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Posted by Nelson Zide on 5/22/2019

Pretty bottles of nail polish, handfuls of eye pencils, tubes of lip colors, palettes of blushes, pots of eye color litter the bathroom vanity but the meager drawers are already full, so what to do? Short of purchasing expensive vanity organizers (or a new house with a more substantial bath and more drawers) you can tame and tidy your countertop with a few items you already have on hand.

Repurpose with purpose

Just because an item has a specific use doesn’t mean you can’t use it for your makeup. Try these on for size:

  • Mason jars—Use jars of various sizes to hold brushes and pencils. Tie a ribbon around the top of the jar. If using the lid, add a circle of fabric on top of the seal-lid and slip it into the mason ring.
  • Lazy Susan—If you have one of these space savers meant for spices, it’s perfect to fit your collection of lipsticks and glosses.
  • On the rocks—These short glasses make wonderful organizers for mascaras, eyeliners, lip liners, and brow pencils.
  • Spice racks—A tiered spice rack works great to hold your bottles of hairspray and mousse, facewash, and lotions while a wall rack fits foundation bottles and eyeshadow palettes. Hang a magnetic spice rack on the wall beside the vanity to hold all your small items neatly above the surface.
  • Tins and trays—Metal tins from hot cocoa or tea are perfect for keeping cotton swabs and pads. Or use a shorter one to hold pins or hair ties. Paint the tin or wrap it with contact paper for a decorative touch. Mint tins transform into holders for baubles and bit, then stack nicely on the counter.
  • Votive glass—An empty candle glass makes an excellent match holder. Create a matching set: candle holder and matching matchstick holder.

Raid the Office

Desk organizers work well for organizing smaller tubes, bottles, pencils, and brushes. A narrow version fits well on the tank lid. Transform a magnetic paperclip dispenser into the perfect holder for bobby pins. Stack powders, eyeshadow, and blush compacts vertically in a pen tray for easy access.

Borrow from the Bedroom

Many organizer items meant for the bedroom work for other places as well. Hang an over-the-door fabric or clear vinyl shoe rack in the bathroom to hold extra bottles of lotions, foundations, nail polishes—pretty much anything. Jewelry boxes can do double duty for combs, barrettes, or hairpins.

In fact, there are many ways to reuse items in your home to create order from chaos. If you still find yourself wanting your dream vanity, your local realtor can start the search for you.




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Posted by Nelson Zide on 5/17/2019

New contemporary colonial to be built by a local craftsman! You'll love what this 9-room home has to offer with 4 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, a den, family room, and more with approximately 3400 sq. feet of living space. You can anticipate large rooms and ample closet and storage space. The builder will consider your plans as well should you have something in mind. You can buy the lot or have them build and design your new home. Minutes to restaurants, schools, highways, and more. Welcome home to your private oasis in Littleton.

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Posted by Nelson Zide on 5/15/2019

You hear much about curb appeal when you're reading through real estate blogs, but what does that actually mean? Is it lots of colorful flowers or perfect landscaping? What about exterior artwork or a decorative mailbox?

What it’s not

So, you probably already have more than a general idea of what curb appeal is, but here is what it is not:

It isn’t your house sticking out like a sore thumb in the neighborhood. That means that if all your neighbors have upgraded landscaping and yours is the only one that has rocks and dirt or dead patches of grass, the folks that stop by to see your home will plan on getting it as a fixer-upper or at least at a steep discount.

It’s also not having tons of water features and garden gnomes on your front lawn. And while re-purposing a toilet to be a flower bed might garner you a second look from drivers-by, it won’t endear you to homebuyers. And it certainly isn’t add-ons that fail to match the rest of the exterior.

What it is

In real estate parlance, curb appeal means anything that adds to a home’s exterior and is visible from the street. From landscaping to roofing upgrades; new windows to concrete treatments the driveway and sidewalks, anything that visibly positively catches the eye increases its curb appeal.

How to get it

The first best way to get curb appeal is to keep what you already have. That is, keep your lawn, roof, siding, stucco or brick, fences, doors, and windows in top condition. Fix anything that breaks. Paint what needs painting. Repair the roof after a storm. Repair or replace a broken or damaged garage door. Water and trim the lawn or replace it with eco-friendly and attractive xeriscape. Handle all upkeep on a regular basis so that when the time comes to sell, you don't have a lot of refurbishing to do and can concentrate instead on those little "extras" that set your home just a little above the rest.

With all the regular stuff handled, you can spend a little bit more on adding colorful plants and planter boxes, painting the door a cheerful, inviting color, and perhaps changing out the carriage lights for something new. And when the curb appeal is well in hand, focus on the inside to get that top dollar return.

If you need help determining which items provide the most curb appeal in your neighborhood, reach out to a local realtor.




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Posted by Nelson Zide on 5/8/2019

If you decide that moving on your own isn’t for you, you need to find and hire good movers to get you from place to place. You can start with a simple internet search, but you need to find the right movers to be able to get dependable service. Below, you’ll find some tips to help making the process of finding a moving company that much easier. 



Get Quotes From A Few Companies


Get quotes on prices from a few different moving companies. Don’t just go with the first company that you find. Do a bit of research and even see if you can get some type of a background check on each company that you get a quote from. This way, you’ll avoid any nightmare stories from your move.


Have A Mover Do An Assessment


Your movers should come and visit your home before you move. Will they be packing for you? Do They need a larger size truck? If the moving company comes to make an assessment of the home, they will know what needs to be done when moving day arrives. Make an inventory list of everything in your home so that you’ll know what you have to take with you. You’ll also know what you have in your new home once you get there. This can really help streamline the process.   


Price Isn’t Everything


The most expensive mover may not provide much more services over the least expensive moving company. Sometimes, it’s better to pay a bit more if you get additional services like boxes or packing. If a quote is much lower than you think it should be, then you probably should be a bit cautious of hiring the company.


Look For Reputation


You need to be aware of the reputation that a moving company carries with them. If you’re moving locally, you can usually go with a local company that has some good reviews. If you’re moving across states, try and find a larger company that has a lot of experience and a reputation built up for those types of long-distance moves. 


Ask Questions


You’re paying a lot of money to hire a moving company and have a right to know exactly what you’re paying for. Make a list of questions to ask each company. Find out their protocols and understand how your things will be treated. You want to know that your items will be in good hands. Some things you’ll want to know about each moving company:


  • What kind of insurance do you have?
  • What types of fees do you have?
  • What’s the timeline for my move? 
  • Have all your movers undergone background checks?


If the company tends to avoid certain questions, you should beware. With a little research, moving both near and far will be a breeze.





Posted by Nelson Zide on 5/1/2019

Do you live in a house that has hard water? You know, where you get those white rings on the counters and the faucets have this grungy, crusty build up. While you’re at the DIY store, you see this free water testing kit and decide its time to learn what is going on. You get the results, and the company asks to come out and give you a further evaluation as well as introduce you to a solution. The time this takes is well worth the process because it gives you valuable information about your water and how to fix it. Unfortunately, the typical solution is a $6,000 to $8,000 fix. Now maybe that is in your budget, and that is great, but most of the time that solution still involves the use of salt.

There is another way 

Alternatives exist where the installation cost may be way less—although it might be the same depending on how large of a system you get. But more importantly, it is a solution that doesn’t involve the constant purchase of salt. 

A recent addition to the water treatment lineup includes many different brands on salt-free water conditioners or de-scalers. Typically, a non-salt system consists of a large particle filter and a multiple-part canister. The system works by neutralizing minerals such as magnesium and calcium by changing their ionic makeup so that these minerals do not stick to pipes and other surfaces. They do remain in the water, though, so if you allow a pool of water to dry, the minerals will form a powdery residue that easily brushes off.

DIY Installation?

Installation is not complicated, but if you have little to no experience plumbing, you should hire a local plumber or certified installer to do the project. It is essential to put it in-line with the water going the correct direction (into the water heater, for example), so you’ll need to know which way the pipe is flowing where you add the joint.

Does it work?

The results are different from a water softener. You’ll see a reduction of the calcium in the water. Your skin will feel less dried out, and dish soap will create larger amounts of suds. You will not have that slippery feel of salt-softened water though. Most importantly, you can drink the water and water your plants with the water directly from the tap. 

Is it green?

The environment gains because there is no back-washing of the system like with traditional salt-based softeners, so you are not dumping salt water into the drainage system, and you are not using a bunch of extra water. 

What does it cost to maintain?

The cost to operate it once it after installation is very low. There is no salt to purchase every month. You only have to change the large particle filter every 6 to 12 months, depending on your water source. You may even receive extra filters with your installation, so check with the dealer.

The cost to DIY the project includes the purchase of the system and a few fittings to make the connection into your water pipes. Check with your real estate professional to see if adding a water conditioner system will increase the value of your home for resale.




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