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May 22, 2020

DIY Projects: Budget-Friendly Outdoor Furniture

DIY Project Pallet Sofa

Looking for an easy and purposeful DIY project to help revitalize your outdoor space? Look no further! Pallet furniture, like this DIY pallet sofa, is not only simple and easy to put together but is also budget-friendly and makes a great addition to your outdoor living space!

MATERIALS                                                                                                 

  • Enough Pallets for Three - 24"x72" pieces & Two - 24"x24" pieces 
  • Measuring Tape & Pencil
  • Circular Saw
  • 2" Decking screws
  • Angle Brackets
  • 1/2" Wood Screws
  • 1x6 Cedar Planks
  • Finish Nails
  • Nail Gun
  • Drill
  • Trim Piece
  • Wood Varnish 
  • Paint (Optional)
  • Outdoor Pillows & Seat Cushions

Tip: Make sure your pallets have an H Stamp - meaning heat-treated. They are safer to use than chemically treated pallets.

INSTRUCTIONS

1. Measure and mark the pallets into three 24"x72" pieces. Measure for the side pieces. You will need two 24"x24" pallets for the side pieces. Cut the pallets with a circular saw.

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2. Stack two pallets to make the base of the sofa. Attach the two pallets by drilling through the top pallet into a solid point on the bottom pallet with 2-inch deck screws. Repeat along the edges of all four sides.

Tip: Don’t forget to drill pilot holes to prevent the wood from splitting. Assemble your sofa close to where it's going to live because it will be heavy and hard to move when it's finished.

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3. Attach the side pieces of the sofa to the sofa base at the front and back corners with 2-inch deck screws and a drill. Repeat on the other side.

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4.  Attach the back of the sofa to the sides and bottom. Use an angle bracket and 1/2-inch wood screws using a drill.

Step 4

5. Measure the front of the side arms of the sofa. Cut the cedar planks to fit the trim. Attach with a nail gun and finish nails. 

Tip: Make sure the pieces are flush before nailing.

Step 5

6. Measure the top of the sides of your sofa and the top of the back of your sofa to determine the length of the trim. Cut the cedar planks to fit the trim. Attach the top of the sofa sides and the top back trim with a nail gun and finish nails.

Step 6 

6. Measure the front bottom edge of the sofa. Cut the cedar planks to fit and attach with a nail gun and finish nails.

Step 7

7. Paint or stain your sofa to protect it. Add big cushions and pillows to add character and comfort so you can enjoy relaxing on your new couch!

Step 8

TIP: You can easily create a bigger sofa by adding more pallets and creating a sectional with plenty of seating for friends and family to enjoy! And if you're really feeling adventurous, you can build a pallet coffee table as well.

DIY Projects - Create Your Own Sofa!

Feeling up to more DIY projects? Build a DIY backyard fire pit in just a few easy steps or make your own DIY garden bed and grow your own small plots of veggies and flowers!

 

Posted in DIY Projects
April 23, 2020

Best Home Improvements to Increase Value

Increasing Value for Your Home Using Home Improvement Projects

If you're like most people when considering selling your home, you want to be sure you're going to get top dollar and sell it in the least amount of time possible! And if you're also like most people, you may just not know where to start. Great news - we can help! We not only help other people buy and sell homes, but we also have personal experience buying, renovating, and selling our own properties for profit. And when flipping properties there is always a budget, so we know all about making the most amount of impact for the least amount of dollars! 

Adding value to your home doesn't always have to be expensive and it doesn't have to be hard. There are a few key areas you can focus on that will get you a big bang for your buck to have buyers falling in love with your home and making offers before you know it. Here are some of my best home improvement do's and don'ts to add value to your home while not breaking the bank:

 

1. KITCHEN & Bathrooms    

Do -  Focus only on the necessary improvements and try to keep it simple. Painting your cabinets, updating hardware, and replacing kitchen appliances are simple things you can do that will have a major impact on the space. Replacing old or outdated plumbing fixtures is another great way to add an updated feel to your space.

Don't - Go overboard. A full kitchen or bathroom renovation is a huge undertaking! Not only is it pricey but it is also time-consuming and potentially very disruptive to your everyday life. However, some homes warrant a full overhaul and if that is the case for yours, we suggest being very strategic about the choices you make and the areas you spend your money. To be sure you get the most out of your investment when you sell, you'll want to make sure you make decisions that will appeal to the largest number of people rather then what you might personally like best. 

Tip: It can be easy to get swept up into "renovation mode" and start spending money on things you like rather than what you really need (speaking from personal experience here 😊). Remember to keep in mind that since you're selling this won't be your home forever and to only do what is necessary and cost-effective that will have the most amount of impact on the space.

 

2.  curb appeal

Do - Spruce up your entire yard, clean up and mulch garden beds, restain any decks or fences if needed and make repairs to anything that is damaged or looking run down. 

Don't - Overlook your curb appeal! Landscaping is one home improvement project you'll want to prioritize! Focus on making the home look beautiful from the moment buyers see it. It helps them build that emotional connection and helps you get your top dollar!

Tip: Painting your front door a bold but complementary color can have a huge impact on your homes curb appeal.

 

3.  Painting

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Do - Give your home a refresh! Paint is by far one of the least expensive home improvement projects that have the greatest change in the look and feel of a space. Just be sure to use neutral colors that will appeal to most people, like light greys, tans, greiges, or beiges. Keeping the space light and bright will help it feel larger and more inviting. 

Don't - Paint your home too many colors or use very taste specific colors. Using one or two colors throughout, depending on the size of your home, is usually plenty and will keep your home feeling interesting and cohesive without becoming busy or distracting. 

Tip: If you're looking for a bold or colorful pop, try painting an accent wall (just make sure it compliments your other colors). Or if you're looking for some personality but don't want to make changes to the home itself, bring in a few fun and colorful accessories or furniture to add personality. 

 

4. Doors and trim

home improvement projects fixing doors and trim

Do - Update your door hardware and make sure all doors are in working order. Giving your doors and trim a fresh coat of paint is another easy do it yourself project that will instantly make your home feel brighter and more refreshed. 

Don't - Replace all of your doors and trim, unless you are looking to invest quite a bit of money and potentially not see any return. Updated doors and trim certainly look more appealing and may help with overall sellability but do not directly add value to your home. The exception to this is if your current doors and trim are in very poor shape and even paint won't help them; in which case replacing them may be the best solution. 

Tip: Using satin or semi-gloss paint gives a nice shine to your trim and makes it super easy to clean.

 

5.  hardware and fixtures

home improvement projects and fixing hardware and fixtures

Do - Update with modern fixtures and finishes. Ditch the brass and get any outdated fixtures out of there for an instantly more modern and updated feel. As mentioned above, changing out cabinet hardware and plumbing fixtures is a great idea. Lighting is another area that can have a huge impact. 

Don't - Overspend in this area. Buying name brand plumbing fixtures that are very good quality is generally a good idea as you don't want them to leak over time. However when it comes to lighting and hardware, we are going for max impact without breaking the bank, so name brands need not apply in these areas. 

Tip: You can usually find off-brand light fixtures that are the same exact thing as the name brand version but for hundreds less. Wayfair or Build.com are great places to look for these things. 

 

6.  Flooring

home improvement projects and changing flooring

Do - Replace any torn or worn out carpets, any peeling vinyl floors or refinish hardwood floors that are extremely scratched or damaged. If you have any flooring that 

Don't - Make any changes to your flooring that aren't absolutely necessary. While new floors look nice, if your current floors are already in good shape, it is most likely best to leave them be as this is not an improvement where you will typically see your money back. 

Tip: Professionally shampooing carpets that are still in good shape but are looking a little bit run down is a great first step before jumping right to replacing them.

 

7.  OVERALL

Home Improvement Projects

Do - Keep things simple and ALWAYS consider your investment versus your expected return on any home improvement project. When selling, be very strategic about the places you spend your money and don't create more work for yourself than is needed. You do not want to invest in areas that are not necessary or put money into things where you will not see the return.

Don't - Overspend or over-improve. If it isn't a necessary update or improvement, don't do it! Over improving your home for your area may make buyers more attracted to it, but in the end, will not net you any more money, so save it and use it to beautify the next home you buy instead!

Tip: If you'd like to make updates to your home but don't know what things you should or shouldn't do to get your home ready to sell, reach out to us. We are more than happy to give you advice about which improvements will pay off and which ones you should skip!

Want to learn more about selling your home? Set up a free, no-obligation consultation with us here. 

 

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March 26, 2020

Coronavirus in Vermont: Selling or Buying Real Estate in a Socially Distant World

While our office is officially closed and we are all working safely from home, we are so grateful to be able to provide our clients the same exceptional service, just a little bit differently than we had done before! Take a look below at our new guides on how we'll help you navigate the selling and/or buying processes during the coronavirus quarantine to keep things as safe and easy for you as possible during this unique time.

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Both our selling and listing processes are 100% virtual so we can all stay safe and follow the stay-at-home protocol. We are as committed to you and your real estate goals just as much now as ever. 

As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email us at info@templetonvthomes.com or call 802.488.3487.

March 20, 2020

How to Stay Sane While Staying Home: A Guide for all Vermont Households

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Your kids were just sent home from school for the foreseeable future and you’re currently working at home. It’s only week one and you’re already wondering how you’re going to do another week of this. But don’t despair! Events may be canceled, and social distancing and self-quarantining are priority number one, but we can all make the best of it! How do you ask? Try one of these following ideas to stimulate your senses and stave off boredom. 

 

1. Take an online class. 

Chances are you’ve not had much extra time in the past to learn a new skill, such as mastering your digital camera or learning to play a new instrument. Good resources for inexpensive online classes include Udemy and the most obvious AND free option, YouTube. If you want to learn it, there’s a resource online for it.

2. Explore museums virtually

Google Arts & Culture features over 500 virtual tours of museums from around the world. Explore the world and enrich your mind from the safety of your own home! One such featured art piece is a piece from the Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park in Woodstock, Vermont. 

3. Join a zoo livestream! 

It’s a fun way to both entertain your kids and learn something new. One fun recent Livestream was from Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, where a zoo expert walked their audience through the Hippo Cove.

4. Perform small house upgrades that you’ve been putting off. 

Whether you’re looking to stay in your home or sell in the nearby future, completing things off your never-ending home to-do list can boost your spirits! Painting your rooms neutral colors, such as soft grays or warm tans, is one upgrade that will help your house appeal to buyers among all the houses for sale in Vermont. 

 

5. Set-up an indoor picnic in your living room 

Many local Vermont restaurants and their workers are in dire need of business right now. They’re depending on keeping afloat via to-go orders (and tips) only. Order food from your favorite restaurant or enjoy a dish from a new place, and know you’re helping contribute to the local economy! A fun new law (that just passed on March 19, 2020) is that you can order to-go alcohol, including cocktails, from your favorite Vermont restaurant too! Make it fun and set up your favorite picnic blanket and put on your favorite movie. 

6. Stream an at-home workout.

Don’t let your workout routine fall by the wayside, many studios are offering online workouts, such as the Evolution Yoga Studio in Burlington, Vermont! Plus, when you exercise your body releases endorphins which make you happy!  

7. Enjoy a virtual comedy show from the Vermont Comedy Club

We all deserve a laugh right now. 

8. Have fun browsing online for your dream home. 

Find a home that you wouldn’t mind being quarantined in!

Along with our photos and online descriptions, our Realtors, Julie, Jordan, and Jon, are available to answer any questions you may have. They can even set up virtual tours for you!

For more information email info@templetonvthomes.com or call 802.488.3487.

Posted in Family
March 2, 2020

How to Prepare Your House for Sale

 

If you’re in the process of getting your house ready to sell but not sure where to start, we’ve compiled 10 essential steps you should take before putting your house on the market. From decluttering and depersonalizing to adding inexpensive decorative touches, these tips could make the difference between listing your home and getting it sold!

1. FOCUS ON CURB APPEAL

Curb appeal is crucial to a good first impression. It's tough in the winter/early spring months since most of the time there is snow or mud on the ground. Make sure the walkways are shoveled and salted if necessary. Put a nice winter plant by the front door and a cute door mat that not only looks great but serves as place for people to wipe their wet shoes off. 

2. MAKE REPAIRS

Repair dry rot or damaged siding. Repair squeaky doors, leaky faucets, damaged drywall, chipped or peeling paint, and broken fixtures/hardware. Buyers will notice these things and it always costs less to fix them ahead of time rather than wait to negotiate repairs or concessions later.

3. MAKE IT LIGHT AND BRIGHT

A fresh coat of paint is a relatively inexpensive and easy way to give an instant face lift to your house. Generally, the best paint colors to brighten any room are neutrals such as warm greys or grey-beiges (we have plenty of tried and true suggestions in this area). Keep in mind that light paint colors are generally the most appealing to the most amount of people, which is what you want when selling. Replace burnt light bulbs, raise shades, and open blinds and curtains to ensure there’s enough natural light throughout the house.

4. MAXIMIZE YOUR SPACE

Removing bulky or outdated furniture or other items that aren’t necessary is a simple and easy way to make rooms feel more spacious and look less cluttered. You might consider renting a storage unit to temporarily store all but the most critical pieces of furniture and décor. But don’t go overboard; in almost all cases it’s better to leave some furniture in the room than to have it completely empty, so potential buyers can imagine where their furniture would go. Don't forget about the closet and pantry - when overstuffed or messy, it can lead buyers to feel there is a lack of storage space in the home.

5. SPRING FOR NEW FIXTURES

Renew the look of any room by replacing old or dated brassy-gold light fixtures, cabinet and door hardware, light switches, and old faucets.

6. DECLUTTER

Think about removing or replacing worn or outdated furnishings and store any extra pieces. Don’t forget to clear your closet and pantry floors to make them look and feel bigger.

6. DEPERSONALIZE

Excessive personal items like photos, collectibles, personal awards, and religious items make it difficult for buyers to see past your personal style and may deter a sale. You don't have to remove everything, but scaling down these items is a great first step.

7. MAKE IT SPARKLE

Think hotel clean. Mop, dust, vacuum often, wash windows, and clean baseboards. Be sure kitchens and baths are sparkling clean! 

8. PAY ATTENTION TO ODORS

Pay attention to the smell of pets, cooked food, and tobacco odor in the home. It can kill any home sale immediately. Keep in mind that textiles such as carpet and throw rugs hold odors – even your furniture and the drywall absorb odors.

9. CREATE THE “WOW” FACTOR

Use what you already have, even if it means having to replace or add some inexpensive decorative touches such as towels, linens, throws, and decorative pillows. Displaying new artwork is a great way to breathe new life into a room. Strategically placed furniture paired with pops of colorful and inviting accents will make a lasting impression. We offer staging with all of our listings, so don't worry, we can help!

 

10. HIRE A GREAT AGENT

Perhaps one of the most crucial steps to this process is finding a real estate agent that you trust to help you get your home ready and on the market! We can assist you in organizing and completing the above items as well as developing the perfect strategy to get your home sold while keeping in mind what matters most to you!

 

Curious how much your home is worth? Click here to find out!

 

For a free, no obligation consult, email info@templetonvthomes.com or call 802.488.3487.

Jan. 12, 2020

Organize Your Home for the New Year!

 

With a new year comes the urge to start fresh and set intentions for the future. It’s also a great time to stop procrastinating on those projects you’ve been putting off, particularly getting your home organized. Purging your home of unnecessary clutter promotes a healthier mindset and makes room for positive change in other areas of your life. We’ve compiled a list of tips that you can implement to help organize even the most cluttered of areas, leaving your home feeling beautiful, clean, and orderly in 2020.

 

STEP 1: IMAGINE YOUR IDEAL LIFESTYLE

Start by thinking about what kind of house you want to live in and how you want to live in it. According to tidying expert and best-selling author Marie Kondo, when you imagine your ideal lifestyle, you are really clarifying why you want to tidy and envisioning your best life. The KonMari Method™ encourages tidying by category – not by location – beginning with clothes, then moving on to books, papers, miscellaneous items, and, finally, sentimental items. Keep only those things that speak to the heart, and discard items that no longer spark joy. Many people have been drawn to this philosophy not only due to its effectiveness, but also because it places great importance on being mindful, introspective, and forward-looking.

STEP 2: MAKE A PLAN

It can be extremely easy to become overwhelmed when facing a big organization project. To lessen any anxiety, you should first make a list of specific, actionable items to accomplish; e.g. sort through “junk drawer” or organize the pantry. Checking the items off as you go will give you a real sense of achievement while helping to keep you on track.

ORGANIZE YOUR SHARED SPACES

KITCHEN

The kitchen is typically the messiest or must cluttered room in a home with a lot of hiding places and ways to cover up clutter. What’s more, the kitchen is a high-traffic area that everyone in the house uses, which means there are multiple hands in every space.

  • Start by focusing on an area that will be the easiest to tackle to help build the momentum (e.g. utensil drawer)
  • Empty each of the drawers and cabinets, placing the items on the countertop in their respective categories. Once everything is empty, review each category and get rid of the items that are no longer needed or wanted.
  • Tip: Use drawer dividers to keep your tools neatly separated

LIVING ROOM

Like the kitchen, the living room is another high-traffic area of the home that everyone uses. The living room (or family room) can have many functions, such as relaxing, entertaining, play, etc., which can often leave the space full of clutter.

  • Identify anywhere clutter accumulates, such as coffee tables and console tables, that serve as “catch-all” places for items
  • Return items that belong in another room to their storage spaces, then return living room items to their proper storage spaces

ORGANIZE YOUR PERSONAL SPACES

BEDROOM & CLOSET

Although your bedroom is meant to be a serene, calming space, it can often end up in a state of disarray with overflowing drawers, cluttered surfaces, and clothes strewn in all places. Your day begins and ends in your bedroom, so getting rid of any clutter will help you feel more at peace (and most likely sleep better too). Likewise, having an organized closet will save you time, space, and money, while also helping to get your day started on the right foot.

  • Buy storage for under the bed to stow away seasonal clothing or bulky items, such as extra bedding, pillows, or throws
  • Clear off nightstand surfaces (tip: choose a nightstand with drawers to stash all your miscellaneous items e.g. books, Kleenex, hand cream, etc.
  • Identify any clothing, shoes, and accessories that you haven’t worn in the past year and add them to a donation box
  • Reorganize your clothing by type and color

HOME OFFICE

Whether you work from home every day or routinely find your work following you home from the office, your home office can easily become one of the rooms that you spend the most time in. For this reason, it’s important to make your home office a clean, organized space that inspires creativity and fosters success.

  • Establish a well-ordered, efficient filing system and file away any loose papers (tip: make your categories color-coded)
  • Organize your books by genre, color, or size depending on your preference
  • Throw out any writing utensils that are dried up or no longer usable
Nov. 16, 2019

DIY Project - Weatherize Your Doors!

We think it’s safe to say that winter has officially arrived in Vermont! What better time than after some of the first snowstorms of the season to realize your house isn’t as warm as you want it to be?! Having gaps or poor weather stripping around an outside door could mean you're losing up to 15% of the money you spend heating your home! Here is an easy do-it-yourself home project that will save you money on heating this year!

You'll need:

Weather stripping, utility knife, screwdriver, wooden block or book, tracing paper and pencil, cardboard or playing cards and scissors.

Now let's get started!

 

  1. You will first need to examine the weather stripping on the bottom of your door to see if there are any holes or worn areas. If so, pull the weather stripping toward the outer edge of the door until it completely releases from the grooves on the bottom. You will need to measure your old weather stripping then buy another piece that's slightly longer. Cut it to fit with a utility knife then push the barbs into the grooves of the bottom of the door until secure.  Pry the old weather stripping from the inside of the door frame using a flat-head screwdriver. Buy new foam-filled vinyl-tube weather stripping and press it into the slots on the inside of the door frame. Insert on the top and both sides by pushing it in with your fingers.
  2. Now it’s time to check for other door gaps. You’ll do so by seeing if your door is square. If it’s square, you won’t see large gaps around the door when it’s closed. It’s easiest to see this in the sunlight, but if it’s dark, simply use a flashlight to see if there are any large gaps. If you do find a large gap, that means you need to shim a hinge (or two). You will need to determine which hinge needs to be shimmed. If your door hinges are on the left side and you see gaps appearing on the upper left side or lower right side of the door, you must shim the bottom hinge. If the gap appears on the lower left side or upper right side, shim the top hinge. The hinge that doesn’t get adjusted will now act as a pivot to angle the door correctly.
  3. Now that you know which hinge to shim, let’s go over how to insert them. Use a book or wooden block to place under the outer corner of the door while you work. Remove the frame screws from the hinge identified, but leave the hinge attached to the door. Use a piece of paper to trace the hinge cutout or mortise on the door frame. Use that to trace the template onto a thin piece of cardboard or a plastic playing card. Place the cardboard or playing card shim into the mortise and screw the hinge back into the frame over the shim. Close the door and see if the gap still exists. If it does, you may need to shim the middle hinge of the door as well as the top or bottom to create more of an angle.

Now that you are done weather proofing your door, you will save money on your heating bill and stay warmer through the winter! And bonus: it also helps keep the heat out and the cool air in, during the summer, so you'll be more efficient all year round!

Nov. 5, 2019

Winter Home Buying Benefits

November is here which means winter is just around the corner! While it’s true things slow down in the winter, whether it be staying in by the fire on a blustery night, or home buying, that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Here’s why:

 

Less competition

Because not everyone is willing to look at homes in Vermont's winter weather, that leaves winter buyers with more opportunity to be selective. While this may mean less inventory to choose from, the chances of buyers successfully buying any home are higher during the winter. Fewer buyers mean fewer competitive, multiple offer situations – meaning less chance for someone to swoop in and top your offer. This is also a benefit to sellers as decreased inventory means less competition for you as well!

 

Motivated sellers

Generally, sellers that have their home listed during the winter months are more serious about getting it sold. This means you may be able to get a better deal than you would in the spring and summer months. Make sure to think strategically about your offer because you don’t want to offer an unreasonable amount and sabotage yourself.

 

Use the cold weather to your advantage

Vermont winters aren’t for the weary and neither are Vermont homes. Use the weather to your advantage by looking at homes in not-so-favorable weather. What better time to find out if the windows and doors are drafty, how weak the insulation is, or if there are problems with ice dams. You can't do that when previewing homes in the spring or summer, but winter is great for that!

It is important to remember; however, the things you can’t see. That is why it’s important to gain information on when the roof was replaced last, the condition of the deck if there is one and whether the septic tank has been serviced or not. Those are items on the checklist that may not be as easy to inspect with frozen ground and snowfall.

 

First-time home buyer’s advantage

While inventory drops about two-thirds on average during the colder months, that’s not entirely true for first time home buyer inventory. Less-expensive homes actually see an increase in inventory of about 7 percent in the last three months of the year, as compared to the spring. This means if you are on the hunt for a starter home, the winter can actually be the perfect time of year to buy!

 

Save Money

Mortgage rates have been at historically low levels for quite some time, so the odds of them increasing next year is viable. Taking advantage of the current rates is a very smart move!

 

Ready to take the home-buying leap? We're here to help - even through a snowstorm!

 

Visit our Buying page for more information on how we can help you navigate the home buying process, and reach out to us to schedule your free consultation and let us help you get started! 

Email: info@templetonvthomes.com | Office: 802.488.3487

 

Oct. 19, 2019

Tricks to Trick-or-Treating

Once October rolls around, the sweet scent of Halloween is in the air! From trick-or-treating and carving pumpkins, to haunted houses and costume parties, the fun never ends! Even amongst the sugar high, it is very important to remember to always stay SAFE during the holiday festivities! Here are some easy tricks to follow:

Costume Safety

-          Avoiding masks is best because they can easily obstruct vision

-          If you allow your children out at night, fasten reflective tape to their costumes and give them each child a flashlight with new batteries

-          Ensure that Halloween makeup is non-toxic and test it on a small area of skin ahead of time

-          Remove Halloween makeup before your children go to bed to avoid skin irritation

-          Swords and other costume accessories should be short, soft and flexible

-          Have them wear a well fitted costume to avoid trips and falls

 

When They’re Out-n-About

-          If going out trick-or-treating, a responsible adult should always accompany minors

-          If your older children are going alone:

o   plan and review a specified route prior that is familiar and well lit

o   plan on a specific time they should return home

o   make sure your child has their cell phone on and fully charged

o   walk with a group of friends and stick with them

-          Instruct your children to not eat any of their candy until they return home. Though tampering is rare, a responsible adult should closely examine all treats

-          Instruct your children to NEVER accept a ride from strangers

-          Instruct your children to stay on the sidewalks when possible

-          No matter what in life, always look both ways before crossing the street

Pumpkin Carving

-          Small children should never carve pumpkins. Let them draw with markers and have the adults do the carving

-          Consider using an alternative to a candle, such as a small flashlight or glowstick

o   If using a candle, a votive is safest

Candlelit pumpkins should be placed on a sturdy table, away from curtains and away from any path where visitors may pass close by

-          Never leave candlelit pumpkins unattended

Home Sweet Home Safety

-          Remove any objects that a child could potentially trip over such as hoses, toys, bikes and lawn decorations

-          Sweep away any wet leaves from sidewalks and steps

-          Check outdoor lights and replaced burned-out bulbs

-          Keep pets in separate room away from trick-or-treaters

-          Alert law enforcement immediately if you see any suspicious activity

 

Driving on Halloween

-          Drive slower than the speed limit and be on high alert on Halloween especially in residential neighborhoods

-          Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, medians and curbs

-          Turn your headlights on earlier in the day to spot children from greater distances

-          Turn your radio down

-          Don’t pass other cars stopped in the street

-          Know that popular trick-or-treating hours are 5:30-9:30pm so be especially alert during those hours

 

We hope everyone has a spooky and safe Halloween!

 

Sept. 27, 2019

7 Home Upgrades That Will Attract Millennial Homebuyers

Keeping up with millennial housing trends could be one of the best investments you make this year if you are considering selling your home. There's a common misconception about millennial's being uninterested, or simply unprepared for, home ownership. That is false, because an analysis published on realtor.com in early 2019, found that millennial accounted for more than 40% of all new home loans. 

As for home sellers - there's a decent chance that some of the house hunters who show up to your property are going to be in the millennial age range, so it can pay off to know your prospective buyer demographic and home upgrades that can attract their attention.

 

We have come up with a list of some home upgrades that can put your home on the top of their list!

 

Smart Home Technology

Millennial's have a reputation for being tech savvy, so it makes sense that they would be interested in whole-house connectivity, including automation options that allow them to control things like thermostat, sound system, garage door or security system alarm from their phone. 

 

Gathering Spaces 

When selling your house, one of the most important steps is staging. And if you think, you'll have some first-time buyers show up for an open house or showing, it is important to emphasize areas of your home where potential buyers can gather with friends and family.

Energy-Saving Appliances

Millennial buyers tend to be on the lookout for ways to reduce the expenses incurred by homeownership. One natural option is energy-efficient appliances. 

Replacing your washing machine, dryer or dishwasher with Energy Star-certified can be a good way to signal to potential buyers that there are savings embedded in your property.

 

 

Neutral Colors

This is actually good advice no matter which homebuying demographic you're appealing to. Most hose hunters prefer soft, neutral colors to anything bright or garish, and millennial's are no exception. When looking for colors, consider choosing soft grays or warm tans for more of a neutral room.

USB Chargers

Smartphones are ubiquitous, and millennial's are going to have their eyes open for easily available charging stations. ultimately, this small investment can really help you sell your home!

 

 

At Home Office

If your house has more than a couple of bedrooms, you may consider re-configuring one to look more like an office setting, demonstrating to buyers how flexible the space can be. In recent years, remote work opportunities are on the rise, and millennial buyers may be eager to find a space that's created for them to set up their at home work space.

 

Source: https://realestate.usnews.com/real-estate/articles/7-home-upgrades-that-will-attract-first-time-homebuyers

 

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