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    Improve your home and its value

    By Erica Ramus | November 23, 2021

    Improve Your Home and Its Value: 6 high-ROI ideas to increase the value of your house Home upgrades happen for different reasons but enhancing your home’s curb appeal and value are often at the top of the list. These projects can make it easier to enjoy your home knowing they carry a return on investment... Read More

    Hot Ideas for Outdoor Living – Backyard Dream Retreats

    By Erica Ramus | June 1, 2019

    Create the backyard retreat of your dreams Livable space may be traditionally confined to a home’s interior, but the growing popularity of outdoor living design suggests that homeowners are broadening the definition to make the most of a home’s total footprint. Here in Pennsylvania fire pits and patios are much desired amenities. I’m in the... Read More

    5 Tips to Successfully Bring a New Pet into Your Home

    By Erica Ramus | April 23, 2019

    Bringing home a puppy or kitten can lead to a lot of excitement. However, discussing issues that may arise and preparing in advance for a new pet’s arrival can help make for a smooth transition. Consider these tips from the pet experts at PetSmart Charities to help make your new pet’s adjustment to its forever... Read More

    Give Your Space a Spring Refresh

    By Erica Ramus | April 8, 2019

    Start with upgrades to your home’s design features The spring season is typically a time when people are motivated to start fresh. With reorganization often top of mind, it is also a time when many homeowners look for ways to update their homes with improvements that can increase aesthetics and functionality. From small changes to... Read More

    Spring Home Maintenance Checklist

    By Erica Ramus | April 7, 2019

    Spring is here – and it finally feels like winter might be on its way out the door. Here’s your checklist for spring home maintenance items around your property: GUTTERS – Pull leaves and debris out of the gutters. Run a hose on the roof and check if there are any leaks that need to... Read More

    The KonMari Method: Declutter to Prepare Your Home for Sale

    By Erica Ramus | February 6, 2019

    One of the biggest challenges sellers face when listing their house is decluttering. Cleaning out some of the more personal decorating choices allows buyers to imagine themselves living in the house. Those planning to sell soon are in luck! Marie Kondo, the inventor of the KonMari Method of Tidying Up, has gained popularity with her... Read More

    Stay safe when decorating this holiday season

    By Erica Ramus | December 14, 2018

    The National Fire Protection Association reports more than 800 fires are caused by holiday decorations each year. Whether you’re a low-key decorator or you could pass for Clark Griswold in “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation,” we want you to stay safe. Here are some holiday safety tips: Decorations Never overload an electric outlet with too many... Read More

    Winter Weather Emergency Preparedness

    By Erica Ramus | December 6, 2018

    As temperatures drop here in Pennsylvania, the risk of severe winter weather conditions and sudden power outages rise. The past few years, we’ve seen several serious power outages here in our parts of northeast Pennsylvania – some for hours while others lasted a few days. Preparing your family ahead of time can help minimize the... Read More

    Create a Healthy, Winter-Ready Home

    By Erica Ramus | November 11, 2018

    When chilly weather arrives and the days get shorter, chances are good you’ll spend the majority of your days indoors. Before you start your hibernation, it’s a good idea to ensure your home is up to the task. Put your well-being at the top of the list with these ideas to help ensure a health-conscious... Read More

    Winter Tasks: Energy Audit & Winterization of Vacant Homes

    By Erica Ramus | November 5, 2018

    Winter is coming – and despite temps in the 50s and 60s lately, we’ll soon have overnight freezing temperatures as “the norm” rather than a warning. It’s time to take a look at where your heating bills are (and how they can be lowered). If you are the owner of a vacant home, make sure... Read More