Celebrate Trend Alert: 8 Colors to Try This Season   Now that October is here and it’s officially fall, breezy colors and summery decor will start to feel out of place. Make holiday houseguests and potential buyers feel at-home with the comfy, cozy and even cheerful shades of the season. Follow along as we uncover eight trendy colors that will last through the new […]
construction What You Need to Know About Solar Panels Once you have decided to install solar panels, it’s important to research which solar panels are best for you, your home and your budget. SHARON LEEYESTERDAY Guest post by Lauren White  The solar panel industry has developed exponentially, in the past decade. Much of that is owed to increased demand. According to the Department of Energy, […]
appraisal Is Summer or Winter the Best Season to Buy a Home? You hear it a lot – there are best and worst times to make any sort of purchase. Whether it’s a television, a car, or a home, statistics are available that may influence your decision on when would be the best time to make a purchase. Numerical data isn’t the only thing you should be […]
backyard Pool School: A Study Guide Armed with a little know how – you can make your pool season trouble free! 1. Evaluate the Task at Hand Always check for leaks at the start of the season—all you need is a bucket. Just fill it three-fourths of the way full and mark the water line inside, place it in the pool, mark the […]
DIY 2017’s Most Important Summer Home Maintenance Projects These projects are what you should be focusing on this summer regarding maintenance on your home. Being proactive when it comes to your home’s maintenance can save you time and money! Focus on maintaining these 5 areas. With the bright sunlight and warm temperatures that accompany summer, you may be spending more time outside — […]
backyard Are Shipping Containers the Future of Swimming Pools?   Shipping containers have long been found to have a myriad of uses, from storage to houses. Who knew a shipping container would make a terrific pool!! One Canadian couple is making a splash transforming shipping containers into backyard swimming pools. (We always knew those shipping containers were universal!) Paul and Denise Rathnam launched Modpools earlier this year and […]
backyard 8 Ways to Make Your Backyard a Summer Paradise Your backyard should be your summer sanctuary…your perfect place away from the rest of the world. Here’s how! Summer is the season to be outdoors. It’s the perfect time for backyard barbecues, neighborhood socials, and late-night evenings on the patio. You don’t need to travel to a luxurious and exotic location to enjoy spending time […]
maintenance How to Prepare Your Home Before Going on Vacation Ahhhhh, that summer vacation is on your radar now…just a few loose ends to wrap up before you hit the road! Your summer vacation is finally here! You’ve booked flights, reserved hotel rooms, and scoped out the best places to eat along the way, but have you prepared your home for your absence? Nothing spoils […]
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backyard Do You Know How to Prep Your Home For Summer?   Summertime….and the living is easy! If you know how to prep for it! Our friends at HomeAdvisor 5 important steps for prepping your home for summer. While summertime is perfect for outdoor gatherings with friends and family, it can also be a dangerous, and inefficient, time for your home. That’s why it’s important to […]
backyard How to Make the Most of Grilling Season Ahhhhh, the sweet smells of summer BBQ!  Nothing beats grilling and chilling! There’s nothing better than the flavor and presentation of food cooked on a grill. The slightly smoky flavor and ease of preparation makes grilling one of the top cooking methods any time of the year. Even when there is a chill in the […]
backyard Are You Making These 5 Lawn Watering Mistakes? Ahhhh, the sweet smell of cut grass in the air…a true harbinger of summertime. Keeping that lawn green can be tricky without these great tips on watering! Proper watering nourishes lawns, just as proper hydration nourishes our bodies. Yet too many of us are failing at both. We’re not going to lecture you about drinking […]
backyard How To Open Your Pool With the hot days of the season upon us, its time to dive in!  First things first…here is a helpful how to list on opening your pool. Spring is in full bloom and this can mean a lot of things for many different people. For example, if you own a pool you’re surely thinking (probably […]
Bills 10 Ways to Save on Utility Bills This Summer   Oh Summer Sweet Summer!  Along with the break from cold weather comes increased utility bills in the form of air conditioning and fans, especially. Here are some handy tips to keep those costs down! Now that the weather is beginning to warm up, it’s time to start thinking about ways to save on utility […]
backyard What to Buy (and Not Buy) in May   With Spring upon us and spring cleaning is done, its soooo tempting to purchase new items because, of course, everything feels so fresh and new. Here is a good guide on the best (and worse) purchases to make at this time of year! The month of May brings traditionally heavy shopping periods for spring […]
appliances 7 Deep-Clean Tips to Get Your Grill Party-Ready Ahhhh, the sweet smell of summer BBQ wafting over the neighborhood. Grilling season is upon us…so let’s get started! Materials Needed heavy-duty grill scraper abrasive grill brush scouring pad sponge microfiber cloth dish soap warm water large, plastic bucket latex gloves or work gloves natural grill degreaser (optional) Assess the Mess Determine if you need […]
backyard 6 DIY Backyard Projects From Lighting to Fire Pits With summer swiftly approaching, it could be time for sprucing up the ole backyard a bit!  Here are some great DIY projects that are sure to add some summertime family fun and enjoyment! Remember backyards? Those things we’ve been ignoring for the past four months? They’re back! They might not be looking as sharp as […]