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If you are a new homeowner and haven’t changed your locks yet, then
you should strongly consider doing so as soon as possible.
You have no way of knowing who holds keys to your new
home. Thankfully, there are really cheap ways to go about
accomplishing this. Hiring a locksmith to come into your home
and change the locks can be expensive, but is an option if you are
pressed for time. However, you can take your locks to a
local locksmith shop and have them changed for a fraction of the
If you have different keys for different doors, you can use this as
an opportunity to make all of your locks match. Additionally,
you can choose to purchase knobs and deadbolts that suit your
decorative flair a little more. Sets can be ordered online,
or through your local hardware store. Styles like egg-shaped
bronze, handle pulls, oil-rubbed bronze, and riverwind doorknobs
can add a touch of personality to what can ordinarily be a home
fixture easily looked past.
After refitting your home with new locks, be sure to pay attention
to the placement of your new keys. Wait until you get to know
your neighbors a little better before you leave a spare key with
them. Until you become a part of the neighborhood, keep a
spare key handy, but hidden. Hideaway rocks, potted plants,
and magnets can all be employed as a good hiding place, provided
they aren’t too conspicuous-looking.
You could clean your entire
house clean in just 30 minutes a day? If you let the house cleaning
slip It becomes overwhelming. By doing just a little bit every day
it will help keep your home neat and clean in no time. Here is a
basic plan to keep your home clean in just one half-hour a
Start in the Kitchen
Getting started right after breakfast may be the perfect time to
spend a few minutes tidying up.
and wipe down the sink.
countertops and stove.
dishes immediately into the dishwasher.
Run a quick
wet mop over the floor.
moment to fold and put your dish towels away.
Tackle the Bathroom
After your shower while you are still in the bathroom do a quick
the sink bowl and faucet handles. If you use a premoistened cloth
to wipe your face, use it for this too.
splatters off the mirror. Use the same cloth you used on the
toilet seat and rim using the same cloth. Just do the toilet
toilet bowl with a brush.
getting out of the shower squeegee the shower door.
shower and curtain liner with a shower mist.
Once your back in your bedroom to get dressed for the day, you can
make a quick round there too.
out the night-table surface, remove any glasses or
Get the heart of your home in order in a jiffy.
microfiber cloth to pick up dust.
coffee table and remotes
simple tasks will save you much more time in the end and allow you
to enjoy your clean home every day.
Parenting has become more and
more complicated and adding the internet to the mix makes it scary.
Social media sites like Instagram, Snapchat, and Facebook have
parents scrambling with what to do. Social media sites are
advancing so quickly that it often seems impossible for parents to
Here are some hints on how to parent kids when it comes to
1. Almost all social media sites have age requirements; follow and
enforce them with your children. Most sites require children to be
13 to sign up, while other like Vine require users to be 17.
2. Just because the minimum age requirement is 13 or 17 your
child should be mature and responsible enough to use good
judgment offline before becoming active online.
3. Use social media. As a parent become active on social media
sites. Join the same sites your children are using and learn how
they work. Follow, friend, like them or do whatever the site
requires for you to monitor their activity. Don’t embarrass them by
commenting on their posts just be there.
4. Review and implement privacy settings on social media accounts
with your children. Remind your children not to share personal
information about themselves, their family or their friends online.
All profiles should be set to private. Kids should only accept
friends or followers that they know in real life.
5. Stress manners. Remind children that interactions on social
media are just like the “real world”. Practice respect, good
judgement, kindness, and always use proper language.
6. Social media is a privilege. If your children are misusing
social media take the privilege away.
Have you ever thought of
selling your home on your own? If so, you may want to think again.
It is not just the expense, time and legal issues you will have to
worry about you also need to worry about getting a
to the National Association of Realtors, ninety percent of all real
estate transactions happen with the help of a real estate
professional. Why? Besides the legal challenges of representing
yourself in a sale, buyers just don’t trust the homeowner when it
comes to selling a home. Real estate professionals have a legal and
ethical obligation to disclose defects in the home. Buyers know
that it is impossible to remain unbiased when selling your own
buyers who attempt to buy from an unrepresented seller will only
try to deduct the commission from the home price in the negotiation
process. According to the National Association of Realtors,
sellers who use a real estate professional actually net 16% more in
the sale of their home.
When you are buying a home the
costs really add up and you may start thinking about where you can
save money. One question that many buyers ask is do I need a home
Most often the answer to the question is yes! A home inspection is
an objective examination of the home and its systems. The
inspection covers the entire house from the roof to the
A home inspection will cover the home’s foundation, basement,
structural components, roof, attic, insulation, walls, ceilings,
floors windows and doors. It will also examine the heating system,
air conditioning, plumbing, and electrical systems.
Because a home is often the largest single investment you will ever
make it is important to know as much as you can about the home
before you buy it. A home inspection will help you identify any
needed repairs as well as what is needed to regularly maintain the
home. The home inspection will help you proceed with the purchase
When choosing a home inspector cost shouldn’t be your first
consideration. Look for the inspector’s qualifications, experience,
training and compliance with state regulations.
Remember, that no house is perfect. There are bound to be issues
with almost any home use the information to decide if the house is
right for you.
you turn people are saying “go green”. More and more people are
looking for alternatives to heat and power their homes. One
alternative is solar energy. There are both benefits and pitfalls
to solar energy.
•Solar power is predictable. It is easy to predict how much
electricity your system will produce because the amount of sunlight
that hits your roof doesn’t vary that much. This means it is also
easy to predict how much you will save in electric
power will lower your electric bill. Solar power will offset the
usage of conventional electricity especially in places where the
price for grid power is high — like California, Hawaii and much of
power is safe and clean. Solar energy systems produce
solar panels may also help you qualify for a tax credit. For more
information on energy tax credits click here.
power can be predictable but it is also variable. In other words,
it can be predicted on a long term basis but not on a daily or even
weekly basis. For example, solar panels won’t produce electricity
power can be a more expensive alternative in the short term. The
price of solar panels continue to fall but there are many
aggressive financing options. If your state has no tax incentives
and electricity prices are relatively low solar would be an
expensive option for you.
just don’t work. The roof must be in good condition with an
unobstructed southern exposure. If the house is surrounded by trees
and tall buildings solar panels will probably not work. A
ground-mounted system is an option only if you have sufficient
space in your yard.
There comes a time when
families start to think about senior members moving. Factors such
as retirement, finances, lifestyle, health or the distance between
family members are just a few of the reasons why seniors may decide
Moving is a big decision especially when a senior has lived in
one place for a very long time. Many things must be considered,
including access to health care, recreation, social activities and
practical concerns, such as grocery stores, libraries, climate,
Access to Quality Care
For many seniors access to health care or options for health
care assistance is the primary reason for moving. When considering
options it is important look at the short-term solutions, but also
consider long term scenarios. Options may include drop-in help,
moving closer to a family member that can assist when needed or
retirement communities that offer fully independent living to
supportive assistance as required.
It is also important to research the area community services.
You will want to make note of services such as homecare, cleaning
services, snow removal, transportation and home repair. Some
individuals may want access to volunteer organizations or senior
centers where they can be involved in the community.
As an older adult, moving is an especially difficult transition.
Finding the support the senior needs in the new community is
imperative. Groups that seniors can connect with will help the
transition go smoother. Connect with church groups, home visit
solutions or perhaps meetings that would be conducted in a home
Here are some websites that may help you in your transition:
Disclaimer: Trulia, Inc. does not necessarily endorse the real estate agents, loan officers and brokers listed on this site. These real estate profiles, blogs and blog entries are provided here as a courtesy to our visitors to help them make an informed decision when buying or selling a house. Trulia, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content in these profiles, that are written by the members of this community.