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Monthly Archives: May 2021

    Red, White and Blue Ice Cream Sodas

    By Alex Bean | May 29, 2021

    Ice cream is a must all summer long, not to mention on Independence Day. These American flag-inspired ice cream sodas are one of the tastiest ways to show your patriotic pride on the Fourth! Ingredients ½ cup of club soda 4 tablespoons Torani™ Syrup total (2 red, 2 blue) 3 tablespoons half-and-half 3-4 ice cubes... Read More

    Upgrade Your Home for Little Money

    By Alex Bean | May 28, 2021

    For many, the thought of home improvements can bring about worry. Between costly and lengthy projects, updates can often seem like they’re not worth the hassle. But not to fear! These relatively easy home upgrades are cost effective and can also increase the overall value of your home—a definite win-win! Paint the kitchen cabinetsNew cabinets... Read More

    Should You Fix Your House Up or Sell As-Is

    By Alex Bean | May 25, 2021

    When you decide to sell your home, it’s beneficial to make a list of renovations and repairs that could help increase its value. This can include painting a dated room, putting new carpet down, or fixing a leaky roof. But if you don’t have the time or ability to make repairs, you may be able... Read More

    5 Simple Ways to Add Instant Curb Appeal

    By Alex Bean | May 24, 2021

    Don’t lose potential buyers due to any flaws or unsightliness on the exterior of your home. Use the tips below to wow people at the curb and get them in the door! The best part is, you don’t have to spend a fortune or break your back to boost your home’s curb appeal. Apply a... Read More

    8 Ways to Beautify Your Backyard

    By Alex Bean | May 17, 2021

    When it comes to tackling a home renovation, the backyard can be an afterthought. But more and more, homeowners are thinking about this prime living space a bit differently. In 2020, outdoor contracting professionals, like pool and spa installers, saw a large increase in work requests—and the new approach to yards doesn’t end there. The... Read More

    Thrifty Staging Secrets

    By Alex Bean | May 14, 2021

    Staging your home for the sell is one of the most important elements in making your space inviting and attractive to potential buyers, but in the midst of a move, who has the time (or money) for a complete renovation? Save time, money, and energy—without sacrificing quality—with these tips. Remove excess by ridding cluttered rooms of... Read More

    Most Fascinating Castles in North American You’ve Never Heard Of

    By Alex Bean | May 13, 2021

    Though many might consider the world’s most beautiful castles as something exclusive to Europe, the United States is actually home to some truly captivating castles. Though these castles may not have quite the same historical significance, each offers its own unique experience and makes for once-in-a-lifetime trip. ©Boldt Castle Boldt Castle (Alexandria Bay, NY)From 1900–1904, New... Read More

    How to Choose the Ideal Home Location

    By Alex Bean | May 13, 2021

    It’s time to buy a home, and while you know the style and layout of the kind of home you are looking for, you’re unsure of whereto begin looking for your dream home. This is the moment where the home buying motto comes into play—location, location, location. It’s important to keep in mind that once... Read More

    Looking for New Construction? Here’s What to Keep in Mind

    By Alex Bean | May 7, 2021

    Among the many unexpected effects of the COVID-19 pandemic has been an unprecedented level of demand from homebuyers coupled with severe inventory shortages in markets all over the country. In order to overcome this ongoing challenge, many buyers are turning to new construction as a way to find the home they want in the location... Read More

    The Best Places to Celebrate Cinco de Mayo

    By Alex Bean | May 5, 2021

    Mexican culture is brought to light each year with Cinco de Mayo—a holiday steeped in celebration, tradition, and above all, good food and drink. Celebrate at these restaurants across the country who are doing Cinco de Mayo right. Mercadito – Chicago, IL As one of the most authentic Mexican dining experiences you could ask for,... Read More