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Posted by Kimberly and John Solio on 2/19/2017

A three season room can be an extremely beneficial home investment. While many different kinds of improvements allow for the enjoyment of the outdoor spaces of your home, a three season room provides protection from the elements, giving maximum value. 


There’s a few different things to consider when it comes to estimating the cost of building a three season room. The amount you’ll need to spend can vary widely based on the material used, the finishes that have been chosen and where you live.  


Get Estimates


It’s really important when undertaking any kind of home improvement project to obtain estimates. You’ll get ballpark figures of how much it will cost you and you’ll be able to get a few ideas from each professional as to how they will go about completing the project. You’ll be able to create your ideal model this way, just by asking for input. The cost will depend on other factors like whether demolition needs to be involved, or how much site preparation is needed.


Use What You Have


Existing structures on your home may be used to build a three season room. A porch or deck may have the ability to be closed in. As long as the condition is good, or the structure is sound, it’s easy to use these parts of your home that are already there to build an area to enjoy the outside. A three season room needs a combination of glass, windows, screens and a sturdy floor.


Roofing 


It’s important that you match roof of your sunroom the existing roofing materials on your home. You can choose from a variety of different kinds of roofs from simple to more elaborate styles. For even more light in your sunroom, think about adding a skylight. 


What The Estimate Should Include


The estimate of your three season room should include all of the following areas:


  • Foundation
  • Framing
  • Electrical
  • Moldings
  • Doors and windows
  • Drywall
  • Skylights
  • Screens
  • Ceiling fans

The cost of labor will also be included in the estimate. Carpenters charge around $70 per hour. Electricians range in their charges from $65 to $85 per hour. It will most likely require many different contractors in order to complete the job of creating your three season room. When your building, the most important thing is that you add the aspects that you’ll enjoy the most throughout the year. Another important point to remember is that the room will be exposed to the elements, so it is possible that dirt and dust will build up quickly in the sunroom. You should plan accordingly to make cleaning a breeze.  

No matter where you live, it’s always great to maximize your enjoyment of the outdoors! Building a three season room can give you the ability to to do just that.     




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Posted by Kimberly and John Solio on 2/12/2017

Businesspeople imitating see, hear, speak no evil conceptThe country’s long history of racism and racial discrimination effected many aspects of life in the U.S. and the world of real estate was no exception to this. In the past, real estate agents would practice things such as “steering” and “blockbusting.” In both cases real estate agents played a part in segregating different communities by race.  Whether by steering, suggesting clients look in certain neighborhoods based on their race, or blockbusting, convincing homeowners to sell their homes quickly and at low prices by instilling the fear that minorities would soon be taking over the area, their practices did not have their clients’, or the general populations, best interests at heart. In fact, ‘steering’ and ‘blockbusting’ allowed agents to reap many fiscal rewards of racism. Modern day real estate agents have a very high standard of ethics and laws in place in regard to discrimination for these very reasons. These standards make the content an agent can provide his or her clients with limited at times. There is certain information your agent can not and should not provide. An agent cannot and should not attest to the specifics of a certain neighborhood. The agent shouldn’t tell a client the area is perfect for single persons or on the other hand describe a neighborhood as family-friendly. Your agent can suggest you speak with some of the homeowners in the neighborhood in order to get a better grasp on the neighborhood’s atmosphere. Similarly, If you want to know if the area you’re looking in has a good school system, an agent can point you in the direction of where this information and data is readily available, perhaps online, and allow you to do your own research and make your own assumptions. An agent, generally, cannot provide you with his or her personal experience or opinion on these sensitive topics. This is not detrimental to you as a buyer or a seller. As a seller you are ensured your agent is showing any and all interested buyers, and as a buyer you know your agent is showing you the optimal number of homes and neighborhoods based on your desires not your race. As your real estate agent I’d be happy to point you in the right direction of any information you may be seeking while abiding by all of the highest moral standards of my profession. It is my job to have your best interests in mind.





Posted by Kimberly and John Solio on 2/5/2017

Cooking a homemade meal fills the home with mouthwatering aromas. But once you’re done eating and your hunger is satiated, you won’t want those cooking odors to stick around any longer.

Eliminating cooking odors isn’t easy, as they tend to stick to the surfaces of your house in the form of grease splatter, and oils that make their way through the air.

Fortunately, there are many great ways to avoid, reduce, and eliminate household cooking odors so that you don’t have to wake up each morning still smelling last night’s fish dinner.

Know thy enemy

The worst culprits of cooking odor are the ones that make their way into your vents, onto your stovetop, and stick to any surfaces within reach. We’re talking about cooking grease and oils. The best way to manage these odors is to try to limit their ability to spread across your house. When frying on your stovetop, cook with the cover of the pan slightly ajar or purchase a splatter screen. This will greatly reduce the amount of grease that spreads across your kitchen.

Enjoy the outdoors

The grill isn’t just for steaks. If you have a meal that’s likely to leave lingering odors in your home, take it outside to cook on a nice day. You can often buy grill-friendly fry pans and other accessories that will expand the number of meals you can cook outdoors.

Prioritize cleaning

The best chance you have at reducing cooking odors is to clean them up as soon as you’re done eating. Make an agreement that whoever does dishes for the night will also be in charge of wiping down the surfaces of your kitchen.

Open up the windows and turn on your exhaust fan while cleaning too, this will help sweep away the stale, humid air in your kitchen that is likely to settle in the house.

Proper dish management

It can be tempting to leave the dirty dishes in the sink or dishwasher for the next day, but if you do you’re giving cooking odors a free pass to hang around for another night. What’s worse, some odors worsen over time, such as pans that were used for cooking meats.

Odor neutralizers

Some odor neutralizers are more sensational than effective. One common myth is that an open box of baking soda will neutralize odors. While baking soda can be mixed to form a useful cleaning solution (and therefore reducing odors), it doesn’t do much to eliminate odors on its own.

Instead, try cleaning with neutralizing agents. Citrus and vinegar scented cleaners are easy to make, inexpensive, and don’t contain any dangerous chemicals.

Another option would be to use odor neutralizing air fresheners, fabric fresheners, and candles. If you have furniture that tends to attract cooking odors, you can spray them lightly with a fabric freshener or wipe them down with dryer sheets.  




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Posted by Kimberly and John Solio on 1/29/2017

Wait, when was the last time you cleaned that ? And how often are you supposed to wash that? Never have to ask yourself these questions again by creating a monthly chore calendar. Creating a chore calendar may seem like you’re taking your house cleaning duties a little too seriously, but by creating a regular cleaning schedule you will set yourself up for success. And you’ll have a guaranteed cleaner home, and who doesn’t want that? Monthly

  • Scrub grout in the kitchen and bathroom.
  • Wash pillow and mattress protectors as well as duvet covers.
  • Discard any food in the freezer that has become freezer burnt or is past its time.
  • Wax any wood floors your home may have.
  • Dust fans you have throughout your home. Don’t forget to do this in the winter when they are not in use to avoid build-up.
  • Wipe down and disinfect light switch plates and door knobs.
  • Wipe down and disinfect your home phones and your family’s cell phones.
  • Flush drains. Try a natural solution by pouring baking soda down drains and allowing to sit overnight to deodorize. In the morning pour hot water down the drain to rinse the baking soda out and flush the drain.
  • Wipe down walls, doors and baseboards.
  • Check the fire alarms throughout your home and replace any batteries when necessary.
Weekly
  • Dust each room in your home.
  • Empty all trash bins throughout your home. Don’t forget smaller, less used baskets like in your child’s room or in the office.
  • Clean sinks, toilets, and bath of any soap scum or buildup.
  • Vacuum and mop the floors throughout your home.
  • Wipe down surfaces like tables and counters.
  • Clean mirrors and windows.
  • Wash sheets and pillowcases.
  • Sort through your mail and email inbox. Pay any upcoming bill and file paperwork as necessary.
  • Clean fridge out of any food that has gone past its expiration.
  • Wipe down appliances in the kitchen such as the microwave, stove, and toaster.
  • Wipe down and deodorize trashcans and recycling bins.
  • Put out fresh towels in your bathrooms and kitchen
Daily
  • Tidy up. Keep on top of clutter by putting items away when they are no longer in use.
  • Make the beds and if your children are old enough encourage them to make theirs.
  • Sort out mail. File and discard as necessary.
  • Clean up as you prepare meals to leave time to relax after dinner time instead of spending another hour in the kitchen.
  • Wipe up any spills as they happen to avoid having to use elbow grease to clean up later.
  • Sweep the kitchen floor and any other high traffic areas.
  • Throw in a load of laundry. If you have a large family make laundry more manageable by doing a load a day.
Keeping your home clean is hard work, there is no doubt about that, especially if you have a family. However, by creating a monthly chore calendar you can create a more manageable workload for yourself. With a little planning up front you can have a neat and tidy home you can sit back and truly enjoy!





Posted by Kimberly and John Solio on 1/22/2017

After you sell your house, you may need to move quickly to pack up your belongings and relocate to a new address. If you know how to host a successful garage sale, you should have no trouble de-cluttering your home and earning extra cash at the same time.

A garage sale represents a valuable opportunity, as it will enable you to get rid of excess items before your upcoming move. Plus, a garage sale allows you to go through your personal belongings and separate the must-keep items from non-essential ones.

So what does it take to host a successful garage sale? Here are three tips to ensure you can do just that.

1. Plan Ahead

When would you like to host your garage sale? Will you require permits? And what supplies will you need? These are just some of the questions that you should consider as you plan ahead for the big day.

Making a list of to-do items may help you stay organized as you prep for your garage sale. Also, as you accomplish each task on your list, you can move one step closer to ensuring your event will be a major success.

2. Advertise Your Garage Sale

Creating bright, vibrant posters and hanging them up around your neighborhood is a great way to advertise your garage sale to neighbors and friends. Don't forget to encourage your friends and neighbors to spread the word about your garage sale as well.

Furthermore, social networks allow you to share details about your garage sale with a large group of individuals instantly. They even make it simple to share photos of items that you plan to sell during your garage sale, and as such, may help you generate plenty of interest in your event.

3. Organize Your Garage Sale Items

As the date of your garage sale approaches, you'll want to consider how you'll organize your items. By doing so, you can arrange similar items together and ensure visitors will have no trouble evaluating everything you have to offer.

Placing similar items in laundry baskets or bins the night before your garage sale may help you streamline the process of setting up for your event the next day. In addition, be sure to set aside ample driveway or front lawn space for all of your garage sale items.

4. Maintain a Flexible Outlook

Unfortunately, garage sales sometimes can be unpredictable. And despite your best efforts, there are no guarantees that your garage sale will go according to plan.

Stay flexible, and you should have no trouble maximizing the value of your garage sale. For example, if someone wants to negotiate the price of a particular item, listen to what this individual has to say. Because even though you may wind up receiving less than you originally anticipated, you'll be able to get rid of this item before you move.

Maintaining a customer-first approach can make a world of difference throughout a garage sale too. And if you greet visitors when they arrive and chat with them during the event, you may be able to boost your chances of transforming your ordinary garage sale into a successful one.




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