Blog Entries in December

Do Smart Home Systems Make Financial Sense for You?

Do Smart Home Systems Make Financial Sense for You?

As we  kick off 2017, your mind is bound to be churning with possible resolutions. If remodeling your home in the New Year tops your list of resolutions, you’ve undoubtedly considered investing in smart technology. You know, devices like programmable thermostats, smart light bulbs and smart home security systems, among an array of other witty new technology. Of course, with all of th

Five Holiday Storage Ideas for Undecking the Halls!

Five Holiday Storage Ideas for Undecking the Halls!

Though many of us still are enjoying the holiday season with family and friends, we know there is a not-so-festive thought looming in your minds… cleaning up all of the holiday décor you so diligently put up for the season. Well, don’t waste the rest of this merry time worrying about how you’re going to stash your seasonal décor until next year. We’ve foun

Holiday Hosting Tips to Keep Your House Tidy and Spirits Bright!

Holiday Hosting Tips to Keep Your House Tidy and Spirits Bright!

If you’re a homeowner or renter who is hosting the holidays this season, you may be feeling a little anxiety about welcoming your guests while keeping your home in order. But, have no fear; it can be done! Even during the busiest of holiday seasons, you can keep chaos at home down while keeping your guests’ (and your own) spirits up! Here’s a quick guide to making your guests

Five Tips for a Successful Home Sale in 2017!

Five Tips for a Successful Home Sale in 2017!

The New Year is upon us and for some homeowners resolving to sell their homes in 2017 is on their to-do list. Much like all that is involved in planning for holiday festivities, there is quite a bit to do to prepare for listing a home in today’s real estate market. If you’re looking to list your home in 2017, here are five things you should start doing now: 1. Clean and Declutter

Brrr! Ten of the Best Things to Do in Pittsburgh this Winter!

Brrr! Ten of the Best Things to Do in Pittsburgh this Winter!

One of the things that so many people love about living in the city of Pittsburgh is the opportunity to enjoy all four seasons. Whether it is during the busy holiday season or in the wintry start to the New Year, Pittsburgh has an abundance of winter fun for all ages. Here are five outdoor winter activities you won’t want to miss in Pittsburgh this winter: Ski, Pittsburgh! Both Seve

Five Ways to Save this Season Without Feeling Like a Scrooge

Five Ways to Save this Season Without Feeling Like a Scrooge

Gift-giving season is in full effect, but what happens when you’re trying to stay focused on your financial goals instead of overspending around the holidays? Of course, you want to get your loved ones gifts that they’ll love, but you don’t want to lose focus and sacrifice dreams like homeownership or that screened-in addition you’ve been saving up for this year. Don&rsq

From Gifts to Gatherings - Apps Homeowners Need for the Holidays

From Gifts to Gatherings - Apps Homeowners Need for the Holidays

OK, homeowner, you knew this time was coming. It’s your turn to host the holidays! So, in addition to immaculately decking your halls and making sure you’ve picked the perfect gifts for everyone on your shopping list, this holiday season you’ll also need to ensure that your home is incredibly clean and ready to welcome family and friends, who may or may not be staying with you wh

Don’t Get Burned! What You Need to Know About Your Fireplace

Don’t Get Burned! What You Need to Know About Your Fireplace

The season for cozying up around a warm fireplace has arrived. But, if you bought a home with a wood-burning fireplace earlier this year, you may be wondering how to keep your fire safely burning bright throughout the holiday season and all winter long. Owning a home with a wood-burning fireplace is wonderful thing, but it does require a bit more responsibility and maintenance than a gas or ele

Keep Spirits High and Utility Bills Low this Holiday Season!

Keep Spirits High and Utility Bills Low this Holiday Season!

If you haven’t already decked your halls for the holiday season, you may be planning to get a little festive right about now. And, why not? So far this season, the weather has been pretty mild; so, the time is right to hang lights, string garland and add other holiday décor. But, what happens when the weather outside turns much colder during the holidays? Of course, you’ll ke

Cost-effective DIY Steps to Keep Your Home Warmer in the Winter

Cost-effective DIY Steps to Keep Your Home Warmer in the Winter

In many parts of the country, keeping homes warm will be a priority in the coming months as winter brings its frost, wind, snow and low temperatures. Luckily, maintaining a warm house isn't always as costly a prospect as some homeowners may think. It is possible to keep a home comfortable in terms of temperature without paying more per month to make it happen. Numerous low-tech, affordabl