Life at Home

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas for the Home

May 2, 2014

Mother’s Day is right around the corner. Give the flowers, chocolates and other go-to gifts a rest this year, and surprise her with something special for her abode. After all, home is where the heart is. A floral bouquet might make Mom’s day, but a potted plant for her living room will provide year-round enjoyment. Better yet, surprise her with a collection of seeds, and set aside some time to help her dig in the dirt. You can even recruit other family members to join…

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Local Stories

Top Five Reasons to Consider Relocating to a New Home in the Orlando Area

April 29, 2014

Thinking about relocating to the Orlando area? You’re not alone. Homebuyers are flocking to the region in droves—and we’re not just talking about snowbirds! There are numerous reasons to call O-Town home. Here are our top five: Weather. If you love warm weather (and really, who doesn’t?), Florida’s tropical climate can’t be beat. The winters are mild (the average high in January is 71 degrees!) and although temps can climb in the summer, gentle breezes, rustling palm fronds and an abundant water supply—think swimming pools,…

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Financing & Insuring

Things to Know About Homebuyers Insurance

April 15, 2014

With the purchase of your new home, it’s wise and often even mandatory to protect such a large investment with different types of insurance policies. Read on for our quick guide to the main types of insurance policies you might encounter and why you may need to purchase them. HOMEOWNERS INSURANCE Homeowners insurance is designed to protect you financially by providing money for repairs in the event your property sustains damage. This could include damage from fire, lightning, windstorms, hail, explosions, smoke, vandalism and many…

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Life at Home, Packing & Moving

Spring Cleaning Checklist Part 5: Tips for Homebuyers and Sellers

April 4, 2014

If you plan to move this year, spring cleaning can be a great head start—both for homeowners getting ready to sell and for homebuyers ready to pack. With that in mind, here are some bonus checklist items to help you focus on those goals as you move from room to room. If you’re moving this year… Put seasonal items—such as winter coats and clothes, heavy drapes and comforters, and holiday decorations—away in moving-safe boxes and label them clearly. Be aggressive about your decluttering. This infographic…

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Life at Home

Spring Cleaning Checklist Part 4: Home Office and Laundry Room

April 3, 2014

You’re in the home stretch! Use these checklists to help you finish up your spring cleaning. Did you miss the earlier parts of our series? Get checklists for spring cleaning kitchens and mudrooms, common areas and bathrooms, and bedrooms and kid clutter! Home office: Declutter the desk. If you have a buildup of paperwork, set aside time to sort it into “file,” “shred” and “scan” piles. The more things you can shred or scan and save electronically (then shred), the easier it will be to…

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