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Brick Charmer in Camelot Golf Course Community

Nestled in the quiet golf course community of Camelot is this lovingly maintained home. Welcome to 1601 Kings Road where everyday you will be living like royalty.

Step through the front door into the warm and inviting entry with slate floors. Formal living room off entry takes you back to grand parlor days with space and detail. Huge bay window across the front offers views and amazing natural light.

Formal dining room impresses with hardwood floors, crown moulding, chair rail, and exquisite chandelier. Kitchen boasts ample cabinetry and counter space for all your culinary needs. Chef will appreciate gas cooking, pantry, and sink with back yard views.

Kitchen is open to family room so no one misses any action. Cozy up to the gas fireplace on chilly fall and winter evenings. Open plan allows for great flow during large gatherings. Off the den is a convenient three season room for overflow entertaining. Or relax in comfort on warm days while enjoying the outdoor views.

First floor master is the perfect retreat for some quiet moments after a long day. Master bedroom boasts two closets, hardwood floors, ceiling fan, and private bath. Master bath features tiled walk in shower and tile flooring.

This first floor guest room is perfect for guests who prefer not to climb stairs. Spacious guest bath one features oversized vanity and private tub and shower combination. First floor houses an additional guest room with hardwood floors that could easily be transformed into a home office.

On the second floor you will find two more guest rooms for overflow visitors. Second floor guest bath is convenient to bedrooms and features a tub and shower combination. Both upstairs bedrooms are nice sized with carpet and ceiling fans. First floor laundry with closet and cabinetry offers plenty of storage and makes wash chores a breeze.

Two car garage provides space to house vehicles and tools and toys.Detached back yard shed provides overflow space to stow lawn and gardening supplies. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the Camelot Community from this large back yard. Invite the neighbors over for am outdoor barbecue, play sports or lawn games, or garden. Fenced back yard keeps all your loved ones safe while mature trees offer utmost privacy.

Home backs up to the adjacent golf course for more privacy and beauty. Set up a weekly tee time on the links and know that this home is close to additional recreation, shopping, and schools. This property provides so many possibilities in a dream home. Thank you for stopping by this wonderful home. Be sure to schedule your personal showing today.

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Be a Smart Home Buyer

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IF you are in the market to purchase a new house, house hunting can be an exciting time. However, you should never let your home buying purchase be controlled by emotional impulses.Falling in love with a home on-line can be like on-line dating. It might look good at first glance but may have some flaws upon further, up-close  inspection.

And, while you will obviously have a checklist of must-haves, you need to also understand that there may be items you need to compromise on. Finding a home that meets ALL the check boxes is virtually impossible so be willing to keep an open mind about adding some things later.

The following article from houselogic.com provides some helpful tips to help you make smart, informed decisions during the buying process. Remember to always do your homework and make sure you have a real estate professional to represent your interests. You will be glad you did.

House-Hunting Tips to Avoid #Facepalm Moments

What to look for when buying a house — and what not to do.

The only thing more exciting than shopping for your first house is the day you move into it. And in your eagerness to get to that day, there are a bunch of opportunities to botch the shopping.

Here are some #facepalm moments and the house-hunting tips you’ll need to avoid them.

“I Saw the House Online. It’s Perfect — Let’s Make an Offer Before It’s Gone!”

Buying a house sight unseen?!? Whoa. Online photos are a fun sneak peek — and that’s all.

Before you plan marriage after the house equivalent of swiping right, consider this:

  • It’s the photos that aren’t in the gallery you should worry about. You won’t see the hastily patched cracks in the home’s foundation. Or the mold in the attic.
  • Your other senses need to evaluate the place. There could be traffic rumbling by or a stinky recycling facility downwind.
  • Three words: Wide angle lens. (They make small spaces look deceptively big.)

So before you make an offer, tour the place. And the yard. And the neighborhood. It’s worth it.

Related: What You Should Really Know About Buying a House Online

“I Want to Buy This House. And Look, There’s an Agent Right Here!”

While that might seem mighty convenient, it’s not in your best interests. The real estate agent at an open house most likely represents the seller.

That means they’re obligated to work in that person’s best interest. If you start blabbing about how you’re pre-approved for $285,000, but you’d rather offer $260,000, you’ll compromise your negotiating position.

As a buyer, you should contract with a buyer’s agent who works on your behalf. They’ll understand your wants and needs, counsel you based on your budget and priorities, and advise you through the negotiating process.

“I’ll Rely On an Online Home-Value Estimator.”

Google “home-value estimator” and you’ll get pages of tools that promise you a free estimate of home value. Plug the address into the tool, some algorithms do their thing, and in seconds you know what a house is worth.

But unless that algorithm’s been poking around the basement with a flashlight, it’s a ballpark figure at best.

Home valuation is both art and science. There are nuances within house and market that an online estimator just can’t see. What if the seller made major renovations last year? Or what if houses rarely turn over in the neighborhood, so there’s not enough data to work with online?

Your agent knows current market conditions and the inventory of homes in the market — all of which help you make a nuanced offer.

Use these fun tools as a guide, but don’t take them to the bank.

“I Don’t Have Kids, So I Don’t Have to Worry About School Districts.”

Yeah … nope. School district matters regardless of your parenting status. Whether or not you have kids, a future buyer might. And neighborhoods with good school districts tend to maintain value and appreciate faster than those in other areas. People want to live near good schools, which leads to rising home values and better neighborhood amenities.

“If a House Doesn’t Have Everything On My List, I’m Not Looking At It.”

Definitely make your list. Your list is important. But use it as a starting point to help you prioritize. Because buyers who can prioritize have the most success.

They turn that list into must-haves and nice-to-haves — and they also consider which of their must-haves could turn into will-dos.

For example, you can switch laminate for quartz, but you can’t move a country home next door to your city office. Skip the listings that are in the wrong location, but why not check out the ones with the wrong countertops? Maybe the one thing you’d enjoy more than quartz counters are quartz counters you picked out yourself.

Not sure what should go on your list? This worksheet can help you get your priorities straight: The Ultimate “I Wanna Buy a House” Checklist.

“I’ll Figure out This HOA Thing After Closing.”

Homeowners associations (HOAs) might just seem like a cute little neighborhood organization, but some have the power to limit your pets, restrict your parking, and pick your paint colors.

Since how you live is likely as important to you as where you live, read and fully understand the covenants, conditions, and restrictions (CC&Rs) before you buy. Restrictions that don’t fit your lifestyle could be as much of a deal breaker as a crumbling foundation.

That’s not to say HOAs are bad. Oh no — they can be great at preserving neighborhoods, keeping home values high, and some give you access to amenities. But the benefits and drawbacks of each one vary, so take a close look.

Related: 3 House-Hunting Tips to Keep You From Overspending


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Top-Notch Rancher in Dinwiddie

Are you in search of easy living in a quiet location with some space to call your own? This well maintained brick rancher on over an acre offers a world of possibilities. The wide open front porch is a wonderful spot to spend the afternoon surveying your surroundings.

Welcome to 15611 Boydton Plank Road. We invite you to step through the front door to take a look around. Enter the spacious formal living room where you will enjoy spending time with visitors. This is a great space for quiet conversation or reading.

Hardwood floors carry you into the formal dining room, a wonderful space for hosting dinners. Or celebrate all those special celebrations throughout the year. The adjacent kitchen has been beautifully updated with welcome amenities. Oak cabinets, granite counters, stainless appliances, and tile flooring will impress any chef. Brick accent wall with built in display storage is a special decorative touch.

Nearby den with carpet, wood panel wainscoting, crown moulding, and ceiling fan. Wood burning stove will keep you extra warm and cozy on chilly evenings. You will find even more entertaining space in the oversized family room with wood floors and two ceiling fans. This will be the premier setting for gathering friends and family together.

Master suite is a nice retreat after a long day’s work. You will appreciate the wide closet, carpet under foot, and attached bath. Master bath has been updated with modern square sink vanity and tile. Walk in fully tiled shower is absolutely stunning.

Two additional guest rooms round out the sleeping space in this home. Both guest rooms will spoil with carpet, natural light, and nearby bath. Guest bath has also been updated with modern styling. Generous tiled shower is the perfect place to was away the day’s stresses. Walk through mud room and laundry with built in cabinet helps keep rest of the home clean.

Park your vehicle under the attached car port for convenient sheltered unloading and loading. There is no shortage of parking space with the additional detached two car garage. Generac whole house generator will bring you peace if mind during storms.

Enjoy outdoor relaxation or dining on the nice sized elevated deck. Two additional outdoor storage buildings offer amazing space for a workshop or stowing tools and toys. Get back to nature in the gigantic back yard where you can take in the sights and sounds of this property. Natural rock formations in the back yard make a nice spot for grilling. Or install an outdoor fire pit and relax under the stars.

Lawn games and sports will be easily enjoyed in this beautiful level back yard. Invite all your friends and family over for the perfect fall harvest party. This home is wonderfully situated with amazing privacy. Thank you for visiting this incredible property. Be sure to schedule your private showing today!


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Organization Hacks

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Organization is the name of the game n for a more simplified life. The sooner you get your home in order and devise a plan of action to keep it that way, the sooner you can enjoy all the other wonderful things in your life. Instead of stressing over all those tasks that need to be tackled at home, you will be able to relax at the concert or your child’s sporting event, or even a dinner out.

There are some pretty easy ways to keep everything neat and tidy and on schedule, if you simply add them to your everyday life and stick to the basics. The following article from http://www.houselogic.com will set you on the right track and keep you there.

The 16 Incredibly Useful Rules Every Organized House Follows

Here’s the thing you may have noticed about houses: They don’t clean themselves.

Which is unfortunate, because if houses cleaned themselves you could spend less time cleaning yours, and more time doing something more fun, like watching “The Golden Girls,” because dang, that’s actually a great show.

A few simple daily habits could make it seem like you’ve got a self-cleaning house.

Rules like …

#1 Dedicate 20 Minutes a Day Every Day

You don’t need to set aside 20 hours one day to get things in order. You only need 20 minutes every day.

Focus on tackling clutter in just one room. You might only pare down a single drawer or shelf, but “it will make you feel accomplished at the end of the day, and at the end of a week, you will see how much you can declutter,” says professional organizer Helena Alkhas.

#2 Follow a “One-Minute” Rule

Small tasks add up quickly when you’re saving them to do all at once. So if it takes less than a minute to complete, do it immediately.

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Put that cup in the dishwasher rather than the sink.

Break down that Amazon box for recycling right after you unbox your goodie.

(Hot tip: Want a reminder of how much you can get done in a minute? Next time your coffee goes cold, pop it in the microwave for a minute, and just stand there. For the whole minute. It’s kind of a long time.)

#3 Start a Load of Laundry Before Work

If you have a full load in the hamper, toss it in while you’re getting ready for work. By the time you leave, it will be ready for the dryer.

When you get home, you’ll already feel ahead of schedule with just a little fluffing and folding to do. Just make sure you’ve properly maintained your dryer to reduce the risk of a fire.

#4 Always Leave a Room With Something in Hand

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Whatever room you’re in, chances are there’s a toy, cup, blanket or T-shirt that needs to be delivered back to another room.

Oh hey, conveniently, you’re always walking into other rooms. Why not pickup a hitchhiker or two?

Every time you leave a room, take a quick scan for anything that belongs where you’re going, and you’ll start habitually keeping clutter under control.

#5 Deal With Your Mail Every Time You Bring It In

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With so much of your important mail going straight to your inbox, sometimes you’ve got days of fliers and junk mail to wade through every time you make it to the USPS mailbox.

To banish paper clutter from your home — and make sure you catch anything actually worth reading — immediately sort through your mail, recycling the nonsense and putting the keepers in an assigned spot.

Related: The Link Between Clutter and Depression

#6 Scan and Trash Weekly

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You don’t really have to choose between forgetting what time the reception starts and stumbling over your cousin’s wedding invite for three months.

Thanks to this fancy technology stuff, you can clear out all receipts, invitations, insurance documents, and other important paperwork.

Take a few minutes every weekend to scan and save everything, then toss it all it the recycling. With smartphone apps like Genius Scan, you always have the tools in the palm of your hand.

#7 Tidy Up During Downtime

In the five minutes it takes to nuke your lunch, you can unload and possibly reload the dishwasher, or wipe off the countertops and appliances. You’ll be surprised how much order you can restore to your home during these normally wasted waiting-on-something moments.

#8 Make Your Bed as Soon as You Get Up

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There’s a reason the Marines start the day with this simple task — also known as “wake and make.”

According to retired Admiral William H. McRaven, author of “Make Your Bed: Little Things That Can Change Your Life … and Maybe the World,” “It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task and another and another. By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed.”

#9 Do Chores in the Same Order

Whether you’re cleaning on a Saturday or Wednesday, your mind (and body) will move more quickly from vacuuming to mopping to dusting if you check chores off in the same order — making it easier to keep your home tidy and clean.

Headphones and a throwback playlist are a recommended, but not required, part of the routine.

#10 Spot-Clean Bathrooms Nightly

Just as clutter attracts clutter, bathroom funk quickly multiplies.

Stock every bathroom with Lysol wipes and you can quickly and easily clean the countertop and toilet when you brush your teeth or help the kids get ready for bed, Alkhas says.

While wiping, you’ll naturally put away the floss, hair ties, and other clutter in your path.

#11 Stop Dirt and Clutter at the Door

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Establish a house rule that shoes, bags, jackets, and “pocket items” — your keys, sunglasses, wallet, and phone — are stowed in a drop zone at the door.

Make this easy to enforce by assigning one hook and open shelf for every member of the family — double that for those with lots of extracurriculars, Alkhas says.

Related: 7 Genius Entryway Storage Ideas to Get You Out the Door Faster

#12 Clean Out the Fridge Weekly

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Don’t let moldy leftovers take over shelf space and your mind.

The night before your garbage day, “wipe off the shelves and clean out anything that has no chance of being eaten,” Alkhas says. You’ll get a clearer view of your food options and open up space for ingredients needed in the coming week.

#13 Empty the Dishwasher Every Morning

The conquest of a homemade dinner (OK, a “home-prepared” dinner, most days) feels short-lived when you’re left with a mountain of dishes and no place to put them.

Take a couple minutes every morning to empty the dishwasher and you’ll stay ahead of the game.

#14 Conduct a Nightly Tidy-Up

Every night, take a laundry basket on a tour of your house and pick up anything that’s out of place. “You don’t have to put it away now. If you want, plan to do it on Saturday and it won’t take much time at all,” Alkhas says.

If there are more than two people in your household, separate the day’s clutter into assigned baskets for each family member to put away daily or weekly.

With this routine, Alkas adds, “you’ll wake up to a living room that’s decluttered and a kitchen that is tidy, and you can start your day fresh.”

#15 Follow a Clean-Out Schedule for Your Storage Areas

Just because it’s hidden behind a cupboard door doesn’t mean it’s exempt from clutter status.

Establish a schedule, perhaps every month, to rid a specific storage space of its dead weight — like expired food in the pantry, excess gadgets in a kitchen drawer, or the cupboard holding the gazillion ragged dishtowels you’ve had since your tiny college studio apartment. (It’s time to let those go.)

#16 Keep Everyone Involved

When one person leaves a dish in the sink, it paves a slippery slope for others to follow suit.

So have a “The Brady Bunch”-style family meeting to make sure everyone understands their responsibilities and chores for maintaining order in the home. Serve brownies. They’ll show up.

Related: 8 Storage Tips to Help You Clean Faster, Clean Better

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Quiet Rancher in Fernbrook

If you are searching for an updated, move in ready home, look no further! This quaint rancher in Fernbrook is sure to check all the boxes on your wish list. Welcome to 4405 Rabbit Foot Place. Why don’t you come right in and take a look around?

Greet all your guests in the open foyer with tile floor for easy traffic clean up. You will appreciate the roomy formal space where you will enjoy entertaining friends. This room will be the back drop for many special celebrations. Host a dinner party that will be the talk of the neighborhood.

Gather with friends and family in the family room with vaulted ceiling, sky lights, and hardwood flooring. Cozy up to the decorative gas fireplace on cool crisp fall evenings.

Eat in space next to the kitchen is fully equipped with window seat, prep sink, and additional cabinetry. Enjoy quiet morning coffees or casual bites to eat in this quiet nook. Clean and stylish lines and accents are all the rage in this highly functional kitchen.  Built in desk area is perfect for study or bill paying while staying near all the action. Abundant cabinets and ample counter space allow for easy meal prep and serve.

Master suite will be your true retreat to steal away quiet moments after a long day. Master boasts wood floors, ceiling fan, walk in closet, and great natural light. Private master bath features a double vanity so there is plenty of room to get prepared for the day.

Two additional bedrooms round out the living space for other family members or guests. Guests will love their own private oasis in either bedroom. One guest room is quite large with a walk in closet. Wood floors and ample natural light are welcome guest amenities. Guest bath offers a tub and shower combination, nice storage, and convenience to guest spaces.

Take your living enjoyment outside on the spacious deck, great for grilling or dining. Relax here while enjoying the sights and sounds of Fernbrook. Invite all your friends and neighbors over for a grand back yard barbecue. Large back yard is just the place for lawn games, sports, or channeling your inner weekend warrior.

The oversized two car garage easily houses vehicles, tools, and toys. There is even a detached shed for storing outdoor or gardening equipment. Thank you taking time to look at this wonderful home. Be sure to schedule your private showing before it’s too late!


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Craftsman with Character in SummerLake

Style and sophistication meet form and function in this beautiful custom craftsman in Summer Lake. From the full front porch with brick pier columns and aggregate flooring you can survey the neighborhood. The grand wide brick staircase greets all your guests upon arrival.

Natural light filters through the craftsman style door flanked by sidelights and topped with a transom light. Open entry will blow you away with rich hardwood floors, arched and transomed openings, and crown moulding. Formal dining room is a gorgeous special occasion space with craftsman wainscoting, crown moulding, and chandelier.

Follow the hardwood floors into the stunning family room where no detailed was spared. Central gas fireplace with flanking built in shelves and accent windows creates a dramatic focal wall. This will be the premier setting for all your family and friend gatherings. Flex room off entry sets the stage for the perfect home office with double French doors for privacy.

The household chef will fall in love with this state of the art kitchen with all the bells and whistles. Stainless appliances, abundant cabinetry, granite counters, and tile backsplash are all welcome features. Extra large stove top station and counter with nearby refrigerator and wall oven make for easy meal prep. Oversized central island with breakfast bar is the prime spot for grabbing a quick bite to eat.

Butler and walk in pantries offer plenty of additional storage for dry good and cooking essentials. This bright and inviting eat in nook provides loads of natural light and outdoor views. This space easily accommodates a farm table for seating large groups of guests to dine. First floor half bath with up to date amenities is convenient to all common areas. Walk through mud room off garage is the perfect drop zone for jackets, bags, and shoes.

Your own serene oasis awaits you upstairs in the generous master suite. Enjoy this quiet retreat behind double doors with ceiling fan, carpet, two walk in closets, and private bath. Spa like master bath is the place to wash away all the day’s stresses with jetted soaking tub and large walk in shower. Separate vanities ensures each person has their own space to get ready.

Three additional nice sized guest rooms round out the second floor housing. This guest room features tall wainscoting and walk in closet. Jack and Jill bath between guest rooms one and two features double vanity and private tub and shower area. Guest room three is a spacious private suite perfect for guests who prefer to get away from it all. Guest room three boasts a private bath with ample light and shower.

But wait! There’s even more space on the finished third floor which makes a nice guest suite, media, or play room. Private bath with walk in shower offers all the convenience of home. This space offers so many possibilities and includes generous unfinished walk in storage. Large second floor laundry with shelving makes wash chores a breeze.

If you are a nature lover your favorite spot might just be this brand new screen porch. Relax in sheltered comfort while enjoying the sights and sounds of the Summer Lake community. Step down from the screen porch to the stone patio where grilling and outdoor dining reign supreme. Level back yard is perfect for your favorite lawn games or weekend warrioring. Wide aggregate drive and two car garage offer ample parking for vehicles. Nearly half acre lot extends well into the mature trees and plants for utmost back yard privacy.

Home is a short walk away from the vast resort like community amenities. Enjoy tennis, swimming, volleyball, field games, and getting in shape in the fitness center. Thank you for visiting this incredible home in Summer Lake. Be sure to plan your personal tour now.


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Homeowner Mistakes to Avoid

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Being a homeowner should really come with a manual. Sure, there are books and magazines, and online articles with loads of advice and information on what or what not to do as a homeowner. But, more often than not, if you did not pick up some tips from your parents’ home ownership while growing up, then chances are you are living the trial and error life, or maybe even trial by fire.

Some home ownership issues and day-to-day tasks can be tackled by using common sense. Others you may want to turn to the experts for. We’re never too old to learn some helpful hints to make our home life easier and enjoyable.

The following article from http://www.houselogic.com offers some useful guidelines to get you started on living your best home life:

The 7 Worst Habits Homeowners Need to Break Now

Guilty of buying cheap stuff? Pack-ratting? Here’s how to change your ways.

Bad habits are so easy to fall into. But in the end, we know they only make us miserable.

They’re “the opposite of what makes you happy. They’re what make you miserable,” says M.J. Ryan, author of “Habit Changers: 81 Game-Changing Mantras to Mindfully Realize Your Goals.” Especially when they cost you money.

Here are 7 bad habits to break now for a happier you (and a fatter bank account):

#1 Taking Long, Steamy Showers

Spending 20 minutes in the steam may be good for your pores, but it’s also great for mold and mildew. Run the exhaust fan while you’re singing in the shower, squeegee the walls afterward, and scrub that grout every few months.

“Once you let the grout go, it gets worse and worse, and harder and harder to maintain,” says Mylène Merlo, a REALTOR® in San Diego. Grungy grout is a big turnoff for buyers. And redoing it is a pain and expensive to hire out.

#2 Keeping Out the Sun

Shutting your shades on winter days might seem smart. More insulation from the chilly weather, right? Your energy bill disagrees. A sunny window can warm your home and lower your heating costs. And as a bonus, you could see a decrease in seasonal depression.

But your original idea wasn’t totally wrong. Closing those blinds at night can keep your home toasty.

Bad habits are the opposite of what makes you happy. They’re what make you miserable.
M.J. Ryan, author of “Habit Changers: 81 Game-Changing Mantras to Mindfully Realize Your Goals”

#3 Compulsively Buying Bargains

Finding a deal feels so good, but cheaper isn’t always better. In fact, budget buys might cost you more in the long run. For instance, dollar paintbrushes will leave annoying streaks, requiring a costly re-do.

And when it comes to appliances, permit a little splurge — especially if selling your home is on the horizon.

“I always err with going for high-quality appliances,” Merlo says. “There is a noticeable difference between the cheapest and next-cheapest models. And buyers want to see stainless steel.”

#4 Running a Half-Full Dishwasher

You get a gold star for always remembering to start your dishwasher before bed, right? Clean dishes every morning! Go you! Yeah, about that: Your dishwasher wastes water unless it’s completely full.

Dishwashers do save more water than washing by hand (just try telling that to your mom), but most machines use the same amount of water regardless of how many plates you’ve stuffed inside, making a half-empty cycle significantly less efficient. For a household of one or two, once a day can be overkill.

#5 Mega-Mulching

A “tree volcano” might sound like a grand ol’ time, but it’s actually damaging your foliage. Too much mulch suffocates your tree, causing root rot and welcoming invasive insects. REALTOR® TipYour precious trees really are precious. Each one can add $2,000 or more to your home’s value while saving on energy costs.Protect your precious trees by packing mulch loosely, letting water filter properly toward the trunk.

#6 Going on a Remodeling Rampage

Don’t break out the sledgehammer for a demo three weeks after moving in unless your home needs serious, obvious work. Give yourself time to understand the home’s quirks before renovating.

“You don’t know what your needs are when you first move into a home,” says Merlo. “You should live there for at least six months to figure out the space you need. If you do too much too soon, you’ll regret it.”

For instance, you could dump $15,000 into a kitchen remodel — only to realize the original layout would have worked better for holiday parties. Or you paint a room your favorite color, Wild Plum, only to realize the natural light in the room makes it look more like Rotten Plum. Whoops.

#7 Packratting

You know clutter is bad, but you just… can’t… help it. You had to put that unused exercise bike in the spare room instead of by the road as a freebie because what if? Plus, there’s so much in there already, and decluttering seems like such an insurmountable goal — even though every jam-packed square foot is space you can’t enjoy.

If the task seems impossible, Ryan recommends starting small.

“Do one small thing,” she says. “Clean out a drawer or reorganize your counter, and then you feel the satisfaction of having done it. It becomes easier to do the next small thing.”

Just remember: Breaking habits takes time and a lot of slip-ups. “It’s important to be kind to ourselves when we blow it,” Ryan says. “When we create new habits, we’re building new wiring, but it’s not like the old wiring disappears. Don’t turn goof-ups into give-ups.”

Related: The Link Between Clutter and Depression