Halloween Safety Tips

It’s that time of year again - Halloween! Very soon our streets will be filled with little Ghouls and Goblins on the search for candy. Everyone loves a good scare on Halloween, but not when it comes to child safety. There are several easy and effective behaviors that parents can share with kids to help reduce their risk of injury. Walk Safely Cross the street at corners, using traffic signals and crosswalks. Teach children to make eye contact with drivers before crossing in front of them. Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Teach children to never dart out into the street or cross between parked cars. NO SCREEN TIME. Put electronic devices down and keep heads up and walk, don’t run, across the street. Always Trick or Treat With an Adult Children under the age of twelve should always have at least one adult with them. Remember, there is safety in numbers so try to walk in a group. If you feel your older children are mature enough to go out alo…
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Lottery at a Record High!

The Mega Millions and Powerball combined jackpots are more than 2 BILLION dollars! Just imagine what you could do with all of that money. Tell us how often you play. How often do you play the lottery? All the time. Even the small jackpots are worth it! Only when the jackpots are uncharacteristically high. Never! I have better things to spend my money on.  
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What to Look For in a Rental

Whether it’s a one-bedroom or a townhouse, you need to prepare yourself for spending countless hours online looking for the perfect one to call home. You also need to prepare yourself to actually drive to these places because a lot of the time they do not look the same in person as they did online. In order to save yourself time and headaches, make sure each listing has all the information you’ll need to be provided. The last thing you want is to find your dream apartment only to find out it is not pet-friendly. It would have been nice if that were on the listing, right? As you begin your search, here are a few other things to keep in mind to help make this as stress-free as possible: Pay Attention to Detail The first thing that should be shown is how many bedrooms, bathrooms, and the square footage of each. This way you can sort of visualize your own layout to see if it’ll work for your needs. Also, research the neighborhood. Many landlords will tell you that the nei…
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What Makes a Good Neighbor

When you’re buying a home, you want to make sure everything is “perfect.” Before you even put an offer on a home, you usually scope out the neighborhood to make sure it’s safe. You may also want to get to know your neighbors first as well. Having good neighbors can really make or break your decision when buying a home. No one wants to live next door to someone who is constantly arguing with everyone over something silly. However, if you want good neighbors, you’ll first have to become one yourself! Here are a few tips to help get you started. Stop Over With a Plate of Goodies Whether it’s cookie, brownies, maybe something a little healthier like a fruit platter, food is always the way to someone’s heart. Especially if you are the newbie in town, this is a great way to break the ice. It also shows your neighbors that you are thinking of them. Keep The Gossip to Yourself Everyone has a tendency to gossip from time to time. However, gossiping really isn’t the best th…
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5 Ways to Make Your Small Bathroom More Spacious

Small bathrooms aren’t the easiest to work with, especially if it’s your only bathroom and you’re sharing it with one or more people. They’re usually lacking natural lighting and the layout itself isn’t always the best. Whether it’s your spare room (powder room) or your apartment bathroom that is cramping your style, there are ways to make it look bigger without having to do any type of demolition. Brighten Up The Place Try to bring in as much light and color as you can. A bright room always feels more spacious. If you can, paint the walls a new color! Or maybe just the cabinets if that’s a bit easier. If you have a window in your bathroom, utilize it to provide natural lighting. Choose a Light Floor Even if your walls are light, having a dark floor will throw it all off. If you keep your floors light, it will create a bright, open atmosphere. Mirror, Mirror on The Wall This is one of my favorite ways to make a small space look more open. The larger the mirror, …
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Simple Tips to Help Keep Your Kids’ Toys Organized

Remember the days when you could walk through your living room and not step on a Lego? If parenthood has made a mess out of your home, you’re not alone. Here are a few simple tips to help you lessen the clutter and reclaim your space. Choose Toys Wisely It happens to the best of us. No matter how hard we try, the toys just keep piling up. And since you’ll probably be stuck with them for a while, it does pay to be a bit picky when buying toys. To make toys more meaningful to your child, only buy them for holidays, special occasions and rewards. And do not feel bad asking relatives do the same. It also makes sense to avoid toys that are poorly-made, or over-sized. Stick to toys that can possibly grow with your child and help to encourage creativity as they get older. Give Each Toy a Home Whether you want to admit it or not, I think we’re all a little OCD. I mean, who likes piles of toys all over their living room? Buy a series of matching plastic bins and line them …
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5 Tips to Prepare Your Home For Fall

It’s crazy to think that Summer is officially over. While that may bring a bit of sadness to some, others are eager to jump right into the cooler weather. The question at hand though; Is your home ready for Fall? Cooler weather typically creeps up on us leaving little time to prep. While the kids are back at school and the days are shorter, it’s time to prepare your home for Fall. I know we’re all crying a bit inside because the dog days of summer are behind us, but personally- I LOVE the Fall! Here are 5 tips to help you prepare your lawn for the cooler weather. Fertilize Your Lawn According to the experts at This Old House, they recommend doing this in the Fall, before the ground gets too cold, to ensure that your lawn will be in top-notch shape come the Spring. The first thing to understand about fertilizer is the formula, which is represented by three numbers, such as the common 5-10-5. The first number represents nitrogen, which promotes lawn blade and foliage gr…
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Overpricing Your Home Can Cost You

Overpricing Your Home Can Cost You Deciding on an appropriate selling price for your home can be complex. You want to sell your home quickly, but you don’t want to ask so much that it turns off would-be buyers. Your home is most likely the largest investment of your lifetime. It means more to you than anyone else because it holds memories from the years you lived there. When you begin the process of selling your home, you must shift your thinking to a more business-minded approach. After all you’re selling a product. This will require a bit of detachment.   Ignoring the market conditions and trends can prove to be risky. Many people make the mistake of doing so and learn to regret it. By far the greatest risk is that you’ll sell your home for less. This is why it’s so important to understand pricing strategy. Inexperienced Agents An inexperienced agent may convince you to list your home at a high price. This will make you feel great hearing that they think your ho…
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Small Kitchen? Here Are 3 Simple Tips To Making It Efficient

For many of us, before we are homeowners, we are renters. And many times when you are renting, space is limited. It’s one thing to have a small living room or bedroom, but it really does stink to have a super small kitchen. I mean really, is there some kind of law that requires rental apartments to supply no more than a single square of kitchen counter space to each unit? If you’re struggling to prep and cook your meals, it may be time for a little kitchen revamp. Follow these 3 easy tips and transform your rental kitchen into the kitchen of your dreams. Get Rid of Items That You Do Not Need I’m sure if you rummage through your cabinets, you’ll find a handful of items that you haven’t used in over a year. You should also check the expiration on some of the food items as well. If there is something in decent condition, but you just have no use for it consider donating it. 2. Light It Up It’s no secret that good lighting can change the entire dynamic in any room. …
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WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW BEFORE RENTING OUT YOUR HOME

Modern technologies present new opportunities for real estate owners to receive income by renting properties. There are many companies that are available for homeowners to rent their houses out to other individuals such as AirBnB, Craigslist, and HomeAway.com. These companies allow owners to advertise their houses, condominium units and other types of real estate property as available for impermanent use. However, before homeowners can do this, there are several legal issues that need to be considered. Some legal issues that could be involved are whether a property may be used as a rental, local governmental regulations, use restrictions in condominiums, subdivisions and planned communities, and other sources of legal requirements. Most local government entities have the authority to enact laws to protect the public health, safety, morals, and welfare of their communities. This control is performed through the establishment of zoning ordinances that are meant to restrain cer…
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