August is National Back-to-School Month which means it may be time to start prepping for the new school year! From purchasing school supplies to deciding on the perfect first day outfit, there’s so much to do before the bell rings. Use the list below to help you get started: 

  1. Go Back to School Shopping: A new year means new supplies! Scouring the local supermarket for fresh pencils and a new backpack is a tried-and-true back-to-school tradition. Most schools will provide a list to you that outlines everything your child will need. But if you haven't yet received one, check out this list for every age group from Oxford Learning.  

  2. Create a Message Center: Life can be chaotic during the school year with crazy class schedules, after school…

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Looking for new ways to make your cleaning schedule more “eco-friendly?” Check out this list of easy product swaps that will make the planet, your home, and your wallet happy!  

Use dryer balls instead of dryer sheets — Dryer balls, which are usually made from wool, plastic, or rubber, prevent laundry from clumping together, help your clothes dry faster, soften the fabric, and reduce static electricity. As an added bonus, many dry balls can be used for up to 1,000 loads of laundry!

Or use old dryer sheets to dust your home — If you haven’t made the switch to wool dryer balls but are planning on it soon, don’t throw out your dryer sheets just yet! You can reuse old dryer sheets to dust off the top of furniture, door frames, above cabinets, and so…

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Summer is the perfect time to tackle a few of those projects you’ve been putting off for months! From tidying up your exterior to cleaning those neglected spaces, here are eight tasks you can tackle in just a few days this season.

Pressure Wash Your Home — After months of snow, rain, and other weather phenomena, your home is bound to need a little TLC. Give it a good scrub down by power washing the siding, driveway, and deck. You can hire professionals to take care of it for you, or you can easily rent a power washer from your local hardware store.  

Re-stain Your Deck — Get your backyard ready for those summer barbecues by adding a new coat of stain to your deck. The stain will help you protect the exterior wood from the elements and hide any…

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As the days begin to get warmer, the sun sets a little later, and you want to spend more time outside, make sure your backyard is up for the challenge by getting it summer-ready!

From giving your grass a little TLC to dusting off your favorite outdoor equipment, take the steps to properly prepare your backyard for summer so you can enjoy your private oasis all season long.  

  1. Rake your yard to remove leaves and other debris that prevent essential nutrients from reaching the soil below.
  2. Aerate your grass and add fertilizer to help create a healthier and more vibrant lawn.
  3. Reseed bare patches of grass and use mulch to encourage new growth.
  4. Prune trees and shrubs to help prevent any infections or insects from spreading to other limbs.
  5. Add…

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Home should be a place to relax and unwind. However, we tend to worry about leaks behind our walls, energy bills, and home security. Fortunately, many smart home devices on the market can help us ease those anxieties. We have three critical smart home devices to recommend that may help you rest a little easier.

Smart Locks

Image of a door with a smart lock, hand held phone, and the words "Smart Lock"

We've all had a moment of panic or two about locking our doors. Did I remember to lock the door before I left for work? Did I remember to put my key in my pocket when I went for a bike ride? Will my kids be able to get into the house on their own? A smart lock takes care of all those problems and more. A few smart lock products will have extra benefits like video doorbells and fingerprint entry. Relax while away from home by…

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Spring cleaning has become part of many of our yearly routines—and for a good reason! Decluttering, deep cleaning, and refreshing our homes allow us to create a clean slate for the rest of the year. 

But while cleaning out your refrigerator and finally organizing your closet are necessary and important tasks, there are a few things outside of your home that could use a little attention as well. 

  • Your Devices: We use our phones, tablets, and laptops every day, so they are bound to need a good physical and digital scrubbing every once in a while. Wipe down the screens with a screen cleaner, wash your cases, and organize your apps to keep them squeaky clean.  
  • Your Email/Texts: While you’re at it, take the time to go through your emails or texts…

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With the arrival of spring, you are no doubt looking to shake off the winter grays, get outside, and perhaps do some needed home maintenance. One bit of home maintenance that often gets ignored is a check-up on your home insurance policy. Whether you are an owner or a renter, insurance for your dwelling is key to a sense of security in your home. 

Below is a list of the Top 5 Five Factors that Will Influence Your Home Insurance Cost. In addition to these five, you have other factors to consider. Do you live near a river that tends to flood? Did you talk to your insurance agent about recent renovations? Did you gift your kids a trampoline during remote schooling during the COVID pandemic? Did you add a dog to your family?

If any of these questions…

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It’s hard to believe it, but spring is almost here! While we’re just starting to say goodbye to the frigid temperatures of winter, warmer weather will be here before you know it.

But before you pull out the grill and dust off your lawn chairs, take some time to make sure your garden is ready for the coming season. From weeding to pruning and even planting some hardy vegetables, here are a few things you can do to prepare your garden for spring and ensure it’s ready to grow your plants and produce this year.  

Give Your Tools Some TLC: Make sure your tools are ready for the tough work ahead by cleaning and repairing any of your tools that need a little love. Sand off any rust using steel wool; use a sharpening stone to restore your pruning tools;…

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We work with many first-time homebuyers, and we know the task of finding a home in this market is daunting. We've broken the process down into five simple steps that will help you get started. 

DETERMINE A BUDGET


To start, you will want to set a budget and figure out how much you can afford so you can focus your home search. Take into consideration other expenses that may be associated with buying a home, including closing costs, inspection and appraisal fees, moving costs, home maintenance and more.


KNOW WHAT YOU CAN PUT TOWARDS A DOWN PAYMENT


The more money you are able to put towards a down payment, the lower your mortgage payments will be. Meeting with a mortgage professional is a great way to get a better understanding of your…

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Location often plays a big role when it comes to choosing a home — and we want your new neighborhood to have everything you’re looking for and more! It’s important to find a neighborhood you love that will serve your needs for many years to come. Do you enjoy morning walks with your dog or spending time with neighbors at backyard BBQs? Do you often stop at your favorite coffee shop on your drive to work? Or do you prefer to catch up on your reading during your bus or subway commute?


When deciding which neighborhood would be a good fit, you should start by assessing your daily lifestyle and routine. From there, you may want to consider a few other factors, including:


Commute Time

This is a great place to start refining your search, as you may…

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