51 episodes

Your home to real estate and home design inspiration. We strive to make your house look good ... so you look good! Find ideas to spruce up your space, countdowns to the latest design trends, fun interactive quizzes, and how to grow your most valuable investment—your home. Follow The Housing Muse's host Melissa Dittmann Tracey on Instagram and X @housingmuse

The Housing Muse Podcast with Melissa Dittmann Tracey Melissa Dittmann Tracey

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    • 4.9 • 28 Ratings

Your home to real estate and home design inspiration. We strive to make your house look good ... so you look good! Find ideas to spruce up your space, countdowns to the latest design trends, fun interactive quizzes, and how to grow your most valuable investment—your home. Follow The Housing Muse's host Melissa Dittmann Tracey on Instagram and X @housingmuse

    You’ll Never Look at Your Home’s Clutter the Same

    You’ll Never Look at Your Home’s Clutter the Same

    EPISODE 50: The overstuffed closets, cluttered counters and piles of unopened mail may be more than just household annoyances. It may be hurting your mental or physical health—maybe even more than you know. Professional organizer Linda Samuels joins The Housing Muse Podcast to offer up some helpful clutter cures to take back control over your home—and possibly your sanity!
     
    Learn more about Linda Samuels: https://www.housingmuse.com/guests/linda-samuels-1/
     
    How Clutter Creates Stress and Anxiety: Strategies for Decluttering (HouseLogic.com, by Melissa Dittmann Tracey)
    https://www.houselogic.com/organize-maintain/cleaning-decluttering/how-clutter-creates-stress-anxiety-decluttering-strategies/
     
    Follow @housingmuse …
    On Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/housingmuse
    On X (formerly Twitter): https://twitter.com/housingmuse
     
    Listen to more episodes of The Housing Muse Podcast, including “How You’re Cleaning Your Home All Wrong!” and “5 House Problems That Will Make You Want to Move.”
     
    https://www.housingmuse.com

    • 38 min
    Is That Home a Money Pit or Hidden Gem?

    Is That Home a Money Pit or Hidden Gem?

    EPISODE 49: A fixer upper--that is, a home in need of some TLC--could help you strike real estate gold, allowing you to possibly even double or triple the home’s value. But to get that type of ROI, you need to buy smart. We offer up 10 key things to consider before purchasing a fixer upper, whether it’s your pathway to afford homeownership or an investment property. 
     
    Is That Fixer-Upper House Really Worth It? (HouseLogic.com)
    https://www.houselogic.com/buy/house-hunting/is-buying-a-fixer-upper-worth-it/
     
    Does Your Home Have 1 of the 3 Major Health Hazards? (Realtor Magazine)
    https://www.nar.realtor/magazine/wellness/safety/does-your-home-have-1-of-the-3-major-health-hazards
     
    Follow @housingmuse on Instagram or X, formerly known as Twitter ...
    https://www.instagram.com/housingmuse
    https://twitter.com/housingmuse
     
    Listen to more episodes of The Housing Muse Podcast at
    https://www.housingmuse.com

    • 20 min
    You're Cleaning Your Home All Wrong!

    You're Cleaning Your Home All Wrong!

    EPISODE 48: Many of us are making mistakes in cleaning our homes, and it could be hurting our home—and even our health. Yikes! Cleaning expert Debbie Sardone joins The Housing Muse Podcast to tell us the right way to clean.  Here’s some extra incentive in why you should want to: A clean home makes YOU look good. Seriously! A new study from the American Cleaning Institute finds that 60% of Americans say they feel more attracted to their partner when they take the initiative to clean the house. And, college students say they’ll break up with a date if they find they live in a “dirty” home. So, save your relationship and tune in for some deep cleaning hacks!
     
    Read my article at Houselogic.com:
    How to Deep Clean Your Home for Spring—or Any Time
    https://www.houselogic.com/organize-maintain/cleaning-decluttering/how-to-deep-clean-your-home/
     
    Learn more about our special guest, Debbie Sardone:
    https://www.housingmuse.com/guests/debbie-sardone/ 
     
    Visit the Housingmuse.com for more episodes, blog posts & extras …
    https://www.housingmuse.com/
     
    What’s “hot” or “not” in home design? Follow the Housing Muse on Instagram @housingmuse to weigh in: https://www.instagram.com/housingmuse

    • 32 min
    5 House Problems That Will Make You Want to Move

    5 House Problems That Will Make You Want to Move

    EPISODE 47: A lot can go wrong with a house. It’s the less glamorous side to homeownership. But if you ignore some key signs, you could find small problems quickly turn into really BIG problems that may even make you want to toss over your house keys and move. Joining the Housing Muse Podcast is Scott Loignon, the owner of WIN Home Inspection in New Hampshire. In this episode, he will share five house problems you don’t want to ignore. And, here’s a silver-lining: If you catch many of these house problems early enough, you won’t feel like you’ll have to move. So, don’t start packing up those moving boxes quite yet.
     
    Learn more about this episode’s special guest: Scott Loignon with WIN Home Inspection
    https://www.housingmuse.com/guests/scott-loignon/
     
    Find more episodes & articles on real estate and home trends:
    https://www.housingmuse.com/
     
    8 Common Home Inspection Issues: Fix Now or Later?
    https://www.nar.realtor/magazine/real-estate-news/sales-marketing/8-common-home-inspection-issues-fix-now-or-later

    • 39 min
    From Decluttering to Discounts: How Estate Sales Can Help You

    From Decluttering to Discounts: How Estate Sales Can Help You

    EPISODE 46: You may have never given much thought to estate sales, but they could prove to be a “home rescue,” no matter if you’re the seller or the possible buyer. Estate sales can help you quickly clear a home due to a changing life circumstance or help you offset a costly move across the country. Estate sales can be a way to score some major discounts on household items and furniture. Learn how estate sales could be the answer to your homeownership needs—and the proper etiquette if you go to one!
     
    Learn more about this episode’s featured guest: Bob Lang, brand president of Blue Moon Estate Sales: https://www.housingmuse.com/guests/bob/
     
    Blue Moon Estate Sales: https://www.bluemoonestatesales.com
     
    Follow the Housing Muse on Instagram @housingmuse
    https://www.instagram.com/housingmuse
     
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    • 33 min
    The Best Time to Buy Home Stuff for Deals

    The Best Time to Buy Home Stuff for Deals

    EPISODE 45: The money-saving episode! Home appliances and household purchases can really bite into a budget. But how would you like to save potentially hundreds of dollars? Luckily, there are plenty of studies that can help turn us into savvy shoppers when it comes to outfitting the home. Housing Muse Host Melissa Dittmann Tracey sums up all the research, including the best time to buy certain household products, where to buy and the average lifespan of products so that you can start budgeting ahead.
    As mentioned in this episode:
    Money-saving tools, apps and articles …
    GeoQpon app (for coupon savings): https://www.geoqpons.com/
    Capital One Shopping: https://capitaloneshopping.com/
    PriceGrabber: https://www.pricegrabber.com/
    Google Shopping: https://shopping.google.com/?pli=1
     
    What’s the Best Credit Card for Buying Furniture? (U.S. News & World Report): https://money.usnews.com/credit-cards/articles/whats-the-best-credit-card-for-buying-furniture
     
    Is Amazon the Cheapest Place to Buy Household Products? We Do the Math (CNET): https://www.cnet.com/home/kitchen-and-household/is-amazon-the-cheapest-place-to-buy-household-products/
     
    Best Deals on Home and Kitchen Products (Consumer Reports): https://www.consumerreports.org/money/sales-promotions/best-deals-on-home-and-kitchen-products-right-now-a2058201511/
     
    Follow us: @housingmuse on Instagram and X
    Housingmuse.com: https://www.housingmuse.com/
     

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
28 Ratings

28 Ratings

db_wings ,

Love The Housing Muse

Melissa is awesome!! She so on top of trends and her podcasts are lively and informative.

Trevski14 ,

Knows her stuff!

Melissa has been involved in the home staging, real estate and design industry for many years so she really knows what she’s talking about! She also has a way of taking difficult information and making it more understandable, sensible and usable…great podcast.

txkt ,

Educational

Melissa has such great tips and information on the latest design trends. It is a fun and interesting podcast.

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