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Sep 12, 2014

Here are some homes for your consideration!

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147 Florence Circle, Lake Charles, LA.. 70615

3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths, Wood Burning Fireplace, Open Split floorplan. Call me today to schedule your personal tour of this home!

Oct 3, 2013

Brand New Listing!

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Sep 19, 2013

Your Home’s Unsung Hero — The Closet

Posted by: Jackie Myers

Your Home’s Unsung Hero — The Closet

Closets get a bad rap: too small, too cluttered, never as perfect as we want them to be. It’s time to recognize the value they add (and get some savvy organizing tips).

 

More vital than a bathroom, more useful than a kitchen, your closets make every other room look terrific and function well. They’re the ultimate storage and organization partner — and the key to any sane household.

Related: The Link Between Clutter and Depression

That’s why we believe that closets are the most important room in your house, hands down.

If you’ve ever tried to negotiate a room cluttered with out-of-season clothing, random sports equipment, and a basket of to-be-folded laundry, you know that a well-organized home is much easier to clean and maintain. 

Closets are your key ally, providing a place for everything and clearing out your housescape, making home maintenance an easier chore.

Related: The Value of Home Maintenance

We especially like using a closet to organize home maintenance tools and equipment, like this home improvement blogger did.

What else makes closets so vital? Let’s count the ways:

1. Closets Save Time

No need for an archeological dig through the back corners of your closets. If everything is stored correctly and in its proper closet, you’ll know right where to go when you need something.

Put your foot down and assign specific uses for each closet in your house — then stick to your guns. You’ll get the best use of your closets when each has a special duty. No “temporarily” stashing the wallpaper steamer in the linen closet!

Instead, make the effort to return items to the correct storage area. When you need them again — voila! You’ll have them right at your fingertips, saving time and frustration.

2. Closets Save Money

By optimizing each closet with shelves and other storage systems, you’ll have exactly the space you need for your stuff.

Leftovers? Out they go. In fact, storage experts say that the average household has 20-40% more stuff than they actually need.

With your existing closet space as a guide to organized bliss, get rid of everything that doesn’t fit. Take it to Goodwill, the Salvation Army, or your local thrift store.

Related: How to Get Rid of Stuff

End result: You’ll put a leash on your buying instincts, get more use out of the things you have, and say goodbye to that $50-$150 per month storage locker.

Don’t cheat by stuffing your garage with leftovers! Instead, organize your garage with the same principles – if it doesn’t fit in the space you have, toss it.

3. Closets Keep Kids (and You) Happy

In bedrooms with two or more kids, closets help reduce sibling rivalry (and disputes) by establishing boundaries. Shared closets should be organized with bins, shelves, and hanging spaces. Color-coordinate bins and label them so ownership is clear — and it’s obvious whose stuff needs to be put back in its proper place.

shared room

Image: The Blooming Hydrangea

Tip: Don’t use sliding doors! They are a recipe for disaster with a shared kids’ closet. Use a bi-fold door or (even better) a curtain so one sibling can’t slide a door in front of the other’s stuff.

4. Closets Are Life-Savers for Open Floor Plans

A closet is a confidant. Put your things in your closet and close the door — your closet won’t reveal what’s inside.

That’s more important than ever. Open floor plans, with tall ceilings and few partitions, continue to be the most-popular house design, which puts extra emphasis on having clean, clutter-free spaces. Easy to do if you have closets to neatly store the clothes, toys, and other everyday items that tend to wander around your house.

5. Closets Can Be Whatever You Want Them to Be

laundry room

Image: Marla Norton

Want to express your inner Picasso or Hemingway but don’t have a place to do it? Closets are one of the most easy-to-convert spaces you’ve got. Convert a closet to:

  • An artist’s studio.
  • A hobby nook.

A new mother even turned her closet into a nursery.

6. Closets Will Take One for the Team

You’ve got a new carpet or hardwood floor cleaner that warns you to first “test in an inconspicuous area.” Where do you turn?  Exactly.

Why Does It Seem We Never Have Enough Closet Space?

Everyone wants more storage space. But most standard houses aren’t built with generous storage in mind.

“Really smart closet storage and configuration is an afterthought for most builders,” says Michael Mahoney, a design consultant with remodeling specialists Neil Kelly, and a self-described closet guru. “I have many clients who need their closets remodeled for more space and better efficiency.”

Tips For Maximizing and Adding Closet Space

Look up. Most closets don’t take advantage of that last foot or so of space, where an extra shelf can handle little-used and seasonal items. That’s especially true in homes with 9-foot ceilings and vaulted ceilings. Tuck a collapsible stool in a corner so you can reach when you need to.

high shelf

Image: Like a Saturday

Paint your closet a really bright white. It reflects light, making it easier to find items stashed in the back.

Install dividers on shelves. That will make it easier to stack items and keep like-items together.

If you’ve gone through our prescribed exercise of tossing little-used items and you’re still crying out for more places to stuff your stuff, try these ideas for adding closets:

  • Freestanding furniture is a godsend for the storage-challenged. Carefully measure the space you’d like to annex as closet space, and buy an armoire or wardrobe to fit. Or, buy inexpensive shelving units and add a curtain as a door. Bonus: If you move, your freestanding closet goes with you.

Related:

Savvy Closet Organization Tips

Kids’ Rooms: Storage Solutions for Every Age

Master Closet: 3 Features to Make It Extra Special

7 Storage Solutions You Didn’t Know You Had

John_Riha John Riha

has written seven books on home improvement and hundreds of articles on home-related topics. He’s been a residential builder, the editorial director of the Black & Decker Home Improvement Library, and the executive editor of Better Homes and Gardens magazine.

Sep 1, 2013

How to Have A Safe Open House This Fall

Posted by: Jackie Myers

The goal of every open house is to showcase your property to potential buyers to get a sale. However, before you open your doors this Fall, consider our safety tips to keep guests safe while viewing your home.

Ideally, any and all pets should not be present at open houses. It only takes an unlocked gate or open door to endanger your pet.

Take the time to complete any repairs to steps or sidewalks to prevent falls and injuries.

All walkways and entryways should be well lit and kept free of debris.

Walk the perimeter of your property. Are there any hazards such as a small hole in the landscaping that could lead to a fall?

If there is inclement weather, prepare your home appropriately. If necessary, shovel a path to the front door; rake any leaves off of walkways, spread salt or place mats to prevent any slipping.

Check to ensure all railings are sturdy if leaned on for support. Walk every outdoor structure, such as decks, patios and porches to check for rotting wood, buckling surfaces or soft flooring.

If you have a pool, pond or any water access on your property each entry point should have gated locks. It may be a good idea to have a sign reminding viewers to shut the gate behind them.

Before exiting your home for the open house, check to make sure all kitchen appliances are off and do not leave any lit candles.

Aug 26, 2013

Why are Flood Insurance Rates Going Up?

Posted by: Jackie Myers

If you live where floods happen, you may see an increase on your next flood insurancebill. Here’s why rates are changing.

Two reasons:

1. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is updating its flood maps to be more accurate, which could change your flood risk designation. If your risk is higher, your premiums will go up. If it’s lower, your premiums could go down.

2. Last year, a new law took effect that requires the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) to phase out subsidies for some older properties to reflect the full risk of flooding.

Aug 21, 2013

2013 Home Painting Trends: Simple Rules for Easy Home Upgrades

Posted by: Jackie Myers

Paint continues to reign as the No. 1 do-it-yourself project because it’s the simplest, most affordable way to immediately impact the look and feel of a space.

Turn drab, boring walls and rooms into spaces full of architectural details and style by following these five paint tips:

1. Alter the dimensions of a space by painting a ceiling in a slightly lighter color than the walls. It will trick the eye into thinking the ceilings are higher.

2. Create patterns and shapes with paint and tape. Ombre effects, stripes, and chevrons in every color combination — from monochromic to bold, bright hues — are on trend this season.

3. Coordinate your paint palette with furniture already in your home to develop a perfect backdrop to your space. Many home center stores can color match a hue from a favorite piece of fabric to create a personalized look that’s all your own.

4. Test colors with paint samples. Look for already mixed paint samples in each season’s hottest hues that you can easily grab and go. It’s a great way to experiment with bold colors to see how the light affects the paint’s appearance in your home.

5. Consider creating your own architectural details by painting interior doors and trim in a colorful hue instead of traditional white. Painting the trim and door a different color will make a dramatic statement with a pop of color.

Source: Lowes



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Aug 19, 2013

Is Homeownership for You?

Posted by: Jackie Myers

Survey: More Renters Want to Become Homeowners

By: Dona DeZube

Published: August 5, 2013

Homeownership as a priority is on the upswing. And a look back shows perceptions about owning weren’t as negative during the recession as the media suggested.

Americans have favored buying over renting, even during the recent Great Recession, and this year is no different. The 2013 National Housing Pulse Survey, by the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®, found Americans overwhelmingly believe owning a home is a good financial decision, and a majority of renters say homeownership is one of their highest priorities for the future.

During the recession, much media coverage of homeownership focused on the idea that lots of people thought renting was much smarter than buying. But that wasn’t necessarily the case as a look back shows.

The decline in home prices and turmoil in the housing markets did influence consumers’ perception of housing as a sound investment -- but not by nearly as much as the media made it appear.

From 2007 to 2011, based on earlier Pulse surveys, the share of people who thought buying a home was a good financial decision dropped from about 85% to 73% and the share of people who were “not so strongly” positive grew. By 2013, we’re back to 80% thinking homeownership is a sound financial decision.

You can interpret that dip two ways. Some would say homeowners were resilient as prices declined. Others would say the recession was a wake up call for investors who viewed the real estate market as a short-term investment.

Regardless of which way you see it, most of us have returned to the much more realistic viewpoint that real estate is a solid, if long-term, investment.

This year’s Home Pulse survey also found:

  • Eight in 10 Americans think buying a home is a good financial decision.
  • 68% believe now is a good time to buy a home.
  • 36% of renters are now thinking about purchasing a home, up from 25% last year.
  • The proportion of renters who say they prefer to rent dropped from 31% to 25%.
  • Half of renters say that eventually owning a home is one of their highest personal priorities, up to 51% from 42%.

Those renters should be in a good position to buy given that home prices are pretty affordable (unless you’re a bus driver in San Francisco). Rising interest rates could come into play, but anything around 6% looks good compared with the double-digit interest rates of the 1980s.
                                                                       
Attitudes toward the housing market have also improved over the years. Nearly four in 10 Americans (38%) said their local market was more active this year, compared with 51% of people who reported a slowdown in local activity last year.

There is also less concern than in the past about the drop in home values; almost half (49%) said housing prices in their area are more expensive than a year ago.