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Jul 25, 2019
Why You Feel So Sad After the Holidays (and What to Do About It)
The holidays are over and 2018 is upon us, which means the nonstop parade of food, drinks, days off, and parties is in the past. You’re likely back home and back to work, but something isn’t right. You feel sad, tired, and uninspired—and you don’t know why. This experience is known as the post-holiday blues, and it’s a feeling that often crops up during the month of January. “Post-holiday blues is usually a malaise,” says Elaine Rodino, Ph.
Jun 27, 2019
Why You Need to Break Up With Your Snooze Button (and How to Do It)
You’re mid-dream when the alarm starts blaring on your bedside table. You slowly open your eyes and see two options: stop or snooze. A few stolen minutes in your warm bed sounds heavenly—and hitting snooze couldn’t hurt, right? But then the alarm goes off again—and again—and you realize you’re running late before the day has even officially started. Sound familiar? If it does, you’re not alone.
Jun 27, 2019
5 Things to Look Out for If You Want to Buy an Old Home
There are many reasons to love old homes—the unique charm, the historical touches, the amazing architecture. But taking on an elderly home comes with its own set of challenges, too.
Oct 6, 2018
Why You Shouldn’t Always Believe Your ‘Zestimate’
If you’re a frequent Zillow user, you’ve probably heard of the Zestimate: the free online estimate of your home’s value generated by the real estate company. Sounds convenient, right? You can get your house appraised online without even leaving your chair. You may be tempted to just skip the hassle of hiring an appraiser to get an accurate estimate for your home and use the Zestimate instead. But Emily Heffter, a spokeswoman for Zillow, says that might not be the best strategy.
Oct 4, 2018
The Most Realistic HGTV Shows, According to Real Estate Pros
While none of the shows are totally accurate, some are more lifelike than others
Sep 21, 2018
What Most People Get Wrong About Open Houses
If you’re selling a house, one of the first things you may want to do is hold an open house. While opening up your doors to potential buyers might seem like an effective way to sell your humble abode, it might not be worth the hassle. Joe Cleary, owner of The Cleary Group in Florida, says that open houses are slowly becoming a thing of the past, largely due to advances in virtual listings and home tours.
Sep 17, 2018
3 Packing Mistakes Professionals See Over and Over
You’ve chosen your moving company and booked the movers, but there’s one thing that still needs to be done before the big day: packing up your belongings. Before you get too excited and begin stuffing your boxes with all your stuff, make sure that you’re setting yourself up for a smooth and efficient move.
Jul 11, 2018
The Best Packing Tape for Moving, According to Professional Movers
Moving soon? You’re going to need packing tape—and a lot of it. But before you head to your local hardware supply store to pick up a few rolls, first think, “Is this going to cause more trouble than it’s worth?” From quickly losing adhesive to not being as durable as you’d like, bad tape can make moving a whole lot harder than it needs to be. And who knows how to avoid these sticky (pardon the pun) moving situations? The pros, of course.
Jun 1, 2018
7 Problem-Solving Items That’ll Make Moving Day So Much Easier
With a few nifty helpers, moving day magically transforms into a much less daunting task.
May 18, 2018
The 3 Home-Buying Mistakes You’re Likely Making, According to Real Estate Agents
Thankfully, there are relators who have gone through the process dozens of times before and can see a bad decision from a mile away.
May 10, 2018
12 Home Depot Finds (Under $30) Every First Time Home Buyer Needs
So you just bought your first home—congrats! Now comes the fun part: settling into your new digs by filling it with necessary items. But after you spent all that money on securing your new home, you might not want to spend any more on the boring organization and maintenance tools homeownership requires. Save your dough for nesting, and get moving-in done with these essential 12 finds from Home Depot, all under $30.
May 1, 2018