Archive: April 2012

Real Estate Headlines for the Start of May

April just flew by faster than teen trying to get home before curfew. Seriously, where did that month go? May is ready to break through and bring warmer weather, playoff hockey & basketball and a greater interest in the real estate market. Here are some headlines to quench your real estate thirst:

April 30 / 2012

How to Find the Right Contractor for Your Home Project

With spring comes the need to make improvements to your home. It’s like clockwork. As soon as the weather starts to get warmer my wife instinctively reminds me that there’s mulch that needs to be bought, grass seed needs to be laid and a dozen other projects around the house. Being the not-so-handyman that I am I often have to call on some contractors to do work, but picking the right one is no easy task.

April 27 / 2012

The Many Homes of Edgar Allan Poe

When you think of Edgar Allan Poe visions of dark poetry and prose come to mind. You might even think about Baltimore as being his home, but in actuality the macabre literary genius called many a place on the East coast home. So with the new Edgar Allan Poe inspired movie, The Raven, hitting movie screens everywhere this weekend we thought we’d give you a look at some of the places Poe called home.

Lawn & Garden Month: Clean Up That Yard! [Gift Card Giveaway]

With all of the lawn and garden tips we’ve highlighted this month, we’re sure you could give Martha Stewart a run for her money! We couldn’t think of a  better way to celebrate the end of Lawn and Garden month than  hosting a gift card giveaway for all our new and experienced green thumbs. Simply [...]

April 25 / 2012

The 5 Most Interesting Homes on TV

Homes play a major role on television. They’re often more than just a setting, but a secondary character on a show. The homes of the Brady’s, the Huxtable’s, the Jetson’s, Bruce Wayne and even Clark Kent are places we wish we could explore. Sometimes the homes seen on TV are actually residences, but other times they’re just Hollywood sets. In either case, they still capture our imagination. Today, I want to explore 5 of the most interesting homes on TV today. Not necessarily the grandest places or even the most expensive, but ones that I think would be extremely interesting to experience:

Protect what’s left after spring cleaning: Why a home inventory can safeguard your stuff

Guest Blog Post Guest blogger Pauline Hammerbeck is a digital content strategist at Allstate Insurance.   Spring temperatures usher in a flurry of home cleaning and home purging activities—and an opportunity to better organize and protect the possessions that make the cut. Cataloging those coveted items in a home inventory can pay big dividends if [...]

A Droid to Cut Your Lawn

I’ll confess. I don’t cut my own lawn. It’s one of those things I can’t stand doing. Blame it on my allergies. Blame it on my lack of handiness. Whatever, I don’t care as long as I don’t have to cut the lawn. I know I’m not alone either and that’s why when I saw the LawnBott Spyder, I was intrigued at having a robot cut my lawn. It’s like having R2D2 become my landscaper.

April 20 / 2012

Why Energy-Efficient Home Improvements Might Close the Sale

Just in time for Earth Day which happens to be this Sunday, April 22! We recently began an exciting blog partnership with Allstate Insurance. Check out our first guest blog post on their community blog: Why Energy-Efficient Home Improvements Might Close the Sale and look for future posts from All State guest blogger Pauline Hammerbeck. [...]

Lawn and Garden Month: Planning a Low Maintenance Garden

I know what some of you are thinking, “this woman is crazy, the words low maintenance and gardening go together like orange juice and toothpaste (not well)!” I have tried this before and wasted my money. I am not home enough and simply do not have the time to pay attention to a garden. Excuses [...]

April 19 / 2012

An Affordable Prefab Home from Ikea

I’ve spent many a Saturday and Sunday afternoon trying to put together furniture from Ikea. I’ve assembled an entertainment center, bookcases, a children’s bed and even a coffee table from the Swedish furniture maker. All of these occurrences involved frustration, sweating and the scouring of the room for missing pieces. But in the end the pieces have worked out well and were reasonably priced. So instead of just focusing on elements within your home, Ikea is looking to just be part of the structure of your home as well.

April 18 / 2012