Thursday, October 8, 2020 / by Nicole Solari
Every day in the U.S., roughly 10,000 people turn 65. Prior to the health crisis that swept the nation in 2020, most people had to wait until they retired to make a move to the beach, the golf course, or the senior living community they were looking to settle into for their later years in life. This year, however, the game changed.
Many of today’s workers who are nearing the end of their professional careers, but maybe aren’t quite ready to retire, have a new choice to make: should I move before I retire? If the sand and sun are calling your name and you have the opportunity to work remotely for the foreseeable future, now may be a great time to purchase that beach bungalow you’ve always dreamed of or the single-story home in the sprawling countryside that might be a little further out of town. Whether it’s a second home or a future retirement home, spending the next few years in a place that truly makes you smile every d. ...
Tuesday, October 6, 2020 / by Nicole Solari
Once the kids have left the nest, you may be wondering what to do with all of the extra space in your home. Chances are, you don’t need four bedrooms anymore, and it may be a great time to sell your house and downsize, maybe even into a single-story home. You’ve likely gained significant equity if you’ve lived in your home for a while, so making a move while demand for your current house is high could be your best step forward toward the retirement goals you set out to achieve several years ago.
The dilemma, though, is where to go next. A big concern for many homeowners who are ready to sell is finding a home to move into, given today’s lack of houses available for sale. There is, however, some good news: the number of single-family 1-story homes being built today is on the rise, improving your odds of finding the right home for your changing needs. In a recent article, The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) explains:
Friday, October 14, 2016 / by Nicole Solari
Our homes require regular maintenance, both to protect our personal safety and to avoid costly repairs. Here are five of the most important items you should check in your home.
The fire extinguisher: It’s recommended that you keep at least one fire extinguisher on every floor. You should also keep one in the garage and in the basement.
Staircases and banisters: A loose railing or banister could spell disaster. Regularly check your stairs and the accompanying railings to make sure they’re secure.
Smoke detectors: Be diligent about testing your smoke alarms (and carbon monoxide detectors) and replacing batteries. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, smoke detectors should be tested at least once a month, and batteries should be replaced at least twice a year. A good rule of thumb is to change the batteries when you adjust your clocks for daylight savings.
Electrical outlets: Outlets in kitchens and bathrooms should have a “test” button. It ...
Friday, September 16, 2016 / by Ashly Morrow
Baby proofing (or childproofing) is all about avoiding preventable accidents and minimizing the risk of injury to your child. You don’t need any fancy gadgets or high-tech devices. As a matter of fact, most of the items you will need are very inexpensive and easy to find. Just follow these 12 tips to baby proof your home.
1. Don’t Wait to Get Started
Waiting until the last minute can be stressful! One of the easiest ways to save money on your baby proofing project is to get started early. You want to have plenty of time to do your research and find the best deals.
2. Place the Crib in a Safe Area
You should carefully choose the location of the baby’s crib. All window treatments, electrical cords and loose strings should be kept as far away as possible. You even have to be careful leaving the cord of the baby monitor too close to the crib.
3. Lock Cupboards and Cabinets
Many people store cleaning supplies, medications, detergents and othere ...