Michelle Jakovac's Blog Posts

The Ins and Outs in Interior Home Design for 2024

The Ins and Outs in Interior Home Design for 2024New Year’s resolutions have been elbowed out by the latest trend — in-and-out lists. Inspire yourself and your home with these ideas.

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HouseLogic's Best Stories of 2023

HouseLogic’s Best Stories of 2023Read all our best stories you’ll wish you already saw this year. Here’s Our Reader’s Favorite Frugal Tips What Helped Our Readers DIY Their

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Signs That It’s Time to Replace Your Air Conditioner

In many areas, having an air conditioning unit is a must, particularly during the hot summer months. But they don’t last forever, and if you want your unit to keep you cool all summer long,

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Use These Tips to Attract Songbirds to Your Backyard This Summer

Summer is the perfect time for relaxing in the backyard. And what’s more relaxing than listening to songbirds?Taking steps to attract songbirds can be a great way to create a more diverse

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Make Sure to Do These Things Before Your Open House

An open house can be an effective way to sell your home. Because it brings potential buyers to the property, there’s a chance that at least one of those buyers (and maybe more!) will be

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Which Should You Do First: Save for a Down Payment on a House, or Your Retirement?

One major question that many potential homeowners have is whether they should save up a down payment for a home first, or for their retirement.There’s no one-size-fits-all answer; instead, it

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8 Common Questions Home Buyers Have about Appraisals

Unless you’re a real estate agent, you probably don’t think about home appraisals more than a few times in your life. (Considering how much time real estate agents spend worrying about

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7 Stages Agents Go through When They Hear a Stranger Talking about Real Estate (As Told by Schitt’s Creek)

It’s probably not a surprise to hear this, but if you even whisper a word about buying or selling a house, any real estate agent within earshot is going to get really excited. And considering

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Thinking About Buying a Home and Building Your Own Garage? Make Sure to Ask These Questions First

For many potential homeowners, having a garage is a non-negotiable. But just because a home doesn’t have a garage doesn’t mean you should immediately write it off, even if a garage is on

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The Sneaky Way Renting a Place to Live Is Costing You More Lately

The price for most basic needs inevitably goes up over time. For instance, a loaf of bread cost a mere nickel decades ago, but now it’s usually going to cost you a few bucks, but could easily

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Tips for a Successful Final Walk-through before Closing on a House You’re Buying

One of the very last steps in the home buying purchase is doing a final walk-through of your soon-to-be new home.But while it might be one of the last steps, it’s also one of the most

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Selling Your Home? Don’t Miss Out on These Tax Benefits

No one likes paying taxes. But if you’re selling your home, there may be ways you can leverage your home sale to lower your tax bill.So how, exactly, do you do that?A recent article from

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Will the 2023 Spring Real Estate Market Be Different from the Past Few? Buyers & Sellers: Here’s What You Need to Know

It may not feel or look like spring in many areas yet, but as of Monday March 20th, it’s here! So does that mean the spring real estate market officially begins that day as well? Or does it

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Thinking About Selling Your Home? These Kitchen Improvements Might Be Worth Doing

When you sell your home, you want to sell it as quickly and profitably as possible. And sometimes, that means making some improvements before you start showing it to buyers—including

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Avoid These Outdoor Staging Mistakes When Selling Your House

Staging can have a huge impact on your home sale. The right staging can help buyers picture themselves in your space, which can ultimately help you sell your home faster. On the other hand, less-

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Quiz: 10 Questions to See If You Will Make the Right Choices When Selling Your House

You certainly don’t have to take classes or pass an exam if you want to sell your house. All you have to do is hire a great real estate agent who had to do both of those things in order to

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Thinking About Buying a Fixer-Upper? Consider These Things First

Many buyers that want to save some money on their home purchase (or just want a challenge!) gravitate towards fixer-uppers. And while fixer-uppers certainly can be a good investment, there are

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Redesigning Your Bathroom? Add Some Texture with These Design Trends

When you redesign your bathroom, you want the final product to feel timely and on-trend. And one of the biggest trends in bathroom design today? Texture.But how, exactly, do you make this trend work

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Universal Design Tips to Make Your Home More Accessible

When you’re designing your home, you want it to feel comfortable for everyone, and that means making improvements to make your home more accessible for people with disabilities, or to more

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Selling Your Home? Avoid These Kitchen Staging Mistakes

How you stage your home can make a huge impact on your home sale. When your house is staged well, it appeals to more buyers, which can make it easier to sell your home. But the opposite is also true

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With Consumer Confidence and Seller Concessions Both on the Rise, Now’s a Great Time to Buy a House

People were flocking to buy a house when it was possibly one of the most difficult times in history to do so. Sure, interest rates were super low, but that’s about the only 

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Backyard Trends to Leave Behind in the New Year—and What to Do Instead

It’s officially a new year. And with a new year comes new trends, including in backyard design.But what backyard design trends should you plan to leave in 2022, and what trends should you

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Signs That It’s Time to Downsize Your Kitchen Gadget Collection

The right kitchen gadgets can make cooking significantly easier and less stressful. And there are some kitchen gadgets that are, for many, non-negotiables—like a microwave or coffee machine

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7 Memes That Reveal What Real Estate Agents Are Secretly Thankful for on Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is the perfect time to reflect upon the things we’re most thankful for in life, like our friends, family, health, and (of course) the ridiculous amount of food we’re about

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Short Sale vs. Foreclosure: What’s the Difference?

There are a few different scenarios for homeowners that are struggling to make their mortgage payments or are “underwater” on their homes (and owe more than what it’s worth)&mdash

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Full Bath, Three-Quarter Bath, Half Bath: What’s the Difference?

When you list your home, it’s important to describe the property accurately—and that includes accurately describing your bathrooms.But while you’ll have no trouble determining how

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If It’s Such a Bad Time to Buy Real Estate, Why Are the Wealthy Doing It?

According to this Housing Wire article, 75% of people recently polled by Fannie Mae felt pessimistic about the real estate market, and that it’s not a good time to buy a house. So, if you

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Avoid These Yard Maintenance Mistakes This Fall

Fall is in full swing. And while how you take care of your yard will certainly shift during the fall, many homeowners are in the dark about what needs to be done to maintain their outdoor space;

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9 Real Estate Memes That People Who Like Pictures of Pooches Will Love

People often joke about the Internet being invented just so people could look at pictures of cats. Obviously everyone knows that’s not actually true……because the

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6 Creative Candle Scents That Don’t Exist but Would Be Great for Some Home Sellers

Some people swear that the warm, inviting smell of freshly baked cookies is the secret scent to use when selling your home. Others say you can just burn a cookie scented candle if you don’t

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Today’s Market Is Getting More Buyer-Friendly—Here’s How

Between low inventory, fierce competition, and all-time high home prices, there’s no denying that the past few years have been tough on buyers.But things are changing—and in many ways,

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Upgrade Your Bathroom This Fall with These Design Trends

Fall is upon us and, for many homeowners, the new season means a new opportunity to renovate, refresh, and redesign their homes.And that includes bathrooms.But when it comes to bathroom design, what

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Organizing Your Home? Avoid These Tactics

Organizing your home can make your space feel less cluttered, more aesthetically pleasing, and make it easier for you to manage your possessions and find things when you need them.But not all

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21 Real Estate Memes That All Home Buyers Need to See

Buying a house can be a stressful thing to do. There are so many things home buyers need to know, but who has the time to learn it all?! So, most buyers learn it the hard way

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Is Your Living Room In Need of a Refresh? Here’s How to Redecorate Your Space—without Breaking Your Budget

Chances are, you spend a lot of time in your living room. And because you spend so much time there, you’ll likely notice when the space is in need of a refresh.But what if you don’t have

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Selling Your Home? Here Are Some Real Estate Terms You Need to Know

If you’re selling your home—particularly if it’s your first time doing so—it can sometimes seem like your real estate agent is speaking another language with all their

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Thinking About Painting Your Home’s Exterior? These Are the Season’s Hottest Paint Trends

Choosing the paint color for your home’s exterior can feel like a major undertaking. You want to choose a color that reflects your personal style, but that also feels timely and on trend.So

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Tips for Selling Your Home During a Recession

We’ve been in an unprecedented seller’s market for the better part of two years. But with talk of a looming recession, conversations around the real estate market are changing—and

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Autumn Is Around the Corner—Budget-Friendly Ways to Transform Your Outdoor Space for Fall

Fall is right around the corner. But just because temperatures are dropping doesn’t mean you have to stop enjoying your outdoor space! Fall is the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors,

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If Your Buyer Makes Home Inspection Requests, You Might Not Want to Say No Right Now

It’s an industry joke that some buyers request the seller to repair even the most minor issue found on a home inspection, like a leaky faucet for example. But over the past couple of years,

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Want to Upgrade Your Kitchen on a Tight Budget? Here Are Affordable Ways to Spruce Up Your Space

If you’re a person who spends a lot of time in their kitchen, chances are, at some point you may want to make some changes or upgrades to the space.But kitchen renovations can be expensive.,

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Here’s How to (Affordably!) Transform Your Unfinished Basement Into Additional Living Space

Would you love to utilize your unfinished basement as additional living space—but don’t have tens of thousands of dollars (or more!) to renovate the area?Good news—you don’t

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Summer Is Almost Over: Here’s How to Keep Rodents Out of Your Home as the Temperature Drops

With record-high temps and near-constant heat waves across the country, it may feel like we’re in the height of summer. But the truth is, fall is right around the corner. And while the change

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These Home Design Trends Are Everywhere This Summer

If you’re thinking about refreshing your home this summer, you want to make sure your design choices are timely and on-trend.But what, exactly, does timely and on-trend look like in the summer

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The Biggest Mistakes Buyers Make During the Home Buying Process, According to Real Estate Agents

When you’re buying a home, you want to avoid any mistakes—particularly mistakes that could prevent you from successfully purchasing your dream home. And if anyone knows what

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Tips to Spruce Up Your Backyard on a Budget

Summer is in full swing and that means many people are spending more time enjoying their outdoor space.But if you feel like your backyard, patio, or deck is lacking, we have good news! You can

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Thinking About Renting a Storage Unit? Consider These Things First

There are a number of reasons why you might need to rent a storage unit. For example, maybe you’re getting ready to sell your home and need to declutter your space before you start showing the

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If you recently lost a house in a bidding war, be on the lookout for a second chance at it!

Many headlines would have you believe that bidding wars and houses selling for over the asking price are a thing of the distant past. But it was only a few weeks ago that buyers wouldn’t have

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Planning to Buy a Home? These Are the Habits You’ll Want to Get Into

If you’re planning on buying a home in the near future, you want to start taking steps today to make that dream a reality.But what, exactly, are those steps? What can you do today to set

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These Are the Decorating Mistakes First-Time Homeowners Most Regret

You bought your first home. You’ve moved all your stuff in. Now, all that’s left to do is decorate your new space!But not so fast…First-time homeowners often jump right into the

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Turn To Your Real Estate Agent for Lender Recommendations Instead of Rolling the Dice and Shopping Rates Online

Everybody wants the best mortgage rate they can get, even when rising rates aren’t in the news. But with rates going up lately, people are desperate to find the best deal they can.

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Have a Bankruptcy on Your Record? Here’s What to Know About Buying a Home

There’s no denying that bankruptcy is a serious financial challenge. But filing for bankruptcy doesn’t have to keep you from successfully applying for a mortgage; you just need to know

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Need More Space in the Future? Here’s How to Find a Home With Room to Grow

You might not need a lot of space now—but that can definitely change in the future. For example, maybe you’re buying a home as a single person—but have plans to have a family in

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Need a New Look For Your Bedroom This Summer? Try One of These Instagram Design Trends

Summer is a great time to refresh and redecorate your space—including your bedroom.But when it comes to bedroom design and decor, what’s currently timely, trending, and in style?A 

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These DIY Home Improvements Can Make a Negative Impression on Potential Buyers

Many homeowners enjoy changing, updating, and renovating their homes—and many enjoy tackling those changes, updates, and renovations themselves.But if you’re planning on selling in

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3 Reasons Why the Fed Raising Interest Rates Is Good for Home Buyers

If you’re either in the process of buying a house, or thinking of jumping into the market, you’re probably well aware that rates have jumped significantly in recent weeks. And that

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Decorating Mistakes First-Time Homeowners Make and How to Avoid Them

Buying your first home is an incredibly exciting experience. And once the home purchase is complete and you’re all moved in, there’s another exciting experience waiting for you

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This Is What Homeowners Want in Their Kitchen Remodels—Even if Designers Disagree

It can be hard to get a consensus around what’s “in style”—especially when it comes to home renovations. But ultimately, it’s up to the homeowner to decide what trends

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What’s A Broker’s Open House?

There are a number of different strategies you can use to sell your home. But there’s one marketing strategy that many sellers are unaware of that can be a great way to market your home&mdash

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Millennial Homeowners Struggling With Home Maintenance Tasks

Many millennials have become first-time homeowners in recent years. But buying a home can sometimes come with a lot of projects and to-do’s—and according to a recent survey outlined

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Keeping Family Close: Increasing Number of ADUs Largely Housing Parents of the Owner

In many markets across the United States, the ADU, or accessory dwelling unit, is on the rise. The COVID-19 pandemic revealed a serious sticking point for many families, namely that without reliable

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Potential Neighborhood With An HOA? Here's What You Should Know

Let’s say you have your heart set on buying a home in a community with a swimming pool, a clubhouse, and maybe even a playground or trails. Having access to these amenities often means living

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Make Moving With Pets Stress-Free

You’ve just bought a new home, and Fluffy and Fido are starting to worry about all the moving boxes going into the truck outside. Pets can easily become stressed during a move, which might

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What Home Upgrades Pay Off in Resale?

When you decide to sell your home, there are a few things you can do beforehand to strengthen your potential for higher profits. While many people invest in staging the home with the help of a

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The Dos and Don'ts of Accent Walls

Accent walls are in style and aren’t going away anytime soon. You have unlimited options for your accent wall color, and can even add texture! Accent walls should be just as special as you and

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Budget Friendly Laundry Room Updates

Change Up Your Lighting SituationSwitching out the light fixtures and upgrading to something a bit more modern is an easy fix for any room - but definitely helpful in your laundry space. New

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Cook Up An Outdoor Kitchen That’ll Make You Want To Cook Out Even More

There’s just something special about dining al fresco. When you eat outside, food just tastes better somehow!Whether you’re at a nice restaurant or hosting a cookout, the atmosphere of

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Concerned About Noise? Check Levels With These Tools Before You Buy A Home

If you’re in the market for a new home and are concerned about noise levels, you want to make sure that any property you’re considering has the peace and quiet you’re looking for

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Fast DIY Projects To Up Your Kitchen’s WOW Factor

When you’re getting ready to put your home on the market, you want it to impress would-be buyers. And because the kitchen is such an important spot in your home, you really want to make sure

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Remodeling An Older Home? Leave These Elements Alone

If you own an older home, at some point, you might want to remodel or update your property. But if you’re thinking about putting your home on the market—and want to make sure your

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The Design Trends That Are Making Their Mark In 2020

At this point, we’re well into 2020. And while the new year brought a flurry of design trend predictions, now that it’s further along in the year, it’s possible to see which of

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Today starts Idaho Gives!

Who is your favorite local non-profit? Today through May 7th is Idaho Gives.  It's a time to raise awareness and donate to local non-profits.;

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Tips For Selling Your Home Safely During The COVID-19 Pandemic

The coronavirus pandemic has brought much of the country to a screeching halt. But, just because people are stuck at home doesn’t mean your home sale has to come to a screeching halt, too. You

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Tips For Making The Most Of Your Virtual House Hunt

Social distancing is one of the most responsible things you can do right now—both to protect your health and the health of the people in your community. And with social distancing in full,

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