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4 Investments Worth Making in Your First Home

Guest Post: Suhayl Laher, Marketing Coordinator at Tiles Direct
Posted by Matthew Hillier on January 07, 2020 in  Homeowner Tips  Homeownership  New Homeowner
In today’s post, we’re offering some advice for first-time homeowners on areas where spending a little bit more is likely to pay off in the long-run. From valuable aesthetic updates in key areas such as the kitchen, bathroom and living room to installing smart heating systems and insulation to prioritize energy efficiency, our tips will leave you inspired to make the most out of your first home update.Replace flooringFlooring has the power to change a room entirely, so it should go without saying that t... read more
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Keep Your Heating Bills in Check This Winter

Guest Post: Amy Freeman, Blue Matter Blog Contributor
Posted by Matthew Hillier on December 03, 2019 in  Homeowner Tips  Winter
Winter is coming, and with that comes sky-high heating bills... If your gas or electric bill spikes every year from December through March, it’s time to do something about it. There’s no reason why you need to pay an arm and a leg to keep your home comfortably warm all winter long. Fix Up Your FurnaceIf your furnace is working harder than it needs to, you’re likely to see higher heating bills throughout the winter. Before the temperatures fall too much, have a repair company come out and tune... read more
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How to Pack Your Garage In 5 Steps

Guest Post: NorthStar Moving Co-Founder Laura McHolm
Posted by Matthew Hillier on September 09, 2019 in  Home Improvement  Homeowner Tips  Homeownership
Packing up a garage when moving can feel like a chore. With a little planning, packing up your garage will ease your mind and possibly fill your wallet! Here are some tips on how to tackle the job. When it comes to packing up your home for a move, the garage is often the last room packed. Let’s face it, we put it off due to the sheer number of things piled up over the years. Garages are full of tools, landscaping equipment and things you don’t want to look at. Often, our garages have become the dumping... read more
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Summer is a great time to take time off and enjoy some TLC on vacation. However, most of us are so focused on the excitement of our trips that we don’t take much time to consider the security of our homes while we’re away. Studies show that burglaries take place 10% more in the summer than in the winter. Keep your home protected while on vacation with these 4 helpful tips.#1 Lock All Windows & DoorsOver 30% of burglars enter a home through unlocked doors and/or windows. To avoid this mishap, ensuri... read more
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5 Kitchen Update Trends

Posted by Matthew Hillier on June 03, 2019 in  Home Decor  Homeowner Tips  Homeownership  New Homeowner
Whether you’re looking to invest in simple updates or a complete kitchen renovation, you can’t go wrong incorporating the latest design trends to enjoy now as well as boost your home’s value when it comes time to sell. If you’re not sure where to begin, check out our list below featuring on-trend elements we think will give you the most “bang for your buck.” Kitchen Renovations by PJ & Company Staging and Interior Decorating; Photo Credits: Steven Seymour and Jeff Kaufman 1... read more
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