The holidays are a fun, festive time of year, but let's face it: They can also put a substantial dent in your budget. Fortunately, when it comes to decorating, you don't have to forego festive decor to save some money. With a little creativity, you can deck your home out for the holidays while staying on a budget.
With the cost of natural gas predicted to rise more than 30 percent over last year, homeowners throughout the country are bracing for big heating bills this winter. In addition to higher energy prices, demand could outpace supply, and winter weather could be slightly colder than last year.
As the holiday season approaches, it's a good idea to do more of your shopping at small and local businesses. These businesses are the backbone of our local economies, owned and operated by members of our own communities. Small Business Saturday, which is coming up on November 26, is the perfect opportunity to shop local. Here are some of the local stores our real estate agents recommend visiting on the occasion.
Ready or not, the holiday season is just around the corner, and it's the most wonderful time of the year. It's not too early to start getting yourself into the holiday spirit. Our real estate agents love kicking off the holidays by attending a local event. From immersive light displays to holiday markets, there is a lot to do around Long Island, so you'll need to plan ahead. Here are some top events you'll want to add to your calendar this year.
With home values at historic highs, many homeowners are rushing to put their houses on the market to take advantage of the increase in their equity. But our real estate agents want to caution sellers that hasty decisions can mean necessary repairs can go unidentified and delay closing the sale. A pre-inspection can be a worthwhile investment and reveal issues that can be resolved before listing.
The holiday season always brings plenty of opportunities to run on Long Island! With lots of great holiday 5k walks and runs coming up, our real estate agents are excited to share some of their favorites.
And if you're looking for someplace to get in shape for your next big race, then you're in luck. Long Island is also home to some great trails and greenways where you can practice. So lace up your shoes, and get ready to hit the pavement in Nassau and Suffolk counties.
Did you know that October 22 is National Make a Difference Day? The idea behind Make a Difference Day is that every small bit of support can make a difference in someone's life and that everyone can do their part. This is the 30th Make a Difference Day since it was originally established in 1992, presenting the perfect opportunity to show your support to some of the many non-profit organizations on Long Island that make a difference in the lives of others every day. Our real estate agents have the details on five Long Island non-profit organizations to consider for Make a Difference Day this year.
If you're craving a home overhaul, you may hesitate to go through a demolition's time, expense, upheaval, and mess. You can still make your home more beautiful and functional with a renovation project that avoids many of the negatives associated with a demo.
Our real estate agents suggest 10 tips for a successful "no-demo" reno project.