How to Determine Whether a Community is Right For You

How to Determine Whether a Community is Right For You Integrating into a healthy community that aligns with your lifestyle is a key aspect of moving. No matter how far from home you decide to relocate, it’s essential that you select an area with a community that adds value to your life. How can you determine what that community looks like, though? And is it really worth passing up otherwise-excellent opportunities to pursue the ideal community? The answer is a resounding yes. The

5 Ways Homeowners Can Prepare For Summer Storms

As a North Carolina homeowner, you know summer storms are a fact of life. Adhering to these easy home maintenance tips is an essential component of being proactive in preparing your home for summer storms. The other component is taking additional steps when a storm is in the forecast. Maintenance Tips for a Storm Ready Home Inspect Your Roof    At the beginning of summer and after a major storm, you need to inspect your roof. No ladder or climbing is

New Homeowner Checklist For Year One

Purchasing a home is a thrilling life event and a time when you will have, what feels like, a million things to do. From packing up to moving in, to getting your kids off to their first day of school, there is a lot to get in order. To help ensure you get settled into your new home,  here’s a checklist with tips to get you through your first year of being a homeowner!   1. Review Your Home Inspection Report Review the

7 Curb Appeal Projects You Can Do in a Weekend

Since first impressions really do matter, it’s important to make sure your home’s curb appeal is inviting to passersby. Improving your home’s exterior can also help create a refreshing environment for you to enjoy. Fortunately, there are plenty of simple, inexpensive improvements you can make that will have a significant positive impact on your home’s appearance. Clean Up Your Property One of the easiest ways to enhance curb appeal is by deep cleaning your home’s exterior. From cleaning up your

5 Important Reasons to Install Smoke Detectors in Your Home

Why You Need to Install and Maintain Smoke Detectors Smoke Detectors Protect Your Home from Fire Accidents The Consumer Product Safety Commission reports highlights the impact of residential fires. About two-thirds of  fire accidents are in homes where there were no fire alarms installed. The report affirms that “Properly installed and maintained smoke alarms are considered to be one of the best and least expensive means of providing an early warning of a potentially deadly fire and could reduce by almost half the risk of fatal

Tips to Help You Avoid Heating & Cooling System Breakdown

You depend on the heating and cooling system for your home. It keeps your home at a comfortable temperature through out the seasons, as well as, provides essential functions such as air filtration. When your HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning) unit stops functioning properly, it can be a costly undertaking.  The good news is with a little time and routine maintenance, you can help your HVAC system continue to work efficiently for years to come. Why Maintenance is Important for Your

Discover 5 Free Apps for Home Decor, Design and Renovation Ideas

Have you move into a new home and need guidance on how to decorate a room or wonder if the furniture will fit?  There are many apps available for Android and Apple devices to help you get creative with decorating, as well as, tackling a project you have been putting off.  Apps can serve as a great tool and resource for homeowners to visualize new furniture in a room or add a new color to your walls.  Here are five

Great News! Home Appreciation Continues in the Triangle of North Carolina

For those not familiar with the Triangle it borders three key cities, Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, and three universities. The universities included within the boundaries are Duke University in Durham, the University of Carolina at Chapel Hill, and North Carolina State University in Raleigh. The Research Triangle Park and Raleigh-Durham International Airport is also prominently located in the area. This tri-city area is luring new residents every day which is reflective of the strong job growth and a high quality

12 Winter Maintenance and Safety Tips for Your Home

You’ve heard of spring cleaning, winter is also another great opportunity to check off a few home maintenance task.  The next few weeks are a great time to accomplish the little chores that you’ve been putting off. Kickoff  2019 with a fresh, clean, and safe start by checking these tasks off your to-do list! 1. Clean Vent Covers Detach the grates from the vents and use the brush attachment of your vacuum to clean the grates thoroughly. Scrub them with warm water and soap. Use hose attachment

10 Quick and Easy Ways to Get Your Home Ready for the Holidays

The holidays are the perfect opportunity to declutter. Optimize space to share with your loved ones and show off your holiday style. Having family and friends over makes you feel like you have to clean the house from top to bottom and buy extra decorations and food, but concentrating your efforts on a few areas makes the whole process much easier. Here are ten quick and easy ways to get your home ready for the holidays and make it a memorable

7 Items to Check Off Your Fall Maintenance Task List

Don’t wait until winter to take care of your home maintenance needs. Fall is the perfect time to finish up major projects and conduct inspections to secure your home from drafts, pests, and scarily-high utility bills. Check these seven items off your fall home maintenance task list: 1. Check Gutters and Downspouts Prevent the build-up of leaves and other debris by checking and cleaning your gutters and downspouts. Pooling water may damage siding and the roof when gutters clog during rainstorms. 2. Seal Windows

Relocating? How to Take the Pain Out of Your Long-Distance Home Search

Relocating can be an experience filled with anxiety of the unknown, especially when you are heading off to live in a place that feels foreign to you. From trying to find a new home to figuring out the travel expenses associated with the move, relocating can be just as overwhelming as it is exciting. Whether you are moving to a new city to take on a new job, to be closer to family, or because you simply need a change