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7 Guides That Make You a Better Homeowner

Guest Post: Jessica Thiefels, Founder & CEO at Jessica Thiefels Consulting
Posted by Matthew Hillier on March 03, 2020 in  For Your Home  New Homeowner
Homeownership in the U.S. in increasing, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. In fact, the Q2 2018 U.S. homeownership rate was 64.3 percent, up from 64.2 percent in Q1 2018 and 63.7 percent in Q2 2017, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. Being a homeowner is exciting and rewarding—not to mention it comes with a lot of perks. No more landlord, no more renting, and no more leases. While owning a home has a long list of benefits, it also comes with great responsibility and hard work. Be... read more
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7 Things to Do Before Moving into Your New Home

Guest Post: Victoria Keichinger, Director of Brand Marketing at Coldwell Banker
Posted by Matthew Hillier on February 05, 2020 in  Buying a Home  New Homeowner
Congratulations! You’re a new homeowner. While you may not be able to wait to move in, there are a few things you should consider tackling before hanging those family photos on the walls. 1. Change the locksFor peace of mind, it’s a good idea to change out the locks on your exterior doors to ensure that anyone the previous owners may have given a key to can no longer access the property. According to Home Advisor, the average homeowner spends between $100-$300 hiring a locksmith. 2. Pain... read more
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How to Safely Move your Plants to your New Home

Guest Post: Laura McHolm, Co-Founder of NorthStar Moving
Posted by Matthew Hillier on February 05, 2020 in  Buying a Home  Healthy Living  Home & Garden  Home Decor  New Homeowner
Moving can be stressful for all living beings. When it comes to change, plants are especially vulnerable. However, with a little love and some planning you can protect your plants and help them adjust to their new environment.  Whether you are worried about your small succulent collection or you are a certified plant parent, be assured these tips from Tim Moore, lead editor of Backyard Boss, will help keep your plants safe and secure throughout the moving process. Spoiler alert! Before you get our ha... read more
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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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4 Ways to Welcome Your New Neighbor to the Neighborhood

Posted by Matthew Hillier on July 16, 2019 in  Family  New Homeowner
Moving into a new house is stressful enough. Add on the fact that you are living next to all new people and it can be a very anxious and overwhelming experience. Welcoming new people into the neighborhood is a nice gesture and can even be the start of a new friendship.Here are 4 tips for helping your new neighbors feel welcomed.#1 Introduce Yourself Once you feel your neighbors have had time to settle in, simply introducing yourself and your family is an easy and memorable gesture. You can break the ice by asking w... read more
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