5 Steps for Personal Development

personal developmentStriving for personal development is something most people want. There are five steps to help you achieve this. Click on the link to read all about it.

 

5 Steps to Personal Development

 

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Staged to Sell

Thanks to Rachel Wiederhold, ASP of 5 Star Staging, LLC for being our guest blogger!

before and after home staging

Images courtesy of 5 Star Staging, LLC.

So you’re selling your home. It’s a great house, perfect location, wonderful neighborhood, highly rated school district, there’s no reason to do anything more to do to place it on the real estate market, right? WRONG!!

Factors to consider

Does your home look like it could be in a magazine? If you said yes, then I’ll take back my WRONG.

Take a picture of your living, dining, kitchen, and bedrooms. Do they look picture perfect? Do they look spacious? Does the furniture arrangement look open and inviting? Is there any clutter? Are there too many pieces of furniture? Is your wall color and décor neutral? Are there any personal pictures, awards or religious symbols?

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3110 Rosalie Ave.

3110 Rosalie Ave.

  • 3110 Rosalie Ave. front view
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3017 Woodside Ave.

  • 3017 Woodside Ave. front view
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May events calendar

May events in the Baltimore area

Here are some May events happening in and around Baltimore. Go out and support our Orioles or visit a farmers’ market. All of that and more is happening this month in our town.


Springfest Live!

springfest at power plant live

Image courtesy of Power Plant Live.

Lagers, IPAs and shandys… oh my! Join Power Plant Live! for a celebration of craft beer at our first annual Springfest Live! Craft Beer and Music Festival. Enjoy unlimited samples of 120+ beers from 50+ local breweries including Dogfish Head Brewery, Union Craft Brewing and Monument City Brewing Company. General admission tickets also include a souvenir beer tasting glass and a beer bible for tasting notes.

Power Plant Live
34 Market Place
Baltimore, Maryland 21202
Saturday, May 13, 2017 – 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM
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How long will it last?

appliances and how long they last

Image courtesy toolboxtomgirl.com

Thanks to the Toolbox Tomgirl for this issue of Tips from the Pros, about how long appliances typically last.

This time of year we find out about leaking roofs, HVAC systems that don’t want to cool, and if luck has it and we had a great tax refund, we buy new appliances. I remind you to buy quality products from a reputable company. Remember to check licenses and warranties.

If you do your homework you can expect your money to be wisely invested. Below is the list of common “major” expenditures around your home and how long you can expect them to last.

Heating (let’s hope you don’t this now that spring is in the air)

  • Forced air furnace – 10 to 25 years
  • Water boiler (welded steel) 15 to 30 years
  • Water boiler (cast iron) 30 to 50 years

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Your parents’ stuff

Last month there was an article published about how “no one wants your parents’ stuff.”  I’m not sure I agree with that. Often, when a loved one goes into assisted living or passes away, the heirs must go through the home and figure out what to keep, sell or donate. Many times people DO want objects that come along with cherished memories.

You might not be able to use these things or have space for them. Objects that are unwanted can go to a variety of places. Donating furniture, clothing, tools and even cars can be thoughtful gifts as well as tax deductible.

Pieces of art, furniture, silverware, china, jewelry, fur coats an...

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Baltimore April events

April events in the Baltimore area

Here are some April events happening in and around Baltimore to start this new year right. Get out to support the O’s or visit a farmers’ market. All of that and more is happening this month in our town.


Baltimore Farmers’ Market & Bazaar

farmers' market fun in Baltimore

Image courtesy of promotionandarts.org.

Under the overpass at the end of the JFX is where you will find Baltimore most well known farmers’ market. You name it, you can find it here: fresh produce, baked goods, food vendors, meat, eggs and even jewelry. It’s a family friendly place on Sunday mornings downtown.

Jones Falls Expressway
315 North Guilford Street
Baltimore, MD 21202
April 23, 2017 – December 17, 2017 from 7 am -noon.
Visit their website.


Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey presents Out Of This World

circus coming to town

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Easy to follow painting tips for painting a room

Thanks to the Toolbox Tomgirl for this episode of Tips from the Pros, about painting a room.
Comfortable marriage bed in luxury elegant bedroom

Have you ever walked into a room and saw, black…if not a very deep burgundy wall color….what was your first reaction!?!? Maybe, scream…run away…thinking – “How will I ever be able to cover this up!?!?”

First, let me start off by saying that if you are going over a dark color you will need to use a primer to cover the old color, or you will get a blend of the two colors (old + new) and it may not look like what you were expecting. (And yes, I know this from experience – the wall turned out like baby throw up….yuck.) Also, spackle and fill any nail holes or imperfections. Be sure to sand smooth your areas and use a tack cloth to remove the drywall dust)...

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ready to buy a home

Are You Ready to Buy in 2017?

Monthly Item of Value: Are you ready to buy in 2017?

Before you begin your journey to purchase a home, there are many factors to take into consideration.

Knowing your finances are in order before you start the process will save you time and effort. Get to know the areas where you might want to live. Think about how your expenses will change if and when you move. Buying (and selling) a home is a long process. Is this a good time for you to enter into a house hunt?

Read my Monthly Item of Value and see if now is the right time for you to purchase a home. Contact me if you feel like you are ready to buy in 2017.

Click here to read the full report.

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