Thursday, August 11th, 2016 at 11:44am. 476 Views, 0 Comments.
When everyone heads back to school, it’s the perfect time to get organized. For many families, it can be a real challenge to get everyone on the same page and keep them there for the duration of the academic year. But, it’s more than possible – without stretching yourself too thin or making any major changes.
Make a lunchbox cupboard – Transform a cupboard (that everyone can reach) into a central storage area for lunchboxes and all the accessories kids need to fuel themselves for the day. Usually, that means drink bottles, napkins, and plastic bags or foil. If you have space, you could even create a snack station in the same cabinet. Stock it with granola bars, dried fruit packs, and similar items so it’s easy to grab something…
Tuesday, August 9th, 2016 at 9:15am. 510 Views, 0 Comments.
Living in a home while it’s on the market is no easy task. Day-to-day routines become disrupted and habits are forced to change. No more leaving wet towels on the floor of the bathroom, thinking you’ll retrieve them when you get home from work. No more dirty dishes in the sink. The house needs to remain neat and tidy at all times so that it shows in its best light. First, however, you’ll need to get it in show condition, so consider the following steps.
1. Get rid of odors
If you’ve ever come home from a vacation and wonder why your house smells so bad, we have news for you: it always smells that way. You’ve just become accustomed to it. Everything from grease to diapers and pet stains can become trapped in our homes and, unless…
Thursday, August 4th, 2016 at 9:41am. 199 Views, 0 Comments.
Everyone strives for a comfortably organized home. Sure, there are a few people that absolutely off structure and can’t cope with anything less than complete organization from the tiniest of earrings to large appliance cleaning schedules. But, most homeowners settle for something more realistically aligned with busy living.
That leaves room for mistakes – not that any organizing is wrong, mind you. It’s just that some methods make living a little tougher. Here are some of the things you might be doing wrong.
Piles, piles everywhere – Not all piles are bad. But there are a few that can trip you up. When you put all the mail into a single pile or all your magazines in a stack, you could be creating more work for yourself. Instead…
Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016 at 8:34am. 156 Views, 0 Comments.
Whether you choose to call it a “mortgage” or a “loan,” it requires repayment, typically once a month. But what, exactly, are you paying for, other than the amount you borrowed to buy your home in Wasilla?
Let’s dive into the anatomy of a mortgage payment.
The parts of your mortgage payment
When you write that check to your lender every month, it will be divided into four parts – to pay for the principal, interest, taxes and insurance, known as “P.I.T.I” for short.
The principal of your loan is the amount you borrowed. In the early years of a fixed-rate loan, little of your mortgage payment pays down the principal - it is most used to pay the interest. As the loan matures, however, the share devoted to…
Thursday, July 28th, 2016 at 8:13am. 134 Views, 0 Comments.
Sometimes, you just can’t imagine cooking supper for the family. At other times, there’s almost nothing better than a piping hot pizza when settling down to a good movie. And, let’s be honest, having dinner delivered when it’s zero degrees outside is always a bonus.
You’ll find a slew of national pizza chains in Wasilla, including Pizza Hut and Papa John’s. But, the real gems are always the local establishments that are as much a part of the community as you are. So, next time you’re planning on ordering pizza in, why not consider one of these delicious places?
Evangelo’s – This restaurant is known for offering patrons “a taste of the Mediterranean” in their dining rooms. And, you can expect a gourmet pizza at your…
Tuesday, July 26th, 2016 at 9:17am. 152 Views, 0 Comments.
If you’ve been suffering from insomnia or – worse yet – have recurring nightmares of being buried under a house, ala L. Frank Baum's wicked witch of the east, congratulations! You’ve signed an offer to purchase a house. Though your signature may be shaky and sweat drops dot the contract, it is valid, so grab those ruby slippers and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime.
Let’s take a look at some of what happens as the ink dries on the contract.
Behind the scenes
Your real estate agent will call the listing agent to let him know she has an offer on the house. How the offer is presented varies by region.
In some parts of the country the listing agent collects the offers and presents them to the seller. In others, the…
Thursday, July 21st, 2016 at 11:33am. 187 Views, 0 Comments.
During the summer months, you may not notice all the footwear in your home as much as you do during winter. The reasons are obvious; you need a few pairs of boots to survive winter in Wasilla, but you could probably get through the summer with a single pair of sandals.
Still, it’s easiest to sort out your shoe storage in summer when everything isn’t covered in melting snow. Grab a pen and paper; it’s time to talk a walk through your home to figure out what to do with all those shoes in your home.
Consider each area of your home separately
Shoes collect all over your home. You’ll find them heaped at the bottom of closets in each bedroom, piled next to the front and back doors, and then a scattering of shoes kicked off in the kitchen…
Tuesday, July 19th, 2016 at 11:53am. 200 Views, 0 Comments.
While most raspberry (Rubus spp.) cultivars are hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 3 through 7, their temperature tolerance varies by variety. Recommended raspberry varieties for Wasilla include Latham, Boyne and Fall Gold. One thing all raspberry plants require, whether grown in Wasilla, Alaska or Westbrook, Maine, are the right nutrients at the right time.
What to feed at planting
Choose from a variety of products with which to amend the soil when planting your raspberry plant. Organic gardeners may want to use a well-rotted manure or compost, at a rate of 2 cubic yards per 100 square feet of planting area. Not only do these materials add nutrients to the soil but they improve drainage as well. If you aren't growing…
Thursday, July 14th, 2016 at 9:30am. 174 Views, 0 Comments.
Alaskan homeowners pay a lot for their utilities. The weather is, of course, part of the cause for high energy costs, but so is the network of infrastructure required to supply services to remote areas.
If you feel weak in the knees every time your utility bill arrives, it’s time to take a look at some of these cost saving tips in your Wasilla home.
Appliances – These time-saving appliances have long been a big drain on electricity. While consumption varies, appliances use roughly 20 percent of a home’s total energy.
- Use strip plugs to shut off appliances that consume electricity even when they’re not in use. This makes it easier to switch everything off when not in use.
- Whenever you need a new appliance, look for those with
Tuesday, July 12th, 2016 at 3:32pm. 187 Views, 0 Comments.
It’s hard enough for the average homebuyer to picture themselves living in a home crammed full with the homeowner’s personal items. It’s even harder when the home is empty. Sure, a blank slate may entice a few, but the majority of buyers want to be able to picture the lifestyle each particular home offers.
So, let’s look at some ways to make that vacant Wasilla home looked lived-in and entice homebuyers while we’re at it.
The professional home stager vs DIY
If you’ve ever toured a model in a new home community you’ve seen staging at its finest. Professional designers know how to appeal to the masses and leave no stone unturned when decorating these homes. They can do the same for your vacant home, for a price. A…