Summer vacations are a wonderful opportunity to get away from the normal stresses of home and soak up the sun. Whether you head upstate to visit relatives or fly to a white sunny beach somewhere far away, your home will be waiting empty until your return. Unfortunately, while you're enjoying your summer fun, criminals may be casing your home.
Many people find excuses to limit their exercise regimen as they get older. Pain, limited mobility, or previous injuries. For others, it's simply a matter of being lazy, regardless of age. Then there are those who relish in the opportunity to get outside and remain active.
No matter what your age, physical ability, or physical limitations, there are a number of ways to stay active as the summer approaches.
Every summer, the temperature goes up and so too does your power bill. The energy your AC requires to keep the house cool and your family comfortable is impressive, especially when the hot summer sun is heating up your house from the outside. Every year, you may enjoy the bright sunshine and the laughter of children out of school, but you don't look forward to that rising power bill.
You've found the perfect home. It's a beach-front property sitting on two acres of land with the best views. But, if you're like most buyers, you didn't ask the right questions during the purchase process. For example, why's that huge blot of paint thicker on the siding of one wall than it is on others? Or, why is the home sloping so much at the back, while it's level at the front? These, and other things buyers forget to look for when buying, end up costing more than they bargained for.
Concealing Paint Coverage
You'll obviously look at the floor and ceiling for watermarks to spot signs of water damage. But, if you notice fresh paint right before an open house, on several walls or areas of the home, sellers might be trying to hide something. This includes mold damage, which is an even bigger issue you don't want to deal with. Check pipes, exposed areas, and look for fresh paint. If it's staring you in the face, don't hesitate to ask about it.
Throwing a good yard sale is a lot like throwing a party--you want lots of people to come, have a good time, and not leave empty-handed. So when you're planning a yard sale, think of it as a party you're having--and follow these five tips to have the best yard sale on your block. Enlist the grown-ups to run the sales, and let the kids set up lemonade stands for thirsty shoppers.
Invite the Neighbors
The first thing you do when you have a party is to invite the neighbors, and a yard sale is no exception. Get as many families as you can to join you in the yard sale; the bigger the sale, the more traffic you'll get. Also, when you expand your sale you get the benefit of your neighbor's expertise--if you're not good with social media, chances are good you have a neighbor who's a Facebook whiz. And social media is a must for a successful yard sale.