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Fireplace Safety for the Winter

This issue of Tips from the Pros is brought to you by Clean Sweep Chimney, Gutter & Slate Service.

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Staying warm during the winter could mean piling on blankets, slipping on socks or huddling on the couch in front of a space heater, but for many people, it means lighting up the fireplace. Before you get cozy, refresh your fireplace safety knowledge with these simple tips.

Is Your Chimney Clean?

Before you worry about what type of logs to burn, you need to ensure that you have a clean chimney. Your chimney should be professionally swept at least once a year. Creosote, soot and debris will all be removed from the inside and the structure will be inspected for safety. If there are any problems with your chimney, it’s much better to find them out before something dangerous occurs.

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Do I need to organize?

Thanks to Cindy Bernstein of Aim4Order for this episode of Tips from the Pros about how to organize your home.

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When you organize, you will find you have more time for yourself.

“I can find everything I need, it might just take me a while.”

“I know where all of the important stuff is in my home.”

Are these statements you’ve made? Do you spend time every day looking for things? It’s time to get organized!

Having clutter can be like carrying weights around with you all day. It slows you down and takes away time that could be spent with more productive or fun tasks. You may have trouble reaching your personal and business goals.

Once you have eliminated clutter and organized what is left, you’ll find that your mind seems more clear and you actually feel better...

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Thank you!

Hats off to my clients of 2017!

I am so grateful for you. I could never it do all of this business without the referrals of my clients and business partners.

Thank you.

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Tax Reform Bill and What it Means

Thanks to L.K. Benson for this issue of Tips from the Pros.

L.K. Benson Tips from the Pros tax reform

Over the past several months we have been closely following the tax reform bill and providing you with regular updates on the proposals and planning opportunities surrounding those proposals. Both the House and Senate passed the final version of the bill and received the President’s signature. The bill was signed into law and will be effective for the 2018 tax year. That leaves you with very little time to implement any tax planning strategies!

We have written a more detailed overview of the reform bill and some tax strategies you should consider before December 31 that you can find on our website here. Below is a brief summary of these planning ideas:

  1. If you have not yet fully paid your 2017 state income taxes, consider maki...
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Hosting Holiday Guests?

hosting holiday guestsMany of us are hosting holiday guests, our relatives and/or friends, for this holiday season. This month’s e-report will help you have a wonderful holiday experience for everyone involved.

Learn how to make your company feel welcome, keep your guests entertained and make the most of the time you are sharing together.

To see the full report click here.

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Baltimore December Events

December events in the Baltimore area

Here are some December events happening in and around Baltimore. Go out and be a part of our community as a participant or bring the whole family.

Miracle on 34th Street

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This exhibit is pure Baltimore, hon! Come to Hampden, home of the “hon” for a spectacular light display you’ll be talking about until next year.

Hampden
720 West 34th Street
Baltimore, MD 21211
November 25, 2017 – January 03, 2018
5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Visit their website.


A•MAZE•D: The Puzzling World of Dave Phillips

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Photo: Port Discovery Children’s Museum

Come to this fun filled exhibit at the place where kids are always entertained. This audience participation exhibit is something the kids will love and you will too...

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L.K. Benson Tips from the Pros tax reform

Tax Reform Moves Closer to Reality and Capital Gain Distributions Incoming

Thanks to L.K. Benson for this issue of Tips from the Pros.

Last Friday night the Senate passed a tax reform bill that would bring sweeping changes to our income tax system for individuals and corporations. The House of Representatives had already passed a similar bill earlier in November, and now the reconciliation process has begun. While significant differences between the two bills remain (see here for a good summary), there are enough similarities that we believe the odds are high that a compromised version of the bill will be signed into law before the end of the year. Unfortunately, you won’t have much time after the bill is passed to determine exactly how it will impact your own situation and implement any tax planning strategies before year end...

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The Role of Fireplaces in Home Value

Thanks to Clean Sweep Chimney, Gutter & Slate Service for this episode of Tips from the Pros about fireplaces and home sales.

Fireplaces Play an Important Role in Winter Home Sales

Fireplaces have a direct positive effect on home sales, provided that they are in good condition. A study by the National Association of Realtors showed that fireplaces were one of the top three amenities requested by prospective homebuyers.

How Do Fireplaces Affect Home Value?

Almost half of homebuyers indicate that they are willing to pay more for a home with a working fireplace. On average, both wood-burning and gas fireplaces increase a home’s selling price by 12%. Their value is undeniable, whether they are inside of a home, condominium, townhouse or apartment...

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Holiday Party Planning Checklist

Holiday Party Planning Checklist monthly item of valueHaving a holiday party this year? Party planning can be a nightmare, trying to put all of the pieces in place. Most people who plan events don’t have a chance to enjoy them because of the work involved.

This month’s Item of Value is a Holiday Party Planning Checklist. You’ll have a handy list you can print out and keep with you as you organize your special event. Being organized with a checklist helps get rid of the headaches and allows you be a part of your event.

Click here to see the full checklist and begin planning your party now.

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November Events

November events in the Baltimore area

Here are some November events happening in and around Baltimore. Go out and be a part of our community as a participant or bring the whole family.


Festival of Trees

Image courtesy of Festival of Trees.

The east coast’s largest holiday extravaganza is here again. the Festival of Trees is a three-day, family-friendly event featuring more than 700 uniquely decorated holiday trees, wreaths and gingerbread houses, entertainment, princess visits, over 100 gift boutiques, and jolly old St. Nick. This event is a fundraiser to support the children of Kennedy Krieger Institute.

Maryland State Fairgrounds
The Cow Palace
2200 York Road
Timonium, Maryland 21093
November 24-26, 2017
Visit their website.


Holiday Open House at Outstanding Dreams Alpaca Farm

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