Friday, May 29, 2020

5 Things on Friday 5/29/20

Good morning! Welcome to another edition of 5 things on Friday. Grab a cup of joe, and let's catch up!

1. Things are starting to feel a little bit more normal in our household. We've been having people over for dinner, and things are beginning to open, which is helping me feel more human. Heck, I even went to get my oil changed. Who knew that I would feel so normal.

2. Last weekend we worked up north. Matt worked on the bathtub insert, and I worked in the yard. It's looking adorable. Also, my bookings are starting to go crazy. I was all prepared not to rent much this year, and July and August are almost gone.

3. I spent most of my week planting. I don't want to do too much because hopefully soon, we will be ripping out the teeny tiny porch and doing something cool with a hot tub. We've had so much drama in our mobile home community for the last few weeks. I'm hoping it happens. I could write a book about living here. Seriously, nutty!!!

4. I think we've decided not to get a pool. The girls are almost grown, and we aren't sure it would be used enough. The girls have been cracking me up. I suggested putting a sprinkler under our trampoline. They had a better plan. They took all of my shampoo that I didn't like and made the trampoline a wet slippery fun place. They had so much fun!

5. I'm trying to get my weight back on track. I've gained a couple pounds. I haven't been going into deep sleep thanks to my Starbucks Refresher addiction. Yesterday, I wouldn't allow myself caffeine to see if I would go into a deep sleep. Sure enough, guess who had more proper sleep? Yep! I also didn't allow a nap. But, I was wired all on my own because I had my hair cut and colored yesterday. Shhh, don't tell Whitmer!

Friday, May 22, 2020

5 Things on Friday 5/22/20

This blog post is sponsored. All opinions are 100% my own.

1. In the last few weeks, I've started allowing the girls to hang out with friends again. I've decided we can't hide in a bubble forever. Also, for the first time in a long time, I'm finding myself politically driven. I believe our rights are being taken away. If you want to shelter at home, go for it! If you want to go out and open your business well, good for you! I understand that we were doing it to flatten the curve. We've been there and done that. Now let's move on before Michigan is devastated with so many losses of small businesses.

2. I made an offer this week on another beach house. Our goal was to be by a better beach, be able to bring our boat, and have more room. We offered over asking price, but someone came in with cash. I'm slightly bummed but, on the other hand, relieved because the thought of dealing with connecting another sewer to the city is a pain in the butt. We finished connecting in the fall and just had a walkway and driveway put in.

3. It's official; I have a daughter that is now a senior in high school. She finally has her hours in to get her driver's license, but nothing is open, so she can't take her final test. I feel for kids graduating right now. My youngest is finishing her last year in middle school at home. My heart breaks for her because she wants to be at school.

4. Well, I ended up moving my two weeks in Hawaii! I didn't want to pay that much and not have a full Hawaiian experience. So, next year when Faith graduates from high school, we will be hopping on a plane for our dream vacation. It will also be my 20th anniversary and the perfect time to do a beach vow renewal ceremony. Yep, I have another year to work on becoming more muscular and eyeing the bikinis at the Cupshe!! 

5. I'm missing my friends and going out to eat. Most of all, laughing with my girlfriends. Yes, Zoom and Marco Polo aren't quite the same. I have to say there have been some blessings in all of this. Matt and I have fun playing Skip-Bo 4 games a day. Also, I've seen a shift in the girls. At one time, they would throw fits about going to the beach house. Now they can't wait to get out of the house for a little bit. I'm also loving living next to my parents and the beautiful views around our home in the woods.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

5 Tips To Get Your Home Sold Fast For Top Dollar

Listing your home on the real estate market can be a bit stressful. While there are homes that sell in just a day or two, some others can sit on the market for years. 

There are a lot of obstacles to selling a house quickly. From the time of the year to the selling price, there are often several reasons why some property sits idle on the market for an extended period. If you are about to sell your house, here are some things you can do to get it sold fast for top dollar.

Set the Right Price

When selling your house, the main objective is to make a profit. Whether those funds are used to pay off the remainder of your mortgage or to help fund your new place, the hope is that you'll get a considerable amount back from the sale. The problem is if you ask too much, and buyers can find comparable properties in the area for less, they aren't going to choose your house for purchase, they aren't even going to look at it. That's why it's best to set your price competitively to try and cite a bidding war. 

Make Sure It's Clean

Once you place your property on the market, it needs to be ready for showings at all times. To get your home to sell fast, you want to present a place that interested buyers could see themselves living in. Whether you still reside on the property or not, it is imperative to make sure that the home is spic and span. 

Renovations and Repairs

Buyers are looking for a property that is not only aesthetically appealing but one that won't require much work to maintain. If there are issues with the property that could deter someone from making an offer, you need to have them repaired or updated. Start by improving things like the roof, plumbing, or electrical system to ensure the home is safe and livable. 

Curb Appeal

The exterior of your home gives an impression to passersby. If a potential buyer drives past your house, what message will it send? Things like poor yard maintenance, damaged siding, cracking or chipped window shutters, and poorly designed doors can cause people to turn the other way. You can add curb appeal to your home without much money or effort and get your home sold faster. Mow the lawn, prune or cut any trees and bushes, add a fresh coat of paint to shutters, doors, and siding, and fix things like broken railings or stairs. 

Open Houses

What better way to get buyers interested in your property than to host an open house? Allowing interested parties to come and view the home can give them the up-close view they need to make a final decision. When planning an open house, be sure to stage the house accordingly. Staging experts can be instrumental in helping you to create a space that buyers will fall in love with and can see themselves in. 

Selling your home is probably not as easy as you thought. There are a lot of people out there looking for the perfect place to call home, there are also thousands of homes for sale competing for attention. 

With the help of these ideas, you'll surely get the offer you've been looking for sooner rather than later.

About the Author

Ron is the webmaster of Botsford Place Terrace Apartments and Cass Lake Front Apartments websites. You can visit his blog for more tips and advice.

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Practical Yet Very Effective Ways To Avoid Coronavirus

The COVID-19 pandemic is taking the world by storm. It has taken a full swing and killed thousands of people around the globe, and because there's still no known cure or vaccine for it, people are taking drastic measures to avoid getting hit by this deadly disease.

The government is doing everything it can to limit the number of infections that may lead to death. They already shut down non-essential businesses and establishments and ordered the people to stay indoors (quarantine) as much as possible. 

We can do the following measures to avoid getting infected by COVID-19 and help flatten the curve once and for all.

Social Distancing

One of the best and proven effective measures to stop the spread of any type or kind of virus is social distancing.

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) were quick to advise the people to stay at least six feet apart from one another. Don't gather in groups or attend a large gathering of more than two people. Social distancing can save lives, and if we look back at history, social distancing is used in medieval times to fight the Black Death.

Avoid Common Areas

If you live in an apartment complex or a mobile home community, surely there are areas that you share with the other people living in the community. During this kind of time, it's best to avoid these places at all times. The community manager must shut down these places temporarily as a preventive measure.

Clean And Disinfect Your Home

Keep your kitchen and bathroom surfaces clean and disinfected at all times. Target high-touch items and surfaces such as doorknobs/handles, light switches, faucets, keyboards, remote controllers, and cellphones. 

Wash Your Hands Often

Much has been said about the importance of handwashing. Experts say that this is the easiest and one of the most effective way to prevent an infection. Here's how to wash your hands the right way, according to CDC.

  • Wet your hands with clean, running water (warm or cold), turn off the tap, and apply soap.
  • Lather your hands by rubbing them together with the soap. Lather the backs of your hands, between your fingers, and under your nails.
  • Scrub your hands for at least 20 seconds. Need a timer? Hum the "Happy Birthday" song from beginning to end twice.
  • Rinse your hands well under clean, running water.
  • Dry your hands using a clean towel or air dry them.

CDC also has a dedicated page for handwashing. Visit it at https://www.cdc.gov/handwashing/index.html for further info.

About the Author

Ron is the webmaster of Botsford Place Terrace Apartments and Cass Lake Front Apartments websites You can visit his blog for more tips and advice.

Friday, March 27, 2020

5 Things on Friday Quarantine Style

Good morning! Welcome to the latest edition of 5 things on Friday quarantine style. Fifty years from now, people will be curious about what it was like living in quarantine for who knows how long, so I thought I would write about a few things going on in our lives.

1. This week I hosted a Zoom meeting for my MOPS table online. It was actually fun. I also attended church and went to a book club, which all were also online. It really helps you to feel connected in a time when we're isolated from being around friends and family. All these events were definitely highlights in my day.

2. I work out with a trainer three days a week. We moved our meetings to FB video. I was so impressed by how my butt could still be kicked by using hand weights. I'm so sore today, but I'm building not only muscle but my immunity!

3. I've been trying to get out daily and hike through our property, there are lots of nooks and crannies to discover, and it's also giving me a chance to dream about what I want to do with all of this land.

4. I think the hardest hit are teenagers. Especially since they have close friendships. My oldest, who is homeschooled and meets with her class once a week, is now going to class online. My youngest, who is in public school, has nothing school wise going on. 

To be honest, I've been the loosey-goosey parent. Why? Once kids become older, it's less about having everything planned out but allowing kids to make their own decisions and suffer the consequences. Let our kids learn from their mistakes. That's how they grow.

Last night my oldest at 2 AM woke me up moving furniture and vacuuming. Guess who we woke up at 9 AM? Yep, you wake me up, and I'm waking you up. 

5. You would think after being in quarantine for two weeks, I could proudly say I have accomplished many projects, but that hasn't been the case at all. I have conquered one project, which was spray painting a table for the beach house. I've been doing quite a bit of reading, watching TV, and working out six days a week. I might as well work on muscles since God willing I will be in Hawaii for two weeks in June. I'm still sad that we had to cancel our two weeks in Florida!

Please let me know how your family is in the comments. We are all healthy at the moment!