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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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What Smart Lighting Means?

Do you own a smart phone? Do you type text messages or use voice-texting? Do you turn your radio on by talking to Alexa? It's fascinating that we're talking less to humans and more to things like phones and other smart devices. You might think smart lighting is simply light fixtures you can turn on and off via your smart phone but it's a lot more.

You're able to talk to these devices because of their integrated computer chips. They respond to your verbal requests. They also work with apps [Save More…]

Setting Your Home Buying Priorities

Your current lifestyle is as important a factor in home buying as anything else. You might be ready to change your lifestyle. Or you might not. But one thing is for sure, some things will change once you buy a house. The trick is choosing the right home in the right location, to make those changes positive ones. 

Before you embark on the home ownership journey, look at how you currently spend your time today. Then estimate how you are likely to spend your time once you own a house (and even when you have kids). There are numerous things to consider [Save More…]

What is Gross Living Area (GLA)?

When you made an offer on your house, the square footage was listed on various real estate websites. When the appraisal came back, the square footage was lower and you're not sure why. Did someone made a mistake or copy the number incorrectly? So it's now time to learn what's included in the gross living area of a house and how to calculate the number. 

Measuring the size of your home can be confusing. You look at the individual rooms and probably measure some of them to see how your furniture will fit. The official measurements of your house are done from the exterior. This means they include the walls even though you don't think of them as living space. [Save More…]

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How Do You Update Laminate Countertops

Dawn asked “Do you handle this type of job?  A realtor in southern New Hampshire, she has a Formica countertop that needs updating but doesn't want to spend the money to replace it.” What she didn't explain was the purpose for the update. As she's a realtor, it likely is an update Dawn recommended to help sell a house. We've replaced many kitchen countertops for homeowners preparing to sell their houses, so we've got experience working with laminate countertops.

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Where is My Dining Room Chandelier?

A dining room chandelier provides light and ambiance for this often forgotten room (read: The Unused Dining Room Dilemma). Like a beautiful piece of jewelry, dining room chandeliers often act as the room's focal point. With an open floor plan, your dining room needs something to define its' space. Such was the dilemma in my house where the great room is 28 by 30 feet.  

floor plan showing electrical fixtures in a great room (kitchen, dining room, family room & home office)

You really multiple ways in which you can define individual rooms within a great room. Most of your options are in the ceiling or floor. Strangely some homeowners will add a room divider where a traditional wall would have been but not in my house. [Learn More …]

44 Homeowner Electrical Checklist Tips

Building a house involves lots of decisions. An electrical checklist will save you money by helping you identify where you want outlets and wall switches placed during construction. That's because it's much cheaper to move electrical boxes and wiring when the walls are open. Once the walls are covered with drywall, the cost to make changes goes up significantly. 

electrical wiring inside the walls ... before the drywall goes up so make sure to review the electrical checklist to make sure it's all where you want it

Maybe you're feeling overwhelmed with all the decisions a home buyer has to make when building a house. You can't assume the builder knows what you want or need for the lifestyle you want. Remember builders are running a business and their focus is on [Learn More …]

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7 Eco Friendly Updates for Older Homes

Maybe it's your first home, or maybe you've chosen an older house just for the love of the property. Most Americans don't live in new, energy efficient homes built following green construction guidelines. But if you're like many home owners, you'll want to improve your home the longer you live there. If you're interested in more eco friendly ways to make those improvements, there's no shortage of options.

young couple buying an older house & looking for eco friendly updates to make

Our first house! Now we get to decide which eco friendly updates make the most sense …

Here are 7 ways to make your home more eco friendly, that don't require major modifications. [Start Dreaming …]

Backyard Family Fun When Staying Home

Summer has arrived but like school, most camps are closed. That means parents need a lot more activities to keep their kids busy, especially those who are trying to work at home. As we've all been housebound for months, the space feels like it's shrinking. It's time to venture outside for additional living space so we've gathered ideas to help you and your kids have more backyard family fun.

It's summer so water is a great way to cool off. Young kids will be happy if you let them play with a garden hose. Older kids might prefer [Start Dreaming …]

New Kitchen Countertop Materials For a Unique Kitchen

No kitchen remodel is complete without new countertops. Everyone seems to be in love with granite countertops and they are beautiful but you've got to maintain them. Engineered stone is an alternative to granite and you don't have to seal these kitchen countertop materials (it's done during the manufacturing process), so some people prefer them.

But you might be wondering what other kitchen countertop materials are there to choose from? If your budget can handle something more expensive, we’ve got some beautiful countertop materials for you to think about. [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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