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    Monday, March 11, 2019   /   by Ryan Carlson

    Buying a Home with a Well

    Did you know that more than 13 million homes in America rely on well water? If you’re house hunting in a rural area, you may have come across some homes that source their water from a private well. It’s important to understand as much as possible about well safety and maintenance before buying a new home with a private well. Here’s what you need to know in order to avoid big problems down the line.

    Ask for the well log

    You should gather as much history as you can about the well. Ask the seller or the company that drilled the well to supply you with the well log. This will let you know when it was drilled, who owned the property at the time, where the well is located, the depth of the well, the type of casing, and the size and depth of the pump.

    Know the regulations

    Unlike municipal water systems, private wells are not regulated by the EPA. The homeowner is solely responsible for the safety and upkeep of the well. Regulations for wells can vary ...

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    Friday, March 8, 2019   /   by Ryan Carlson

    Plan a Spring Break Staycation

    What better way to enjoy the home you love than by planning a Spring Break staycation? By spending your vacation time at home, you can finally take advantage of all those amenities that made you fall in love with your house. The trick is to plan your week so that you don’t get bogged down in chores and other routine obligations. Here are some great ideas for planning your own Spring Break staycation!
    Go camping in your backyard
    Who says you have to make reservations months in advance to snag a great camping spot? Why not pitch that tent in your backyard instead? Start with having a cookout, complete with s’mores. At night, tell ghost stories as you snuggle into your sleeping bags. Keep all your electronic devices in the house and just spend an evening in nature without having to go far. You’ll be surprised how rejuvenating and fun this camping staycation can be!
    Have a family film festival
    Going to the movies can be such a fun family activity – but it can ge ...

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    Monday, March 4, 2019   /   by Ryan Carlson

    Tips To Keep Your House Warm

    Are you trying to reduce your heating bill? If the thought of turning down the temperature on your thermostat makes you shiver, don’t fret. There are many ways that you can save money and keep your home warm this winter. Here are some of the most cost-effective ways we’ve found to heat things up.
    Use your curtains strategically
    Window treatments aren’t just for decoration. They can be used strategically to keep your home warmer in the winter. When you have a sunny day, be sure to open the curtains. That sunshine will help to keep the room warm. On days that are overcast, close the curtains. They will act as a layer of insulation against the cold air outside.
    Move furniture
    If you have furniture placed in front of heating vents or radiators, then you should move them during colder months. Furniture can block the airflow or absorb the warm air, keeping the heat from circulating in your room. Likewise, do not block supply vents with furniture. This could lead to ...

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    Friday, March 1, 2019   /   by Ryan Carlson

    Pros and Cons of Dual Master Suites

    If you’ve been house hunting, then you may have seen a listing or two that includes dual master suites. Although they are by no means common, more and more homes are featuring dual master suites – especially new luxury construction. But just what are dual master suites? And, more importantly, would dual master suites be right for you and your family?
    What are dual master suites?
    When you see dual master suites in a listing, it means the home has two master bedrooms each with an en suite bathroom. Dual master suites often feature walk-in closets, luxurious bathrooms with separate showers and tubs, and spacious floor plans with sitting areas. They can be used for a variety of reasons. Some spouses prefer to sleep separately, or to maintain their own private spaces. They can also be used as guest bedrooms, playrooms, home theaters, home offices, or entertaining spaces.
    Pros of dual master suites
    As you can imagine, there are many reasons why having dual master suites w ...

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