April 2013

3 Questions To Ask Your Realtor Before Buying A Home

3 Questions To Ask Your Realtor Before Buying A Home

You’ve saved, skipped expensive vacations, brought lunch to work and skipped on the coffee clashes with co-workers and you’ve finally saved enough to purchase your own home so time to find kansas city homes for sale! Congratulations and now the search is on! Finding a skilled and seasoned Realtor is one of the first steps to gaining the perfect piece of real estate. Friends, family and co-workers generally have recommendations or picking up the local real estate magazines which are free to the general public can also be a great way to enlist with an experienced realtor. With modern technology one can also perform a search online and go directly on to a realtor’s website and start a search right away!

Preparing to purchase the perfect property can be made much easier by getting a pre-approval on a home mortgage loan prior to enlisting with a realtor. This can be advantageous for the potential buyer as this reflects a serious buyer and also one that is very attractive for the seller. This also gives the buyer a figure on what he can afford to spend when looking at properties of interest. Qualifying for a home mortgage will depend on many factors such as how good his credit may be along with his debt ratio. Most lenders want to see no debt or with a credit rating of seven hundred and above. There are three major credit agencies that this can be retrieved from. All three of these agencies will send along a free credit report once a year if requested.

There are many factors to look for when purchasing any piece of real estate. One of the most important would be the foundation of the property. As this is where the property is built on it is vital that the foundation be sound and solid without cracks. Secondly, plumbing is very expensive to fix if there are major issues involved with the property. Lastly, roofing is also another major expense and can run into the thousands of dollars if it is in need of repair. Cosmetic issues like painting, carpets, fixtures or windows can all be repaired as the need arises and can be written in as part of the agreement as part of the negotiating terms.

Once the buyer has extended an offer and the seller has accepted his offer, a professional and licensed house inspector can be contracted out to perform his duties. This is a highly recommended procedure as he will climb under the property to check for damages, inspect all the electrical parts as well as check on all the necessary features of the home to ensure that everything is working and up to code. He will provide detailed pictures of items that need to be fixed as well as how the foundation has held up. This can be presented to the buyer’s realtor and inserted into the contract with a desired timeframe to fix these repairs prior to the new owner’s occupancy.

Getting your House Ready for Summer

Getting your House Ready for Summer

As the weather changes, people are ready to trade in their bulky sweaters for light weight cotton clothes. While unpacking all the boxes of summer clothes is a pleasure, there are other things that are important to make sure a home is ready for summer. Getting the house ready for the season change is a daunting task, but nevertheless one that is necessary. When the scorching heat of summer is blazing, staying cool is the name of the game. A family depends on their HVAC unit to keep their home cool, but when a unit has a mechanical problem, the family can be left sweating it out.

HVAC maintenance is extremely important to ensure a unit is operational year round. While time and chance happens to everyone, prevention is always better than taking a gamble. The HVAC unit is the most expensive system in the home, shouldn’t it be properly maintained? What would happen if the owner of a vehicle never changed the oil, or the tires? Overtime the car would deteriorate and eventually stop running. The same analogy can be applied to the HVAC unit; it needs a little TLC from time to time.

During a routine inspection, a certified technician will check the internal components. They are looking for leaks, frayed wiring or anything that looks or sounds out of place. To a trained eye and ear, they can easily spot anything out of the ordinary. Finding a leak that needs to be fixed can be very advantageous, especially when it prevents a service interruption during the hottest days of the year.

Proper maintenance of the HVAC unit is important, but there are also a few things that a family must remember. For starters, never turn the unit below 70 degrees; the HVAC unit will not be able to keep up with the temperature demands and will run nonstop. A unit is made to cool a home to 20 degrees below the outside temperature. Second, make sure the filter is changed often, even in between routine maintenance sessions. If you dont have an AC you can get air conditioning installation bonaire to help you out.

It’s also time to pull those old fans out of the basement, attic or garage and make sure they still work. While air conditioning does a good bit to make sure that the home is cool, fans help to circulate the air. Dust ceiling fans that have accumulated quite a collection over the winter, and make sure that fans that have been in storage get the same treatment. At night, to conserve on energy, turn the AC up to a higher temperature, and use box fans to cool the house. Fans cost pennies a day to run and are much cheaper than AC.

While getting all the summer décor out and making sure to have the lemonade pitcher handy, it’s time to grab the cooler and other summertime items. Having the HVAC unit ready to go, as well as the hammock in the backyard and cooler clothes, and a family is ready for fun in the sun.

How to be Prepared for the Death of a Loved One

How to be Prepared for the Death of a Loved One

There is really no way to prepare for the death of a loved one, but there are things a person can do to cope with the situation. For instance, if a loved one is sick, it seems to be somewhat easier for people to let go, knowing they are no longer in pain or suffering. However; when a tragedy happens and someone is taken far before their time, it often leaves a void and an emptiness that can send many people into a deep and dark depression. How does one avoid depression and cope with the passing of a family member?

Remember the Good Times

When memories are all a person has left, they need to focus on those. If there are home videos and pictures, laughter of good times can be healing to the soul. Some families will sit with albums in hand laughing at one minute and crying the next. Tears are not always a bad thing, for they often release some of the pent up emotion that needs to come out. It is better to express emotions that to keep them bottled up inside. Find healing in sharing memories with others or reliving them with other family members.

Talking To a Professional

When the passing was sudden or unexpected, it is often best to talk to a professional. Grief is a powerful thing and dealing with alone can be quite difficult. Psychologists are trained to be able to help by teaching coping skills and to be a shoulder to cry on and an ear to listen. Some people think that putting the memories away is healing, but actually it is just putting off the grief till another day. If there are personal belongings that need to be gone through, it is often best to be done using techniques and support from a therapist.

Everyone grieves differently and no two people are the same. What works for one person may not work for another and this can be frustrating. Oftentimes, love ones want to tell each other how they should think or feel. When the emotions from a death become too much to carry, that is the point when professional help should be sought. Depression and anxiety are all too common ways for the body to handle stress, but there are methods that can be used to combat these problems. Sometimes even though funeral services in boulder co can be difficult you will get to remember the good times and that may provide some solace.

Losing someone loved is difficult, but time and finding comfort in other loves ones can make the journey easier. Taking one day at a time and never thinking too far ahead is advisable. Some days will be more difficult than others. It may take some time to clean out closets, and rid personal belongings, but in time the strength will come to finally say goodbye.

Hosting a Great 4th of July Party

Hosting a Great 4th of July Party

Hosting a party is a fun way to get people together. While you really don’t need any excuse to host a party, having a 4th of July party is a great reason to get all of your friends and family together for an entire day of fun. The atmosphere is generally more festive on holidays, and you can definitely use that to your advantage when planning any party.

Hosting a July 4th party is a great way to give everyone a chance to relax and enjoy the holiday. Planning the party can be almost as much fun as attending it. Thanks in part to the generally cooperative weather associated with that particular time of year, it is usually easy to host a July 4th party and find plenty of activities for all of your guests. One of the most popular activities for this type of party is to have an outdoor cookout to kick the festivities off. Simply cooking hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill is an easy and relatively inexpensive way to keep everyone happy and in a good mood. Hungry guests do not usually make happy guests, so setting up your cookout in such a way that guests can come and go as they please and get the food whenever they want is a good way to keep the party going for several hours. Moreover, many outdoor activities are popular for a July 4th party. You can set up a volleyball net or grab a football and provide several hours of fun for your guests. If you have a pool, you can also set up a place to play volleyball in the pool while still allowing other guests to simply relax by the water.

Many people give items away as prizes at parties. July 4th parties are one of the best places to do this, as you can give prizes away for the winners of the volleyball game or for the fastest swimmer and still stay well within your budget. You could even do dog races and give 4th of July dog collars out.  If you live in an area which permits setting off your own fireworks, you can give inexpensive and relatively safe fireworks away as party prizes. Sparklers make great prizes for July 4th parties. If you have children at your party, you can also allow them to get in on the fun by providing child safe prizes such as noise makers. This allows the entire family to have a good time while providing a safe way for the kids to get involved. In addition, you may choose to purchase inexpensive party favors to be used as prices. This can involve anything from beaded necklaces to shot glasses, and the party favors that you choose will largely depend upon the location of your party and the guests that you are inviting.

There are endless ways to have fun at a July 4th party. The activities that you can host at your party are limited only by your imagination. The same is true for the party favors and prizes that are provided. Be creative and let your party favors center around something associated with the holiday. Whether you are providing sparklers or cupcakes as party favors, just remember to keep it light and allow everyone to relax and have a good time.

5 Great Ways To Help Your House Sell

5 Great Ways To Help Your House Sell

There are many things that one can do to improve the chances of selling ones house. It is very important to have a game plan because if ones home sits in the market for too long then one has to keep dropping the price until it sells so it is important to do it right the first time.

The first thing that one needs to do when one is getting ready to sell ones home is to get the outside of the home looking its best. This might be by repainting the front door, replacing some window screens, fixing bare spots in the lawn, adding some low cost plants to the outside of the home for color, maybe even planting a tree or adding some stepping stones. The goal is to make the exterior of ones home look as attractive as possible.

The second thing that one needs to make sure is ready is the interior of the home because one should make it easy for the potential buyers to visualize their things in the home if the home is cluttered or if the home’s wall colors are too vibrant. One should consider removing some of the clutter and repainting some of the walls with a neutral color.

The third thing that one needs to do is to get a good realtor because they will help make sure that the home is being viewed but if one is selling ones home on ones own then one should just make sure that one puts ones home in the different home magazines and online locations where the home will be seen by potential buyers, and it might also be a good idea to have an Open House at the home.

The fourth thing is to make sure that ones home is priced right. If one has a realtor then they usually help with coming up with a price so that t one is neither too low nor too high. It is also important to remember to not be upset if one needs to drop the price of the home because the longer the home sits on the market the more one will have to drop the price until it gets sold.

The fifth thing that one needs to do is make sure that the home has a good For Sale sail flags. It is also a good idea that one puts signs around the neighborhood so that people who are driving around the neighborhood will know that the house is for sale.  Of course one needs to ask permission before placing signs in certain areas.

If one follows these five steps then one is on the right track to getting ones home sold much quicker.

Teaching your Children to Dress Modestly

Teaching your Children to Dress Modestly

If you are anything like me you believe in the importance of dressing modestly. I feel dressing modestly is important for a few different reasons. Chances are if you are a parent or casual observer like myself you can notice teens making questionable choices. One such questionable choice can be their clothing. It is clear in the media influence that the popular and hip thing to do is to show as much skin as possible. It is important that you as a parent or influence on children and teens to help them understand the importance of dressing modestly. First of all it is important to teach young girls especially that their bodies don’t determine their self worth. With the heavy media influence it is no wonder many girls feel their worth is based on how much skin they show and how in shape their bodies are. This can be dangerous because it leads to a culture of low self esteem and can lead to many problems such as eating disorders. Sit down with your child and have an open and honest conversation letting them know that they are worth so much and they shouldn’t feel more or less self worth based on their clothing. By dressing modestly they are showing the world that they are comfortable with themselves and respect their body. This sends a much more profound and lasting message to those around them. Something that can be difficult for young girls is finding modest dresses for school dances. Down East Basics is a great resource, you can find something that looks great and covers you up making you beautiful for that upcoming dance. Second it is important to teach your children to dress modestly to adhere to religious beliefs that you may hold.

I know that some religions such as the Mormons dress modestly as a sign to show they respect their bodies. Just like you need to take care of your body by eating well and exercising, it is important to wear appropriate clothing as well. Third, in order to teach your children to dress modestly it is important that they understand the why behind it. If they feel it is just another rule or a way you are trying to control them, it won’t stick. Help them to realize their bodies are unique and we should respect them by dressing appropriately. That what we wear sends a message to others about ourselves. Fourth, especially with girls it is important to teach them what dressing inappropriately does to the opposite sex. By sexifying her body she is sending a message to young men and that probably isn’t the message she wants or needs to be sending. Let’s keep in mind that modesty doesn’t just apply to girls. It is import to teach your son(s) the importance of dressing well. Make sure they don’t sag their pants. All in all, we need to send the message to young children that our bodies are special and we need to dress appropriately. By taking the time to wear the right sorts of clothes we can look and feel great.

Creating An Awesome Website

Creating An Awesome Website

Before you start promoting your website, you might need to first create it or vamp it. Here are ways to spice up or make an awesome site that is user friendly and fun to read.

First Things First

The first thing that you need to think about is content. What are you writing about or selling? What is the object of this site? Is it for a company, a blog, or something else? And how many and what kinds of people do you want looking at it? These basic questions help to steer you in the right direction with design. Get a domain and host, and possibly designer, and then start on mock-ups.

Tips For Web Design

  • Gradient – Use this sparingly and with good taste. It can help to make things pop out and come to life, as well as seem less monotonous. But it becomes tacky when overdone. So watch out.
  • Fonts – Study fonts because they are more important that many people think. Research the best kind of spacing, size, formatting, and more for better readability.
  • Background – Choose a background that is not annoying when repeated, as many MySpace backgrounds were, for example. Find one that adds to the idea of the site and does not distract from content at all. It might need to be a very muted color, such a white, with simple designs on top of it.
  • Graphics and icons – When promoting your website, choose good icons. Whether they are for advertising or for your page, they need to make sense and remain simple. The more complicated they are, the worse. If you teach recipes, your pictures should be large and simple. Photograph each step for ease. When using pictures or drawings, make sure that they are public domain, you pay for them, or you upload them yourself. Otherwise it can get you in trouble with professional photograph providing companies.
  • Color schemes – Study color schemes, too. Use complementary to pop your work, analogous for a classier approach, or tertiary for another vibe. It depends on the article or goal of the main site.

Exposure

Gain exposure for your website, now that it is created. You can make a coming soon kind of preview if you want, but it might be best to wait for the full out launch, just as you would with a business. Offer discounts the first day if you wish for more traffic. As a blogger, it helps to post on other blogs and to invite others to write on yours. This helps with SEO, as well.

With good design techniques, some research, and marketing, promoting your website is easier than you might think. So just go for your dream of website creation; it is completely attainable in today’s world.

Shaving Tips

Shaving Tips

For the best of shaving tips, buy safety razor and read on. You may have been cutting those beard hairs for some time now, or you might be new to it. Either way, you can always learn more to improve in this vital skill. Although it may not seem vital, your day is easily affected by razor burn and face pain. So think of it this way: if you want a better day every day, improve upon your shaving. Catch the spark of fresh flesh to kick start your day.

Brush It Out

Many men use their hands to apply shaving cream or gel. While this seems to work just fine, it actually precludes a few benefits. A shaving brush lifts up the hairs for a closer, easier shave. If it is the perfect cross between tough for lift and soft for lather, it is the perfect application tool to ready the playing field. So invest in a good brush and keep it dry after use. Just rinse it off as you do your razor, towel dry it in the right direction, and leave it to be used again tomorrow. It’s just like a stubby, very nice paint brush. Always leave the bristles drying the right direction so that it lasts a long time.

Brushes are also great for a good lather and for getting the cream very close to the skin. Use it by working in circles, and then finishing with a mild upward swipe that forces the hairs in the right direction to shave.

One more benefit of this product is that is exfoliates the skin automatically. It is the cure to dead pieces that stick on the face. It can make your face appear brighter and clearer. Just by using a brush you can achieve these three amazing results.

Razor Techniques

Remember to buy safety razor and then use it right. Here are some razor tips.

  • Go with the grain most days. This minimizes the chance of razor burn caused by ripping of the hair and skin. If you need a very close shave for a special occasion, you might be able to pull off going the other direction. This gives you a closer, smoother shave, but it must be done very carefully to avoid the burn.
  • Clean it out after every few swipes. There is no sense in applying all of this cream if you aren’t going to use it properly. And the cream cannot be used if the blades are all clogged up with junk. Use hot water to easily rinse it out and to keep the skin soft and malleable. Otherwise it can easily seize up.
  • Buy safety razor and use short swipes to create less tension. With these tips you can get a better shave each day.

5 Tips for Helping your Family Move to a New Location

5 Tips for Helping your Family Move to a New Location

Are you planning to move your family to a new location? Moving can cause a lot of stress and it is often one of the hardest things to worry about. If you have a small family, your children may not be happy about moving. Leaving behind their friends and their lives as they know it can cause a lot of stress. How can you move your family with a small amount of uproar? Here are five tips to help you move your family.

Tip # 1 – Have the Kids Help

To start the moving process, have your kids help. They need to be in charge of packing their toys, clothes, and other items in their rooms. Giving them a job to do can help them understand the reality of the move. If they are becoming upset, try to make the packing process into a fun game. If all else fails, you may need to take over and send them away to a neighbors or friends while you pack up their belongings.

Tip # 2 – Change of Address

When you move, you need to update your records with the post office. You should do this as soon as possible. You can schedule the date you want to receive mail at your new home. It only costs $1 to move your mail, but getting this little item off your checklist early will save you a large headache.

Tip # 3 – Create a Spreadsheet

One way to make the moving process easier is by creating a spreadsheet of everything you need to do. You should include everything from packing boxes to making sure the pet is fed on this list. Your kids need to be in charge of certain elements on the spreadsheet. This will help them to know what needs to be done. This will also help you keep your sanity as you can start checking things off the list.

Tip # 4 – Hire Movers or Rent a Truck

If you choose to rent a large truck, you need to try and keep it for a day or two before the actual move date. This can help you out as you load a lot of boxes and furniture into the truck. This is a great way to make sure you are getting everything boxed up properly. You can move some things into your new home if you already have the keys. Having the moving truck will help you go back and forth as you move things into your new home. This will prevent you from feeling rushed.

Tip # 5 – Ask for Help

Moving is not an easy process. Ask your family members and close friends if they will help you with the moving process. Make it easy for them to help! Have everything boxed up before they come so all they need to do is move things from one home to the other.

If you are looking for Los Angeles Real Estate, contact a skilled realtor. They can help you with the moving process as they have connections with moving companies.