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Posted by Coldwell Banker Murray Real Estate on 4/9/2019

Privacy fencing is a great way to increase your home value while improving the quality of life you live in your home at the same time. There are many solutions for you to consider. Think about your aesthetic preferences, whether or not you’re trying to block noise in addition to controlling your view and what works best with the contouring of your yard. Think about the flow between your backyard and front yard and how your home blends with the street as a whole. We all want to enjoy our neighbors, but we need to protect our home space as well.

Horizontal or Vertical Boards — Does a classic vertically installed fence fit best with your yard or do you like the modern aesthetic of horizontal boards? With either selection, you can install a fence with tight boards that completely block out the view or try peekaboo fencing for privacy that allows more light into your yard. Consider natural cedar, pine or a composite. Select a prefab white fencing option to minimize repainting or a natural wood that self-protects from environmental wear for minimal ongoing maintenance. 

Trellis and Vines — Trellis is a very affordable fencing option. To create more seclusion with your privacy fence train a vine to grow up and through the lattice. Though annual vines will grow fast and create coverage quickly, you won't have coverage year-round. Perennial vines will take longer to establish but will give your yard excellent coverage all year. You can select from flowering vines like Morning Glory (annual), Trumpet (perennial), Wisteria (perennial) or Climbing Hydrangea (perennial). Evergreen plants are probably the best solution for full and consistent coverage. Try an English ivy or creeping fig for your evergreen selection.

Hedge Wall — For another green solution consider growing a hedge wall. There are many easy to care for and fast-growing hedge plants you can contemplate. Boxwood varieties grow upwards of 20 feet tall to maintain and shape with shearing to fit the style of your yard. The American Arborvitae grows thick and tall making it a good option for visual appeal and noise screening. Also, consider a bamboo wall for privacy. No matter where you live, you can acquire a bamboo type that works for your region and soil. Select the right variety, a clumping, non-invasive bamboo for best results and enjoy a beautiful noise canceling and private solution for your yard. 

 Wherever your home is there is a privacy fencing solution for you. Talk with your real estate agent and your local hardware professional about the best options for your neighborhood, yard terrain, and home aesthetic to create a beautiful privacy fence that adds value to your life and home.




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Posted by Coldwell Banker Murray Real Estate on 2/26/2019

A handyman is an expert at fixing things broken. He or she is a necessity, the option you choose when you cannot fix that broken doorknob, or perhaps, the mold you just wiped off. It is okay to do it yourself, but necessary to accept when it's beyond your control.

Here are five reasons to hire a handyman rather than doing it yourself:

1. Saves time

The time you waste trying to do it yourself could be spent doing something more productive. For instance, if the doorknob is broken, trying to fix it yourself could take hours or more. If you end up not repairing it, you've wasted valuable time. Contacting a handyman eliminates that problem.

2. Training and expertise

Whatever the problem may be, a handyman is always ready to provide a lasting solution. Whether it is an electrical issue, plumbing work, installation, etc., it's better to have a professional with years of experience and expertise on your side. 

3. Personalized service

One of the main reasons to hire a handyman is to get someone who understands what you need, can work with you, and adequately explain your options. Working closely with your handyman ensures you end up receiving quality service. Today, many people rely on the services of a handyman because of how satisfying the results are. 

4. Good craftsmanship

A handyman knows his craft and aims to make sure customers aren't disappointed in any way. Their goal is to establish an excellent working relationship. In cases whereby issues or confusion arises, your handyman is there to shed more light and provide a solution. So, when looking for a handyman, ensure you go for the best in your city. 

5. Versatility 

A handyman can work on virtually anything around the home. He can help hang artworks on the wall, paint touch ups, change the light fixture, install a new faucet, clean the gutters, assemble furniture, and accomplish your entire ‘to do' list for a bargained fee.

A handyman is a life saver. He can fix anything, and avert small issues from escalating into a disaster. There are lots of handymen in your locality, do some research and connect with the best one you find. Stop trying to fix those technical household issues and hire a handyman today.





Posted by Coldwell Banker Murray Real Estate on 5/15/2018

Working from home is a job benefit many dream of. However, despite what some may think working from home is not all fun and games. While it may make for an easier commute it also can make for more distractions that keep you from your work. Learn how you can create an office in your home that is a productivity oasis. Function before form. It may be tempting to run out and buy all the beautiful office supplies and knick knacks, but before you do plan out the function of your office first. Create a list of must-have items. Will you need a printer, file cabinet or shelves for your reference binders? Perhaps a fax machine, large whiteboard or a sprawling desk with plenty of elbow room. Knowing what you need on hand to create the most efficient work environment will give you the ability to sit down and productively work without running out to get supplies or inventing workarounds. You will also want to invest in a good ergonomic chair since you will be spending so much of your time sitting in it. Your back will thank you. Location. The location of your home office in your house may be more important than you think. Choosing a quiet secluded room with lots of light will create an ideal working environment. If you have children or a partner that will be home during the day you will want the room in a place where they will not have to tiptoe around like if you, for example, set up shop in the dining room. Creating some “do not disturb” signs may be a good idea to further set boundaries with your family. Organize. Set yourself up for success off the bat by developing an organization system that works best for your home office. Since home offices tend to be set up in smaller rooms of a house make the most of your space by organizing vertically as well horizontally. Neatly manage and label cords when you set up any electrical equipment. Keep the items you use daily within easy reach so you don’t need to jump up and down all day to dig through your cabinets. Inspire. This is your home office, after all, and not a cubicle so don’t be afraid to add personality to work your space. Pick up posters with uplifting quotes or imagery or a cork board to pin inspiration and goals. Paint your office a color that uplifts and inspires you. A calm blue paired with a vibrant yellow can help boost your focus and alertness. Setting up a home office is an exciting house project, especially when you will have the opportunity to work from home. While it’s tempting to make your new office one that is visually appealing don’t forget to keep function at the forefront of your planning process. In the end, you’ll have the best of both worlds and may even be more productive for it!




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