Home Improvement Trends

    1. NO PLACE LIKE HOME
      There is a newfound appreciation for and focus on what’s most important in life – family, health, and home.
    2. INVESTED IN HOME IMPROVEMENT
      Major shifts in time spent at home is accelerating investment in major (and minor) home improvements.
    3. FLEEING TO THE SUBURBS
      Millennial urban-dwellers are resettling to the suburbs in search of more space and closer proximity to loved ones.
    4. AGING IN PLACE
      Boomers and multigenerational households are updating spaces to allow for ‘aging in place.’
    5. RETURN OF THE NEIGHBORHOOD
      Reconnection with their neighborhood has homeowners investing in backyard and porch improvement which support everyday relaxation and kids play.
    6. CALMING SCENTS
      More people will invest in diffusers and candles which bring a sense of calm and self care to home spaces.
    7. IT’S THE LITTLE THINGS
      Desire for creating more personalized (and private) home spaces is boosting demand for window treatments.
    8. LIGHTENING UP
      Lighting sales are trending as homeowners create modern, energy efficient, tech smart and productive home spaces.
    9. FRESH COATS
      While ‘smaller weekend’ painting projects spiked last year (front doors and accent walls), interest is now shifting to more expansive projects.
    10. ALL ABOUT DIY
      Homeowners are using their newfound confidence, skills and tools to take on DIY painting, refurbishing furniture, etc.
    11. GETTING PERSONAL
      More time at home – and new home sales – is boosting demand design and décor items which bring a more personalized vibe to homes.
    12. OUTSIDE IN
      As desire for healthier homes has many people filling their homes with plants and ‘living décor.’
    13. INSIDE OUT
      In search of additional space and safer environments, homeowners are investing in outdoor ‘living spaces.’
    14. ALL ABOUT ORGANIZATION
      Decluttering and organizing continues as many seek to minimize stress and support multifunctional spaces.
    15. MULTI-PURPOSE SPACES
      With many homeowners anticipating working from home permanently, many are investing in home offices, fitness areas and study spaces.
    16. SPENDING ON STORAGE
      Many people are showing a willingness to investing high quality storage solution which deliver style and function.
    17. SMART TECH EXCITEMENT
      Smart Home tech is moving mainstream as people become more confident in its benefits and ease of use.
    18. SOUGHT-AFTER SMART PRODUCTS
      Many people are most interested in self- install smart home solutions that boost streaming, safety and cost savings.
    19. CONCERNS & CONSIDERATIONS
      People continue to be concerned about smart tech’s potential impact on their family’s privacy.
    20. CATERING TO HER KITCHEN
      A renew commitment to cooking and eating at home has more families exploring kitchen upgrades.
    21. RESTROOM RE-DO
      Increased focus on self-care (and accommodating more crowded home spaces) is boosting bathroom re-dos.
    22. THE WHY BEHIND THE BUY
      Durability, value and flair will continue as the most critical purchase influencers.
    23. THE EASE OF E-COMM
      Convenience, savings, and product variety will support online shopping for home goods.
    24. OMNICHANNEL IMPORTANCE
      With retail selected most often as the preferred home goods shopping environment, foot traffic will surge as more shoppers are vaccinated.

Garden & Outdoor Living - Top Trends for 2023

Patios, decks, lawns and gardens have become our centers for relaxation and entertaining. As people continue to spend more time outdoors, homeowners are imagining how to make the most of their outdoor spaces throughout 2023.

Outdoor Spaces

OPEN-AIR OASIS
With a desire for peaceful escapes, expect to see more outdoor workspaces, structured outdoor rooms, portable heaters, water features, and patterned concrete/ decking. A great example is repurposing sheds into offices, playhouses, or relaxing retreats.

FUN, FUNCTIONAL FURNITURE
Furniture pieces that bring greater comfort, style, and function to their outdoor spaces are trending. Think rocking chairs, wicker sofas, or alfresco dining options.

SMALL SPACE, BIG IMPACT
As long as you have some containers, topsoil, and seeds, you can turn your balcony or rooftop patio into a personal garden sanctuary. Sprucing it up with decór also adds to the ambiance.

NIGHT LIGHTS
Modern lighting solutions make spaces feel cozier, more defined, and more relaxed while boosting function and safety. String, globe, LED and solar options add a warm ambiance in outdoor areas.

EXTENSIONS ON DECK
Entertain rain or shine with large-scale pergolas that make patios and decks useable in light rain or bright sun.

PRIVACY, PLEASE
We’re seeing an interest in solutions that increase privacy such as hedges, trellises, screens, or shades.

NATURAL FLOW
Larger windows, multi-sliding glass doors, bifold doors, and other upgrades are popular among homeowners seeking more natural light and fluid extensions to outdoor areas.

Garden

CUTTING GARDENS
Buying flowers is expensive. More gardeners are planting annuals, perennials, and shrubs for cutting gardens to produce colorful, homegrown bouquets throughout spring and summer.

GARDEN OF ABUNDANCE
We’re seeing less interest in fussy, manicured landscaping and more in a natural, wild-yet-tamed look for shrubs and trees.

YARD TO TABLE
Homeowners are growing more of their own fruits, vegetables, and herbs to boost self-reliance and lean into hobbies that support relaxation and reward.

360 FLARE
Outdoor spaces have become precious commodities, so we’re seeing a more holistic approach to gardening. Homeowners are boosting curb appeal, hiding outdoor equipment, or investing in hardscapes — with a focus on landscaping materials with neutral colors and rich raw textures.

ALL NATURAL
Homeowners are looking for more natural ways to get rid of weeds, repel garden pests, address plant diseases, or fertilize the lawn.

Greener Living

ELECTRIC ALTERNATIVES
It’s important to keep your yard neat and healthy, but traditional lawnmowers can be expensive. Electric lawnmowers are often more affordable than their gas counterparts in price, running costs, and maintenance needs.

WATER WISE
There are several drought-tolerant shrubs, trees, vines, and flowers that can thrive without frequent rainfall. These plants will help minimize the time and money spent on watering the garden.

SMARTY PLANTS
People are interested in more sustainable, environmentally friendly ways to garden by implementing smart solutions and tools for maintenance and water conservation.

DOING IT THEMSELVES…
New and seasoned DIYers continue to embrace the satisfaction gained from reinvention and renovation projects, at all price points.

…AND BRINGING IN THE PROS
The best backyards take years of work. The key to a smooth process is to plan every step and use a professional service, even if that means planning years in advance.

Things to Do To Prepare for Spring

With spring approaching soon, it's a great opportunity to take the time and make a list of things to do around your home to prepare for the change in the season.

1. Deep-Clean Your Entryway

With the winter weather comes snow, salt, and winter gear. When the last snow falls it's a great opportunity to tidy up and do a deep-clean of your entryway to be ready for spring! Give your floors, baseboards, and rugs a good cleaning to feel refreshed.

2. Check your pipes for leaks

If you live in a colder climate pipes can freeze. So if you are able to access your pipes easily it's a good idea to check them for any leaks or cracks. If your water ever stopped or trickled out of the tap, than the pipes may have frozen, so it would be a good idea to call a professional to have them check everything.

3. Wash interior and exterior windows

When the weather starts warming up I always take the time to clean my windows to make my place feel refreshed! Plus when the sun shines through the windows it's nice to see them clean!

4. Make a plan for spring cleaning

What are some cleaning or de-cluttering projects you've been putting off? Spring is the perfect time to tackle them! With the warmer weather you can open the windows and fill your place with fresh air! 


Sources:

https://www.houselogic.com/organize-maintain/cleaning-decluttering/how-to-fix-a-muddy-yard/
https://www.storespace.com/blog/how-to-get-your-home-ready-for-spring/

A Guide to Winter Storm Safety

With winter storms still in full swing, now is a great opportunity to prepare yourself and your home for any power outages or extreme winter weather! "The Federal Emergency Management Agency recommends having these items on hand, especially if you want to prepare for being a home several days without power."

1. Make Sure You Have Emergency Supplies

  • Snow Shovels and Deicers
  • Extra fuel, firewood, full propane tank, or generator
  • Clean blankets and clothing
  • Water and food that does not require refrigeration
  • Medication and any special items for members of the household
  • Pet food
  • Soap, hand sanitizer, disinfecting wipes, and cleaning supplies

2. Make an Emergency Supply Kit

  • Water
  • Non-perishable food
  • Battery-powered radio
  • Flashlight
  • First aid kit
  • Extra batteries
  • Whistle
  • Dust mask
  • Plastic sheeting and duct tape
  • Moist towelettes, garbage bags, and plastic ties
  • Wrench or pliers
  • Manual can opener
  • Local maps
  • Fully charged backup battery for cell phone

3. Take Steps to Winterize Your Home

  • Check roof tiles, shutters, siding, and other exterior materials
  • Make sure gutters are clear
  • Seal air leaks around the home
  • Insulate all exposed plumbing pipes
  • Trim tree branches away from your roof

Now, when a snow storm hits you can get cozy in a blanket knowing you're prepared for anything!


Sources: 

https://www.houselogic.com/organize-maintain/home-maintenance-tips/protect-your-home-cold-weather-threats/?site_ref=mosaic
https://www.ready.gov/kit

January Tasks for Homeowners

January is a month for new beginnings and resolutions! It is also a great month to get re-focused and re-fresh your home for the year ahead! Here are five tasks that homeowners and renters should add to their January lists.

1. Deep Clean

Spend some time tackling those spots you've been putting off. Wipe down kitchen cabinets with a damp cloth with a few drops of Dawn dish soap and warm water. Dust those baseboards. Give your fridge a nice cleaning inside and out. Anytime you do a normal clean, add one deep cleaning task and it will be less daunting!

2. Clean Filters

This is a great time of year to check all of your filters and see if they need to be cleaned or replaced. Filters should be changed or cleaned at least once a year to be more effective. Check your dryer, dehumidifier, air filter, and any other items you have in your home. 

3. Get Organized

While you're deep cleaning take the time to go through some places that need a re-fresh. Go through and organize that full storage closet or empty out that junk drawer. Make a weekend out of it! Order some fun take-out, listen to great music and get organizing!

4. Fix It Weekend

Have a cracked switch plate, loose screws, or need to replace some light bulbs, spend the time coming up with a list and buying the supplies you'll need. Then pick a weekend to tackle all of these projects.

5. Look Ahead to Summertime Projects

Are you looking to have a new patio for summer? Now is the time to look for contractors, so you can spend the summer on that new patio.


Sources:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/home/2022/12/29/home-maintenance-checklist-january/

https://www.houselogic.com/organize-maintain/cleaning-decluttering/time-saving-tips/

Home Ownership, Give Thanks

While we are in the season of giving thanks, it serves as a good reminder why we should be thankful to be homeowners. It’s not just about having a roof over your head – a home provides shelter, wealth, stability & pride. Below are just some of the many financial and non-financial benefits.

  • The avg. homeowner’s net worth is 40x greater than a renter’s. (Nat’l Assoc. of Realtors Report released in 2023)
  • Rent prices in NH increased 11.4% over last year. A fixed mortgage provides the stability of knowing your payments won’t go up.
  • You can build home equity which can then later be used to start a business, pay college tuition, or help buy a vacation property.
  • Homeowners tend to be more involved in their community.
  • Home ownership provides a sense of accomplishment & control over your environment. This also impacts children as studies show they have less behavioral problems and perform better in school.

If owning a home is part of your American dream, then contact me to help you start the process!

     

Donna Forest

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Welcome Your Guests with Pink Pineapples!


Welcome Your Guests with Pink Pineapples


When you’ve traveled down Main Street in New London, you’ve noticed our seasonal BHG Milestone Team daily flags! It’s a BHG Milestone Team favorite – and we have some special Pineapple Welcome flags. Did you know the pineapple is the worldwide symbol of hospitality? In Colonial times, the pineapple was treasured and rare – and extremely difficult to cultivate. So, the pineapple became a fruit for the wealthy only. In fact, a George Washington-era pineapple would cost up to $8,000!!! (That’s $280,000 in today’s money!) The scarcity and price made pineapples the perfect choice to serve honored guests – and became a symbol of welcome and reference for visitors. Today, we can celebrate with pineapples of all colors – like the Pinkglow® Pineapple! When you see our pineapple flag, come on in for a visit as an honored BHG Milestone Team guest!


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The Forgotten Spots

THE FORGOTTEN SPOTS OF SPRING CLEANING


Whether you are preparing to stage your home for sale or undertaking your spring-cleaning ritual, Better Homes & Gardens, and House Logic , remind us of overlooked areas. These less obvious tasks should become part of your routine:

  • Clean and inspect your vacuum.
  • Wipe down handrails, doorknobs, light switch plates, railings. Considering these items are petri dishes, you should probably add them to your weekly cleaning list.
  • Clean the undersides of surfaces. When is the last time you wiped the bottom of your kitchen table?
  • Your toothbrush holder…and toothbrush!
  • Dispose of those toxic chemicals… like old paint! Check your town’s toxic waste disposal day to responsibly rid yourself of those cans piling up in the garage.
  • Oh…the ice cube trays! (I forgot, too.)
  • Wipe down computer peripherals – and your office items (pen holder, mouse pad, telephone cradle…).
  • Clean out that pantry! Oils – and foods that contain oils, like nuts, can go rancid.
  • Dust those plants! Whether live or plastic, plants leaves collect lots of dust.


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Get Creative - 2023 Color of the Year

Photo courtesy of Pantone

Meet Viva Magenta 18-1750, Pantone's color for 2023.  This “nuanced crimson red tone” is “dynamic without being aggressive or overpowering.” Whether you choose to use Viva Magenta for a statement wall in your home or as a splash of color for a vase or place setting, expect compliments! Other decorating colors favored for 2023: Spanish Moss (Krylon), Raspberry Blush (Benjamin Moore), Terra Rosa (Dunn-Edwards), Redend Point (Sherwin-Williams), and Vining Ivy (Glidden). For those of us who prefer neutrals, 2023 brings us Blank Canvas (Behr) and Rustic Greige (Dutch Boy) . Valspar has chosen 12 versatile “livable” paint colors, including Southern Road and Gentle Violet. Better Homes & Gardens (at Walmart) has chosen Canyon Ridge as its color for 2023. We think it’s a perfect chose to freshen your kitchen – or even your living room! 

Feel free to contact us and one of our Milestone Team members will explore ways to make your home market-ready!


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Make My House a Home: Living Walls Bring Life and Luxury

Image courtesy of Herb Garden Designs

Whether you are shopping for, recently purchased, staging to sell, or want to beautify your home, BHG The Milestone Team is your source for creating your dream lifestyle. This season, we have discovered living walls are all the rage for home décor.  What is a living wall? A living wall is a vertical garden and a way to bring nature tastefully into your indoor space. You’ve seen these displays in commercial spaces, but homeowners are embracing the trend. Plants not only benefit your physical well-being, adding oxygen and purifying the air, but also improve mental well-being. Various tasteful installation methods, including container, trellis, felt and panel systems, hide the planting medium (dirt)

Come back to visit The Milestone Team for more ways to make your home your special sanctuary!


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