Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Year of Gratitude- October

"Gratitude opens the door to the power, the wisdom, the creativity of the universe. You open the door to the universe."
-Deepak Chorpa

I am grateful for...
-Beautiful fall colors:
I love to drive in the canyon and around the city and see all the beautiful changing colors.

-Hiking with my family:
I love to take a few hours out of my day and spend time with my family in the beautiful mountains.

-Chocolate (no picture needed)

Please share what you are grateful for this month!

Shauna Quick
Exit Realty Success

Monday, October 12, 2015

Common, But Easy To Fix Decorating Mistakes

Some would say there are no decorating mistakes—that what you like in your home is what counts. But the very hip home designers at Home and Garden Television (HGTV) believe a number of common but tired decorating traditions are long overdue for an update.

Here are seven of the easy-to-fix practices they recommend for every home:

  • No more toilet rugs – Rugs that fit around the toilet base and often have matching seat covers actually make a bathroom look smaller. Opt for a small, rectangular rug placed away from the toilet to open up the room.
  • Don’t ignore the foyer – It’s the first glimpse visitors see of your home.  Make it welcoming with an appropriately sized furniture piece, an accent rug well-grounded to the floor, a plant, an umbrella stand or statue, or any other attractive piece that is functional or unobtrusively decorative.
  • Too many photos – A dozen or more family photos grouped on a table or shelf make for clutter and are seldom really seen.  Instead, display 5 or 6 of your favorites, nicely arranged on a ‘gallery wall,’ and switch them out every few months.
  • Outdated kitchen accessories – If you can’t afford to update cabinets, give the kitchen a new look by modernizing with new drawer and cabinet pulls—and ditch those outdated cookie jars and canisters for a few more modern accessories.
  • Uncomfortable chairs – Whether they’re dining chairs or living room chairs, their most important function should be comfort. If they’re not comfy, sit in a few new models and choose the chairs you like best.
  • Visible clutter – Unsightly clutter like that treadmill in the corner ruins the look of any space. Hide it behind an attractive screen, and invest in stylish shelves or baskets to keep other must-have eyesores in their place—but out of sight

Don’t keep something you hate – You don’t need to display that ugly vase forever, even if you got as a wedding present. Everyone updates at one time or another, so be brave and ditch it for something you like much better.  

By Barbara Pronin

Shauna Quick
Exit Realty Success

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Getting Your Home Ready For Fall

Interior Maintenance

  1. Check for drafts. Feel for drafts around the edges of windows and doors. A good tip is to use a lit candle and if the flame flickers, there’s most likely a draft. If necessary, replace seals and repair sealing around window and door frames. Consider buying heavier or insulated drapery for especially drafty windows.
  2. Have your furnace inspected. Hire a professional to test for leaks, check heating efficiency, and change the filter. They can also check for carbon monoxide to ensure air safety. It’s also a good idea to stock up on extra air filters and change them every few months.
  3. Winterize air conditioning. If your home has central air conditioning, (and you live in a climate where you won’t need it any longer,) it may be necessary to cover your outdoor unit for winter. If you use window air conditioning units, remove them or cover to prevent air leaks
  4. Test home safety devices. Replace the batteries in all smoke detectors and carbon monoxide devices and test to make sure they’re working properly.
  5. Clean humidifiers. Replace old filters and clean inside compartment. Vinegar is inexpensive and works well.

Exterior Maintenance

  1. Do a roof check. You should be able to do at least a visual inspection of the roof from the ground. Grab some binoculars to get a closer look or if you’re able and can do so safely, climb on up for a better view. Look for missing, damaged, or loose shingles. If your roof is flat, you may need to remove leaves and debris.
  2. Check the chimney and fireplace. If you have a wood fireplace and use it often, have your chimney cleaned and inspected by a professional.
  3. Stock up on firewood. Order enough firewood for the season. If you gather your own firewood, make sure it’s dry and ready. It’s best to cover firewood and store away from the house for safety reasons.
  4. Inspect siding. Check home exterior for cracks or holes. Repair them yourself or hire a professional.
  5. Clean the gutters. Hire a service to clear your gutters or do it yourself. Remove leaves, nests, and debris from gutters and check for leaks.
  6. Check water drainage. Make sure rainwater downspouts are clear of obstructions and direct water is away from foundations, walkways, and driveways. Add extensions to downspouts if necessary.
  7. Turn off faucets and store hoses. Drain garden hoses and disconnect from the outside spigots. Shut off exterior faucets, and if you have an older home, you may need to turn off the valve inside your home. Store hoses in a dry place so any residual water won’t freeze.
  8. Service sprinklers and irrigation system. Depending on your climate, your irrigation system may need to be drained and checked. Have a professional perform any necessary repairs and mark sprinkler heads near snow removal areas.
  9. Trim landscaping. Cut back bushes, shrubs, and flowers as recommended for your climate zone.
  10. Bring in flowerpots. If you keep plants or flower in pots year-round, bring them inside. If you replace plants every year, empty, clean, dry pots and put away for next spring.
  11. Plant bulbs. If you plant bulbs for spring, now’s the time to get them in the ground.
  12. Leaf removal. Rake and remove leaves from the yard. Put into a compost pile if you have one. Alternatively, put into yard garbage bags and leave at the curb for community pick up. Check with your local city or town for requirements and pick up schedules.
  13. Fertilize lawn. Applying fall lawn fertilizer will help prevent winter damage and spring weeds. Ask a local garden center or check online to find out which type of fertilizer you need and when to apply it. If you have a lawn service, they should do this for you.
  14. Put away seasonal furniture. Clean and store seasonal outdoor furniture. Remove and clean cushions. Wash and dry furniture and store in a dry place over winter.

In the Garage
  1. Service summer power equipment. Empty fuel and clean lawnmower and trimmer. Have lawnmower blades sharpened and oil changed. Have any necessary repairs done now, so that you’re ready come spring.
  2. Store summer vehicles. If you have a motorcycle, summer car, ATV or other type seasonal vehicle, now’s a good time to have that serviced as well.
  3. Get winter equipment ready. Service snow blower and make sure it is ready to go, especially if you live in an unpredictable climate.
  4. Clean the garage. Since you’re in the garage prepping for fall, you might as well purge, organize and clean it while you’re there!

Shauna Quick
Exit Realty Success