Home Care

How Do I Know if My Fireplace is Safe to Use?

You Ask, We Answer: How Do I Know if My Fireplace is Safe to Use? With the temps in Connecticut dipping at night, many of us here at Calcagni Real Estate are anxious to use our fireplaces for the first time all season. Is there anything better than curling up in front of a warming fire on a chilly evening? But while it may be tempting to do so, lighting a fire without a few small checks on your...

What’s the Best Way to Pick a Front Door Color?

You Ask, We Answer: What’s the Best Way to Pick a Front Door Color? That house you bought through Calcagni Real Estate? It’s still the place that’s undoubtedly “home,” but lately, you may have been pulling in the driveway and thinking your Connecticut home could use a little something…extra. Before you opt for an expensive undertaking, though, why not consider giving your front door a...

What Can I Declutter to Get Ready for Fall?

You Ask, We Answer: What Can I Declutter to Get Ready for Fall? As “sweater weather” teases its arrival here in Connecticut, our thoughts at Calcagni Real Estate are turning to feeling cozy in our own homes: More cooking, more “nesting,” more…organization? While it may be an undersung hero of the cozy season, decluttering your home before hunkering down for New England’s colder months can...

5 Drought-Friendly Plants for Your Connecticut Garden

5 Drought-Friendly Plants for Your Connecticut Garden This summer in Connecticut has been a scorcher, and not just for us. Our yards have suffered the brunt of soaring temps and brilliant sunshine, and while we here at Calcagni Real Estate always love a beautiful garden, it can be hard to keep one at its best when faced with drought-like or diminished rainfall conditions. But going without rain...

What Are the Top Remodeling Trends this Summer?

You Ask, We Answer: What Are the Top Remodeling Trends this Summer? Your Calcagni Real Estate agent found the perfect Connecticut house for you and your family–but now, you want to personalize it to really make it feel like home. If your thoughts keep coming back to remodeling your kitchen, you’re in luck: This summer has some remodeling trends for every budget–and they’re trends that are...

How Can I Manage Home Renovation Anxiety?

You Ask, We Answer: What Are the Easiest Fruits and Vegetables to Grow This Summer? If you’re in the midst of renovating your Connecticut home, you may be feeling the all-too-common stress and anxiety that comes with such a huge lifestyle disruption. In fact, renovating a home is a major life stressor–so take heart; you’re not alone! While you’re creating your dream house, why not try these...

What Should I Grow This Month?

You Ask, We Answer: What Should I Grow This Month? We’re ringing in June with our tips for what to plant–veggies and flowers!--in your Connecticut garden this month. From homegrown salad greens to beautifully colored flowers, we’ve curated some of our favorite plantings to get you going and get gardening. And with a little care and the right amount of sun, water, and luck, you’ll not only have...

Top 5 Ways To Decorate Your Front Porch This Summer

Top 5 Ways To Decorate Your Front Porch This Summer With temps expected to soar any day now, we’re turning our thoughts to summer decor—and where better to celebrate one of Connecticut’s best seasons than your own front porch? As a Connecticut real estate company, we love nothing more than seeing Connecticut homes dressed in their summer best. If you’re seeking inspiration for how to make...

What Are the Best Deer-Resistant Plants?

You Ask, We Answer: What Are the Best Deer-Resistant Plants? Gardening season in Connecticut is finally here, and we at Calcagni Real Estate couldn’t be happier about it. But if you’re already dismayed by the breakfast buffet your garden has become for neighborhood deer, fear not: There are plants you can incorporate into your garden that may help to deter the deer from feasting on your flowers....

How Can I Organize My Messy Pantry?

You Ask, We Answer: How Can I Organize My Messy Pantry? Bags of lentils. Cans of beans. Random sauces and far too many flours. If this sounds like a familiar pantry scenario, you’re not alone. Many of us stocked up in the early days of the pandemic and today, those items are still taking up precious shelf space from the things we actually use on a regular basis. But your pantry doesn’t have to be a...

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