8 great energy-efficient upgrades that yield a good ROIMaking home improvements is a worthwhile investment if planned strategically. Not all embellishments, remodels, or builds will yield a good return on investment (ROI). Fortunately, homeowners seeking to integrate green and energy-efficient features into their houses will find these 8 upgrades bring a great ROI.

Energy-STAR Appliances

Traditionally, appliances were designed for convenience, not energy efficiency. Unfortunately, they were a huge draw on both electricity and water. Today, homeowners can enjoy convenience while simultaneously enjoying a greener lifestyle. Energy-efficient appliances yielding a strong ROI include clothes washers and dryers, dishwashers, refrigerators, and standalone freezers for those with space. Homeowners should…

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Are Hidden Risks in the Home Jeopardizing Family Safety? Learn More Here!It may come as a surprise to many homeowners that, even with the greatest precautions taken when constructing or remodeling a home, many hidden dangers can still hide. Here, we'll discuss some of the most common home risks and safety hazards.

Carbon Monoxide: The Silent Killer

Statistics estimate that every year, emergency rooms see an average of 50,000 Americans suffering accidental carbon monoxide poisoning. Because it's silent, colorless, and odorless, CO inhalation can—and does—go undetected by homeowners who aren't prepared.

The risk of CO poisoning increases in colder temperatures, as home heating runs longer, cars may be turned on before leaving a garage, and fireplaces start being used. When a CO source such as a gas stove or…

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Smart Tech Upgrades That Boost Your Home's Value and AppealMore of today's home buyers have grown up around technology, so smart homes are more desirable than ever. The inclusion of smart technology in the home is likely to attract more buyers and improve a home's marketability.

A large percentage of buyers are more amenable to buying a home with smart solutions already installed. Smart features are a convenience becoming more normalized in modern life. By installing the following desirable tech upgrades in your home, you can increase your return on investment and the home's appeal when it comes time to sell.

Smart Thermostats

Smart thermostats are in high demand. In fact, 63% of buyers want a smart thermostat when they move in. It's no surprise; a smart thermostat offers benefits such as:

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7 Simple Ways to Improve Your Curb Appeal

First impressions really count when you're looking to sell your house. You must make it as attractive as possible to any potential buyers that happen to pass by. To do so, you'll have to work on your home's curb appeal.

Improving curb appeal doesn't have to be a particularly pricey endeavor. In fact, there are plenty of simple maintenance jobs you can do that will make your property that much more safe, eye-catching, and up its value to boot.

If you're looking to sell your home, these seven simple tips to improve its curb appeal will help you do it far faster.

If It's Broken, Fix It

One of the biggest turn-offs for prospective buyers is a home that looks rundown. If they can see that there's a lot of work to do to the outside, it…

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Homeowner without a home warranty stressing about the cost of fixing an applianceHome warranties are an optional type of coverage to help offset major expenses that might occur in a house. Many new homeowners opt to purchase a home warranty to safeguard themselves against large expenses if a major repair is needed. Homebuyers sometimes negotiate for the seller to cover the purchase of a home warranty, at least for the first year. Not quite sure about whether (or not) to get a home warranty? Here are the answers to commonly asked questions.

What is a Home Warranty?

Home warranties are coverage against the breakage of major home appliances and systems. Like any other warranty plan, it's a financial safeguard against unexpected major out-of-pocket expenses. Essentially, the home warranty covers issues that aren't protected by…

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Considering Home Security Options? These are the Top Options Available TodayHome security is improved largely due to the presence—especially visual presence—of home security systems. However, not all home alarm setups are the same or equally effective. Let's explore the pros and cons of different types of security systems for the home.

Monitored vs. Unmonitored Standard Security Systems

Two of the most standard alarm systems are professionally monitored and self-monitored installations. Self-monitored alarms tend to be more basic, but they can have additional bells and whistles. The key here is that authorities will not automatically be contacted should the system be triggered. They are very affordable and easy to remove and relocate when moving. Some systems have options for owners to receive real-time notifications…

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two people moving boxesMoving can be one of the most stressful situations in our life we all get into. For an easy transition, planning and management are two solutions to keep the moving process stress-free. However, there are times when something unexpected occurs along the way. Moving mistakes can cost a lot of your money, time, and energy. Whether you are hiring movers or doing it yourself, there are still ways to make your move as smooth as possible by avoiding these 9 moving mistakes.

Last-Minute Packing

Beginning to pack 2-3 days before your move? No. Packing several weeks before the big move? YES. Packing is something you don't want to do at the very last minute. You can end up being disorganized, lose your possessions, and have a hard time unpacking when…

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Home Upgrade Features to Enhance Your HouseThinking of selling your Austin home? Familiarize yourself with various ways to enhance your home's features that will help increase its value. If you are about to sell soon or plan to do so in the future, know what features within your home can be used as leverage to get a better price. Know the type of upgrades that will help increase your home's value. Some of these can be upgrading the kitchen, bath, or installing smart technology. In this blog, we listed 7 features you can enhance that are proven to increase your home's value.

Functional Patio

Exterior upgrades such as adding or enhancing a patio are proven to add visual interest to potential home buyers. According to NAR and NALP, an 18 x 20 concrete paver patio can cost about $7200,…

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Strategies for Decluttering Your HomeAs some people say, your home reflects who you are. The structure, style, colors, textures, pieces of furniture, and decor that your is within your home reflects your personality and sometimes even your character. Everyone wants a clean, organized, and clutter-free home. It makes your homes reveal their beauty from the inside out. We may have rooms or areas in our room that need some love and attention, and by that, we mean decluttering.

If you are looking for ways to declutter your home, whether you are looking into cleaning it for your comfort or you’re preparing for staging before selling your home, here are helpful tips on how to declutter your home!

Tidy Up

Begin from making your bed. Yes, it may be a simple task but cleaning and…

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How to Organize Your PantryIt can be easy to have things in your pantry become out-of-sight. Unnecessary clutter, half-filled containers, and plastic bags could take up space within your pantry that could have been cleaned or used for extra space within your pantry.
Having a designated spot to store your baking ingredients, spices, canned goods, and snacks are important, making it easier to get what you need to pack school lunches and cook at home. Here are 6 things that could help clear the clutter out of your kitchen pantry.

Add Bins and Baskets

These are some of the essentials when it comes to organizing your pantry. Use slim bins to save up some space allowing you to add more items onto the shelves. It's a plus if you have matching slim bins that will make your shelf…

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