A Kitchen Office?

When I come home from work, I often walk out to the mail box to see if I got anything.  I walk back into the house through the garage door and go directly to the trash can in the kitchen.  Then, I leave the pile of mail that isn’t mine under the telephone on the…

Proper Lawn Watering

Did you know that a lush green lawn does more than improve your curb appeal?  It can also help save energy costs.  The moisture from a healthy lawn can do more to cool a house than an air conditioner.  The trick is to calculate when and how much to water. Grass should be watered deeply…

Builder or Designer?

You want to construct an addition to your existing home to give your family more space.  Who do you call, a builder or a designer? Both! Some may think a designer isn’t necessary but they are wrong.  You can almost immediately tell the difference between an addition designed by a professional and one done by…

A Gracious Entry

Sometimes a house like feels like a home and you can’t pinpoint why.  Maybe its the path that leads you from the street to the house, or the front porch welcoming you to the front door.  An entry makes a strong first impression.  Whether you are designing your dream home or shopping for an existing…

Conserving Water

Thankfully, we don’t hear as much about draught as we did just a few years ago, but it’s something that shouldn’t be far from our minds.  Water is a precious resource, necessary for our very survival, yet we take it for granted.  Don’t wait for our water system to run dry.  Conserve now! Here are…

Dishwasher Love

While certainly not a necessity, once you’ve had a dishwasher, it is hard to live without one.  Not only does it save your hands from the damaging effects of hot, soapy water, it does a better job than hand washing can.  Dishwashers get the water up to temperatures of 140 degree which kills bacteria and…

Good to Have

I was so proud of myself this morning.  I packed a lunch, gathered my planner and supplies, and had my phone in my hand, sure not to leave it on the counter.  I get to the office only to realize I didn’t have my purse with my wallet containing my driver’s license, debit card, and…

Question Zillow

One of the aspects of my job as a real estate agent is providing broker price opinions.  I take photographs of a property, record information from the county assessor’s website, and research comparable properties that are currently listed or have sold in the last four to six months.  I look for homes that are of…

Kitchen Remodel Regrets

Thinking about renovating your kitchen?  Avoid this 9 mistakes outlined by Andria Hayday in her article in Before & After Kitchen And Baths magazine. A Step-Wasting Layout. Maintain that all important work triangle with your sink, refrigerator, and stovetop.  Even in a large kitchen, you don’t want to have to walk from one side of…

Vacation Fun on a Budget

Who says you can’t have a good time while you are pinching pennies?  Here’s some ideas for enjoying your summer vacation without spending a lot of money. Stay with friends or relatives. Pack a cooler with snacks in the car so you aren’t tempted by overpriced gas station snacks. Check to see if your memberships…