Category Archives: Home Ownership


Easy Outdoor Garden – Plants You Can’t Kill

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Don’t have a green thumb? Don’t despair!  You can still create a beautiful outdoor garden with plants that are hearty and resilient.  Whether you are planting for the first time or you have been gardening for years, the desired result is a healthy, bountiful, gorgeous bed of flowers and plants. For maximum results with minimal […]


How to Build Home Equity Faster

How to Build Home Equity Faster

Your home equity is how much of your home that you “own”.  For example, if you put down 20% on your home when you purchased it, that means you already have 20% of the home’s value of equity in the home.  As you pay the loan down over the years, your principal loan value decreases […]


7 Things You Need for a Functional Kitchen

7 Things You Need for a Functional Kitchen

Whether you enjoy cooking or not, it is easy to get overwhelmed with all the various tools, appliances and contraptions that collect on your kitchen counters and in your cabinets.  The truth is, you probably don’t need much of what you have collected over time.  Here is a list of seven kitchen essentials that every […]


Clutter Traps and How to Avoid Them

Clutter Traps and How to Avoid Them

Maintaining a clutter-free home is challenging and takes a lot of diligence.  It’s smart to take at least five minutes a day to pick up and keep things from accumulating throughout your house.  But even when you do that, you will still find that some areas in your house are clutter traps. Just by being […]



Safety First – Childproofing Your Home

Safety First - Childproofing Your Home

The statistics for household childhood injuries are staggering. Over 3.4 million children experience accidental injury in the home each year.  While there is no way to guarantee child safety at home, there are certainly many things you can do to help prevent accidents and injuries.  Top Causes of Unintentional Injury and Death in Homes and […]



Homeowners Associations – Pros and Cons

You’ve found your dream home!  The neighborhood is lovely, with well-kept lawns and freshly painted exteriors. There is a resort-like pool and a playground for the kids.  Awesome. Oh, and there is a Homeowners Association that will cost you $500 a month.  Didn’t see that coming, did you?  It’s important to be informed about the […]


Home Improvements That Will Increase Your Home Value

Home Improvements That Will Increase Your Home Value

It’s important to understand that some upgrades and features in a house matter more than others.  For example, adding fancy window treatments, door knobs and dimmer switches might impress potential buyers, but they are probably not going to get you more money.  If you want to coax people to write a bigger check, you’ll need […]