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Posted by Wilson Wolfe Real Estate on 4/23/2017

With the ever-growing number of mobile apps out there it can be difficult to know†which ones you'll really use and which ones you'll never even open. If you're moving to a new house or apartment soon, we've got you covered. These five apps are all you need to use when it comes time to†start packing your things. 1. Sortly There's no shortage of checklist apps on the market. Most phones come with simple to-do list apps pre-installed that are useful when you need to make a trip to the grocery store. But when it comes to moving, things get more complicated. Sortly is an app designed just for that. It has many uses aside from moving, like doubling as an inventory system for small businesses. It's great for moving because it allows you to sort, organize, print QR labels for your boxes, take pictures, add notes and more. 2. MoveAdvisor Another useful multitasking moving app is MoveAdvisor. However, it's most useful feature for your move will be its detailed timeline. With MoveAdvisor you can schedule out all of the important details weeks or months in advance, all the way up to your moving date. With its reminders you're sure to stay on track and feel prepared once moving day arrives. If you're planning on hiring a moving company, MoveAdvisor will also provide you with lists and reviews of movers in your area and help you calculate moving costs. 3. TaskRabbit Moving requires lots of help. From simple errands, to cleaning and shopping, TaskRabbit is the app that connects you to people that you can pay per task completed. Jobs done from TaskRabbit workers are insured and workers are highly vetted so you don't have to worry about the security of your things. When it comes to your move, you can hire people on TaskRabbit to help you complete a number of moving-related tasks. You can commission a helper to pack and box your things for you, or to lift, move, and assemble furniture. The help doesn't end there, however... you can also hire someone on TaskRabbit to help you clean up your old home or prepare your new home for you during your move. 4. Google Maps The most important app for the drive to your new home will be a reliable GPS app. In our experience, the app that gets you where you need to be with the fewest mistakes is Google Maps. You can map out your drive in advance, planning for rest stops to refuel yourself and your moving van. With Google Maps you can also easily share routes with other people who may be in your moving caravan so that everyone's on the same page. Moving far away? Google Maps works across country and overseas. Contact hotels right from the app to book in advance and hunt for good reviews. With Google Maps, there's no reason the commute to your new home shouldn't go smoothly. 5. BrightNest So you've arrived at your new home, taken all of your boxes out of the moving van, and now it's time to relax before you start to unpack and decorate. While you take a breather, check out BrightNest. It's a haven for great ideas on decorating and arranging furniture. It will also give you recipe ideas for your first meal in your new home. Enjoy!    





Posted by Wilson Wolfe Real Estate on 4/16/2017

Objects useful in an emergency situationEvery home should be prepared for an emergency. A natural disaster or medical situation could happen at any time.† The time to prepare is before, not when it happens.† Actually, the Federal government recommends that every household should have an emergency supplies kit on hand. Below is a list of essentials and recommended supplies to have in your emergency kit.

  • WATER
You should have at least 2 gallons of water per person a day for one week. Donít forget water for the pets!
  • FOOD
Have non-perishables, like canned soups, meats and fruits. You will need a hand can opener as well. It is good to plan for at least 3 cans a day per person for about a week. Donít forget to include non-perishable food for your pet as well.
  • FIRST AID KIT
There are many first kits available for purchase. †Always check your first aid kit to make sure the expiration date is valid. †It is also a good idea to have extra prescriptions and medicines, like Advil and Tylenol on hand.
  • LIGHT
You should always have flashlights, extra batteries, candles and water proof matches.
  • SANITATION
Itís a good idea to purchase a small supply of travel size shampoos, deodorants, tooth brushes and tooth paste.† Also, feminine hygiene products, disposable razors, latex gloves, garbage bags and toilet paper are essential items. It would also be a good idea to have a supply of disinfectant.
  • COMMUNICATION DEVICES
A portable radio or television with extra batteries would provide you with a way to stay informed on the state of the emergency. A hand cranked or solar operated television or radio would be best.† Also, keep a list of important phone numbers that you would need in an emergency. Itís always good to have a waterproof zip lock baggie with a pen, pencil and pad of paper.
  • TOOLS
Although expensive, a portable generator and the fuel to run it would be extremely beneficial in a disaster. A power converter that runs off a car battery could provide a source of electricity if a generator is not an option. Miscellaneous item such as a piece of nylon rope (100 ft.), leather gloves, and a multi-function pocket tool would also be useful for many things.
  • CASH
It is always a good idea to have at least $100.00 cash accessible if needed. You may never need to use your kit, but in case of a disaster, you will be happy that you were prepared and it will increase your chances of survivability.





Posted by Wilson Wolfe Real Estate on 4/9/2017

One recurring problem all parents deal with -- especially on weekends and school breaks -- is keeping their children entertained and engaged. (Sound familiar?)

While you can sometimes take your kids and their friends bowling, to the movies, or roller skating, those type of activities are only short-term fixes. Once you've expended all the possibilities, you're back to square one! The ideal scenario is to be able to fill in some of those gaps with fun, recreational activities at home.

If you have a finished basement or are talking about renovating an unfinished area, then that part of the house can provide the space for a dedicated rec room. The cost of finishing a basement can be expensive -- with estimates ranging from $10,000 to around $35,000. The final cost would depend on factors like the square footage of your basement, contractor pricing, materials used, and whether you're willing or able to do any of the work yourself. For growing families with active children, remodeling a basement or buying a house that already has a finished basement could prove to be a priceless resource for years to come!

Setting Up a Game Room

Outfitting a rec room with items like game tables is an additional expense that could have an impact on your budget. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to keep a lid on those costs. One idea would be to spread out those purchases over a period of time. For example, one year you could buy a billiards table; the next year, you could add a ping-pong table, air hockey game, or a foosball table to the room. Many of these items also make excellent birthday or holiday gifts for the kids, so you can potentially include those purchases in your gift-buying budget. With a little online price comparison, you'll also discover that you don't have to pay top dollar for any of those game tables. It's rarely necessary to get the "deluxe" version of a pool table, air hockey game, or foosball table, and there's a wide range of sizes and prices available -- both online and off. You may also stumble upon opportunities to buy used versions of those popular rec room games, and save a lot of money in the process.

Two inexpensive ways to expand the range of activities available in your recreation room (and keep your kids happy) is to stock up on board games and age-appropriate craft supplies. A television with a DVD player, popular channels, and video games is also sure to provide hours of entertainment on rainy days, school holidays, and unstructured weekends. Finished basements can also be a great place to host children's birthday parties, sleepovers, and club meetings. A TV in the basement can also help maintain family harmony. When the grownups want to watch one program and the kids want to watch something entirely different, you don't have to draw straws or pull rank!





Posted by Wilson Wolfe Real Estate on 4/2/2017

Bathroom renovations can be costly, particularly for home sellers who lack the skills and know-how to perform bathroom repairs on their own. Fortunately, there are many effective ways to revamp your bathroom and give it a distinct look and feel. Here are three tips that you can use to reinvent your bathroom on a budget: 1. Give Your Cabinets a Facelift. Drab, unattractive bathroom cabinets can be a major eyesore, particularly for home sellers who are trying to generate interest in their residences. Conversely, you can replace the hardware for your cabinets and sand, prime and paint these cabinets without having to worry about breaking your budget. New cabinet door knobs and pulls can help you transform bland cabinet doors into dazzling ones. Plus, it often is easy to replace cabinet door knobs and pulls, and you may be able to remove and install new cabinet door knobs and pulls in only minutes. Furthermore, you can sand, prime and paint cabinets to with ease. This will enable you to give your cabinet doors an eye-catching appearance quickly and effortlessly. 2. Replace Cracked or Broken Tile. Even a single cracked or broken tile can impact a homebuyer's decision to purchase your home, and you'll want to ensure that every tile looks great before you get ready to show your residence to prospective buyers. Replacing cracked or broken tile will require you to break up any loose tile with a hammer or cold chisel. Then, you'll need to clean the affected area, apply mortar to the new tile and set it in place. Also, don't forget to use a grout sealer to ensure your new tile stays in place. By doing so, you'll be able to make the tile in your bathroom look as good as new. 3. Add an Awe-Inspiring Mirror. Who says your bathroom mirror can't blend form and fashion? With a stunning mirror, you can give your bathroom a hip, chic look, one that may help your home stand out from others in a highly competitive real estate sector. Of course, you always can keep an existing bathroom mirror in place and transform its appearance with moulding as well. There are many kinds of moulding at your disposal, giving you a variety of options to choose from as you search for the best way to enhance your bathroom's appearance. No bathroom would be complete without an outstanding mirror. And if you dedicate the necessary time and resources to complete bathroom renovations, you should have no trouble adding an exquisitely designed mirror or using moulding to improve the appearance of your bathroom's existing mirror. Bathroom repairs, like many home improvement projects, can be tricky. However, your real estate agent may be able to help you figure out which repairs are critical to help you improve your chances of a quick sale. As such, you should consult with your real estate agent before you embark on any bathroom renovations to ensure your repairs will enable you to boost the value of your residence. Use bathroom renovations to make your home more attractive to homebuyers, and you may be able to give homebuyers another reason to consider your residence.





Posted by Wilson Wolfe Real Estate on 3/26/2017

Trying to successfully manage the many demands of a growing family, a high maintenance home, and a stressful career is no easy task, but most of us seem to get the hang of it after a while! With so many priorities to handle, though, things don't always work out as planned. Fortunately, there are measures you can take to help smooth out the rough spots and avoid some of the pitfalls of modern life. Here are a few miscellaneous ideas to help you accomplish that.

  1. Be security conscious. Even if you live in what you consider to be a safe neighborhood, all it takes is one incident to rob you of your sense of security -- not to mention any valuables that might be lying around. While there are a handful of small, close-knit communities out there where folks feel comfortable leaving their doors unlocked, it's still better to exercise a little caution. Unless you can depend on your neighbors to keep a close eye on your house when you're not at home, locking doors and windows before you leave is a smart safety practice.
  2. Get at least three estimates. Whether you're planning on remodeling your kitchen, repaving your driveway, or having the exterior of your house painted, you can often save thousands of dollars by getting and comparing three written quotes. When you talk to contractors and other service providers, you'll also get a sense of how easy or difficult they are to work with. If they're impatient with your questions or slow to respond to emails and phone messages, then you're probably seeing a preview of what they'd be like on the job.
  3. Get a dehumidifier for your basement. If your basement is dry and you don't have any drainage issues outside your house, then this suggestion may not apply to you. However, if your basement humidity level is approaching 60%, a dehumidifier may be necessary to help prevent mold growth, indoor air quality problems, and other issues. (Monitoring tip: Inexpensive humidity gauges are available at hardware stores and online.) Preventing mold growth before it takes hold can potentially save you thousands of dollars in mold remediation costs. If your basement is wet, musty smelling, or has visible signs of mold or mildew, consulting with a certified mold assessor or a basement waterproofing company can help you identify the extent of the problem, as well as what to do about it.
  4. Research dog breeds before choosing a family pet. All dog breeds have different characteristics, personality traits, exercise needs, and training requirements. Unfortunately, some families choose a puppy based on how cute it is, rather than how well it will fit into their lifestyle. Dogs generally need a lot of attention, especially when they're being housebroken and acclimated to daily routines. To help ensure a successful relationship with your new dog, it's important that every member of the family understand the responsibility that comes with pet ownership: It's a labor of love and a long-term commitment.
Whether you're a first-time home buyer or a seasoned property owner, there's always something new learn. Stay tuned to this blog for more homeowner tips, helpful reminders, and money saving strategies!







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