Well its that time of year, the weather is warming up and everyone starts their spring cleaning. We have found some neat tips and facts to help you with the big task of spring cleaning.
Fact: Some types of metals can help with disinfecting. Brass door knobs or handles for example can disinfect themselves in just a few hours. Brass has an toxic effect on fungi and some bacterias its call the Oligodynamic Effect. The brass ions actually help break down the spores to disinfect.
Tip 1: Coffee Grounds…. Not just a good drink, use coffee grounds used or unused in the fridge to get rid of orders (yes its like putting a box of baking soda in the fridge but you don’t have to buy it)
Tip 2: Need to clean scuff marks? Use a sponge and a little baking soda and it will come right up.
Tip 3: Lemons to clean the microwave… Cut in half and squeeze into a bowl place in microwave for 5 minutes to get rid of bad odors and loosen up stuck on gram to just wipe away..
Tip 4: Toilet bowel need cleaning? or need to get rid of some rust? Use antacids or a can of coke, pour into the bowl and let sit for a half hour. The acid removes the rings and rust, all you will need to do is brush out.
Tip 5: Mold and mildew got your showering looking drab? Combined baking powder and lemon juice to create a paste, rub onto the tile and let sit for about two hours rinse off and you should have nice clean shower.
Tip 6: Vinegar… Use with your floor cleaner to have quick drying floors. Add to a rag to wipe down chrome or stainless-steel to keep looking shine. And many other possibilities.
Tip 7: Ketchup…. Add some to a rag to shine up brass. Don’t forget to rinse off with a little soap and water after.
Tip 8: Chalk…. Use to remove a ring from a collar. Rub chalk over the stain and let it soak up the grease for a few minutes, then dust off excess chalk and put in the wash as normal.
Tip 9: Dishwashing leaving spots? Add one cup of vinegar to the rinse compartment and run as normal.
Tip 10: Disposal Cleaner…. Use a half of lemon, cut and drop into disposal run tell chopped and then wash down the drain.
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Search for Treasure On shamrock-shaped pieces of paper, write clues — “Turn left at the rocking chair” or “Take five steps past the refrigerator” — that lead your little leprechaun closer to a pot of gold (aka chocolate coins).
Play in the Sand Make an indoor sandbox by emptying a large box of oatmeal into a plastic dishpan. Toss in spoons, cups, and toy cars.
Get Lucky Have your child find a stone in the yard or at the playground that fits perfectly in her hand, then let her paint it. Encourage her to carry the “charm” in her pocket, and tell her that every time she squeezes it, it will get luckier.
Taste the Rainbow Buy several packs of Skittles or Life Savers and ask your child to separate them according to color. Then glue the candies onto poster board to make a rainbow.
Be Cheery, Not Dreary Prepare for spring showers; buy cheap, solid-color umbrellas and have your kids decorate the outsides with fabric paint. Let dry for 24 hours before closing or taking them out in the rain.
Eat Dirt Scoop some chocolate pudding into mugs with crushed Oreo cookies or graham crackers. Tell your gardeners to mix them together to make “mud.” Then stir in a good helping of gummy worms and “plant” a lollipop flower.
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Information here came from parenting.com
To get the most accurate estimate of how much you should list your property for, your real estate agent can provide you with a Comparative Market
Analysis (CMA). A CMA is an informal estimate of market value, based on sales of comparable properties in your area. It generally takes into account various aspects of your home, including size, features and annual costs. Reviewing comparable homes that have sold within the past year, along with the listing or asking price on current homes for sale, should help you determine a fair sale price for your property. CMAs can include homes that are currently for sale and those which have recently sold. They can cover areas as narrow as one or two streets surrounding your home, or as broad as an entire subdivision. Most real estate agents will give you a CMA for free, hoping you’ll list your home with them. Each CMA contains valuable information on several recent sales, including:
Notes comparing each home to yours, i.e.; number of bedrooms and baths, approximate square footage, sizes of major rooms, amenities such as fireplaces and pools, age of the home, property taxes and more.
The CMA is an informative selling tool, but like any tool, it doesn’t work by itself. For this reason, the CMA will always need to be interpreted by a professional or with complete objectivity by the seller or buyer.
Remember, too, that the CMA is also a buying tool; it is considered just as seriously by the buyer and his or her agent. As you and your agent are going to use the CMA to ask the highest possible price for your home, the buyer is going to use it to find reasons to either choose or eliminate your home, and to arrive at the lowest price possible.
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The national housing market is showing positive improvement. The main trend to call attention to is the seller’s market. Home prices continue to rise steadily above year-ago levels, and housing demand has strongly picked up, resulting in low levels of inventory in many regions across the country.
“Tight inventory is a major factor in the marke,” states NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun. “Buyer traffic is continuing to pick up, while seller traffic is holding steady. In fact, buyer traffic is 40% above a year ago.” Inventory is low for a number of reasons: Housing demand has picked up, banks have slowed the pace of foreclosures, and many homeowners who wish to sell their homes simply cannot because they do not have enough equity to make a down payment on their next home. However, as home prices continue to rise and more people can afford to sell their homes, inventory levels will increase.
NAR President Gary Thomas claims, “The typical home is selling nearly four weeks faster than it did a year ago.” Now marks one of the most favorable times in market history to buy or sell a home. There is an urgency to buy now while mortgage rates are at record lows and before home prices increase more significantly.
Mortgage rates are still low, but have risen slightly this month to around 3.56%. Last month, NAR President Gary Thomas stated that even though interest rates should gradually rise as the year progresses, they are still expected to stay below 4% during the first half of the year.
Home sales this month increased slightly by 0.4% from last month to a current seasonally adjusted rate of 4.92 million units; sales are up 9.1% from year-ago levels. Distressed homes (which include short sales and foreclosures that traditionally sell for 15%-20% less on average compared to nondistressed homes) accounted for 23% of January sales. This figure is down from 24% the previous month, but down from 35% in January 2012. Regardless of the decrease in distressed sales from last year, these properties are still at above-average numbers.
The current median home price fell slightly this month to $173,600, but it is still 12.3% above year-ago prices, marking January as the eleventh consecutive month of year-over-year price increases, which last occurred from July 2005 to May 2006. The increase in the median home price this month over January 2012 is the strongest year-over-year gain since November 2005.
Housing inventory fell again this month to 1.74 million existing homes for sale, representing a 4.2-month supply-the lowest housing supply since April 2005. When inventory supply is below 6 months, the market is said to favor sellers. This level of supply has not been seen since 2005 offering some of the best opportunity sellers have seen in years.