Green living Create a Bird-Friendly Oasis by Elyse Umlauf Birds are crucial pollinators and crop protectors, eating 400 to 500 tons of insects yearly. They also bring joy and color to backyards. To attract and protect them, create a bird-friendly yard. Here are three ideas. 1. Choose native plants to enhance birds’ nutrition—insects, berries, nectar, and seeds—and reduce your yard maintenance. 2. Minimize insecticides, rodenticides, […]
design How to Get a Colorful Garden Year-Round The dream flower garden is lush and colorful all the time. Unfortunately, it’s not a simple dream to achieve in reality. With so many plants all with different internal timers and environmental requirements, putting together a garden can be like a puzzle even for experienced gardeners. Luckily, there are ways you can plan and care […]
design 4 Amazing Outdoor Decoration Ideas There is an overwhelming amount of excellent options for outdoor decorations. Ideas for patio furniture, adding a fire pit or even a shaded gazebo are abundant, and it can be difficult to decide where to start. To help you get inspired, here are some of the best DIY outdoor decor ideas to enhance your yard […]
DYI How to Build a Brick Garden Path Creating a great garden path doesn’t have to be a long and difficult process. With the right tools and techniques, DIY enthusiasts of all skill levels can build a classic and functional brick pathway. Here we’ll go over the materials and process for your next garden path DIY project. Materials Cobblestones Edging stakes Granite pavers […]
Home Are You Ready to Buy? Are you ready to renew your home search this spring? As I am sure you are aware, the housing market remains tight. Still, as the weather warms, there are increasingly more homes coming on the market in northwestern Vermont. I’d love to help you get ready to find your place and make a winning offer. […]
Home HVAC Repair: When to Let the Experts Take Over Your HVAC system can break down or develop damage for various reasons. While some HVAC repairs are simple and can be done on your own, others should be left to the professionals. Knowing when to have professional HVAC repairs done is an important part of ensuring your HVAC system can heat or cool your home […]
DYI DYI Terrariums: A Beginner’s Guide Terrariums are perfect for plant lovers who want to make their plants look like a work of art. While there are plenty of terrarium containers and kits available to buy, it’s very easy to make one yourself using other items. We’ll go over the steps to create your very own DIY terrarium for displaying plants […]
Home 5 Smart Appliances You Should Try Image by Angelo Esslinger from Pixabay When we think of smart home appliances, it can be easy to think of virtual assistants like Alexa or Siri. But the truth is that smart home technology is integrated into nearly every appliance you can think of. Some of these gadgets are created primarily for convenience (e.g., starting […]
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Financing Budget Basics: Planning Your Home Renovation Photo by Skylar Kang from Pexels Your social feed is likely filled with plenty of inspiration for your next home improvement project. It’s easy to scroll past images of sparkling kitchens and sleek basements and decide that now is the best time to take on your next renovation project. The next step is figuring out […]
Home What Do You Know About Home Automation Hubs? Home automation can be a combination of different devices, or you can turn it into a central system that controls everything from your security to your lights. The question is, what’s the best way to keep all of your technology organized so it can all work together? Minimizing hiccups in your experience starts with having […]
design Building Beautiful Wall Art with Your Photos Image by PublicDomainPictures from Pixabay With so many pictures stored away on digital devices, we forget how enjoyable images of children, friends and memorable experiences in our living space can be. Selecting several of your more meaningful photos for a photo showcase adds character to your home and demonstrates that you value family, connection and […]
Financing Your Quick Guide to Home Appraisals In the middle of buying a home? If so, you’ve probably already realized that there are many steps you’ll need to complete before you will officially take ownership. From scheduling inspections to going through the closing process, there are many items that need to be checked off your list. And one thing you won’t want to overlook […]
DYI Looking for a Sweat Equity Investment? If you’re thinking about buying a fixer-upper or are interested in flipping homes, it’s important to understand sweat equity. This concept has to do with the time and effort you put into improving a property. Because it’s not based on dollar amounts, it’s difficult to calculate. However, there are major pros and cons to investing […]
Gardening Indoor Trees and Tall Plants to Introduce to Your Home If you want to highlight high ceilings or just want to add some extra drama to a room, tall plants are an excellent option. Tall plants can make a bold design statement and provide other benefits like air purification and stress relief. Here are some of the best indoor trees and tall plants to consider […]
Home Winter Cooking As soon as the weather cools down in the fall, I usually start the seasonal occupation of cooking hearty and warming foods. But this season, despite having a newly renovated kitchen to work in, I’ve felt uninspired. Perhaps it was just being busy with work, then the holidays, or maybe just that it hasn’t felt […]
Uncategorized Holiday Traditions As 2023 comes to a close, I am grateful for sharing more “normal” time with family and friends. These last few weeks have been so much about the gatherings and celebrations the holidays entail, and for me, it is truly the most wonderful time of the year. Thanksgiving was a small family dinner, but we […]
Home Building Day One in Your New Home Moving is a strenuous process, and it’s common to feel exhausted after it’s over. For some, the first few days in your new home can feel even more overwhelming than the weeks before the move. Luckily, there are some simple things you can do to stay organized and maintain your moving momentum to feel comfortable […]
Market stats April 2023 Market Update for Northwestern Vermont U.S. existing-home sales declined 2.4 percent month-over-month as of last measure, according to the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR), reversing February’s sales gain of 14.5%. Fluctuations in mortgage interest rates have caused buyers to pull back, with pending sales dropping 5.2% month-over-month. Meanwhile, the median existing-home sales price declined for the second month in a […]
design Why hire a home stager? Photo by Curtis Adams from Pexels While there are many parts of staging you can do yourself, there are some important benefits to hiring a professional. A professional home stager can help you prepare your home for the market and can use their expertise to sell your home quicker and for a higher price. Here […]
Home Building 5 Tips for Avoiding New Home Construction Mistakes Photo by Pixabay from Pexels New construction mistakes can be difficult for homeowners to avoid. After all, just what exactly do you know about fiberglass batts or blower tests? These are common industry terms, but not exactly everyday topics of conversation. Without overwhelming you with jargon or asking you to study up, we’ll look at […]