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Strange Noises Explained

Posted by Kimberly Shane on 10/17/17 6:40 AM

Strange Noises Explained

Everywhere I’ve turned lately there has been some sort of spooky creature lurking (okay, usually they aren’t moving) or creepy movie ad—tis the season after all. With all these creepies infiltrating my preferred, sunshine and rainbows outlook, the noises in my house seem to be harder to disregard. Together, let’s put my mind and yours at ease for a better night’s sleep to come!  

Materials that are used to build a house- wood frames, plywood, glass, metal ducts, nails, plumbing pipes—all expand at different rates. This means, according to houselogic, as a house cools at night, the materials may move slightly, rubbing against each other making noises that could make you sit straight up in bed! “But they seem to be happening more frequently,” you may say. To that I respond, “Tis the season” but literally this time, it is the fall season which means that while the sun may warm up our days the nights are usually filled with crisp, cool air causing your house to cool even more.

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Topics: Maintenance, Home Maintenance, Home Materials

Prep For Disaster

Posted by Kimberly Shane on 10/16/17 7:00 AM

Prep for Disaster

A Disaster is defined as a sudden event, such as an accident or a natural catastrophe that causes great damage or loss of life. It can be hard to imagine how you could go about preparing for something that could happen at a moment’s notice without warning. Sadly, when we look at the conditions of the world around us and see the current headlines, this is a reality we must face. So the question arises, is there anything we can do to prepare to minimize property damage but also what can we do to protect ourselves and our families?

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Topics: preparedness, damage, repair, home repair, prepping

Popular Home Design Styles

Posted by Kimberly Shane on 10/13/17 4:30 PM

Popular Home Design Styles

As you drive through neighborhoods you can likely recognize different home designs. Whether it be from watching HGTV specials or playing the Board Game of Life as a kid; there are some iconic styles that are easy to spot. But when it comes down to it, could you explain what it is that makes a home a Cape Cod or a Tudor? Yep, me neither! Let’s look at what makes each style unique:

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Topics: First Time Home Buyers, Housing, Home Buyer, Home Building

The Piggy Bank: Teach Them to Save

Posted by Kimberly Shane on 10/12/17 6:00 AM

The Piggy Bank: Teach Them to Save

Can’t get your kids to understand that they could buy that bike faster if they didn’t spend their $10.00 on a 500-piece kitty cat puzzle? Well your kids certainly aren’t alone. According to experts, “an estimated 38 million households in the US live hand to mouth, meaning they spend every penny of their paychecks.” So, if we, as adults struggle with the idea of saving up money and not spending it just because we have it then no wonder it’s so difficult for our younger ones to grasp the idea!

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Topics: Finances, Money, 100% financing

Simple to Stunning: Hallways

Posted by Kimberly Shane on 10/11/17 6:45 AM

Simple to Stunning: Hallways

It is true that no one is hanging out in your hallways, unless of course you are trying to hide presents from the kids (who are peeking under the door) or there is a line for the bathroom. With that being said, there is a lot of wall space to make some statements on, so why not dress up your hallways? That is exactly what one of my favorite bloggers did. She added board and batten, painted the walls, changed out the light fixture and hung some art… voila! She has a new space that feels light, airy and elegant and that is just the transition space before you get to her next beautiful room!

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Topics: Finances, Renovate, renovation, Renovation Lending

Real Estate Pitfalls

Posted by Kimberly Shane on 10/10/17 7:15 AM

Real Estate Pitfalls

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Topics: Realty, Real Estate, Sellers, selling, House Buying, Home Selling

Dinner Ruining Your Pipes?

Posted by Kimberly Shane on 10/9/17 6:45 AM

Dinner Ruining Your Pipes?

I was not fortunate enough to have a garbage disposal in my house, growing up, so when my husband and I bought our first home and there was a garbage disposal, I used that sucker for everything! I mean if you can run it down the drain and you don’t have to smell old dinner sitting in your garbage can, why not do it?! Not too long ago, I was trying to shove chunks of frozen chili down the drain (with the water running of course) and that is when the hubs realized that perhaps I was overusing the disposal. Then the other day I came across an article that warns about types of food which can ruin your plumbing… oops! Maybe I can help you to avoid the possibility of ruining your pipes with dinner.

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Topics: Maintenance, Home Maintenance

Are Millennials Mainstream?

Posted by Kimberly Shane on 10/6/17 4:30 PM

Are Millennials Mainstream?

Maybe it’s time we stop picturing millennials as skinny jean wearing, mustache toting hipsters…. Okay maybe they do wear skinny jeans and keep a pretty good looking stache but according to a study done by the National Association of Realtors, in 2017 millennials were the largest group of homebuyers for the 4th consecutive year. And they aren’t just buying up the hip downtown lofts or the bungalows in the center of the city—nope, they are moving out to the suburbs! 

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Topics: First Time Home Buyers, Home Buyer, home buyers, Home Building, Buying, homebuying, home buying, homebuyer, House Buying

The Piggy Bank: But How Much?

Posted by Kimberly Shane on 10/5/17 6:40 AM

The Piggy Bank: But How Much?

Can you get into this allowance kick that I’ve been on lately?! I would love to hear how the allowance structure works in your family and if you have any tips that you are willing to share! We’ve been talking a lot about do’s and don’ts of an allowance but one thing we haven’t discussed is how much is a good amount for our kids. Of course, this will have many factors that affect it—the age of your child, your financial situation—you get it. Certainly, you don’t want to stretch yourself farther than you can afford. 

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Topics: Finances, Money, financial

Simple to Stunning: Playtime

Posted by Kimberly Shane on 10/4/17 6:30 AM

Simple to Stunning: Playtime

Little Jack Horner wouldn’t have sat in the corner eating his Christmas pie, if his mom was Lindsay Ballard. As far as cool mom’s I think she takes the cake with this playroom makeover. In fact, her son is quoted as saying, “Come upstairs and look at our room.  My mom is so cool.” She used cobalt blue everywhere from painting the stereo cabinet to striping the walls! This playroom makes such a fun statement and on top of it, has TONS of storage so the Lego and baby doll clutter doesn’t get too out of hand!

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Topics: Renovate, reno, renovation, Renovation Lending

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