Barbara Lane's Blog

Posted on 09/19/2021
Is a Natural Ventilation System Right for You?
Image by Rvector from Shutterstock What is natural ventilation? It's utilizing wind with the "chimney effect" to draw warm air out of the home and replacing it with cooler air from outside. As the wind blows against your home, it forces air into open windows on one side of the house while a vacuum effect draws the air...
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Posted on 09/12/2021
New Construction Delays: What to Expect
Photo by Tima Miroshnichenko from Pexels A construction crew has to deal with a lot of issues when they're on the job. No matter how careful the preparation is, it's impossible to expect that everything will go exactly as planned. That being said, there are plenty of "professionals" in the market who may try to take advantage of...
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Posted on 09/05/2021
5 Key Elements of Modern Rustic Design
Image by StockSnap from Pixabay Modern rustic interior design has taken over social media and captivated the attention of designers and homeowners alike. With such enduring popularity you might wonder: what exactly is modern rustic? Here we’ll go over the basic elements of the style for interior design in order to help you recognize it and use it...
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Posted on 08/29/2021
Fix Cracked Grout to Breathe New Life Into Your Bathroom or Kitchen
Photo by Brett Hondow via Pixabay You love your tiles. But they don't seem to do your bathroom justice anymore. Ask yourself, is it the tiles themselves, or what's in between that makes you cringe? Is the grout cracked, faded, yellowish or gray? Breathe new life into a dirty-looking bathroom tile floor, kitchen backsplash or tile shower by...
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Posted on 08/22/2021
Allotments & Community Gardens: What You Should Know
Photo by Zen Chung from Pexels Despite the more recent interest in sustainable lifestyles, the practice and concept of urban agriculture has been around for centuries. Two of the most common forms of urban agriculture are allotments and community gardens. The term allotment is a term originating in Britain that refers to a piece of land cultivated by...
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Posted on 08/15/2021
What Do You Do with a Low Appraisal
Photo by Light And Dark Studio via Shutterstock In a seller’s market, comparable sales and competition can drive up a home’s price. This is especially true in a seller’s market where offers from multiple buyers try to outbid each other. And, while this sounds like a fantastic deal for the seller, a low appraisal can kill the deal....
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Posted on 08/08/2021
How to Decorate Terracotta Pots
If you’re a gardener or plant owner, it’s likely you have at least one terracotta pot in your collection. They’re inexpensive, easy to find and incredibly versatile. However, some find the look of them drab and boring and opt for more exciting colors and finishes. Luckily, terracotta pots are easy to paint and the upgrade will cost a...
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Posted on 08/01/2021
These 3 Shrubs Will Look Beautiful in Front of Your House
The right plants can make a vast difference in your home’s curb appeal. While there are countless landscaping possibilities, one major aspect of the front yard and first impression of the home is what’s right outside. What are the best plants to have right in front of your house? Here we’ll go over some of the top options...
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Posted on 07/25/2021
Maximize Your Storage by Using Vertical Space
Image by Thanks for your Like • donations welcome from Pixabay One of the most untapped storage resources in your home is your vertical space. This valuable real estate can allow you to store items off the floor, reducing clutter and making your items more easily accessible for use. Looking for ways to maximize the storage space in...
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Posted on 07/18/2021
First-Time Homebuyers: Common Mistakes to Avoid
Photo by Mohamed Hassan via Pixabay It’s part of the American DNA to want to own a home. It can be your immense joy or become a nightmare if you don’t avoid some of these first-time buyer lapses in judgment. What to Avoid Overbuying. The mantra used to be “buy the biggest house you can afford.” After all...
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Posted on 07/11/2021
3 Benefits of Hiring a Home Staging Professional
Photo by Curtis Adams from Pexels While there are many parts of staging you can do yourself, there are some important benefits to hiring a professional. A professional home stager can help you prepare your home for the market and can use their expertise to sell your home quicker and for a higher price. Here are the three...
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Posted on 07/04/2021
Gardening: Serene Places for Garden Arbors and Trellises
Photo by Colin Maynard on Unsplash Homeowners love the idea of creating a personal sanctuary in their outdoor living space, but many aren't quite sure of how to proceed when it comes to making the most of their yard and garden area. One of the most common issues faced by homeowners is that they don't really know how...
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