Home Maintenance = Love.

Taking care of your home with regular maintenance and updates can not only improve the safety and energy-efficiency of your property -- you'll also be ensuring that your home's equity is protected! 

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2019 is an odd numbered year and that means new tax assessments.  

Notice of Valuations for all properties, except personal property, are sent out May 1st, so you should have already received yours. As Colorado homeowners are receiving their new Tax Assessments, many are surprised that the value of their home - and their new tax assessment - has increased drastically since 2017.

How is Property Tax Calculated?

The calculation of property tax is: Market Value of Property x Assessment Rate x Mill Levy = Property Tax

The most subjective part of this process is determining the properties “Market Value”.  

The tax assessor’s office will look at market sales over the past 2 years in calculating the Market Value of the property.  For 2019 the sales

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It’s every homeowner’s worst nightmare: You think that everything is perfectly fine and then a major home repair issue springs up out of nowhere. 

It could be a burst pipe, a leaky roof, or a broken window. No matter what the issue may be, you need it fixed and you need the work done fast. However, how can you be better prepared to cover the costs associated with these unexpected home repairs? By using these tips to save and reduce your repair stress. 

Start Putting More Money Into Your Emergency Fund

Think you don’t need a repair fund for your home? Even if you buy a brand new home or have one custom-built, you still need to sink some funds into an emergency savings account dedicated to covering home repairs. Because even with a brand new

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Spring has arrived which, for many homeowners, means spring cleaning and refreshing the house and yard.

If you’re in a new home, now is a great time to spend some time to really make it your own and give it your own special touch. Or, if you’re thinking of taking advantage of the hot spring/summer real estate market, there’s no better time than now to prepare your space for showings and open houses. No matter where you’re at in the cycle of homeownership, use this time to prioritize your biggest investment. Here are 6 ways to show your home some TLC and make it a priority this month.

Schedule A Power Wash

It’s no secret that curb appeal makes a big difference in a home’s value. Even if you’re not putting your home on the market any time

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Spring temperatures and storms in Colorado are unpredictable, so remain flexible and get the early chores finished in between these fickle weather weeks ahead.

Garden Clean Up

+ Remove any remaining annual vegetable foliage and roots from last season. Toss in the compost pile if disease or pest insects weren’t troublesome.

+ Perennial plants and ornamental grasses from last season need to be cut back in spring (if not done in fall) for new growth to emerge. Some perennials like milkweed (asclepias), balloon flower (platycodon), false indigo (baptisia), leadwort (ceratostigma), ferns and hibiscus are late waking up in the spring.

+ Many plants also benefit from spring dividing when overcrowded or not blooming well anymore.

+ Spring division

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Everyone has their own style when it comes to interior decorating, and that’s part of what makes your living space feel like home.

There are plenty of styles to choose from or blend together and the popularity of some styles fluctuate. The team at Joybird was interested in finding out what interior design styles people were searching for throughout the country.

Using Google Trends data, they looked at the search popularity for fifteen of the biggest styles in each state over the last twelve months. They found data for each style and each state and mapped them out so you can see how your favorites stack up!

A map of the top design trend in each state

When it came to the most-searched design term, two styles dominated the map — Victorian and Bohemian. Victorian was the top search in ten

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Because if it doesn't spark joy, then what's the point?

If you love Marie Kondo as much as we do, then you're probably already a little inspired to declutter and simplify your home.

A cluttered home often leads to a cluttered mind and life, and we don't have time for that in 2019. Here are a few ways to organize your home:

Commit to timeless materials

Part of the trick to perfecting minimalism is getting it right the first time. While most of us already tend to think of our furniture as a monetary investment, it’s also important to view big-ticket items as an aesthetic investment.

“I’ve found that natural furnishings and materials are timeless,” says Gosia Piatek, New Zealand–based fashion designer and founder of sustainable clothing

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What do Homebuyers Want?

Laundry rooms and Energy Star–compliant windows topped the list of what buyers considered the most “essential” or “desirable” features in a home, according to the National Association of Home Builders’ 2019 “What Home Buyers Really Want” report, released at the NAHB International Builders’ Show in Las Vegas this week.

Most of the features that new homeowners or aspiring buyers ranked highest related to helping them save in utility costs, add extra storage, and spruce up the outside, said Rose Quint, the NAHB’s assistant vice president of survey research.

The NAHB surveyed nearly 4,000 consumers who either purchased a home within the last three years or plan to buy a home in the next three years to identify their top

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Staying Snuggly Warm at Home - Without Touching the Thermostat!

Like many of us, you may be counting down the days until spring. With winter weather comes increased heating bills and depleted bank accounts. Read on for the scoop on keeping your home warm, without touching your thermostat.

Check seals. If your home feels drafty, one of the first things you should do is check the seals around your windows and doors and reseal if needed. If everything is sealed properly and you still feel like you're getting a draft, cover windows with plastic, and even doors you don't use often, like a patio or side door.

Open the curtains. During sunny afternoons, draw the curtains to let sunshine flow inside and warm your space naturally. In the evenings, close them

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Amenities that Speak to Pet Owners Help Homes Stand Out

You don’t have to own a Westminster-worthy show dog to appreciate amenities that canines and their owners love. In fact, attributes such as pet doors, feeding stations and ample yard space can help a house stand out from others on the market.

It’s no surprise that millennials are changing the real estate world and impacting residential trends like never before. What may come as a surprise is that the number one home buying demand is pet friendliness. According to the American Pet Products Association, 73 percent of millennials currently own a pet and 33 percent of a millennial homebuyers’ decision to buy a home is driven chiefly by man’s best friend.

With so many people welcoming pets

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This isn't for the messy or the faint of heart, but what better inspiration to clean out your cabinets and keep your kitchen tidy than open shelving???

We aspire to be women who arrange their kitchen shelves as though curating an upscale cookware gallery. In reality, we thank our lucky stars every day for the cabinet doors concealing our mismatched Tupperware collection. Which is why we’re cautiously enamored by the kitchen design darling of 2019: Single open shelving.

That’s right, many the buzziest kitchens right now have one thing in common: One airy, minimalist ledge in place of traditional cabinetry.

On the one hand, Hello gorgeous. On the other, Really though, where do I put my mixing bowls? Whether you’re team pro or con (or torn),

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