Be a Friend to Your Frig

Did you know your frig is one of the top reasons for home insurance claims? Minerals in water clog ice makers, food particles can clog the drain, and leaking water lines can damage cabinets, walls, and floors.  Take the time to care for your refrigerator and it will take care of you. Keep it level….

My Kind of Gifts

Tis the season for gift buying guides.  Often when I read the suggestions listed in magazines I think to myself, “That looks like something that will be at Goodwill by next year at this time.”  I’m cursed with a practicality that makes it difficult for me to buy anything at a “gift” store.  I don’t…

Marks of Quality

All home builders advertise that they offer quality construction, but what does that mean?  How can buyers evaluate the quality of new construction without seeing the work in progress? Here are three elements of quality to consider and ways you can determine a home’s quality. Workmanship.  Even a novice can tell when finish work has…

Quick Fixes with Big Returns

Thinking about selling your home but feel like there is too much to do?  Wanting to make the most money you can from a sell without putting much money into home improvement projects?  Here are a few inexpensive things you can do that will add value to your home and help you sell faster. Prune…

How to Choose an Agent

Buying a house can be a roller coaster ride and having a great real estate agent can mean the difference between a gut-wrenching experience and a joyful thrill.  How do you go about finding the right person to guide you through the homebuying process?  Here are a few suggestions: Ask your friends and family.  Personal…

Obstacles to Home Ownership

Much has been written and reported about the difficulties young adults face in our economic times.  Wages have stagnated, inflation has not. An income that could support a family of four fifty years ago cannot pay the rent on a two-bedroom apartment in today’s dollars.  With the rising cost of higher education, those who have…

An Argument For Open Houses

I have heard it said that open houses are more for real estate agents trying to find potential clients than they are a means of marketing a home for a seller.  While there is some truth to this claim, agents can make new contacts at an open house, the open house is also a valuable…

Exterior Coverings

You can tell a lot about a home based on what is covering the outside walls.  A home’s exterior can tell you how well it has been maintained, the quality of the home’s construction, and it’s energy efficiency.  Here is a list of common exterior coverings and the benefits and drawbacks of each. Stucco. Stucco…

Firm Foundations

Have you ever walked into a home and felt like you might fall forward?  When my husband and I were shopping for our first house, we brought a marble with us.  We set it on the floor to see if it would roll away independently.  At one house we visited, it shot like a rocket…

Countertop Choices

Real Estate is a people business.  An agent’s job is to connect with their client, listen to their needs and concerns, and provide guidance and service.  That being said, it often surprises me how little some real estate agents actually know about houses and the materials used to build them. If you ask about the…

Walla Walla by Bicycle

While I love being outside in the spring and fall, I have a hard time with the summer heat.  I tend to stay indoors enjoying the air conditioning.  The one time of day I do venture outdoors is in the evening after dinner but before dusk.  It’s still warm but bearable and I can usually…

Decluttering vs. Minimalism

I recently read an article on another blog about living out of a duffel bag and a backpack for a month to see what it would be like.  The author learned that although doable for himself as an individual, it would be nearly impossible for a family as the items required for family life do…