Karen Gillum

Karen Gillum

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How Natural Sunlight Can Help Your Perspective

Posted by Karen Gillum on May 19, 2020 2:45:00 PM

When you can’t spend much time outside (due to winter conditions or unexpected social distancing recommendations during a global pandemic like COVID-19), the days can seem to drag on forever, especially if you suffer from seasonal depression, or seasonal affective disorder (SAD). According to Healthline, while the cause is unknown, those of us who live in places with less sunlight exposure are more likely to experience SAD. 

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Topics: Lifestyle

4 Tips for Your Spring Cleaning Checklist

Posted by Karen Gillum on Apr 22, 2020 2:45:00 PM

Spring is finally here, which means warmer weather… and spring cleaning. While the latter may not be as pleasant as the former, deep cleaning your home, especially if you plan to downsize, is important to the overall maintenance of your house.

These four tips can make spring cleaning and downsizing your home much easier. 

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Topics: Lifestyle

Energy Savings Tips for Your Zero Entry Home

Posted by Karen Gillum on Jan 22, 2020 11:15:00 AM

Winter tends to linger in the Midwest. It is sometimes as if the cold seeps into your bones, spurring many to boost their thermostats to keep their home feeling warm and cozy.

If you are a new zero-entry homeowner, you may be concerned about energy costs during these chilly months. If you want to save on your heating bill but can’t do a lot of home repair or upgrades on your own, the following energy-saving tips can be useful.

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Topics: Lifestyle

Top 5 Myths About Living in an Active Adult Community

Posted by Karen Gillum on Sep 5, 2019 1:33:00 PM

Active adult communities provide some distinct advantages over remaining in the family home after the kids have moved away. When researching your options for your next home, it’s important to separate myth from fact. Here are five common myths about active adult communities. 

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Topics: About Epcon Communities, Lifestyle

What’s the Different Between Custom and Personalized Homes?

Posted by Karen Gillum on Aug 30, 2019 3:10:00 PM

With an empty nest, you’ve decided it’s time to move into a home that better fits your new lifestyle. The question now is what type of home that is. While the simplicity of moving into an existing home is appealing, you have specific wants and needs for your next home that you don’t want to compromise—and might not be able to find in the limited choices available on the market. 

You could build your custom dream home and get everything you want down to the last detail. However, that means you need to be ready to commit to the work of planning every last detail as well as paying the premium price that comes with a custom build. There is a middle road, however: purchasing a new personalized home. 

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Topics: Lifestyle, Floor Plan Styles

Remodel or Sell? What to Do with Your Empty Nest

Posted by Karen Gillum on Jun 6, 2019 2:36:00 PM

You’ve got an empty nest now, and you’re torn. Should you stay in your family home and remodel it or sell your house and move into the home of your dreams? Here are some of the benefits of each option to help you decide what to do with your empty nest.

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Topics: Moving Process

Moving 101: The Art of Unpacking

Posted by Karen Gillum on Apr 24, 2019 3:08:00 PM

You've told the kids, sold your house, and made it to your new dream home. Now, the moment you’ve been waiting for: unpacking. Save time and energy with these quick tips for mastering the art of unpacking. 

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Topics: Moving Process

Tips for Living Active After 55

Posted by Karen Gillum on Mar 29, 2019 1:35:00 PM

With your years of experience, you’ve had time to learn the importance of living life to its fullest! Life after 55 can be an exciting and fulfilling adventure, but only if you’re prepared. Check out these tips for living active after 55

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Topics: Lifestyle

Now What? Combatting Empty Nest Syndrome

Posted by Karen Gillum on Feb 27, 2019 2:43:00 PM

For a good portion of your adult life, you’ve been an active parent. Now that your home is (or will soon be) kid-free again, empty nest syndrome is starting to set in. It’s natural to feel a little lost at first, but you can take some proactive steps to reorient yourself in this new phase of life and begin enjoying it to the fullest. 

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Topics: Lifestyle

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