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By Ryan Fitzgerald Buying a home is a large investment. An investment you’re going to want to protect. As a part of protecting your investment, there are inspection contingencies (also known as due diligence contingencies), which offer buyers the opportunity to inspect the home before moving forward with the purchase.  A home inspection is one of the most important...

Spring has sprung, which means it’s the perfect time to get the outside of your home in top shape before the summer months. A little sprucing up can go a long way. In fact, a property’s outdoor appeal can help determine peoples’ home buying decisions. While it’s not always necessary to keep a perfectly manicured lawn and flawlessly trimmed trees and bushes,...

Every now and then, we call on our neighbors for favors. That’s what they’re there for, right? These one-off requests rarely take a turn for The ‘Burbs—and we always pardon the elderly neighbor-turned-pet sitter for peeking through our mail. (I’m looking at you, Mrs. Schmidt.) Turns out, a lot of us don’t trust our neighbors 

By Megan Wild Quality wood furniture can last a lifetime and is often a treasured heirloom, passed down through multiple generations. Still, even the highest quality wood is susceptible to scratches and abrasions if not properly cared for. When purchasing furniture, it’s always a good idea to ask for specific cleaning and care instructions. For furnishings already...

With more than 1 billion people participating in Earth Day activities each year, it’s hard to fathom what we all did on April 22 prior to 1970—the year Senator Gaylord Nelson put into motion a movement that continues to motivate people into action when it comes to caring for—and protecting—our environment. Whether you’re a preservationist, conservationist...

By Kara Masterson Investing in real estate is one of the most financially sound things you can do, but buying a new home might feel intimidating when it is your first time. It is understandable that you’d want to make the best decision possible. Here are six things to look for that can help with your decision. Efficient HVAC System Heating and cooling count for...

After making the decision to use vertical window blinds in their homes, many people are surprised to learn that the decisions don’t end there. There are plenty of different options to choose from and choosing the right ones for your home is imperative. Fortunately, asking yourself a few simple questions can help you determine what blinds will best meet your needs...

With summer quickly approaching, homeowners and renters alike are doing everything they can to prepare their lawns for family-friendly soccer games, neighborhood cookouts, evenings gathered around the fire pit roasting marshmallows and nights spent sleeping under the stars. While a lush, healthy lawn will certainly go a long way toward making your neighbors jealous,...

By Jonathan Deesing Buying your first home is exciting, but the price tag can cause major trepidation for even the most prepared homebuyer. Investing in a multi-unit property with a mother-in-law apartment or other rental unit can bring in additional income to help cover your mortgage and alleviate that financial anxiety. Take the time to explore the benefits of investing...

By Terri Engels The smart home revolution has led to some mind-boggling advances to our daily routine. From brewing a world-class cup of coffee from your smart phone to streaming your favorite Spotify playlist through a lightbulb in the kitchen, it seems there’s no end to the daily life hacks now available to us. However, it’s not just humans that are benefiting...