Cindy Gordon
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Posted by Cindy Gordon on 5/23/2021

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Every room inside your home provides you with an opportunity to adopt a fresh, green lifestyle. When you focus on each individual room within your home, you can quickly create a sustainable space to live and grow.

These tips can help you improve every room in your house until you have a created an eco-friendly home:

Create a Green Bathroom

The bathroom is the perfect place to begin your new, eco-friendly adventure. As one of the most frequently used rooms in your house, it also can be the biggest drain on your resources. These tips can help you improve the sustainability of your bathroom:

  • Upgrade your toilet to a high-efficiency toilet that will use less water per flush.
  • Purchase toilet paper that is created from recycled materials. Don't forget to recycle or reuse the toilet paper roll.
  • Opt for all-natural toiletry products that will not add harsh chemicals and other toxic materials to the water.

Transform Your Kitchen Into a Sustainable Space

The kitchen is another room in the home that has a lot of potential when it comes to sustainability. Here are a few ways that you can make your kitchen into the most eco-friendly spot in your house:

  • Buy energy-efficient appliances. Your kitchen appliances use a significant amount of the energy and electricity in your home. Energy-efficient units reduce the amount of energy used while also providing you with cost savings on your utility bills.
  • Wash your dishes by hand when you can, and run the dishwasher every couple of days. Washing dishes by hand uses less water than the dishwasher does in order to clean your pates and utensils.

Design an Eco-Friendly Bedroom

The bedroom is not usually the first place that people look to when they want to create an eco-friendly home, but there are a lot of ways to transform your bedroom into a green space. Here are a few ideas to consider:

  • Use organic bedding or bedding made from recycled materials. Invest in high-quality bedding in a timeless color or style, so that you do not have to replace it quickly.
  • Donate clothes that you do not use, and be mindful about how much you purchase. The textile and clothing industry has a significant impact on the environment, and by buying less, you can have an impact on the production cycle.

Live and Thrive in an Environmentally-Friendly Living Room

Your living room should be a relaxing space where you can be yourself. In order to feel good about reading, writing or watching TV in your living room, you should make it an environmentally-friendly area. Here are a few ways to get started:

  • Buy houseplants to use as decorations. Houseplants can improve the indoor air quality of your home, and they also make it a more peaceful place for you to live.
  • Use your fireplace to heat the room rather than relying on the furnace. Be sure to purchase sustainable wood to burn.

It's important to remember that you do not have to transform your home into an eco-friendly haven in a matter of days or weeks. By breaking down your sustainability goals into bite-sized chunks, you will be able to better manage the small steps that will help you accomplish your long-term targets.





Posted by Cindy Gordon on 5/16/2021

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With each passing day, more advancement in technology hits the market. Innovations are springing up to simplify life in all areas of the home. Technology has always made home life easier for people from washing machines to take care of your laundry to dishwashers to clean your dishes. Now, new inventions have reached other areas in the home, and integration with your smartphone allows you to manage it from anywhere in the world. Take advantage of these smart new gadgets for your home.

Smart Doorbells

Smart doorbells allow you to monitor people outside your door via video link. You can even have a conversation with visitors when you are not home. A smart doorbell is not expensive, and you can quickly install it so long as your home was initially wired for a doorbell. You can even pair the smart doorbell with other technology in your home for extra security. 

Smart Locks

Smart locks provide additional security for your doors, especially entry points. They come designed with touchpads and lack a keyhole. A smart locks connection to your smartphone allows you to remotely unlock your door for visitors without sharing your personal passcode. Smart locks also allow you to create passcodes for different people that enter your home enabling you to know who comes in and when they gain entry. 

Smart Thermostats

Learning thermostats analyze the pattern of energy usage in your home and make adjustments automatically to fit your routine. Using a smart thermostat allows you to become more efficient in energy management. You can replace your old thermostat with smart ones, and some utilities even offer special programs to help you do so. Most smart thermostats limit the use of power when you are not at home and adjust the temperature to coincide with when you return.

Smart Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Detectors

A smart smoke detector functions like a traditional version in that an audible alert sounds when smoke is present. The benefit of smart smoke detectors is that their connection to your smartphone allows you to be notified of a fire emergency even while you are away from your residence. The same is true for carbon monoxide detectors alert which sense build-up of the deadly, odorless gas in your home. The remote notifications could help with timely intervention if pets or housemates are at present when carbon monoxide is detected. 

Robot Vacuums

Sometimes, having to clean your home by yourself is a lot of work. The robot vacuum has eliminated the stress and time required to vacuum your home. A robotic vacuum cleans your floors by making frequent trips around your home, sucking up dirt, crumbs, and debris lying on the floor. You can schedule them to work during the night or while you are out so that the work is done at a time that wont interfere with your regular activities.

Most smart devices are energy efficient so they can help you save energy and money when you integrate them into your home. Many newer homes come wired for smart devices, so let your agent know if having a smart home is high on your list.





Posted by Cindy Gordon on 5/9/2021

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Whether it is a seller's market or you just have an appealing home, you could end up with multiple offers -- how can you decide which offer is best? Your agent is an excellent source of information and can help widdle through unqualified buyers, but if you still have to choose between multiple offers, here's what to consider. 

Understand fair market value: You should know what to expect and what a fair offer looks like -- your agent can help you discover what the fair market value is for your home. If there are any mitigating factors (you have been relocated at work or you need to move quickly) they could impact the decision-making process more than price.

Preapprovals in place: If you have multiple offers, the buyer with a preapproval in place has an edge. This signals that not only is the buyer interested in the home, but they are able to pay for it. It also indicates that the closing can move swiftly, since this key element is in place. A higher offer without preapproval could end up falling through if the buyer is unable to secure a mortgage. 

Payment method: In many cases, the type of mortgage the buyer is getting won't matter -- you'll get the funds at closing either way. If you are in a hurry, though, a cash buyer can move more swiftly than one with a conventional mortgage. Buyers using non-conventional mortgages like USDA loans may also encounter delays, as these can take more time to process. 

Timeline: What do the buyers propose as a closing date? Too soon and you'll have to rush to get your own things moved out -- and may end up under pressure to move. Too late and you'll feel like you are waiting forever and living between two homes -- your next, new home and the one you need to sell. 

Contingencies: A contingency for financing, appraisal or inspection is common, but too many contingencies or unusual requests could mean you're in for a problematic closing process. Consider any contingencies the buyer is demanding before deciding which offer is right for you to avoid surprises later in the process. 

Special requests: Are there any unusual requests, or does one buyer want more than others? A buyer who wants you to leave kitchen appliances is reasonable (and most expect these to convey). One who wants your heirloom furniture or outdoor equipment may be asking for more than you want to sell. You should be aware of and consider any special requests when you review offers for your home. 

Having to choose between more than one offer puts you in a great position, but it can still be nerve wracking. Working with an experienced seller's agent to vet the offers and determining which factors matter most to you can help you make the right decision for your home sale. 




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Posted by Cindy Gordon on 5/2/2021

Although your home gym has helped you stay in shape for many years, packing your dumbbells, an elliptical and other exercise equipment prior to moving day may prove to be exhausting. Fortunately, we're here to help you take the guesswork out of packing your exercise equipment.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you prepare your exercise equipment for moving day.

1. Handle Your Weights with Care

Weights come in many shapes and sizes, and you should allocate plenty of time and resources to ensure your weights won't move while in transit.

For small weight plates and dumbbells, you can wrap these weights in packing paper and place them in a small box. However, you should try to avoid putting too many weights in a single box.

If you have heavy weights and barbells, you should wrap these weights in packing paper and place them directly on the floor of your moving day vehicle. Secure the weights with rope or straps, and you can keep the weights in place.

2. Take Photographs of Your Exercise Equipment

Let's face it disassembling an elliptical, treadmill or other exercise equipment can be challenging. Perhaps even worse, putting your exercise equipment back together at your new home may be virtually impossible, particularly for those who struggle to stay organized.

Before you disassemble any exercise equipment, take a photograph of the equipment itself. Capture images of your exercise equipment from all angles, and you'll be better equipped than ever before to properly put this equipment back together once you reach your new address.

Also, keep all screws, bolts and other small exercise equipment parts in a plastic bag. You can attach this bag to the equipment itself to avoid the danger of losing these parts during your move.

Don't forget to keep track of the steps that you follow to disassemble exercise equipment too. That way, you'll know exactly what you'll need to do to quickly reassemble your exercise equipment.

3. Get Help from Family Members and Friends

Exercise equipment can be large, heavy and difficult to move on your own. Thus, you should not hesitate to reach out to family members and friends to help you safely pack and move your exercise equipment from Point A to Point B.

Furthermore, professional moving companies are available to help you transport exercise equipment to your new house. A moving company employs friendly, professionally trained staff members who are happy to help you simplify the process of moving your exercise equipment to any location, at any time.

If you need extra assistance prior to moving day, you may want to contact a real estate agent as well. In addition to helping you buy or sell a residence, a real estate agent can offer expert moving tips, put you in touch with top-rated moving companies in your area and much more.

Get your exercise equipment ready for your upcoming move use the aforementioned tips, and you should have no trouble packing and moving your exercise equipment to your new house.





Posted by Cindy Gordon on 4/25/2021

All house buyers have different pet peeves when it comes to evaluating homes, but there are a lot of easy fixes you can do to reduce the chances of losing a sale. Here are a few tips to keep in mind.

Squeaky doors: Lubricating squeaky hinges is one of the easiest things you can do to improve your chances of making a positive impression on prospective home buyers. A seemingly small thing like squeaky door hinges can make your house seem old, poorly maintained, and in disrepair. A squeaky door hinge is probably not going to make or break the sale of your house, but in combination with other little flaws that prospects might notice, it could have a major impact.

Weeds cropping up: Another clear signal to prospects that your property hasn't been properly maintained -- at least in their minds -- is the existence of weeds. Other than an overgrown lawn, nothing detracts from curb appeal more than weeds coming up everywhere, especially in driveway cracks, walkways, and front steps. If your home is on the market or you're considering selling it in the near future, getting rid of noticeable weeds will help improve your property's curb appeal and make a better impression on prospective buyers. If you hate the idea of handling or applying commercial weed killers, non-toxic household items like vinegar or salt have been known to nip the weed problem in the bud. Whether you use store-bought herbicides or natural remedies, make sure you don't damage any nearby plants that you want to protect. In some cases, manually pulling out weeds and carefully digging out the roots is the most risk-free approach, although it's also the most labor intensive!

Dust and cobwebs: No matter how thorough you think you've been in cleaning your house, you're probably going to miss a few spots that prospective buyers will notice. In small amounts, a little dust is not going to make or break your sale, but like squeaky door hinges, small problems add up! Areas that homeowners and house cleaners often overlook include baseboards, ceiling fans, and corners of ceilings.

Unpleasant odors: If your house smells like pets, mold, or mothballs, that sometimes can be a deal breaker. Bad odors are a major sensory turnoff that could easily sour people on the idea of making an offer on your house. Musty odors are often indicative of a larger problem, such as a damp basement, leaky pipes, water damage, or mold infestation. Eliminating odors prior to having your house shown can be as simple as doing a thorough cleaning, or as complex and expensive as hiring a mold remediation service.

The good news about preparing your home for sale is that a seasoned real estate agent can provide you with the advice, guidance, and help you need to maximize your chances for attracting offers and selling your property for its full market value.