Getting Rid of Worms in Your Yard

Have you noticed any dead or spongy patches of grass on your lawn lately? They could be the work of garden grubs. While these gross little wormlike creatures are harmless to humans, they may murder the heck out of your garden.

Brown grass or clusters of dead plants are always concerning for homeowners. But if you haven’t been hit with a nasty drought lately, or doused your lawn in toxic chemicals, you may be playing host to these unwelcome pests.

Here’s the low-down on everything you need to know about garden grubs, and how to kick them out of your yard.

Bathroom Design Trends to Flush

Homeowners love their bathrooms. We totally get it—you spend a decent amount of time in there, and you want it to be the ultimate Zen oasis. And since potential buyers want that, too, you’re likely willing to splurge to make your lavatory lush and plush.

But one person’s lush can be another’s flush—as in flush away that weird or ugly bathroom decor before it drives you insane, or would-be buyers straight to another home.

Read more HERE.

Declutter to Make Your House Shine for Resale (or Just Because)

Sentimentality can be a powerful disincentive to declutter. How could a loving daughter sell her family silver, even though she dislikes the pattern? How could parents ever discard a painting by their young budding Picasso, even though he’s now 30 and hasn’t picked up a paint brush in 20 years?

Most home owners avoid those tough decisions and schlep possessions from house-to-house. But it’s far smarter to shed before moving. Not only does it clear out space to make a listing look its best, it also saves on moving costs to transport less stuff.

Read on for 13 ways to clean & discard.

Pandemic Forces Homeowners to Purge

With the pandemic forcing more Americans to spend extra time at home, homeowners are decluttering and taking part in a “purging tsunami,” The Washington Post reports.

“People are feeling their spaces right now,” Gretchen Rubin, author of nine books about decluttering, told the Post. “Some people feel like nesting and just want to paint everything. Others feel claustrophobic. Many have figured out they need more elbow room. Some are thinking, ‘I don’t want to waste something I’m not using. I want to put it back out in the world.’

Many homeowners are cleaning out storage rooms in their house to make space for a home office. Michael Frohm, chief operating officer for Goodwill of Greater Washington, says donations have jumped 20% over the last year.

Read more HERE.

Top Online Home Design Trends

From home offices to two-toned kitchens, homeowners have been giving their homes a lot more attention since the pandemic. The Wall Street Journal recently asked home designers and bloggers to weigh in on some of the most popular design styles from the first half of the year.

Details have become more important, says Kate Rumson, who runs The https://www.wsj.com/articles/top-interior-design-trends-2020-11597342299?tesla=Real Houses of IG, a home design Instagram account with 2.4 million followers. Consumers are scouring pictures online for inspiration, inquiring about behind-the-scenes items like wall colors, window treatments, and even background furniture, Rumson told The Wall Street Journal.

Rumson says some popular home trends lately are brass-adorned kitchen cabinets, high-contrast living rooms, and a shifting focus on office areas.

Read more HERE.

A Surprising New Favorite Room

The family room has long been the favorite room in the house—it’s where homeowners get to spend quality time with other family members. However, as the significant increase in time spent at home during the pandemic has changed preferences, homeowners now favor quieter and more private areas in the home.

In a survey of more than 2,000 Americans, the new favorite room in the home: the master bedroom. In the survey, conducted by Ally Home, some respondents said it’s their new favorite spot because it’s where “they can hide from family members.”

Here are the five favorite rooms in the house, according to the Ally Home survey.

  1. Master bedroom: 27%
  2. Family room: 14%
  3. Kitchen: 10%
  4. Master bath: 9%
  5. Man or woman cave: 7%

Read more here.

Features Homebuyers Consider Crucial

Let’s talk windows: Home buyers care about them more than you may have considered.

In a recent survey conducted by Homes.com, consumers said the most important exterior feature of a home is the size and amount of windows, followed by a porch or patio, when sizing up curb appeal.

Homes.com surveyed more than 5,000 U.S. adults to learn their favorite home features, architecture, and more. (View consumers’ favorite architecture picks by state.)

For the interior, consumers ranked the home’s layout as the most important feature by far.

Check out the rest of the list here.

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