Thanksgiving is almost here, are you Ready?

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6 Simple Steps to Prep Your Home for Holiday Guests

By: Lisa Kaplan Gordon

Published: November 14, 2011

Make sure extra TP is easy to spot (that’s in #6).

Hosting has its shares of anxieties, especially if you’re striving to make your home welcoming.

How do you know everyone wil feel comfortable?

And will you ever get a chance to relax yourself?

You will if you focus on what’s really necessary. Here’s a list of steps to get your home ready — and take the stress out of hosting.

#1 Declutter

The day before guests arrive is no time to pull apart junk drawers and clean out linen closets.

Declutter guest rooms and public areas — foyer, kitchen, living room, den, and dining room. Remove anything unnecessary from countertops, coffee tables, and ottomans; if it’s out of sight, keep it out of mind, for now.

If you run short of time, bag up the clutter and store it in car trunks, basements, and out-of-the-way closets. Sort and arrange after your guests depart.

#2 Add Night Lights

Even though you can navigate your home blindfolded, your guests can’t. Make sure outside lights are working so they don’t trip on the way to your door. Put motion-activated night lights in hallways, bathrooms, and bedrooms to ensure safe passage after the sun sets.

Related: Outdoor Lighting for Curb Appeal and Safety

#3 Make Space in the Entryway

Your home’s foyer is the first place guests see, so make a good first impression.

  • Place a small rug or welcome mat at the entrance to protect floors from mud and snow.
  • Clear out shoes, umbrellas, and other clutter.
  • Add extra hooks to walls so guests can hang coats and hats.
  • Add a storage bench where guests can remove boots and shoes.

#4 Add a Coffee Station and Extra Stools

Your kitchen is command central during the holidays, so make sure it’s ready for guests and extra helpers.

  • Move your coffee station into a family room so guests don’t crowd the kitchen when you’re trying to fix meals.
  • If you like to visit while you’re cooking, place extra stools and chairs around the perimeter of your kitchen so guests can set a spell.

#5 Create Extra Sleeping Space

If you’ve got a guest room, replace the ceiling fixture with a ceiling fan and light combo, which helps guests customize their room temperature without fiddling with the thermostat for the entire house.

To carve sleeping space out of public areas, buy a folding screen or rolling bookcase, which will provide privacy for sleepers. Fold or roll it away in the morning.

#6 Make Extra Bathroom Supplies Easy to Find

Bring toilet paper, towels, and toiletries out of hiding, and place them on open shelves so guests can find them easily.

If you don’t have enough wall space for shelves, place these items in open baskets around the bathroom.

Also, outfit each tub with a bath mat (to avoid falls) and each toilet with a plunger (to avoid embarrassment).

 

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Lakewood Weekend Update

open house

20 New listings – Lot’s To SEE!!!!!!!!!!!!

 Have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call me,  562-879-9677

Median Sales Price in Lakewood- $551,000

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77 active listings presently on the market!

 

 26  Open Houses (lot’s to see !!!!!!!!)

     9 Price Reductions

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VA Loans by the Numbers

Have you thought about using your VA benefits to buy your new home?

 

Veterans Affairs Loans by the Numbers [INFOGRAPHIC] | Keeping Current Matters

Some Highlights:

  • Since the creation of the VA Home Loans Program, 22 million veterans have been able to achieve the American Dream of homeownership.
  • So far in 2017, $188 billion has been loaned to veterans and their families through the program.
  • VA Purchase Loans are on the rise in 46 out of 50 states and Washington, DC.
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Don’t Forget to Fall Back!!!!!!!

Fall back 2017

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Lakewood Weekend Update

open house lakewood

21 New listings – Lot’s To SEE!!!!!!!!!!!!

 Have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call me,  562-879-9677

Median Sales Price in Lakewood- $551,000

(Curious to know the value of your home?) Go to: http://www.tiny.cc/u9du9x

72 active listings presently on the market!

 

 27  Open Houses (lot’s to see !!!!!!!!)

     15 Price Reductions

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Renting or Buying…Either Way, You’re Paying Someone’s Mortgage

That About Says it All.   

Renting or Buying…Either Way, You’re Paying Someone’s Mortgage
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There are some people who have not purchased homes yet because they are uncomfortable taking on the obligation of a mortgage. Everyone should realize that, unless you are living with your parents rent-free, you are paying a mortgage – either yours or your landlord’s.

As Entrepreneur Magazine, a premier source for small business, explained in their article, “12 Practical Steps to Getting Rich,”

“While renting on a temporary basis isn’t terrible, you should most certainly own the roof over your head if you’re serious about your finances. It won’t make you rich overnight, but by renting, you’re paying someone else’s mortgage. In effect, you’re making someone else rich.”

Christina Boyle, Senior Vice President and head of the Single-Family Sales & Relationship Management organization at Freddie Mac, explains another benefit of securing a mortgage vs. paying rent:

“With a 30-year fixed rate mortgage, you’ll have the certainty & stability of knowing what your mortgage payment will be for the next 30 years – unlike rents which will continue to rise over the next three decades.”

As an owner, your mortgage payment is a form of ‘forced savings’ which allows you to build equity in your home that you can tap into later in life. As a renter, you guarantee the landlord is the person with that equity.

Interest rates are still at historic lows, making it one of the best times to secure a mortgage and make a move into your dream home. Freddie Mac’s latest report shows that rates across the country were at 3.94% last week.

Bottom Line

Whether you are looking for a primary residence for the first time or are considering a vacation home on the shore, now may be the time to buy.

 

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Buying a Home…

Leave the scariness for Halloween, thinking of buying, let’s talk.

 

 

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