Home Improvement and Renovation Tips and Tricks

What Is an FHA Remodel Loan? And What's Involved if I Want to Renovate?

What Is an FHA Remodel Loan? And What’s Involved if I Want to Renovate?

By Tara Mastroeni / December 5, 2020
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Sometimes, the perfect home isn’t brand new — it’s a fixer-upper. If you’ve found your new home but it needs some work, look no further than the FHA 203k renovation loan. Also known as the FHA remodel loan, this mortgage…

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6 Easy Ways for Homeowners to Save Money on Their Energy Bills This Winter

6 Easy Ways for Homeowners to Save Money on Their Energy Bills This Winter

By Tara Mastroeni / December 3, 2020
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Winter is right around the corner. For many homeowners, that often means enduring a season of surprisingly-high energy bills. However, there are steps that you can take to keep your energy bills as low as possible. With that in mind,…

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Home Lighting Trends and How to Improve the Lighting in Your House

Home Lighting Trends and How to Improve the Lighting in Your House

By Tara Mastroeni / November 13, 2020
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Often, people have a tendency to view lighting as an afterthought — something functional, rather than something that can be styled like the rest of a home’s interior. However, the truth is, that lighting is an important aspect of interior…

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Hosting Your First Thanksgiving? 9 Tips and Tricks You Need to Know

Hosting Your First Thanksgiving? 9 Tips and Tricks You Need to Know

By Aly Yale / November 12, 2020
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Hosting Thanksgiving dinner is a big deal — especially in 2020. With a year like this one, everyone needs a little good cheer in their lives, not to mention some good food to go with it. And while the CDC…

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Coronavirus Renovation Diaries: We're Experiencing Pandemic-Related Delays

Coronavirus Renovation Diaries: We’re Experiencing Pandemic-Related Delays

By Tara Mastroeni / November 4, 2020
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Welcome back to the Coronavirus Renovation Diaries. You may have noticed that it’s been a while since my last update where I convinced my building to let me start my renovation despite the virus-related lockdown. However, it probably won’t surprise…

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Frustrated with Your House During the Pandemic? Here Are Your Options

By Aly Yale / October 31, 2020
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Let’s face it: Home hits a little different than it did a few months ago.  Before the pandemic, our houses were our havens. We’d arrive home from work each day, ready to sink into that couch, kick our feet back,…

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6 Fall Curb Appeal Ideas to Help You Sell Your House This Season

By Tara Mastroeni / September 28, 2020
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If you’re getting ready to sell your house, it’s important to think about its curb appeal. You should also consider the season you’re selling in — in this case, the fall — because it will impact some of the choices…

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5 Fall Lawn Care Tips To Keep Your Lawn Looking Its Best

By Tara Mastroeni / September 23, 2020
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Most homeowners are aware that they need to care for their lawn in the spring, but few realize that the secret to a lush and beautiful lawn is year-round maintenance. With that in mind, we’ve brought you five fall lawn…

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4 Reasons Why You May Want to Hire an Interior Designer

4 Reasons Why You May Want to Hire an Interior Designer

By Tara Mastroeni / September 17, 2020
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Whether you’re redesigning your whole house or just freshening up a room or two, there are many reasons why you may want to hire an interior designer to help with the job. We’ve laid a few of the most convincing…

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How to Store Produce So It Stays Fresh Longer

By Aly Yale / August 13, 2020
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Let’s face it: you don’t always use produce right away. Sometimes, those meals you had planned get pushed back (pizza after a hard day’s work is sometimes necessary!), and sometimes, you just overbuy due to a sale or to avoid…

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