Kim Weeks' Blog
As the new year approaches, you may wonder what changes are ahead for you and your family. If you have been thinking about selling your home in the coming year, there are a few pretty good reasons to do so. Read on, and you may find some new real estate goals for the new year.
There’s Not A Lot Of Inventory
If the inventory is low, you’ll find that it’s a great time to put your home on the market. Your home will sell a bit faster and attract more buyers. If the market is particularly busy, you may get an even better price than expected for your home.
People Want Homes Fast
Certain times of year bring a bit more urgency to the market. Employees may be more apt to have transfers within their company. Families may be looking to move in before the start of the school year. These situations can get your home off the market fast for the right price.
The Seasons Of Real Estate Are Different
While we typically think of spring as starting in late March, spring in the real estate world actually begins in January. Once the holidays are over, it’s believed that people are ready to make moves with their properties. This early season holds especially true in warmer climates. It’s thought that the earlier in the year a home is listed, the more it will stand out on the market. If you’re listing a house in a warmer climate, keep in mind that people who are looking to escape cold climates are looking to buy in the early months of the year.
Keep in mind that if you do live in a colder climate and plan to sell and your property has some great outdoor space, you may want to wait until a warmer time of year to sell.
The Lower The Price Of The Home The Faster It Moves
If your home is on the lower end of the price spectrum, you may be able to sell whenever you’d like., These home are attractive to first-time buyers and move fast off the market. They’re great for starter homes, fixer uppers, and house flippers.
The bottom line is that in a hot market there may be no wrong time to sell. If you speak with a REALTOR® and they believe the time is right, and you’re itching to move on to another property you should. Real estate agents have the knowledge and experience that can help you to find the right time to sell as well as the sweet spot for pricing your home.
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Many homeowners are unaware that the most common causes of house fires are cooking related. According to data from the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), cooking fires cause 46% of house fires and 44% of household injuries.
You aren’t alone if you think those numbers are shockingly high. However, most of us are never taught cooking safety techniques. In this article, we’re going to give you some tips to protect you and your family from the most common and some lesser known causes of kitchen fires.
Cooking fire statistics
Knowing the most common causes of cooking fires is a great way to understand just how dangerous certain types of cooking really are. The NFPA reports that frying is the most dangerous type of cooking. Two-thirds of cooking fires were the result of the ignition of food and cooking materials.
In terms of equipment, the range or cooktop is the most dangerous part of the kitchen, causing over 60% of fires. However, much of the time the cause comes down to leaving your equipment unattended.
One of the most important things you can do to reduce the risk of house fires is to stay in the kitchen while you’re cooking. Unattended ranges, stovetops, and ovens can be particularly deadly since they can happen as a result of someone dozing off while watching television, or someone forgetting they left a burner on after they go to sleep.
A good way to monitor your cooking is to always use a timer, even if you don’t necessarily need one for the cooking that you’re doing. Also, be sure that your smoke detectors are working and that you have a functional fire extinguisher in your home. Make sure your family knows what to do if they encounter a fire.
Before you turn on your burners before frying, make sure there is nothing around your oven that can catch fire. A food container, oven mitts, wooden utensils, paper towels, or curtains could all potentially catch fire if they come in close contact with a burner.
Clothing is also a leading cause of kitchen fires that turn fatal. Make sure sleeves and other pieces of clothing aren’t near any burners or open flames.
In case of fire
If you encounter a large cooking fire that is spreading throughout, the best thing to do is to immediately gather your family and get out of the house, avoiding the kitchen entirely. Call 9-1-1 as soon as you are safely outside and don’t re-enter the house under any circumstances.
For small grease fires, smother the fire with a lid and turn off the burner immediately.
Understanding cooking fires
Most fire requires oxygen to burn and spread. If there is a small fire in your kitchen, using a soaked towel or a pan lid to smother it will suffice.
However, grease fires work differently. Never put water on a grease fire, this can cause the fire to spread very quickly. Rather, use a lid to put out the fire if it is small enough to get near. You can also throw baking soda, or use a fire extinguisher on a small grease fire.
One of the best benefits of finally owning your own home is the ability to easily have friends and family over for both small get-togethers and large celebrations. And what gathering is complete without cocktails to kick off the event?
Step One: The Cart
Don’t be afraid to get creative and “hack” a cart of your own creation. There are many stylish bar cart options available both brand new and found in antique shops. However, a bar cart can easily be made from any sort of cart of your choosing or even not be a cart at all! Bookshelves and credenzas make for great bar cart alternatives.
The goal is to find something that fits your style, preferences and, of course, your cocktail collection. Consider if you’d like a built-in rack to hold liquor bottles or a drawer to store utensils. What you want for sure is a surface area large enough to work from and, if there are shelves, enough space to allow for bottle heights.
Step Two: Stock Up
If you don’t have one already, you’ll want to start building up a collection. Aim to have a bottle of each “go-to” type to cater to your guest’s variety of preferences. You’ll want to have a bottle each of vodka, whiskey, gin, tequila, rum, and brandy.
Opt for at least mid-shelf options. It’s okay to pick up small to medium sized bottles at first. Over time your collection will evolve and take on a “life” of its own where you’ll know what types, brands, and sizes to get to keep it well stocked. But to begin it’s wise to start small.
Step Three: The Fixings
Your next stop should be to pick up at least a few of the classic mixers: cranberry juice, coke, ginger ale/beer, and soda water. Others to consider are tomato, pineapple, and orange juice.
As your collection grows and evolves to become more complex you’ll probably want to consider cordials, syrups, bitters, and liqueurs. Simple syrup and aromatic bitters are perfect additions to a beginner collection.
Step Four: Tools of the Trade
Of course, you’ll need tools to craft your cocktails with. When getting started it’s very easy to find a kit with all the necessities. You’ll want to make sure you have a bottle opener, corkscrew, mixer, shaker, cocktail strainer, jigger, bar spoon, napkins and straws. Other handy tools to have are an ice bucket, muddler, and juicer.
If you’d like to keep a minimal cart cocktail tumblers will get the job done for most cocktails. However. If you’d like to have a full array you’ll need:
High ball (10 to 14 fl oz)
Low ball (4 to 10 fl oz)
Step Five: Putting It Together
The trick to making your bar cart (or really any grouping of items) look carefully curated and appealing is to follow a couple of design rules.
Group like-items together. So liquor bottles are in one grouping, and glasses in another. Decorative trays add to the aesthetic while also maintaining order.
Place short items towards the front and tall to the back. This creates uniformity and a tidy display. It also ensures nothing gets hidden or lost in the process if you have a large collection.
The rest is about creating a unique-to-you display. It’s common to display a painting behind or above the cart and add a vase of flowers or lamp. When purchasing items for your cart keep your home decor in mind. Does a sleek set bar tools create a similar aesthetic? Or perhaps an eclectic mix found at flea markets and specialty shops. If your area has local distilleries picking up bottles from these brands creates a truly unique display.