Lisa DeFreitas' Blog

Posted on 11/28/2021
Sustainable Construction: Green Features to Include in Your New Build
Photo by Maria Orlova from Pexels With a greater focus on energy efficiency in recent years, new construction has been using green features. These features are designed to reduce negative impacts on the environment and help homeowners reduce their energy usage. If you’re planning to have a green home built, the following are some of the more common...
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Posted on 11/21/2021
Budget-Friendly Front Yard Ideas
Improving your front yard doesn’t have to cost a fortune. In fact, there are many inexpensive changes you can make that will completely transform the look and feel of the outdoor space. If you’re willing to do the work yourself you can DIY most projects to save even more money on labor costs. Here are some of the...
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Posted on 11/14/2021
What is a Tax Lien ?
Photo by Gerd Altmann via Pixabay There are many fees and costs you’ll encounter as a homeowner. From closing costs that are due when first purchasing your home to your mortgage payment and property taxes, keeping up with these expenses is essential. But if you’re a homeowner that didn’t pay your property taxes, you’re at risk of losing...
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Posted on 11/07/2021
Thinking of Adding a Kitchen Island? Check Out These DIY Ideas
Image by Solomon Rodgers from Pixabay Installing a kitchen center island ranks among the most significant changes homeowners make to the house's most used space. The benefits of increased surface area and the idea you can design a kitchen center island to include a breakfast counter make this improvement attractive. But the cost can of an installation can...
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Posted on 10/31/2021
3 Container Gardening Mistakes to Avoid
Creating a container garden is more than just beautiful design. In order for your container garden to thrive and look its absolute best you need to make sure the plants are happy and healthy. Here we’ll go over some of the most common mistakes and problems in container gardening and how to avoid them. Combining Plants With Incompatible...
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Posted on 10/24/2021
Top Ideas a Kitchen Island on a Budget
Photo by Cleyder Duque from Pexels If the cost of renovations holds you back from realizing your desired living space, strategic do-it-yourself projects can save money and accelerate the process. It's essential to understand that not every handy homeowner possesses the DIY skills to orchestrate a complete makeover. However, basic understanding of how to measure and use tools...
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Posted on 10/17/2021
5 Reasons Why Condos Are Great for First-Time Homebuyers
Image by StockSnap from Pixabay First-time homebuyers have more choices than ever before when it comes to picking a home. While for many, a home translates to “house” there are other home ownership options to consider. Condominiums, or condos, are an excellent choice for first-time buyers for several reasons. Depending on where you live, they might be more...
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Posted on 10/10/2021
Which Tools do Homeowners Need ?
Photo by Davie Bicker via Pixabay There are plenty of maintenance concerns to think about when owning a home. Once you’ve completed your purchase and settled in comfortably, it’s important to remember that there will be no landlord to come around and fix those leaky faucets. You’ll need to either fix them yourself or pay to have a...
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Posted on 10/03/2021
5 Smart Home Devices to Help You Save
Photo by ready made from Pexels By now, you’ve probably heard of home automation. You might wonder what the big deal is or what it can do for you. Other than making aspects of home life more convenient, it can also bring your insurance premiums down because of the efficiency and safety of smart technology. Here are a...
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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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