dimension of your room. 2. Paint Walls. Choose one wall to paint…

Must-Haves for Aging in Place

Getting ready to retire? You must be making the trek to Florida to live out your “Golden years,” right? Not your speed? You’re not alone. Aging in place is a growing trend, as retirees opt to stay close to friends and family and in the neighborhood they love. “Ninety percent of older Americans would prefer…

Practical Homeowner Knowledge Is Vital

If you didn’t take a class or read a “how-to” book to learn the best, the most productive way to live as an independent adult in your first home, PJ Wade offers sound bathroom advice and a quiz highlighting home management. Did you take a class or read a “How-to-live-in-a-house” book to learn the best,…

6 Ways to KonMari Your Junk

You don’t just have a junk drawer; You have a junk garage or basement or backyard or spare room. The thought of getting in there and clearing it out and organizing the space is so overwhelming that you just end up letting it sit month after month or maybe even year after year. But getting…

Is It Clutter Or Is It Inspiration?

It’s not your stuff that’s ever the problem, but how you react to your stuff that is the point of concern. PJ Wade offers insight into the good, the bad, and the ugly of clutter. We have all brought things into our lives, into our environments, which we thought were great additions. Over time and…

Can You Get Last Minute Flood Insurance for Your Home?

Flood insurance provides financial protection for homeowners and commercial property owners after floods caused by natural disasters. These events would include hurricanes, tropical storms, or heavy rains, as well as swollen rivers and burst dams. Flood insurance is different than water damage repair insurance, which covers floods caused by burst pipes, broken windows, and other…

Turn Empty Rooms Into Useful Spaces

What Kind of Room Do You Want? Use your imagination. Create a multipurpose room and make it as informal or as formal as you want. Here are a few ideas: Den/Guest Room Turn the room into a guest room, reading room or den. A den can be a small, comfortable version of a living room. Family…

Does Pressure Washing Damage Vinyl Siding on Your Home?

Residential pressure washing is an excellent way to improve a home’s curb appeal, removing years of baked-on mud, dirt, and other unsightly grime. Roof washing, as well as gutter brightening and window washing, also protect those surfaces from long-term damage caused by abrasive and corrosive debris. However, is pressure washing safe for vinyl siding? Improper…

Going Up? Home Elevators Offer Independence

A wide selection of elevators is now available, and with the smallest having a footprint of just 12 square feet, they’re suitable for urban home retrofit projects. Home elevators, once thought to be a luxury feature for large new builds, are becoming a more common addition to smaller homes. Residential elevators are a brilliant idea,…