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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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Home Styles & Trends for Millennials

Posted by Matthew Hillier on July 10, 2019 in  Buying a Home  Homeownership  New Homeowner
By next year, 45% of homeowners will be Millennials. With that in mind, we’ve started to see a pattern of the style and trends in the homes that Millennials are purchasing. These reoccurring patterns are helpful for those considering selling their homes as well as new homebuyers to understand the direction of design for the future housing market.  That being said, if you are considering selling your home or purchasing a new one, here are some things you should keep in mind for the up-and-coming majority ... 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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Backyard Grilling Cheat Sheet

Posted by Matthew Hillier on May 06, 2019 in  Family  For Your Home  Lifestyle  New Homeowner
This summer and most likely this weekend, you’ll be firing up that grill in the backyard for at least a few meals. Below is a simple cheat sheet you can reference before putting on that apron and refilling the propane or charcoal to make sure your dish is cooked to perfection. IMPORTANT: Salt and pepper are the building blocks of seasoning regardless of what you throw on the grill. Salt and pepper each side of your beef, pork or poultry before putting on the grill. Salt again when you turn... read more
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