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Condo vs. Townhouse: Your Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Right Home

When you’re looking for the perfect home, you need to know all the details. There are a variety of traditional single-family popular home types, but if you’re planning to purchase a home and aren’t interested in a detached home, you still have choices. Condos and townhouses are soaring in …

1 in 4 Americans Outgrow Their Living Space Within 2 Years

Survey: 1 in 4 Americans Outgrow Their Living Space Within 2 Years

Over the last 40 years, newly constructed homes have gotten steadily bigger and bigger.

In 1973, the first year the Census Bureau released data about Americans’ home sizes, the average home came in at 1,660 square feet. In 2015, 42 years later, that had increased by more than 1,000 square feet — the average size of a new home built that year was 2,687 square feet.

The steady increase in the size of newly constructed homes made us wonder —  is it really consumer demand that’s driving the construction of all these huge new houses? Do Americans feel like they need 2,600 square feet of living space, and if so, why? …

Everything You Need to Know About How to Move to Another Country

Forget about moving to a new city. Every year, millions of Americans plan out how to move to another country altogether. They’re drawn by love, adventure, work, and everything in-between.

Moving abroad means uprooting your established home and starting a new life in a different part of the world, and …

Survey: Quarantine Brought 60% of Families Closer Together

Survey: Quarantine Brought 60% of Families Closer Together

We wanted to know how quarantine was affecting families who were now spending more time together than they were used to, so we surveyed them. We found that a majority of people say despite some challenges, changes to their routine brought on by the coronavirus pandemic ultimately did make their families closer.

Flying with a Newborn

Flying with a Newborn: 12 Essential Tips

Traveling on a plane with animals can be challenging, especially if it’s a large dog. But flying with a child or infant can be even more difficult. You not only have to think about the health and comfort of the baby, but also their safety. Try not to worry, …

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25 Cheap Things to Do In Vegas

Vegas and “cheap” do not seem like they should appear in the same sentence. A trip to Las Vegas, Nevada often evokes mental images of bright lights, walking the strip, throwing dice, and the whirl of slot machines. The popular image of someone leaving Vegas, though, is more likely …

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How to Throw a Housewarming Party

Your neighborhood is full of people who have varied lifestyles and cultures. Building a connection with your neighbors is essential to your social health and the comfort you have in your neighborhood. One of the best ways to become acquainted with your neighbors and welcome them into your new …

Apartment Subletting

What is Subletting and How Does it Work?

If you are old enough to have considered renting an apartment or house, odds are, you’ve heard the term “sublet” or “sublease”. But what is subletting/subleasing? And what does it have to do with you getting that dream apartment?

Like many real estate terms, “subletting” sounds more obscure than it …

woman showing her grandchildren the steps of water bath canning

The Ultimate Guide to Water Bath Canning

Water bath canning is a processing method used to preserve high-acid foods. Jars are filled with food, sealed loosely with a lid, and boiled for a specific amount of time. Some examples of acidic foods include applesauce, jams, jellies, pickles, relishes, chutneys, salsas, and tomato products with added acid. …

Santa Monica Beach and the pier at sunset

The 9 Best Los Angeles Beaches

There are lots of beaches in Los Angeles County, and each beach has its own highlights and unique appeal. If you’re thinking of making the move to Los Angeles, you’ll want to know where the best California beaches are. In this post, we’ll break down some of the most …

woman clipping mint from her indoor herb garden

How to Grow an Indoor Herb Garden

Fresh herbs are a great way to add flavor to practically every meal you prepare, but they aren’t always easy to find and can be expensive. Growing your own herbs is one way to always have the flavors you want without going to the grocery store. You don’t have …

Utah County Splash Pads

Utah County Splash Pads 2020

Make a trip to these Utah Valley splash pads part of your summer bucket list! They’re fun, free, typically located near city parks, and are finally starting to open up for the season. All splash pads below are located in Utah County and are ordered from north to south. …

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9 Best Parks in Los Angeles to Explore

As with any large city, you’ll find many parks in Los Angeles. In this post, we’ll take a look at some of the highest-rated parks in the city and tell you what makes them so special. Because everyone has different tastes, we’ve included a little something of everything. If …

scenic drive around Los Angeles down Sunset Boulevard

12 Best Scenic Drives Around Los Angeles

While you may have heard plenty of jokes about the traffic nightmare on I-405 over the years, you’re just as likely to have heard about the joys of driving all over and around the city. There’s no shortage of scenic drives to enjoy. When driving around Los Angeles, there …

woman shopping at a Los Angeles farmers market with a canvas bag

The Ultimate Guide to Los Angeles Farmers Markets

Heading off to a farmers market in Los Angeles is a surefire way to get local-grown produce at great prices. If you’re looking for a Saturday farmers market that will help you find quality produce, start the search in your own neighborhood. Many local neighborhoods have their own cultures, …

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Top 10 Movies Filmed in Los Angeles

If you’re a movie fan visiting or living in Los Angeles, you can have a fun — and affordable — day out driving around some of the places where your favorite movies filmed in Los Angeles were shot. Whether you’re planning to explore the famous locales on your own …

woman tending to her vegetables after learning how to make a raised garden bed

How to Make a Raised Garden Bed

A raised garden bed solves many problems associated with typical gardens. Whether your reason for choosing a raised bed style is because of poor soil, lack of space, or simply to avoid weeds, you’ll need a few more supplies and a different approach to build your new garden. This …

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Guide to Real Estate Investing for Beginners

Real estate has remained a sound investment that can yield large profits for beginners and veterans alike. Even if you have been considering real estate investing, you might not know where to start. This guide real estate investing for beginners provides you with broad overviews of some basic real …

homeowner completing the step by step process of how to pressure wash a deck

How to Pressure Wash a Deck

As you gear up for some back yard enjoyment with a freshly cleaned home this spring, one daunting task you might be dreading is how to get your deck to look shiny and brand new. The simplest and fastest way to get that deck spruced up is with a …

woman and her child cleaning the pool as a summer pool maintenance chore

Ultimate Printable Guide to Pool Maintenance for Your Home

Maintaining your swimming pool is essential for healthy summer fun, but it can be easy to forget all the details involved with proper pool maintenance. Whether you’re looking for a guide to pool maintenance for beginners or you need to jog your memory on the specifics of pool care, …

homeowner continuing the process of how to insulate an attic with blown in insulation

How to Insulate an Attic: The Ultimate Guide

As much as 25% of your home’s heat could be escaping through your poorly insulated attic. Just as importantly, an improperly insulated attic can lead to ice dams, which eventually cause expensive leaks and dangerous structural damage to your home.

Calling in a professional to insulate your attic could quickly …

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How to Remove Ink From Clothes [Infographic]

When an ink-based accident occurs, it seems like Murphy’s Law is always there to ensure your favorite clothes are involved.  Whether your ink pen at work is the culprit or your toddler found the one permanent marker that exists in your home, there is a laundry hack out there to …

How to Buy Your First Rental Property

Guest post courtesy of our partner, SparkRental – Automated Landlord Software

 

You get it: real estate, even your own home, can produce income.

Maybe you’re bringing in some extra money by renting out storage space in your garage or basement. You might even rent out the occasional room on Airbnb, or …

10 Most Popular Types of Houses In America

10 Most Popular Types of Houses In America

The United States is a melting pot. Not just ethnically, but culturally and socially. What that means in terms of architecture is Americans enjoy an eclectic mix of designs and styles from around the globe.

But, like all art, architectural trends come and go in the United States. What was …

Outdoor Summer Movies in the Park (2019): Utah’s Comprehensive Guide

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy lemonade stands, firework shows and neighborhood block parties. Another fantastic summer tradition are outdoor movies. Check out Utah’s most comprehensive list of the best summer movies in the park.

Know of summer outdoor movie series not listed? Comment below and we’ll add it!

Unless noted, …

ATV Maintenance and Buying Guide

ATV Maintenance Tips and Buying Guide

Just like any other vehicle, an ATV needs a little tender love to keep it at peak performance. ATV maintenance is similar to maintaining a car. You have to frequently check and change the oil, check out the air filter, look for damage on the nuts and bolts, maintain …

Millennial minimalists

The Millennial Minimalist

If your home is free of clutter, you think twice about spending your money on frivolous purchases, and you are constantly attempting to downsize in any way possible, you may be a millennial minimalist.
Who are Millennials?
Millennials are classified as the generation born between the years 1981-1996. Today, millennials make …

Home Improvements to Make Before Baby Arrives - Neighbor Blog

Home Improvements to Make Before the Baby Arrives

Preparing for a new baby is exciting, expensive, and exasperating all at the same time. Every square inch of your home needs to be transformed into a baby-proof bunker in a matter of months. From nursery interior design ideas to making space for baby storage, here are some home …

Recycle in your community

Recycling in Your Community

It is easy to underestimate the power and importance of recycling, especially when it’s convenient to do so. This might be because we fail to fully link the environment we want with what is required of us to maintain it. It’s easy to forget, for example, that blue skies, …

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Pay Off Your Mortgage Early: 12 Easy Steps

Taking all 30 years to pay off your mortgage will end up costing you thousands more than paying it off early. Thanks to interest rates steadily climbing toward a jaw-dropping 5%, finding a way to subsidize your mortgage is more important than ever.

As you search your no-wiggle-room budget for …

Diverse Neighbors

50+ Neighborhood Block Party Games & Ideas

A neighborhood is a group of people that share similar interests, opinions, cultures or ideas on trends. Since living in a constant state of community is an integral part of life, it is important to establish relationships with those in close proximity (maybe by even sharing your unused storage space …

Landscaping Tips For Beginners and Home Owners

Landscaping Tips for Beginners & First-Time Homeowners

There are a lot of amazing opportunities that owning your first home provides: the chance to customize everything you want, the freedom to put nails in the wall without having to worry about violating your lease, and of course, the yard, and the opportunity to truly make it your …

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Hey Alexa, What Is A Smart Home?

Our world is constantly advancing in many ways. The medication we use, the communication devices we own, and the methods of transportation that would have been unbelievable 20 years ago–technology is amazing. Let’s talk about phones for a minute: they used to be these hug box-like walkie talkies. Then …

Utah Boating Guide - Neighbor Blog

Utah Boating: Top 8 Lakes And Reservoirs To Go Boating In Utah

More than 40 percent of Utah is covered in national parks, national monuments, national forests, state parks, and public lands. With that many opportunities how can you ever hope to make a decision on where to start your recreational adventures? There’s rock climbing, mountain biking, hiking, skiing, snowboarding, snowshoeing, …

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Explore Utah: The Beginner’s Travel Guide To Exploring Utah

Utah is a popular travel destination in the United States. With world-class hiking, biking, and skiing and plenty of other attractions that don’t require hiking boots, it’s no wonder millions of people visit Utah every year.

With so much to explore, how do you make the most out of your …

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