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Posted on 10/19/2021
ADUs: What They Are, Why You Need One and How to Make Use of Them
Image by Manfred Antranias Zimmer from Pixabay Accessory dwelling units, or ADUs, have seen an enormous rise in popularity over the last few years. Increasing demand for dedicated work spaces in the home has been a major factor, as have rising housing costs and environmental consciousness. While ADU used to be a term mostly used by professional architects,...
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Posted on 10/12/2021
Tile vs. Concrete - Which is Better to Resurface Your Patio Table
Photo by OpenClipart-Vectors via Pixabay Give new life to outdoor tabletops using concrete or tile - and liven up one of the most important parts of your home, your porch or patio. It is surprisingly easy to make over an existing table; in some cases, the base of a table remains in excellent shape, while the horizontal surface...
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Posted on 10/10/2021
214 Parsonage Hill Road, North Branford, CT 06472 now has a new price of $649,000!
19.41 Acres that has been a family owned and treasured property for FOUR Generations. This land offers a rare opportunity to explore endless possibilities of creating a subdivision, Private estate, farm or Equestrian facility. This is a Contractors opportunity to create a subdivision of dream homes in this Prime Location. Parsonage Hill Road is close to the center of the Town of Northford between Route 17 and Route 22. Buyer is responsible for their own due diligence in Land Developing and Planning. Make 2021 the year of new...
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Posted on 10/05/2021
Selling a Home? Consider Professional Staging!
There are plenty of things you can do to potentially boost the profits of your home sale, such as tackling repairs and renovations. One thing you may also want to consider is hiring a professional to stage your home. What is Professional Staging? When a home is staged, a professional comes in and decorates/furnishes the home to make...
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Posted on 09/28/2021
How Big Business Impacts Rural America
Photo by Vit Ducken via Pixabay There has been a lot of concern about the state of rural America and how it's being affected by large businesses. Big box stores like are said to destroy local businesses, causing an economic drought in small towns. But despite the statistics, there's a bigger picture to consider. We'll look at how...
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Posted on 09/21/2021
The Pros and Cons of Skipping the Starter Home
For many prospective homebuyers, the thought of waiting for a forever home instead of a starter home can be tempting. After all, there are plenty of advantages to patience and careful saving until you can afford or find the house that’s perfect for you and your future plans. However, there are downsides to consider. Here we’ll go over...
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Posted on 09/14/2021
Can Converting A Shed Into A Tiny Home Save You Money?
A growing number of homeowners invest in in-law apartments each year as a way to expand their square footage to accommodate family members. According to data from Freddie Mac, upwards of 1.4 million single-family homes include an in-law dwelling. Regardless of the reason to make the home improvement, property owners often spend the money knowing the additional living...
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Posted on 09/07/2021
Build or Buy? Which Makes the Most Sense?
Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay Is it better to build or buy a home? A home is a sizable investment, perhaps one of the largest in your lifetime, and you want to ensure you are investing well. Both buying and building have benefits and drawbacks to consider. Here's what you need to think about as you make...
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Posted on 08/31/2021
The Modern Home: How to Build for Convenience and Efficiency
Image by StockSnap from Pixabay Designing a home for today’s technologically advanced world requires considering more than just floor layout and wall color. While those aspects certainly remain important, homeowners should also think about how connected and environmentally friendly their home will be. If you’re designing a new home, here are four tips to help you build something...
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Posted on 08/24/2021
Financial Best Practices to Prepare for Your First Home
Image by 3D Animation Production Company from Pixabay Everyone talks about preparing financially to purchase and own a home. However, it’s not always exactly clear how to prepare. Rather than get overwhelmed by details, there are some basic things you can start with in order to get your finances ready for home ownership. Here we will go over...
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Posted on 08/17/2021
A Beginner's Guide to Secondhand Decor
Many interior design styles call for furnishings that are vintage or well-worn. Apart from style, secondhand decor and furniture can be an inexpensive and practical alternative to purchasing brand new items. Regardless of whether you’re looking for the perfect piece for looks or for function, we’ve put together some tips for how to find and use secondhand decor...
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Posted on 08/10/2021
3 Simple Ways to Refresh Your Home Exterior
Photo by Stephanie Ho from Pexels Boosting your home’s curb appeal doesn’t need to be a difficult or expensive task. Even the smallest upgrades or adjustments can boost your home’s value and aesthetic appeal, regardless of the architectural style or amount of space you have to work with. Some upgrades are well worth doing, even if you are...
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