6 Ways to Keep from Being Scammed on Home Repairs

Your home represents one of the largest financial investments you may make in your lifetime. Of course, you want to take care of that investment. But when repairs need to be made, it’s also important to know you’re getting a good service for your money. Home repair and home improvement scammers are most likely to […]

5 Helpful Renovation Tips that Add Big Value to Your New Home

So, you’ve decided to buy that cute little fixer-upper at the back of the neighborhood. You’ve weighed the pros and cons of your decision, and you’re game to tackle several moderate (and a couple major) renovations. Congratulations! This will be an adventure. We understand you’re excited about making the home yours, inside and out. It’s […]

4 Important Things Every New Homeowner Should Know about Plumbing

Is your toilet running? Quick, hurry up and catch it! Bad dad jokes aside, a running toilet or a drippy faucet can be more than groan inducing. Even minor plumbing issues can inflate your water bill and potentially damage your cabinetry and belongings.  Whether you bought a fixer-upper or a shiny new-construction home, eventually, you’ll […]

8 Beginner Dos and Don’ts for DIY Composting at Home

The only thing more rewarding than growing your home improvement skills as a homeowner is literally growing something in your garden. After all, is there anything as awe inspiring as watching a seedling grow to maturity thanks to your own carefully cultivated green thumb?  One skill that straddles the line between homeowner tasks and gardening […]

3 Important Things to Understand about Accessibility When Renovating Your Home

On July 26, 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed into law the Americans with Disabilities Act. Its purpose was “to set minimum requirements … for newly designed and constructed or altered state and local government facilities, public accommodations, and commercial facilities to be readily accessible to and usable by individuals with disabilities.” When renovating your […]

3 Important Ways to Protect Your Investment Property from Wildfires in the WUI Zone

Maintaining multiple investment properties requires planning and preparation. You likely have systems in place for getting yards mowed and toilets fixed. But, as sa property manager, how prepared are you for natural disasters? If you own one or more investment properties, it is unlikely that you will be present in the event that a wildfire […]

5 Signs Your Home Has a Bad Foundation (and 5 That Probably Don’t Matter)

Your home is the foundation upon which you build the life you want. So, what do you do if you’re sitting on a bad foundation?  This question is more than metaphorical. A home’s foundation is very literally what holds it up and what holds it together. And like metaphorical foundations, sometimes by the time you […]

3 Important Reasons to Get a Home Warranty When You Buy a Home

Homeowners insurance. Manufacturers warranties. Builders warranties. And now home warranties? How much coverage does one home need? Actually, each of the options above covers different elements of a home. And while it’s smart to be careful not to pay for duplicate coverages, home warranties can be a smart option for first-time home buyers or buyers […]

Vintage vs. Outdated: 5 Home Features to Keep and 5 to Replace

When it was brand new, your home was the bright and shiny epitome of contemporary design and state-of-the-art features! But now, 20, 40, or even 100 years after it was built, it could use a little help. We know it’s tempting to take a sledgehammer to the walls and rip the whole structure to pieces, […]