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.).…

A Homeowner’s Guide to Water Filtration

There can be a lot of confusion and misinformation about home water treatment. When is home water treatment truly needed? Why is water filtration the environmentally friendly approach to obtaining clean, healthy drinking water? Finally, what options do homeowners have when selecting a home water treatment system? Why Would I Need a Water Filtration System?…

10 New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home in 2019

Sure, you can make a resolution to start hitting the gym or eating better, but don’t neglect your home! These New Year’s resolutions will help your space look better, which will naturally make you feel better—and there’s no kale or cardio involved! Declutter! Not only will it look great to have cleaned-out those closets and…

Should You Buy a Home Warranty?

“We’re buying a house. Should we buy a home warranty?” Seems like a relatively tame question, right? But post it on Facebook or Nextdoor and watch the impassioned responses roll in. You might as well ask, “What political party should I belong to.” Who knew people were so fervent about home warranties! Everyone has their…