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Friday, February 19, 2021   /   by Julie Paschal

Value-Booting Renovations for Your Home

Value-Booting Renovations for Your Home


Buying a home is likely one of the largest purchases you will make in your lifetime.  So why not maintain and grow that investment so if or when you decide to sell, you can reap maximum return?  Below are a few value-boosting ideas to get you started.


Change your color scheme.  Never overlook what a fresh coat of paint can do for a home, plus it’s one of the most cost-effective ways to give it a whole new look and feel before putting it on the market.  You can commit to doing the job yourself or splurge just a little bit more to hire a professional.


Update your landscaping.  Curb appeal is incredibly important in capturing potential buyers’ attention, so investing in your landscaping should be at the top of your list.  On top of regular fertilizing and weed control consider planting a variety of plants against the house or along your driveway, mixing heights and colors.  Add a focal po ...

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Friday, February 12, 2021   /   by Julie Paschal

Prep Your Pets for the Big Move

Prep Your Pets for the Big Move


Your moving day is set and it’s time to start preparing.  As you’re making your lists and checking them twice, don’t forget to factor in your furry friends.  Here are some tips for making sure the process goes smoothly.


Medical records.  When moving to a different city or state, one of the main things you need to take into consideration is finding a new veterinarian that is the right fit for you and your pet.  If you have family or friends in the area, ask for recommendations or do your own research by reading reviews and news articles.  Once you find one, contact your current vet to initiate a transfer of medical records.  Then schedule a “get to know you” appointment shortly after your move.


Transportation. Whether it’s a short drive or a long plane ride, your pet will likely need to be put into a carrier.  For most pets, this is a foreign concept, and they require ti ...

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Friday, February 5, 2021   /   by Julie Paschal

How to Get Ready for Retirement

How to Get Ready for Retirement


For most people, retirement feels like a long way off.  But, if you don’t start preparing as early as possible, you may find yourself in a place of financial insecurity when the time does come.  To avoid this, consider implementing the following tips.


Calculate your target savings.  In general, its recommended that you save between 10 to 15 percent of your income for retirement.  However, you can always use an online savings calculator to determine the amount you need to save for your specific needs and goals.


Contribute to your employer’s retirement savings plan.  Does your job offer a 401(K), traditional IRA, or Roth IRA?  Sign up and start saving as soon as they allow you to.  It’s recommended to set up automatic paycheck deductions and, once the money is in your retirement fund, don’t touch it.


Take advantage of employee benefits.  Many employers offer matching which ...

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Friday, January 29, 2021   /   by Julie Paschal

The Difference Between Home Warranty & Home Insurance

The Difference Between Home Warranty & Home Insurance


When purchasing a new home, its important to do in-depth research on all facets of the homebuying process.  One thing you will need to understand is how to best protect yourself and your investment if anything were to go wrong.  Check out the information on home insurance versus home warranty below to educate yourself on your options.


HOME INSURANCE:  Homeowners insurance pays for any accidental damages and loss that are caused by fire, lightning strikes, windstorms, and hail, however damage from earthquakes and floods are typically not covered.  It also covers the replacement of personal property in case of theft or damage and liability if a person were to get injured in your home or on your property.  According to American Home Shield, the average annual cost of a homeowner’s insurance policy ranges between $300 and $1000 and the bank usually asks you to obtain a policy before the mortg ...

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Friday, January 22, 2021   /   by Julie Paschal

Style your She Shed

Style your She Shed


She sheds allow the woman of the household a tranquil sanctuary where they can step away from the hustle and bustle of their home lives.  Here are some must-haves for your she shed! Decor. The option for decorating your space are endless.  Whether you go modern, rustic, or cozy, the choice is all yours.  Some items to consider are framed photos of family, friends, and pets, a letter board for fun sayings, colorful paintings, mirrors, and plush or colorful rugs. Plants.  Whether you have a green thumb or not, adding real or fake plants into the mix can help create a Zen, calming space.  Some easy-to-maintain plants include succulents, snake plants, air plants and parlor palms.  Freshly cut flowers can also liven up the room. Lights.  Selecting the right lighting can really affect the ambiance of your she shed.  Some options to consider include string lights, unique floor or table lamps, chandeliers, candles, and light d ...

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