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Vintage vs. Outdated: 5 Home Features to Keep and 5 to Replace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, […]

10 Simple Home Improvements that Add Value to Your Home (and 4 that Don’t)

Homes in Western North Carolina are appreciating at historically normal rates, but not every home is “normal.” And for home sellers, it always pays to be better than normal. If you’re planning to put your home on the market this season—or you’re just planning ahead—there’s one sure-fire way to ensure your home is above average. […]

How Much Will You Spend on Home Updates before You Pay off Your Mortgage?

You’ve finally found your dream home! You bought it, moved in, and have reviewed all your finances to make sure you can cover the mortgage payments every month. Now, you’re on track to own your home outright in just 30 short years. Hurrah! Like you, we wish owning a home was that simple. Unfortunately, though, […]

3 Spots Where Outdoor Lighting Will Improve Your Home and Your Life

One of the best things about living in Western North Carolina is how close we are to nature, any time of the day. Many local homes offer stunning views of the Blue Ridge Mountains by day and incredible starscapes by night. However, with no streetlights in sight, it can sometimes be difficult to navigate our […]

14 Bright Options for Local Solar Companies

Have you been hearing more about solar energy recently? It’s not your imagination. The Solarize Asheville-Buncombe program is offering locals great group rates for solar energy, battery storage, and other clean energy technologies. In addition, there’s currently a 26% federal tax credit available for homeowners installing solar PV systems. Whether you’re a homeowner, local nonprofit, […]