Uses For 10 Everyday Items

Coffee filters: After you spray windows with cleaner use coffee filters to wipe them. They won’t leave streaks or lint.

Aluminum foil: Fold a sheet of foil several times and cut through it with a pair of dull scissors to sharpen the blades.

Rubbing alcohol: Simply pour some alcohol over an ink stain and wipe it with a soaked cotton ball.

WD-40: This household product handily removes crayon marks from most surfaces.

Hand lotion: Besides doing a good job of keeping your shoes shiny it will ensure that the leather stays soft and supple.

Alka Seltzer: Grind up some aspirin tablets and mix them with a couple of teaspoons of water to relieve the itch of a mosquito bite. Also, if you drop a few Alka Seltzer tablets into the water around your fishing hole, the bubbling action will attract fish.

Honey: Some varieties of honey can be used as a very effective antibacterial agent and will also reduce scarring on wounds.

Bananas: Just rub the inside of a banana peel over your silverware and watch the tarnish disappear.

Toothpaste: Save money by using toothpaste to clean sink fixtures and even eliminate garlic odor from your hands after cooking.

Cinnamon: Keep ants at bay. Just sprinkle it around your home wherever you have an ant issue.

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Maximize Your Home’s Appeal With These Tips

Once you have committed to selling your home, there are a number of things you can do to help get the best possible price in the shortest amount of time.

I am an expert in marketing homes. However, selling your home is a joint effort with you playing an important role in the final results. Your major role is to make your home as attractive as possible to potential buyers.

Remember that first impressions count. You should do everything you can to make that first impression a positive one. People who consider buying your home will be as critical as you are in searching for your new home.

Take an inspection tour of your home, observing it as a potential buyer would. Take note of any minor repairs and painting that need to be done.

Here are some tips which have proven valuable to homeowners in preparing their homes for showing.

Don’t Over Improve
Many families tend to live with a broken doorknob & cracked window. All of these little things should be fixed because no prospective buyer wants to do the maintenance you have deferred. Use caution in planning major improvements that you think will enable you to get more for the house than you paid for it. Of course, an investment in paint where it’s obviously needed will be well worth the cost. The same is true with carpeting shabby enough to be a turn-off. Most people out shopping for a house would rather plan their own major changes, & you are usually wiser to sell to them the potential at a price they can afford.

Showing The House

  • The TV & radio should be turned off. Let the salesperson & buyer talk, free of disturbances.
  • Send children & pets outdoors to play. This will eliminate confusion & keep the prospect’s attention focused on your home.
  • Leave drapes open for light & airiness. All lights should be turned on to give the rooms a larger appearance & cheerful effect.
  • Be sure the kitchen sink is free of dishes and rooms are uncluttered.
  • Be courteous but don’t force conversation with the potential buyer. They want to inspect your house, not pay a social call.
  • Never apologize for the appearance of your home. After all, it has been lived in. Let the agent answer any objections.
  • The salesperson knows the buyer’s requirements & can better emphasize the features of your home when you don’t tag along. You will be called if needed.
  • Let the Realtor discuss price, terms, possession & other factors with the customer.
  • One of the most important things I can do for you is to view your home objectively and make suggestions that will improve it’s appearance and marketability.

Maximizing Your Home’s Exterior Appeal

Once you have committed to selling your home, there are a number of things you can do to help get the best possible price in the shortest amount of time.

I am an expert in marketing homes. However, selling your home is a joint effort with you playing an important role in the final results. Your major role is to make your home as attractive as possible to potential buyers.

Remember that first impressions count. You should do everything you can to make that first impression a positive one. People who consider buying your home will be as critical as you are in searching for your new home.

Take an inspection tour of your home, observing it as a potential buyer would. Take note of any minor repairs and painting that need to be done.

Here are some tips which have proven valuable to homeowners in preparing their homes for showing.

Exterior
Since the exterior of your home will be the first thing a prospective buyer sees, it is very important to create a good first impression.

  • Keep the lawn trimmed & edged. Weed & cultivate flower gardens. Trim shrubs & eliminate dead trees or branches. Pick up any debris, toys, & lawn equipment.
  • Repair any fences or gates. Give them a fresh coat of paint, if necessary.
  • Is the exterior well painted & the roof in good repair? Are gutters and down spouts in good working order?
  • Wash down driveways and sidewalks. Check them for cracking and crumbling.
  • Replace any cracked windows and torn screens.
  • The entrance should be clean and in good repair. The doorbell and front light must be in good working order.

Rule Your Kitchen like a Master Chef during the Holiday Rush

REALTOR.ORG | Oh, the holidays—a time to sink or swim in the kitchen in front of all the friends and family you offered to host after that third glass of wine at a casual get-together in early November. The best way to set oneself up for success is to prepare, according to the National Association of REALTORS® consumer website HouseLogic. To set up a kitchen like a professional chef (especially for the holidays), HouseLogic outlined several ways to get organized, including choosing the right appliances (if you can, splurge for a gas stove for greater cooking control); learning to work in a tight, strategic kitchen space and making sure everything is nearby so you don’t have to run around too much; and planning for more than one cook since people love to congregate in the kitchen.

Check out HouseLogic’s tips for preparing a kitchen for those special holiday meals. Talk to homeowners and local chefs in your area to see how they organize their personal kitchens during the busy entertaining season.


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Larry Cirnigliaro
Real Estate Broker CRIA President CEO
Coastland Realty, Inc., California
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Make Your Kitchen Look Expensive

The kitchen is the focal point in most houses. It’s where tasty things happen and people want to gather. You can spend virtually limitless money to make them look great. But if you don’t have the big bucks there are still many far less expensive ways to make your kitchen look fabulous. Here are a few.

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Super clean and declutter. This might seem like a no-brainer, but you’d be surprised how even the most posh-looking kitchen can be cheapened by needless clutter and dirty dishes and appliances. It costs nothing to buff, polish and organize. Start there.
tradition-white-kitchen-island-storageUse white. White works. White is clean, open, invigorating, something you really want in a kitchen — and it goes with anything. It’s also a great backdrop to colored accessories. A white kitchen with carefully chosen accents looks rich.
kitchen-flooring-vinyl-or-linoleum-3m8yveysCreate a floor. You don’t have to spend a fortune on imported tile or wood to get a great looking floor. Vinyl flooring has come a long way and it’s inexpensive. Vinyl flooring is available in virtually any color or pattern you can imagine and can even imitate other more expensive materials, such as hardwood, tile or marble. It’s also very easy to clean.

modern-kitchen-chandelier-designs-and-kitchen-lighting-design-ideas-pictures-images-2016Light it up. Here again, your choices are only limited by your imagination. Think outside the box. Who said you can’t hang a chandelier in the kitchen? Nothing looks cooler than a grand, crystal fixture hovering over a laid back breakfast table.

Add Wallpaper. You don’t need a lot. One papered wall is a great accent. You can also line a hutch, china cabinet, or kitchen drawer with it. This little detail will add a pop of pattern and color to often overlooked spaces and won’t break the bank.

Hood the range. There are few kitchen appliances that are as eye-catching as a stylish range hood. If you have the space and the budget, this is a piece that’s worth the splurge.

Contemproary-Industrial-KitchenGo Industrial. Check out industrial tables and professional fittings. They are a guaranteed way to bring real authenticity to your kitchen. Swap out your generic sink faucet with a restaurant style for an instant update and a great look.

Upgrade the hardware. Hardware is like earrings for your kitchen cabinetry. It delivers a major bang for your buck and comes in every style imaginable. If you do nothing else, changing hardware will make a huge difference.

vintage-turkish-kilim-rug-kitchen-marbleAdd a Vintage Rug. Don’t be fooled into thinking you have to buy an unsightly kitchen-specific rug or mat. Treat this room like you would any other and introduce a beautiful, durable textile right by the kitchen sink.

Hang Art. Visitors are always gathering around the kitchen, so why not give them something unexpected to look at? Adding a small collection of casual art pieces creates an instant focal point for conversation.

panoramic-kitchen-decor-in-modern-penthouse-designed-interestingly-with-purple-flowers-to-color-the-bright-interiorCreate an Arrangement. When it comes to your kitchen table arrangement, go for drama. Arrange a series of potted plants, flowers, and branches in the center of your kitchen just like you would find in your favorite restaurant, hotel, or store.