Our living rooms are the places we retreat to at the end of the day, where we tend to entertain and often where we feel most ourselves. So, naturally, we want them to look as good as possible. Even if your budget is tight, you don’t have to settle for boring when you take inspiration from these ideas. Liven your living room today.

One of the first focuses for most people looking for a home is square feet. How many square feet are there? How does it compare to the rest of the neighborhood and area? Does size really matter?

Don’t we all have a running mental list of “little” things to get done around the house? When those things remain undone, they can add up to make a big difference in how the home looks and feels. Here you’ll learn how to make a thorough list of minor home improvements and find the motivation you need to check everything off.

We’ve all been there. The cabinets are overflowing. There’s no more room in any closet. And the drawers are crammed so full they won’t close. Your stuff has outgrown your space. But instead of blaming your home for its lack of storage, maybe consider that you have too much stuff. That issue is easier to address quickly and doesn’t involve a whole home remodel. Remember: less is more.

Seeing people bringing a tall ladder or power tool from a neighbor’s house to theirs is a common sight on my block. In the evenings many of us sit outside on the front porch relaxing, and catch up with others who walk by with their dogs or are just out for an evening stroll. When our chickens escaped into a neighbor’s yard, not only were they not angry, but they helped me round up the hens and toss them back over the fence.

So it’s time to sell that fixer-upper that you’ve been wanting to put on the market forever, but you’re not sure how to market your listing in the most attractive light. We’ve got some advice. You don’t have to be a magician to sell a fixer-upper, but you do have to do a few things in order to make your listing seem more attractive.

Finishing your basement is a great way to utilize space and add value to your home. No matter how much or little work your basement needs, there are multiple steps that should be taken in order to transform your basement. From formulating a floor plan to making final decoration touches, you will need to plan carefully before diving into this rewarding experience.

Do you ever wish there was a retreat where you could enjoy your hobbies without leaving the backyard? Somewhere to get a little “me time” around your home that isn’t covered with laundry, family obligations or toys?

We all want to save money while helping the environment, and one simple way to do that is to scrutinize your energy usage at home. Here are 10 easy, low-cost tips for making your house operate more efficiently.

If you run a business out of your living space, or simply need a nook to work on your finances or groom your Pinterest board, the following tips can help you upgrade that home office.
Splurge on something inspirational.

There’s no getting around it, buying a home is expensive. Saving money for a down payment and then living within your means takes plenty of advance planning, strict budgeting, and might even require making a few sacrifices. But what if you have a lifestyle that you love—hobbies, sports, and other interests, that you aren’t necessarily willing to give up in order to own a home?

The National Association of Home Builders reports that improving a kitchen is the second most popular home remodeling project, after the bathroom. Certainly, kitchens are so high on the list because most families spend so much time in this room, especially if it opens directly into the family room and the laundry room is right next door. Probably the only reason this room isn’t the most popular project is because the job is usually expensive and puts the room out of commission for so long. Having pizza every night for the first week can be fun, but it does grow old. Most families don’t want more take-out options as much as they want their kitchen back.

The word “excellent” means to possess outstanding quality, and isn’t that what we want to promote to buyers—that your client’s home is the best there is on the market?

If you’re planning to take on a home improvement project, you’re in good company. A recent report by the Joint Center of Housing Studies at Harvard University predicts that the home improvement industry is expected to post record-level spending this year.

Between taking the kids to school, extracurricular activities, working at your job, and still having time to make dinner at the end of the day, the last thing you want to think about is cleaning the entire house.

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