To save yourself remorse, keep the house dry

“Ah, the joys of home ownership!” We’ve all heard that wry adage before, usually in regards to some pricy or inconvenient home repair.  But if you keep track of the work that goes into a home, you’ll find one inescapable truth: most damage inside a house is caused by water flowing to places where it doesn’t…

Home Upgrades: What projects are worth doing?

Folks planning on selling their house in the next few years want to know what, if any, changes they should make to the property to a) get a better price, and b) sell faster. Having sold properties in various levels of condition, and having shown many houses to prospective buyers, I want to share my…

At the New House

We’ve been at our new house for 2 months now. We’re learning the quirks of the property as we settle in- strange wiring, tiny divots in the lawn, weak water pressure- but overall I’m overwhelmed by how grateful and lucky we feel. The new house is smaller than the old house, and the difference primarily manifests…

Countertop Options

I’m a fan of Houzz, a site that features great home design ideas. I also spend a lot of time working with fixer-upper buyers (including my husband), which means I think a lot about kitchen rehabs and in particular, kitchen countertops. Houzz recently put out a nice article about countertop options, and the comments section is…

Cabin Fever?

If you’re stuck at home during this spate of bad weather (hopefully with power), you might be doing what I’m doing- staring at the walls and thinking about new paint, a new wood stove, even a new kitchen! Cabin fever, for better or for worse, gives us a long, uninterrupted look at our homes, mostly from the inside…

Downsizing Tips

Are you planning to move in the next few years? If the answer is yes, then start the new year with a plan to downsize! I recently spoke at New Horizons Senior Center in Narberth about this very matter, and I’d like to share some of the big points from the presentation: Downsizing Tips ➢…

Found Treasure at the Family Homestead

Home owners are occasionally surprised by an object popping up from the depths of their property. It’s common to find old newspaper clippings in the walls or chunks of coal and dinnerware under the grass, remnants of a time when we insulated with paper and threw our trash in the backyard. But every once in a while,…

The people in my neighborhood

Do you know your neighbors? If you live in the burbs like I do, you probably have 8 neighbors immediately surrounding your property. Eight doesn’t sound like a lot, but it took us almost 7 years to get to know everyone. Working full-time can keep you in a closed circuit: out the door in the…

Gardening tips and leads

Hi Everyone, I’m from New England, where gardening is a common job for young folks in need of summertime cash. Like my friends, I went the dirt-digging route and learned a lot about installing and maintaining gardens. I even spent a few seasons on an organic farm. So once my husband and I settled down…

Spring Cleaning for Sellers

If you’re planning on selling your home in the near future, I highly recommend taking advantage of the warm days and clear skies and getting rid of unneeded household clutter. We all try to do some spring cleaning this time of year, so with a little extra effort now, home sellers can save themselves a…