BRIGHTEN UP YOUR HOME

Now that spring has officially arrived, it is time to put your heavy winter blankets away, open up the curtains and let the light in. If you are looking to place your house on the market or are a homeowner, here are five simple and cost effective ways to brighten up your home.

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Swap your Light Bulbs

Switch out your yellow bulbs for bright white ones. This will make your space look crisp and fresh. Lightbulbs are measured on a kelvin or K scale – the higher the kelvin number, the whiter the glow. Look for counts between 3500 and 4100k.

Paint your walls

Nothing compares to a fresh coat of paint to brighten up a space. Going over a wall with a new coat will help light bounce off the walls and open up the room.

Remove Screens

Screens do help keep the bugs out, but they also collect dirt. You should remove screens seasonally, since during the colder months your windows aren’t normally open and you can give the screens a nice cleaning. When the warmer months roll around, return the screens to their proper windows.

Clean Your Fixtures

When was the last time you truly cleaned, not just dusted, your light fixtures? Wash down your sconces and chandeliers to get rid of months and months of dirt buildup and to allow more light in your house. Try to make this part of your seasonal cleaning.

Expand Your Curtain Rods

By expanding your curtain rods a few inches beyond the window frame, your windows will appear bigger. This will also ensure that when you draw back the curtains, the fabric won’t block any light from coming in. Another great idea is to mount the braces slightly above the window frame to give the illusion of height.

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Spring-spiration

Finally, spring is officially here. As the days continue to pass by during the season, day time will begin to increase. Spring refers to the season/idea of rebirth, rejuvenation and regrowth.  Therefore, spring is the perfect time to renew your garden/landscaping.  Here are a few tips to get your garden/landscaping a fresh new look.

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Prepare your lawn:
Rake your lawn to remove winter debris, dead growth, and leftover leaves from the fall. This will help bring light and air to the top soil level and allow the grass to grow. If there are any bare patches on your lawn, rake the area(s) firmly and then reseed.

Weed the young weeds now:
Any weeds that are in your garden beds will be the easiest to pull now since the roots are shallow. To minimize the growth of new weeds, cover bare spots with mulch or a ground cover.

Clean your gutters:
To prevent water from drowning on your plants below, be sure to clean your gutters. A house-end attachment specially designed for gutters will make the process a lot easier.

Fertilize:
Using coffee grounds to prep your soil is a great way to save money and be ‘eco-friendly’. Coffee grounds are filled with nitrogen, a mineral that helps in plant growth.  You can also use egg shells as a fertilizer. Crushed egg shells are rich in calcium carbonate which helps enrich the soil.

Water your plants:
Use cooking water. Watering plants with left over cooking water is a great way to add vitamins and minerals left behind after boiling pasta and vegetables. Make sure that the water has cooled down before you shower your plants. To fight off plant infections, use cooled off chamomile tea.

Garden at night:
Studies have shown that planting in the moonlight will actually make your plants grow faster and stronger. Planting at night also maximizes water usage.

AskHomesale.com provides real estate advise and information for home buyers, home sellers, and homeowners alike. Askhomesale.com is part of the Homesale Realty Family. The Homesale Family of Companies is the leasing real estate company serving the Baltimore, Maryland, South Central and Southeastern PA real estate markets. Homesale Realty has more than 27 offices with over 1,000 REALTORS®. Homesale Realty’s footprint includes Maryland real estate office in Baltimore City, Federal Hill, Fells Point, Westminster, and Timonium. Pennsylvania real estate offices include York, Lancaster, Wyomissing, Chambersburg, Gettysburg, Harrisburg and Schuylkill Haven.

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NEIGHBORHOOD SPOTLIGHT – YORK COUNTY, PA

yorkThinking about moving? York County, Pennsylvania has a diverse selection of neighborhoods and locations to choose from. York County stretches all the way from the Maryland border to Harrisburg. It is in the Susquehanna River Valley of South Central Pennsylvania. York offers big-city amenities while still maintaining the charm of a small town. Plus, York is only a short drive to Philadelphia, Harrisburg, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Washington D.C. and New York City.

Although York continues to embrace its agricultural roots, it has evolved its manufacturing and business efforts. Major companies with roots in York include Harley-Davidson, York Barbell, Voith Hydro, Utz Quality Foods, Snyder’s of Hanover, BAE Systems and many more.

 

centralYORK CENTRAL MARKET

Central Market or “Market” – Located on the corner of North Beaver and W. Philadelphia Street, has been around for 125 years. It is the economic and social heart of the city. “Market Day” means strolling down the market isles, listening to live music, grabbing fresh vegetables and baked goods, and socializing with the town.

 

 

GO FOR A WALK IN THE PARK

There are parks on nearly every corner.  The William Kain Park consists of 1,637 acres and 2 lakes, and includes fishing, boat rentals, hunting and numerous other recreational activities.

 

HAVE A SWEET TOOTH?
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Don’t forget to tour the Wolfgang Candy Factory. York, PA prides itself in crafting a premium chocolate experience. The tour includes a presentation of the Wolfgang History and a chocolate experience on how the chocolate is made by hand. Also, remember to check out the Das Sweeten Haus store/museum to check out old-time American candy.

 

INTERESTING FACTS

York County was founded in 1749, after separating from Lancaster County. Called “America’s first fair,” The York Fair was originally held in York City in 1765, 11 years before the nation was founded.  In 1940, the famous York Peppermint Pattie was created in York City.

 

If you are considering moving, why not consider moving to York? Contact your local Homesale Agent to help locate your next home in York County.

 

NEIGHBORHOOD SPOTLIGHT – YORK COUNTY, PA

It’s Time to Spring Ahead

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It is almost that time of year to “spring ahead” and to enjoy an extra hour of daylight each day!  Mark your calendar and get set to change your clocks this Sunday, March 8, 2015.  Daylight Saving Time (DST) officially begins at 2:00 a.m. on Sunday.  DST is observed in most of the United States (except AZ, HI, PR, and a few other US territories) as a way to conserve energy.  In order to avoid confusion or possibly forgetting, it is recommended that you set your clocks ahead one hour before going to bed on Saturday night.

DST is a great time to get into the habit of taking care of some very important items around your home. 

Here are a few great suggestions:

• Change the batteries in your smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms.

• Replace your smoke detector if it is more than 10 years old
• Replace your carbon monoxide alarm if it is more than 5 years old

• Check around your home for any hazardous materials that need to be discarded…make sure you handle their disposal properly.

• Check your medicine cabinet for out-of-date medications and discard them.  This applies to over-the-counter medications also!  Some can cause serious problems if you use them after the expiration date.

• Check the contents of your home emergency kit.  Replace any item that is outdated or needs to be replenished…don’t forget to replace old batteries.  If you don’t have a kit, this would be a great time to put one together.

• Check the contents of your car emergency kit too!

• Practice and review fire escape routes and family disaster plans.

• Reprogram your thermostat if applicable; check the filter on your furnace while you are thinking about it.

• Check all the lights and signals on your car and/or bike.

• Now is also a great time to think about those annual/semi-annual medical exams, vaccinations, dental visits, or other appointments you may have forgotten for you, your family, and pets.

Daylight Saving Time will end at 2 a.m. on the first Sunday of November…begin making it a habit to run through these checks twice a year!  It will help make you and your family safer and more prepared!

AskHomesale.com provides real estate advise and information for home buyers, home sellers, and homeowners alike. Askhomesale.com is part of the Homesale Realty Family. The Homesale Family of Companies is the leading real estate company serving the Baltimore, Maryland, South Central and Southeastern PA real estate markets.  Homesale Realty has more than 27 offices with over 1,000 REALTORS®. Homesale Realty’s footprint includes Maryland real estate offices in Baltimore City, Federal Hill, Fells Point, Westminster, and Timonium.  Pennsylvania real estate offices include York,LancasterWyomissingChambersburgGettysburgHarrisburg, andSchuylkill Haven.

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5 REMINDERS FOR HOMEOWNERS

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FLOOR WARS

If you’re wavering between installing new wood floors or new carpeting in your home, it may seem like a simple decision based on cost, but that is not the case. When choosing flooring for residential homes, it is important to consider design, comfort, price and sustainability. Keep in mind that whichever new flooring you choose will look great when it’s first installed, but even a few weeks of use can require enough sweeping, vacuuming and polishing to make you reconsider your choice.

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Here are some things to consider when choosing flooring: wood versus carpet:

Advantages of Carpet:

  • Cushions slips and falls
  • Reduces noise throughout the house
  • Natural insulator – providing warmth during the winter season
  • Holds onto allergens and keeps them out of the air (vacuuming frequently will remove them)
  • Should last about 10 years
  • Faster and cheaper to install

Disadvantages of Carpet: 

  • Collects dust very easily
  • Needs to be professionally cleaned with hot water extractor (1-2x a year)
  • First is more easily tracked onto carpets
  • Shows walking patterns where foot traffic is heaviest
  • Liquids can seep into the carpet quickly
  • Might be outdated

Advantages of Hardwood:

  • Does not collect as much dirt and allergens
  • Can be repaired if damaged – does not have to be entirely replaced
  • Simple and quick to clean
  • Spilled liquid is easy to wipe up
  • Can be easily professionally repaired
  • Resale value due to popularity
  • Warranty on the “finish” typically ranges from 25-30 years
  • Sustainable, renewable and natural material

Disadvantages of Hardwood:

  • Can be dented – may have to be completely replace board(s) if something heavy is dropped onto it
  • Easily scratched due to moving heavy object, furniture and pet nails
  • Needs to be cleaned more often than carpet because dust/spills/crumbs are more visible

 

Flooring is a big decision, some homeowners prefer the plushness of carpet beneath their feet, while others believe hardwood adds a touch of elegance to their home and that it remains that “new” look for decades. Although in the end, the decision is up to you.

 

AskHomesale.com provides real estate advise and information for home buyers, home sellers, and homeowners alike. Askhomesale.com is part of the Homesale Realty Family. The Homesale Family of Companies is the leading real estate company serving the Baltimore, Maryland, South Central and Southeastern PA real estate markets.  Homesale Realty has more than 25 offices with over 1,000 REALTORS®. Homesale Realty’s footprint includes Maryland real estate offices in Baltimore City, Federal Hill, Fells Point, Westminster, and Timonium.  Pennsylvania real estate offices include YorkLancasterWyomissingChambersburgGettysburgHarrisburg, and Schuylkill Haven.

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