Jennifer Santosuosso - KELLER WILLIAMS REALTY


Decorating your home as an adult can be a taxing task. Transitioning from a college student to a professional can take some time. Once you buy your first home, you may find that your tastes for decorating need an upgrade. Those old posters and funny magnets have got to go along with your more sophisticated lifestyle. The decor in your home should make you feel comfortable in your surroundings. You should express your own personal interests through the artwork that’s displayed in your home. 

Pieces of artwork shouldn’t just be run-of-the-mill. You need something that will let your personality shine through. You can collect unique pieces in your travels, use personal photographs that you have taken, or simply find things that have meaning for you.


It can be sort of intimidating to dive into a more mature way of decorating but, it can be very rewarding. You’ll also learn a lot about your own style and yourself. Through this self-discovery, you’ll find artwork that you can continue to grow with in your home. Below, you’ll find some tips for choosing the right artwork for your home. 


Set A Budget


Buying artwork can be an investment. If you’re a new homeowner, you may need to hold back on getting expensive art for a few years. Set a limit for how much art you want to buy and what you can afford. There are plenty of ways to get decorating pieces for your home for less money. Many stores offer artwork that can add some character to your walls. Even if these aren’t Picasso originals, they can certainly add some flair to the emptiness of a new house. Everything that adds personality to your home isn’t hanging on a wall either. Your decor includes the small figures on your tables, statues, plants, and more.  


Have Goals In Mind


If you begin hanging artwork without some reason, your decorating scheme could end up being a disaster. Map out a plan for each room. Think of themes, colors palettes, and the vision for the space. You don’t want to make a serious investment in artwork only to find out that it doesn’t fit with your wall color or furniture. When choosing artwork, it’s important to consider each room as a whole. 


Know That Tastes Change Over Time 


If you do invest in an expensive piece of artwork, know that it may not suit your needs forever. That’s OK! You can always sell artwork and find replacement pieces over time. It’s not expected that whatever you hang in your home when you move in will stay there for the next 20 years! Artwork very much flows with our lives, so go with the flow.              



Many are often overwhelmed by the situations that come with moving such as stress and the need to adjust to a new environment. In this excitement, it is easy to divert attention from the security of the house to other things.

You are probably saying 'It is a new home and should be safe by default.' The truth is: even in the safest neighborhood, crimes happen occasionally. Also, when the environment is safe, there is a need to add an extra layer of security to check unwarranted intrusion, theft, and harm to you.Here are essential home security tips you need to keep your new home safe.

Change the locks

A new home is an investment, and you don't want to lose it, or parts of it, to burglars. Old locks are vulnerable to lock picks if they are not the latest, more advanced types. Also, chances are someone else out there is still holding on to the key of your home. Therefore, the first thing to do when you move into a new house is to change all the locks to your outside doors.

Install an alarm and motion sensors

This security measure is one of the best ways to protect your home from burglary. These alarms come in different designs and technicalities for every budget. Also, consider installing motion sensitive outdoor lamps to pick any strange movement within your perimeter.

Install a video doorbell

With a video doorbell, you get visuals of everyone approaching your door. Some come with motion sensors and are even smart enough to transmit to your smartphone when you're away from home.

Video doorbells come with a two-way audio system as well. For instance, if you're in or away, you can communicate with anyone at your door.

Landscape your yard

If there are tall hedges, obstructing trees or bushes that can serve as hideouts for burglars, you are playing cards in their favor. It is best to get those shears to work. Trim hedges, cut branches of trees and if you must have the bushes, consider installing lighting fixtures there to scare the bad guys away.

The aim of landscaping your yard is to deny burglars the chance to hide and plan hideous crimes. Also, when your yard is free from obstructions, you can see all that is going on outside with ease.

Though moving into a new home involves different processes, never neglect the security of your home. These tips have worked and will keep working. Stay safe!


Real estate is not only about buying and selling a property. It means many things and people ought to study it before getting involved with the market as an investor. If you are looking at real estate investing as a new career path, or perhaps you want to learn one or two things about the real estate market, you need to learn some real estate jargon. The following are some essential real estate investment terms you should know more about:

What is Cash Flow? 

The concept of cash flow is popular. Many people know how to make use of cash flow as a concept in their everyday lives. It affects our households and our career. In real estate, cash flow means the amount of money that goes in and out of business. It would help an individual determine if they could pay for his expenses and liabilities in the foreseeable future. The formula is simple: 

Cash flow means your gross income less any operating costs that you shell out for the business. In real estate, cash flow may mean the individual’s capacity to pay for the mortgage whenever it becomes due.

There is also the concept of capitalization. 

Capitalization means the cost of the property versus the income that the specific property produces after the expenses. 

This one involves the following aspects:

- How much you paid for the property.

- How much you spent on the property.

- How much you will ask for the property (also called the gross yield).

Some sellers have negative capitalization per property while others have a more positive one. This factor depends on the market.

The idea of depreciation and appreciation. 

Whenever you hear that a property value has appreciated, it means an increase in its value while whenever a property has depreciated; it means a decrease in the property value.

There are a plethora of ways you can learn more about the real estate market. If you want to join the market as an investor, the best way to do it is to arm yourself with more knowledge. If you are looking for more, contact a real estate professional today and engage in a conversation that will equip you with the knowledge you need to survive the market. 


Gazebos are an excellent addition to any type of garden whether big or small. They are a perfect accessory because they not only beautify the garden but also offer a lot of practical benefits. For instance, they can serve as shade from hot sun and place of relaxation. Furthermore, your garden gazebo can house your family grill, and serve as a place to relax during summer. 

Gazebos come in different styles; a classic gazebo will have a turreted rooftop, or an octagonal frame, or both. One of the features of a gazebo is that it does not have a foundation. The most important factor you need to consider when planning to set up a gazebo is its area. 

There is a wide range of gazebo designs and sizes; ultra-modern gazebo designs are available now in kiosk-style designs, porch designs, airwave pop-up designs, poolside pergola designs, and many more. Some of the tips to keep in mind when building your garden gazebo are as follows:

Understand your needs 

It is essential to comprehend the reason why you are creating a gazebo. Apart from knowing why you are erecting a gazebo, you should have a proper understanding of how you intend to use it before building it. You don't need a large gazebo if you only need it for hanging out and making shade in the opposite direction from the sun. A small-sized gazebo should be considered again if you have a little yard. You need a bigger gazebo if you intend to use it to entertain. If you are using a gazebo to cover a hot tub, you will need a bigger one with the perfect size to fit beyond the frame of the hot tub. 

Use natural materials 

There are wide ranges of materials available to make a gazebo. Wood is one of the best materials to consider when building a gazebo. Wood structures are perfect because they are sturdy, stable, and are ideal for most environments.

Add personal touch 

You can add some character to your gazebo by adding small flower pots, and some benches. These personal touches will not only make your gazebo attractive but also give it a creative and unique look.

One of the best ways to make this summer awesome for your family is to build a gazebo in your garden. Follow the tips above when creating your garden gazebo and enjoy relaxation and shade it can offer.

In hot climates, gazebos add value to your property when you go to sell, so talk to your real estate professional about the best style for your area.


When you move to a higher altitude, a lot about your climate changes. This change affects everything from your ability to breathe to how your food cooks. When you visit an area of higher elevation, the oxygen levels are lower, which has an adverse effect on your body. In time and with proper preparation, you will acclimate, but at the beginning, nearly everyone suffers from what's commonly referred to as "altitude sickness."

Your Body

Everyone is affected by altitude sickness to some degree, but its estimated that about twenty percent of the population suffers to a greater degree than the rest. If you’re part of that twenty percent and the effects become more than you can stand and don’t reduce with time, please contact your doctor immediately. Altitude sickness causes varying degrees of:

- Increase in sweating and dehydration
- Nausea, loss of appetite, vomiting, and headaches
- Loss of visual acuity
- General malaise and a decrease in energy
- Insomnia or other sleep disturbances
- Edginess and other changes in mood and judgment
- Increase in red cell production, heart rate, and breathing rate

For most, these symptoms are minor, and you will acclimate within a few weeks. You can fight the signs by keeping up your water intake and getting plenty of rest. Your body is moving red blood cells and oxygen around to try and account for the fact that you're getting less with each breath. Don't worry; you're still getting plenty of oxygen to survive, your body is just used to more. 

If you experience any of these altitude symptoms to a severe degree, see a doctor immediately, otherwise, your body will soon get used to the new levels soon, and you'll be just fine.

Your Life

Higher altitudes have lower air pressure, so be sure to check all your tires as your altitude increases. It can also change the compression in your fluids, so double check all your fluid levels more often in your vehicle until you're sure of how quickly you use them in this new climate. Water boils differently at higher altitudes, so that means that basically everything cooks differently. From microwaving to sautéing, you're going to have some fun with trial and error to see what works best at your new height.

If you’re worried about the changes when moving to a higher altitude, ask your real estate professional for specific tips about the area where you’re moving. They can help you be the most prepared.




Loading