Wednesday, August 15, 2018 / by Brian Ness
Part of being in a relationship with another person is the milestones you two will share together. One of the biggest milestones a couple will experience together is buying and moving into their first home. Buying a home is a difficult decision for one person to make on their own, but when trying to reconcile the needs, wants and expectations of two people, things can get complicated rather quickly. To help guide you through the buying process, here are four tips that will make sure to keep you and your partner happy.
Set Your Priorities
The first, and most important, step to buying a house together is to sit down and really evaluate what each person wants and needs in their home. Buying a house is not a fleeting decision and once you settle on a new place to call home, you can expect to call it home for a while. Any decision you make together should keep that in mind. The best advice here is to be honest with your partner. Only after expressing your big expectations can the ...
Wednesday, June 13, 2018 / by Brian Ness
No matter how much you love that new house, you can count on it taking some time before everyone feels at home. Leaving a home of many years means establishing new routines, finding your favorite relaxation spot, figuring out the best place to watch television, and getting everyone settled in and comfortable. Setting up a cozy living environment one step at a time is a good first step in the right direction. Remember, there’s more to it than putting your clothes in the right drawers and finding your favorite pillow. There are many small touches and basic maintenance tips that can help set everyone at ease and feeling like the house that the whole family’s been so excited about is really, finally theirs.
Break it down
A lot of planning and hard work goes into a move. Everyone’s tired after ...
Friday, June 1, 2018 / by Brian Ness
4 Gardening Tips for the Lazy Landscaper
Keeping up with landscaping can take a lot of time and energy. Between weekly mowing, picking weeds, and tending to all of the plants it can be a lot of work for those who are busy. Check out these easy gardening tips for those who simply don’t have a lot of extra time for a jungle inspired garden.
1. Plant a Xeriscape
If you live near a metro area surrounded by a natural flush of trees, or if you simply like the look of plants but don’t want the hassle of watering them, consider planting a xeriscape. This kind of landscaping is composed of plants that require little to no irrigation and are easy to take care of. Plants that do well in a xeriscape include lavender, ornamental grasses, and coneflowers. If you don’t live in a drought prone region, consider planting those native plants that already do well in your area. Native plants will need less attention as they are used to the conditions of your area and gr ...
Friday, June 1, 2018 / by Brian Ness
5 Budgeting Tips For Homebuying
Buying a home will likely be one of the biggest financial transactions you make, and preparing your budget beforehand makes the home buying process much less stressful. The following tips and expert insight can help you get your budget in order before you make the big transaction.
1. Organize Your Finances
You may know how much you have in your checking and savings accounts, but do you know how much you spend on household expenses each month? Or how much high-interest and credit card debt you have? It’s important to get a clear idea of where your money goes in order to figure out what you can afford and what your home buying timeline looks like. Personal finance experts at OnStride suggest breaking down your finances into the following categories:
Level 1: Basic Budgeting: Basic financial needs, like rent, groceries and gas.
Level 2: Emergency Funds: In case of an accident or other costly event.
Level 3: Passive Preparation: 401 ...
Monday, May 7, 2018 / by Brian Ness
With summer on its way, we are taking a look at what’s trending in high-end pool design. From large fire pits to unique water features, these innovative pools — designed by California Pools & Landscape — exude true luxury.
Bring the Fire — While fire has always been an important element of a backyard space, fire pits now often merge with pool design. An abundance of fire makes this well-lit pool perfect for night swimming.
Goodbye to Blue — Historically pools have been blue, and while most are continuing this tradition, some homeowners are getting creative. Gray, navy or even black bottom pools bring a more dramatic look to any backyard.
Blending In — Whether it’s using huge rocks or lush greenery, pools are increasingly blending into the natural aesthetic of their location.
Infinity Pools — While infinity pools are not a new addition to luxury pool design, they ...