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Painting Your House: Should you DIY or Hire a Pro?

Painting your home, whether inside or out, is a great option if you want to improve your curb appeal, increase its value, or just freshen it up. But while painting may seem like a simple endeavor at first, there’s a lot that goes into it if you want it done right the first time. Painting your house is a very long and even complex process, even if you choose to hire a professional. Here are several important factors to consider when you’re considering repainting. Do-It-Yourself vs. Hiring a Professional While …

How to Get Rid of Allergens in Your Home

Garden sections at stores are being stocked and people are gearing up to work on their lawns. It may still be a few weeks early, but spring is in the air! And so are allergies. Yes, those common seasonal allergies that bother the best of us each year, sometimes coming back with a vengeance. Thankfully, regularly cleaning your home can help reduce the effects of allergies on you or those you love. Here are our allergen removal spring cleaning tips to help you not only make your home feel fresh, …

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Coping with Anxiety & Depression when Moving

According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, 3.1% of the population suffers from general anxiety disorder, 2.7% from panic disorder, and 8.2% from a depressive disorder. These disorders can be caused genetics, a chemical imbalance in the brain, personality type, and life events. Moving to a new home or city is a major life event, and can trigger stress, panic, anxiety, and even depression in individuals. We at Collins Connection are not licensed, clinical, or professional therapists, social workers, counselors, psychologists, or psychiatrists. We cannot diagnose or treat …

5 Ways to Keep Your House Organized

Organizing may be super trendy at the moment, but it’s always been a part of modern living. Not only is it helpful to know where everything’s at but having an organized and clutter-free home also has many mental, physical, and emotional benefits. Perhaps you’re already a very organized person, or maybe you feel like a hot mess half the time, but either way it never hurts to do a little New Year’s cleaning. Look at our checklist to see if it’s high time you tackle the clutter once and for …

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Rent-to-Own Houses: The Pros & Cons

While perhaps not as common as it once was, “rent-to-own” (or “lease option”) homes are still a popular choice for those looking to purchase a home who also have extremely bad credit or other financial issues preventing them from getting a traditional mortgage. Landlords also can be drawn to these agreements, as it’s a way to make more money than they might have otherwise with just a typical rental. But are these deals legitimate? Are they worth it? How do they work? The following is our quick guide on all …

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6 New Years Resolutions to Make For Your House

The new year is just around the corner, and it’s the time of year where everyone wants to set new goals and make new resolutions. These goals often fall into the categories of health & fitness, finances, bucket list items, and personal growth. But this new year, why not consider adding a house & home category to your list? If you’re not sure what goals you’d want for a home category, consider a few of these ideas and get to goal-setting! Here are 6 new years resolutions to make for …

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Reasons to Sell a House in the Winter Months

There’s a widely held belief that it’s not a good idea to sell your home in the winter months, because many believe that spring and summer are when most potential homebuyers are shopping. While it’s true that many house hunters are out searching in warmer weather, this doesn’t mean that the winter is off limits. Here are some reasons you should consider sell a house in the winter months! Serious Buyers. While plenty of serious buyers want to begin and end their hunt when it’s warm, the few brave souls …

Cute & Creative Christmas Decoration Ideas For Your Porch

Whether you simply want your front yard to look festive for your own family’s enjoyment, or if you’re braving the winter seller’s market and want your home to stand out from the rest, this is the perfect time of year to up the ante and deck the halls…or front porch. Here are six cute & creative Christmas decorations to liven up you home’s porch this holiday season. Christmas is in the Air! Use your clay pots from the spring and summer all year by filling them with those sensationally scented …

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November Happenings & Events in the Magic Valley

November is here – can you believe it?! Thanksgiving and Christmas preparations will soon be in full swing, but don’t panic! We’ve got you covered with all the holiday happenings in the Twin Falls area. Whether you need to buy early Christmas gifts, are on the search for a holiday meal, or if you’re just looking for some family fun this season, see the following list of local events so you can mark your calendars! Here are some of the November happenings and events in Twin Falls and the Magic …

A man and a woman stand with a paint roller and a paint brush, respectively. They are ready to repaint and remodel their fixer-upper home.

What Should You Look for in a Fixer-Upper?

What Should You Look for in a Fixer-Upper? Thanks to home renovation shows, buying a home that’s a fixer-upper isn’t only something that can be a wise investment – it’s also trendy! While buying a fixer-upper can be both a money-maker and a money-saver in the long run, it also has a downside: it can cost a lot if you’re not careful.  If you’re on the hunt for a house in need of fixing up there are several important things to be aware of ahead of time, so you don’t …