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Tiny houses, are they the future of housing as we know it? Today we are going to dive into the subject of one of the world’s newest trends in housing: tiny houses. Tiny houses— no, not a small house, a tiny house, are a spectacular evolution in our culture as far as housing is concerned, by taking the desire for a huge home with rooms upon rooms and trading it out for a small abode that is no bigger than most camper trailers.

What is a tiny house?

A tiny house is, at its core, a small house. We are talking about small houses that look no bigger than a 2 car garage or even smaller. You see, tiny houses are … tiny. They are built much like camper trailers where they are designed to pack as much stuff into a single space as possible while



When it comes to heating and cooking in your home, the current debate that is on everyone’s minds is whether gas or electricity is better. Today we are going to dive into this topic so that you can make a more informed decision when it comes to your own home. There are many factors that come into play when you ask questions like that but we are going to do our best to outline the most pressing pros and cons for each so that you can more easily make a decision.

Where you live is the biggest factor in the Electricity vs. Gas debate

Before you really dive down the rabbit hole on this subject it is important to take into account that whether electricity or gas is better for you is relative to where you live. This is because the distance you



Eagle Island state park is gorgeous in all seasons. Located 24 minutes from the Boise area. An expansive 11 acres of the 545-acre day use park are developed so there is plenty of outdoor nature to enjoy. They are open year round from sunrise to sunset, pets are allowed into the park on leashes. There is a $5 entrance fee per car at Eagle Island if you don't have a State parks passports. State parks passports and you can purchase by mail from the Idaho Transportation department issued registration renewal and is $10 for annual registration and $20 for a two-year registration. The great thing about a state parks passport is it gives you free parking at any of the state parks and at the Ford Idaho center too.

Eagle Island park has multiple hiking


Identifying all parties to the lease agreement.

Identifying all parties in the lease agreement is important in any contract. Clearly list the landlord's name and tenants name, along with addresses for both parties. Include email and phone numbers for future contact information in case clarifications are necessary or emergencies. Include also a summary at the beginning that briefly goes over all aspects of the lease agreement.

Defining the asset, that is covered by the rental agreement

This includes the complete address of the rental and the property's condition at the time of the rental agreement. Include the condition of the rental things like the age of the paint job, any dents or scrapes from the previous owner as well as the condition




Before delving into a project it helps to know what you're getting into. Planning ahead is an excellent way to be prepared for what to expect and have a backup plan for the unexpected. If you have a contractor coming in to do some work, have an alternate place to stay during any construction that may cause fumes and dust that could be hazardous to one's health. Have a design of what you would like done and how to do it, such as how much work, if you're going to need a contract, and how much time. Make the proper arrangements(such as moving certain items, living arrangements, and permits for building) and have a agenda with a timeline to stick too.

Finding a remodeler- This can be tough to find someone to remodel or a contractor to help you.



As human beings, we need a place to live. It is one of those things that provides us security: shelter. However, buying a home is a bit more than just buying a roof and some walls. Your home holds all your things, it is place where you can feel safe, and it’s a place to belong. Not to mention it is a refuge from emotional, social, and workplace stresses. However, though they shelter us, the homeowner, they cannot weather all things. There are many ways that a house can get damaged, the most drastic of which come from disasters (both natural and unnatural). For the most part, you can’t do anything to prevent a disaster from happening, but you can do a few things to prepare in case of one. These preparations may not protect your home completely



Buying your first home can be an exhilarating time in life. There are many reasons why people buy their home and becoming a first-time buyer doesn’t always fall on the same demographic of people. Whether you’ve been renting for years or are stepping out on your own for the first time in general, we’ve got some tips and tricks to help prepare you for a smooth transition into home ownership.

Some things that may get lost in the excitement of signing closing papers and picking up the keys to your new digs include smaller furnishings. Now, there are certainly things that everyone expects to have to supply in their home, and some are even blessed to have certain appliances left behind or sold with the home by its previous tenants such as



Pets are our fuzzy family members. It’s tough to find a place that allows them, and even when we do we have to make sure that home is suitable for them. It can be hard to figure out what to do to pet-proof a house and make sure it’s in a good condition for the whole family, including the furry ones.

A good place to start is to take each room at a time.

The Bathroom

To make sure your pet, especially a puppy or kitten, doesn’t get into anything that could harm them, make sure you check your bathroom for the necessary precautions. This includes placing medications and pills in safe, pet-proof cabinets, or in an area they can’t reach; this also goes for things like cleaners, sprays (hairspray, bug spray, sunscreen, etc.), and anything else



Credit scores are becoming increasingly important in today’s society. Credit scores range from 300 to 850, and the higher the score the greater the score. Many adults, particularly new adults, are finding it difficult to know how to raise their credit score. To understand how to do this, we first need to back up and take a look at credit scores—what they are and how they work. A credit score is basically a record of how reliable a person is at paying off credit and giving payments. It’s so important to have a good credit score because if you need to finance something, a bad credit score could be what stands between you and that new house.

To have a good credit score, you need to remember the following:

*You need to have a good track record



A person’s home is their castle, as it is said, and with that level of respect comes the need for the coolest and newest home innovations out there. Each year technology and engineering provides us with many new and awesome innovations; which ones do you need in your home in 2017 though? Well, here we have a list of different products that are not necessarily new to homeowners, but they have not necessarily caught on just yet making them still very new and very cutting edge in our current culture.

Smart Tech

Over the past few years, Smart Tech has become the go-to thing in home innovation. Whether it is for entertainment or security or everything in between, Smart Tech will find a way to make your life easier. The purpose behind Smart Tech