2021 Kitchen Trends

Homeowners forced by the coronavirus pandemic to hole up in their homes for much of the past year are changing a few things about their homes.

For starters, COVID-19 exposed the flaws of the open floor plans touted on HGTV and other design shows—finding a quiet space to jump on that Zoom meeting with the boss while the kids are remote learning a few feet away can be a logistical nightmare. Fewer homeowners created an open-concept floor plan leading into 2021, according to a recent survey from design and remodeling site Houzz.

Despite the recession and economic hardships, homeowners spent a median $35,000 upgrading their kitchens, the same as last year.

Read more about new kitchen design trends HERE.

Is Your Clutter Worth Money?

Many people kick off the new year decluttering their attic, basement, or garage of stuff they no longer want in their life. Good riddance to it all! Almost. If you’re tossing old toys, rock concert T-shirts, or other items from your past, hang on—you might also be tossing out tons of cash.

A surprising number of items gathering dust in people’s homes have morphed over the decades into collectibles that can be sold on eBay and other sites—sometimes for thousands of dollars. So how do you know what’s truly valuable versus trash?

Read more HERE.

Winter Home Maintenance

The long, dark days of winter are upon us, and with COVID-19 still keeping us closer to home, we’re keenly aware of all the maintenance tasks we’ve put off or let slip through the cracks.

You don’t have to do anything. But if you do, we guarantee you’ll save some money—and maybe even your sanity—down the line. A modicum of maintenance now will prevent astronomical repair costs in the future.

Click HERE for the list of winter home maintenance tasks.

Grow Microgreens All Winter

That verdant, tangled nest atop your avocado toast looks adorable and tastes like springtime itself. But if you think the only way to satisfy your yummy microgreen fix is to hit up the local hipster cafe or via delivery, guess again.

Growing your own tiny shoots at home doesn’t require a green thumb at all. In fact, this gardening project is as fast and easy as it gets. Microgreens need very little space and maintenance, and can be harvested in less than two weeks.

And if you’re trying to start off 2021 on the right foot with a healthier eating plan, microgreens are a nutritional powerhouse.  Read more HERE.

5 Things Every House Needs in 2021

At long last, 2021 has arrived! But since COVID-19 is still with us, you might be itching to make some changes around the house that’ll help you ride out the rest of this pandemic at home in style.

You’re in luck: On this week’s “Fixer to Fabulous,” Jenny and Dave Marrs renovate a house by adding some essential quarantine-friendly upgrades you might like to try yourself!

In the Season 2 episode “Ranch Becomes Family-Friendly,” Jenny and Dave meet homeowners Wes and Kate Walker, whose Bentonville, AR, home is lovely from the outside, but the interior is too small for a family of five, and doesn’t function well for their needs.

Dave and Jenny have $175,000 to give this home some coronavirus-savvy updates to make this family comfortable at home through the pandemic and beyond. Read on to find out which favorite quarantine features you might want to add to your own abode, too.

HVAC Upkeep, Tips, and More

An HVAC system (for heating, ventilating, and air conditioning) is what keeps your home cozy in the winter and cool in the summer. Those of us who have experienced the record-breaking high temperatures of summer or frigid conditions in the winter have no doubt praised our AC units or heaters at one point or another for keeping us comfortable in extreme weather. Or cursed them when they go on the fritz.

But not all HVAC units are built the same, and there are several different types. So let’s dive in and see which one is right for you.  Read more HERE.

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