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7 Cheap Upgrades That Will Make Your Home Feel Like It’s Brand-New
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October 23, 2015
If your home has you down in the dumps but you lack the cash to fix it up, don’t despair! Not every upgrade has to take a big bite out of your bank account.
Here are seven foolproof ways to make your home feel like a totally different place through small changes—and small expenses.
1. New hardware
Swapping out the boring chrome hardware the previous owners installed can go a long way toward making your home look like yours—not to mention give the entire space an easy, inexpensive refresh. Depending on your style, new pulls or handles can cost mere dollars.
“The first thing I do to give the home more of the look and style that I like is swap out the hardware,” says Doug Mahoney, who worked in construction for 10 years and now writes about tools and home improvement for The Sweethome. “All it takes is a screwdriver, and it’s surprising what a difference it can make.”
2. Small paint jobs
Don’t have time to repaint your entire home? Start by tackling smaller jobs such as your front door or kitchen cabinets. Since these projects are quick, you can squeeze them in during the weekend (or even an afternoon). And you’ll use only a fraction of a gallon of paint (which costs between $15 and $30)—making for an ideal impact-to-expenses ratio.
“Personally, I can’t stand the look of polyurethaned oak cabinets, so I’d cover those up with a nice white paint,” Mahoney says. “It makes it look like a whole new kitchen.”
If you like your cabinets, consider repainting the trim in your living room or adding some fresh color to a small room such as your bathroom.
3. Sensor lights
Tired of scrambling for the light switch while your arms are holding bags of groceries? Add sensor lights to your front porch and any other regular entrances such as your garage door. Starting at just $15, it’s a tiny cost with a big reward.
These lights won’t just improve your visibility—they’ll also lower your electricity bill. And they’re a big home safety boon to boot; experts say motion-detecting lights discourage criminals from lurking around your home.
4. Magnetic door catch
Speaking of those arms full of groceries: Adding a magnetic door catch (like this onefrom Amazon, which costs $11) to your primary entrance drastically simplifies loading and unloading. No more awkward sideways crab walks as you attempt to keep the door open while carrying a big package. You might even consider installing this before moving day to make your movers’ job easier.
5. Keyless entry pad
If you’re always losing your keys, try investing in a keyless entry pad such as this simple$100 Kwikset deadbolt. It can mean the difference between spending a few hours moping in your car and enjoying a hot cup of cocoa in your living room.
Plus, you’re not the only one who benefits: If you’re expecting guests but won’t be available to greet them, they can let themselves in—a huge improvement from hiding a key, which might be a safety risk.
6. Low-flow toilet
“It may seem intimidating to those not very interested in DIY, but swapping out toilets is a fairly simple process,” Mahoney says.
Choose a high-efficiency or low-flow toilet to save money on your water bill. While it does require some investment (expect to pay between $100 and $325 for the toilet itself), you’ll be making your money back soon enough—especially if you’re replacing an older model installed before 1992. That’s when federal plumbing standards mandated all toilets use 1.6 gallons or less per flush.
With a high-efficiency model, you’ll use about 300 fewer gallons of water per year—if not much more.
7. Fresh mulch
Jazzing up the outside of your home can go a long way toward making you love where you live. While you could go all-out—landscaping the yard and painting the trim—there’s a simpler solution: mulch.
“New mulch in the flower beds can add a lot to the curb appeal,” Mahoney says.
Instead of grimy old dirt that’s been trod on for years, a fresh new layer looks clean, fresh, and pretty—making a huge difference for just $6.
6 Things Fall Home Buyers Should Notice
Despite spring being the peak home buying season, buying in the fall might actually be the best option for house hunters. Overall there's less competition, more inventory to choose from, a better chance of getting a good deal, and the weather gives a well-rounded picture of how the house will feel throughout the year.
Here's what buyers need to pay attention to in the fall:However, just because a house looks picture-perfect to clients in the fall, it doesn't mean it's the ideal property year-round. You need to pay attention to the little details "that aren't as noticeable in the fall as they might be in the winter or summer months," says Andrea Davitt, a REALTOR® at Lauer Realty Group in Madison, Wisc.
1. Air conditioning status: Most likely the air conditioner won't still be cranking in the fall, so it might escape buyers' minds to check it out. First of all, find out if the home even has AC. Then, have an inspector make sure the air conditioning system is functioning properly. Also be sure to check if it needs a new filter and if there are any blockages. The outdoor condenser also should be checked to make sure it's not making weird noises. Finally, take a look at the ductwork for rust.
2. Check the drainage: Besides taking a look at the gutters, your buyers should also look at the drainage situation of the home. "In the yard, look for areas where water is accumulating in small puddles, which could indicate a leak in buried pipes or grading problems that need to be addressed before the rainy season," realtor.com® points out.
3. What's nearby?: This piece of advice is applicable all year, but since construction generally slows in the fall and winter, a nice and peaceful fall and winter home could be a real headache come spring and summer, once traffic, roadwork, and new construction crop up. Find out if that area is expected to see a lot of new development in the near future.
4. Eye the driveway: A steep driveway may not bat an eye during the summer, but buyers in cold climates should take note of a steep driveway, because it will surely impact their lives when dealing with snow and ice throughout the winter.
5. What's the pest possibility?: It might seem pleasant for buyers to live near water in the fall, when the pesky mosquitoes and bugs have all gone away, but it's a good idea to point out to potential buyers that living near standing water means they will have to get used to being around all types of bugs in other seasons.
6. Window conditions: Nothing is worse than realizing on the first frigid day in winter that a home's windows lack proper insulation. Not to mention what a drafty window can do to clients' pocketbooks! That being said, make sure that fall buyers take extra time to check out a home's window situation.
Source: "Buying a Home This Fall? Don’t Overlook These 6 Things," realtor.com® (Sept. 21, 2015)
Disney on Ice: Let's Celebrate is coming to the local region once again! The event will be held on March 12-15 at the Macon Centreplex! Tickets are as low as $30!
If you would like more information, visit here.
The 7th Annual Mardi Gras Celebration at Tybee Island will be here this weekend! It will be held on February 14th, in downtown Savannah. There will be a parade, live music, a street party, and a lot more fun!
If you would like more information on this event, click here.
The Fantazia Circus is coming to town this Saturday, February 14th!
Doors open at 3:30 PM and Showtimes are available at 4:30 PM and 7:30 PM! It will be held at the Warner Robins Civic Center.
Tickets are $16!
If you would like to see a performance from the Fantazia Circus, click here.
Love is in the air! The Hard Labor Creek State Park in Rutledge, GA on this Valentine's Day, February 14th!
If you would like more information on this event, click here.
Admission is $5 for each person and there is only a $5 parking fee! It'll be a lovely event to spend with a loved one, so come on out!
It's that time of year for one of the largest shows in the Southeast the Annual Wings and Wheels show that is held at the Museum of Aviation. If you have never been then I would encourage you to visit this great show. There are so many impressive cars to see and in talking to owners of the cars you can tell with so many of them that this is a labor of love. I have to say I am so happy my husband has never had the funds nor the desire to follow that little train.
If you have some free time this weekend you might want to stop by it is only on Saturday and it is free to the public. Hours are 9-5 hope we see you there.
The 2014 Wings and Wheels Car, Truck and Motorcycle Show Will be Held on Saturday, October 11
To Download the 2014 Flyer, CLICK HERE
To Download the 2014 Registration Form, CLICK HERE
The 22nd Annual Wings and Wheels Car Truck and Motorcycle Show -- one of the largest shows in the Southeast each fall -- will be held at the Museum of Aviation on Saturday, October 11. The show will again welcome more than 250 show-quality vehicles competing for more than 100 awards in 50 different year-group and type-vehicle classes. .
Each vehicle is judged on its appearance and appeal with scores given for interior, exterior, paint and engine. The top winners in each class receive Best in Class awards and five vehicles are picked to receive Best of Show Trophies. Awards are also given for Best Interior (Stock and Custom), Best Engine (Stock and Modified), Best Paint, Best ”Rat” Rod and Best Young Gun (18 and younger). A commander from Robins Air Force Base will also select a vehicle for the “Commander’s Choice” Trophy. The show benefits the Museum of Aviation which provides science technology, engineering and math education classes for more 50,000 students each year.
Wings and Wheels is a family-oriented show with no alcoholic beverages allowed. Registration on show day is held from 8:00 am to 11:00 a.m. and awards are presented at 3:45 pm. “We’re trying to have the awards ceremony earlier this year so everyone can get home sooner,” said Dubiel, who has chaired every show since 1995. The Registration fee is $25 if postmarked by October 3 and $30 thereafter and on show day. The judging classes and registration form can be found at www.museumofaviation.org.
Attractions will include monster truck rides around the Museum grounds, kiddie car races in the picnic area, “Cruizin’ to the Oldies” with DJ Tommy Landrum, a silent auction, food and car-related vendors and a cars-for-sale “Corral.” There will also be a large 50/50 drawing, a raffle of a battery operated kiddie car and several door prizes.
Wings and Wheels Schedule for Saturday, October 11
8:00 am-11:00 am
Are you a golfer or married to one? I am it appears that I somehow passed that gene to all the males in my family, (Not that I could pass it to my husband but you get what I mean) The boys in my life adore the game of golf, to play to watch, to judge. I on the other hand do not have an athletic bone in my body. But if you are unlike me and love the game of golf then you might be interested to know that the Museum of Aviation is hosting the 25th Annual Georgia Invitational Golf Tournament, on September 18 & 19, This wonderful event attracts a huge amount of community support. Great companies like L3, Boeing, Lockheed, Kroger, Flint Energies are just a few of the proud sponsors
I am sharing with you the page from the museum of aviation website.
September 18 & 19, 2014
You can view the 2014 GA Invitational Golf Tournament Brochure here.
You can view the 2014 GA Invitational Golf Tournament Volunteer Form, here.
The Museum of Aviation Foundation is gearing up for its 25th Annual Georgia Invitational Golf Tournament to be held September 18-19 at Houston Lake Country Club, Perry, Georgia. Last year’s event was a great success and Foundation officials are looking forward to another grand event started by former Senator Sam Nunn who still serves as Honorary National Chairman. To date, the tournaments have raised over $5 million to help build and develop the second largest aviation museum in the U.S. Air Force. United States Senator Saxby Chambliss will again serve as the Honorary Chairman of this year's tournament with Honorary Co-Chairmen Senator Johnny Isakson and United States Congressman Austin Scott and Tournament Chairman Eddie Wiggins.
The two-day tournament is the largest golf outing in Middle Georgia and is made up of three separate rounds with separate prizes for each round. Foursomes will compete in a “scramble” handicapped format. Tee times are noon on Thursday and 8 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Friday. Golfers receive a commemorative golf shirt, a Thursday night traditional “Plantation Supper” (Century of Flight, Museum of Aviation), breakfast and luncheon buffets. Friday evenings awards dinner will be at Houston Lake Country Club.
Over 60 businesses and individuals annually sign up as sponsors for this large annual Museum of Aviation Foundation fundraiser. “The overwhelming support for this tournament from all over America is outstanding,” said Pat Bartness, President and Chief Operating Officer of the Foundation. “These efforts assure that the Museum of Aviation will continue to be one of the best aviation Museums in America to honor the men and women of our armed forces.”