Open House Saturday 11-5-16, Time 12:00-2:00

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Very Motivated Seller! Investor Alert! Bring all offers. Come see this 5 bedroom, 4 bath, 2 kitchen home. Located at the end of a cul-da-sac, next to a park. Large 3rd acre lot features 2 car detached garage/workshop. Property could be utilized as rental units or live in one side and rent the other. This […]

Very Motivated Seller! Investor Alert! Bring all offers. Come see this 5 bedroom, 4 bath, 2 kitchen home. Located at the end of a cul-da-sac, next to a park. Large 3rd acre lot features 2 car detached garage/workshop. Property could be utilized as rental units or live in one side and rent the other. This may be the home you need with in-law quarters.

Open House Saturday November 5th, from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm. Come see it today!

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House Fire Prevention In Colder Weather

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Diagram of where to put smoke alarms. The top caption reads “PLACE ONE SMOKE ALARM ON EVERY FLOOR AND SLEEPING ROOM”. The top diagram is labeled “MULTI-STORY” with an attic, basement, two bedrooms, a living room, and a kitchen. The bottom diagram is labeled “SINGLE LEVEL” and has similar rooms. Suggestions for smoke alarms are […]

Diagram of where to put smoke alarms. The top ...
Diagram of where to put smoke alarms. The top caption reads “PLACE ONE SMOKE ALARM ON EVERY FLOOR AND SLEEPING ROOM”. The top diagram is labeled “MULTI-STORY” with an attic, basement, two bedrooms, a living room, and a kitchen. The bottom diagram is labeled “SINGLE LEVEL” and has similar rooms. Suggestions for smoke alarms are diagramed. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

English: Residential smoke detector
English: Residential smoke detector (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Devastating house fires can happen in an instant, and many begin due to human error. The U.S. Fire Administration reports that cooking tops the list of residential building fire causes (50 percent), followed by heating equipment (12.5 percent) and electrical malfunction (6.3 percent).

Make your fall and winter seasons merry, bright and fire-free with these essential fire safety tips.

1.Schedule a chimney inspection at least once a year. Creosote, or condensed smoke, builds up on the flue and can catch fire. An annual cleaning and inspection can help prevent chimney fires.

2. Keep flammable items at least three feet from heat sources. According to the National Fire Prevention Association, 56 percent of fatal home heating fires ignite from items being placed too close to heating equipment. Make sure everything is a safe distance from heat sources, including the furnace, space heaters, fireplaces and wood stoves.

3. Check smoke detectors frequently. Approximately 60 percent of house fire deaths happen in structures with no working smoke alarms. Test your home’s smoke alarms monthly and replace batteries each year.

4. Have a family escape plan and practice it regularly. All household members need to know all exit strategies in case a fire breaks out, as well as where to meet once they’re safely outside. Have a semiannual drill and practice at different times of the day.

5. Cook safely. Never leave the room when boiling, frying or baking, keep pot holders and dish towels away from the flame, and immediately turn off appliances when not in use.

6. Be mindful of holiday decorations. If you choose to decorate with strings of lights, always check their condition first. Throw out those with exposed electrical wiring, and be sure to read over the manufacturer’s instructions.

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Investor Alert!

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Whether you are an investor looking for a project, someone who is in need of a large home with two kitchens or an In Laws quarters or just want a lot of room, take a look at my new listing. http://nnrmls.paragonrels.com/publink/default.aspx?GUID=ad15c628-04b3-4777-b861-23063c14267f&Report=Yes The post Investor Alert! appeared first on Barbara Robinson-Ramirez’s Blog.

Whether you are an investor looking for a project, someone who is in need of a large home with two kitchens or an In Laws quarters or just want a lot of room, take a look at my new listing.

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Create A Home Maintenance Checklist

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What do you need to do every month and what can you tackle twice a year? Put it on the list. Your vehicle requires routine maintenance to run smoothly, and the same goes for your house. Without service reminders, however, it can be easy to forget to tend to all the systems that keep your […]

What do you need to do every month and what can you tackle twice a year? Put it on the list.

Your vehicle requires routine maintenance to run smoothly, and the same goes for your house. Without service reminders, however, it can be easy to forget to tend to all the systems that keep your house fully functioning. Fortunately, you can create a simple annual maintenance checklist to properly care for your home and prevent potential issues from becoming major problems.

Start by making a list of each task you’ll need to complete over the coming year. Make sure your yearly home inspection includes all major systems (HVAC, electrical and plumbing), the interior and exterior of your home, water and septic tanks, doors and windows, and the attic or basement if applicable.

When that’s done, organize the list according to how often each item needs to be checked or maintained and set reminders accordingly. Your home maintenance checklist might start to look similar to this:

Monthly

Test smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
Change air filters in the heating and air conditioning system.
Clean range hood filters to avoid possible grease fires.
Trim back any shrubbery or plant growth around the outdoor HVAC unit by at least 18 inches.

Quarterly

Check and wipe down sliding doors and window tracks.
Replace batteries in smoke detectors.
Test garage door and grease tracks as needed.

Semiannually

Clear gutters of spring and fall foliage.
Power wash windows and siding.
Schedule seasonal service of the HVAC system before summer and winter.

Annually

Inspect and insulate pipes to protect them from freezing.
Trim trees and shrubs away from the home’s exterior.
Touch up exterior paint and check for wood rot or water damage.
Check grouting in kitchen and bathroom and repair if necessary.
A home maintenance checklist will make it easier for you to manage the upkeep of your house. It can also help you catch minor issues before they become costly home repairs.

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Check Out My Social Wall

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If you have missed any of my postings or need some information, check out my social wall. There are many wonderful tips and posts that may be helpful to you.  Remember if you don’t find what you need you can always contact me. The post Check Out My Social Wall appeared first on Barbara Robinson-Ramirez’s […]

If you have missed any of my postings or need some information, check out my social wall. There are many wonderful tips and posts that may be helpful to you.  Remember if you don’t find what you need you can always contact me.

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Need School Supplies?

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Back-to-school season can mean a fresh start, whether you have school-age kids or not. Enter to win a $500 gift card to your choice of Target or Amazon and treat your family to an end-of summer wardrobe or supply stockpile. SuperTarget logo, 2006–present. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) English: This is a row of Cash Registers at […]

Back-to-school season can mean a fresh start, whether you have school-age kids or not. Enter to win a $500 gift card to your choice of Target or Amazon and treat your family to an end-of summer wardrobe or supply stockpile.

SuperTarget logo, 2006–present.
SuperTarget logo, 2006–present. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
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English: This is a row of Cash Registers at a Target store in the US (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Make a Statement With Your Front Door

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http://barbrobinsonramirez.myhomehq.biz/make-a-statement-with-your-front-door New Orleans: Doorway, 19th century house on Esplanade Avenue (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Your front door is one of the first things guests notice when visiting your home. In addition to providing security and protection, your front door can make a bold statement and reflect your personal style. But whether or not your current front […]

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New Orleans: Doorway, 19th century house on Es...
New Orleans: Doorway, 19th century house on Esplanade Avenue (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Your front door is one of the first things guests notice when visiting your home. In addition to providing security and protection, your front door can make a bold statement and reflect your personal style.

But whether or not your current front door matches your home’s interior and your taste, if you feel a draft, see any cracks or hear squeaky joints or scraping sounds, it may be time to replace it. Consider your options with some of the most common front door materials and features.

Materials

  • Wood: Though beautiful, solid wood doors are expensive and sensitive to the elements. Some modern wood doors come with steel cores to minimize warping and reduce cost.
  • Fiberglass: A durable and cost-effective option is a fiberglass composite door. Their foam cores
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    Red Door, Stow New Parish Church, Stow, Scottish Borders, Scotland. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

    are good insulators, and they can withstand harsh climates.

  • Steel: Strong but subject to dents, steel doors are the least expensive of the three. They have shorter life spans and aren’t well-suited for extreme climates, but depending on their core, they can be energy efficient.

Styles
There are multiple styles to choose from, including:

  • Solid panel doors
  • Arched door
  • Double doors
  • Decorative doors with glass inserts
  • Frosted glass doors with ornamental wrought iron overlaid for added security

You could even complement your front door with sidelights or a transom window while also letting in more outside light.

Colors
The color of your front door should depend mostly on the exterior style and colors of your house, your personal taste and the type of door chosen. If your house is mostly neutral in color, don’t be afraid to go bold with your front door.

Use these tips to help make your front door an inviting entrance that not only offers protection from the elements but also reflects your personal style.

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Make Your own Cleaning Products

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How to properly light your bedroom

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These 10 tips will help you achieve the most restful, romantic, and functional lighting scheme. Whether you retire to a small alcove or a grand master suite, you probably use your bedroom for more than just slumber. Dark bedrooms are great for sleeping, but too little light hinders you from doing much else. Bedroom lighting […]

These 10 tips will help you achieve the most restful, romantic, and functional lighting scheme.

Whether you retire to a small alcove or a grand master suite, you probably use your bedroom for more than just slumber. Dark bedrooms are great for sleeping, but too little light hinders you from doing much else.

Bedroom lighting can range from basic to bold; dimmed to dramatic, and these tips will help you choose the right style for you:

1. Be Size Wise

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A wide array of lamps and light fixtures on display at a Lamps Plus store in Plano, Texas (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Before buying bedroom lighting, first determine the size of room, says Artcraft Lighting vice president Howard Bernstein. Take your room measurements, along with outlet locations and furniture placement to a lighting showroom. The experts there can help you fill in with just the right light.

2. Keep Height In Mind

Consider scale. Bedrooms typically have lower 8 or 9 ft. tall ceilings. Avoid fixtures with longer bodies in favor of shorter or flush-mounted fixtures. “You want a certain level for reading and enough lighting for dressing,” says Bernstein. “You also need light to be high enough to reach all the areas.”

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3. Leave Room to Glow

Decide what you want to do in the room, then choose appropriate lighting. Home computers, sewing machines and reading nooks in the bedroom need directed lighting. Sitting areas beg for softer, shaded fixtures. Vanities demand brighter light.

4. Stay On The Light Side

Avoid shades on lamps or lights that are too opaque, otherwise your bedroom will be too dark, according to the American Lighting Association (ALA). The fixtures may look nice, but the light will not be as functional. “When buying a table lamp, opt for one with a softly diffused shade,” says Dan Blitzer, ALA continuing education instructor. “Spend a moment to see how you turn it on and off to make sure it is not going to be too difficult to manage when you are in bed.

5. Location, Location, Location

Don’t install lights directly over the bed. You will tend to look up at them while you are laying in bed. Direct light from overhead is less comfortable than soft light at face level.

6. More is More

No single source of light is as visually comfortable as a combination of portable lamps and installed lighting. “Too much light in one place is unpleasant and glaring,” says Blitzer. “It’s better to use more light sources of lower wattage.”

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7. Set The Mood

“A strong dose of ambience is also important in the bedroom,” says Blitzer, who suggests installing dimmers on lights for altering effect. Softer or colored light bulbs can also change a room’s mood.

8. Don’t Neglect The Closet

Few things are more frustrating that dark closets. “Closets need good light,” says Blitzer. “But be careful not to put a hot light bulb too near delicate clothes.” Attach a closet light 12-inches from the edge of the rod or upper-shelf. Lighting experts favor fluorescent lights because they provide lots of light, are cooler, save energy and can be concealed behind the header of door. If you use a good color tube, you will be better able to tell the color of your clothing.

9. Optimize Your Bedside Reading

Portable reading lights set on nightstands offer book lovers flexibility. “The guiding principle in buying reading lamps should be the ability to adjust the light to your taste, either by swiveling or moving its arm,” says Blitzer.” They should also be well-shielded so you don’t see the bulb and you are able to read without bothering your sleeping partner.” Lighting controls located at the middle of the headboard allow you to turn off a snoozing partner’s reading light without disturbing him.

10. Consider High-Tech Controls

Imagine pushing a bedside button and turning the lights off or on. No problem with high tech lighting controls. “There are gadgets to turn off lights with an infrared remote like you use for your TV,” says Blitzer. “Lighting professionals can help you install these.”

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TURN YOUR BEDROOM INTO A SANCTUARY

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Sleep (Photo credits: PB Teen) Since we spend about a third of our lives sleeping, we should place high importance on the look and feel of the master bedroom. Follow these tips to transform one of the most important rooms of your home into a relaxing sanctuary. What to Bring In Neutral Colors — Light, […]

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Sleep (Photo credits: PB Teen)

Since we spend about a third of our lives sleeping, we should place high importance on the look and feel of the master bedroom. Follow these tips to transform one of the most important rooms of your home into a relaxing sanctuary.

What to Bring In

Neutral Colors — Light, neutral hues like creams, taupes, grays and blues provide a tranquil atmosphere. Use soft, coordinating colors for your bedding and walls.
Soft Lighting — Overhead lighting can sometimes be harsh or too concentrated. Create a soothing mood with soft, balanced lighting throughout the room. Add lamps to brighten dark corners and illuminate each side of the bed.
Window Treatments — A sense of privacy is essential to any sanctuary. Window treatments offer coverage from the outside world and can be a beautiful design element. If outside lighting disrupts your sleep, consider blackout curtains.
What to Take Out

Outdated Bedding — A relaxing bedroom begins with a comfortable bed. Most experts recommend replacing  your mattress every eight years. Pillows

White Diamond Stitch Quilt
White Diamond Stitch Quilt (Photo credits: West Elm)

should be replaced every two to three years or every six months if you have asthma or allergies.
Excess Furniture — Get back to basics by paring down your bedroom to just the essentials. Most people require little more than a bed frame, a couple of matching nightstands and a dresser or chest of drawers. Anything more can quickly become clutter.
Unnecessary Electronics — From more sleep to better family relationships, there are numerous benefits of having a technology-free bedroom. Reserve your master bedroom for rest and relaxation, and keep electronics out.
Make over your master bedroom into a serene space you look forward to at the end of a long day. These tips can help you get started.

 

 

 

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Bedroom (Photo credits: PB Teen)

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