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6 Upgrades To Make Your Home More Energy-Efficient

There are a variety of changes you can make that help save money and the environment. From swapping out your power strips and fixing leaky faucets to replacing your windows and buying smart appliances, there are plenty of ways to reduce your carbon footprint and increase the cash in your wallet.

To help you start saving on energy bills and saving the planet, we're here to help with six upgrades you can make to your home to make it more energy efficient.

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4 Essential Questions First-Time Homebuyers Need to Ask Themselves

Buying your first home is a momentous milestone in your life. It’s up there with starting a new job, getting married, and having a child. However, like many of life’s milestones, buying a home comes with some serious considerations.

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Determine Your Needs – 4 Considerations Before You Remodel Your Home

No matter how much you love your home, there are probably a few areas you’d like to improve.

Before you begin, it’s essential to consider your specific needs, budget, and goals. Today, we explore four important items to consider before remodeling your home. Reading these is a must for success!

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How Do I Know What My Home is Worth?

You might just be surprised!  

If you’re wondering what you could get for your home, this post will help. Maleno, a family-owned, full-service real estate agency in Erie, Pennsylvania, surveys the current real estate landscape and highlights four tools for helping determine your home’s value.

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5 Challenging Items to Store and What to Do With Them

From hobby collections and antique dinnerware to your summer convertible and family photo albums, there’s likely a stockpile of belongings hanging around your home that you need to store. What’s more, particularly old, valuable, or rare items probably need more special consideration than the odd junk drawer or empty closet shelf.

Maleno has practical and knowledgeable suggestions to help you.

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12 Unique Spaces That Can Be Built On to Your Home

Unless you’ve purchased a custom home, the likelihood of finding an existing home that meets every one of your wants, needs, and aesthetic preferences is pretty slim. However, like buying a suit or dress off the rack and having it tailored to your exact measurements, you can build on to an existing house to make it fit you.

Read our latest blog and to learn your home's possibilities and turn your dreams into reality.

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Tips and Tricks for Considering Your Closet and Pantry Makeover

We get it: keeping life organized is hard. Be it the closet or the pantry, it’s all too easy for these spaces to fill up with clutter, lose their semblance of order, and ultimately become a source of daily stress. But this kind of disorganization doesn’t have to be your reality. Read on to learn the tips and tricks from a remodeler's perspective.

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Is it Worth It to List Your House During the Winter?

If you’re reading this blog post, you’re probably kicking around the idea of selling your home during the “off season.” That’s right: Winter is considered the “off season” when it comes to selling real estate. You may even be wondering if you missed your shot during the summer, or if you’ll still have a good chance of finding a buyer, even with snow in the forecast.

Before we go further, it’s important to remember that selling and buying real estate is as much a personal decision as it is a business decision.

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Should I Buy a House if I'm Single?

I’m single; should I buy a house?

The short answer: probably.  

In a recent study conducted by Ellie Mae, a mortgage software and technology leader, 47% of millennial homebuyers are actually single. Single persons can transform their lives through homeownership with the proper knowledge, planning, and assistance. If you’re interested in making the move, Maleno is here to help. 

Reading this piece could also affirm if renting is actually a better choice for you right now—and that’s okay if it is! Part of making a smart purchase is knowing the right time to do it, and that timetable is different for everyone. Thankfully, renting comes with its own benefits that are worth considering.

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How to Create Your Next Home Wishlist

As you begin your search for the perfect home, it's helpful to consider what you're looking for by creating a home wishlist. In doing so, you can systematically outline the must-have amenities and qualities you’re seeking. What are your can’t-live-withouts, would-be-nices, and don’t-wants?

Creating a home wish list can be beneficial. It can help reduce stress, indecision, and uncertaintly. It will definitely help both you and your real estate agent streamline your homebuying experience. To give you ideas of what to include, Maleno, a leader in Erie real estate services, created this helpful, at-a-glance guide. 

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