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The Value of Artwork When Selling a Home

The Value of Artwork When Selling a Home

By Chris Petry When we think of the things that tend to add value to homes, it’s rare that we consider personal effects. It makes sense. Possessions go into boxes and those boxes are transported to the owner’s new home where they’ll be filed, stored, or displayed once more. What if I told you, however, that the mere presence of certain possessions on a home tour or in a listin

Woodland Safety Summer 2024

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Woodland Safety Summer 2024

By Chris Petry Summertime is outdoor time. While most of us will probably spend that time lying on a beach with a never-ending stream of cocktails, some of us will prefer to journey into the wild untamed wilderness to reclaim our place in nature. Okay, let’s be honest, most of us will never step off the gravel of a half-mile loop at the local park but that doesn’t mean there’s

What Kind of Deck or Patio Should My Home Have?

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What Kind of Deck or Patio Should My Home Have?

By Chris Petry Okay people, we made it. It’s officially the first week of June, which means summer (regardless of the actual calendar date) is in full swing. If you’re one of those “ordinary” folks, you’re probably looking forward to spending a large portion of your off time outside, soaking up generous doses of ultraviolet radiation. If you’re like me, you&r

Your Dream Home on the Water

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Your Dream Home on the Water

By Chris Petry Despite a lack of fins, gils, or webbed appendages, humans sure do love spending time on the water. In fact, we built the whole of civilization around it. Of course, in those days, water was the most efficient method of travel and transport so it makes perfect sense that New York, Chicago, Los Angeles, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Austin… you name it, were erected on the banks o

Must Be the Season of the Tick

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Must Be the Season of the Tick

By Chris Petry Recently, after a bout of achy throbbing muscles and joint pain, I was tested for Lyme Disease. The good news? No Lyme Disease. The bad news? Methinks, I had an allergic reaction to a common medication. Ah, well. Today, we’re not going to speculate about the state of my health. Today, we’ll talk about a little preventative work you, and I for that matter, can do to en

Tips for Enhancing Your Outdoor Space on a Budget

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Tips for Enhancing Your Outdoor Space on a Budget

By Tammy Pitts As the temperature heats up across Pennsylvania, everyone is eager to spend more time outdoors, but is your outdoor space ready? Upgrading your backyard or patio doesn’t have to be costly. Here are some affordable ideas to transform your boring backyard into a delightful retreat. Add a splash of color Rather than splurging on new and expensive patio furniture, pick

What Will the Market Look Like Summer 2024

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What Will the Market Look Like Summer 2024

By Chris Petry There’s been no shortage of news coverage regarding the health of the real estate market over the last two years. For a while, all eyes were focused on the Federal Reserve’s post-pandemic interest hikes. Obviously, a rate increase of that degree was sure to stoke headlines and generate concern among potential buyers. We, and to be fair, a certain contingency of the

Every Day is Earth Day

Every Day is Earth Day

By Chris Petry On Monday, millions of conservationists, environmentalists and environmentally-conscious citizens celebrated Earth Day. On Earth Day you may have given extra consideration to you and your home’s carbon footprint. Maybe you finally made good on your promise to buy recycling bins, committed to reducing the amount of plastic waste in our oceans and landfills by buying locally

What's Trending in Landscaping Spring 2024

What's Trending in Landscaping Spring 2024

By Chris Petry You know how it goes. One minute you’re griping about the seemingly-endless rainfall and the next, you’re punching your steering wheel trying desperately to merge into one lane because the DOT thought 5:00 p.m. was the optimal time to fill potholes. Where does the time go?   Don’t forget, somewhere between your 4th slice of pizza and your 50th binge watch

Why Spring is the Best Time to Buy & The Best Time to Sell

Why Spring is the Best Time to Buy & The Best Time to Sell

By Chris Petry Ah… Springtime. It’s a magical time, when the flowers bloom, the days grow both longer and warmer and the birds, bees, leaves and trees all awaken from their frozen slumber. Joining them, typically, is the housing market. After months of bitter cold, and with time to financially recover from the excesses of the holiday season, buyers and sellers alike emerge with a r