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December 30, 2019
Not everyone’s a fan of the open floor plan

For the last couple of decades the “open floor plan” has been the go-to for mainstream new home construction.

Anyone who has been home shopping knows the open floor plan: The kitchen and dining room and family room are in a wide-open space with no or little separation. The idea is supposed to maximize family togetherness...

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December 18, 2019
Package Deal is Package Steal

According to estimates a whopping 23 million Americans have had packages stolen from their homes before they could open them. As the package deliveries surge so do the incidents of packages being swiped from doorsteps.

For homeowners the nasty practice has become so commonplace it warrants a new term: Porch piracy.

It seems these modern-day...

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December 18, 2019
Breaking down home warranties

One word homeowners don’t always think about is “entropy.”

Flash back to some of your high school science classes and you might remember that entropy is - the unavoidable tendency of a system to decline into disorder. In simpler terms: Stuff breaks down.

Everyone with a mortgage is required to purchase homeowners’ insurance in case of structural...

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December 4, 2019
Winter home sales can be hot!

The weather outside might be frightful but recent research shows winter listings are more likely than summer listings to fetch a price above asking.

It might seem counter-intuitive to conventional wisdom but winter home sales are often hot!

Statistics show 17.5 percent of winter listings fetch more than asking price comparable to spring (18.7). Similarly while 48...

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November 26, 2019
Infrastructure is real concern in 2020

More controversial issues tend to dominate the headlines but infrastructure is the true key to America’s future economic growth.

Hiding in plain sight the U.S. has a growing need for replacement and/or proper maintenance of infrastructure from roads and bridges to dams to mass transportation and broadband access.

Beyond serving homes infrastructure pumps the lifeblood...

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November 15, 2019
The gift of holiday lawn mower maintenance

The holidays are great for lawnmower maintenance. For most of the country they come just as we're ready to put the lawn to bed for the winter.

Now that we’re at the end of mowing season resist the temptation to shove the machine to the back of the tool shed and forget about it.

By spending an...

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