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Avoiding Damage During a Move

by Glenda Daughety & Team

Most people imagine moving day as insane with plenty of furniture moving disasters. They most likely imagine damage to a piece of furniture that is special.

Unpleasant as that sounds, the damage could be a lot worse! During a move, you can inflict damage, not only to your furniture, but to the walls,  doorways and carpets of your new home, if you or the movers aren’t careful. But don’t worry – we have some helpful suggestions! Read on for the best ways to avoid damage to both your furniture and your new home during your move.

Protecting Your Furniture

Wrap your furniture in moving blankets, which will prevent nicks and scratches to your furniture (and walls) during your move. Better yet, you can easily stack furniture (like chairs) that are wrapped in blankets on top of one another without worrying about the furniture getting scratched.

You can use sofa covers to protect your furniture, which are fitted exactly to the size of the piece of furniture. Sofa covers, however, do tend to be more expensive than moving blankets.

Dissemble whatever pieces of furniture that you can, and make sure to keep track of the pieces that are needed to put it back together. Smaller items will be easier to move and least likely to scratch walls or door frames.

Flooring

Carpet film protector – think of it like clear plastic sheeting – is one of your best bet if you want to protect your flooring during a move. Carpet film protector, however, is not cheap, so be sure to check out a few more budget-friendly tips below.

Keep it cheap, and place carpet runners, throw sheets, large pieces of flattened cardboard paper or flattened cardboard boxes along the higher traffic areas of your home. It’ll make protecting your flooring, and post moving clean up, so much easier!

Place felt pads on the bottom of chairs, sofas, and table legs. This way, you’ll still be able to move your furniture around without any extra heavy lifting.

Pro-tip: If it’s raining on moving day, make sure to not pack up your welcome mat! That way, your movers can wipe off their shoes before entering your home (and not dirty up the carpet in the process).

Walls

Certain corners in your home will most likely receive higher traffic than others, such as hallways and room doorways – install corner guards to prevent furniture from getting caught on the corners.

Cover the walls with drop cloths to prevent scratches, holes, or dings from other pieces of furniture. You can even stick flattened cardboard to the wall and attach the cardboard with painter’s tape (which won’t peel the paint off the walls).

Door Frames

Best rule to follow: Measure twice, move once! Measure the piece of furniture beforehand to make sure that the doorway is wide enough to fit the piece of furniture that's being moved. Believe us, you’ll prevent a lot of nicks, scrapes, and scratches in the process.

Banisters and Railings

Banisters and railings are commonly in high-traffic areas and are very likely to get bumped or dinged. To help avoid damage, wrap the entire banister in bubble wrap, or even attach flattened cardboard to the top of the banister.

So, there you have it! With a a little bit of extra effort, your move should go more smoothly – and with minimal damage to your furniture and your new home.

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Keep Your Appliances Running Like New

by Glenda Daughety & Team

It's something we all fear. The washing machine breaks during a cycle and floods the laundry room. The fridge shuts off and threatens to spoil all the groceries. The oven stops just before a big meal.

But you can avoid these disasters with a little love and care. And best of all, you don't need to hire a handyman. You can do these tasks on your own. Here's a few DIY tips that can keep your home appliances in great shape and save money on major repairs or new appliances.

1. Check Your Oven's Door Seal

Your oven can lose more than 20% of it's hear o the door isn't sealed properly, making it take longer to cook food. Open the door and check the rubber or fiberglass gasket that goes around the edge of the door. If you feel any deformed, torn, or broken areas, or if you close the door and find any leaks, replace the seal. 

2. Check Range Filters

Metal filters can be washed in a dishwasher or by hand. Replace charcoal filters (don't wash them.)

3. Clean Stovetop Drip Bowls

Clean the drip bowls underneath your burner elements by pre-soaking them for 5 minutes in cleaning solution. Hand wash them and replace. Try to clean them after spills so they don't get burned in.

4. Clean Refrigerator Coils

Refrigerator coils can get clogged with dirt, dust and pet hair. This will restrict airflow and make it harder to keep it cool. Clean the coils once or twice a year with a vacuum. They can either be found behind the kick plate or in the rear.

5. Change Refrigerator Water Filter 

Old water filters can expose your to harmful water. Make sure you change them every 3 - 6 months, depending on how much water you use.

6. Repair Rusty Dish Rack Tines 

Check your dishwasher rack for rusty tines. If you find rust, they can be repaired with a sealant and replacement tips to cover the tines. This will keep your dishes and silverware form being ruined.

7. Maintain Your Garbage Disposal

Check your garbage disposal for any stuck items. Make sure the power is off and do not use your hands! Pour a combination of ice cubes and salt, or vinegar down the drain, then run cold water for 10 seconds and turn on the disposal. Never run the disposal without water. You can remove odors with citrus peels, or with odor removal packets sold in stores.

8. Clean Dryer Exhaust

Check for lint in the dryer exhaust by loosening the clamp and pulling the exhaust hose from the back of the dryer. Pull out lint with your hands or gently with a hanger. Vacuum before you attach the hose.

9. Check Washing Machine Hoses

You can prevent your washing machine from flooding by checking hoses for leaks. Check for cracks, leaks, or weak spots. As a rule of thumb, replace hoses every 5 years.

10. Clean AC Filters

Cleaning your AC filter every 2 - 4 weeks will increase your AC's life, as well as maintain efficiency. Vacuum reusable filters, and replace disposable ones.

If you follow these tips, you'll hopefully be able to avoid costly appliance repairs or replacements.

Join us on our blog every week for more great real estate advice, along with articles about the great reasons to buy a home in Baton Rouge. You can also search for your dream home now using our convenient home search tool. And make sure to follow us on Facebook for the latest real estate updates for Baton Rouge and the surrounding area.

Fall Is a Great Time to Buy a Home

by Glenda Daughety & Team

If you're thinking about buying a home soon in Baton Rouge, here's 4 reasons why you should think about buying now.

1. Rising Prices

Over the last 12 months, home prices have increased by 6.2%, according to CoreLogic’s latest Home Price Insights report. Prices are expected to increase further over the next year by another 5.1%.

With prices expected to continue to rise, it makes sense to not wait.

2. Mortgage Interest Rates Will Increase

According to Freddie Mac’s Primary Mortgage Market Survey, interest rates have already increased by 0.5% this year for a 30-year mortgage. The Mortgage Bankers Association, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and the National Association of Realtors agree that rates will continue to rise to around 5.1% by next year.

When interest rates rise, it affects your monthly payments. That means in a year, your mortgage payments could be higher, if these projections hold true.

3. You're Paying a Mortgage Either Way

Would you rather pay your landlord's mortgage or your own? If you rent, you're paying a mortgage, unless you live with your parents. Given the choice, of course you want to pay your own mortgage.

When you own a home, you're putting equity in it that you can use later in life.  It's a kind of forced savings account.  But when you rent, the equity goes to your landlord.

4. It’s Time to Move on with Your Life

Both home prices and mortgage rates are on the rise, and this together makes the overall 'cost' of a home.

Would you still wait to buy a home if this cost wan't rising?

Analyze what your actual reasons are for buying a home. Is it worth it to wait?

Join us on our blog every week for more great real estate advice, along with articles about the great reasons to buy a home in Baton Rouge. You can also search for your dream home now using our convenient home search tool. And make sure to follow us on Facebook for the latest real estate updates for Baton Rouge and the surrounding area.

What to Do and Not to Do on Property Tours

by Glenda Daughety & Team

Searching for homes and touring them can be an exiting time. Buying a new home is a new phase in your life and there's a great many things to consider.

Yet there's more to touring a home than just walking through it. There are factors to keep in mind to avoid making mistakes that could cost you. These are mistakes that could upset the seller and negatively affect the sale.  Here's a few ways you can stay on the seller's good side, while keeping focused on getting the most from your tour.

1. The fewer the better.

It's not a good idea to bring friends and relatives who are not involved in the actual purchase of the home to a showing. It will probably be more distracting than helpful to your decisions. They could also say or do things that will upset the seller. And you would also not want to bring small children, as they can also be distracting.

If you absolutely need to bring other people with you on a showing, ask your agent beforehand.

2. You're on candid camera.

You should always assume you're being watched during a showing, even when they've left the house. Many homes have surveillance cameras that can be easily monitored from a phone. You should expect that the seller wants to protect their home, as you would yours.

Sellers may also be able to hear what you say, so be careful about what you say, as it could affect your negotiations if you decide to buy the home. The seller may not even be using a camera to watch you.  Some will go next door and watch, or have neighbors watch for them.

3. No photography

It may be tempting to snap photos of a home you're looking at. But you need to remember that it's not your property. The listing agent has already taken photos that are approved by the seller. Those photos are carefully staged so as not to invade the seller's privacy. But as a buyer, you do not have that arrangement with the seller. Taking photos without permission on private property is not only bad form, but could be against state laws.

If the seller allows you to take photos, don't post on social media. You could hurt your negotiations and invade the seller's privacy. Wait until the house is yours and post all the photos your heart desires.

4. Use your imagination.

People have different tastes, so most homes you tour won't quite match your style.  That's why it's a good practice to imagine how things would look if you buy the home. Envision inexpensive ways to make the home yours.

Augmented reality (AR) apps on your phone are a great way to view walls in different colors, or view virtual furniture in a room. These tools are powerful ways to picture how the home would look if you buy it.

5. Don’t use the bathroom.

Would you want a bunch of strangers using your bathroom? It's fine to test fixtures and cabinets, but don't use the bathroom unless the seller says it's OK in advance.

Touring homes can be a fun and beneficial experience, as long as you mind your manners and show respect for the seller.

Join us on our blog every week for more great real estate advice, along with articles about the great reasons to buy a home in Baton Rouge. You can also search for your dream home now using our convenient home search tool. And make sure to follow us on Facebook for the latest real estate updates for Baton Rouge and the surrounding area.

Moving Your Pets Safely

by Glenda Daughety & Team

Moving can be stressful enough without losing your beloved companion. Moving to a new home is a time when pets can become lost, as many of the 10 million pets that go missing are lost during moves.

How can you make sure that your move goes smoothly for you and your furry friends?  Here's a few tips.

Selling your home

During the home showing process, you need to make sure to minimize distractions during showings. If at all possible, make sure your pets are not in the home during the showing. Try to leave them with a friend or take your dogs for a walk. It will get you both out of the way during the showing.

Not having your pets in the home will reduce stress for your animals, as a variety of strangers will be coming through the house. Also try to remove any pets stains and odors that you can.

ID is key

Making sure your dog has proper ID is crucial to finding them if they're lost during the move. Tagging them is the most reliable way to make sure they're found. They can easily be identified if they get lost. If your dog already has a chip, make sure you get it updated with your new address. Also make sure to update any dog tags they have. Make sure people have no doubt who your beloved pet belongs to.

Get them used to the car

If you're planning a long distance move, make sure your dog can handle the ride. Start with short trips, such as to the local dog park.  Then work your way up to longer trips, rewarding them along the way for good behavior.

Purchasing a vehicle restraint system is a great way to make sure they're safe and comfortable during the trip. It will reduce dangerous distractions. In fact, in some parts of the country it's illegal to drive with a dog in your lap, so it could save you money on an expensive ticket.

Board not bored

As we noted earlier, it's important to keep your dogs clear of the home during showings. A dog walker is a great way to keep them entertained and out of the way.  Not only does this keep them from underfoot, but keeps them happy and safe. It will also keep the buyers from walking away from a sale because they don't feel safe.

Dogs can get nervous during a showing, and perhaps can even show aggression. With so many people coming and going, your poor dog won't know what's going on, resulting in frustration for them. Most agents will tell you that their number one recommendation for showings is to keep your dogs out of the house during a showing.

The new home

You may be aware of the move and where you're going, but your pets have no clue. It will be a big shock to see a new home. When you get to your new home, you need to let them explore their new environment. Maybe leave a few toys and some treats in the rooms in advance.  Give them time and space to explore on their own. And make sure you smother your pets with love, as they'll really need the attention at this time.

Moving with pets can be a challenge.  But if you take the time to plan, you can make your move with your beloved pets turn out to be a great experience for all.

Join us on our blog every week for more great real estate advice, along with articles about the great reasons to buy a home in Baton Rouge. You can also search for your dream home now using our convenient home search tool. And make sure to follow us on Facebook for the latest real estate updates for Baton Rouge and the surrounding area.

Enjoy the Beauty of Baton Rouge in These Top Parks

by Glenda Daughety & Team

What better way to enjoy life in Baton Rouge than to explore the amazing parks in the area? Baton Rouge parks have something for everyone, whether you want to see wildlife in it's natural habitat, enjoy a relaxing walk, or just sit back and take in the beautiful scenery.

Here's a few of the top parks in Baton Rouge just waiting for your discovery.

Bluebonnet Swamp Nature Center

This 101-acre facility features wildlife and ecology exhibits, dedicated to conservation, education and recreation. You can walk along the boardwalk to explore the 65-acre cypress-tupelo swamp filled with wildlife such as birds, bobcats, foxes, turtles and alligators.

Baton Rouge Zoo

Discover more than 944 animals and birds in their natural outdoor habitats. The whole family can also enjoy attractions such as a children's area, tram and train rides.

University Lake
W Lakeshore Dr, Baton Rouge, LA 70808

If you're looking for a perfect setting for a relaxing walk or vigorous run, University Lake is the ideal setting. There's plenty of parking near the dog park and tennis courts. You can also drive around the lake and stop for a walk on the paved roads that circle the lake.

Riverfront Plaza

The prefect place to enjoy the views of the mighty Mississippi River, Riverfront Plaza is Baton Rouge's premier riverfront park. You can sit and watch the steamboat that docks here, or tour the USS Kidd. Walk along the river and view the statues along the way. Or you can visit the Louisiana Art & Science Museum​ and learn something new.

LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens

If you want to explore the flora and fauna of Baton Rouge, you'll have plenty to see in this 440 acre park. You can learn about Louisiana's lush landscapes and agricultural heritage through historic, natural and educational experiences. Burden Museum & Gardens includes the LSU Rural Life Museum, the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens and Windrush Gardens.

Arsenal Park

A must for any walking tour of Baton Rouge, you can see the lake and lake houses, state capital and more.

Join us on our blog every week for more great real estate advice, along with articles about the great reasons to buy a home in Baton Rouge. You can also search for your dream home now using our convenient home search tool. And make sure to follow us on Facebook for the latest real estate updates for Baton Rouge and the surrounding area.

Adorn Your Home in Fall Glory With These Simple Ideas

by Glenda Daughety & Team

Fall is here, and it's time to reflect the colors of the season in our homes. And you can let the natural beauty of the season do most of the work. Here's a few simple ideas that will add just the right touch of fall glory to your home.

Mix Colors

There's more to fall colors than just orange. When you mix yellow and orange pumpkins with bright green, it really makes them stand out.

Rustic Fall Mantel

  1. Wrap votive candle holders with twine several times, inserting a fall leaf in the twine.
  2. Place small white pumpkins on top of the votives. Use different amounts of pumpkins to make them different heights.
  3. Use a rope and attach an assortment of fall leaves to it with wire the create a garland, then attach it to the mantel with temporary hooks.

Floral Pumpkins

Use a soft skinned pumpkin and poke holes in it with an awl. Then insert a mum stem. Do this until the entire pumpkin is with flowers.

Fall Centerpiece

  1. Fill a round container with potting soil.
  2. Plant a mix of succulents in the middle of the bowl. Leave plenty of room around the edges.
  3. Place small pumpkins in the soil.
  4. Add seasonal vegetables and fill in the gaps with herbs.
  5. Surround the container with pumpkins and votives.

White Pumpkin Wreath

  1. Buy a grapevine wreath from a craft store.
  2. Using an odd number of white pumpkins, attach them to the wreath using florist picks. Make sure they're spaced evenly.
  3. Fill in the spaces between the pumpkins with seasonal greenery such as smilax or bittersweet. Use more florist picks to attach them.
  4. Finish it off with a fall leaf assortment, attaching them with picks and wire.

Mumkins

Create a "mumkin" by carving out a pumpkin and insert mums.  Then fill smaller gourds with containers of pansies and place by the mumkin.

A Pumpkin Pile

You can make your own arrangement of tiny pumpkins by placing them on a side table. Just use your imagination to make an easy and casual display.

Pumpkin Candle Holders

Cut a 1-inch circle into mini pumpkins and scoop out the center to hold votive candles.

Give Your Pumpkins Spots

Gold metallic paint can really make your pumpkins stand out.

  1. Stick round labels on a pumpkin and trace the shape with a pencil.
  2. Remove the labels and paint inside the circles with gold paint.

With just these few ideas, you can make your home pop with fall brilliance this year.

Join us on our blog every week for more great real estate advice, along with articles about the great reasons to buy a home in Baton Rouge. You can also search for your dream home now using our convenient home search tool. And make sure to follow us on Facebook for the latest real estate updates for Baton Rouge and the surrounding area.

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RE/MAX First
Office: 225-291-1234
Cell: 225-205-2672
4750 Sherwood Common Blvd
Baton Rouge, LA 70816
Each Office Independently Owned and Operated
Licensed Realtor in the State of Louisiana by the Louisiana Real Estate Commission


Glenda Daughety, Team Leader

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