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How to Meet Your Neighbors

Summer is just around the corner and for many people, it’s moving season! Usually with moving comes new neighbors, but rarely do we get to know our neighbors anymore. Just a couple decades ago it seemed like most people at least knew their next-door neighbors, if not half the people on the street. But it’s not that way anymore, which is a shame. There’s strength in community! So if you’re new to the neighborhood this year, or if you just want to get to know the people on your street, …

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Budget Friendly Ideas for Outdoor Home Decoration

It’s that time of year where all many of us want to do is be outside! We can practically add a second living space to our home if we create a comfortable, cozy seating area. However, it can cost a pretty penny to make your backyard oasis. Thankfully, there are plenty of budget-friendly ways to create a homey, outdoor atmosphere without breaking the bank. Here are some frugal areas to consider: Plan It Out Don’t have a fire pit but want one? Think of where it could go. Decide which …

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How to Stain Your Deck in 7 Easy Steps

It’s getting warmer here in Southern Idaho, and that means we’re gearing up for coffee on the front porch and grilling on the back patio! But what if your deck needs a makeover after a rough winter? If you’ve never stained a wooden deck before, don’t worry: it’s not as daunting as you may thing! Wooden decks in genera require regular maintenance due to them being a natural material that’s constantly exposed to the elements. Here’s what you need: High-quality wood deck stain (preferably oil-based) Quality brush, 2″-3″ width Canvas …

House Cleaning Checklist for House Showings

Preparing to sell your home can be intimidating but add the pressure of preparing your home to show potential buyers and it’s enough to keep you up at night! But don’t worry – it’s not as scary as it seems. Just take it one room at a time. Hopefully, you’ve already done a basic decluttering of your home. If not, now’s a good time to do so before you clean your home for a showing. Also, make sure you have all your supplies on hand ahead of time, otherwise you …

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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 …