Rosemarie Morello | Monroe Real Estate, Central Valley Real Estate, Highland Mills Real Estate


A home showing represents a great opportunity for prospective homebuyers, as it enables homebuyers to get an up-close look at a residence and determine whether to make an offer on it. As such, it is important to prep for a home showing; otherwise, a homebuyer could miss out on a golden opportunity to find the right residence at the right time. So what should you look for during a home showing? Here are three factors that every homebuyer needs to consider: 1. A Home's Exterior Although the home you're visiting caught your eye as you drove past it in your car, you may notice problems when you take a closer look at the residence's exterior. For instance, cracks or chips in the driveway or along the front steps may need to be repaired and may impact the amount that you offer for a residence – or whether you decide to submit an offer at all. Of course, no home showing would be complete without checking out the condition of the house's siding and roof, either. If you're uncertain about the condition of these areas, be sure to ask the home seller's real estate agent for more information. By doing so, you can make a more informed decision about whether a particular residence is right for you. 2. A Home's Heating and Cooling System Ideally, you'll want a house that stays warm in winter and cool in summer. But in many cases, an old heating or cooling system may prevent a homeowner from maintaining comfortable temperatures inside a house at all times. Ask about the age of a heating and cooling system during a home showing. This will allow you to find out if this system will need to be replaced or repaired in the immediate future. Find out about the efficiency rating of a house's heating and cooling system as well. Remember, the higher a heating or cooling system's efficiency rating, the more this unit will be able to save a homeowner on his or her monthly energy costs. And if you find a home that boasts a high-efficiency heating and cooling system, you may be able to save money on your energy bills down the line. 3. A Home's Doors and Windows Do a home's doors and windows open freely? If not, they may be in need of serious repair, which ultimately could put a major dent in your wallet if you decide to purchase a particular residence. The costs to repair or replace defective doors and windows can add up quickly. Thus, you'll want to ensure that all of a house's doors and windows are in great condition before you purchase a residence, and you can learn more about their condition during a home showing. When it comes to finding the right house, you'll always want to consult with a reliable real estate agent, too. Your real estate agent is readily available to assist you in any way possible, and he or she will be able to help you discover a top-notch house that meets all of your needs. Spend some time getting ready for home showings, and you'll be prepared to find an excellent home that you can enjoy for years to come.

Children. You love them with all your being. But the mess they can make of the house? Not so much. Keep reading for four tips on how to keep your home clean despite your children’s best efforts. You might even be able to get them to join in on the fun! 

1. Cleanup after playtime. Build the habit of cleaning up one set of toys before moving on to the next, this not only keeps the floor from becoming littered in toys but also makes cleaning up more manageable for little ones. A large mess can easily overwhelm small children and by cleaning up along the way you make the task easier for them to participate in.

2. Have an organizational system for corralling toys that works for you and more importantly your children. Make cleanup easy by storing toys in bins and baskets that toys can easily be tossed into. Cleanup is made even easier when you give everything a designated place so there isn’t a chance for toys to end up in organizational limbo. Do a walk through of the house sweep once little ones are in bed to ensure everything has been put in its place.

3. The easiest way to keep things clean is to minimize the amount of stuff you and your children own. Of course, this is harder to implement with little ones but regular clean outs of toys helps to balance the influx of toys that come during holidays and birthdays. Include kiddos in on the process to pick out their favorites and get them excited to donate toys to other children. You can put some toys in storage and swap them out regularly throughout the year to minimize the amount kept in the home and reignite your child’s interest in them as well.

4. Create regular routines around the house to instill clean up habits in your child early on. Create designated areas around the house for play time, quiet time or even homework. This helps children adjust to focus on the task at hand as well as prevent toys from ending up all over the house. By keeping a routine time of day to do a  household chore you’ll also teach little ones the importance of having work ethic around the home. You can even involve curious kiddos in the chore by buying them a child-sized broom or vacuum to “help”. 

Keeping a tidy home with little ones in the house isn’t the easiest of tasks. But by minimizing the amount of stuff you own and instilling a regular clean up habits you can keep on top of messes. You can even create some fond memories and bonding time with your child by including them in on the fun. Happy cleaning!  


Depending upon where your laundry room is in your home, it may be a breeding ground for plenty of stuff. People leave their shoes in there along with coats, an array of cleaning supplies and other “junk” piled up in one spot. However and wherever your laundry room is, you can organize it in a few easy steps.


Gather Off Season Items


If you place coats, boots, sandals, hats and gloves in the laundry room, you need bins to keep them organized. Either label bins and put items where they need to be, or get some baskets to sort everything out. Every member of your family can have their own bin for their off-season belongings.


Keep Hampers In The Laundry Room


For easy sorting, label hampers so that clothes are already sorted when you head to do laundry. This will cut down on your laundry time significantly. Each family member will have their own responsibility to bring his or her own clothes to the laundry room and sort them out.


Get A Retractable Clothesline


Since space can be limited in the laundry room, it’s hard to find places to hang clothes to dry that aren’t able to go in the dryer. If you get a clothesline that will enable you to hang your clothes vertically, you’ll save space. 


Clear Counter Space To Fold Clothes


If you have some counter space in the laundry room cleared way and reserved, you’ll have more space to be able to fold your clothes. Getting the folding done on the spot is a great idea because then, you’ll have less to do when you come out of the laundry room! 


Keep A Wastebasket Near The Washer


It’s inevitable that people will always leave something in their pockets. You don’t want tissues and receipts to end up in the wash. As you’re doing laundry, you’ll need a place to dispose of these items and a place to get rid of dryer lint and dryer sheets as well. Other items that are found in the laundry that don’t belong there should be kept in a separate basket for people to pick up at a later time. 


Install A Shoe Rack


If the laundry room is near an entryway to the home, you need a shoe rack there. People will be taking their shoes off and on, and you don’t want shoes strewn throughout the room. You may also want to get a good doormat, one that will pick up mud and dirt, to keep it from spreading throughout the room and the house.


With a few changes, your laundry room can be easily organized. You’ll just need to train your family on how to use the new systems in order to make life a bit easier for you!


If you’re looking to make some big updates to make your home more stylish and on trend today I have four of some of the most popular trends on Pinterest right now. Pinterest is a goldmine for finding new and exciting projects but don’t just let them sit on your boards as a “that would be nice” idea. Bring them to life!

These updates aren’t for the faint of heart and definitely more for the trendsetters. If you’re looking for a style that packs a punch and makes jaws drop keep reading.

Herringbone patterns - And not just for wood flooring, though this classic form is certainly finding their way to many people’s Pinterest boards. Give the currently trendy subway tile a fresh take by installing in a herringbone inspire pattern. Another clever placement? Take it outdoors to your paving stones. This will give your yard a chic and very unique touch.

Statement ceiling - Or as some are calling it, the fifth wall. If you’re ready to go bold adding color to your ceiling won’t let you down. The most popular color cropping up on Pinterest boards everywhere is pure black. It might seem counterintuitive but doing so actually creates the illusion your room is larger than it is. The truly eclectic are going, even more, daring and wallpapering their ceilings. And today it’s easier than ever thanks to peel and stick wallpaper. You’ll have any pattern you can dream at your fingertips and far less of a commitment than wallpaper of yore.

Mixed metals - Every rule is made to be broken. Especially when it comes to mixing metals. It’s been in fashion for jewelry for years, now it’s time to bring it into the home. The trick is to balance finishes with each other. Get creative with which metallic elements you bring in. Think picture frames, end tables, coffee tables, brackets, hardware, serving trays, and bar carts. Keep in mind this isn’t to mean mixing up hardware to have different tones and finishes. Instead, look to pieces you can add to the room (and easily take out again) that will add a much welcome contrast.

Terrazzo - And last but not least the trend that has everyone talking is an old favorite. We’re reaching back to the 70’s with this one people! Terrazzo is being used everywhere from walls to flooring to counters to the decor. Which is good news! You don’t have to go all in on this bold trend by replacing those coveted granite countertops. Because hey, they might not be on trend but they are classic for a reason! So instead look for terrazzo ceramic vases and “faux” terrazzo print fabrics. And if you’re especially creative make a weekend project out of creating a statement wall painted to mimic the print and texture of terrazzo.  


Keeping cabinets organized isn’t always the easiest feat. Afterall, while cabinetry is often custom built to fit the room it’s rarely custom-built to fit the items they’re designed to store. And your family doesn’t help, coming in like a tornado afterschool rampaging your cupboards for snacks and drinks. Here’s how to keep cabinets organized in a way even kids can help keep maintained.

Create bespoke organization with stacking shelves designed to add more space between cabinet shelving. This essentially allows you to at least double your storage space, if not triple it depending on how tall your cabinets are and the height of your stacking shelves. Triple shelves are especially helpful in keeping plates and bowls in their own areas without creating one big pile of them. Doubles keep mugs and glasses easily within reach without crowding each other out.

Keep like items together in easy to grab bins. Think categories like lunches, snacks, breakfast, dinner, baking. This keeps pantry items neat and organized so kids aren’t wading through bags of chips to get to gummy snacks (and making more chaos). Clear containers and labels help everyone upkeep your tidy system. It also helps them find what they are looking for without you.

Bins can also be helpful if you meal plan. Pick up baskets for each day of the week and put each meal’s ingredients in its designated basket along with the recipe. This makes for faster meal prep and more coveted downtime.

Homeowners often tuck appliances away in hard to reach spots since they aren’t often used. However, this also makes them less likely to be used them because let’s be honest, you’ll dread pulling them out. Create a solution that allows everything to be easily accessed at all times. This could be by putting them on display to pull double-duty as decor or choosing stacking shelves that work with the height of your appliances.

Installing slide out drawers between shelves allows you to take advantage of the depth of your cabinets without the need to blindly reach behind items hoping you’ll grab the right item. Alternatively, a lazy susan or two will help you achieve the same outcome without installation. If you take this route carry over the like-items with the like-items rule here so you know which is holding the Italian spices and which the vanilla.

Creating organized cabinets doesn’t have to be expensive or hard. And it certainly doesn’t have to require gutting the kitchen to completely redesign them. A trip to the container store and a trusty label maker should set you right. With the right solutions, you might even be able to get your family to them organized as well. Best of luck!




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