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You've probably never hung a door or shingled a roof. That’s why problems are scary. We share concepts, terminology so you can make smart decisions about your home ... with confidence!

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Moving Checklist: Boxes, Trucks & More

moving checklist should help avoid things like this homeowner

Today's notice that my homeowner insurance would be cancelled due to lack of payment seemed unreal. With so many other bumps in the road, it feels like nothing is going right with this move. The insurance was paid 12 days ago, as part of the closing on my new home. So now it feels like I need a moving checklist to make sure nothing is falling through the cracks!

With more than a dozen moves over the last 40 years, [Save More…]

My Home Address Nightmares

collage of house numbers used to communicate your home address

Do you know how often you write out your home address? Maybe you're smart and carry those cute little address stickers which save you time? What you probably don't understand is how your home address is being tracked and even sold by businesses across the US. Like many aspects of our lives, we take our home address for granted while understanding it's importance.

Even though I've moved 14 times since graduating from college, I never understood the problems [Save More…]

Documents Needed for a Mortgage Application

checking your financial health when submitting a mortgage application

Completing a mortgage application is never easy, even if you've done it before!  You'll have to submit lots of documents and waste hours finding the necessary documentation, scanning pages and pages so ultimately you can upload all these documents to the lender you've picked. You can fight the bureaucracy or recognize that reviewing your financial health has benefits too.

Ready to look at your financial health from the perspective of a lender? [Save More…]

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Fun Ways to Organize Ribbon for Crafting

Organizing crafts in your home can be challenging. With lots of quilting fabric, there's enough shelf space for fabric but not enough room for the extras – ribbon, books and more. Learn how to organize ribbon so you're ready for the next project.

quilt room bookshelves showing lots of fabric so I still have to figure out how to organize ribbon

As I'm still unpacking from my move to Florida, when Mary asked for ideas to organize ribbon, it was time to explore more storage ideas. What I discovered is you've got to step back and look at your room and where you'll do what, to find the best solutions. [Learn More …]

Attic Baffles & Why You Need Them

diagram showing air flow from soffits through attic baffles to ridge vents at top of roof

Attic baffles play an important role keeping your home comfortable and safe. They keep space clear so fresh air can flow from the soffits under your roof eaves to the vents at or near the top of your roof, illustrated by the red arrow above. [Learn More …]

Why Call Professionals for an Appliance Repair

appliance repair professional identifying source of the washing machine problem that needs to be fixed

Growing up, I often remember my grandmother marveling at all the “newfangled appliances” that were available to make household chores easier. She would tell tales of using a ringer washing machine where she fed clothes through rollers one piece at a time. Appliance designs were simpler and many times a homeowner would handle their own appliance repair.

Of course, she would shake her head in amazement every time I managed to wash and dry two loads of laundry, clean all the dishes from a dinner party, [Learn More …]

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Types of Landscaping for Curb Appeal

Buying a new house is a huge investment. After moving into your new home, you'll spend more on furniture, flooring, window treatments and maybe a remodeling project. While we spend most of our time at home indoors, you also need to look at the types of landscaping you need for curb appeal and a comfortable backyard.

foundation plantings around new home

It's exciting moving into a new house and a bit exhausting. Homeowners tend to focus on their new home for about a year. Then life takes over and the remaining items on your new home project list get pushed to the back burner. That's why it's important to put together a wish list of all the projects you'd like to pursue. [Start Dreaming …]

New House Painting Done Right?

kitchen & bedroom with tall ceilings are more challenging house painting projects

Painting is probably the most common DIY project a homeowner tackles. Painting an entire house is an entirely different endeavor. In Arizona where ceilings went as high as 16 feet (above), we decided to hire professional painters. House painting is even more challenging with a new house so you're glad that the builder is responsible for this task.

That's both good news and possibly bad news for home buyers. Using my experience running a handyman business, I discovered a ridiculous number of problems [Start Dreaming …]

New Construction Punchlist Tells a Story

construction crew laying blocks forming exterior walls, things hidden during the process so they won't get onto the punchlist

Everyone who buys a new construction home needs to understand the role of the punchlist!

If you don't find problems and make the builder correct them before you close on your new home, you're going to waste money due to poor construction and/or materials. You'll spend money on higher utility bills, repairs due to faulty installation and/or materials and worst, having to replace home features much sooner than is reasonable. And I'm not talking about a couple hundred dollars. [Start Dreaming …]

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How to Create Your Dream Home

Have you got a long list of projects that never seem to get done? We’re here to help you prioritize what needs to get done now, along with tips to create your dream home and the lifestyle you want. Our free report will help you remember what’s really important, what you loved about the houses where you’ve lived.

Owning 12+ houses through the years working for I’ve Been Moved (IBM), gave me lots of experience to share about what works, and what doesn’t. Then I settled down to live/work in one place, and started a handyman business (8 years, 2,000 homeowners). I discovered my passion for helping women learn to manage their homes with confidence. So let’s connect and create the house you’ve always dreamed of!

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