You Know You’re into Real Estate When… “Quarandreams” Start Happening to You

Here’s one of the weirdest side effects of the coronavirus pandemic that we’ve heard of so far: People around the world are experiencing a rash of bizarrely vivid quarantine dreams while sleeping, called "quarandreams." And surprisingly often, these weirdly intense sleep visions are all about real estate. Sleep experts and dream analysts agree that the rise of quarandreams is not surprising, given that many are under a lot more stress than usual, combined with the fact that it’s simply easier to remember dreams when there is less noise outside to wake us up mid-sleep cycle. But why are so many…

How to Clean Your Gutters — Plus, Why It’s So Important to Do So Regularly

From ladder tips to cleaning tools and more, here’s what a roofing expert has to say about this important household chore. Make no mistake about it: If left unattended, a blocked gutter can turn into a big roof problem in no time. "Gutters are designed to help water drain off your roof," says Zach Shoffner of Farha Roofing. "When they’re clogged up with leaves and other debris, water has no place to drain, and so it goes back up and into the roof system potentially causing a whole slew of issues." On residential roofs, Shoffner says this can mean water getting trapped under…

The Best Paint Colors for Every Home Aesthetic

Color can make or break the ambience of a space. Here’s how to choose the correct hue for your home’s style. But what do you do when you’ve settled on an interior style but aren’t sure what hue to paint the room? "Selecting the perfect paint color comes down to two things: the aesthetic you’re hoping to achieve and the purpose behind your space," says Abbe Fenimore of Studio Ten 25. "You can brighten up a dark interior with lighter paint colors, while rooms with an abundance of natural light work well with darker hues." Looking for the perfect paint color for your unique taste?…

Home Upgrades With the Lowest ROI

File these 4 home upgrades under wish fulfillment, not value investment. Life is a balancing act, and upgrading your home is no different. Some upgrades, like a kitchen remodel or an additional bathroom, typically add value to your home. Others, like putting in a pool, provide little dollar return on your investment. Of course, homeowning isn’t just about building wealth; it’s also about living well and making memories — even if that means outclassing your neighborhood or turning off future buyers. So if any of these six upgrades is something you can’t be dissuaded from, enjoy We won’t judge. But go in with…

11 Home Maintenance Myths You’ll Wish You Knew Sooner

Owning a home involves work. You know there are home maintenance tasks to keep up on, but are you doing these tasks correctly or as often as you should? We busted 11 home maintenance myths you’ll wish you would have known about sooner. You’ll Mow Less if You Cut the Grass Short If mowing isn’t your favorite home maintenance task, you may be tempted to cut the grass short so you don’t have to mow as often. However, The Lawn Institute reports, “Cutting your lawn too short creates an environment for both weed and disease infestation. It also causes the lawn to lose moisture…

Selling Your House? What to Leave for the Buyers at Closing

So you listed your home for sale, accepted an offer and are now under contract. Congratulations Believe it or not, your closing date will be here soon. As the seller, you likely agreed to fix a few inspection issues prior to closing. You may also have hired a professional cleaner to make the property spick-and-span for the new buyers. Now that that’s completed, it’s time to start thinking about the actual closing itself. Not sure what to leave for the buyers at closing? We can help. Below, we’ve included a list of items you should consider leaving (or doing to the home) on closing…

Pros and Cons of 5 Popular Bedroom Flooring Materials

The flooring in your bedroom is a particularly intimate surface. It is the first thing your bare feet step onto in the morning and the last thing they touch before climbing into bed each night. The effect that bedroom flooring has on a person is both physical and psychological, making your choice of materials a particularly important design decision. There are many criteria you can use to choose the best bedroom flooring material. Some of these may be obvious, such as the feel of the floor underfoot, or its visual appeal. You may also be concerned about environmental issues—does the…

What Must Be Disclosed When Selling?

Depending on where you live, sellers will need to disclose information about the condition of your property to the buyer when selling a home. The disclosure statement provides the buyer with a better understanding of the home and its potential problems. It helps to show the buyer that there aren’t things they need to be aware of that might negatively affect its value. If you don’t disclose everything that you have knowledge of about the property in a transfer disclosure statement, there could be legal ramifications. If there are material facts that affect the condition of the home, then this…

4 Mistakes People Make When Downsizing in Retirement

Many people fantasize about financing a good chunk of their retirement by selling their current home, buying a smaller place, and investing the difference for income. In reality, however, they often reap far less profit than they might have hoped. Done right, downsizing can still be a good idea. You might not just walk away with more money but also simplify your life and reduce your home-maintenance and utility costs for years to come. To reach that happy outcome, you need to steer around the unexpected pitfalls that make downsizing so dicey. Here are four traps that await downsizers, with ways…

7 Places You’re Forgetting to Clean

When you walk into a room, it’s usually easy to see what needs to be cleaned up. There’s a pile of dirty laundry just waiting to be done; or the kitchen sink is piled with dirty dishes, pots, and pans.  But once the obvious things are cleaned away, do you forget about the rest of the room? Take a look at seven places you’re forgetting to clean during your cleaning routine. 1. Undersides of Furniture – When you look under a bed or sofa there are usually a few dust bunnies rolling around that can be quickly captured with a vacuum or dust mop. But did…