Buying 6 WAYS BUYERS CAN STAND OUT IN A SELLER’S MARKET You’ve heard all the buzz: It’s a seller’s market.  Inventory moves fast.  Sellers are getting multiple offers. Wondering if you can still buy your dream home?  You can! With a little preparation, you can make the best offer possible. Hire a Great Real Estate Agent It’s no surprise that our top tip is to find […]
Homeowner What Not To Pour Down Your Drain Am I the only one who finds the drain in the sink satisfying? You do a mountain of dishes. You’re scrubbing, applying water, getting the dishes clean. Then, thanks to our hero drain, all the gross stuff, soap and water magically disappears into the drain. However, all things have their limits, and your drain is […]
Homeowner How to keep your kids toys from taking over I have threatened throwing all of my kids’ toys away, threatened to donate them and threatened that Santa was not bringing any new toys. Toys have taken over my house and especially as having them home all day, it seems it is much worse. If you are in this same boat, perhaps you will find […]
Buying THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF CARPET Carpet. What separates us from the animals. There’s an aura of civilized living to a carpeted room. A warmth. Though wood-flooring maybe have become a more popular flooring option, you still probably prefer carpet in certain rooms like a bedroom or personal office. It’s just cozier. But not all carpets are the same. Going from […]
Homeowner CAULKING LIKE A PRO Caulk often cracks during the first year of a house’s life, due to the house drying out and settling. Unsightly cracks in the caulk aren’t just ugly, they can lead to leakage too. Once a house has settled, caulk cracks should appear much less often and with much less severity… but we live in the […]
Homeowner BEST WAYS TO KEEP YOUR CARPET SPOTLESS The room falls quiet.  Emotions run high.  SOMEONE has spilled something onto the carpet.  Your carpet.  Panic ensues.  Guilt.  Blame.  Frustration.  After the drama clears the room, you, the homeowner/carpet owner, needs to do what you can to remove that stain from your beloved carpet. Thanks to this article from Popular Mechanics, I can provide […]
Homeowner HOW TO KEEP A HEALTHY LAWN DURING THE HOT, DRY SUMMER Man, it’s hot outside.  The type of heat where it feels like you have a thick blanket thrown on you the second you step into the sun.  The type of heat that immediately sends you into a sweat to cool off.  So let’s try to imagine what our lawns are going through.  I’m not a […]
Buying YOUR FINAL WALK-THROUGH CHECKLIST After over a year and half of looking, we found it! We found the home that we love, made an offer and the offer was accepted. Next came the inspections and appraisal…check and check. Our final to-do before closing is the final walk through. I understand that the goal of the walk through is to […]
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Homeowner Simple Garage Storage Solutions It’s easy for a garage to get cluttered, everything that doesn’t store well ends up in your garage with all your large bulky tools. This gets to be a problem when you can’t even use your garage to do all your fun summer projects. There is hope for you yet though, with some planning, and […]
Homeowner 14 ITEMS THAT WILL MAKE MOVING DAY GO SMOOTHLY My husband and I just bought a new home and sold our current. We are moving! Now that the excitement has worn off, it is time to get packing. As I think through packing and how I will get five years into a truck, I am also thinking through what moving day will look like. […]
Homeowner 5 Quick Organizational Projects   We’ve been home for a little over a month now and while we would have loved to take on organizing every crevice inside of our homes, things have been busy! So what’s a person to do?  We prioritized a few areas in our home and it has made such a big difference! So, if […]
Homeowner How to get rid of ants (and keep them away)!   We have an ant problem. They’re surrounding Sparky’s food. They keep crawling in it and he won’t eat. They’re very small and hard to see. And’ it’s been frustrating cleaning them up, time and time again. And regular ant traps have peanut butter in them. A peanut butter ant trap next to a dog’s […]
Uncategorized Here’s What the Color of Your Bedroom Reveals About Your Personality The bed.  And the room the bed is in.  Is there anything more important in any given person’s life than their bed?  The one thing we’re all pretty much guaranteed to use every 24 hours?  Sleep is essential, but it’s also desirable.  There’s nothing better than laying down in your bed after a productive, busy […]
Buying How to buy and sell a home at the same time   We all believe buying a home for the first time is the hardest thing until we have to buy and sell at the same time! If you’re looking to graduate from first-timer to repeat buyer, you know things are about to get much trickier. Unless you’re a bona fide house collector, you’ll have to sell your home […]
Homeowner YOUR HOME AND SNOW ARE NOT FRIENDS It’s always exciting to see the first snowfall of the season, we’re approaching that time rapidly. That means it’s time for snow days, sledding, and LOTS of hot chocolate. Did you know that snow doesn’t always have a good impact on things? It can damage roads, create power-outages, and be harmful to your home. Here […]
Carmel Meet Me On Main Shop, dine, make & take a Snow Globe Holiday Craft; enjoy music at AAA Insurance Holiday PorchFest; ride the Holiday Trolley Carmel, IN – The holiday season is here and there is no better place to be this Saturday than Meet Me on Main with special activities throughout the Carmel Arts & Design District! Enjoy […]
Homeowner WHY IT’S IMPORTANT TO RAKE YOUR LEAVES I’m just going to go right into it- MUST WE PICK UP OUR DEAD LEAVES?  Who is the authority on this?  Mother nature?  Jeff and Becky from across the street?  Tradition?  On surface level, it seems like an unnecessary chore of yesteryear- like ironing bedsheets (yep- that’s totally a thing).  So, let’s dig in and […]
Buying 5 REASONS TO TALK TO A LENDER RIGHT NOW – LONG BEFORE YOU BUY A HOME Most potential home buyers wait to talk to a mortgage lender until they’re ready to buy. Makes sense, right? Why bother digging up your financial statements and filling out a bunch of paperwork if you’re not going to buy right away? If buying a home is one of your long-term goals, you may be doing yourself a […]
Homeowner 12 Tasks to Tackle this Fall Fall is finally here!  Now’s the time to finish up any pre-winter maintenance and get your home and yard ready for those cold months ahead. Follow these 12 tasks to get your home clean, warm and cozy! Fix cracks in concrete and asphalt Clean out the gutters Turn off outdoor plumbing Start composting All those […]
Homeowner 5 QUICK TIPS FOR DAZZLING CURB APPEAL Take a good look at your home’s exterior. Does it give the first impression you want to make? What could you do better to improve the look — and maybe value — of your property? Whether you’re planning to sell your home or you just want to make it more inviting, one of the best […]