Dara Lewis | Timonium Real Estate


Your home is great, but in order to help it stand out to prospective homebuyers, you'll need to separate your treasured belongings from your clutter. By doing so, you'll be able to maximize the space in your house and make your home more attractive to homebuyers. Ultimately, you'll want to create a household storage plan to ensure you can make the most of the space at your disposal. And with the right skills and know-how, you should have no trouble storing antiques, photographs and other personal belongings and getting rid of clutter in your house simultaneously. So what does it take to develop a household storage plan? Here are three tips to ensure you can create an effective household storage strategy: 1. Conduct a Home Storage Assessment. Which items do you want to keep, and which items can you live without? Separating your treasured belongings from your clutter is essential and will enable you to free up space in your house without delay. A home storage assessment also enables you to determine where you may be able to store various items as you showcase your residence to homebuyers. For instance, you may want to keep holiday decorations in a box in your attic or basement. Or, you might consider placing all of your summer clothing in a storage bin under your bed. But regardless of how you decide to use the storage space at your disposal, you'll first need to perform a home storage assessment to ensure you'll be able to maximize the space that is available. 2. Use Storage Boxes and Trash Bags. For items that you intend to keep, use storage boxes to organize these belongings. Also, be sure to label each box accordingly. And if a box contains fragile items, don't forget to mark it as such. On the other hand, if there are items you plan to dispose of, be sure to place these items in trash bags. That way, you can put the trash bags out on trash day and eliminate various items from your home. In addition, some items may hold value even if you don't need them. And if an item looks like it's in great condition, you may want to consider selling it online or as part of a yard sale. 3. Stay Organized. Although you'd like to be able to sell your residence as quickly as possible, the real estate market offers no such guarantees. However, if you stay organized, you'll be able to enjoy a clean, clutter-free home throughout the duration of the home selling process. After you develop a household storage plan, be sure to follow it consistently. This will enable you to keep your house looking great and improve your chances of generating interest from homebuyers far and wide. Remember, a pristine home is an attractive house, particularly for homebuyers who are searching for a residence that offers plenty of space and an awe-inspiring appearance. And if you create a household storage plan, you'll be equipped to minimize clutter, maintain plenty of space and showcase the beauty of your house to prospective homebuyers at any time.


601 BUDLEIGH CIR, LUTHERVILLE TIMONIUM, MD 21093  

Residential
$295,000
Price
2
Bedrooms
4
Baths
End of group with a fantastic back and side yard....backs to trees and total privacy. Rear deck and patio. Renovated kitchen has granite, stainless appliances and custom cabinetry, built-in for entertaining. LL Rec Room: fireplace/ wood stove insert. Two master bedroom suites...each with its own bath and french doors. Open floor plan/ staircase with palladian window & decorative moldings.



As you may have noticed, your family's grocery bill accounts for a big chunk of your monthly household budget. Fortunately, there are many ways to prevent your food bill from spiraling out of control! Some money-saving strategies are obvious, such as using discount coupons and not shopping when you're hungry, while others are not as widely known.

If you habitually buy more expensive name-brand products without having a specific reason for doing so, it might pay to experiment with generic or store-brand grocery items. When you compare the prices, the savings can really add up! In some cases, there is a noticeable difference in quality, but in countless other instances, the store-brand products are on par with the well-known name brands.

One question to ask yourself is this: "Why pay substantially more for name-brand products when all you're really doing is helping huge corporations pay for their immense advertising budgets?" Your challenge -- and this can be worth the effort -- is to determine which store-brand products are comparable in quality and which ones are not worth the savings. In many cases, the difference in quality is negligible (or non existent), but the total savings from comparing prices can easily add up to $5 or $10 per shopping trip -- and who amongst us would voluntarily throw away a ten-dollar bill every time we went grocery shopping!

It's also interesting to note that many supermarkets tend to stock their more expensive products at eye level. By shifting your glance to the higher or lower shelves at the store, you can often spot money-saving bargains that would have otherwise escaped your notice. While you're at it, it also pays to check out the expiration date on products so you don't end up wasting money on items that have been sitting around for a while. A big frustration that we've all experienced is getting home and realizing that a perishable item we picked up at the grocery store expires tomorrow -- or even worse, yesterday!

Here's a money-saving tip that not everybody thinks of: If an advertised sale item has been sold out, you can often get a "rain check" issued to you, which will entitle you to the discount price -- even after the sale is officially over. You may have to get it from the customer service desk or a manager, but if you're determined to be a savvy grocery shopper, it's worth the extra few minutes.

One of the easiest, most automatic ways to save money at the food store is to join your supermarket's "loyalty program". It goes by different names at different places, but once you sign up, the discounts, coupons, and special offers keep coming your way! Taking a few minutes to glance over your grocery store's weekly newspaper insert can also point you in the direction of worthwhile savings opportunities.



2702 SOUTHERN AVE, BALTIMORE, MD 21214  

Rental
$1,700
Price
3
Bedrooms
2
Baths
Charming, renovated home features screened in front porch. Fenced in backyard w/garden & parking pad. Lots of natural sunlight! Ceramic & H/W floors, FIRST FLOOR guest bedroom & FULL BATH. Updated kitchen w/ stainless appliances, separate main level laundry in mud room. Upper level master bedroom with newer master bath and third bedroom. Pets welcome, additional deposit req. Move in by 10/15!



Giving the interior of your home a fresh coat of paint is one of the best ways to revitalize drab-looking rooms and make scuffed walls look new again.

While there are plenty of home improvement, repair, and decorating projects that are best left to the professionals, interior house painting is usually a task that can be successfully tackled by homeowners.

Advanced skills are not a prerequisite for doing a respectable job, but you do need patience, attention to detail, and the right tools. When you don't start out with the right supplies, wall painting can end up being a frustrating and stressful task -- not to mention messy! Here are a few pointers to help make the project go more smoothly.

  • Wear the appropriate clothing: If paint gets on your everyday shoes, your new jeans, or even a good watchband, it will basically ruin those articles of clothing. No matter how neat or precise you think you can be with a paintbrush or roller, it's almost impossible to avoid dripping a few drops of paint in the wrong place or even accidentally brushing up against a messy ladder, paint can, or freshly painted surface. By taking the time to change into clothes you don't care about, you'll be saving the aggravation of messing up a favorite pair of pants, shirt, or shoes. Wearing a painter's cap with a brim and disposable vinyl gloves can also minimize the amount of paint that gets on your face, hair, and hands. By making it easier to keep yourself clean, you'll find painting to be a much neater and more satisfying experience.
  • Choose the right drop cloths: The temptation for many do-it-yourselfers is to save money and cut costs whenever possible. While this certainly makes sense in principle, there are certain cases in which it pays to spend a few extra dollars to get quality supplies. The perfect example is drop cloths -- an essential item on your painting supplies list. Floors, furniture and appliances can get permanently damaged (cosmetically) if they're not properly covered up while the wall and ceiling paint is being applied. The really cheap drop cloths that you'll often find at hardware stores and other retail outlets are difficult to keep in place and could easily tear, become bunched up, or move a few inches from their intended spot. Those really light-weight, plastic drop cloths don't stand a chance of staying put when breezes from open windows, fans, or doors exert the slightest bit of air pressure on them. The solution is to either purchase canvas or heavy-duty plastic drop cloths. (In a pinch, old bedsheets can often do the job, too!)
  • Painter's tape is crucial: One of the most time-consuming, but necessary aspects of room painting is taping the edges of surfaces to be painted (or not to be painted). While not everyone takes the time to do this step correctly, it helps produce a professional-looking job you'll be proud of.
Painting can be a messy, frustrating, and unsatisfying task if you don't do the necessary prep work, wear the right kind of attire, and thoroughly cover floors, furniture, and anything else you want to protect from paint spills. Doing your own interior painting can save you hundreds, if not thousands of dollars, but you'll be much happier with the outcome of your own work if you approach the job with patience, preparation, and the right supplies!