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Monday, December 5, 2022   /   by Katherine Clare Bell

Prep Your Home for Winter with These Easy Tips

Your Checklist for Avoiding Potential Cold-Weather Issues

That chill is in the air… so that means it’s time to protect your home-sweet-home from the elements of WINTER in the Northeast.
1. Gutters & Hoses
It’s easy to forget that there may have been leaves amassing in your gutters these last few months of fall even if you can’t see them. Make space for potential ice in the gutters by checking that they have been cleared out completely. As for your hoses, drain them and house them in a shed or garage. And turn the spigot off at the interior access point to prevent any bursts when the temps get VERY low!
2. Furnace Checks
While you’re getting your HVAC system tuned up to run properly through the chilly season so you can stay cozy and warm, be sure to have the system checked for any carbon monoxide leaks. You and your loved ones will be spending more time inside so you need to ensure the environment is safe. Many people cannot smell potential gas ...

Wednesday, November 9, 2022   /   by Katherine Clare Bell

When Considering to Sell Your House Before the Holidays...

As you look ahead to the winter season, you’re likely making plans and thinking about what you want to achieve before the year ends. One of those key decision points could be whether or not you want to move this year. If the location or size of your current home no longer meets your needs, finding a house that better suits your lifestyle may be a top priority for you. But with today’s cooling housing market, is it really a good time to sell your house, or should you wait?
If you’re ready to make your decision, here are three reasons you may want to consider selling before the holidays.

1. Get One Step Ahead of Other Sellers

Typically, in the residential real estate market, homeowners are less likely to list their houses toward the end of the year. That’s because people get busy around the holidays and deprioritize selling their house until the start of the new year when their schedules and social calendars calm down.

Selling now, while oths ...

Tuesday, November 8, 2022   /   by Katherine Clare Bell

Ovarian Cancer Awareness Brunch & Fashion Show: Hope & Heels

The Bell Home Team once again will participate in and support Hope For Heather in their annual Fashion Show & Brunch to spread Ovarian Cancer Awareness. Hope for Heather is a 100% volunteer organization with a mission to raise funds to support ovarian cancer research, to promote education and awareness, and to help to provide comfort to women and their families devastated by cancer. Vist www.hopeforheather.org to learn more about the incredible impact Hope For Heather continues to have in the community year after year!  ...

Thursday, February 25, 2021   /   by Katherine Clare Bell

Why Owning a Home is a Powerful Financial Decision

In today’s housing market, there are clear financial benefits to owning a home: increasing equity, the chance to build your net worth, and appreciating home values, just to name a few. If you’re a renter, it’s never too early to think about how homeownership can propel you toward a stronger future. Here’s a dive into three often-overlooked financial benefits of homeownership and how preparing for them now can steer you in the direction of greater financial security and savings.
You Won’t Always Have a Monthly Housing Payment
Personal finance advisor Dave Ramsey explains:
“Every payment brings you closer to owning the house. When you pay your rent, that money is spent. Gone. Bye. Not returning. But when you pay your mortgage, you work toward full ownership.”
As a homeowner, you can eventually eliminate the monthly payment you make on your house. That’s a huge win and a big factor in how homeownership can drive stability and savings in s ...

Tuesday, February 2, 2021   /   by Katherine Clare Bell

Tips For Creating the Home Office of Your Dreams

Whether you work full-time at home or occasionally need to conduct business in the evenings or on the weekends, a home office a great way to utilize an extra room. A dedicated workspace in your home can be designed to increase productivity and comfort. Here are 5 ideas to get you started.

Invest in a good office chair. Investing in an ergonomic office chair is essential. You may be spending anywhere from 30 to 50 hours a week sitting in it, so your back will thank you. Purchasing one with multiple adjustments is ideal so it fits you just right.
Switch up your lighting. Fluorescent lighting has been proven to be hard on the eyes. Make the switch to LED or halogen light bulbs in your home office and try to let in as much natural light as possible. Also, consider finding a desk lamp to reduce headaches and eye strain.
Keep essentials in reach and organized. Nothing says productivity like a clean, neat workspace. Select a desk with a lot of storage or install creative shelving to keep ...