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Shoe storage solutions for your Wasilla home

Thursday, July 21st, 2016 at 11:33am. 16 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

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What to feed your raspberry plants

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016 at 11:53am. 70 Views, 0 Comments.

ripe raspberry ready to be picked

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

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10 easy ways to save money on utilities in Wasilla

Thursday, July 14th, 2016 at 9:30am. 43 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

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Staging the vacant house

Tuesday, July 12th, 2016 at 3:32pm. 76 Views, 0 Comments.

 

 Interior of a vacant house

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

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Breakfast Bites and Big Burgers at Cadillac Cafe

Thursday, July 7th, 2016 at 10:30am. 59 Views, 0 Comments.

 Waffles with strawberries

When you buy a home in Wasilla you'll have lots of dining options. Some restaurants go out of their way to create an exciting exterior that can’t be missed and entices customers as they pass. The Cadillac Café in Wasilla is not one of those restaurants. Indeed, you’d be hard pressed to notice it unless you’re on the lookout for it. This establishment is in the same building as a Tesoro gas station, but you shouldn’t be tempted to lump the two together – even if you use the need for gas as an excuse to head to this restaurant.

 

This restaurant more than makes up for its basic appearance (both inside and out) with its food. At first glance, the menu pulls more inspiration from Tex-Mex dishes than anything else. But you really

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Summer Roofing Maintenance in Wasilla

Tuesday, July 5th, 2016 at 8:30am. 28 Views, 0 Comments.

roof with leaves on it

Just how dangerous would it be to crawl up on your roof in the middle of a Wasilla winter? And, for that matter, how easy would it be on your budget if you needed emergency roof repairs at any point during the year?

As with most things around the house, prevention is ever so much better than the cure. A little roof inspection now could make all this difference this coming winter. A few hours when we’ve got the extra sunlight may just save you a small fortune.

Check Ceilings and Attic Spaces – First, do a quick tour of the top living floor in your home. Check for ceiling spots and cracks in every room and hallway. Then, climb into the attic to check that the vents are clear of debris, and investigate any obvious signs of damage on the roof

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Zero down payment loans for Wasilla homebuyers

Thursday, June 30th, 2016 at 7:58am. 60 Views, 0 Comments.

If you think you have to be a member of the military or a veteran to get a zero down payment loan, think again. If you have decent credit and a reliable income and want to buy a home in Wasilla, you may just qualify for a no-down payment loan through the USDA Rural Development Program.

The USDA offers two types of loans, one that is similar to the FHA-backed loan and another which is a direct loan. Let’s take a look at how you can qualify for these mortgages.

Income qualifications

The USDA Direct Loan program is for low- to very low-income folks. This means you’ll need to earn less than 50 percent of Wasilla’s Area Median Income (AMI) to qualify as very low income and 50 to 80 percent of Wasilla’s AMI to be considered low income. Just

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The reincarnation of an old table - great DIY project!

Tuesday, June 28th, 2016 at 2:37pm. 42 Views, 0 Comments.

 

 

Recycling and upcycling aren’t just great for the environment; they’re often the best way to breathe new life into your Wasilla home. Recovering old couches, transforming that old t-shirt collection into a comfy quilt, and even using old carpeting as dog beds are all great ways to save a few bucks – and enhance the comfort of your home.

And, if you’re looking for a snazzy way to upcycle an old coffee table (rather than hauling it to the charity shop), you’re in luck. By cutting that table in half, you can create two bedside tables for an elegant or crafty appeal.

What You Need – In addition to the old table, you’ll need a drill, table saw, sanding pads, paint, wood screws, wooden trim to make a wall cleat, and – very

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Wasilla homeowners: create a safe backyard for your pet

Thursday, June 23rd, 2016 at 10:23am. 32 Views, 0 Comments.

I don’t know about yours but our dog’s favorite season has to be summer. Sure he spends time outdoors during winter but he seems to enjoy that outdoorsy time more when the sun is shining and the weather is warmer. Since I can’t be with him constantly I did a perimeter check of the yard as soon as we moved in. I’ve since learned there is more to pet safety in the backyard than an escape-proof fence.

Lawn chemicals can be deadly

Keeping a lawn lush and green in summer comes at a cost – the high price of chemicals for starters. Those chemicals, on the other hand, could cost your pet his life. The Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tuft’s University recently released the findings of a six-year study of lawn pesticides and dogs.

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Buying a Wasilla Home after Bankruptcy

Tuesday, June 21st, 2016 at 10:31am. 42 Views, 0 Comments.

 

 

There was a time in this country’s history where declaring bankruptcy was far too embarrassing for someone to even contemplate. It was a dirty, humiliating little secret that few cared to divulge to anyone.

Thankfully, that’s no longer the case. What remains, however, is the stigma it casts upon your credit record. If you’re trying to buy a house after bankruptcy, read on.

How long before I can buy?

Typically you’ll need to wait two years from the date of the discharge of a Chapter 7 bankruptcy before applying for a loan a conventional or Federal Housing Administration (FHA)-backed loan. There are exceptions to this rule, however.

FHA allows those who underwent a Chapter 13 bankruptcy, however, to apply for a loan after

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