Lisa DeFreitas' Blog

Posted on 09/26/2021
Urban Agriculture For Everyone: Allotments and Community Gardens
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 09/19/2021
Home Warranty 101: What Buyers Should Know
Many homebuyers have the choice of whether to purchase a home warranty with the home itself. While not required, it can be a helpful way to ensure that your new home is well cared for. It can also have some downsides and may not be right for everyone. Here we’ll go over the basics of home warranties to...
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Posted on 09/12/2021
Why Catnip Is an Excellent Companion Plant for Vegetables
Catnip is an herb of many talents. Besides being famously loved by cats, it also has many benefits for your home and garden. Catnip can be particularly beneficial when grown in vegetable gardens because of its pest-repelling properties. Here we’ll go into detail about how and why to use catnip in your vegetable garden. Bug Repellent One of...
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Posted on 09/05/2021
Making Sense of Water Leaks
Photo by Andrey_Popov via Shutterstock Is your house leaky? According to the EPA (US Environmental Protection Agency), household water leaks account for up to a trillion gallons of water wasted each year. According to their calculations, the average home leaks about ten thousand gallons annually or more than 90 gallons every single day. So how do you tell...
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Posted on 08/29/2021
Is a Flat Roof the Best Choice for Your Home?
Photo by Pixabay from Pexels Flat roofs are common on large industrial or commercial buildings. Thanks largely to modern design movements, flat roofs are a popular choice for residential buildings as well. There are several other advantages as well besides the aesthetic appeal. However, a flat roof might not be the right choice for every home design. Here...
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Posted on 08/22/2021
3 Budget-Friendly Alternatives to Natural Stone
Photo by eberhard grossgasteiger from Pexels Natural stone siding is not always the best choice. Depending on your budget and the climate where you live it might be wise to choose an alternative. But what if you have your heart set on the look of a stone house? There are lots of material options for home exteriors on...
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Posted on 08/15/2021
Gift Guide: Buying for Plant Lovers
If you have a gardener or plant lover on your gift list, there are plenty of things you can get them they’ll not only love but use. Practical gifts might seem boring, but to those with a hobby like plant care the right tools can make all the difference. Here are some ideas for gifts to get for...
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Posted on 08/08/2021
To Build or To Buy? Which is Right for You?
When buying a home, you can either build a new residence from scratch or buy an existing home already built. This can be a tough decision to make. Here are a few pros and cons of each to help you move forward with your decision. Buying an Existing Home There are several advantages to buying a home that’s...
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Posted on 08/01/2021
New Construction: Custom Floor Plan Tips for Your New Build
Photo by Tima Miroshnichenko from Pexels New construction gives you a way to start fresh and build the home you’ve always wanted. However, coming up with the perfect custom floor plan might feel intimidating. You don’t have to be an architectural expert to create your ideal floor plan, but it does help to have some knowledge of basic...
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Posted on 07/25/2021
Best Practices: Boosting Your Curb Appeal
Photo by Javani LLC via Shutterstock Before you ever place your home on the market, start working on curb appeal. What’s curb appeal? It’s the first thing that makes people want to take a second look when they drive by. If they’re house shopping or just dreaming for the future, a home with curb appeal will bring them...
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Posted on 07/18/2021
Smart Home Technology: What Do Buyers Want in 2021
Photo by picjumbo.com from Pexels Are you thinking of investing in a new construction home? This is a great time to think about building it smarter. Unlike retrofitting an existing home with smart add-ons, new construction gives you the opportunity to integrate smart technology directly into the home's function and feel. Here are some top smart home technologies...
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Posted on 07/11/2021
What Curb Appeal Items Give You the Most ROI?
Photo by Breadmaker via Shutterstock You may be thinking that your best investments are inside the home: a snazzy new kitchen, a spa-like bathroom or new wood floors, but you can actually get a high return on investment (ROI) if you focus on your home's curb appeal. The first impression potential buyers have of your home is the...
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