Posts tagged ‘central pa real estate’

April 21, 2014

Brighten up Your Home

Staying home on a Saturday night doesn’t mean you have to relax in a boring and colorless home. Chances are your home has the potential to be vibrant with the things that you already have. These tips can help you spruce up your home:

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Home Office: Let some light in; the best way to light a home office is through natural light, not only because it’s brighter, but also because it’s free. Organize your office by giving some of your office essentials their own separate space. Placing storage behind your desk decreases the clutter and organizes of all your necessities.

 

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Living Room: This is the room where friends and family come for entertainment. Experiment and set the mood with the use of pillows. Did you know that pillows can change the whole aura of the room? Toss a few throw pillows on sofas or chairs for a pop of color and style. Rearrange your furniture to elongate the room and create an intimate seating area.

 

 

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Dining Room: Bright blue and brown wallpaper and cool colored tables add to the casual and cozy atmosphere in any dining room. Line photos of you and your family around the sides of the wall to create a relaxed and comfortable setting to host dinner gatherings.

 

 

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Bathroom: Don’t be scared of paint. A fresh coat of paint goes a long way toward creating a new look in any space, and not just on the walls. Give that tired white bathroom of yours second life by painting it coral blue. 

 

 

 

 

Bedroom: Let that room of yours stand out with statement artwork. Likebbr mentioned earlier, natural light is beautiful for your bedroom and studies show that chronic exposure to light at night leads to a host of health problems. Investing in a small nightstand and lamp gives you just the right amount of light to keep you comfortable and save your money.

 

 

 

 

 

Now, try some of these fun ideas in your home.

February 17, 2014

10 Ways To Clean Your House Using A Lemon

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When life gives you lemons, grab the salt and scrub-a-dub-dub. The common household fruit is the ultimate, all-natural cleaning agent. Lemons not only deodorize the house with a zesty fragrance, but they also dissolve dirt and act as an antibacterial solution, thanks to a high level of citric acid. Whether you’re looking to finally rid your microwave of that mysterious caked-on mess or find an environmentally-safe way to mop up the muddied snow the kids tracked in, we’ve got 10 house cleaning tips that’ll get the job done with a little bit of elbow grease and a whole lot of lemons.

Got a funky smell wafting out of your kitchen sink? Take matters into your own hands. Quarter a lemon, drop it in the disposal, and turn on the hot water. Flip the switch, and it’ll be good to go.

Polish metal pots

Tarnished metal and burnt bottoms have a way of making your first-rate cooking pots look like bargain-basement finds. Shine ‘em up until they’re spic-and-span by dipping a half of a lemon in salt and rubbing gently in circular motions. The same rules apply for chrome faucets and grills. Just steer clear of anything brass-plated, which won’t hold up under pressure.

Wash dishes

Cut grease on hard-to-clean dishes by adding 1 teaspoon of lemon juice to your detergent. This one’s great for little dish washers who want to help out Mom and Dad, but haven’t developed their scrubbing muscles.

Clean coffee & tea pots

Rid your coffee and tea pots of daily mineral buildup by slicing lemons and boiling them in the pot. Let the sweet smelling potion steep for 1 to 2 hours, and then stick the pot in the dishwasher. Bonus: Banishing those unwanted impurities makes for a better tasting cup of Joe.

 Brighten whites

Revive your munchkin’s dingy whites by adding ½ cup lemon juice to the rinse cycle of a regular-sized load of white or “bleachable-safe” clothes. While you’re at it, tackle tough spots on polyester and cotton with a stain-fighting mixture that’s equal parts lemon juice and cream of tartar. Rub in the solution (after testing on a small patch), and let it soak in for 1/2 hour. Wash as normal.

Create a natural oven spray

Avoid toxic chemicals found in traditional oven cleaners, like Easy-Off. They may work like a charm, but they’re hazardous to your health. We suggest replacing the synthetics with a paste of lemon juice, water, and baking soda until it reaches the consistency of gel. Coat the inside of the oven, let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes, and rinse well. The best part? In the words of TLC, “no scrub, no scrub, no scrub.”

Make a DIY toilet bowl spray

Cleaning doesn’t have to be dirty work. When it comes to your toilet bowl, combine ½ cup of lemon juice and a sprinkle of baking soda, and let the magic happen. After 15 minutes, give it a quick turn with a toilet brush, and flush. Fresh as a daisy!

Polish furniture

Mix a pint of mineral oil with one tablespoon of lemon juice, pour in a spray bottle, and go to town. But don’t forget to wipe down your surfaces really well. Nothing interrupts an intimate dinner party quite like greasy Gucci.

Wash windows

Say goodbye to streaking, sister—that was in another life. Nix window grime and tiny hand prints with 2 tablespoons lemon juice, ½ cup white vinegar, and 1 quart of warm water.

Sanitize your microwave

Despite your kids’ best attempts, the inside of your microwave is not a Jackson Pollock masterpiece. Clean those pesky splatterings by slicing a lemon and dropping the pieces into a hot water vessel—a breakfast bowl or teacup will do. Turn the microwave on high for 1 minute and immediately give it a couple swipes with a wet sponge. If only everything in life could be this easy.

February 10, 2014

Quick Fixes

These days everyone has a hectic schedule.  Between work, family, household chores, and social functions it can be hard to get everything done.  Those small tasks around the house can easily get pushed to the bottom of your to-do list.  Believe it or not, most of them can be done in under an hour!

Don’t procrastinate, take one hour and start checking these items off your list.

Hardware Update – Give your kitchen a new look by replacing those drab door handles and drawer pulls.  All you need is a screwdriver.  (If you’re adding knobs for the first time, create a template to ensure you drill your holes in the same spot each time)quick fixes blog

Time to De-grime – Fire up the power washer and give your home’s exterior, sidewalks, and driveway a good cleaning.  It can be used to clean gutters and siding, even 2nd floor windows.  (Make sure all windows are securely closed before you begin)  It will also remove stains left on walkways from leaves and mildew.

Clothes Dryer Duct – Built-up lint can cause your dryer to work less efficiently and is also a fire hazard.  Move the dryer away from the wall and unplug it.  Use your vacuum to remove lint from the wall duct and the dryer itself.

Freshen up – Pick a bold paint color to use on just one wall in a room.  Covering only one wall costs less and takes less time than painting the entire room!

Furnace Filter – This will improve the air quality in your home as well as the furnace’s efficiency.  This should be done at least once every three months and is a cinch to replace.  A simple swap of the new for the old and you’re done.

Build raised flowerbed/garden – Yes, you can actually do this in an hour.  Basically, all you need is a saw, a drill, 8’ sections of pressure treated lumber, screws, construction adhesive, landscape fabric, rubble, and soil.  Cut lumber to size and secure them together, add landscape fabric to the base to prevent weed growth, add a layer of rubble for drainage, and fill with fertilized soil.  Happy gardening!

Fix a Faucet – Tired of a leaky faucet?  If you can wield a wrench, you can install a new faucet.  Turn off your water supply before you begin.  Unscrew connections to your old faucet and screw in the new one. (More detailed instructions should be included with your new hardware)  Adding an aerator at the same time can help lower your water bill.

Weather-stripping – Replace worn weather-stripping in under an hour.  Look around windows and doors for worn pieces that need replaced.  Taking the time to do this now will help save you money on heating and cooling later.

 Hopefully these suggestions have shown you all that can be accomplished with just a little bit of time!

 The best way to get something done is to begin.  ~ Author Unknown

October 15, 2012

PrudentialHomesale.com’s Web Stats

We take pride in our efforts to expand our online exposure to help people achieve their dreams of homeownership.  These are some stats for our web traffic from January – June 2012 to PrudentialHomesale.com, our cutting-edge real estate website that helps home buyers and sellers through all aspects of the real estate transaction.

September 6, 2012

PrudentialHomesale.com’s New Mobile Search

Today’s technology has allowed us to gather information faster and easier than ever before!  With our new mobile search, you will have on-the-go access to homes for sale, including detailed property information and multiple photos.  Does your agent have an agent website?  Connect to YOUR agent on the spot!  Personal contact has never been more convenient than with our new live chat feature!  Have all the details you want, when you want them…because finding your new home IS that important!

 

 

Mobile is more than convenient access. Mobile is simple, fast, personal communication. Finding a home is much more than just a large investment, mobile has helped changed the way consumers find real estate. Today, Prudential Homesale’s mobile website is helping people find real estate from any location. Visit http://www.prudentialhomesale.com from your mobile phone to try it for yourself.
December 29, 2011

Happy New Years from Homesale!

October 26, 2011

New Plan to Help Homeowners, who are Upside-Down in their Mortgage, Refinance!

Have you heard? President Barack Obama is expected to announce new policies to help struggling home owners.  These policies would also allow borrowers to refinance their mortgages at today’s low rates, regardless of the decrease in their home values.  …read more

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

visit www.PrudentialHomesale.com for information!

October 14, 2011

Building Maximum Exposure for Your Listing and Another Way to Search More Homes!

 

The Homesale family of companies has partnered with WGAL to provide the most extensive real estate search in the Susquehanna Valley. 

Together we have created an extensive, online local reach which has allowed us to become the most innovative real estate resource in the marketplace.

With the Find A Home real estate section on WGAL.com, you will experience: 

Home Sellers:

  • Increased online exposure for your listing
  • A streamlined home search, making it easier for buyers to find your home
  • An extended online reach, which will ultimately get your listing SOLD!
  • Increased number of online showings 

Home Buyers:

  • A streamlined home search, making it easier for you to find homes for sale locally, state-wide, or even across the country!
  • Featured new home communities allowing you the ease of exploring
    new construction options
  • The most up-to-date information on all homes for sale in the
    Susquehanna Valley

GO TO WWW.WGAL.COM/REALESTATE AND CHECK IT OUT!

September 28, 2011

A Nation’s Strong Belief in Homeownership

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September 14, 2011

One More Reason to Consider Prudential Homesale


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