Home Owners

Sept. 27, 2019

Try These Tips to Cozy Up Your Home for Fall

As the season changes and the days grow shorter, family and friends alike will look forward to gathering in the dining room for hot meals and curling up in the living room to watch football. A few simple décor changes will go a long way toward creating a cozy home ...

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Sept. 16, 2019

Which Home Updates Are Worth It?

Never forget the first rule of upgrades, according to Remodeling magazine's Cost vs. Value Report for 2019: "Think like a real-estate broker." That includes focusing heavily on curb appeal and first impressions.

Worth It: A New Garage Door

It ranked first on the magazine’s list of projects, with a ...

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Posted in DIY, Home Owners, Money Tips
Aug. 6, 2019

Deter Insects with Essential Oils

Pesticides are highly toxic and detrimental to humans and pets alike. The next time you see a pest in your home, reach for essential oils instead of the can of insect spray. These recipes for homemade insecticides contain absolutely no dangerous chemicals, are highly effective, and as an added bonus ...

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Aug. 5, 2019

Brighten Up Your Summer Evenings with Outdoor Lighting

Adding lighting to your yard, patio, or garden is a great way to increase both atmosphere and practical illumination. Here are three ideas for doing it with the best effect:

String Lights:

Quick and easy to install, string lights bring an extra sense of magic and romance to a warm ...

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July 22, 2019

2019 Outdoor Living and Design Trends

Blurring of Indoor and Outdoor Areas

Beyond windows and patio doors, home designs are truly blending indoor and outdoor areas thanks to features such as folding walls and collapsible screens. For example, imagine a family room that opens up completely to an outdoor patio for easy entertaining, made possible by ...

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Posted in DIY, Home Decor, Home Owners
July 12, 2019

July 2019 Real Estate Review

The seasonality in the Maricopa County real estate market couldn’t be more obvious, or consistent. Lots of sales in April, May and June; not as many in December, January and February.

The highs have risen slightly higher each year, but the lows have gotten lower as well. Overall volume per ...

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July 12, 2019

Housing Inventory Increases as House Prices Moderate

After years of an inventory shortage in the housing market, conditions are finally improving. This all adds up to buyers having more choices when looking for homes. Yet sellers will also have to adapt to the new market conditions, as an increase in inventory often leads to a slowdown in ...

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July 8, 2019

Save on Summer Cooling Costs

Turn Up the Thermostat. The U.S. Department of Energy recommends setting your thermostat to 78 degrees when you are home and even higher when you’re away. If this sounds too balmy for you, try setting it one or two degrees higher than normal and work up from there. You ...

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July 3, 2019

Prepare Your House Before You Go on Vacation

If you’re going on vacation for a week or more, you’re probably doing tons of planning. However, it’s also necessary to spend some time preparing your house for your absence. Otherwise, you might encounter some nasty surprises upon returning home. Those surprises could be really serious, such as burglary or ...

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May 30, 2019

Ideas to Enhance Your Yard’s Natural Benefits

Your healthy yard is more than what meets the eyes. Healthy lawn and landscape filter the air of pollutants and prevent unwanted runoff. Simply looking at trees and plants can reduce stress. Inspired? Here are some tips to make your yard look even better.

• Mow Properly:

Raising the deck ...

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Posted in DIY, Home Decor, Home Owners