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Consider Building a Wine Cellar

Whether you enjoy an occasional glass of wine or consider yourself a connoisseur, you know the importance of storing your wine properly. Wine is perishable after all, so unless you buy wine only when you plan on drinking it, you need a good place to keep your bottles until you’re ready for them. Some people use small wine fridges or similar devices, but if you fancy a nice collection of wine then you might be thinking of installing a wine cellar instead.

Wine cellars were once considered something of a status symbol, but they’ve become much more common over the years as quality wines have become more accessible. Some people even install them because they’ve gotten into winemaking as a hobby and want somewhere safe to store their creations. Whatever the reason is that you’re considering a wine cellar, here are...

Out-of State

Out-of-State Moving Tips and Insights for Future Pennsylvanians

Out-of-state moves are a massive undertaking, but that doesn’t mean you can’t nail it. Here are some out-of-state moving tips and insights if you’re planning on moving to Pennsylvania.

Fast Facts

The average home value in Pennsylvania is about $260,000, making the state less expensive than many others. Rents are also pretty reasonable, coming in between $699 and $1,595 on average, depending on the property size and location.

The average electricity bill in Pennsylvania is $114.90 per month. Water costs typically run a bit less.

While the overall cost of living in Pennsylvania is below the national average, grocery prices are a bit higher. A family of four typically spends about $9,903 annually on food.

In Pennsylvania, single adults spend around $2,451 per year on medical costs. For a family of four, something closer to $7,551 is typical....

Bathrooms of Wonder: How to Transform Your Powder Room

Bathrooms of Wonder: How to Transform Your Powder Room

Once, it was the room that no one would show in movies or even mention in polite company—but these days, a fabulous bathroom is a prime home feature, and for many proud owners, the subject of major bragging rights. They’re luxurious! They’re high-tech and functional! They’re beautiful! Plus—and here’s...

Rookie of the Year

Rookie of the Year honors went to Josh Houston of Clear Choice Enterprises.

Megan Rummel, president of the association, said Houston, a Slippery Rock University graduate, has recorded more than $1 million in sales in the single year he has been a Realtor.

“He’s not afraid of a challenge and he’s eager to learn,” Rummel said.

Houston called the Rookie of the Year award “unexpected.”

“My first year in real estate has been a ton of fun,” he said. “I left what I thought was my dream job to move...

Your Pipes Are Gross, but That's Ok!


Best use of Remodeling Money

Feb 14, 2022

When it comes to remodeling, some changes that you make to your home are going to net you a big return on your investment. Sometimes this return comes in the form of an increase to the overall value of your property, while sometimes the return is more in the form of your enjoyment and the overall usefulness that your home has for you. Either way, there’s a definite positive side to your remodeling project that you’ll reap the rewards from for years to come. With some other projects, though… well, let’s just say that they seemed like a good idea at the time.

If you’re considering remodeling your home, it’s important that you think about what you want to do before you start. This will help you avoid projects that just waste money or leave things worse off than they started. So how do you know if a project is going to be worthwhile? Here are a few suggestions that might help.


Yard Drainage

Jan 31, 2022

Drainage problems can be a major issue for homeowners. Not only does poor drainage cause standing water in your yard, but it can also lead to leaks and foundation problems with your house depending on where the water collects. As if that wasn’t bad enough, landscaping and lawn upkeep become a lot harder when your yard doesn’t drain well. Is there anything that can be done for these problems?

Fortunately, yes. There are actually a few different ways to treat drainage issues in your yard, and this is a great time to undertake a project to correct them. By taking action now, you can avoid problems that might arise from heavy spring rains. The exact solution...

How to Protect Your Home From Cold Weather

How to Protect Your Home From Severe Cold Weather

Homeowners in cold-weather climates face icy conditions, blizzards, and other cold-weather storms. Beyond barring you from being able to leave your home, severe cold weather can threaten your home’s structure and your safety. It’s important...

Color of the year 2022

The Color of the Year Has Been Announced!

You may not be aware of it, but many paint and pigment companies choose colors that they think will be hot in the coming year. Shades of green seem to be an overwhelming favorite for 2022, with almost every company choosing some green hue as either their top pick, or part of their overall range of choices. In fact, green is so well-represented this year that there’s really only one company that seems to be bucking the green trend entirely, but it’s a big one.

Pantone Color Institute, the company that actually manages color standards, broke from the pack with a significantly different choice for color of the year. Before we get to what that choice actually is, though, let’s take a moment to consider the rest of the color of the year choices from other companies. This will help you to appreciate just how big of a break with industry trends the Pantone choice really is.

Something in a Shade of Green


2022 Housing Market Predictions

Though not predictable, you can always rely on the real estate market in Butler to change. Here are some predictions for the housing market in 2022.

  • 2022 will fall just short of record-breaking

"Zillow’s forecast calls for 11% home value growth in 2022. That’s down from a projected 19.5% in 2021, a record year-end pace of home value appreciation, but would rank among the strongest years Zillow has tracked. Existing home sales are predicted to total 6.35 million, compared to an estimated 6.12 million this year. That would be the highest number of home sales in any year since 2006." Zillow (