Vintage vs. Outdated: 5 Home Features to Keep and 5 to Replace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

7 Outdoor Features that Increase Your Home’s Value (and 3 that Don’t)

You’ve decided to drop an entire year’s salary on a complete backyard remodel. You’re putting in mature trees, a koi pond, an apple orchard, a sweet outdoor kitchen, and a covered patio overlooking a brand new infinity pool. The plans are ready, and you’re stoked! After all, the sum total of these features can only […]

19 Local Hardware Stores that Make Your Spring Improvements Easy to Manage

After a full year stuck at home, have you picked out every perceived flaw in your house and on your property? It’s time to turn your “spring cleaning” into “spring improvements”! Western North Carolina communities are loved for their inspiring landscapes, dedicated nonprofits, and strong small businesses. This spring, you may want to refresh your […]