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Monday, April 15, 2024   /   by Bell Home Team

DIY Alert: Creating Your Own Dry Riverbed to Divert Water Away From Your Home

As spring showers bring life to our gardens, ensuring proper drainage becomes paramount for maintaining the beauty of our outdoor spaces. With the anticipation of heavy rainfall this season, implementing effective water diversion strategies is essential. One practical solution is to create a dry riverbed—a charming and functional feature that not only channels excess water away from your home but also adds aesthetic appeal to your landscape. Follow this step-by-step guide to craft your own dry riverbed and safeguard your home and garden from pooling water and damage.

1.    Assess Your Landscape: Begin by surveying your yard to identify areas prone to water accumulation or runoff. Pay close attention to the natural slope of the terrain and the path of water flow during rainfall events. These observations will guide the placement and design of your dry riverbed.

2.    Gather Your Materials: For this project, you'll need a variety of materials, ine ...

Friday, April 5, 2024   /   by Bell Home Team

Join BELL Home Team for Earth Day 2024: Making a Difference in Our Community

Are you ready to make a positive impact on our environment? As Earth Day approaches, BELL Home Team is thrilled to announce our fourth-year partnering with OCRA and Dewitt Advisory Conservation Commission for our annual Earth Day Cleanup event. This year's cleanup promises to be an exciting opportunity for us to come together as a community and demonstrate our commitment to preserving the beauty of our surroundings.

Why Earth Day Matters
Earth Day holds significant importance as a global event dedicated to environmental protection. It serves as a reminder of our responsibility to safeguard the planet for future generations. By participating in Earth Day activities, we actively contribute to the preservation of our environment and promote sustainable practices within our community.
Our Commitment to Environmental Stewardship
At BELL Home Team, we believe in giving back to the communities we serve. Our involvement in Earth Day cleanup efforts is a testament to our commi ...

Thursday, April 4, 2024   /   by Bell Home Team

Paver Patio Ideas for a Perfect Backyard Getaway

Getting ready to upgrade your patio for the spring and summer season? Consider a paver patio, which has ample opportunities and potential for aesthetic appeal and personalization. From classic designs to modern twists, there are endless possibilities to elevate your outdoor living experience. Here are some stylish paver patio ideas to inspire your next outdoor project:
Classic Brick:
Embrace timeless elegance with a classic brick paver patio. This versatile option offers durability and charm, perfect for creating a welcoming outdoor retreat. The patterns that can be created with brick are also wonderful for adding a little character to your patio, like the Herringbone Bone pattern pictured below.
Another fun tip is to mix-n-match your materials, incorporating the classic brick with sleek touches.

Contemporary Patterns:
Add a modern touch to your outdoor space with contemporary paver patterns. From geometric designs to intricate motifs, explore creative layouts that reflect y ...

Wednesday, April 3, 2024   /   by Bell Home Team

Navigating Homeownership Before Marriage: Key Considerations for Couples

In today's evolving real estate landscape, an intriguing trend is emerging: more couples are opting to purchase a home together before tying the knot.  According to statistics, in 1981, less than 1% of first-time home buyers were unmarried couples.  Today, that number has risen to 16%.
A 2023 NAR profile of home buyers and sellers. NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS
There are a few speculated reasons for this new trend. One reason is that couples are more financially prepared before their “I-Do” date, so taking advantage of the market now makes the most sense. Another contributing factor to the increase in unmarried couples purchasing homes is the decreasing marriage rates across the United States, coupled with the upward trend in the median age for first marriages.
Regardless of the reason, this shift in traditional timelines presents both opportunities and challenges for soon-to-be homeowners. Drawing insights from MarketWatch, here are some key considerations p ...

Wednesday, March 27, 2024   /   by Bell Home Team

Forecasting Summer Weather Trends: What It Means for Real Estate

As we gear up for the summer months, it's essential to stay informed about the latest weather trends that could impact our lives and, in some cases, our real estate decisions. According to the Farmer's Almanac Summer 2024 Weather Forecast, there are several key trends to keep an eye on that could influence the housing market and property investments.

One of the notable predictions from the Farmer's Almanac is the expectation of above-average temperatures across many parts of the country. As temperatures soar, homebuyers may prioritize properties with features like central air conditioning, shaded outdoor spaces, and energy-efficient design to stay comfortable during the hot summer months. Real estate agents should be prepared to highlight these features when showcasing properties to potential buyers.

Additionally, the forecast suggests that certain regions may experience periods of heavy rainfall or even severe storms. For homeowners, this highlights the importance of property ma ...