December 2016

How to Extend the Life of Cut Flowers

Posted on Dec 21, 2016

There are few things more beautiful than cut flowers in a vase. They instantly brighten any room. That is, of course, until they wilt and die. So how do you make cut flowers last as long as possible?

Here are some ideas: 
• Cut the bottom of the stems before you put the flowers in the vase. An angled cut is best as this will enable the flower to draw...

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Surprising Ways Buyers Find Homes

Posted on Dec 19, 2016

Do you ever wonder how most people find the homes they eventually buy?
You might imagine them driving by a “For Sale” sign or seeing a home for sale in the newspaper and then calling to inquire. Of course, many buyers find out about listed properties that way. But, according to research by the National Association of Realtors, there are many other...

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Kitchen Fire Prevention

Posted on Dec 15, 2016

More fires start in the kitchen than in any other room. Those fires can be expensive; since even a minor incident, with no injuries, can result in significant damage. That’s why it’s important to keep up with the latest in fire prevention.

The most recent research tells us:
• Never leave cooking food unattended. Doing so is the number one cause of ki...

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Pricing Strategies: What to Avoid

Posted on Dec 14, 2016

As you’re probably aware, the list price you set for your property has an impact on how quickly it sells — and how much you earn on the sale. What you may not realize is just how significant an impact it has. Consider the following examples.

Example 1:
You price your property well above its current market value. As a result, many buyers don’t bother...

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What Home Inspectors See that You Can't

Posted on Dec 07, 2016

When you make an offer on a home, it’s a smart idea to have a professional home inspector check it out from top to bottom. This inspection will ensure that the property doesn’t have any unexpected “issues”. After all, you don’t want to buy a home only to discover that the roof needs to be replaced, immediately, for thousands of dollars.

That being s...

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Poisons in Your Home

Posted on Dec 06, 2016

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 90% of exposures to poisons occur inside the home. Almost all are preventable, if you follow some simple guidelines.

• Look for the poison label on products you buy. Visually, it’s a skull and cross bones, often (but not always) with the word POISON above it.

• Don’t make assumptions...

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