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Posted by Evelyn Doane on 4/21/2019

The time has come to go through and clear what has become clutter in your own home. Hopefully, you can give the items more life and someone else the opportunity to have the use of these items. After all one manís trash is another manís treasure right? The answer is maybe not. There are some things that donation centers are unable to accept. Here are a few of those items and some ideas.

Mattresses and box springs 

Due to the issue of sanitation most donation places are not able to accept mattresses and box springs because they cannot guarantee that they are free from bed bugs, mites, or any other undesirable extras hidden away inside. Thankfully when you purchase a new mattress if you have it delivered the option may be available for them to haul away your old one for you. 

Large appliances 

Nowadays more often than not when someone is looking to purchase large appliances, they would instead get new products and ensure the use of their purchase for years to come. With cheaper choices available and the option to finance becoming open to more and more consumers donation centers are not as willing to accepting these donations. Other opportunities to purge them from your house are to put it in a garage sale or want ads of your choice. If you are purchasing a new appliance, many large stores will offer to haul away your old ones for you. Something that you may consider for your large appliances is your local scrap metal yard as they usually purchase these types of items for their metal value. 

Old, worn, stained or broken items 

Needless to say, if an article is any of the above, it is beyond going to a donation center. These are items that just need to go into the recycle or trash bin. 

Additional considerations

Things that have been left over from garage sales, items that you received for free or for participation, anything with the potential to grow mold and anything vulgar or offensive are good things to put on the curb instead of the donation pile. Check around to see if any places around you are willing to accept large and/or unwieldy items since some organizations just donít have the room for these. 

To sum it up 

Try to make sure that what you are donating isnít actually a trash item and if you cannot find a donation center that is willing or able to accept what you have to offer then make sure that you follow your cityís ordinances for disposal or recycling. Enjoy your clutter free home with the assurance that you have given a second chance to items that you can and helped give back to your community. Ask your real estate agent to recommend the best donation locations.




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Posted by Evelyn Doane on 4/14/2019

Is now the right time to lower the asking price for your residence? If you've studied the housing market closely, set an aggressive price for your home and are still struggling to generate interest in your residence, the answer to this question may be a resounding "Yes."

Ultimately, there are many reasons why you may want to consider lowering the asking price for your house, including:

1. It has been many weeks or months since the last home showing.

Although your home listing initially may have stirred up plenty of interest, homebuyers have shied away from your residence over the past few weeks or months. Thus, there may be no time like the present to lower your house's asking price to widen your net of prospective homebuyers.

Reducing your house's asking price by even a few thousand dollars may help you generate interest in your residence. And in the days following a price drop, you may notice a significant increase in the number of requests for home showings as well.

2. Your home asking price no longer corresponds to the current real estate market's conditions.

A seller's market can quickly morph into a buyer's market. As such, you should evaluate the real estate sector regularly to ensure your home asking price corresponds to the current housing market's conditions.

Take a look at available houses that are similar to your own Ė you'll be happy you did. This housing market data can help you determine if your house is priced appropriately based on the competition.

Also, examine the prices of recently sold houses in your city or town. That way, you can see how long these residences were available before they sold, find out whether you're operating in a buyer's or seller's market and plan accordingly.

3. You need to sell your house as soon as possible.

If you face a time crunch to sell your home, you should establish an aggressive price for your residence from the get-go. However, if you fail to generate substantial interest in your residence, you may need to act fast to lower your home asking price to meet your deadline.

For those who want to avoid the possibility of lowering a house's asking price, it often pays to work with a real estate agent. This housing market professional can help you establish a fair, competitive price for your residence, one that should help you stir up significant interest in your home.

In addition, a real estate agent will work with you throughout the home selling process. He or she will set up home showings, host open houses and negotiate with homebuyers on your behalf. Perhaps best of all, a real estate agent is happy to respond to your home selling questions and ensure you can make informed home selling decisions.

Before you lower your home asking price, consult with a real estate agent. By doing so, you can get the expert home selling advice that you need to determine whether to wait out the current housing market or reduce the price of your residence.





Posted by Evelyn Doane on 4/7/2019

When people go out to eat, they all want to have a good time, so here are a few simple dining out tips to help everyone enjoy themselves, and not be ďthose people.Ē These five tips will help ensure the staff, and you are all comfortable and happy when dining out.

1. Be aware of the kids.

When folks go out to eat, they all would like to enjoy their time, and for some people having children running around, making noise, or just generally being children, is not what they had in mind. Most of the time, a restaurantís website will give you a good idea as to whether or not it is a child-friendly establishment.

2. Tip appropriately.

This idea seems to have a bit of a generational gap; however, recognize that a ten percent tip is no longer the accepted norm. Your grandparents most likely would be leaving a ten percent tip, yet most peopleósay around 30 years oldówill pay a minimum fifteen percent, ranging upward to twenty-five or thirty percent; which is much more appropriate these days.

3. Donít walk in at closing time.

When a restaurant says they close at 11 PM, they mean just that, and you will most likely be served a lovely meal at the establishment of your choosing at 10:50 PM; however, the staff may not be very appreciative. It is easy to forget that the restaurant staff can work long hours and may only want to get home to their families or just to put their feet up. They generally have an hour or so of work to do once all of the guests leave, and are probably tired, as anyone would be when near the end of a workday. So, try to remember to be considerate.

4. Make a reservation.

If you are looking to have a night out, and you have a large party, donít forget to make a reservation. This one lends to everyone having an enjoyable time. Making sure that the establishment is ready to serve your party of twelve will undoubtedly make your night more enjoyable, and making a reservation allows everyone to prepare from the kitchen to your server, and the bar staff.

5. Be kind.This one is plain and simple. 

A restaurant is a place of business like any other, and you wouldnít talk down to a car salesman, or the associate at the jewelry store. So, there is no reason to condescend the service staff at a restaurant either. One of the biggest complaints any restaurant employee has is that they're consistently talked down to, even though they have done an excellent job. Ultimately, diners can all follow the golden rule in the case of restaurant staff and treat others as they would like to be addressed.

If youíre new to a city, ask your real estate professional or workmate about local tipping practices.




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Posted by Evelyn Doane on 3/31/2019

When it comes to the time for a tax refund, you may have a lot of big plans for the extra money that youíll receive back from Uncle Sam. Your mind may swirl with possibilities as to what you might do with the money. One of the best uses for the money is to reinvest it in your home. It can only increase the value of your property, giving you more equity to play with whether you plan to refinance or sell in the future. The money you get back may be enough to do things like buy new appliances or put in a new floor. Below, youíll find some of the best ideas for how to spend your tax refund money on home improvements. 


Paint


Adding some new paint to your home can do wonders for both the interior or the exterior. See what needs to be done the most and do some cost estimates. You may even be able to hire a professional painter who can get a painting job done fairly quickly without making the huge mess that you might if left to painting on your own.


Add Some Rugs


Adding just a few rugs to the hardwood surfaces around your home may make your home a lot cozier. For one, the surfaces that you walk on with bare feet will be much softer and warmer to the touch. Rugs also add a certain style element to a room that not many other accents can. Be sure that the rug you choose blends well with the color scheme that you desire for your rooms. 


Work On The Outdoors


With your tax refund money, youíll be able to make some significant improvements to the outdoor spaces of your home. It can never hurt to add a bit of curb appeal to your property by adding bushes, new grass, outdoor lighting, and the like. Even painting your front door can be a simple task that makes a huge difference to the outside of your home. 


Upgrade Your Appliances


Upgrading your appliances can be one of the biggest things that you do to add value to your home. You can start small with items like your range and dishwasher. If you have a bit more money to play with, you may end up servicing and replacing larger items like your hot water heater, HVAC systems, or even adding solar panels. The money that youíll save on energy efficiency will pay for the appliances over time. Also, if youíre getting ready to sell your home, these upgrades will make a huge difference in the return value that you can get for your home.





Posted by Evelyn Doane on 3/24/2019

Deciding on flooring for your home sounds boring. No one wants to research and compare all the different options, but the floors get used more than just about everything else in your home. So, spending some time looking into what flooring will be the best value for you is a wise investment of time. Get ready to take on an adventure of comparing and sorting through all the different flooring options in todayís market. 

No Flying Carpets Here

Carpeting may seem like a simple choice, when in fact there is a lot to consider when it comes to wall-to-wall carpeting. Determine where you would like to use carpet, and how much traffic there will be on a daily basis. Some types of carpeting such as loped Berber handle high traffic flow well. Carpet made from nylon, a man-made material, is excellent for heavy usage areas. Other carpet materials such as wool and olefin are also high traffic area carpet materials that give you a good value for your dollars spent. The straight cut pile and plush styles of carpeting are both softer then loop and are great for bedrooms and lighter traffic areas. 

Knock on Wood; or Something Like It

If you or your family member suffer from allergies carpeting may not be the best choice; in that case, you certainly may want to look into hardwood or engineered wood. Hardwood, as the name implies, is durable wood planks. This option comes in lots of color and shade choices but can be costly for larger projects. Hardwood is easy to clean and a substantial long-term investment. Engineered wood is a durable choice and a bit less expensive than hardwood. Moisture can cause hardwood to warp over time, whereas engineered wood can handle the humidity a bit better. 

Not Your Grandparentís Laminate

Laminate flooring is the least expensive out of the above choices can also be advantageous to a household with allergies. Also, easily cleaned and maintained, but resistant to fading, laminate comes in a wide selection and design options. You can acquire a laminate that looks like hardwood or other higher-end flooring materials while keeping within a modest budget. With laminate materials you can be creative with color and patterns, adding a custom look to any room. 

Look through open houses in your area and see what kind of flooring choices others have used throughout their homes.