5 Office Sheds for Working From Home

The novel coronavirus has changed our lives in countless ways, but one of the most noticeable is that many of us are working from home. Even once companies start reopening their facilities, it’s entirely possible that many of us will continue to work from home to a certain extent—an exciting prospect for people who hate their commutes, their co-workers, their cramped offices, or other aspects of corporate life beyond just the germs these areas could be carrying.

There’s just one problem: Where to work? If you don’t have a home office, working from the dining table or living room couch can be done for only so long.

Enter backyard offices, or “office sheds” as they’re often called.  Read more HERE.

Guide to Backyard Bird-Watching

Like many people, I never paid much attention to the birds flying overhead or hopping around my lawn. Then, about a year ago, I attended a free “Birding 101” workshop hosted by my city’s parks and recreation department. And I’ve been hooked on backyard bird-watching ever since.

I know what you’re thinking: Birding is only for retired people with a lot of time on their hands. But that’s not true.

The demographics of birding are changing every year as more people take an interest in nature and the environment. Birding gives your eyes, ears, and brain something to do other than stare at your smartphone when you’re out and about.

Read more HERE.

9 Design Moves the Property Brothers Always Do

It’s been a big year for Drew and Jonathan Scott. They premiered their new HGTV show, “Celebrity IOU,” starred in Season 3 of their hit show “The Property Brothers: Forever Home,” and even have a new season of “Brother vs. Brother”—coming soon!

And while the brothers are always taking risks and trying out new styles, it’s clear that they have some go-to renovation tricks and style choices that give their projects that signature “Property Brothers” style.

Read on to find out which looks the brothers love best, and maybe you’ll be inspired to bring some of these designs into your home.

5 Things to Do To Sell Your Home

Pandemic or not, for some, the home showings must go on. There are still people who have to buy or sell a home due to job changes or life events. And the real estate industry has found ways to conduct business (mostly thanks to technology).

One thing that hasn’t changed: If you’re a seller, you still need to put in some elbow grease to get top dollar for your listing and sailing through a headache-free closing, says Joseph Lawson, manager of the Cabell Childress Group in Richmond, Virginia: “Giving your home the most polished look will pay off big when buyers feel confident the home is well maintained.”

Following these five steps now can put you on the fast track to listing your home and avoid getting burned out before you even move.  Read more HERE.

Make the Front Porch More Welcoming

In a world changed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the front porch is seeing a renaissance. Once a staple of home design in the early 1900s, the front porch began to be swapped out for street-facing garages as homeowners sought more privacy and started favoring backyard decks.

But now a home with a front porch very well could be the envy of the neighborhood. It’s become a place where you can interact with neighbors from a distance. It’s also a place to cuddle up with a good book or watch the kids play in the front yard. During the pandemic, it’s also become the prime backdrop for photographers to capture family portraits.

Get inspired by these beautiful front porches.

Mortgage Rates Remain Low

The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage continued to hover near its all-time low this week, averaging 3.21%, Freddie Mac reports.

“The rebound in home buyer demand continued this week, driven by mortgage rates,” says Sam Khater, Freddie Mac’s chief economist. “This turnaround in demand, particularly by those who have higher incomes than the typical household, also reflects deferred sales from the spring.”

Read more HERE.

10 Ways to Summer Camp in Your Own Yard

With the summer of COVID-19 around the corner, plenty of kids (and their parents) are wondering how to fill the large, parched void left by canceled summer camps.

While some states have eased stay-at-home measures, plenty of camps are still awaiting guidance from the Centers for Disease Control. And even if most camps do open eventually, not all parents are ready to send their kids back out into the world quite yet.

The solution? Create a summer camp experience at home. Provided you have a yard, a lot of traditional summer camp highlights—the volleyball nets, the campfire, even waterslides—can be erected on your very own property.

Read more HERE.

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