Home: it’s a gathering place, a safe haven, and sometimes, it needs a little TLC. Simple updates and regular maintenance can make a world of difference when it comes to curb appeal and retaining property value for future selling. Landscaping keeps a well-manicured appearance, while regularly hiring an exterminator ensures a pest-free home. If buying or selling is on the horizon, seek out a trusted realtor to navigate the market and deliver results. Browse this comprehensive resource list to discover everything home-related.

Real Estate 

1st Lake Commercial Properties, Inc.

1st Lake Commercial Properties, Inc. is your source for commercial property for lease in Greater New Orleans, offering a variety of commercial real estate rental options, including office space, retail rental space, warehouse space for lease, and self-storage units in Metairie and Kenner, Louisiana. The company’s extensive portfolio of commercial property in Kenner and Metairie includes office rental spaces designed to fit every need. 1st Lake also offers custom office space design consulting services. Its Metairie and Kenner office buildings offer an array of office sizes, from one-room office suites to 6,500 square feet.

All 1st Lake Commercial Properties offer on-site maintenance, ensuring your needs can be taken care of with immediate, professional support. All properties offer free and abundant parking for your employees and clients. Utilities and janitorial services are included with every commercial property for lease in Metairie and Kenner. These convenient locations will cut down travel time to Downtown New Orleans, Baton Rouge, or wherever your business takes you.

For more information, visit 1stlake.com/commercial-properties or call 504-455-8644.

The Shedlock Group 

A trusted real estate duo in the New Orleans area, husband-and-wife Lisa and Ed Shedlock make up The Shedlock Group at French Quarter Realty. Marked by their attention to clients’ needs and a diverse residential and commercial portfolio in and around the New Orleans area, The Shedlock Group remains a top producer. 

  Working as a team, the two communicate constantly to prioritize clients’ needs and cover more ground. As longtime French Quarter residents, Lisa and Ed certainly have the expertise to advise clients about those unique properties, but they offer “more than the Quarter.” With a second office on Maple Street, the two deliver results for clients Uptown and beyond. Utilizing their combined backgrounds in business operations, sales and management, The Shedlock Group services Greater New Orleans, the Northshore, and even Mississippi.      

 For more information and listings, visit lisa-shedlock.frq.com and ed-shedlock.frq.com.

The Witry Collective

Employing extensive knowledge of New Orleans’ distinctive character and unique housing stock, The Witry Collective is dedicated to fulfilling its mission of empowering clients to reach their real estate goals. Operating atop a foundation of continued, trusted client relationships, the team offers collective expertise in Historic Preservation, Commercial, Residential, and Multi-Use Real Estate properties. With the arrival of spring, partner with Witry Collective to best position yourself for as market activity escalates. Witry Collective will utilize our combined knowledge, business relationships, and leading technology to ensure our client’s real estate dreams become realities. 

Throughout the coming year, The Witry Collective plans to expand the firm, onboard a host of new talent, and establish a presence of in-house producers. Having relocated their headquarters to a historic, three-story, classic Greek Revival home in Central City, The Witry Collective offers the space as a venue for small gatherings, conferences, pool parties, and food pop-ups. 

 To meet the collective, view listings, and get in touch, visit

Big Bay Lake

Big Bay Lake is a one-of-a-kind planned community on one of Mississippi’s largest private recreational lakes. Located just outside of Hattiesburg, and only 90 minutes from New Orleans, Big Bay Lake blends seamlessly into its natural surroundings. Waterfront homesites are available, starting at $100,000, for building custom homes and retreats and several resale homes are usually available for immediate purchase. Both the homes and homesites within this community provide unique opportunities to create the perfect home or weekend getaway.

 It’s time to relax, unplug, make memories and create new traditions at Big Bay Lake. Whether you are a boating or fishing enthusiast or just a family who loves to make a big splash, Big Bay Lake is simply about the lure of the water. Come enjoy sun-kissed, fun-filled days at Big Bay Lake, where the little things make life…“Big!” 

Call for a boat tour today at 877-4BIG-BAY, or visit bigbaylake.com.


Updates, Repairs, and Renovations

Exterior Designs, Inc.

Are you considering selling your home this summer? It’s a little-known secret but one potential sellers should consider—landscaping increases your property value. According to Beverly Katz, Landscape Designer & Owner of Exterior Designs Inc., among the top things buyers seek in a new home is a well-manicured outdoor design and large, mature plants and trees. 

“Home buyers typically understand the costs associated with creating a new landscape, and many are willing to pay more for one that’s already established,” says Beverly.

Exterior Designs, Inc., a comprehensive landscape design and build company, is known locally for increasing resale value of homes with landscaping. Beverly Katz creates New Orleans inspired landscapes by blending timeless Spanish and French influences of the city’s architecture with functional solutions for the modern homeowner. She has an exceptional ability to transform even the largest landscapes into intimate spaces perfect for entertaining and relaxing.

For a consultation on your property and how Exterior Designs can help increase its value, call 504-866-0276. For design inspiration and additional landscaping tips, visit exteriordesignsbev.com. 

Southern Refinishing

Thinking about replacing your worn or stained old bathtub before putting your home on the market? Consider restoring/refinishing instead. Traditional replacement requires removing the old bathtub, which results in wall and floor damage, while the location of the old plumbing is often incompatible with the new. The cost of the new tub, new floor, wall materials, and labor can add up to thousands of dollars along with stubborn dirt, noise, and the hassle of days to weeks of work.

 With the refinishing/restoration process from Southern Refinishing, your worn-out fixtures and tile can be restored to their original luster—or even a new color—in less than a day, sparing you from the downtime and disruption of replacement. The process can save you up to 80 percent of the cost of replacement and give you the bathroom of your dreams.

 A local, trusted company, Southern Refinishing has the equipment and expertise to work with any fixture. Get a customized quote today by calling 504-348-1770. Visit southernrefinishing.com for a gallery of projects and additional information.

J&J Exterminating

Termite season is arriving, and Greater New Orleans homeowners can expect swarms late this month and into May. Louisiana is ripe for termites this year thanks to already heavily landscaped swamp areas and recent hurricanes. Now is the time to make sure your property is protected and that your pest control plan is in place.

“Most people in south Louisiana know that our climate contributes to a variety of pest control challenges, and termite services are critical for local property protection,” says Robert Lewis John III, Southeastern Regional Supervisor of J&J Exterminating. Along with termites, J&J Exterminating battles a variety of additional pests, including bed bugs, fleas, flies, mosquitoes, beetles and moths. Additionally, the company can treat for rodents and offers a progressive new TAP pest control insulation.

From humble beginnings in Crowley, Louisiana, J&J Exterminating is now the largest local exterminating company that is third-generation, Louisiana-owned and operated for more than 60 years. Request a free estimate and learn more at jjext.com or by calling

Home Financing 

Eustis Mortgage

For over 65 years, Eustis Mortgage has served as the go-to mortgage specialists, providing exceptional loan services to its clients across 20 states. The team at Eustis Mortgage understands that buying and selling a home is one of life’s biggest events, which is why its loan officers guide clients through the process from the first call to the closing of their loan. Eustis loan officers serve as trusted experts to best guide their clients, providing solid information and guidance based on the unique aspects of the local housing market. 

While its decades of service bear witness to the company’s proven track record, Eustis Mortgage prides itself in relentlessly innovating its processes and technology, always improving the client experience. Offering a range of specialty loan products from down payment assistance, to renovation, to Jumbo loans- Eustis’ team of experts offer the knowledge to guide you to the best product to suit your needs. To learn more about Eustis Mortgage and find a branch nearest you, visit eustismortgage.com.