June 2, 2019

Essential Summer Home Maintenance Tips

 

Clean out your gutters

There's no telling what kind of crud has collected in there since the last time you cleaned them out. 

 

Do a deep fridge cleanout

Have some unidentified leftovers in a Tupperware way in the back or a long-ago expired jar of pickles in the door? The first step is to chuck it all - but make sure to schedule your cleanout to coincide with the trash pickup for the week. The last thing you want is a jar of mayo siting out in the bin for five consecutive 100-degree days.

While you're attacking the refrigerator, don't forget to address the coils. The coil is located either on the bottom behind the kickplate, or on the back of the refrigerator. To clean refrigerator coils, turn off the power to the fridge, then vacuum the coils using a homemade wand from a cardboard gift wrap tube or a vacuum cleaner brush attachment.

 

Change the batteries in your smoke detectors

It is recommended that smoke alarm batteries be changed out every six months. To make it easier to remember when it's time, do what the upper-organized do: Put yourself on a twice-a year-schedule in summer and winter (June 1 and December 1, for instance), and mark the dates in your phone so you don't forget.

 

Change out your filters

This is one of those areas where homebuyers don't tend to heed product manufacturers' guidelines. The general recommendation is every 30–60 days.

 

Deep clean your carpets

You should be doing this at least once a year to protect your carpets and limit allergens. Summer is the perfect time in most climates because the rainy season has passed, which means there's less likelihood of kids and pets tracking in mud. 

 

Have your air conditioning unit serviced

If you're the type who only makes a call about your air conditioning when it's not working, consider this: Units that are serviced regularly tend to last longer and have a lower incidence of breaking down, which always seems to happen on the day when the heat index breaks a record.

As your HVAC system runs, it accumulates dust and dirt in key areas that affect its efficiency, like the condensing coils and air filters. Left unchecked, your A/C system can lose 5 percent of its operating efficiency each year because of this buildup, meaning it can't cool your house as capably as it could if it were clean.

 

Showerheads

If you haven't cleaned your showerhead in a year - or, ever - it's well past time. This involves one of our favorite home maintenance tips of all time, because it takes almost zero effort.

To clean, fill a plastic bag with white vinegar. Attach the bag to the showerhead. Wait one hour, then remove the bag and turn on the water to flush. Polish with a soft cloth.

 

Examine your clothes dryer vent

This is a critically important maintenance issue and should be done regularly. Not only will a clean vent make your dryer run more efficiently and dry your clothes faster, but it will also help keep your home and family safe. 

 

 

For more detailed instructions and photos see the full article here.

June 2, 2019

Oven Baked S'mores

 

What You’ll Need:

9 Honey Graham Crackers, broken crosswise in half (18 squares), divided

36 Large Marshmallows, cut crosswise in half

4 Milk Chocolate Bars, (1.55 oz. each), chopped

 

Instructions:

HEAT oven to 350°F.

Place 9 graham cracker squares in a single layer on the bottom of an 8-inch square pan.

Add 36 marshmallow halves.

Sprinkle the chopped chocolate on top of the marshmallow halves.

Place the remaining graham cracker squares on top.

Finally, add the remaining marshmallow halves, cut sides down.

BAKE  9 to 11 min. or until marshmallows are puffed and golden brown. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

 

 

For more detailed instructions and photos see the full article here.

June 2, 2019

Wedding Etiquette

 

1.  RSVP ASAP!

 

2. Only back out of it’s absolutely necessary.

 

3. A plus one is not implied. You should only bring a plus one if it is specified on the invitation.

 

4.  Bring a gift and stick to the registry.  Even if you are invited and cannot attend, it is still good manners to send a gift.

 

5. Stick to the dress code. If you are unsure, it is always better to be over dressed than under dressed. And, remember, never wear white! White is reserved for the bride. Afterall, this is her special day!

 

6. Be on time. In fact, it is recommended that you arrive 20-30 minutes before the time specified on the invitation.

 

7. Keep your phone on silent!

 

8. Unless the couple specifically requests no photos, it is perfectly acceptable to snap away. Just make sure you do not get in the photographer’s way!

 

9. Those photos you took…wait to post them on social media until you have the green light from the bride and groom.

 

10. Have fun and enjoy yourself! 

 

For more detailed instructions and photos see the full article here.

May 6, 2019

Tips to Survive Traveling with Small Kids...

 

Water Wow! – These surprisingly keep my very busy 4 year old busy for quite a while. Plus, you can find them pretty much anywhere – Walmart, Target, amazon, etc.

 

Pipe Cleaners – Endless possibilities for play!

 

 

Car Bingo – Something the whole family can play! There are tons of free printable cards on Pinterest that you can simply download and print on your own.

 

 

Velcro Lollipop Sticks

 

Magnets in a lunch box

 

Plan stops – Map out rest stops ahead of time that have plenty of space for the kids to play or just run around.

 

Age appropriate Audiobooks or Podcasts

 

Snacks! Snacks! Snacks!

 

 

March 3, 2019

Who Is Involved in the Homebuying Process?

 

Your Realtor – Your Realtor’s main focus is to help you find the home of your dreams! Then, he or she will use his or her knowledge and expertise of the current market to help make the right offer for you. Your Realtor will advocate for your needs and desires throughout the entire transaction.

 

Your Loan Officer – First, your loan officer is going to prequalify you to help determine exactly how much you can borrow. Then, your loan officer will work with you to obtain full approval as quickly as possible.

 

Your Title Company – Your title company is there to ensure that title is clear prior to you closing on your new home. The title company will be working with all parties to facilitate the final signing of closing documents.

 

Your Inspector – Your inspector will thoroughly inspect your home, looking for any potential repairs or safety issues. The inspection report will help you determine if any items need to be repaired or replaced prior to you purchasing you home.

 

 

At One Plus Realty, we have built relationships with select Loan Officers, Title Companies, and Inspectors. We have worked with each of them on multiple transactions; and they have proven to be trustworthy, knowledgeable, and determined to work together so that your homebuying process is as smooth as possible!

 

 

March 3, 2019

Easy St. Patrick's Day Treats!

 

 

Supplies Needed:

Either Regular or Double Stuffed Oreos

Green and White Melting Chocolate / Candy Melts. You can buy green candy melts or just add food coloring to white chocolate.

Green and White Sprinkles

Wax or parchment paper

 

Directions:

1. Melt chocolate in a microwave safe bowl for 30 seconds at a time until it is melted.

2. Dip the Oreo halfway into the chocolate and the lay it on a sheet of parchment or wax paper.

3. Shake sprinkles onto the cookie while the chocolate is still warm.

4. Let them sit and harden for about 20 minutes. Take them off and enjoy!

For more detailed instructions and photos see the full article here.

 

 

Feb. 4, 2019

2019 Housing Market Predictions

 

We are often asked what is going on in the housing market.  Although no one has a crystal ball, here are a few things we believe will take place over the next few months…

 

1. Interest rates are expected to rise.

 

2. Home ownership should increase, despite the rise in interest rates.

 

3. Home values will continue to appreciate, but at a slightly lower rate than what we have recently seen.

 

4. Existing home sales may decrease, although just slightly.

 

5. Lastly, we anticipate that new home construction will continue to increase.

 

Fun Fact: Millennials will soon hold almost half of the mortgages as they start and grow their families. 

 

Feb. 4, 2019

Fun Valentine's Day Craft

What You Will Need:

·         Cheerios, Fruit Loops, or any other “donut shaped” cereal

·         Floral Wire or Pipe cleaners

·         The ribbon of your choice for hanging

 

 Get Started!

1. Shape your wire. Create 3 different sized hearts.

2. Thread on the Cereal.

3. Once the wires are full, carefully twist the wires together to “seal” the ends.

4. Lastly, add a ribbon for hanging.

 

 

For more detailed instructions and photos see the full article here.

 

 

 

 

 

Dec. 9, 2018

Things To Do for Christmas

 

The Gaylord Texan featuring ICE!

November 9 – January 2

The Gaylord Texan

 

The Star

Every Friday and Saturday night, November 23 – December 22

Christmas at the Star

 

Enchant

The World’s largest Christmas light maze!

Enchant

 

Frisco’s Christmas on the Square

November 23 – December 31

Frisco Square

 

Peppermint Park

“Take a Magical Trip to the North Pole”

Peppermint Park

 

Galleria

Ice skate around the country’s tallest indoor Christmas tree!

Galleria Dallas

 

Trains at North Park

November 17 – January 6

The Trains at Northpark

 

Take a Carriage Ride

In Deerfield, Plano or Highland park

Carriage Rides

 

Arboretum's 12 Days of Christmas

November 9 – Dec 31

Dallas Arboretum

 

Vitruvian Lights

November 23 – January 1

Vitruvia Lights

Sept. 30, 2018

7 Cheap and Easy Updates That Will Actually Increase Your Home's Value!

 

1. Lighting

Switch to high wattage, Daylight, LED light bulbs and remove window treatments to help let in natural light. The increase in light will helps rooms feel larger.

 

2. Light Fixtures

Out-dated light fixtures can be an immediate eyesore, even in the prettiest of homes.

 

3. Hardware

Something as simple as swapping out older cabinet handles can make any kitchen or bathroom look completely different.

 

4. Paint

A new coat of paint will make your home feel fresh and clean. Just remember to stick to neutral colors.

 

5. De-clutter

Unnecessary clutter can make any home feel dirty and small.

 

6. Front Door

A first impression can be a lasting one, and your front door is the first thing people will see. Repainting your front door can instantly add curb appeal to your home.

 

7. Landscape

Make sure any existing landscaping is well-maintained, and if your yard does seem a little dull, watch Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace for local deals on trees and shrubs.