5 Reasons to Buy a Home This Fall

The days may be getting shorter, but the home-shopping benefits are growing. Real estate markets ebb and flow just like the seasons. The spring market starts hopping when the sun comes out, flowers bloom and winter is over. Conversely, fall signals the beginning of a slower market, which could be good for buyers. If you’re in the market for a home, here are some reasons why fall can be a great time to buy. Leftover spring inventory may result in deals Home sellers tend to go on the market for the first time in the spring. They often list their homes too …

4 Ways to Cozy Up Your Kitchen for Fall

Grab your hearty soup recipes, decorative pie plates, and favorite cookbooks. Fall is here, and with just a little effort you can get your kitchen ready to make the most of it. The leaves changing color indicates the season has changed, and so follows your home decor. Decorating for the chillier fall months means incorporating warm and inviting colors and textures into your home’s interior design, specifically in the kitchen. Try these four tips to create a cozier kitchen for fall. Weave in dark textiles Fall means decorating with gorgeously textured throws, pillows, and table linens. Introduce your kitchen to an autumnal palette …

Thanks to More Data and Great Minds, Zestimate Accuracy Is Improving

For many Americans, their home is one of their largest financial assets. The typical homeowner has a little over half of their wealth tied up in their home, according to a Zillow analysis of the Federal Reserve Board, Survey of Consumer Finances. That’s why the Zestimate® home value – and improving its accuracy – is so essential. While it’s not an appraisal, the Zestimate, based on a complex mathematical equation, gives a homeowner a starting point for tracking their home’s worth. A home’s value is ultimately determined by what someone else is willing to pay for. An algorithm can’t really …

Humane Society Offers Hurricane Preparedness Tips to Keep Pets Safe

The Humane Society of Vero Beach and Indian River County (HSVB) is urging all pet parents to make the following preparations for themselves and their pets as our community prepares for the possibility of Hurricane Irma impacting our area. Never leave your pets behind during a natural disaster. HSVB urges all pet parents to begin making the appropriate arrangements. Begin securing your home if it is a safe option for housing during a storm or finalize plans for you and your pets should you need to stay elsewhere. Pet parents should create two “go” kits: one for themselves and one …

What to Do After a Hurricane

Continue listening to a NOAA Weather Radio or the local news for the latest updates. Stay alert for extended rainfall and subsequent flooding even after the hurricane or tropical storm has ended. If you evacuated, return home only when officials say it is safe. Drive only if necessary and avoid flooded roads and washed out bridges. Keep away from loose or dangling power lines and report them immediately to the power company. Stay out of any building that has water around it. Inspect your home for damage. Take pictures of damage, both of the building and its contents, for insurance …

What to do During a Hurricane

The greatest threat to personal safety exists during a storm and in the immediate aftermath when high winds can topple trees and produce deadly flying debris. Heavy rain can produce flash floods and storm surge can present another deadly threat. To stay safe in a home during a hurricane, it is suggested that individuals follow these steps: Stay inside and away from windows, skylights and glass doors. Find a safe area in the home (an interior room, a closet or bathroom on the lower level). If flooding threatens a home, turn off electricity at the main breaker. If a home loses power, turn off major …

How to Prepare for a Hurricane

Basic Preparedness Tips: Know where to go. If you are ordered to evacuate, know the local hurricane evacuation route(s) to take and have a plan for where you can stay. Contact your local emergency management agency for more information. Put together a disaster supply kit, including a flashlight, batteries, cash, first aid supplies, and copies of your critical information if you need to evacuate If you are not in an area that is advised to evacuate and you decide to stay in your home, plan for adequate supplies in case you lose power and water for several days and you …

These Stylish Floors Will Make You Rethink Your Renovation Plans

Forget the rug — it’s the flooring that really ties the room together. Some trends come and go, and others are mainstays. But when it comes to flooring, classic styles with a refreshed twist become instant hits. Below are some of our favorite versatile flooring looks. Herringbone hardwood Looking to update your space but stay in line with classic elements? Look no further than herringbone hardwood. Photo from Zillow listing. This traditional flooring material gets a modern update via herringbone patterns in different sizes, configurations, and finishes. Perfect for a statement-making entryway, grand hallway, or small space, a herringbone pattern is …

3 Reasons Painting Your Wood Floors Is Not as Crazy as You Think

Learn why this long-held taboo is taking a trendy turn (and may even be the best-kept secret in floor refinishing). You’ll never see them do it on a TV design show. You won’t hear a contractor propose it. And you sure won’t find an aisle devoted to it at your home improvement store. In fact, it feels a little bit naughty to talk about — almost a taboo. But you should consider it anyway: painting your wood floors. I know it sounds crazy, but there are good reasons and a solid historical precedent for skipping refinishing in favor of paint. …

3 Design Tricks That Will Make Your Small Space Feel Big

With tiny homes and personal decluttering trends taking the world by storm, many people are learning to do more with less. Do you have a small space in your home that you’re unsure what to do with? Or is your cramped apartment forcing you to be creative in your living arrangements? You’re not alone. Make your small room or living area fit your needs with clever solutions that will streamline your life and maximize your space. Paint can work wonders Choosing the right paint color for your small room can instantly give the impression of more space or emphasize its cozy feel. …