April 2022

Found 14 blog entries for April 2022.

Disaster Prep With Limited Mobility

In the United States and Canada, more than 18 million people have limited mobility. If you are a person with limited mobility, or you have a loved one with limited mobility, you must prepare for emergencies. There are a wide variety of mobility impairments such as cerebral palsy, amputation, paralysis, muscular dystrophy, multiple sclerosis, and more. These impairments could affect your ability to remove yourself from a dangerous situation.

Emergency situations can include natural disasters, house fires, and the presence of criminal activity. However, by developing your personal support network, understanding local hazards, and making your home more accessible, you can help to ensure your safety in an uncertain

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Home Design Tips for Kids With ADHD

Currently, over 6 million children have been diagnosed with ADHD. Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects people’s behavior. It can inhibit the ability to focus, cause restlessness, and increase impulsivity. While children with ADHD are sometimes seen as troublemakers or may have difficulties in school, there are many ways for children with ADHD to thrive.

With the proper accommodations and the care of parents, teachers, and medical professionals, a child with ADHD can make the most of every day and live an enriching life. 

If your child has ADHD, one way that you can help them is to create an optimal living environment that is specific to their needs. If you are building a new home, you can

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Traveling? Prep Your Home First

Each year, people travel for a variety of reasons. Some travel for work, some to visit family and friends, and others take extended vacations. In fact, according to the U.S. Travel Association, about 80% of American adults travel for leisure while 38% travel for business meetings and events. With so many people on the move, it's no surprise that homes are often left unoccupied for extended periods.

A range of potential issues can affect your home while you're away. From burglaries to water leaks, it's important to take some preventive steps before you leave so that your home is as secure and protected as possible.

A family packing their luggage in the back of their truck to go on a trip.

Security Comes First

No matter how safe a neighborhood seems, even the best neighborhoods can

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Money-Saving Tips for Remote Work

According to the Pew Research Center, 59% of people who say their jobs can be done from home are working remotely. In addition, fifty percent of American workers would agree to a 5% pay cut if it meant they could continue to work from home after the pandemic. 

With numbers like these, it’s easy to see that the popularity of working remotely isn’t diminishing anytime soon. As a remote worker, you can benefit from a work-from-home environment in a variety of ways. Financially, you can save money on gas, wear and tear on their vehicle, work clothes, and even eating out or getting coffee with coworkers. However, you face higher utility bills when your home becomes your office — unless you prioritize financial savings

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Space-Saving Hacks for Small Closets

If you’re reluctant to compromise on storage for your dream home – don’t worry. There are many ways to make your tiny closet into an ideal place to hold your wardrobe. 

Perhaps you want to purchase a condo for the view, but it has outdated storage spaces. Additionally, you may want to buy a home directly in the city for the ease of access to amenities, and this may take precedence over storage or closet space. You could also be into sustainability, so your home might be smaller overall. Whatever the reason, it can be easy to settle on smaller storage with easy parking access or another perk instead.

Traditional storage and decluttering methods vary around the world. With innovative tidying techniques like the

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Guide for Veteran Home Buying

Finding a home as a veteran comes with unique struggles. It’s difficult enough to learn the ins and outs of home buying, as it is. Then, add the extra risk factors that come with veteran status, and you end up with almost 20,000 homeless vets in the U.S. Veterans looking for homes face numerous obstacles including but not limited to: 

  • Disabilities
  • Financial instability
  • Housing prices
  • Job scarcity
  • Lack of financial assistance
  • Social issues

Social reintegration for veterans shouldn’t be as difficult as it is made to be. However, there are steps that you and your support system may take to ease the veteran home buying process.

A closeup of a person in military garb holding the keys to a house.

Preparing for a Move as a Veteran 

Before you begin to secure

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Carports vs. Garages vs. Pads

In much of the United States, owning a car is a necessity. According to the Census Bureau, 91.5% of households in the United States have access to at least one car. For the most part, many homes have more than one car with the average number of vehicles in an American household being 1.88. 

If you are looking for a home, such parking places are a major consideration. Homebuyers have three primary options: off-street parking (a driveway or parking pad), a carport, or a full garage.

In addition to purchasing a home with an existing parking feature, you can also consider making upgrades that will help protect your vehicles, and ideally, increase your property value. 

Here is a look at the parking features you should

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Sustainable Renovations for Every Room

Whether you buy an older home or a new construction home, there are most likely modifications and renovations you can do to make your new house more eco-friendly. If you are looking to spend less money on your energy bill each month, are looking to downsize your home to live more efficiently, want to reduce your environmental impact, or you want to increase the value of your home before you get it appraised for a new sales listing, there have never been more reasons to pursue sustainability than there are right now.

Overhead view of an eco-friendly bedroom featuring natural light, plants, and recycled or low-waste furnishing.

Where do you even start, though? While this process might seem overwhelming when you look at it as a whole, by breaking it down room-by-room throughout your house, you can guarantee it will

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LGBTQ+ Guide to Finding a New Home

A young couple walking through the front door of a home they are touring.

LGBTQ+ Housing Guide: How to Find a Welcoming Home

From discriminatory lending practices to exorbitant interest rates, LGBTQ people have faced many barriers to homeownership. As the movement for equality continues, it's important to understand the obstacles that have been overcome and the obstacles that still need to be overcome.

According to a study done by UCLA, only 49.8% of LGBT adults own their homes, compared to 70.1% of non-LGBT adults.

Let’s take a look at some of the challenges faced by the LGBTQ population in the housing market, share some resources that can help you on your home-buying journey, and explain how to minimize the risk of experiencing discrimination by finding a neighborhood

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Eco-Friendly Home Updates

No matter where you live, home residents generally value having an eco-friendly home. One study found seven in 10 American households claim their home is eco-friendly. However, 77% of those same homeowners claim that they would like to have an even “greener” lifestyle.

A beautiful home with solar panels installed on the roof.

In addition to its various environmental benefits, an eco-friendly home can also benefit both homebuyers and homeowners. An estimated 69% of homebuyers find value in home listings with energy-efficient features. It’s also in a homeowner’s best interest to add eco-friendly features to their home: On average, energy-efficient homes sold for 2.7% more than comparable homes without any eco-friendly upgrades.

Eco-friendly upgrades are some of the most

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