Go Fun, Not Far
One of the bonuses to living in a really big state, and a really big metroplex, is that you have the advantage of enjoying a variety of summer fun without traveling very far. Big cities mean big fun, and whether you like water, sports, or adventure, Texas — and specifically DFW — has you covered if you're looking for attractions for a Texas Staycation!
5 Places to Splash Down in DFW
Sports Fam? Catch This!
Take 'em out to the ballgame! The Texas Rangers baseball game that is, in Arlington. With theme nights, a kids zone, hotdogs and entertainment before and after the game at Texas Live! Right next door, a visit to the new climate-controlled Globe Life Park is sure to be a highlight of your summer.
Adventures with Animals
Before school starts back up again in August, see a few sights and soak in the sun, right here in your own backyard.
Keep Calm and Cool On…
As we all know here in Texas, summers can be brutal. But there's more you can do inside your home to keep the temperature down — other than just turning up the AC. So what else can you do to stay cool and maybe save on your electric bill?
5 Easy Ways to Cool Yourself and Your Home in Summer
5 House Cooling Tips That Require Some Effort
5 Serious House Cooling Tips
If all else fails, go run through the sprinkler!
Boost Your Curb Appeal!
Whether you're getting ready to sell your home or freshening it up for spring for yourself, it's important to include your outside space! Curb appeal is a top selling point, especially during open house season. If landscaping ideas escape you, here are some handy tips and tricks to get you thinking in the outdoors direction.
Landscaping Tricks for creating your personal oasis:
Plus, up your outdoor oasis with some out-there ideas:
Landscaping Tips and Tricks for Selling:
Be creative and make your landscaping outdoors reflect your home's design, your climate and your lifestyle. As you plan your landscaping, keep these key pillars in mind to create an ideal space: privacy, lighting, cooling/heating, shade, greenery/color and gathering places or seating. Attention to detail and making spaces comfortable and inviting for yourself and your guests will give you years of enjoyment of your outdoor spaces — or make your home the most attractive listing on the market.
Make Your Home Look Like Their Home!
You've decided to sell your house. One of the most important things you can do to your house to help it sell faster is to stage it. What is home staging? It's pretty much what it sounds like – you are turning your home into a home theatre – setting the stage for potential buyers to see themselves living there. When you get your house ready to sell using home staging, you're showing off its good points, and re-focusing attention away from its weaknesses. And most of all you're helping buyers walk in and never want to leave.
You know how fun it is to flip through a home furnishings catalog or website? That's what you're aiming for when you're home staging. Make it look like a catalog: clean, bright and spacious. Here are some tips to get your house showroom-ready:
Home Staging inside:
Home Staging outside:
More tips for making home staging really pay off at an open house:
Potential buyers want to imagine themselves eating, sleeping and hanging out in your house. Make it easy for them to do just that.
Our Spring Cleaning Checklist
Don't let spring cleaning intimidate you this year. Tell it who's boss. And that's you!
First, assess what you don't need around your house anymore and get rid of it. Springtime is the perfect time to declutter. You'll feel lighter, and less clutter will make your home seem bigger. Bonus? Less to clean! Then, start with the basics like vacuuming floors, dusting wooden furniture, and wiping down high-use kitchen and bathroom surfaces. Those are the must-dos. And instead of trying to do all of this at once, just tackle one room a day to make it a manageable task. When you break cleaning into 15-minute chunks, it's never overwhelming.
Once you've gotten the basic clean done, then move on to details like these:
Spring cleaning extras inside:
Spring cleaning extras outside:
More tips for making your home and your belongings feel new again:
It's easy to feel overwhelmed by the thought of cleaning your house top to bottom. But, freshening up for spring around your house, might only take a little effort here and there if you break everything into little tasks. Get the help of your family members, and sooner than later, you'll make your home feel new like spring — inside and out.
The Home Improvement Projects With the Best ROI
The nicest way to show your home that you care (not to mention practice some self-care) is to complete a few home improvement projects that will not only make you fall even more in love with your home, but in the long run will get you the biggest return on your investment. Where to start? Statistically the two most important rooms in your house that make it the most valuable are the kitchen and the bathroom.
Can You Love Your Home Even More Than You Do Now? Absolutely!
There are small and large things you can do to improve your quality of life in your kitchen and bathroom. From simply upgrading your shower fixture to a rain shower head (a highly coveted bathroom feature for potential home buyers) to a simple kitchen remodel that replaces the appliances and paint on cabinets, your bathroom and kitchen are the places to show your home some love right now.
5 Sweetheart Makeover Investments That Will Payoff Later
Countdown to Winterization
With the holidays in the rearview mirror, early January means it's time to face 2022 head on. While you're figuring out your New Year's Resolutions, add a few of these to your list.
3, 2, 1….Weatherstripping!
The biggest thing to remember is keeping the cold out and the heat in. So if you do nothing else, do that. And after last year, if you are a pool owner (and there are about 220,000 of you in the DFW area) you'll want to prepare your pool and pool equipment especially.
Top 10 Hits for Making it Through a Winter Storm
Making a list and checking it twice now, will save you some heartache should Snowmaggedon Texas 2.0 happen this winter. You can easily winterize your home this month with our handy checklist, and follow our top tips to get your home ready for anything.
The 2021 real estate market was a bumpy ride, with random periods of waiting thrown in for good measure.
By September, the housing market was still tight. North Texas home sales fell but prices continued to rise due to a lack of housing inventory. North Texas saw record gains in home prices:
"Dallas-area home prices jumped 25% year-over-year in September — the largest gain for the market in the history of the closely watched S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Home Price Index."
What will the new year bring? Here are our three predictions for the housing market in 2022:
If you have been thinking about selling your home, give us a call.
If the timing is right and you are ready, so are we.