Features That Make a Home Cozy

There’s something wonderful about winter, even if you live in a warm climate. Like bears in hibernation, we tend to slow down, stay home and relax more often in cooler weather. If you’re shopping for a home or recently purchased a home, these are the best features your new home can offer to help you […]

Decorating with Red

Red is the go-to color for drama, but it’s also a preferred color for hospitality. You can literally “roll out the red carpet” to make visitors feel welcome to your home. From joy (paint the town red) to love (my love is like a red, red rose) to bravery (red badge of courage), red suggests […]

Winterize Your Home

Winterizing your home is one of the best ways to get comfortable and save energy costs. It’s not too late to get a few projects done before the holidays, so here’s a short weekend list of to-dos to help you. Check the furnace. Typically, a heating system has a heat/cooling source, distribution system, and thermostat, […]

Does Your Home Have An Odor?

This time of year is scary enough, with monsters and ghouls coming your way for tricks and treats. The last thing you need is for your home to be haunted by odors. Here are four things to keep in mind to ensure your house smells fresh and clean: Stuffiness. Energy-efficient homes lock in odors. Open […]

Your Rights As a Borrower

When you shop for a mortgage loan, you have certain rights that are guaranteed by the federal government’s Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Knowing your rights will help you get the best loan possible. You have the right to: Receive equal treatment by the lender, so that a credit decision isn’t based on your race, color, […]

Quick Ways to Build Equity

Equity is the percentage of market value that you own in your home. Your lender owns the rest, so your goal should be to pay the lender’s share (the principal) down and build your share (equity) up. You don’t need to go to extreme lengths to pay down your mortgage. Just follow these few easy […]

Home Insurance & Replacement Costs

How do you know if you have your home insured for the right amount? Your lender may require insurance to cover the loan amount, but what you owe and actual replacement costs can be vastly different. According to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC), replacement costs are the amount it would take to replace […]

Remodeling trend on the rise

According to the Federal Reserve, the primary residence accounts for about one-quarter of all assets held by households, ahead of other financial assets, business interests and retirement accounts. It’s important to protect the value of your home by keeping it repaired and updated. Not only does an update make a home more attractive, it should improve […]

Decorate Your Kitchen with White Hues

Kitchens decorated with mostly white hues never seem to go out of style but there’s a fine line between white that’s serene and beautiful and white that’s stark and clinical. If you love the color white, here are some tips to make your kitchen modern and sophisticated: Include a little grey. Choosing a light grey […]

Rainy Day Projects For Your Home

April showers bring May flowers, but they also give you time to check a few things off your to do list on a rainy weekend. Here are a few projects you can get done: Spring clean. Dust all the blinds, wipe down the quarter-round molding, and clean under the beds and furniture you haven’t moved […]

Should You Sell or Remodel Your Home?

Anything that gets as much use as your home shows wear and tear after a few years. Colors and decorative styles look tired and outdated, or you may need more room due to an addition in the family. So do you sell or remodel and stay? Your Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices network professional can show you […]

Remove Pet Stains from Hardwood Floors

A hardwood floor’s finish is designed to protect it from unwanted moisture, but pet stains are trickier to clean. Even if pets have never wet the floor, they may think they have to mark over pet stains from previous households. Pets will also return to their own previously “marked” areas. If you get there in […]

Preparing a Wood-Burning Fireplace

Few winter delights beat the crackling sound and soothing aromas of a wood-burning fire. As you prepare for the upcoming holidays, make sure your fireplace and your fire-building skills are ready in time for cozy gatherings. Have a chimney sweep company check your chimney for birds’ nests and other debris that could block smoke from […]

Need to Know: Dog Etiquette in Home Sales

This post is by guest author Pam Summers, dogetiquette.info. The decision to sell your home probably didn’t come lightly, and you’d likely prefer to sell as quickly as possible to not only minimize the stress, but the nostalgia too. However, selling a home where a furry, four-legged resident resides comes with it’s own set of […]

Six Easy Low-Cost Energy Savers

According to Energystar.gov, the average American household spends more than $2,200 a year on energy bills, with nearly half of that amount spent on heating and cooling. Here are six easy, low-cost ideas to cut those bills down. Change your air filters. It’s a chore that’s easily forgotten, so put it on your calendar every […]