Wait Before You Throw It Out

As we approach the autumn months, many of us are already thinking about the yard work and other projects we need –or want–to do during those months. For many of us that means a trip to the landfill, but instead of taking your stuff to the dumps, why not recycle it?

You might think you don’t have much to recycle, but you would be surprised but can be reused and upcycled. For example, cell phones, worn up sneakers, computers, and even toothbrushes can be recycled.

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Donation is another excellent way to give something you no longer want a second life. In addition to clothing, electronics and furniture can all be donated. I gave a Christmas tree to the DI last year! Your local school, retirement center, and even library will accept any books you no longer want or need.

By taking time to find another use for the items you would normally take to the dump, you are giving someone else a chance to own something they may not have been able to afford before.

For more information about recycling, check out these wonderful websites:

Council for Textile Recycling 

Do you have some recycling places to add to the list?

Achieve Healthy Lawn With These Tips

blade-of-grass-landscape-lens-flare-479-977x550With the summer months, it is important to keep up on your lawn care. In Utah, most lawns are of the Kentucky Bluegrass Blend. A popular grass, Kentucky Bluegrass tends to be thick and lush with a nice texture and good color.  Some tips to keep a healthy lawn is to fertilize your lawnmow a weekly basis—allows grass to stay hydrated—and of course water.

Holmes Property Maintenance suggests watering your lawn deeply twice a week which will train your roots to grow deep, creating a stronger and more durable lawn during a drought.

Another great way to achieve healthy lawn is to aerate. It is best to aerate you lawn at least once a year to break up the compacted soil and allow proper circulation of air, water and nutrients in the soil.

Your Real Estate Agents Role and Hiring the Right One for You

Selling your home is a wonderful and stressful time. Hiring an agent to help you sell your home is the best move you can do to make the whole process simpler. Agents are ready to answer your questions, negotiate on your behalf, and ensure all legal paperwork are completed. But how do you know you are picking the best real estate agent?

When choosing your agent, here are some questions to ask to know if they are the right fit:

    • How long have you been in residential real estate sales?
    • How many homes did you and your real estate brokerage sell last year?
    • What types of specific marketing systems and approaches will you use to sell my home?
    • Can you recommend service providers who can help me obtain a mortgage, make home repairs, and help with other things I need done?

Check out REALTOR Mag for the complete list of questions to ask. What are some questions you wished you’d asked before hiring a real estate agent?


Prepare Your Air Conditioner for the Summer

SMblonde-girl-hairs-1206-825x550Though it might not feel like it yet those hot summer months are not too far away. Make sure you stay cool this summer with preparing your air conditioner for those warm months now.  Clear away the
debris and allow for at least 2 feet of clear space around your unit for the machine to work properly. It is recommended you check your air conditioner filter at least once a month and change it every 3 months to ensure it doesn’t clog and slow down the airflow.

Another thing to keep in mind, is to check the duct-work around your home to ensure no rugs or furnishings obstruct the airflow. Remember to also check the duct-work that travels through your attic or basement and make sure the seams are sealed.

If you don’t have an air conditioner, here are some tips and tricks for staying cool during the hot months.

Have something to add? Share your thoughts and tips here – we look forward to hearing from you.

Sell Your Home Faster With These Tips

When it comes to selling your home there are there is a lot that goes into the whole process, some of which are out of your control, but there are things you can do to heighten the appeal and sell your home faster.

The first thing is to stage your home to help attract potential buyers to view your home. Most buyers will view your home online before they contact you so it is important that your home looks its best. On average, a well staged home sells faster than a home needing upgrades and improvements.

Enhance the curb appeal to pull in prospective buyers by making sure the exterior of your home makes the right first impression. Add a fresh coat of paint, trim the bushes and mow the lawn to make sure your home looks its best at first glance.

Let your neighbors choose their neighbors by utilizing a neighborhood online message board or email list. Consider inviting your neighbors over for a home house, turn it into a block party, and allow your neighbors to invite prospective buyers who have always wanted to move into the neighborhood.

For more tips about making sure your home is ready to put on the market, look over the Checklist of Home Sellers and RE/MAX Seller Action to plan for tips from staging expert, Carla Woolnough, to enhance your homes appeal.

What are some things you’ve done to help make your home sell faster?


Protect Your Home from Rain Damage

We’ve all heard the saying, “April showers bring May flowers,” but while April is having its downpour, is your house protected from any water damage?SMdrop-of-water-green-leaf-833

Here are some areas you want to check while it’s raining or right after to address any problems that may arise:

Foundation ~ is there a crack or hole that could let water leak into your home?

Exterior paint ~ if there is a bubbling, peeling or cracking your paint you will want to get these spots touched up to prevent further damage.

Gutters ~ debris can easily fall or get blown into your gutters, clogging them. Keep your gutters clean of all the leaves and litter that can cause serious damage to your roof.

Downspouts ~ check these to find out exactly where they are dumping the excess water. Good note of thumb is to redirect the water at least 5 feet from your home or collect and reuse rainwater by creating your own rain barrel.

Basement ~ inspect your basement for any water spots or musty smell. It is common for mold to appear where there was a leakage.

Roof ~ missing or worn out roofing can allow water to seep in your home and damage the roofing structure. Experts recommend having your roof inspected a least twice a year to ensure the quality of your roof.

Is there something we missed? What are some areas of your home that you watch closely?

The Cleaning Power of White Vinegar

When it comes to cleaning, there is really only one thing I have found that really gets things cleaned without putting harsh chemicals in my home. White vinegar is one of those amazing, all-purposecleaning-268134_640 cleaners which can be used for basically anything. Throw a ¼ cup into your dishwasher right before you run it to avoid the streaks and cloudiness, or use it to get those yellow stains out of your clothes. The list is endless when it comes down to the household uses for vinegar.

Another tip, pour a cup of white vinegar down your drains once a month and let them sit for a few hours to keep your drains clear of clogs and odors.

What are some of your cleaning tips with white vinegar?

Construct Your Own Compost Pile

There are so many advantages to having a compost pile in your backyard. Not only is it easy to construct, it provides excellent fertilizer for your lawn and soil and reduces waste in the landfill.d82e5910-6fb9-4704-82d9-6a0d9b3cf51f

When constructing your compost pile, start with an area that is 3 feet long by 3 feet wide. Cover the ground with straw and leaves first to form a course covering where you can begin to build your mound. Enrich your compost pile with both carbon-rich and nitrogen-rich materials ~ both elements are needed to maintain a working balance.

Another tip for successful composting is to activate your compost pile to help stimulate and speed up the process. With the money you will save and how awesome your yard will look, Composting is a great hobby for anyone.

Stop Hackers With These Useful Tips

With the recent Target hacking incident, many people are being extra cautious when it comes to protecting their identities.  But in an age of digital information being shared across the web, how do you protect yourself?QDSMoAMTYaZoXpcwBjsL__DSC0104-1

  • Create strong and unique passwords using upper and lower case, symbols and numbers
  • Make passwords hard to hack into and change them often
  • Use protection tools such as antivirus software
  • Be careful what you share on social networking sites

There are many advantages with the digital era we are in, but with the ever increasing social networks we are building it is important to remember to use social media wisely. Find more useful tips at RE/MAX Metro Utah.