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Choose Your Battles When Buying a Home

A fenced-in yard. Double sinks. A wrap-around porch. An open floor plan. Solar panels. There are just so many things we want our new home to have.

However, when shopping for our dream home, it’s essential to steer the dream a little bit more toward reality. No home will have every single feature you desire, so before you set out on the search, sit down, think hard and narrow down your list of must-haves. Must-haves are usually rooted in practicality—a classic case of needs vs. wants. Some important musts, therefore, often involve:

  • The number of bedrooms and/or potential to turn a room into an additional bedroom—are you planning on children? Need space for an in-law to move in?
  • The master bedroom—is it big enough for your king bed, and does it include a master...

New Home? Prep the Bathroom First

On moving day, when you arrive at your new home, there’s an excellent chance that someone in your family is going to need to use the bathroom immediately. And when that happens, you’re not going to want to dig through dozens of boxes to find the essentials people need.

Bathrooms are one of the busiest rooms in any home, so it makes sense to start getting it ready right away. Especially because when moving day ends, you’re just going to want to wash up and rest. .

Here’s how to get your new bathroom ready right away.

Pack Smart
Pack towels, washcloths, a bathmat, soaps, shampoos, toothpaste and toothbrushes in a...

Get Your Kid's Room Ready for Buyers

Staging is a vital step to take when putting a home up for sale, but prepping the rooms of young children can be tricky.

That’s because kids have a knack for messing up rooms. And while you want to make your house appealing to potential buyers, you also want your child to be comfortable in their room.

This is a task that can be done in a way that will make everyone happy. Here are some ways to go about making your child’s room look its very best.

Declutter
Kids rooms offer a terrific opportunity to clear stuff out of your house. There’s an excellent chance that the closets are filled with clothes they’ve outgrown and toys they no longer play with....

How to Create a Functional Laundry Room

A laundry room is one of the most frequently used areas in a home. Whether you live alone or house a family of five, this space can easily get out of control and become cluttered and messy, making it harder to maneuver baskets, mixing clean and dirty clothes and impairing overall productivity. 

By following these steps, your laundry room can become a more functional space where you can clean, fold, organize and truly enjoy your clothes: 

Maximize Storage Space
Whether the room is large or small, adding a shelf, cabinet, drawers or an entire organization system is a great start to improving functionality. Use this space to safely store detergent and other cleaning chemicals, as well as dryer sheets, irons and other tools so you can keep...

Home Maintenance Tips for New Homeowners

A home is the biggest single purchase most people will make. Matt Blashaw, a licensed contractor and host of the DIY network show, “Money Hunters,” offers six tips for planning and performing routine maintenance that can save dollars as well as future headaches:

  • Save on tools – Unless it’s a tool you will use often, check local yard sales for good used tools at good prices. If it’s a tool you may use only once for a specific project, consider renting it.
  • Save leftovers – With most home-improvement projects, there are leftover screws, bolts, and other pieces of hardware left over. Storing them in plastic organizers (as opposed to dumping them in a drawer) can save you from having to buy a bag of a certain size screw when you need only one or two.
  • Save on paint –...