Cindy Gordon
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage | 774-249-4824 | [email protected]

Posted by Cindy Gordon on 1/3/2016

Is your bedroom in need of a slight makeover?  Surprisingly enough, many people don't spend too much time thinking about how their bedroom looks.  How many times have you been on a tour of a friend's new home, and the tour stops short of their sleeping area?  If you don't want to fall into the trap of feeling like your bedroom isn't a "show off" room, then take a few steps to jazz it up a bit. By paying a little attention to a few areas in your bedroom, you can leave that door open with no shame. New Bedding - Depending on your sleeping preferences, your bed may well be the biggest piece of furniture in your home.  Coincidentally, your bedding may also be one of the largest decorations in your home.  Do you like your bedding?  Does it match your home and personality well?  If it leaves you wanting, then consider outfitting your bed with a new bedding set.  With this one improvement, the entire mood of your bedroom can change.  If you can manage to find curtains or drapes that complement your bedding, it will tie your bedroom together in a big way. Floors - Bedrooms may have the least amount of floorspace visible, but that doesn't mean that they should be neglected.  Consider buying a decorative rug for your room.  Or, if you're feeling adventurous, consider installing a new carpet or flooring.  The sky is the limit here, and any change made is likely to be an improvement. Laundry - Piles of unfolded or dirty laundry can be an eyesore. Even a visible laundry hamper is enough to be a distraction.  Consider outfitting your closet door with a hanging laundry basket, or instituting a "no dirty laundry in the bedroom" rule for yourself. Lighting - If you rely solely on overhead lighting in your bedroom, then consider buying a lamp or two.  Lamps will serve to highlight your furniture, as well as create a more relaxing environment.

Posted by Cindy Gordon on 12/14/2015

The kitchen stove is a common cause of fire in the home. The usual culprit of a stove top fire is grease which can be very dangerous and can spread quickly. It is important to know how to react when a grease fire happens. Here are some tips for putting out a stove top fire, should it happen to you: If the fire starts from grease in a pan, put a metal lid on top of the pan to smother the flames. Turn off the burner but don't move the pan. Leave the lid on until the fire is completely extinguished. If you have it handy you can use baking soda to put out the fire. Never use water on a grease fire, it will make it worse. An ABC, dry chemical fire extinguisher can also be used effectively on grease fires. It is important to keep a small multi-purpose extinguisher in an easily accessible area of your kitchen. Never try to carry the fire outside. Moving the pan may cause the grease to splash, spread the fire, and cause burns. In case of an oven fire, turn off the oven and leave the door closed. After the fire is out, let the oven cool completely. If the fire becomes more than you can handle, leave and call 911 from a neighbor's house.

Posted by Cindy Gordon on 11/22/2015

The last thing you want is a smelly house. When you are trying to sell your home the presence of household odors can affect the sale-ability and the bottom line price. Some of the most common offensive odors are cooking odors, particularly fish and curry odors, smoke from cigarettes or oven fires, pet odors or the odor from illness or incontinence. In order to remove stubborn odors you will need to give the home a thorough cleaning. Here are some tips to get you on your way to a fresh smelling home. 1. Open windows and doors. Place a large fan in a doorway or window. Have the fan where blow fresh air in. Use a second fan to exhaust the odors out. 2. Believe it or not the smells could be coming from your attic insulation. Odors from cooking rise in the heat and are trapped in the attic insulation. The insulation cannot be cleaned or effectively deodorized so it must be replaced. 3. Clean carpets and upholstered furniture using a steamer. A commercial steam extractor can be rented from an equipment rental place. Things like mattresses and foam pillows will most likely need to be replaced as it is almost impossible to get odors out. 4. All clothing, bedding, and drapes in the home will need to be laundered or dry cleaned. Odors get trapped in these are can linger. Check labels for care instructions and follow the directions. 5. Odor causing particles can get trapped in the duct work. You may need to have the ducts professionally cleaned to remove the particles. Before you do that, you might consider changing the furnace or air conditioning filters once a day until you no longer smell offensive odors. 7. Wash all the ceilings, walls and floors. Use a cleaner designed for this as you would not want to damage the paint or wood floors. 8. Wash your stove, refrigerator, dishwasher, washer and dryer inside and out. Don't forget the back of the stove and the coils of the refrigerator. 9. Place small dishes of vanilla extract, baking soda, sliced lemons or potpourri throughout the house to capture the odors and replace them with a better alternative.

Posted by Cindy Gordon on 11/1/2015

Cooler weather is here and there are some things you need to do to prepare your home for the cold weather. Getting your home in tip top shape for winter will help lower your utility bills and protect your investment. 1. Give your heating system a tune up. Have your furnace or heat pump inspected to make sure the system is clean and in good repair. It will also give you peace of mind as it will also measure for carbon-monoxide leakage. 2. Clean the gutter and drain pipes. This will help move water away from the house. 3. Drain outside faucets. Undrained water that freezes in pipes will expand and can burst. 4. Do a chimney checkup. Clean the fireplace and check for loose or missing mortar. 5. Remove window air-conditioners, or put weatherproof covers on them. 6. If you have storm windows, take down screens and replace with storm windows. 7. Caulk around windows and doors. Add weather stripping as needed around doors. Check the garage door too. 8. Drain the hot water heater. Remove sediment from the bottom of the tank. 9. Have your lawn-irrigation system professionally drained. This will help avoid freezing and leaky pipes come spring. 10. Change the direction of your ceiling fan to create an upward draft. This will redistribute the warm air from the ceiling.

Posted by Cindy Gordon on 10/4/2015

Fall is the perfect time for planting. Cooler temperatures and sunny days provide just the right recipe for planting a new lawn. Getting a good start will determine the quality of your lawn for many years to come. Here are some tips that will help to keep a great lawn for many years to come. Condition the Soil The most important element to a healthy lawn is the soil condition.  Before you begin you will want to know the condition of the soil.  Soil testing is the process of analyzing the nutrients present in a soil sample to determine the type and amount of fertilizer needed. You can purchase a soil test kit at your local garden center. Once you know the results of your soil test you can mix fertilizer into the top four to six inches of your soil. Your soil should be tilled thoroughly.  If the tilth of the soil is very heavy or sandy, organic material such as peat moss, compost, sludge or even sawdust should be added. Choose the Right Seed Before selecting seed you will need to determine how you will use your lawn and how much maintenance you're willing to provide. Seed types are formulated for different needs and different climates. Some seed mixtures have tough and durable grasses designed for play areas while others have fine bladed grasses for a lush lawn. You may also need to buy seed designed for sun or shade. Read the seed bag before you buy, to make certain it is the right mix for your needs. Plant The best time to seed lawns is from late summer until early fall. At this time of year the soil is still warm, watering is not as much as a problem as it is mid-summer, and there will be fewer weed problems. This gives the lawn a better chance of getting established. For the best results use a hand crank operated seed spreader. Sow ¼ of your seed (at ¼ the recommended rate) to the entire lawn area. Repeat this process three more times, each in a different direction. Then roll the entire lawn surface with an empty lawn roller to set the seed in the soil. Water the entire area thoroughly with a fine mist. Keep the new seeds evenly moist until germination. After the seeds germinate, water about one inch of water per week. When the grass is 2 1/2-3 inches tall mow to about 2 to 2 1/2 inches tall. Getting your lawn off to a good start will ensure you have a green, healthy and beautiful looking lawn for years to come.