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Organizing Tips for Your Home

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Spring may be a popular season for cleaning, but fall is a great time to get your home organized, especially if you have a students who are starting school. Clutter creates chaos. Once an area gets messy and disorganized, it becomes the de facto dumping ground for everything else, let’s face it, it’s the truth! Here are a few clutter buster to keep the chaos under control.

Start with the Hot Spots – Clear flat surfaces that tend to accumulate piles on a daily basis. If you find yourself tempted to leave items in those areas, replace the clutter with artful decorations to remind yourself that it’s no longer a dumping zone.

Designate a Space for Everything – Find a home for everything in each and every room of your house, including the garage. If it doesn’t fit, consider it a sign that you need to go through and purge the items you no longer use. 

Arrange by Frequency of Use – Keep regularly uses items near the front or eye level in closets, drawers and pantry spaces. Store stuff you rarely use high up or in the back.

Compartmentalize to Avoid Clutter – Use drawer dividers and storage containers to group like items together. Each compartment serves as a placeholder when items are in use, which prevents the space from being overtaken by random clutter. 

Zip and Store Things – To keep clutter under control, group small items by category and store them in resealable plastic bags inside a larger storage container or drawer. 

Swap out the Extra Stuff – Rotate clothing, toys and accessories by season so you aren’t tripping over winter boots when you’re looking for flip-flops and vice versa. This strategy also works for taming the toy room

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Unique Building that Have Been Converted into Homes

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Have you ever dreamed of living in a home unlike any other? Thanks to a little creativity and a whole lot of work., what’s old is new again with these spectacular home conversions. From former firehouses to built-upon barges, check out these truly unusual residences:

Historic Firehouse – Artists Vincent Valdez and Adriana Corral converted a 1928 fire station located in San Antonio, TX into an art studio and loft-style apartment. The former fire station offered the perfect blank canvas for the artists with it’s white walls, concrete floors and high ceilings.

Old Water Tower An 1877 water tower in London, England, was transformed into a luxury home by homeowners Leigh Osbourne and Graham Voce. The 99-foot tall brick structure required significant restoration before it could be converted into the four-bedroom home with an ultra-modern living space on the ground level.

Barge- 1909 barge used for transporting heavy goods is now a floating home in Sodermalm, a district in central Stockholm, Sweden. The 1,600 -square foot residence features three levels outfitted with two bedrooms, two bathrooms, an open-plan living and a dining room.

Schoolhouse – The Federal-style schoolhouse was built around 1840 in the Catskills of New York. Unfortunately pipes burst and the ceiling fell in one week after closing, so the homeowners had to deal with a complete renovation. After a year of hard work, the schoolhouse was transformed into a colorful and vibrant weekend retreat.

 

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Time is Everything: When to Make Big Buys

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Wondering when is the best time to upgrade your appliances or spring for a new mattress? When it comes to getting a great price on your major purchases, timing is everything!call christina

Swimming Pools – Wait until off-season to start that swimming pool project. The best time to book your swimming pool contractor is when the weather turns cooler and things slow down for the season.

Mattresses – Plan your mattress purchase around the holidays when retailers have their big blowout sales. The biggest sales are usually on holiday weekends like Presidents Day, Memorial Day and Labor Day.

Furniture – Start your search for that new sofa in January or February as the new stuff starts coming out in the spring. July is the other big furniture clearance month.

Patio Furniture – Outfit your backyard and deck on a bargain basement budget by waiting for the fall patio furniture sales. The fall is also a good time to upgrade your backyard grill.

Television and Electronics – Take advantage of the pre-Super Bowl sales in February, or wait until Spring when Japanese manufacturers start their new fiscal year and blow out the old models in preparation for the new. Black Friday and Cyber Monday are also good days for discounts.

Carpeting and Flooring – Upgrade your carpeting and flooring in January when prices drop after Christmas holiday rush.

Appliances – Buy you appliances in September and October when manufacturers start unveiling new models and clearing out the old stock. The exception to the rules is refrigerators, which come out in the summer, making spring the time to buy.

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Create a Home Maintenance Checklist 

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Your vehicle routine maintenance to run smoothly, and the same goes for your house. Without service reminders, however, it can be easy to forget to tend to all systems that keep your house fully functioning. Fortunately, you can create a simple annual maintenance checklist to properly care for your home and prevent potential issues from becoming major problems.

Start by making a list each task you’ll need to complete over the coming year. Make sure your yearly home inspection includes all major system (HVAC, electrical and plumbing), the interior and exterior of your home, water and septic tanks, doors and windows, and the attic or baseball if applicable.

When that’s done, organize the list according to how often each item needs to be checked or maintained and set reminders accordingly. Your home maintenance checklist might start to look similar to this:

Monthly 

  • Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Change air filters in the heating and air conditioning system.
  • Clean range hood filters to avoid possible grease fires.
  • Trim back any shrubbery or plant around the outdoor HVAC unit at least 18 inches.

Quarterly 

  • Check and wipe down sliding doors and window tracks.
  • Replace batteries in smoke detectors.
  • Test garage door and grease tracks as needed.

Semiannually 

  • Clear gutters of spring and fall foliage.
  • Power wash windows and siding.
  • Schedule seasonal service of the HVAC system before summer and winter.

Annually 

  • Inspect and insulate pipes to protect them from freezing.
  • Trim trees and shrubs away from the home’s exterior.
  • Touch up exterior paint and check for wood rot or water damage.
  • Check grouting in kitchen and bathroom and repair if necessary.

 


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What is a Probate Real Estate Agent?

CPRES : Certified Probate Real Estate Specialist

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Certified Probate Real Estate Specialists are trained to sell real estate through probate. CPRES REALTORS® are in high demand and understand the complications, time-sensitive process and adhere to the practices needed to help their clients realize a win-win transaction.
This is one of the most complicated times in people’s live and we have the expertise to help with all of the needs that arise when dealing with Probated Real Estate, including vendors needed, shelters for animals, handymen, landscapers, etc…
You don’t know what you don’t know when these things happen.
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Refresh your Interior with the Right Paint

Looking for a quick way to rejuvenate your living space? Before you go changing layouts or knocking down wall, try giving your interior a fresh coat of paint. This fairly simple task can dramatically alter the look and feel of your home. 

Changing interior paint is an easy do-it-yourself project that most can tackle in a weekend or two. Before you get the rollers out and start painting, here are some basics about the interior paint finishes available.

Flat or Matte – Hide imperfections with flat paints, which absorb light and make the colors seem darker. The downside? This type of paint is the least stain resistant, so reserve it for low-traffic areas and ceilings.v4l-125301.jpg

Eggshell – Not as dull as flat paint but less shiny than semi-gloss, this low-sheen option works well in living rooms and bedrooms. Be aware that the shine can accentuate wall imperfections, it’s best on smooth, well-prepared surfaces.

Satin – This easy -to-clean finish is often used on windows, doors and trim. It’s soft sheen sets it apart from walls painted in eggshell or flat finishes. Though it is highly durable, satin paint has less protection than shiner options.

Semi-Gloss – Designed to stand up to stains, semi-gloss paints are the easiest to clean, making them ideal choices for kitchen and children’s rooms. Semi-gloss sheen also stands up to moisture, so consider this selection when repainting a bathroom.

Low VOC – The name says it all. This type of paint contains fewer volatile organic compounds (VOCs), which release toxic gases. Opt for low-VOC paint if you want to go green in your home and deal with less paint fumes.

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Staging Tips That Help Homes Sell Quickly

The numbers don’t lie; often well – staged homes can see faster sales and higher offer than their cluttered counterparts. The keys is getting an early start on the process. By beginning the monuments task of clearing the clutter and doing a pre-pack now, you can reduce the stress of preparing for showings and make it easier to move when your home sells.

Try these five staging and organizing tips to help you reach a faster sale.

 

Purge From Top to Bottom – Do a proper sort and purge, getting rid of outdated clothing, duplicate items and rarely used gadgets. To keep this task from turning into a source of serious frustration, tackle one room (or even one drawer) at a time.

Pack Up Everything but the Essentials – Start pre-packing your home, storing non-essentials or out-of-season gear in the garage or off-site. The idea is to give potential buyers a sense of space, which can’t be done if your home is overloaded with clutter.

Fix Glaring Problems – Remove out-of-style wallpaper, replace broken light fixtures, update cabinet and drawer pulls, and refresh dated window treatments. Simple fixes like these can make your home stand out from the competition.

Depersonalize – Remove family pictures and personal collections, and replace them with neutral artwork and simple accessories. The idea is to give potential buyers a neutral canvas so they can image their belongings in your home.

Go for Polished – Research the latest design trends and stage your home to match. Professional stagers recommend tailoring the design style to your target demographic. For example, if you’re in a family neighborhood, style the bedrooms for children, even in none live in your home.

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Celebrate the Season with These Party Ideas

There’s just something about the starry nights and fresh air that make summer the perfect time for parties. From a friendly neighborhood gathering to an afternoon pool party, here are five themed ideas to get you started.

Movies Under the Stars – Turn your backyard into an outdoor movie theater. All you need for an evening filled with your favorite Hollywood stars is an inflatable screen and projector, a cozy area for seating or sleeping bags and, of course, popcorn.

Neighborhood Block Party – Host a summertime gathering on your street, inviting the neighbors to bring chairs and potluck dishes to share. Arrange games for the kids and invite your local fire or police department. And while  you’re planning don’t forget to apply for a permit to set up roadblocks.

Elegant Garden Party – Invite your friends over for a traditional garden party. While the setting is causal, a garden party is anything but. Give your gathering an air of sophistication with crisp white lines and extravagant centerpieces, and serve your guests an assortment of appetizers and finger foods.

Old-Fashioned Campout – Experience the great outdoors in your own backyard by setting up camp. Sleeping bags, a tent, lawn chairs and a backyard fire pit create the perfect setting for telling ghost stories and enjoying late – night marshmallow roasts.

Backyard Pool Party – Make a splash with your next pool party by designing games, food and decorations around a theme. Adults can socialize while kids enjoy swimming pool games like sponge tag or noodle jousting.

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