Today I would like to spotlight my longtime family friend Sandra Maddox. She is an interior designer, and is so passionate about creating a wonderful sanctuary within the home. Her website www.theartofdomesticity.com is a great place to gather ideas for parties, decorating ideas, as well as showcasing what makes Sandra's style so unique and special.
Her latest blog post titled "Egging" with Guest Blogger Jeanna Young is a special way to celebrate Easter and Christ who died for our sins.
This morning while the grass was still wet and the drops still hung on the roses from the California spring rain, my daughter and I set off to EGG her best friends house.
When I was in high school, EGGING was a popular tradition, not one I remember enjoying....
When purcashing your first home it should be a joyful, exciting experience. Here are some tools to help ease yourself into this amazing new chapter of your life!
Get pre-approved for a loan!
It is important to work with your Realtor and get setup with a knowledgable lender that can help get you pre-approved for a loan. Get this done before you start looking at homes, this helps you stay within the budget of what you can actually afford.
Cost of Living and Buying a home
There are additional costs that come along with purchasing a home, like HOA dues, or maintenance expenses that can get overlooked. Make sure to create a budget before purchasing a home so you can prepare all costs that come with living in your new home.
Bauhaus Properties is personally offering anyone interested in a Market Analysis of there property a $25.00 Starbucks Gift card. Contact me today if you are beginning the process of selling your home, or even looking to purchase. I will happily sit down with you to discuss all of your options, and you will receive a Starbucks gift card at the end of our meeting!
The age old saying, your aging like a fine wine doesn't necessarly conotate with an aging home.
Here are some maintenance tips that can help your home keep its youthful glow!
Water is your enemy! Moisture from water intrusion can reek havoc on your property, its important to be vigilant of any roof, window, ceiling leaks, or gutter overflows. Water needs to moving away from your home not into it.
Handyman is your friend! You should never have any excuse when it comes to mantaining your home. Contact your local handyman, and he can facilitate whatever minor fixes need to go on around your house.
Keep your Kitchen clean! Check for leaks under the sink, check the drip pan behind the refrigerator, these are all areas that mold can grow if there is water intrusion. Even re-caulking...
Now in my blogs I have facts, but I also bring in real life scenarios and unfortunately for my wife most of those real life scenarios include her. I will preface that I think we both have issues with cluttering, and hold onto things for sentimental reasons. These feelings often times can bubble over, and it usually occures during a move, or Spring Cleaning.
Well Chelsea and I decided to move, and I thought it would be a prime opportunity for us, yes us to go through all of her clothes, and "purge" items that she doesn't wear anymore. It was safe to say we had many a tense moments, battles over a few outfits that she very well could have worn on one of our first dates back in 2008, but I came out of it with all my limbs attached and a closet with much more room for her to go shopping and re-fill...
THE...Lets conjoin our stuff, and throw in an extremely generous amount of wedding gifts
I don't know if I would still consider myself a newlywed (My wife and I are one year 6 months and 18 days into our marriage) but I can say for a fact that being a Newlywed and feeling the pressures of what comes with that doesn't make the process of purchasing, or even leasing a home together much easier.
Fortunately when we leased our first property in Old Town Orange, the stars seemed to align and everything came together beautifully. Seeing as my wife and I are "oldschool" we signed the lease to our property, and my wife moved in the beginning of April to Newlywed "nest" and I was to follow after the big day on July 19th.
We conjoined our mismatched furniture, my furniture obviously being a bit more mism...
5. Draw the blinds.
Use shades, drapes and other window treatments to keep potentially tempting household items out of view. Burglary is sometimes a crime of opportunity and "window shopping" is one way criminals choose potential targets.
4. Get Motion Sensors
Adequate nighttime illumination is critical, because a dark or poorly lit property makes it easier for a burglar to go about unseen.
3. Reinforce entry points
Sixty percent of all burglaries take place at ground floor doors and windows, so make sure to "harden" these entry points
2. Don't advertise new purchases
Be sure not to draw undue attention to your home by discarding empty boxes at the curb with your trash-a big problem during the holidays.
1. Use common sense
The best form of protection is to simply lock all your doors and wind...
In today's market, with homes selling quickly and prices rising, some homeowners might consider trying to sell their home on their own, known in the industry as a For Sale by Owner (FSBO). There are several reasons this might not be a good idea for the vast majority of sellers.
There Are Too Many People to Negotiate With
Here is a list of some of the people with whom you must be prepared to negotiate if you decide to For Sale By Owner:
1. The buyer who wants the best deal possible
The buyer’s agent who solely represents the best interest of the buyer
The buyer’s attorney (in some parts of the country)
The home inspection companies, which work for the buyer and will almost always, find some problems with the house
The appraiser if there is a question of value
2. Exposure to Prospective Purchaser...