Once, a Jetsons kind of life seemed like a pipe dream, the stuff of cartoons. Well, even pipe dreams come true. Though we’re not yet zipping through the sky to commute to and from work, today’s smart home technology is making many of our daily commutes more than just a way home. Example:
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Even though it’s almost February, 2017, I’m still struggling to polish off my New Year’s resolutions for last year. I only had three: attention to health, organization and comfort. I did manage to hit the gym more often than not, and I bought a bunch of new shoes that make my feet deliriously happy. So, two out of three ain’t bad. But organization … well, I’m still working on that one. I successfully cleaned out my closets and reorganized my kitchen cabinets and pantry early in the year, but my home office is still not the tidy, efficient workspace I know it can be. And every weekend, it seems, something more fun exciting urgent keeps popping up instead.
It doesn’t matter whether you bought that to-die-for bungalow that needed just a little TLC or you opted for a brand-new home in the ‘burbs – sooner or later something in your house is going to burn out, fall apart or start leaking. Maybe all three. At the same time.
If you’ve already bought the flowers and made brunch reservations to fete Mom this Mother’s Day, congratulations and well done! For everybody else, don’t despair. We’ve got 10 really cool ideas that’ll show your love and make Mom feel like the queen of her castle all year long.
Selling a house today means your buyer is likely starting his or her home search online. Gone are the days when house hunters cruised their favorite neighborhoods and grabbed a flyer from houses that looked promising. Now a home’s first impression is created on the internet, not at the curb, and it’s got to be dazzling enough to lure looky-loos away from their devices and to your front door.
Home prices are up so it’s a good time to sell. But the market is tight because inventory is so low, so where will you buy once you sell? Faced with this very dilemma, plus other factors such as loving their neighborhood or not wanting to leave their children’s school district, many homeowners are opting to remodel their homes rather than sell. In fact, a team of Harvard researchers estimate that spending on home improvement projects will jump nearly 7% by the end of June.
When I attended a small, private college years ago, it was common then to prefer a more intimate environment for higher education, a place where students would be more than “just a number.” Funny to think about that now, when so much of my identity is determined by a random cluster of numerals, whether it’s my Social Security number, my employee number or even my credit card number.