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Tips for Taking Care of Your Outdoor Spaces

When you live in a beautiful corner of the country like Maryland, there are so many ways to enjoy the outdoors! Sure, you could take a hike through nature in Patapsco Valley State Park or visit the picturesque waterfront of Annapolis Harbor, but there’s a lot to be said for just savoring your own pe [...]
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Decluttering Tips for February

February is the perfect month to start spring cleaning and reduce your personal clutter! Not only that, but February is "Declutter For A Cause" month. Think of this month as an opportunity to add more meaning to your decluttering efforts by donating unused items to charitable organizations.Doing a g [...]
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Design Tips for Your Towns at Parke West Townhome

Moving into a new home is an exciting feeling! Every blank wall is an opportunity to make a statement. Every room has the potential to become your dream space. The Towns at Parke West, a new luxury townhome community from Sturbridge Homes in Anne Arundel County, offers plenty of room to make that ha [...]
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Fall Birthday Ideas for Kids

There are so many things to consider when planning a child's birthday party, and fall is the perfect time to celebrate with all of the fun activities that the season has to offer. If you're looking for some great birthday party ideas and activities for fall in Anne Arundel County, we've got you cove [...]
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Back to School Tips

September marks the return to school for many families across the country. For some, it's a time of excitement and anticipation, while for others it can be a bit stressful. No matter what your back-to-school feels are, we've got some great tips to help you (and your kiddos) get back into the swing o [...]
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Decor Tips for Your Townhome

Unpacking moving boxes and arranging furniture in a new townhome can be daunting. But with a little creativity and effort, you can turn your townhome into a stylish and inviting space that reflects your personal taste.Will you go for a modern, minimalist look or a cozy, traditional feel? No matter y [...]
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Fourth of July Backyard BBQ Prep

Are you looking to host an epic summer bash? The Fourth of July is just a few weeks away and a backyard BBQ is the perfect way to celebrate America’s independence. Whether you're inviting the whole neighborhood or just a few close friends, it's important to start planning well in advance. These tips [...]
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The Advantages Of Quick Move-In Homes

Is the search for your dream home dragging on and on? Are you feeling exhausted by all the options out there? Maybe it's time to consider a quick move-in home like The Towns at Parke West...These properties are ready for you to move into right away. Here are just some of the advantages of going this [...]
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Tips for Furnishing Your New Townhome

Are you in the market for a new townhome? If so, congratulations – it's an exciting time! Before you can move in and start enjoying your new space, there are some things you'll need to take care of… A big part of making your new home feel like home is furnishing it in a way that suits your style and [...]
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10 Tips to help buy your new home in the new year

Are you one of the many people looking to buy a new home in the new year? If so, you're probably trying to figure out where to start.By following these 10 tips, you'll be well on your way to securing the perfect property for your needs. From getting pre-approved for a mortgage to setting your budget [...]
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6 Best Ways To Improve Your Credit

You're getting ready to purchase a house in the New Year. It's exciting, but you're panicking! There's so much to do before you pack, go house-shopping, put an offer on a home, and of course take the plunge into buying a new property.However, one of the most essential things you can do to prepare fo [...]
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Best Ways to Celebrate the Holidays with Family from Afar

Christmas is a time for family, friends, and togetherness. But what do you do when you can't all be together in person?The last two years have taught us a thing or two about how to celebrate the holidays with family from afar. Here are our favorite ideas to make the season special, despite the dista [...]
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Townhome Yard Prep for Fall

Leaves are on the ground and the air is turning chilly. And as a homeowner, you might have noticed your front and backyard are now looking especially shabby. Whether you live on expansive acreage or in our townhouse community, the Towns at Parke West, yard care is a year-round responsibility.Here ar [...]
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Tips for Preparing Your Garden For the Fall/Winter Season

Sweater weather is on its way! And before you know it, the temperatures will drop. The season is changing and so should your garden.The days are shorter, the leaves are falling, and winter will eventually arrive in Annapolis. What can you do to prepare? Here are some helpful gardening tips that will [...]
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Planning the Perfect End of Summer BBQ

Summer is quickly slipping away. Before you know it, the kids will be back in school. The end of a season is always bittersweet – so celebrate the last days of sun by gathering up friends and family for a BBQ!Grillin’ and chillin’ is a classic summer pastime. While you may love to be spontaneous and [...]
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Benefits of Townhome Living

Choosing where you live can be one of the biggest decisions of your adult life — if not THE biggest decision. And if you’re preparing to make that move, finding a place that’s right for your family is vital. There are plenty of options available, but how do you know which one will deliver the lifest [...]
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Favorite Summertime Outdoor Accessories

Your backyard is a blank canvas. It’s your home away from home, the perfect place to relax, spend time with friends and family or just enjoy some alone time. Getting outdoors and enjoying life is what summer’s all about! Maximize your outdoor enjoyment this summer by finding the perfect accessories [...]
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Tips for Furnishing Your New Home

A beautiful house is the perfect place for you and your family to start fresh. It’s where memories will be made, where traditions will develop, and where you’ll spend most of your time. Sturbridge Homes have open-concept floor plans, offering an opportunity for homeowners to create the space they’v [...]
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Packing Tips for Moving Into Your New Home

Moving soon? You're not alone. The average American moves every five years, and the process can be a bit stressful. There are so many decisions -- how you should pack, what kind of boxes to use, and where to put everything when it arrives at your new house. Here are some packing tips for moving i [...]
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Create An Outdoor Dining Space for Your Home

It might seem counterintuitive, but the best time to start thinking about your outdoor dining space is before you have one. Sure, you could get a table and chairs from Ikea or Walmart and eat outside in all sorts of weather... But why not enjoy an outdoor dining area that's more than just functiona [...]
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Favorite Home, Yard and Garden Tools

Spring weather is here! The best way to enjoy the warmer days is by sprucing up your property. From weeding flower beds to cleaning up the hedges, there’s plenty of yard work for homeowners! Having the right equipment makes getting the work done so much easier. Stay motivated and keep your landscap [...]
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DIY Flower Pot Decorating

Are you looking for a new hobby? Flower pot decorating is a fun and simple way to spruce up your garden. It’s also an excellent DIY project that can be done with items found around the house, the craft store, or the dollar store. You don’t need any experience in gardening or arts and crafts to get [...]
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Preparing for Spring Gardening Season

Spring is officially just a few days away, and Sturbridge Homes in Maryland look beautiful in full bloom! Homeowners in our area plant everything from perennial flowers to vegetable crops, regional trees, and decorative shrubs. Will you be planting this season? If so, we’re here to help you prepare [...]
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Favorite Kitchen Appliances for 2021

Are you tired of ordering the same takeout? Totally over all your usual go-to meals? With spending more time at home this year, why not splurge on new tools for your Sturbridge Homes kitchen? 2021 has hot new appliances that are guaranteed to inspire fresh new recipes your family will love! You’ll [...]
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Fun and Romantic Ways to Spend Valentine’s Day at Home

Who says you need a dinner reservation and a big night on the town to enjoy Valentine’s Day? It doesn’t take an elaborate event to make this holiday special — it’s all about spending time together and showing your love! An at-home date night is just as sweet as going out. We have the perfect ideas f [...]
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Creating the Ideal At Home Super Bowl Viewing Experience

The holidays may be over, but football fans are looking forward to the holy grail of seasonal events — the Super Bowl! February 7th is fast approaching, and this year’s game will see some major changes. While we may have to celebrate in new ways, you can still enjoy and cheer on your favorite team. [...]
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Getting The Most Out Of Holiday Decorations All Winter

Considering how much time we’ve been spending at home lately, it seems a shame to take down our holiday decor so soon. Festive decor adds such warmth and cheer to a Sturbridge home. Plus, winter doesn’t even end until March 20th... We know it’s taboo to leave up Christmas decorations until March, b [...]
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2020 Holiday Light Displays in Maryland

You don’t have to travel far from your Sturbridge Home to share holiday cheer under glowing lights. December is the time for winter festivities throughout Anne Arundel county — and even with the addition of masks and social distancing, there are plenty of dazzling displays for you to walk or drive t [...]
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Where And How You Can Donate This Holiday Season

The holidays are a time filled with warmth and kindness, shared with the ones we love. This year, let’s spread some of that holiday love beyond just our own families. This is the time to lend a hand to your neighbor and brighten someone’s holiday who may be struggling. There are many ways to volunte [...]
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2020 Thanksgiving Prep

It’s that time of year again! The irresistible scents of pumpkin pie, turkey, gravy, stuffing and mashed potatoes are soon to be wafting through our homes. In a time of so much uncertainty, sharing a meal with family is extra special. And we still have so much to be grateful for! Are you prepared to [...]
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Celebrating Halloween in Maryland Safely in 2020

If costumes lining the store aisles are any indication, Halloween is fast approaching! But with a spooky virus going around, the usual trick-or-treating might not be the healthiest idea for your family. Many Maryland counties are allowing the door-to-door tradition this Halloween, but it is discour [...]
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Getting Your Home Ready for the Fall Season

Are you falling for fall? We definitely are! The changing weather and approaching holidays demand extra attention this time of year. It’s time to focus and get your Sturbridge home ready for fall. From seasonal maintenance to fun decorating tips, we’ve got you covered. Grab a hot apple cider or your [...]
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Getting The Most Out of the End of Summer in Maryland

It feels like summer has reached its end now that Labor Day has come and gone. But fall doesn’t truly begin until September 22nd—and Maryland still has nice weather and plenty to do. Take advantage of the final days of the season with these local summer activities. There’s summer fun just steps from [...]
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Back To School Shopping Tips for 2020

The first day of school is looking quite different from years past. With virtual classes or limited in-person classrooms, your child has new needs. Sturbridge Homes loves supporting the community and our clients with families. We want to make school shopping straightforward for Maryland parents this [...]
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10 Items from Amazon to Upgrade Your Home

Does your home need a refresh? Amazon has a ton of great items to give your life easier. Try our top 10 Amazon items without breaking the bank. Roomba  If you are tired of vacuuming every day, get a Roomba! This little robot will automatically search your home for dirt and scraps. It’s recharg [...]
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How to Take Care of Your Wooden Floors

One of our favorite features of our homes is their beautiful hardwood floors. They add balance and crispness to your new space Even though hardwood floors are beautiful, they need a lot of maintenance to help keep them look like new. With just a few simple steps, they can last for decades. Here is w [...]
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Spice Up Your Home - Refresh During Quarantine

Being in quarantine has been tough for all of us. Staring at the same walls day in and day out can make you feel like you are in the movie Groundhog’s Day. This spring, it’s time to give your home a refresh. Treat yourself by upgrading your home and refresh it with new decor to keep you energized an [...]
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How to Stay Healthy this Season

With the recent Coronavirus pandemic and current flu season, taking care of your health should be your #1 priority. We’ve all been following the breaking news, and it's time to stop talking about toilet paper and start paying more attention to hygiene. Below are some tips to help you through this ge [...]
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Forget Spring Cleaning, Do Winter Cleaning

We are almost done with the first month into the new decade which means it’s time for a new start. Don’t wait until Spring to do your annual cleaning, start off the year with a fresh and clean house. This way when spring comes around, all you have to do is spiffy up your Sturbridge home. Keep up tha [...]
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Ways to Meet Your Neighbor

Go outside more Have you moved in but haven’t seen your neighbors yet? Nervous to knock on their doors? Try spending more time outside working on your garden, cleaning out your car, or even just spending time reading a book. By being outside more, you are more likely to run into them and start a [...]
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Moving out of the City

#1 No more gridlock! We all know traffic is no fun in the morning. With stop and go traffic downtown, it can feel never-ending. By moving to a Sturbridge Homes community in the suburbs, you can give yourself a little breathing room in your morning commute.   #2 Get back to your roots with [...]
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Choosing the Right Floor Plan For Your Sturbidge Home

Choosing the floor plan for your new construction home is probably one of the most important decisions you’ll have to make throughout the home buying process! The floor plan you pick will overall play a massive factor in how your entire family utilizes the home in their day to day life. After all, t [...]
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Winter Home Maintenance Tips For Your Home

As we brace ourselves for the new year, we’re also preparing our Sturbridge homeowners for what the cold winter months have in store. From tricks to keeping warm without drastically increasing the energy bill to tips that’ll equip your house for those winter storms: we’ve got you covered with these [...]
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Themed Decorating Holiday Ideas

Deck the halls, living room, and kitchen of your Sturbridge home with these uniquely themed holiday decor ideas! Naptown Holidays Embrace the spirit of our state’s capital with a nautically themed holiday setup in your home. Give these cheap and easy nautical themed DIY decorations a try.  Fo [...]
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How to Survive the 2018 Polar Bear Plunge

If you are a true Marylander than you are well acquainted with the Polar Bear Plunge. This is the annual January event at Sandy Point State Park where thousands of bathing suit sporting “plungers” brave the frigid bay waters to raise money for Special Olympics Maryland. If you’re going to take the [...]
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After School Tips

Now that you’ve been pulled into the back-to-school madness, how do you keep it together? Homework, meals, extracurriculars, the kids’ social lives, and your own work and social life. Oh- and don’t even get us started on the mess we know this can bring into the house. Keeping your Sturbridge home in [...]
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Tips to Keep Pesky Insects Out of Your Home

Have the bugs been relentless this summer? Are the citronella candles and bug repellents just not cutting it? Here are some alternative tips on how to keep insects away this summer. Plants Here’s a great list of 12 plants that repel unwanted insects. Some of these plants are herbs that you [...]
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Best Storage Solutions for Back-to-School

It’s almost time to head back to school! Start the new year off right with these storage and organization solutions for the whole family. Backpack station No more walking in through the front door and leaving a trail of shoes, backpacks and jackets. A backpack station like this  or this has a plac [...]
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14 Summer BBQ Hacks

Summer is almost here, and that means a season full of BBQs and outdoor parties. Here are 14 hacks to make your summer BBQs better than ever! 1. Set out a bug spray and sunscreen station, like this. 2. Make a natural ant repellant of water and vinegar to keep ants away from food. Recipe here. 3. [...]
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Best Beach Reads of Summer 2016

Summer is right around the corner, and no day by the pool or beach is complete without a juicy novel to sink your teeth into. We’ve tracked down the most anticipated books of the summer to add to your reading list. Here are our top 8 beach reads of summer 2016. Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica (Releas [...]
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Gardening Tips for Beginners

Do you dream of having your own beautiful garden but lack the green thumb to get it done? With these gardening tips for beginners, you’ll be on your way to a thriving garden in no time! Pick the right spot Most vegetables and flowers need six hours of full sun everyday. Before you start planting, [...]
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