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Tuesday, March 17, 2020   /   by Ashley Yates

How to Disinfect Your Home in the Time of Coronavirus

A bleach solution or rubbing alcohol is your best bet for keeping your home sanitized.

By: Christina Hoffman



There’s everyday clean, guest clean, and then there’s COVID-19 clean.

Let’s get down to the nitty gritty, literally, and focus on how to disinfect your home. To combat this virus, you’ll want your big guns: bleach, rubbing alcohol, and hot water.



The Best Disinfectants

For your high-touch surfaces, the Centers for Disease Control recommends a bleach solution diluted with water, or a 70% alcohol solution.
Follow this bleach recipe: 5 tablespoons (1/3 cup) bleach per gallon of water, or 4 teaspoons of bleach per quart of water.

Make sure to properly ventilate when disinfecting with bleach.

And check to see if your bleach has expired. Who knew it could? After about 9 months to a year, and if it smells less bleachy, it’s lost its disinfecting power. Time for a new jug.

Tip: Don’t mix bleach with anything ...

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Friday, March 6, 2020   /   by Ashley Yates

Yep, You Can Put Shelves There: 5 Inspired Storage Ideas

A little shelf here, a big shelf there. You'd be surprised where they can fit. 

By: Stacey Freed


Finally, you get to take that beach vacation in the dead of winter. But where is your beach towel?!? You know it's somewhere in that linen closet, but (sigh) it's so crammed you can't find it.
One of these days, you're going to have to figure out how to get more storage space so you can find this seasonal stuff faster. But the last thing you want to do is go out and buy more stuff to put more stuff in.
There's a better way — shelves. Not the bookshelf kind (they only take up floor space), but shelves you can incorporate into your home's architecture for an interesting, personalized look that also solves nagging storage issues.
Here are five unexpected places shelves can boost your home's storage and personality:


#1 Over the Bathroom Door
Seems like your bathroom can never have enough storage, especially for that recurring avalanche of towels in your itty-bit ...

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  ocala, being a home owner, storage

Friday, February 21, 2020   /   by Ashley Yates

6 Ways to Find More Money for Your Down Payment

Here’s how to get creative. But understand the ins and outs to make the right decision for you.
 By: MARY BETH STORJOHANN
You’ve done your research. Interest rates are low, and you know the exact area you want to buy your future home in and the details you desire down to the type of flooring in the kitchen. Now the only thing standing between you and a seat at the offer table is figuring out how you’re going to come up with a reasonable down payment.
Aside from going the traditional route of saving slowly and consistently over time to reach your savings goal, consider these other creative options for funding your down payment:




#1 Negotiate a Pay Raise
If you’re not comfortable asking for what you want, now’s the time to learn. Research comparable pay for your position, create a list of your accomplishments and the value you’ve added to your company, and schedule a sit down with your boss to discuss compensation. 

Tack o ...

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  first time home buyers, home buying, loan, mortgage, preapproval

Friday, February 7, 2020   /   by Ashley Yates

The Most Common Spring Cleaning Mistake (Plus 8 Others)

Don’t open the windows. That spring breeze is no help at all.
 By: Jamie Weibe
Once there's even a glimmer of spring, you're ready to throw open your windows and let the breeze blow away the winter funk. Well, you might want to rethink that spring cleaning ritual this year.



If you're an allergy sufferer (and who isn't?), that's the last thing you want to do, says Dr. Neeta Ogden, a spokesperson for the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. "It will allow pollen to settle in your home."
If you really can't skip that spring breeze, avoid opening them in the morning, pollen counts are highest in the morning; they decrease late in the day and at night.
And that's not the only common spring-cleaning mistake homeowners make. Here are eight more to avoid:
#1 Not Looking Up
You've worked up a sweat and everything's starting to sparkle, but then you realize your ceiling fan is coated in dust. Uh, oh. Once you start wiping the fan, dust will scatter on what ...

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Thursday, January 30, 2020   /   by Ashley Yates

Kitchen Remodeling Decisions You’ll Never Regret

These 7 ideas will make your kitchen timelessly gorgeous and functional.
 
By: Anna Arntson
 
We see lots of kitchen trends, so we know it’s easy to get swept along with what’s in vogue, only to get bummed out by your faddish design choices a few years later. Thank you -- and darn you -- Pinterest.
 
But chances are you’re only going to remodel your current kitchen once. After all, a complete kitchen renovation has a national median cost of $60,000, according to the "Remodeling Impact Report" from the National Association of REALTORS®. With that much on the line, you want to make all the right moves. If you do, you could recover about 62% of your investment if you sell.
 
So we’re here to future-proof you from angst by naming the seven definitive kitchen features that will retain their beauty, marketability, and value — all while giving you lasting enjoyment.




#1: White is the Dominant Color

Bottom line: White is ...

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