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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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With Pinterest, Houzz and so many shows about home improvements, it's natural to have a wish list. We share our ideas, your homeowner stories and support you in achieving your dreams.

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Understanding Smart Lighting

Lots of people are talking about smart lighting but what does that mean? Wikipedia says “Smart lighting is lighting technology designed for energy efficiency. This may include high efficiency fixtures and automated controls that make adjustments based on conditions such as occupancy or daylight availability.”

It gets more confusing when you search for “smart lighting” [Save More…]

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…]

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Cheap House Windows You Want to Avoid

The emphasis on low cost products drives lower quality products. Poor quality means products have to be replaced more often. When you have to replace building materials frequently, they cost more when you include installation costs. Walmart focuses on consumable products, ones that aren't expected to last a long time. They don't sell cheap house windows because …

cheap house windows & screens installed by Richmond American Homes at West Haven, outside Orlando

Houses last 40, 60 or 100 years. Walmart does sell window accessories like screens, shutters, window film, window awnings and window insulation kits.

Sadly many production builders, to save a nickel here and there, [Learn More …]

Best Furniture Pads to Protect Floors

When you move into a brand new house you want to decorate, organize and protect your home so it sparkles forever. Furniture pads will let you move furniture around, knowing your floors are protected from scratches and gouges. The challenge is finding the best furniture pads for your floors and furniture.

More homeowners worry about their hardwood floors but my experience says it pays to protect all flooring. With wall-t0-wall porcelain tile, I expected my floors to be pretty indestructible … [Learn More …]

How Electrical Outlets are Changing

Electrical outlets are becoming more critical in our connected world. Home fixtures like lights are getting smarter and everyone in the family has a smart phone. So why aren't we getting smarter about where we put our outlets?

kitchen counter electrical outlets in tile backsplash over granite countertop

Why let plain white outlets break up tile backsplash?

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Flooded House & What I’m Learning

We see and read about homeowner emergencies all the time. We just never imagine it happening to our house … until one day, it happens. Last week it happened to me when I got a phone call about a flooded house, my brand new house in Florida. While I was in Maine helping my sister, neighbors called the HOA property manager because “water was gushing out the front door and garage”.

waves of water flowing through dining room ... not fun having a flooded house

When I owned a handyman business, I dealt with these problems all the time. It feels a lot different when it's your house. I'm going to share what I'm learning so you'll be more prepared as one day [Start Dreaming …]

Photographing House Contents Before the Emergency

The house was supposed to be done in 120 days. That meant February 1st which slipped to March, April and finally closed on May 3rd. That was the beginning. Then we gutted the house and turned cheap builder cabinets and other features into an upscale house I love. Fortunately I'm a blogger, so I was photographing house contents before the flood happened …

photographing house contents while the house was being built meant I was prepared for insurance claim

There were a few things to finish. The dishwasher and ice maker needed to be hooked up. There were 6 to 8 boxes left to unpack and [Start Dreaming …]

Replacing Cheap Kitchen Cabinets

If the kitchen is the heart of a home, then you expect kitchens in new construction houses to be brilliant. Richmond American's model home kitchen is just that. The price tag for that kitchen is ridiculous. Here's how I replaced cheap kitchen cabinets in my new home, with better cabinets that are beautiful and functional.

Home buyers need to understand that model homes are advertisements like the ones you see in magazines. They include lots of upgrades (think “more money”) to encourage buyers to put down a deposit on their new home.

Looks though, can also be deceiving when you're not familiar with what you're looking at [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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