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New Home? Use This Move-In Checklist

After an exhaustive search, you’ve finally found and closed on your new home and are ready to move in! While your mind might be all about painting, decorating and buying furniture, don’t overlook the important practical steps that should be taken upon arrival. Consider this helpful move-in guideline from Lowe’s to make sure you’re safe […]

How-To Protect Your Pipes This Winter

During the winter, many homeowners are vigilant in keeping their driveways clear of snow and their front steps free from ice, but how much time do you spend thinking about your pipes? “Frozen pipe issues are more than just a minor hassle,” says Max Rose, owner of Four Seasons Plumbing. “Damage caused by frozen pipes […]

Feel a Draft? 4 Places Your Home Is Probably Losing Heat

Winter is on its way and you know what that means… soon, you’ll need to turn on your furnace. In fact, if you live in a colder climate, you might have already done so.   Keeping your home warm while keeping your electric bill low is the goal for most homeowners. If it seems like your […]

4 Not so Obvious Fall Gardening Tasks

You might be spending your weekend raking and bagging leaves, maybe planting some spring bulbs, too. But there are actually a wide variety of important – and time- and money-saving – gardening tasks you could be embarking on this seasons as well. Check out the following ideas before you roll up your sleeves and head […]

10 Ways to Save Money on a Home Renovation

Are you in the process of renovating your home? Often, major upgrades can get quite expensive if you aren't paying attention, so if you're on a tight budget, consider focusing on saving money while renovating.   For example, if you plan to upgrade your kitchen, it may be better to purchase low-cost materials and cabinets. You can […]

Selling? Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Overprice Your Home

From the way the tulips bloom in spring to the snazzy new wet bar in the basement, you’re well aware of all the reasons why your home is worth every penny you’re asking for it. Unfortunately, the market may feel differently. No matter how many unique characteristics contribute to the value of your home in […]

The Top 5 Home-Preparedness Tasks for Fall

While the bright skies and cool temperatures of fall make it prime time for weekend getaways, trips to the apple orchard, and hikes in the great outdoors, remember that this is also a critical time of year for home care. If you don’t want to spend too much of the season on house-related chores, focus […]

Are You Ready for Your Long Island Summer to School Switch?

September is just around the corner and with Long Island schools starting between September 3rd – 5th (find you school’s start date) we have a few tips for you. Enjoy Summer: Make the most of August and enjoy the rest of your summer! Take a trip and if your schedule is limited there are plenty […]

How-To Better Invest in Your Home

Many Americans own homes that need a little work. Whether you need to revamp a few fixtures or totally renovate, you want to make sure you’re making the smartest decision for your style, and wallet. To help, HGTV host and real estate expert Egypt Sherrod offers the following home improvement insights, in partnership with LightStream. […]

When Selling Your Home (or Just Enjoying It), Lawns Matter

According to recent research from the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP), 81 percent of all Americans have a lawn, and a majority—79 percent—say that a lawn is an important feature when renting or buying a home. Respondents to the NALP survey ranked a nice size yard second behind a renovated kitchen when asked to […]

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