Real Estate Tips

How to Make the Most of 500 Square Feet: S…

October 5, 2018 Real Estate Tips
When Lola Simmons and boyfriend Garrett Moore began looking for an apartment in Seattle's Capitol Hill neighborhood, they were hoping to spend around $1,400 on monthly rent. So when the pair found their dream spot for just over $1,000 a month in Seattle's infamously difficult rental market, they knew they'd struck gold. "I walked in, and after about two minutes, I said, 'Yep, I'll take it,'" says Simmons. From there, the process was easy, and the couple experienced little surprise throughout […]

This Remarkable Home Is Anything but Square

October 5, 2018 Real Estate Tips
Welcome to the Bloomhouse, a place where art and architecture collide. Nestled on 2 1/2 acres of land in the hills of Texas, this home is only about 10 minutes from downtown Austin - but feels a world (or a universe) away. The Bloomhouse's story began in the 1970s, when University of Texas architecture students Dalton Bloom and Charles Harker obtained a sprawling piece of land and set out to build a home that strayed from conventional design. This sparked an 11-year artistic endeavor (complet[…]

A Farmhouse-Style Prefab That’ll Mak…

October 2, 2018 Real Estate Tips
Whether you're the world's biggest Joanna Gaines fan or you just love clean, simple lines and no-fuss color schemes, it's pretty clear that the popularity of the farmhouse look won't be on the decline anytime soon. The Lulamae prefab home by Clayton Homes is a celebration of all things farmhouse style, all housed within a tidy 1,832 square feet. Inside, the home features all of the modern farmhouse hallmarks, including shiplap, a white and bright open concept living area, open shelving in the[…]

Whale Watch From Any of This Home’s …

September 28, 2018 Real Estate Tips
The Olympic Mountains. The Strait of Georgia. The shoreline of Victoria, Canada. And maybe a pod of orcas, if you're lucky. You can see all of that (and much more) from one of this home's three rooftop decks. Located on the rocky shores of San Juan Island, Washington, this coastal retreat has a unique connection to the land it occupies - the home is built directly into the hillside, so it gracefully descends the ground's natural slope. A team of architects from Seattle-based firm Prentiss Bal[…]

How to Fix Ceiling Water Stains

September 25, 2018 Real Estate Tips
A water stain on a ceiling is a foreboding sight. Not only is it ugly, but it also often means that something is actively leaking, and more damage may be hidden. But don't panic - fixing a water stain is pretty straightforward. If you follow this simple guide, you'll be ready to deal with any discoloration you find on your ceilings. Find the source First, check to see if there is any water on the floor below the stain. This will help determine if the leak is still in progress and how heavily […]

What Kind of Bugs Are in Your House?

September 25, 2018 Real Estate Tips
Pests are everywhere, and having a few in your home is pretty much inevitable. But knowledge is power when it comes to critters, says Dr. Nancy Troyano, director of technical education and training at Rentokil Pest Control. When you know how to recognize and prevent an infestation, you can keep unwanted visitors at bay. The first step is learning which pests might become an issue for you. Here are the top pests to watch out for, according to Troyano. Wood-destroying bugs Termites and carpente[…]

How to Remove Stains From an Area Rug

September 25, 2018 Real Estate Tips
If you own an area rug, just accept that it won't remain pristine forever. Eventually someone will spill on it or a pet will relieve itself on it - and you'll need to clean it. Instead of running out and hiring a professional carpet cleaner right away, you can try to handle that stain yourself using this short guide. Warning! Rugs come in various types of materials, and you should follow the manufacturer's recommended instructions for how to clean your specific product. The methods described […]

Sleep Under the Stars in This Tiny Cabin N…

September 19, 2018 Real Estate Tips
When you think of off-the-grid living, you likely picture a no-frills cabin without a single cellphone service bar in sight. But the Folly cabin - located just minutes from Joshua Tree National Park - is anything but a bare-bones space. This rustic cabin, designed by Malek Alqadi, is minimalist-meets-cozy, with a rusted steel exterior and raw wood walls on the interior that contrast nicely next to a dark plaster. Photo by Sam Frost. The living space is small, but it has everything you need to[…]

10 Home Organization Woes (and How to Fix Them)

September 11, 2018 Real Estate Tips
A change in season calls for a fresh start, which means it’s the perfect time to rejuvenate your home organization strategy. Spoiler: It’s not as hard as you think! These stress-reducing tips will help you solve 10 of the most common home organization woes - simply and with minimal effort. 1. “I can't find it!” Having too much stuff can make it hard to locate items you need. Favorite shirts get lost in a crowded closet, the perfect spatula hides in the overstuffed kitc[…]

3 Steps to Creating an Organized Entryway …

September 10, 2018 Real Estate Tips
Drop zones, mudrooms, utility rooms, entryways, "places to leave your stuff." Whatever you call them, these spaces are a spot to kick off your shoes, drop your keys and keep everything you’ll need for the next day right where you left it. But without organization, entryways can quickly become a clutter catch-all. Shoes usually end up piled in front of the door, and an array of backpacks, mail, dog leashes and knickknacks can quickly accumulate and crowd the space. A dedicated, organized[…]