Blog Entries in October

15 Tips to Help Move-in Day Go Smoothly

15 Tips to Help Move-in Day Go Smoothly

Once you get past closing day, it’s smooth sailing to get into your new home, right? Well, sometimes. There is still one big hurdle when it comes to buying and settling into a new home… move-in day. Although moving day can be stressful, there are things you can do to make it easier on the whole family. Here are 15 quick tips you can do to make your moving day go smoothly: 1. Dec

Five Things to Expect After Putting Your Home on the Market

Five Things to Expect After Putting Your Home on the Market

So, you’ve just put your home on the market… congratulations! Surely, it took a lot of effort to get to this point. You had to find the right real estate agent, clean and declutter your home for listing photos and gain a basic understanding of the selling process. Now that your home has been listed, are you wondering what happens next? Of course, it is time to prepare to welcome pr

Five Frighteningly Fun Halloween Events In and Around Pittsburgh

Five Frighteningly Fun Halloween Events In and Around Pittsburgh

This weekend marks the last full weekend before Halloween, so you know what that means. If you haven’t had your share of fears and frights this season, you’ll need to pack in a few haunted moments this weekend. But don’t fret. Pittsburgh and its surrounding suburbs are home to many worthy horrific happenings that are perfect to tour through as Halloween approaches. Here are fi

Five Signs It Is Time to Sell Your Home When You Retire

Five Signs It Is Time to Sell Your Home When You Retire

Even the happiest of professionals can admit that they dream of retirement from time to time – and maybe even more frequently. And, why not? For many, retirement means more time to spend with those you love, doing the things you love. But when you’re used to an income that allows you to live a particular lifestyle, then that income changes, it can be difficult to maintain the lifest

Closing Time? Five Things You Should Know First

Closing Time? Five Things You Should Know First

So, you’re buying a home. You’ve applied for financing and saved enough money for a down payment. You’ve made an offer that’s been accepted. You’ve gone through all the necessary home inspections and appraisals. It’s time for closing. What a relief! But did you know that this exciting last chapter of the home-buying process comes with a few fees? Closing cost

Five Tips for Buying a Home in Your 20s

Five Tips for Buying a Home in Your 20s

For anyone, buying a home is a daunting task. But for a 20-something, you know—today’s millennials, buying a home can be an enormous undertaking. But it is not an unachievable goal. In fact, today’s millennials are well-prepared to deal with some typical homeowner tasks. After all, this generation is often characterized as confident and positive, both traits that certainly can he

 10 Money-Saving Mistakes You're Making and How to Stop!

10 Money-Saving Mistakes You're Making and How to Stop!

October’s start signals the beginning of the year’s fourth financial quarter. For those of us who made financial resolutions at the beginning of the year, this quarter is a good reminder to check in on how we’re meeting our goals. If you’re struggling to reach your financial goals, there is still time to make a difference this year. As this fourth quarter kicks off, we&rsq

Congratulations to the October 2018 Hockey Mom Winner!

Congratulations to the October 2018 Hockey Mom Winner!

Congratulations to Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices The Preferred Realty’s Hockey Mom winner for October, Kristi Minnick. As the first Hockey Mom winner of the season, Kristi takes the word “volunteer” to a whole new level.   Kristi is the mom to one son, Keaton, who plays ice hockey for the Butler Valley Dawgs (Squirt One Team) and Deer Lakes Hockey Club (Developmental Tea

Top 10 Fall Home Maintenance Tasks

Top 10 Fall Home Maintenance Tasks

Warmer temperatures outside may still make us all feel like summer is lingering on. However, the fewer hours of daylight indicate that fall has arrived. Along with shorter days, fall’s arrival means that homeowners have a few extra maintenance issues to complete before colder weather sets in. Though it may seem like a bit of a chore, completing fall home maintenance is much easier to do w

Five of the Most Expensive Remodeling Mistakes—And How to Avoid Them

Five of the Most Expensive Remodeling Mistakes—And How to Avoid Them

Typically, when you set out to complete a home remodeling project, you’re aiming to make upgrades to a home you already love. In a best-case scenario, you’re able to complete renovations in a cost-effective manner that adds beauty and value to your home. But, what happens when your home renovation goes wrong? From unprojected costs to design disasters to contractor concerns, there i