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Posted by Cindy Gleichauf on 10/15/2017

Keeping your Closet organized can be a huge headache. There’s so many components to a closet that it can be hard to tell where to start in the space to create that sense of organization that you’re looking for. With a few of these tips, you can become an organizational wizard! The problem is that we need to know how to organize. If we’re not taught how to organize our own space, we have to learn it somehow! Keep that messy closet at bay and try these suggestions for a well-equipped and organized closet: Use The Spaces You Have The backs of doors are brilliant places to maximize your storage. By using simple pieces that you can purchase at the hardware store, you can make a closet space of your own on the back of a door. You can attach containers and hooks for storage on the door, ensuring enough room for clearance. This is a great place to keep all of your things that you may need to get ready for the next day like outfits, makeup and other essential items for your morning routine. Use The Floor The floor is a great place to store all of your shoes. Since dirt and mud often accumulate on your shoes, the floor of the closet is a great place for them to keep the rest of the house clean and free of mud. Use a tray to keep the dirt at bay inside the closet and keep your shoes organized. Color Code And Label You can actually color code your hangers to group your clothing by season or occasion, the choice is up to you. This can help you to always be able to find that piece of clothing that gets lost in the abyss of your closet. You’ll also always know what you have. You’ll also be able to see what you don’t wear more easily so you’ll be able to get rid of those pieces of clothing. By labeling bins that are stored in your closet, you’ll always know what’s in them and never have to rummage through a bunch of bins to find what you’re looking for. When it comes to using plastic containers, the see-through versions are often best. Even when you’re labeling boxes, being able to physically see what is in each container is an added bonus. Consider Using A Dresser In order to maximize your storage space and organization, consider keeping a dresser inside of the closet. You can label the drawers and have the ability to know what each drawer holds. Even shelving or a bookcase can be helpful in maximizing your storage space inside of an otherwise small closet. Hooks Are Your Friend Although we already talked about placing hooks on the backs of doors, hooks really can be useful anywhere when it comes to closet storage. Place hooks on the inside walls of the closet for additional hanging space for items like purses and bags.





Posted by Cindy Gleichauf on 10/8/2017

While many homes are sold on the basis of emotional appeal or location, there are plenty of other factors which can help tip the scales in your direction. As a home seller, the more advantages and desirable features you can offer to potential buyers, the greater your chances of attracting multiple offers.

If your kitchen and bathrooms haven't been updated for decades, that could easily become a major stumbling block to attracting qualified buyers. Unless their plan is to remodel your kitchen after they buy your home (which is not likely), house hunters are generally not going to look kindly upon old laminate counter tops -- especially those with the ghastly colors from the sixties and seventies! The good news about making your outdated kitchen and home more marketable is that you have the option of resurfacing old countertops rather that completely replacing them.

Although it's generally a good idea to have professionals do this, you can cosmetically improve the appearance of your kitchen countertops by resurfacing them with granite sheets or tile. Resurfacing is also a relatively inexpensive way to help restore aging kitchen cabinets -- another aspect of your home that potential buyers are going to notice.

According to a recent study, quite a few buyers are drawn to features like stainless steel appliances, subway tiles, farmhouse sinks, Shaker cabinets, exposed brick, pendant lights, and quartz countertops. By the way, Quartz does offer some advantages over granite because it's more scratch resistant, maintenance free, and doesn't need to be sealed or polished.

Other features which attract home buyers include energy-efficient windows and appliances, sufficient insulation in attic and elsewhere (many older homes lack this), low-maintenance flooring (not carpeting), roofing that's been replaced within the past decade, finished or semi-finished basements, first-floor/separate laundry rooms, newer hot water heaters (extra points for tankless units), outdoor security lighting, fenced backyards, and dry basements. If you do have issues with excess moisture or leaks in your basement, it may be helpful to install a sump pump, a dehumidifier, French drains, or other dry basement remedies to address those issues before they're brought up by prospective buyers.

While there are certain aspects of your property that can not be changed, such as proximity to neighbors or the school district in which you're located, their are plenty of cost effective ways to improve the appearance and functionality of your home before you try to sell it. To identify problems before they become obstacles, some homeowners hire a property inspector to point out issues. That way, they're not blindsided by unexpected structural, mechanical, electrical, drainage, or energy conservation issues they might not be aware of. In addition to a reputable property inspector, a seasoned real estate agent can also be one of your best advisors when you're ready to put your home on the market.





Posted by Cindy Gleichauf on 10/1/2017

Vacationing is a time to relax and enjoy time with your loved ones, friends or even yourself. Avoid the stresses of trying to remember whether or not you did everything you needed to do before you leave by being proactive. Leave the house to board the plane to paradise…or your in-laws for the holidays worry-free. Here is a list of things to do before you go away to make sure your house is all set while you’re gone:

  1. Ask for a Friend: If you are going to be gone for longer than a few days, it’s probably wise to ask a friend, neighbor or family member to stop by and check on your house. They can grab the mail and newspaper, water plants, and make sure the house is still standing. Consider paying someone to stay at your home full-time to take care of your pets. Generally, it will be cheaper than boarding them and you won’t be displacing them while you’re away.
  2. Do NOT post on social media: Social media is a staple for many to share their life, but it’s best not to post on social media that you will be heading off to the Caribbean for a week­— unless you have someone staying at your house full-time. This gives burglars the perfect opportunity to break into your home.
  3. Remove spare keys: It’s best to give the person watching your home the spare key and have them hold onto it and remove additional spares key. There are rarely any creative spots to hide spare keys and leaving it under your welcome mat is asking for someone unwanted to enter your home.
  4. Timer lights: Invest in a timer for your lights. If your lights turn on periodically, it will look like someone is at home. It will also save you money compared to if you were to leave your lights on constantly while away.
  5. Unplug appliances/electronics: Unplug anything that will not be used while you are on vacation. This includes toasters, computers, printers, television, etc. Even though they are not on they could still be using up energy.
  6. Close windows/lock doors: Remembering to close your windows and lock your doors sounds like it would be easy, but it’s probably not the first thing on your mind when going on vacation. Set a reminder on your phone to check all of your windows, making sure they are locked if low to the ground, and locking the doors that you are not exiting from.
  7. Use a safe: If you have a safe or locked drawer, it’s very wise to place important things into it while you’re gone. Important paperwork, jewelry, and emergency money that you leave around the house are all items that you should be putting a safe place, such as a safe or locked drawer.
Some other things to do before leaving for a vacation are to contact your credit card company to let them know you’ll be traveling, turn off water if traveling for a significant amount of time (but be careful of freezing pipes), and to, of course, remember your wallet and I.D. Ensure you have a worry-free vacation follow the steps below and have fun!




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Posted by Cindy Gleichauf on 9/29/2017

Scenic, historic “Carriage House Farm! Set back from the road behind ornate fence on 9+ acres, this modern farmhouse style home & barn w/traditional &Victorian elements perfectly combine today’s open flrpln living w/antique character. Property includes 3 valuable 2-acre Form A bldg lots for future devt . Residence highlights include great room w/soaring ceilings, skylit kitchen/huge island, grand 23' dining rm w/frplc & moldings, English equestrian themed fam rm w/original detailed wrought iron horse stalls, cathedral clng master w/sitting area/antique tub. Greenhouse, unfinished au-paire/inlaw, in-grnd gunite pool, 2 office areas. Incredible 40'x120' 3-story barn w/extensive storage &original Fairbanks scale must be seen! Energy efficient systems/extremely productive solar. Storage for 26+ vehicles/boats between attd 3&2C garages, htd 2C under garage/wkshp, detd garage & barn. Current 6+ acre hay crop. So many possibilities, but perfect as-is; own a piece of history & make it yours!

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Posted by Cindy Gleichauf on 9/24/2017

A house is about a lot more than a physical structure. Outdoor property, including landscaping, clearly defined property boundaries and ample room for children and pets to play, are key too. Additionally, if you've ever lived in a neighborhood with just one litigious, rude or noisy resident, you know how the people you live near can turn a house buying decision into a smart move or a painful regret.

3 city offerings that may top good neighbors

The fact that neighbors can influence an entire house buying decision puts good neighbors at the top of the list of the things that make an area a great place to live. But, as influential as they are, neighbors generally don't have a city-wide focus. You can actually getaway from bad neighbors simply by traveling across town to a relative's or friend's house.

What you can't get away from after you buy a house are the secondary education options,property tax rates, natural views, land space between neighboring houses, apartments and condos and traffic jams. You also can't gain instant access to higher wages, better job opportunities, local professional sports or live entertainment.

It's these advantages that many homeowners want. Not every city provides these benefits. Although there are more than a handful of takeaways that homeowners want from the city that they buy a house in, there are three top things that make a city a great place to live. Some house shoppers won't even consider moving to an area without these three things:

Growing business environment - Even if homeowners are currently employed with an employer who has a solid performance record, they appreciate knowing that there are a host of job options moments from where they live. It helps to keep wages and job title opportunities competitive.

Entertainment- Live and non-live entertainment options like dining, stage plays, sports and arts help to attract home buyers.

Property taxes - Before house shoppers sign a mortgage, they may want to know that they won't get hit with high or frequently rising property taxes.

Go getters want more than minimal housing and community offerings

City officials play an integral role in helping to determine whether upwardly mobile adults are willing to move to an area. Adults with clear life goals, ambition, inner vision and courage may want more than a place to park their vehicle, sleep, eat and relax in.

These go-getters want to live in a city that's thriving. They want a broad range of entertainment, fitness, dining, education and social options. Go-getters also appreciate living near other like-minded people. Attracting these upwardly mobile adults to an area requires forethought.

It also requires planning. City officials must take a pulse on their residents and discover what residents appreciate most about their jurisdictions. Identifying gaps is another priority. For example, city officials should know if residents find area traffic, public transportation, property taxes or public education weak or lacking.

As city officials take these items seriously and build teams to make necessary improvements, they might experience an uptick in the numbers of businesses and house buyers moving to their cities. They also might experience economic improvements. The bottom line is that doing what it takes to attract and keep forward thinking house buyers is good for entire communities.







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