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Posted by Mark Consolmagno Michelle Curran Team on 1/8/2020

A porch is a lovely way to enjoy the outdoors. One of the best ways to maximize your outdoor time is to screen in these indoor/outdoor areas. You can completely transform your outdoor sitting area to an additional living area by enclosing your porch. 


Once the enclosure is set, what was simply an outdoor oasis will become an extension of your home. You’ll be able to decorate the room just as you would with any other part of the house.


Benefits Of A Screened In Porch Include:


  • Ability to enjoy the space in all weather
  • A place to entertain in all weather conditions
  • A shady spot in warmer temperatures
  • A way to keep pests like mosquitoes and flies out
  • Easy to maintain
  • Added value to your home
  • A way to maximize the use of all the areas of your home


Mother Nature can be unpredictable. If you enjoy being outdoors and you like entertaining, screening in your porch or deck can be one of the best improvements that you could make to your home. You can entertain without worry rain, wind or shine. You won’t need any fancy bug repellents, candles, or sprays to keep pests away. Screened in areas make life easier.  


What To Consider When Building An Enclosed Porch


Designing a porch enclosure can be tricky. You want it to look natural as if it has always been a part of the home. Done right, a screened in porch can be a beautiful addition to your home and really add to the overall look of the house. There are so many types of technology available today that you can bring all of the modern comforts with you to your season room. The screened in portion of the room will give you the best of both worlds. You can enjoy the sun with some built-in shade. You can use the room throughout the year, and you may even be able to add a heating system to the space for even more enjoyment. Don’t be hesitant to add a screened in enclosure if you really love the outdoors as it can only enhance your experience. 


The most important thing is that the enclosure is built with quality materials that match your home. The stronger the material, the more value the space will add to your home. You also want a durable material that will be low maintenance. The materials used shouldn’t be susceptible to warping or rotting. All you should worry about once a porch is screened in is caring for that room as you would any other room of the house.               

  






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Posted by Mark Consolmagno Michelle Curran Team on 1/1/2020

You know you want to make your homeownership dream come true sooner rather than later. At the same time, you still have no idea about how you'll acquire a great house at a budget-friendly price.

Navigating the housing market can be tricky, especially for those who are operating with limited finances at their disposal. Lucky for you, we're here to take the guesswork out of the homebuying journey and ensure you can discover a wonderful residence at a price that won't break your budget.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you buy your dream house at the lowest-possible price.

1. Analyze the Housing Market

The real estate market may seem complicated at first. Fortunately, homebuyers who collect and review housing market data can become real estate experts in no time at all.

Ultimately, homebuyers who know the ins and outs of the real estate market may be better equipped than others to get the best price on a house. These buyers can identify patterns and trends within housing market data and determine whether they're operating in a buyer's or seller's market. Then, once a buyer finds his or her dream house, this individual can submit a competitive offer to purchase that meets the needs of all parties involved in a home sale.

2. Get Pre-Approved for Home Financing

Getting pre-approved for home financing allows you to enter the real estate market with a good idea about how much you can spend on a residence. Thus, you'll be able to determine exactly how much you can afford to pay for a residence – and avoid overspending on a house – if you obtain pre-approval for a mortgage.

To receive pre-approval for a mortgage, you should meet with a variety of banks and credit unions. These financial institutions employ courteous, knowledgeable mortgage specialists who can teach you everything you need to know about home financing. That way, you can get the information you need to make an informed mortgage decision.

3. Collaborate with a Real Estate Agent

Hiring a real estate agent is essential for a homebuyer who wants to purchase his or her dream house at the right price. In fact, a real estate agent will go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure that you can avoid paying too much for your ideal residence.

Typically, a real estate agent will meet with you and learn about your homebuying goals. He or she next will craft a personalized homebuying strategy, one that allows you to quickly and effortlessly discover a high-quality and affordable residence. After you find your ideal house, a real estate agent will help you put together a competitive offer to purchase too. And if a seller accepts your homebuying proposal, a real estate agent will guide you along the final stages of the property buying journey.

Ready to make your homeownership dream a reality? Use the aforementioned tips, and you can find a top-notch house at a price that matches your budget.




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Posted by Mark Consolmagno Michelle Curran Team on 12/25/2019

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When it comes to hiding an AC, it's vital to maintain proper airflow. But you don't have to block airflow to remove an air conditioner from your line of sight. Check out these five creative ways to hide your AC.

A Hanging Garden

To make this project easy, pre-made lattice works just fine for a basic hanging garden. But if you're looking forward to a weekend project, go a little more advanced. 

Nail six to eight 2X4s together into a grid, leaving space between them. Then simply encourage vines up the structure or hang potted plants on the slats. 

You can also turn your grid into a 3D structure so that each compartment becomes a planter for herbs, succulents, flowers or whatever inspires you. 

The exact design is up to you. Just keep two things in mind. First, you'll need to maintain it to prevent overgrowth that blocks airflow. And second, it should be easily removable. Or place it three to five feet from the unit so that a professional can service the AC when needed.

A Slatted Bench

So your AC unit is right in the middle of your outdoor entertainment space. Not to worry. You can build a beautiful deep, slatted bench that fits perfectly over the unit. Think up-side-down crate with a bottom that comes off like a lid and you have the perfect hide-away for an AC. 

Stain the bench/cover to match your home or lawn furniture and no one will ever know. And because it doubles as a bench, you'll forget your AC is under there, at least when it's not running.

A Row of Hedges

If you can still maintain access to the unit, some AC units can be concealed by a row of hedges planted three to five feet away from the unit. You can place the hedges along one side or grow them all around.

A Bird Sanctuary

Simply adding a fence would be too ordinary, But combining a fence with a line of beautifully painted birdhouses can cover your AC and add character to your yard while giving local birds a safe and warm place to nest in the spring.

If you want to build the birdhouses from scratch, you can. Or you can head down to your local lawn and garden store to choose three to five you like. Then it's just a matter of using a nail and hammer to secure them to the fence.

Give it its Own House

If you want to have some fun and have a little more carpentry skill than the rest of us, create a miniature version of your home that you can place over the unit. It can't be a replica since it needs proper airflow, but by mimicking your home's style, the structure seems to fit right in. That AC will be an eyesore no more.

Love your yard and home with simple and creative tips like these. For more fresh DIY home maintenance and improvement ideas, follow our blog. 





Posted by Mark Consolmagno Michelle Curran Team on 12/18/2019

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You’ve heard all the sayings: “Location, location, location,” and the line in Robert Frost’s poem, “Good fences make good neighbors.” You’ve even made Abraham Lincoln’s saying your motto, “Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can.” 

Yet here you are, trying to sell our home, and the neighbors simply are not cooperating. They park vehicles in front of your house so that the “For Sale” sign is hidden, or they leave stuff in their yard that makes it unattractive. In your urgency to get your home sold, you take everything as a personal affront. What happened to those nice, friendly neighbors you’ve shared barbeques and fun with over the years?

It May Not Be You

It’s probably not even on their radar that their everyday actions cause you sleepless nights. The stress level is yours, not theirs. Here are some best practices for being neighborly when you put your house on the market.

Let them know what’s happening. Tell them that you’ve gotten a job change, or are getting married or whatever the case is and that you need to sell your home. That way, they can be ambassadors for you. If they have friends or family that want to live near them, this is the perfect opportunity.

Let them know what to expect. If your agent schedules an open house, let the neighbors know. After all, the street will have more traffic, and parking may be at a premium. The last thing you want is to have your open house the same day as their family reunion with no parking available for anyone.

Invite them to visit your home during the open house. Neighbors are curious. If your homes are similar, upgrades you’ve done might spark ideas for their home. On a few occasions, neighbors have bought the house next door. Perhaps because it’s a better fit for their family, or it lets them remodel theirs without living in it.

Let your neighbor know what will help your home sell, such as keeping the street in front of your house clear. Tell them that the more you sell your house for, the more it improves their home value. See if that doesn’t get them on our side.

Introduce Your Agent

Take a few moments to introduce your agent to your neighbors. That way, they’ll know who’s coming and going, and if it’s okay for people to be in your house when you’re not there. It also gives your agent a chance to talk about neighborhood values and point out the lovely features in your neighbor’s yard. A little flattery goes a long way toward promoting extra effort to make things look nice. 




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Posted by Mark Consolmagno Michelle Curran Team on 12/11/2019

Purchasing a home is a life-changing decision, and as such, should not be taken lightly. Fortunately, there are lots of things you can do to prepare for the homebuying journey, such as:

1. Determine Where You Want to Live

There is no shortage of high-quality houses available across the United States. Now, you just need to determine where you want to reside, and you can hone your house search accordingly.

Think about your long-term plans as you consider where you want to live. For instance, if you enjoy life in the big city, you may want to search for houses in or near the city of your choice. On the other hand, if you want to start a family in the near future, you may want to explore residences near parks and other family-friendly attractions.

Ultimately, it helps to narrow your home search to a few cities and towns. Because if you know where you want to live, you can quickly navigate the homebuying journey.

2. Establish a Budget

A budget is a must-have for any homebuyer, at any time. If you know how much you can spend on a house, you can search for residences that fall within your price range.

Oftentimes, it helps to meet with banks and credit unions before you launch a home search. These financial institutions can teach you about different types of mortgages. Then, you can select a mortgage that suits you perfectly.

Don't forget about home inspection, closing and other property buying fees, either. If you account for these property buying costs, you can ensure you have the necessary funds available to cover them.

3. Consult with a Real Estate Agent

A real estate agent is a difference-maker for a homebuyer. He or she is happy to teach a homebuyer about the ins and outs of the real estate market. As a result, a real estate agent will help you become a homebuying expert.

Typically, a real estate agent offers recommendations and insights throughout the homebuying journey. He or she first will learn about you and help you establish homebuying expectations. Next, a real estate agent will help you kick off a search for homes in your preferred cities and towns. When you find your dream residence, a real estate agent will help you craft a competitive offer to purchase this home. And if your offer to purchase is approved, a real estate agent will help you navigate the final stages of the homebuying journey.

Furthermore, a real estate agent can provide assistance any time a homebuyer has concerns or questions. A real estate agent strives to help you make informed homebuying decisions. Thus, he or she will do whatever it takes to educate you about the homebuying cycle and ensure you are ready to find and buy your ideal residence.

Simplify the process of finding your dream home – use the aforementioned tips, and you can prep for the homebuying journey.




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