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Posted by The John Barrett Real Estate Team on 5/14/2017

For home sellers, you'll want to spend some time organizing your residence's garage. By doing so, you can show homebuyers just how much space your garage has to offer. Plus, you might even be able to eliminate clutter and get rid of unwanted items before you move.

What does it take to transform an ordinary garage into an exceptional one? Here are three garage organization tips that every home seller needs to know.

1. Use All of the Space at Your Disposal.

Although your garage may seem small at first, it is important to keep in mind that you can use assorted shelving and storage units to optimize the amount of space at your disposal.

Try to use as much vertical space as you can to store items in your garage. For instance, you can hang brooms, mops and rakes on your garage walls, and this may allow you to free up horizontal space for other garage items. In addition, you can set up cabinets to store various tools in your garage.

Ideally, you'll want to maintain sufficient space to fit your car in your garage. And if you focus on maximizing the horizontal and vertical space that is available, you should have no trouble parking your car in your garage any time you choose.

2. Separate Your Must-Have Items from the Clutter.

Clutter is an eyesore, and as such, you'll want to do everything possible to eliminate it from your garage immediately.

Dedicate the necessary time and resources to go through all of the belongings in your garage. This will enable you to separate must-have items from garage clutter.

If you find an excess amount of garage clutter, you have a few options as well. You can throw away items, donate them to charity or sell them during a garage sale. Regardless of which options you choose, you'll be able to eliminate clutter and improve your garage's appearance at the same time.

3. Label Your Belongings.

Now that you know which items you're going to keep, you should label and store them accordingly.

Typically, sorting items into groups is a good idea, particularly when it comes to organizing your garage. This will help you stay organized as well as save time when you need to find garage items in the future.

If you're struggling to organize your garage, you may want to consider professional assistance. Lucky for you, cleaning companies are available that can help you revamp your garage and ensure it looks clean and neat for an extended period of time.

Furthermore, your real estate agent may be able to help you enhance your garage's appearance. He or she will be able to offer garage organization and cleaning recommendations, guaranteeing you can take the right steps to improve your garage.

When it comes to organizing your home's garage, there is no need to leave anything to chance. Instead, use the aforementioned tips, and you can organize your garage items and bolster your garage's appearance.




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Posted by The John Barrett Real Estate Team on 5/7/2017

Growing your own vegetables is a wonderful thing. You get to choose which seeds to sow, spend time outside, put in some hard work and then reap the rewards all summer and fall. In spite of this, many new gardeners find themselves planting too much†or too little of different vegetables. There's much†appeal to going to the store to pick out seeds. It almost seems like magic: these little seed packets will turn into baskets full of food, all for just a few dollars. Follow these tips to learn†how to grow what you want the first time around so you won't find yourself begging neighbors to take all those extra zucchinis off your hands. What do you like to eat? Experimenting with new recipes is great. And so is the temptation when you see seed packets for†an exotic vegetable you've never tried before. But before you dedicate a whole row of your garden to hybrid turnips, think about whether or not you'll really eat all of that. Instead, plant the veggies you and your family love†to†eat consistently. Before you start planting, think carefully about the amount of space you have in your garden (I usually draw a diagram and label the rows). This is going to involve some necessary research on your part. If you love summer squash, you may think you need a whole row. Squash plants, however, tend to creep outwards vigorously, producing a ton of fruit†and also encroaching on other rows if you're not careful. Similarly, you may find that you simply don't have enough room for some vegetables. We all love the first sweet corn of the season, but most of us don't have enough room in our backyard gardens to feasibly grow corn. Plan for next year Once you've tilled the soil, planted the seeds, and taken care of your plants all spring, you may think the only thing left to do is harvest the vegetables. This is a crucial time, however, to think about next year. What did you have too much of? Too little? Did you find that some vegetables simply wouldn't grow in your garden? (I tried twice,†with little luck, to plant pole beans but found that they just didn't like my soil.) Take note of these findings for next year. If one part of your garden receives more sunlight, try rotating crops to see if you get different results. Don't worry if your garden isn't perfect the first time around. In fact, it's best to just let go of that image of the perfect garden. Tending†a garden isn't another chore to cause stress in your life, it's a simple and relaxing way to get outside more.  





Posted by The John Barrett Real Estate Team on 4/30/2017

Chemicals, metals and other household products in your home could be making you sick. Harmful products and chemicals at your house could also be creating illness symptoms in your children, pets and house guests. Keep reading to learn about some common ways that your house could be making you sick.

Overlooked and common household dangers

Lead paint can cause you to feel nauseous, constipated and sick to your stomach. Check the amount of lead in paint before you start decorating. If you exhibit symptoms,check the amount of lead in the existing paint at your house.

High mercury levels - Too much mercury in your home can cause metal poisoning. Symptoms of metal poisoning vary from person to person, but can include numbness, difficulty walking or standing, muscle weakness and poor vision. Mercury poisoning can also cause memory and cognitive thinking impairment.

You can become over exposed to mercury by eating certain types of fish. Mercury overexposure can also be derived from chemicals that you keep in your home. The Environmental Protection Agency shares that you can come in contact with mercury several ways, including by breathing in the metal. You can also ingest mercury into your system by touching products that have mercury in them and by eating foods that contain mercury. Batteries, thermometers, certain light bulbs, some vaccines, skin creams and jewelry are types of products that contain mercury.

Allergens Ė Pet hairs are a major cause of allergens. If you or someone in your family coughs, wheezes or sneezes every time they are around your dog or cat, visit the doctor and have test run to see if you or your family member is allergic to your pet.

Are any of these dangers at your house?

  • Poor ventilation
  • Dust mites
  • Asbestos
  • Carbon monoxide generally becomes dangerous for humans after carbon monoxide reaches levels of 100 ppm or higher.
  • Mold
  • Leaking roof
  • Pests
  • Old food

Take quick action if someone becomes ill at your house

Contact your physician immediately should you suspect that you, a family member or guest at your home has become ill due to coming into contact with a chemical or product in your house. Avoid assuming that just because you have never become ill in your home that means that no one else could be allergic or become ill to a product or chemical in your house.

For example, you might not be allergic to peanuts. However, a colleague or friend who visits your house could become dangerously ill if he is exposed to peanut butter or another peanut food product that you store or prepare a meal with at your house.

Share as many details as possible with physicians and nurses at the hospital or urgent clinic that you visit. Tell them when the person started to show signs of illness. Also, tell the medical professional or emergency technician what you ate. If you live near a landfill, share this information with medical professionals as well. The more details that you share with medical staff, the sooner the staff can narrow what may have caused the symptoms. Information that you share can also make it easier for medical staff to start treating you or another person who becomes ill at your home.





Posted by The John Barrett Real Estate Team on 4/23/2017

Employers arenít the only ones who are discovering more and more how important community is to Millennials. This includes giving back to communities and improving the lives of children and adults through charitable donations, education, training and time. Businesses that do this can attract and retain Millennials. But, itís not just employers who this matters for. Real estate agents can shorten the time it takes to find the right houses for Millennials if they learn what really matters to this generation.

What Millennials want in a house

So, what are some of the top home and neighborhood attractors for Millennials? Although some Millennials go for a fixer-upper, many Millennials want a house that is turnkey ready. They want upgraded amenities.

Cool, decorative kitchen and bathroom back splashes, modern fixtures and room-to-room navigation ease are important when selling a house to Millennials. Save time when showing houses by asking these home shoppers what their favorite colors are before you start researching for houses and traveling to a neighborhood.

Real estate agents could lose points with Millennials if they start showing them houses that are designed with bold colors. Trying to explain that a house can be repainted after the house is sold may not work. It could be seen as an additional price cost, an expense that may appear to cost much more than several cans of paint actually are tagged for. Other features that attract Millennials who are in the search for a house include:

  • Large, open kitchen floor plans (again, make sure that kitchen fixtures and amenities are modern)
  • Space to work from home (an extra bedroom that could easily be turned into a home office is a plus)
  • Low utility bills and low maintenance (although a real estate agent canít control utility costs, realtors can zone in on houses that are located in neighborhoods that generally enjoy lower utility rates)
  • Environmentally friendly (houses built with solar panels and large windows that attract lots of sunlight) appeal to Millennials)
  • Manageable traffic (No one has to drive through bumper to bumper traffic just because they are trying to get to work. Itís not a necessity. Millennials know this. They want a house thatís located in an area where it doesnít take an hour to drive 10 miles.)
  • Community offerings (Shopping, dining and entertainment options should be strong in communities that you take Millennials to while showing them houses for sale.)
  • Local support (Businesses giving back to communities is important. Evidence that businesses support the communities that they are located in range from beautiful public landscaping, clean streets,well maintained public facilities like pools, parks and historic sites.)
  • Walkability (Not only should traffic be manageable, the neighborhood that a house is located in should having restaurants, public transportation, shops and entertainment sites within walking distance.)
  • Housing costs (Overall costs of houses should be reasonable. Millennials have student loans to pay off. They also tend to be working entry level jobs and may not have a lot of disposable income.) 

When attracting Millennials to a home, almost as important as the actual house itself is the neighborhood that a house is located in. Neighborhoods that have high walkability scores, low crime and strong community support services are real wins. Although some Millennials will relocate to neighborhoods that are in development or coming back after a decline, rampant homelessness, boarded houses, vacant buildings and other signs of lack of attention and care from businesses and government agencies are turn offs.




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Posted by The John Barrett Real Estate Team on 4/16/2017

Once you have moved into a new home, youíre going to want to make it look amazing with some nice furniture. If youíre in too much of a hurry, you can make some very common furniture buying mistakes that will cost you more than just the money you have wasted on furniture. Read on before you begin filling that new home with sofas, chairs, and tables.  


You Donít Plan For Style Or Practicality


If youíre a young couple moving into your first home, you probably have a lot of plans for the future. Children may possibly be a part of those plans someday. Remember that a $3,000 leather sofa may look really great when itís just the two of you. Fast forward a couple of years to the terrible twos and envision permanent marker all over that beloved couch. Keep in mind that the lifespan of heavily used furniture is anywhere between 7 to 10 years. 


Even if children arenít in your future plans, the same problems are true for pets. If you donít have a dog and purchase the expensive sofa knowing that you have plans to get a dog, you should think twice. Pets can claw furniture and leave behind clumps of pet hair. If you have plans for children, pets, or both, consider the type of fabric that youíll have on the furniture carefully. Itís important to select pieces of furniture that suit your life, budget, and aspirations. 


You Buy Everything At Once


It can be tempting when you have an empty house to try and buy all of your furniture at once. If you buy everything at the same time, you wonít have any room for flexibility to buy pieces to add to your collection from other stores at a later date. The best way to approach filling an empty house is to buy the big necessities first, then fill the rest of your home as you find what you like and need. 


You Forgot To Measure


Imagine this: You just bought your dream bedroom set. The delivery people come to the house to drop it off, and it doesnít fit in the space! When we see things in the store, we often make every effort in our minds to convince ourselves that it will look good in our home. The reality is that furniture needs to fit in order for it to actually ďworkĒ in a room. Before you even set out to buy furniture, take measurements of every room that youíre shopping for. Have the list handy of all these numbers that you can refer to. 


Finding the right furniture comes down to avoiding impulse buys for these big purchases. Planning is everything when it comes to filling your new home with furnishings that will last the test of time and design.      







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