Decorating tips for every level of Halloween enthusiast

Key tips to remember

  • Organizing and labeling decoration storage is key to making the process fun and easy.
  • A wreath is a great way to add Halloween flair to your house without going overboard.
  • Simple themes make for a stress-free decorating experience.

Complete the furnace maintenance checklist before temperatures drop

Key tips to remember

  • Retire your A/C system for the season with a proper cleaning, and protect it with a cover.
  • Change air filters, and check insulation and ductwork for inefficient gaps.
  • Remove floor vents and registers to vacuum out debris, and have chimneys and fireplaces cleaned.
  • Schedule a service appointment for your heating system for cleaning, care and inspection.
  • Look into a home protection plan for peace of mind during the busy holiday season.

Perk up! It's International Coffee Day!

Fun facts:

  • Coffee is second only to water in beverage popularity.
  • Regular coffee drinkers have actually been noted to live longer.
  • The espresso machine revolutionized coffee drinking.
  • We have more ways than ever to bring the local cafe into our kitchens.

Service Provider: Affordable Appliance

Fast facts:

  • Company: Affordable Appliance
  • Service pro: Richie Isaacson
  • Specialty: Indoor appliances
  • Area served: Massachusetts
  • Favorite tool: Screwdriver

Beginner’s guide to building a smart home

Key tips to remember

  • Know why you want a smart home.
  • Set a budget and stick to it.
  • Build your system at your own pace.
  • Understand any security risks and how to avoid them.
  • Know when it's best to call the pros.

10 things for your fall home-maintenance checklist

Key tips to remember

  • Address any structural issues to protect your home from fall weather.
  • Perform annual maintenance and safety checks.
  • Organize the garage or shed to keep essential tools handy.
  • Fertilize the lawn, and start composting and planting for spring.

How to save money during tough times

Key tips to remember

  • Keep your grocery budget in check through meal planning, shopping apps and buying generic.
  • Swap coffee shops and meat for drinking more water and gardening.
  • Streamline subscriptions, and trade gym memberships for home workouts.
  • From home Wi-Fi to a mortgage refi, shop for better rates and lower payments.
  • Turn off the lights, and get energy efficient at home.

10 easy-enough DIY home projects

Key tips to remember

  • There are some projects that don’t require a big budget or expertise to complete.
  • Get the best return on investment by painting your front door or garage and updating landscaping.
  • Sometimes, a simple change can make a big impact.
  • Home updates even minor ones can bring you greater enjoyment for years to come.

9 tips for virtual client meetings

Key tips to remember

  • Learn how to use your virtual meeting platform.
  • Prepare your materials before every meeting.
  • Keep your virtual meetings short to avoid “Zoom fatigue.”
  • Give everyone a little time to socialize.
  • Help people get comfortable on camera by sharing your surroundings.

8 tips every agent needs to know when working from home

Key tips to remember

  • Establish boundaries for your working and non-working hours.
  • Make sure your technology and security software are up to date.
  • Consider an internet upgrade.
  • Stay connected to colleagues and clients.
  • Use your CRM and other tools to your advantage.

How to sense when there is big trouble brewing in your home

Key tips to remember

  • Use your senses — vision, hearing and smell — to detect signs of big trouble brewing in your home.
  • When in doubt, call a service professional to diagnose the problem.
  • Before trouble arises, be prepared with a home warranty plan.

Home maintenance strategies for roommates

Key tips to remember

  • Keep the lines of communication open between you and your roommate.
  • Decide ahead of time how to split the cost for major service visits, like the semiannual HVAC service.
  • Consider hiring a lawn service to take care of outdoor maintenance needs.
  • Make sure you and your roommate agree on which tasks you won’t attempt to handle by yourselves.
  • Research home warranty plans — this may remove the stress out of trying to split maintenance tasks.

Get your home set up for homeschool success

Key tips to remember

  • Set aside a designated area for homeschooling that includes a formal desk or table.
  • When supply shopping, think about household items, such as bookcases and storage bins.
  • Get organized with folders, baskets and color-coding.
  • Embrace technology that can make your life easier.
  • Keep your home tidy and clutter-free.

Your essential “quick fix” tool kit

Key tips to remember

  • Every home needs an essential tool kit.
  • These 10 tools can save you time and get things done right.
  • Always practice caution.

10 summer DIY projects you can feel good about

Key tips to remember

  • Don't rush.
  • Clean first.
  • Stay hydrated.

Closing gifts to create customers for life

Key tips to remember

  • Closing gifts are an opportunity for you to leave a lasting impression on clients.
  • Personalized gifts show you know your clients' interests are more potent than promotional items.
  • Gifts for services, such as home warranty protection, remind your clients about you for years.
  • Match the gift to the clients and their home for maximum impact.

10 home improvements with the best return for sellers

Key tips to remember

  • Your expertise can inform sellers about smart home improvements before their home is listed.
  • Exterior home improvements provide the biggest return on investment.
  • Minor tweaks to kitchens and bathrooms get a better return than a major remodel.
  • Landscaping and adding a deck are the lowest-cost ways to make outdoor space more attractive.

Bug-proofing your home and yard

Key tips to remember

  • Seal up holes and cracks.
  • Keep the house dry.
  • Don't let things pile up around the house.
  • Clean up after yourself!

The most common household complaints — and how to prevent them!

Key tips to remember

  • Use common sense.
  • Unplug anything electrical before troubleshooting.
  • If you’re not sure, call a pro

How to cut energy costs at home

Key tips to remember

  • Make smart appliance choices.
  • Take good care of your HVAC system.
  • Manage your water usage.
  • Consider going solar.
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