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2803 Page Drive, Baltimore County

  • 2803 Page Drive, front view from sidewalk
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Things we stockpile for no reason

Thanks to Cindy Bernstein of Aim4Order for this episode of Tips from the Pros with her blog about things we stockpile for no reason.

Why do we stockpile things like soy sauce?

We learned from our parents not to waste anything that can be useful. Don’t waste food. Don’t waste money. Waste not, want not. It’s time to consider what you really need and what is clutter.

If you go to events, not that there have been many over the past year and a half, there are often giveaway items that can accumulate into clutter. Events like the State Fair, Towsontown Festival, senior fairs or other events often have vendors who will give away items that have their logo on them.

These items can include tote bags, lip balm, tape measures, drink cozies, note pads, chip clips, keychains and pens...

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Master the Art of Listening

Get tips on how to master the art of listening in this issue of my Monthly Item of Value.

Have you ever noticed how the strongest communicators are also the best listeners? To effectively communicate with somebody, you must be able to hear them out and meet them where they are. If you aren’t actively listening, you could be missing a big part of that person’s experience.

Avoid distractions like looking at your cell phone. Don’t get preoccupied and stay in the present. Don’t just focus on the facts, but consider the speaker’s point of view. What the speaker and look at the body language that goes along with the spoken words.

Take a moment to absorb what the person said before you respond with your comments.

Work on your EQ, emotional intelligence. Be more empathetic...

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The Importance of a Slate Roofing Inspection Before Selling or Purchasing a Home

Thanks to Clean Sweep for this episode of Tips from the Pros about getting a slate roofing inspection.

The Importance of a Slate Roofing Inspection Before Selling or Purchasing a Home
Image courtesy of Clean Sweep Maryland.

There are many types of roofing materials homeowners can select from when the time comes for a replacement. In the United States, asphalt roofing is by far the most popular choice. It has decent durability and competitive cost. As a realtor, there is a 100% chance you’ve worked extensively with homes capped with an asphalt roof. However, you may not run into more luxurious options like slate roofing quite as much. What should realtors know about slate roofing?

The Slate Roofing Advantage

There are a few key reasons why some homeowners make the jump to slate roofing for their space...

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Monthly Child Tax Credit Payments

L.K. Benson Tips from the Pros tax reform

Thanks to L. K. Benson for sharing this blog about monthly child tax credit payments with us.

The following is a summary letter outlining the changes to the child tax credit prepared by the AICPA:

Recently, there were changes made to the child tax credit that will benefit many taxpayers. As part of the American Rescue Plan Act that was enacted in March 2021, the child tax credit:

  • Amount has increased for certain taxpayers
  • Is fully refundable (meaning you can receive it even if you don’t owe the IRS.
  • May be partially received in monthly payments

The new law also raised the age of qualifying children to 17 from 16. This means some families will be able to take advantage of the credit longer.

The IRS started paying half the credit in the form of advance monthly payments be...

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9646 Dundawan Road

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DIY garden structures with materials you have on hand

Thanks to the University of Maryland / Maryland Grows this informative article on DIY garden structures.

I had a lot of goals for improving my garden since last year’s adventure which meant new things to build! The current prices of lumber and materials, plus my only basic carpentry skills are limiting. I didn’t want to go all out creating beautiful, sturdy, perfect designs and structures from new materials purchased specifically for these builds.

Next, I wanted to quickly build tomato support, floating row cover and a large trellis for climbing plants. I also wanted to make a deer fence, and a garden gate. The hope was that I could do it all without spending too much at the hardware store or spending a ton of time planning...

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How to Place Wall Décor

Get tips on how to place wall décor in this issue of my Monthly Item of Value.

How to place wall décor

Decorating the walls in your home should be fun. However, often times when it comes to hanging larger pieces of art or décor, it’s easy to feel a bit intimidated.

Of course, hanging a small clock can be as simple as sticking a nail in the wall. But what should you do about that wall mirror you just purchased? Or the hanging plant that’s starting to become… well, a sitting plant?

Having the right tools for the job will make things much easier. In the infographic, you can see what type hooks are needed to hang various items from the ceiling or walls.

I want to help you make all your wall decorating dreams come true...

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Feng Shui and Organizing Your Home

Thanks to Cindy Bernstein of Aim4Order for this episode of Tips from the Pros with her blog about Feng Shui and organizing your home.

Feng Shui and organizing your home

Feng Shui is an ancient way of organizing your home to feel secure, happy and safe. Get in touch with your surroundings, they can make you feel better and calm. 

Most people say they don’t want to declutter their homes because it takes too much time and effort. However, in reality, it is usually because organizing can be stressful when purging items that have an emotional attachment.

Clutter is clogging up the energy of your home. There is no smooth flow of your Chi when there is too much stuff in the way. 

Feng Shui and organizing in the Bedroom

You release energy in the bedroom...

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Why are Chimney Cleanings so Important, and How Often Should You Clean Yours?

Thanks to Clean Sweep for this episode of Tips from the Pros about chimney cleanings.

Chimney cleanings are important to the health of your home
Image: Clean Sweep

A clean chimney not only ensures that your fireplace burns brightly. It also protects your home from fire and pests all year long. Most homeowners are aware that their chimney must be inspected and cleaned before lighting the first fire of the season in the fall. The Chimney should be inspected before a transfer of ownership. Most people are unaware of the importance of frequent chimney cleanings.

Why are Regular Chimney Cleanings Important?

In addition to removing soot and debris, a chimney cleaning will ensure that no obstructions are present. Objects can be in the chimney liner, damper and/or smoke chamber...

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