The well-being of our furry, feathered, or scaly members of our family is so important. Our four-legged friends are vulnerable to knocking things down, ingesting toxic substances, or getting into places they shouldn’t. Moving into a new home or introducing a new pet into a current residence might require a few adjustments to keep them … Continue reading Tips to Pet-Proof Your Home


Now that the winter chill is no longer here, it’s time to assess your landscaping and see what you can do to revitalize it for the spring season! Here are a few spring landscaping tips that will make your yard turn heads this year. Aerate Your Lawn Over time, your lawn might become compacted, especially … Continue reading 3 Tips to Give Your Yard a Spring Boost


Home recycling requires a committed amount of time, yet offers many positive benefits to the homeowner as well as the environment. According to the EPA in 2016, about 34.6% of what Americans throw away is recycled, which amounts to a reduction of 186 million tons of carbon-dioxide-equivalent emissions annually. Think about the impact it would … Continue reading 2 Ways to Simplify Home Recycling!


If you’ve ever wondered whether the benefits of solar energy can outweigh the costs, you’re not alone. Solar power has grown over the years in both businesses and residential homes in response to efficient green technology and tax incentives. Solar energy also has many advantages including saving on home energy costs, increasing home value, and … Continue reading Harnessing Home Solar Energy


The flowers are blooming, the birds are singing, but your house may still feel like it’s stuck with the winter blues. It’s time for spring cleaning, a tradition that allows us to freshen up our homes and get a head start on the hectic seasons of spring and summer. Create an Action Plan One of … Continue reading 3 Tips to Tackle Spring Cleaning!


Time to clean smarter! As you walk down the cleaning aisle, don’t go for the overpriced cleaners – keep it simple with baking soda. Known mostly for its deodorizing properties, baking soda can take on a lot of tough cleaning jobs around the house. Pristine Bathroom Those bathroom germs don’t stand a chance! Using a wet … Continue reading The Cleaning Superhero: Baking Soda


Spring has sprung and that means pollen is in the air! The beautiful transition to the Spring season is rejuvenating, but dealing with those troublesome allergies is not. Although you can never be completely rid of allergens in your home, there are some effective ways to reduce them. Check Your Filters A well-ventilated house is … Continue reading 5 Tips to Allergy-Proof Your Home


ALCOVA Mortgage is thrilled to announce its induction into the 2017 Ellie Mae Hall of Fame in the category of Exceptional Achievement in Business Growth! Our company was honored alongside nine other companies at the 2017 Ellie Mae Experience, an annual user conference for Ellie Mae clients and partners. This event brings together more than … Continue reading ALCOVA Mortgage is Inducted into Ellie Mae Hall of Fame!


No matter how big or small, your outdoor space has so much potential! With March marking the beginning of gardening season, it’s time to start digging into your garden plans now. It Starts with an Idea Do you want to grow your own produce, do you have a passion for herbs, or do you want … Continue reading Green Thumb Advice for Starting a Garden

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