Homes

Published September 18, 2019

METRO DETROIT — When homebuyers are looking for a new place to settle in, they’re looking beyond the stainless steel appliances that were the centerpiece of homeownership 10 years ago. Today, consumers want to walk into a home already curated with smart technology.

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Published September 11, 2019

METRO DETROIT — Thousands of students recently took part in move-in days at Oakland University in Rochester Hills Aug. 30 and Sept. 1, and they might want to keep working on their organization, equipment and décor until they have it just right for their needs.

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Published September 5, 2019

METRO DETROIT — With new developments sprouting up all over metro Detroit, homeowners and communities are looking at  implementing green infrastructure at a residential level. 

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Published August 26, 2019

METRO DETROIT — Orange and black are beginning to be the dominant colors in stores, and pumpkin-spiced everything isn’t far behind, but what does that all mean? Fall is just around the corner.

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Published August 21, 2019

METRO DETROIT — Summer weather can make it tough to beat the heat, but running an air conditioner can make it even tougher on the electric bill.

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Published August 13, 2019

METRO DETROIT — There are trees everywhere. Yet many people fail to recognize that trees have to be maintained before they become a detriment.

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Published August 7, 2019

METRO DETROIT — Summer is a wonderful time of year where the sun is shining, the water’s warm and cookouts might become a weekly event. Mostly everyone loves summer, and that doesn’t just include friends and family.

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Published July 31, 2019

METRO DETROIT — People recovering from surgery, an injury or illness at home know they have to take it easy, rest and follow their doctor’s orders in order to heal.

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Published July 24, 2019

METRO DETROIT — Outside of the tiny moments this year when the summer hasn’t been hit with heavy rainfall, residents might be finding some time to go on vacation.

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Published July 16, 2019

PONTIAC — The Pontiac-based nonprofit Furniture Bank of Southeastern Michigan provides families with basic pieces of furniture.

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Published July 9, 2019

If you live in an area frequented by deer, your home’s lush landscape — especially your prize tulips, roses, day lilies and hostas — will inevitably turn into a midnight snack.

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Published July 2, 2019

METRO DETROIT — With wet weather more the rule than the exception in recent years, home vegetable growers can plan ahead with eyes equally set on the sky, the thermometer and their plants to prevent potential problems.

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Published June 25, 2019

METRO DETROIT — With spring and summer cleaning comes a need for a place to put all that junk. While it can feel good to declutter and eliminate years of remodeling leftovers and junk that isn’t fit to donate, sometimes it becomes too much to put out on the curb.

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Published June 18, 2019

METRO DETROIT — Having wonderful, friendly neighbors is always nice, but it’s also good to have a little privacy on your yard. Many communities have homes that are close together, and that can take away the feeling of serenity and tranquility in the property. Plants, such as trees, bushes and flowers, can be used to add not only beauty to a yard, but also some privacy in both the front and backyards.

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Published June 12, 2019

METRO DETROIT — The sun and warm days are finally upon us. But that doesn’t mean it’s not time to think about winter. According to local chimney care experts and firefighting professionals, now is the time to get your chimney inspected and thoroughly swept in order to be ready to reignite those logs once the temperatures drop again.

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Published June 5, 2019

METRO DETROIT — If you have a small backyard, your big ideas can be right at home. According to local experts, homeowners with small backyards don’t have to scale down their big ideas, and a few simple yard hacks can make your space seem bigger than it really is.

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Published May 29, 2019

METRO DETROIT — Warm up to cooking outdoors with these tips from folks who know their way around the grill grates.

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Published May 21, 2019

METRO DETROIT — ’Tis the season for garage sales. As the temperature warms up, the number of garage sales around metro Detroit tends to increase.

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Published May 15, 2019

METRO DETROIT — This year’s wet spring is making it hard to discount the effects of rain on local yards and gardens. For those looking out on a backyard that now includes more ponds than puddles, however, there is hope. Diverting the rain into a rain barrel for future use or establishing a rain garden to attract and filter the stormwater are great ways to eliminate backyard flooding and keep storm sewers from overflowing.

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Published May 8, 2019

METRO DETROIT — Bees are important. But not everyone knows why, or how we can make a difference. Some local beekeepers and experts weighed in on how relevant bees are to each of our lives, and also how we can foster them to continue to reap the benefits they add to the ecosystem.

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