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Move Over Man Caves, 'She Sheds' Are Taking Storm Now | RISMedia's Housecall

Alright ladies, if you’ve just about had it with the man cave trend that’s been taking the industry by storm the last few years, it’s time to put your foot down and demand your very own space. And no, we’re not talking about your bedroom sanctuary that hosts a reading nook where you can go to escape the daily grind and lose yourself in a good book. We’re talking she sheds.

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5 Minor Disasters Your Home Insurance Policy Won’t Cover - Real Estate News and Advice - realtor.com

You know your home insurance policy has your back in case a burglar breaks in, a fire breaks out, or  a number of other disasters—listed in the fine print—overtake you. But what happens when minor catastrophes strike? Who pays for the costly damage from a power outage or a wild animal?

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How to Clean Up Your Garden for Fall & Winter

Tidy your garden for fall and winter before the first frost to keep it comely even after the growing ends.

Growing season is winding down, but your garden still needs your love. Spent vines, stubborn weeds, greens gone to seed are making your garden look sloppy and tired.

Here are some fall vegetable garden cleanup tips.
Bury the dead

Nothing looks sadder than leggy tomato vines, yellow zucchini leaves, and dried-up perennials that long ago displayed their last bloom. So pull and prune the dead or dying plants in your garden.
Bury spent plants in your compost pile; double-bag diseased and infested plants and place in the trash. (Empty mulch bags are great final resting places for these plants, so be sure to stockpile them in spring.)
If your tomato vines are still bearing fruit, keep staking and pruning them until the first hard frost, when they’ll likely die. And give the birds a break and leave some seed-bearing but spent blooms for them. They love sunflowers, cone flowers, berries, and black-eyed Susans.
Pull weeds

This is the last time this season to pull weeds. Pluck them before they flower and send seeds throughout your garden that will rest in winter and sprout in spring.
If you have a mulcher, chop the weeds and throw them on your compost pile. If you want to be extra sure that weed seeds are dead, bag weeds in black plastic and place in a sunny place for a couple of months. The heat will kill the seeds. Then throw the cooked weeds on your compost pile.
Harvest seeds

One way to cut garden expenses is to harvest and store seeds. One large sunflower, for instance, can provide seeds for hundreds of plants next spring. Here are some seed guidelines.

  • Disease can spread through seeds, so only harvest seeds from your healthiest plants.
  • Don’t harvest seeds from hybrid plants, which often are sterile or will look nothing like the parent plant.
  • Only harvest mature seeds from dry and faded blooms and pods. Mature seeds are often cream colored or brown.
  • After seeds are dry, store them in envelopes or glass jars in a cool, dry place.

Gather supports

Stack and cover metal tomato cages. Bundle wooden or bamboo stakes, and store in a dry place so they don’t rot over winter. And retrieve panty-hose vine ties that you can re-use next spring.
Instead of throwing out broken cages and stakes, repurpose them. Snip off remaining cage legs to use for pepper supports. Broken tomato steaks will support smaller plants if you whittle one end into a point, so it easily slips into the ground.


By: Lisa Kaplan Gordon        

Published: August 21, 2012

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We want to make some improvements on our home so it will sell quickly. What do you suggest?

      I've got good news for you!  Basic improvements are important and don't cost much if you do them yourself.  I always advise my clients to avoid “trading dollars.”  By that I mean don’t spend a dollar to get a dollar.  Here are some ideas that in most cases, will add value substantially greater than the expense of the item.

            * Can you paint? Freshening the rooms with a nice coat of paint comes first. If you have rooms or walls that are odd colors, paint these entire rooms in beige (I know beige is boring but it sells) and install new electrical outlet covers. Check the woodwork to see if it needs to be touched up.

            * When faucets in the kitchen and master bath are showing their age, replace them with new faucets that have a modern style.

            The same is true for light fixtures. Sparkling new fixtures on a newly painted ceiling actually gives you a "new room."

            You could spend a lot of money on such projects as remodeling your entire kitchen, but dollar-for-dollar, you'll get a better return for freshening.

            * Of course, the kitchen is important. If you have a few thousand dollars to spend on a project, decorators say new countertops are a good choice. They don't have to be granite. Other choices: quartz as in Caesarstone or Cambria, DuPont's Zodiaq or solid surface Corian, or Eco's Cosentino or IceStone

            * On the outside, paint the window frames and the front door. The door is especially important and can be made a contrasting color, like red.

            Make sure the trim around the roof isn't chipped and that your gutters and downspouts are properly attached.

            * If the roof has a dark streak or two or moss, a roof-cleaning company can make it look new again.  A professional roof cleaning will take them away.

            This is one job you can't do yourself. Reputable roof-cleaning companies use removal methods that do not damage your roof and it usually only costs a few hundred dollars.


            If you would like a detailed list of the items I recommend to prepare your home for sale call me anytime, I provide this as a free service to my clients.