At Home Party with Family

5 MORE Ways to Make Hosting Parties at Home Easier

Working up the courage to have a party at home? Hoping to host a get together at your place in the near future? Hosting at-home gatherings can be fun, but preparing for them can also be nothing short of overwhelming. There’s a lot to do to get ready to entertain a house full of people!...

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Backyard DIY Project Ideas

Spring has finally arrived here in Upstate New York. That means it’s time to get outside and enjoy the beautiful weather we’ve been waiting for all winter! It also means it’s time to clean up the backyard and get going on some outdoor home improvement projects! If you’re looking for some fun and manageable DIY...

Energy Efficiency

Easy Tips for Increasing Your Home’s Energy Efficiency

Most homeowners are consistently looking for ways to save money on monthly expenses and utility costs. Increasing energy efficiency is one way to do so. Sometimes making your home more energy efficient takes a bit of investment. For instance, installing new high efficiency appliances or replacing old windows can save you money in the long...

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Spring Cleaning Your Kitchen: 6 Things You MUST Clean This Year

Spring is here! For many homeowners, that means that spring cleaning will soon be in full swing. While some homeowners absolutely love spring cleaning, others find it to be more of a necessary evil. Unfortunately, whether you love it or hate it, spring cleaning your home can be quite a chore. And one of the...

First time homeowners

5 Things First Time Homeowners Should Be Prepared For

Congratulations! You’ve purchased your first home. It’s a very exciting time – and likely a busy time too. With packing, moving, unpacking, organizing and more on your plate, plus keeping up with your day-to-day life, chances are you don’t have time in your schedule for any unexpected surprises that may come along with new homeownership....

Small Home

Perks of Living in a Small Home

Many people dream of living in large, spacious houses. For many, the home they fantasize about includes more living space than they realistically need – but they continue to dream nonetheless. The unfortunate (or perhaps fortunate) reality is that most people don’t end up living in the mansions they’ve dreamed of. For one reason or...

Holiday Decorations

Tips for Storing Holiday Decorations

The holidays have come and gone, and once again it’s time to put away those holiday decorations. This year, don’t just throw them all in a box and stick them down in the basement! Instead, keep things organized! Do yourself a favor and implement some (or all) of these 7 helpful tips for storing holiday...

Winter in Upstate NY

Is Your Home Ready for Winter?

Three Important-to-Remember but Easy-to-Forget Home Maintenance Tasks You Should Take Care of as the Winter Months Approach. Winter is coming. Here in Upstate NY, that means snow, ice, wind, freezing rain, hail and frigid temperatures are on their way. While you may have the heat turned on inside, plenty of blankets piled up on the...

Table filled with food for the holidays

5 Holiday Hosting Tips to Make Your Life Easier

The holidays are just around the corner! If you’re a new homeowner and it’s your first time hosting a crowd for the holidays – or if you’re a seasoned homeowner who is preparing to host holiday festivities again this year – you may be starting to feel the excitement and anxiety that comes along with...

Fall Home Maintenance Checklist [Infographic]

Whether you’re a new homeowner or you’ve owned a house for years, maintaining your home is a huge – and very important – ongoing project. There are dozens of tasks and projects you should do on an annual basis to keep all aspects of your home in good working order. Luckily, these home maintenance tasks...

Kids Playing in a Childproofed House

Tips for Kid Proofing Your New Home

If you have kids, childproofing your new home is one of the very first things you’ll need to do when you move in. While this can be a somewhat daunting task, especially with all the other stresses that come along with relocating, it’s one of the most important things you will do when you buy...

home buyers move into new home

11 Things to Do When You Move Into a New House

We all know there are a bunch of things you should try to do BEFORE you move into a new house. From changing the locks to updating your insurance, there is a lot to tackle before you’ve even moved your first belongings into your new place. But what things should you take care of first...

Pet Proofing Your Home

Ten Tips for Pet-Proofing Your Home

For many people, a house doesn’t quite feel like a home until it’s being shared with a furry companion or two. Pets are great additions to any household, but keeping pets safe at home can be more challenging than it may seem. If you’re a new pet owner or you’ve recently moved into a new...

Moving boxes

Five Things You Should Do Before Moving Into A New House

When you’ve found the perfect home and you’re finally able to call it your own, your natural instinct may be to move in as soon as possible. While we can’t blame you for feeling this way, the truth is there are a few things you should do before you move in. What should you take...

Balloons at a kids' at home birthday party

Kids’ At-Home Birthday Party Ideas & Tips

Throwing a birthday party for your child at home can seem like an overwhelming task. From decorating and cleaning the house before everyone arrives and to feeding and entertaining all the guests during the party, it’s no wonder so many parents are willing to spend a small fortune to have their child’s birthday parties somewhere...

Couple Trying to Find the Perfect Realtor

How to Choose a Realtor

When it comes to buying a house, having someone familiar with the real estate industry to guide you can be both comforting and beneficial. As a result, if you are in the market for a new home, you may want to consider working with an experienced real estate agent. How do you go about finding...

New kitchen in a brand new home

Benefits of Buying a Brand New Home

When it comes to shopping for a new home, homebuyers have lots of options. One of the biggest choices consumers initially have to make when they begin searching for a new place to live is whether they want to buy or build a home. While moving into an existing home that is “new to you”...

Tips for Keeping Your Home Clean and Organized

Whether you’ve lived in your home for years or you just moved in, there are always challenges when it comes to keeping a house clean and organized. Here, we’ll share 10 of our favorite easy tips for keeping your house in good order! 10 Tips for Cleaning and Organizing Your Home 1. Wipe Down the...

Cozy Home Interior

How to Find the Right Home For You

Finding the perfect place to call home sweet home can be quite a challenge. From identifying the ideal location to finding a house that’s the right size for your family and in a price range you are comfortable with, the process of finding the right home can be daunting. Here are 7 tips to guide...

5 Tips for Meeting Your New Neighbors

Relocating can be fun and exciting but it can also be stressful and overwhelming. From packing and hiring movers to reorganizing your whole life into a new and unfamiliar space, the transition to a new home can be a challenging one. Sometimes, one of the biggest stresses when it comes to moving becomes evident after...

Backyard Picnic Table & Grill

5 Great Backyard Activity Ideas

One of the biggest perks of owning a home is having your own backyard to use and enjoy! Looking for some ways to make the most of your yard? We’ve got some fun backyard activity ideas that will leave you excited to spend some time outdoors!