Selling Your Home This Winter? Get A Fair Price With These 11 Tips

Selling Your Home This Winter? Get A Fair Price With These 11 Tips
Selling a home is a complex process to navigate in and of itself. The matter becomes even trickier when you add cold weather into the mix. Homeowners looking to increase their chances of selling their house for a fair price this winter need to be aware of a few specific tips and tricks to keep in mind when selling during these cold months. So which methods of getting a fair price during the winter season are more effective than others? Below, 11 members o

What to do in your Northern California garden in January

What to do in your Northern California garden in January
Plant Winter and spring months are good times to shop for blooming azaleas and camellias in Sunset climate zones 7-9, 14-17. Don’t let the flower color alone determine your choices, though; before purchasing a plant, make sure it’s healthy and its leaves are lush and green. Avoid plants that have pale leaves, overly leggy growth, or roots protruding through drain holes. The following small- to moderate-size maple trees are perfect for home gardens in

8 Design Trends [Buyers] Will Crave in 2019

8 Design Trends [Buyers] Will Crave in 2019
From architecture that can withstand Mother Nature’s wrath to warm neutrals replacing gray-washed rooms, stay in the know about the biggest interior design predictions for the coming year. Shifting economies, demographics, and land shortages are issues altering how we live and what buyers are looking for in a home. Going smaller has become bigger—a trend Not So Big House author and architect Sarah Susanka first advocated more than 20 years ago. A desir

Tips for Holiday Visiting

Tips for Holiday Visiting
The holidays are coming soon, so 'tis the season to be jolly. That said, it's also important to have good manners during all the fun and fellowship. Even your closest family members and friends should be treated with respect when you're visiting them in their homes. During the holidays, most people will play the role of guest at one point or another. When you are invited to spend some time visiting a friend or relative, you want them t...

6 Things New Homeowners Waste Money On

6 Things New Homeowners Waste Money On
You've just moved into your first home. For the first time in your life, it's all yours – no more landlord, no more renting, no more leases. It's an exciting time, but it's also a time filled with a lot of sneaky expenses new homeowners often aren't prepared for. Add those new expenses to the expensive monthly cost of a mortgage, insurance, property taxes, homeowners association fees, and so on, and it's not hard to see a budget pushed to the ...

4 Things to Know When Buying Homeowners Insurance

4 Things to Know When Buying Homeowners Insurance
Buying a home can be so overwhelming that it’s easy for first-time buyers, especially, to give minimal thought to the homeowners insurance process. Yet, if something happens to your home, homeowners insurance can make or break you. Before you just sign on the dotted line, here are four tips to guide you: 1. Contact at least three companies to compare coverage. Your mortgage lender can, and probably will, require you to have homeowners insuranc...

5 Surprisingly Smart Reasons to Buy a Home During the Holidays

5 Surprisingly Smart Reasons to Buy a Home During the Holidays
Turkeys and tinsel, dreidels and pumpkin pie. Yes friends, the holidays are here again, and it's the perfect time for ... house hunting? OK, we know you're busy enough planning family feasts and much-needed vacations while dealing with blustery weather, but hear us out. While it might seem counter-intuitive to put a big-ticket item like a home on your holiday shopping list, it really does make sense. Don't believe us? Check out these surprisingly smart ...

Thanksgiving dinner etiquette: 20 tips to help guests mind their manners

Thanksgiving dinner etiquette: 20 tips to help guests mind their manners
Here’s some Thanksgiving advice from etiquette pros, including The Emily Post Institute, social strategist Deborah Ritch, president and founder of RitchImage, and the U.S. State Department. 1. RSVP. Let your host know right away if you can come or not. If you received a “family” invitation, let your host or hostess know how many of you can come. 2. Offer to contribute to the meal — but don’t dictate the menu. Your best bet is to make your offer open-ende

9 Tips for Achieving Maximum Coziness

9 Tips for Achieving Maximum Coziness
Gray skies don’t have to mean a drab indoor life. As fall continues and the days become shorter, it’s too tempting to just hibernate until spring. But there is, indeed, joy to be found in the quieter months of the year. Perhaps it’s a bit overdone to talk about the art of hygge, that untranslatable Danish word that references the feeling of being ultra-cozy and content. The thing is, the Danes know how to thrive in winter. You might already know the

10 Easy Ways to Add Holiday Curb Appeal

10 Easy Ways to Add Holiday Curb Appeal
Liven up the front door and share your holiday spirit with the whole neighborhood this year! Setting the Stage Whether you plan to wrap string lights around the house, hang illuminated icicles from the eaves, or install glowing blow-up figures in the front yard, it doesn't take much to whip up some amazing holiday curb appeal at your entryway. Here are ten how to's. Photo: The Comforts of Home Aromatically Festive Bring the bea