TIP OF THE WEEK

HOME MAINTENANCE

Tackle tasks with a “get-it-done” day

Does your home have a lot of little things to be done that have been nagging you for months or even years? The editors at Houzz suggest knocking them out with a “get it done” day.

First do a home walk-through and make your list (burned out bulbs, filters to be replaced, etc.) then go back through that list noting which tasks you can tackle in a day or less. Then track down and order specialty bulbs, water filters and vacuum parts and store the ordering info somewhere handy. Once all items have arrived, set a day aside and get to work!

ENERGY EFFICIENCY

An energy audit can save money

If it seems like your thermostat is struggling to keep the temperature in you home even or you have cold spots in your home, it may be time for a whole-home energy audit. According to Realtor.com, a professional audit costs about $400 and is the best way to determine where your home is losing energy and where you can save money. However, you can DIY one by walking through your home, making a checklist of areas you have inspected and problems you found.

REAL ESTATE

Report: 2019 a buyer’s market

While still higher than a year ago, home prices are pulling back in most major markets, according to a recent report by CoreLogic. The home property information, analytics and data-enabled solutions provider says that the slowdown in asking prices comes as sellers face a new reality of higher interest rates and affordability worries among potential buyers.

HOME DECOR

What is and how to add hygge

The Danish and Norwegian word “hygge” is about creating a mood of coziness. WatermarkPointe, a condo builder, has a few tips for adding this decor trend to your home. If you incorporate a neutral color scheme of beiges and soft blues and greens, it can foster feelings of relaxation and peace. Then add some fluffy blankets and pillows to add warmth especially during the colder months. Lastly, light a few candles or add twinkly lights to your living space.