Friday, October 13, 2017

How to Sell Your Home in Autumn

Need to sell your current home so you can move into your brand new dream home? Don't worry if you missed the typically hot spring market.  Fall can be a great time to try and sell a home.

Consider these helpful tips for selling your home in Autumn.

- Fall is the second best time to try and sell your home.  People are back from summer vacation and the holidays are still far enough away to keep potential buyers looking.

- Make sure your home has curb appeal by raking up any leaves or fallen branches.  Dress up your porch and add some color with yellow or orange mums.  Clean windows to make them really sparkle!

- If you're selling a home with a fireplace, make sure it's cleaned out and ready to be inspected by potential buyers thinking of cooler temperatures.  Let your agent know they can turn the fireplace on during a showing.

-  A fireplace or candles are also a good way to add some extra lighting for shorter days.  Make sure all the lights are on if you are showing a home in evening when it begins to get darker earlier.

-  Make your home feel cozy with subtle scents of Fall, some well positioned throw blankets, and limited Fall decor. Don't go overboard, let the buyer really see the home - but in a cozy atmosphere.

- No matter what time of year, make sure your house is priced competitively.  If you need to sell before the Holidays you don't want to scare away potential buyers with an overpriced home.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Easy Halloween Treats

Some of the best memories are made in the kitchen.  Halloween is another fun opportunity to get your kids involved in the baking process before all the treats are devoured.

Here are a few easy and spooky snacks for your little monsters.

1.  Lolly Pop Ghosts

No oven required! Simple wrap up some lolly pops for a fun and haunting treat!

These lolly pop ghosts are SO CUTE! They're super easy and make a fun treat for a Halloween party or to send to school on Halloween!

2. Oreo Spiders

M&M's and Pretzels create the perfect creepy spider cookies!

20 fun Halloween treats to make with your kids - It's Always Autumn

3. Hot Dog Mummies

For a snack with a little more substance try wrapping hot dogs in pre-made croissant dough

Hot Dog Mummies Pigs in a blanket, Halloween style! What a fun party idea or after school snack for the kids. Bonus: these hot dog mummies a...

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Insulate to Save Money in Cold Weather

Who couldn't use a little extra cash on hand around the holiday season? Prepare your home now to cut down on energy costs as the weather gets cooler with these easy DIY projects.

For most of us, our water heater can be found in the garage - a place not well insulated against winters cold.

Help your water heater work less and save money on wasted heat with a few insulation tools.

Insulating your water heater could reduce heat loss by 25%-45% and save you about 7%-16% in water heating costs, according to the Department of Energy.

Insulate your tank with a pre-cut jacket designed specifically for water heaters.  If you have a newer tank that is labeled to already have R-16 insulation installed internally, then additional insulation is not needed.

Frozen garden hoses can actually bust interior pipes by increasing the pressure in the pipes.  As part of your winter home maintenance, disconnect and drain your garden hoses. Use an indoor valve to shut off and drain pipes leading to outside faucets.

Take these few steps now
to help your home and wallet have a better winter season!

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Cozy Up for Fall

Even if the temperatures are still a little on the warm side - Fall is officially here and it's time to enjoy the cozy warmth of the season!

Here are a few ways you can make your home a little more cozy -- without breaking the bank!

1.  Bring out the blankets! Lay blankets on chairs, the ottoman or even on the porch!

2.  Use candles to create a warming atmosphere.  Whether real or battery - the lights and scents of candles make the early dark evenings a little brighter.

3.  Utilize sting or holiday lights to brighten up a mantle or fireplace.  Clear lights will work all season long.

4.  Incorporate a variety of textures in your throw pillows -- knit, shaggy, smooth and velvet.

5.  Make your own fall scents by simmering a pot of orange peels, cinnamon sticks, vanilla and apple slices.

Don't forget how the perfect bowl of soup and crusty bread can really warm you up from the inside out!

How do you make your home feel like Fall?

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Caring For Your Yard This Fall

Fall is an important season in the life of your yard.  This is the time to undertake several projects that will ensure a healthy and vibrant landscape in the spring and summer.

  • Now is an important time to fertilize your yard. It will shorten the brown, dormant season and help repair any damage done over the summer months.
  • Continue to mow until the grass has finished growing for the season.
  • Fall is a good time to overseed - helping cover any bare patches when the grass begins to grow again.
  • Dethatch or aerate your lawn to remove the layer of dead leaves or roots that may cover the healthy grass seedlings.
  • Continue to water your lawn especially if rains have been scare. A well watered lawn will do better during the harsh winter months.

If you're looking to plant some trees or shrubs - Fall is a great time!  Newly planted trees and shrubs will continue to grow in the warm soil, even after air temperatures have begun to cool. Make sure to thoroughly water the new plants.

Fall is also the time to plant spring season flowering bulbs such as tulips, daffodils and crocus.

Some work and preparation now will lead to a beautiful yard come Spring!

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Create a Fall Bucket List

There's something about Fall that captures our imagination. The cooler weather, the changing leaves, the smell of's a time we all seem to love!

Here are a few ideas for creating your Fall bucket list to make sure you get everything out of the season that you can!

1.  Visit an apple orchard or pumpkin patch - search online to find one near you

2.  Go leaf peeping - take a quick weekend trip to the mountains for the best views

3.  Make your own apple cider - enjoy the aromas of cinnamon and apple as it simmers on the stovetop

4.  Host a football party with friends

5.  Decorate your home and porch with fall decor - leaves, pumpkins and scarecrows!

6.  Drink a pumpkin pie flavored beverage - coffee hot or cold

7.  Bake an apple treat and share it with your neighbors

8.  Go to a Fall Festival or Trunk or Treat

9.  Make a list of everything you're thankful for

10.  Rake a pile of leaves and jump in!

Thursday, August 31, 2017

How You Can Help Hurricane Victims

Over the last several days we've all seen the devastating photos of the destruction in Houston and Louisiana.  While the situation may seem overwhelming and the needs just too great - there are many ways you can help.  Here is a brief list below.

Salvation Army  - Donate Here

American Red Cross - Donate Here

Samaritan's Purse - Donate Here

Other ways to help include donating blood and diapers which are not provided by most relief organizations.

To avoid scams make sure you go directly to an organizations website to donate, do not follow an email link no matter who sends it to you.

Be wary of opening attachments claiming to be ways to help as they may contain malware.

Most importantly, recognize that the relief and recovery efforts will take months or years.  Even as the news cycle changes be aware of the needs and ready to give when you can.