Heating a home can get expensive when temperatures drop. It’s helpful to have window treatments that retain heat. If you’re looking for ways to lower your energy bills, consider the window treatments below.

Energy Efficient Blinds

When it comes to energy efficiency, blinds are most known for keeping the heat out. However, there are also blinds that help to keep your home warm in the winter. These are blinds that improve the R-value of your windows, which will dictate whether or not heat is able to escape through the windows. You can actually choose blinds that serve the purpose of both keeping heat out in the summer and keeping it in during the winter. 

Multi-Purpose Shades

There are multi-purpose shades that are effective at keeping the heat…

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Maintaining excellent curb appeal year-round can be a difficult task. That's why it's crucial that you learn a few tips you can use to turn dreary landscaping into a masterpiece. Today, we're going to look at seven excellent ideas that you can use to maintain an excellent looking yard throughout the entire year. 

Lay Winter Plants

Throughout the winter months, it can be a struggle to find plants appropriate for the change in weather. However, there are a wide variety of plants that thrive in winter conditions. A few exquisite plants that you may look to consider include:

  • Holly

  • Winterberries

  • Winter Honeysuckle

  • Primrose

  • Blue Spruce

Each of these plants and flowers are excellent options for your…

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Whether you are putting your home on the market, or just want to impress your neighbors, adding stylish, exterior lighting will create a dramatic effect and even enhance the overall value of your home. Exterior lighting can make the difference between a top-dollar offer on your real estate and a not so great offer. It can also make your property a less than desirable target for burglars.

If you are considering adding exterior lighting, but not sure whether it’s worth the cost, just consider the following. 

You will enhance your home’s architectural exterior

You can draw attention to your home’s exterior assets by lighting them up. If you have a beautiful walkway and great landscaping, show them off with low landscape lighting on plants and…

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If you suffer from the wintertime blues due to the colder temperatures along with the decline in the natural light from the sun, then you will need to create a home that makes you feel less depressed. Seasonal affective disorder begins during the autumn, and it can last until spring, but there are ways to make your home a healthier place during the winter. 

Paint the Walls of Each Room with an Attractive Color

Rather than having dark or gloomy wall colors in your home, use lighter or brighter paint colors that include glossy white, sky blue or sunny yellow. You can also use wallpaper that has a cheery design that alleviates a bad mood. Concentrate on improving the wall color of the rooms that you use the most, including the bedroom, kitchen or…

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Home staging has become a major tool for selling a home quickly and for the highest price. Investopedia defines home staging as visual merchandising that utilizes interior design principles to create a flattering impression. 

Pros of Hiring a Stager

Real estate agents often recommend that sellers hire a stager before listing their home for sale. Below are the top reasons cited for professionally staging a home. 

1. Staging makes a home look more spacious.

One of the main purposes of staging is to remove clutter and excess furniture from your home. It should be easy for buyers to walk through any room without bumping into furniture crowded into a room. A home filled with knickknacks and too much furniture feels cluttered and is less…

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It seems as though pests are eager to stay warm during the winter months by taking shelter inside of homes like yours. Whether there are rodents hiding in the attic, under your house or around the firewood, you’ll want to take the necessary precautions to prevent this problem. Check out the tips below

Properly Store Food

Improperly storing food is a recipe for disaster when it comes to pest-proofing your house in the winter. Since there is an elevated chance of some pests taking refuge in your home during the winter, you’ll want to be extra vigilant about how you store food. While you might think it’s fine to store food on the countertop for a few hours, this can become problematic during the winter months. It’s best to wrap up any food that’s not…

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As a homeowner, you will want to save money on many of your home maintenance chores, and this is easy when you learn some of the best do-it-yourself techniques. Here is a simple home do-it-yourself home maintenance list. 

Adding Weather Stripping to Your Home

You can avoid a high utility bill in the summer and the winter by adding weather stripping to your home. Most of this type of material is easy to install with the adhesive backing and a simple tool for cutting it into the proper size. This foam substance can prevent the cold or hot drafts in your home that occur around the doors or the windows. 

Cleaning and Securing Window Screens

If your home's window screens are dirty, then it is easy to remove the items for proper cleaning. You will…

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When a child leaves your home, it can feel like there's an empty space in your heart. More realistically, though, there will now be a literal empty space where the child once lived. If you're looking to combat empty nest syndrome head-on by doing something productive, you may want to consider turning your child's old room into a more functional space. 

Choosing the Right Project

As you attempt to fight off the encroaching sadness that comes with Empty Nest Syndrome, picking the right project will become a necessity. Your goal should be not just to find a way to occupy your time, but to make a change to your home that you've always wanted to make. While having a child move out can certainly be tough, you now have the ability to transform a space into…

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A property is considered "hot" when it’s believed that the home will be sold within just a couple of weeks of being listed. There is criteria that will dictate whether or not a home is a hot property. Some of the considerations include the type of property you have, the listing price and where it’s located. Check out some of the other characteristics that can help you determine if your home is a hot property.

Attractive Photos

Having attractive photos of your property is imperative. They must be professional looking and of high quality to stand out. This is critical, especially when it comes to the primary or featured image that will be seen first. The featured image will often determine the number of people that view the listing. A quality photo…

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