I think keeping your house updated is always a fun process! It doesn’t always have to be expensive or a lot of work.
Changing up the decor of my house is one thing that I love doing every so often. Part of the look is the appliances that are around your house. Here are some ideas that I like for your home upgrades that can change the look of your whole house!
written by: LAUREN KIM
to simplify your life
When winter arrives, you might want to rest and relax. These simple upgrades can make your home more comfortable.
CREATE A MORE WELCOMING ENTRY
These items can make your entryway a more functional and pleasant space.
With a keyless-entry lock, you can quickly punch in a code to open the door. Some models can be controlled through an app on your phone and can be paired with a smart-home system, like Amazon Alexa or Google Nest, that you can activate through voice command. Some keyless locks will even lock the door for you once you’re inside.
A place to remove your shoes
Winter shoes often get wet, so you’ll want to take them off promptly. You could add a bench with shoe storage below by your front door and a plug-in shoe dryer so your footwear will be dry when you need it. You might also want to add a place to hang coats, hats, and scarves and don’t forget those book bags.and umbrellas.
LET TECHNOLOGY WORK FOR YOU
There are many ways to get things done at home while barely moving a muscle.
Free your hands
A simple tap can start the water running with a touch- enabled kitchen faucet, and motion-sensor lights can automatically light up dark hallways for you. Instead of getting up to turn on the lights or close the blinds, you can use apps and a smart-home hub to do it instead.
You can use your smart-home hub to create a schedule so that in the morning, for example, your blinds will open, your coffee maker will start, and your washing machine will wash the clothes you put in the night before.
Your friend and realtor
“a happy home is a happy life”
Happy fall y’all
The fall season has always been a favorite of mine. Personally I like fall and spring seasons the best. So when the cool brisk air comes and the slight wind in the air blows, I start feeling energized and alive again. It perks me up. Does this happen to you?
So getting out my favorite sweater and cozy socks makes me feel so happy, and seeking happiness is our ultimate goal in life, right?
As your trusted Realtor and friend, here are some ideas to help you at home to get ready for the fall season:
1. Seal Air Leaks
Grab a couple of tubes of color-matched exterior caulk ($8.50 for 10 fluid ounces) and make a trip around your home’s exterior, sealing cracks between trim and siding, around window and door frames, and where pipes and wires enter your house. Preventing moisture from getting inside your walls is one of the least expensive — and most important — of your fall maintenance jobs. You’ll also seal air leaks that waste energy.
Pick a nice day when temps are above 50 degrees so caulk flows easily.
2. Degunk Your Gutters
Clogged rain gutters can cause ice dams, which can lead to expensive repairs. After the leaves have fallen, clean your gutters to remove leaves, twigs, and gunk. Make sure gutters aren’t sagging and trapping water; tighten gutter hangers and downspout brackets. Replace any worn or damaged gutters and downspouts.
If you find colored grit from asphalt roof shingles in your gutters, beware. That sand-like grit helps protect shingles from the damaging ultraviolet rays of the sun. Look closely for other signs of roof damage; it may be time for a roofing replacement.
Your downspouts should extend at least five feet away from your house to prevent foundation problems. If they don’t, add downspout extensions, which cost around $5 to $13 each.
3. Prune Plants
The best time to prune plants and trees is late fall, when the summer growth cycle is over. Your goal is to keep limbs and branches at least three feet from your house so moisture won’t drip onto roofing and siding, and to prevent damage to your house exterior during high winds.
4. Give Your Fireplace a Once-Over
To make sure your fireplace is safe, grab a flashlight and look up inside your fireplace flue to make sure the damper opens and closes properly. Open the damper and look up into the flue to make sure it’s free of birds’ nests, branches, and leaves, or other obstructions. You should see daylight at the top of the chimney.
Check the firebox for cracked or missing bricks and mortar. If you spot any damage, order a professional fireplace and chimney inspection. An inspection ranges from $100 to $500.
Your fireplace flue should be cleaned of creosote buildup every other year. A professional chimney sweep will charge $150 to $250 for the service.
To check out some more fall cleaning tips check out,
Your friend and realtor
“a happy home is a happy life”
A little info about myself,
I was born in Israel, raised in Brooklyn, New York, lived in South Florida and am very happy being a Northshore of Louisiana resident since 2004.
Following a 30 year career as a Dental Hygienist, I wanted to help people once more and sought a profession that was fulfilling and that better supported my personal goals now.
I am excited to leverage the skills I used working in dentistry to help me now in Real Estate: professionalism and excellent client-care. I love what homes do for families and am excited to help people move on to their next chapter of their lives with ease.
My husband, Don, and I have been married for over 30 years and are proud parents of two children. King Louie is our new addition, he is a very energetic goldendoodle. We are having so much fun with him. Rex, our green cheek conure is a re-home and makes our home special. In my free time I enjoy traveling, training for 5k’s, swimming, cooking healthy, and practicing yoga. Spending time with family and friends is so important to me as well!
Below I have added a fun drink to prepare for time with your friends and family.
My motto is, " a happy home is a happy life".
I will do my best to get you what you are looking for with the highest integrity. My goal is to make you happy and seeing happy smiles is what it's all about.
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A tasty drink for the fall
2 ounces bourbon
1 tablespoon fig preserves
1/2 ounce Campari
1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
2 shakes lemon bitters
Lemon slice and sprig of thyme
In a shaker filled with ice, add bourbon, Campari, fig preserves, lemon juice
and bitters. Shake vigorously for 60 seconds. Double strain into a cocktail glass.
Garnish with a slice of lemon and a sprig of thyme.