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A Tidy Home In No Time

We all want a tidy home with no clutter, but most of us don’t have the hours to dedicate to deep clean-outs. The solution: finding moments in your daily life for a few minutes of organization. 

  • Waiting for water to boil- go through your kitchen utensils and decide what to keep, donate, or throw away. You can also wipe down your microwave, counters, or clear out any old leftovers in the fridge. 

  • Grabbing a Tupperware container with no lid- time to admit defeat and throw it away. Same goes for any lids without a match!

  • Brushing your teeth- clear out your medicine chest and vanity of expired medications and cosmetics. 

  • Breaking down an Amazon box- keep it as a donation box! Give Back Box allows you to donate and ship your unwanted clothing and household goods to charity, for FREE!

  • Putting away laundry- throw out any lone socks or other item of clothing that’s past its prime.

  • Letting your conditioner sit- sort through body washes, shampoos, conditioner, old razors, bath poofs, and anything else that’s taking up real estate in your shower.

  • Watching TV- go through junk mail, magazines, and circulars

  • Putting clean sheets on the bed- if you’re avoiding another set of sheets, ask yourself why. Are they scratchy? Ugly? Decide whether to donate or throw away! Keep in mind that animal shelters will happily accept bedding and towels!

  • On hold with customer service- go through your junk drawer!

  • Hanging up your coat- are there any that could be donated? Thrown away? Sold?

Rome wasn’t built in a day and your house won’t be clutter free tomorrow, but chipping away bit by bit is manageable and adds up!

Source: houselogic.com

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Your Friends in Real Estate, Jason Burkholder Real Estate Team

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2023 Home Trend Predictions

Is it time to say goodbye to all-white bathrooms and chevron tile? NAR released their home design trend predictions for 2023 and what trends are fading out.

Dark Purple

Brittany Farinas, creative designer with House of One in Miami has been seeing dark purple in draperies and accent walls.

Stone Furniture

Bathroom vanities, dining tables, side tables, and more- natural stone is trending.

Smart Lights

We’ve all seen the LED light strips- you can control them with your phone, change the color, brightness, and animate them to no end. You can completely change the vibe by placing a strip or bulb anywhere in your home ! And change it again by adjusting the colors and patterns !

Philips Hue is a popular option, but Govee is more affordable and offers extensive customization. Read here to see which one is best for you !

Fluting and Reeding

These two trends add a ton of texture to furniture, whether that be just the doors, sides, or the entire thing.


Mix & Match

Vy Truong and Han Dang of Very Handsome Studio note that contrasting colors and metals continue to add visual interest in a space. You can use bright monochromatic color schemes alongside a bold metal such as gold or silver to pull a design together.

Vintage Touches

Rather than perfectly matched furniture, lighting, and artwork, vintage pieces are being added to create a truly unique space. That could be a knick knack, rug, lighting fixture, or piece of furniture.

Slab Backsplash

April Grandy at Alluring Designs Chicago says, “Slabs of quarts or marble are perfect for any design aesthetic and help to create a clean, seamless look in any kitchen.” Bonus- no grout makes them easy to clean !

Home Office Upgrades

Level up your WFH space with a feature wall for video calls, new desk, accent decor pieces, rug, new (or vintage?) furniture, or fresh paint.

Is it the end for these trends?

Amy Younglood of Amy Youngblood Interiors reports the following:

  • All-white bathrooms: “All-white is hard to keep clean and, honestly, it’s a little boring. People are leaning towards more unique, colorful, and textured spaces that don’t feel so sterile.” In comes fluting, reeding, and unique vintage pieces !
  • Chevron tiles: “It does not fit the organic and calming vibe that is on trend currently.”
  • Red and orange paint:  these heavy, warmer paint colors “make small spaces feel closed in and stressful.”

 

Looking to buy or sell in Central PA? We can help ! Reach us at (717) 371-0557

 

Your Friends in Real Estate, Jason Burkholder Real Estate Team

——————

Jason Burkholder

Kelly Burkholder

Adam High

Jaci Hoosier

717-371-0557 direct or text

 

Welcome Home Real Estate

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57 E Main St, Lititz, PA 17543

 

Winter Home Maintenance

No heat, pipe bursts, or falling gutters- the joys of owning a home in the winter! Let’s go over how to prevent the above and more so you can hopefully have a hassle-free winter at home.

 

Furnace- Sears Home Service suggests the following:

  • Change the air filters behind vent grills or the single filter in the HVAC system.
  • Cover the AC condenser to protect it from falling icicles. A board or large trash can lid with bungee cords will work, but do not use a tarp that will trap moisture. If you have a heat pump, you don’t have to worry about this !
  • Inspect the chimney and test carbon monoxide detectors.
  • Angi suggests filling gaps around windows and doors with caulk or weatherstripping to prevent drafts and save you on heating costs.
  • Change the air filters behind vent grills or the single filter in the HVAC system.

Some benefits of furnace maintenance include lower heating costs, less risk of a breakdown, and longer service from your furnace (https://www.nationalheatingandac.com/blog/furnace-inspection-before-winter/)

 

Sump Pump- If everything is functioning as it should, water that collects around or under your house, think rain and melting snow, will drain into the sump pump pit, then be directed away from your foundation. An annual inspection is suggested- you can hire a professional or consult with the sump pump owner’s manual.

 

Gutters- everyone’s favorite chore ! It’s suggested you clean your gutters twice a year to prevent clogging, which can “lead to issues like water damage, loosened gutters, ice dams, and issues with insects, and rodents.” (Allstate.com)

 

Pipes- cold temperatures + water in exterior pipes = a pipe burst. Allstate.com suggests you disconnect garden houses from outdoor faucets, use shutoff valves if your exterior faucets have them, then open and close the outside tap to release any leftover water.

If you’re leaving your house for an extended period time, such as going on vacation, be sure to set the thermostat no lower than 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Otherwise, you may come home to a pipe burst. You can read more on preventing that here !

 

Reverse Fan Direction- Allstate.com recommends you “flip your ceiling fans’ reverse switches so that the fans move in a clockwise direction. ENERGY STAR says this creates an updraft that pushes the warm air that rises toward the ceiling back down into the room.” Another way to save on heating !

If you’re looking for a handyman or HVAC professional recommendation, call or text us at 717-371-0557 and we’ll be happy to help you!

Your Friends in Real Estate, Jason Burkholder Real Estate Team

——————

Jason Burkholder

Kelly Burkholder

Adam High

Jaci Hoosier

717-371-0557 direct or text

 

Welcome Home Real Estate

717-298-8040 office

57 E Main St, Lititz, PA 17543

 

Choosing A Lender Goes Beyond The Rate

We all want the lowest possible mortgage rate, but choosing a lender goes beyond that. The rate is a key factor for sure, and in this environment, they change daily. When selecting a lender, you should also look for a lender who:

you can actually get ahold of, locally, with an office you can walk into and see them face to face
– gets their clients’ loans approved & closed on time, meeting the contract deadlines
– is a problem-solver

Not to mention that with rising interest rates, the mortgage industry has seen massive layoffs. The last thing you want is to work with a company who, days before settlement, can’t close the loan.

We’ve worked with online lenders and while they can sometimes work out in the end, they’re not always the best option. In fact, sometimes they are terrible. You shouldn’t have to call a company line and extension number to get ahold of them, or hound them to do their job.

We partner with a variety of local lenders, who have every program imaginable, for any buyer’s situation. We refer you to these local lenders we’ve worked with numerous times based on who is best suited for your personal needs, to make for a smooth transaction!

If you’re looking for a lender recommendation, call or text us at 717-371-0557 and we’ll be happy to help you!

Your Friends in Real Estate, Jason Burkholder Real Estate Team
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Jason Burkholder
Kelly Burkholder
Adam High
Jaci Hoosier
717-371-0557 direct or text

Welcome Home Real Estate
717-298-8040 office
1810 Oregon Pike Lancaster, Pa 17601

 

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