Packing & Moving

How to Arrange Furniture in Your New Home

October 15, 2012

Whether you’re buying your first home or your tenth, arranging furniture can be a challenge. Though the sofa you bought for your last living room might have been a perfect fit, don’t be surprised if it’s all wrong for your new great room. To make sure you get the most out of your home furniture layout, follow these quick tips: 1. Think about scale. The key to arranging your furniture is to keep proportion top of mind. A small side chair might get swallowed up…

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Buying a Home

Building Your Dream Home: Matching Your Home Site to Your Floor Plan

October 9, 2012

As you’re making your final home site and floor plan selections, it’s important to consider how the two fit together. Ask yourself these questions as you narrow down your options:  Where’s the light?  If you’re looking forward to breakfast in a nook that’s filled with morning sunlight, you might want to choose a home site that gives that room southern or southeastern exposure. The same goes for your backyard patio; southern exposure will make it sunnier, northern exposure will keep it shadier. Live in a…

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Local Stories

Fairfield, CA: Rent or Buy?

October 1, 2012

Newly stationed at Travis Air Force Base? Whether it’s your first duty station or your fiftieth, finding a great place to live in a new town can be an adventure. We spoke with Richmond American sales associate, Trisha Howe, to get a local perspective on Fairfield real estate and the opportunities there for military families. Trisha has worked with military and non-military homebuyers in the Fairfield area for over 5 years. Richmond American Blogger: So, what are the housing options for military families near Travis…

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Life at Home

8 Ways to Winterize Your Home

September 25, 2012

When the summer air begins to cool down, it’s time to prepare your home for the colder months ahead. Winterizing can keep your home running efficiently and save on heating costs. Get started today with these helpful tips: 1. Service your furnace. Leaky ducts and vents are big energy drainers. Have your furnace serviced by a professional at least once a year. Also remember to change air filters regularly to maintain air quality and prevent unnecessary wear and tear on your equipment. Is your HVAC the…

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Life at Home

Soup Season is Here! 10 Easy Recipes for Fall

September 17, 2012

So long, summer salads—it’s time for some hearty, savory, simple-to-prepare soups. Here are ten picks from some of our favorite food blogs. If you decide to try these recipes, let us know on Twitter or Facebook. We’d love to hear from you! Roasted Apple & Winter Squash Soup via theKitchn Tart apples, fragrant herbs and creamy squash combine in this satisfying vegetarian soup. Hearty Spinach & Sausage Soup via Pinch My Salt Potatoes, sausage, barley, spinach—what could be more filling on a chilly autumn day?…

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