Category: Home Owners

Home Maintenance Mistakes

Are you taking care of your home? Are any of your home maintenance methods doing more harm than good? Find out if you are making any of these home maintenance mistakes!

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  • Overusing chemical drain cleaners: When most people get a clogged drain, they turn to a drain cleaner instead of paying a plumber, but is that always a good choice? Drain cleaners and even baking soda and vinegar can break down and deteriorate pipes over time. A drain snake or a $2 tool called a Zip-It may be a better way to go in the long run.
  • Sealing countertops too often: Natural stone, glass, butcher block, and concrete counters only need occasional sealing while laminate, Quartz, and Corian are best without a sealer. Sealing a counter too often can result in a streaky and cloudy appearance. A good rule of thumb for knowing when to re-seal is to put a small amount of water on the countertop; if it doesn’t bead up and stay that way for 15 minutes, it may be time to re-seal.
  • Using too much bleach: Bleach can be useful around the home but using too much of it can do more harm than good. Did you know that bleach can discolor laminate and colored grout, fade acrylic tubs, actually dissolve vinyl flooring and more?
  • Improperly storing firewood: Many homeowners keep firewood piled outside the home and against an exterior wall. While that may be an easy storage spot, it can cause a huge problem. Keeping wood against the house invites termites to live there. Instead, keeping wood stored at least twenty feet away from the home will keep termites at bay.



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Farmhouse Gray

Do you love the trendy farmhouse gray style? Are you thinking about adding it to your home? Here are some perfect gray hues to achieve this look!

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  • Ammonite by Farrow & Ball
  • Gray Owl by Benjamin MoorePhoto of a gray bedroom for an article about farmhouse gray design.
  • Lamp Room Gray by Farrow & Ball
  • Pashmina by Benjamin Moore
  • Horizon Gray by Benjamin Moore
  • Modern Gray by Sherwin Williams
  • Sleigh Bells by Benjamin Moore
  • Winter’s Gate by Pratt & Lambert
  • Stonington Gray by Benjamin Moore
  • Rodeo by Benjamin Moore
  • Whisper by Benjamin MoorePhoto of a gray bathroom for an article about farmhouse gray.
  • Agreeable Gray by Sherwin Williams
  • Cloud by Dunn-Edwards
  • Cheating Heart by Benjamin Moore
  • Shoreline by Benjamin Moore
  • Horizon by Benjamin Moore
  • Wickham Gray by Benjamin Moore


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Brightening Up A Room

Do you have a dark room in your home? Brightening up a room can be easy and doesn’t have to cost a lot! Check out these ways to transform a dark space into a light and bright retreat.

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Bad Homeowner Habits

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 What are some bad homeowner habits? Do you have any of them? Read on to find out what you should be doing differently in your home.




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3 Landscaping Mistakes To Avoid

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  1. Plant for only one season: Think about all seasons instead of  just one when planning what trees and flowers you want to plant. Don’t just plant flowers that will bloom in the spring and summer, leaving your yard brown the rest of the year. Consider adding evergreens that will add color throughout the year or trees that bloom in the summer and have colored leaves in the fall.
  2. Ignore the upkeep: Don’t get into the habit of neglecting your yard; plant low maintenance flowers and trees so that the yard can be easily taken care of.
  3. Leave clutter around: Yard toys, sporting equipment and extra lawn furniture can all take over your yard, making it look chaotic and neglected even if the landscaping is taken care of. Invest in an oversized storage bin that these items can be kept in.
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CRS Designation

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Dawn Dause has earned the CRS designation and is now a member of the Council of Residential Specialists! What does this mean? Dawn has earned her CRS designation by completing extensive training and meeting significant experience requirements. Working with a CRS Realtor means they will provide exceptional service and will use their top notch negotiation skills to benefit their clients.

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Spring Home Decor Trends

Modern navy blue bedroom as an example of spring home decor trends.

  • Black is out and blue is in: Designers are gravitating towards navy blue instead of a black and white color scheme. Navy blue walls with pops of white will be seen quite a bit this spring, as Scandinavian design is being widely used.
  • Acrylic: This material is having a huge surge in popularity and is seen all over sites such as Pinterest. Not only is this material chic, it’s helpful to create the illusion of more space in a small room. Clear acrylic tables and chairs and even picture frames are being used more and more.
  • Hygge: This Danish way of simple living is being seen a lot in design lately. The basic premise is to create a cozy, simple living space. This means lot’s of candles, throw blankets, coffee table books, and not much else. Check out Pinterest for lot’s of ideas of how to incorporate this trendy design theme in your home.
    Hygge style coffee table as an example of spring home decor trends.Copper: This material is a very trendy choice for the home and will be seen throughout 2017. Try adding copper accessories or go bold and install copper lighting such as copper fixtures over the kitchen island. Copper light fixture for an article about spring home decor trends.
  • Climbing plants: With Pantone’s Color of the Year being Greenery, it’s appropriate that plants are a major spring home decor trend. Hanging plants are an excellent choice to add some signs of spring and life back into your home as we enter spring. Hanging plants are very easy to take care of and very hard to kill so they make perfect house plants, especially Philodendron.

Philodendron house plant as as example of spring home decor trends.


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Spring Cleaning Hacks

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  • Go with the 80/20 rule: The 80/20 philosophy suggests that people really only use 20% of the things they own. When deciding what to keep and what to get rid of, think about what items you would replace right away  if they were ever lost or stolen; this will help you determine what your 20% to keep should be.
  • Donate and schedule a pickup: Part of going through your belongings should involve donating some of your items, but often times people don’t ever get these items out of their homes. Go online and schedule a pickup so that you ensure this gets done.
  • Use vinegar: Vinegar is an amazing natural cleaning agent that has many uses. One use for vinegar is to tie a bag of vinegar around your showerhead and let it sit over night. This clears away gunk from the head and will also improve water pressure too.
  • Coffee filters and Coke clean too: You can use coffee filters to clean dust off of TV screens and Coke can be used to clean toilets. Pour Coke in the bowl, let it sit for an hour, and then flush.
  • Consider doing a digital purge: Clear away any files on your computer or phone that you don’t need such as duplicate pictures and then empty the recycle bin.
  • Update your passwords: Make your accounts more secure by updating your passwords with new ones that include both uppercase and lowercase letters as well as numbers. Have a lot of passwords to remember and keep track of? Consider using an encrypted database to store them for you.
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Top Kitchen and Bath Design Trends For 2017

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  • Traditional styles are losing momentum and both contemporary and transitional-style design elements are gaining popularity in kitchens and bathrooms.
  • Bathrooms: Asian Fusion, Mid-Century Modern, and Shaker styles will rule in 2017. Both neutral and more bold colors will be seen including a lot of gray, white, and off white but also purple, blue and violet.  Undermount sinks are still a popular choice but trough sinks are also emerging on the design scene. As far as finishes go, brushed brass and gold are top choices but be on the lookout for designer colored faucets. The most popular type of bathroom storage is still wood vanities and linen cabinets but we are seeing a trend towards open shelves and floating vanities. As far as tubs go, it looks as though homeowners are losing interest in whirlpool tubs and are opting for larger showers instead.
  • Kitchens: Kitchens with clean lines, lot’s of storage, and simple cabinet doors are definitely in. Two toned kitchens continue to be popular with gray and white being the colors of choice although blue and black cabinets will be seen as well. A variety of materials are being used for both accents and surfaces. For countertops, granite is still falling in popularity while quartz is king. Convection ovens and induction cooktops are being incorporated into kitchens more and more and microwave oven drawers are being chosen instead of built in microwaves or freestanding ones.

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