Pros and Cons to Buying a Tiny Home

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How Should I Prepare for a Meeting with My Agent?

When you sit down to meet with your real estate agent and take the first step in the home-buying process, be prepared with a list of your must-haves and wants in a new home. Let the agent know what aspects of a home, such as particular locations, that you absolutely do not want. With this information, your agent can then better direct your budget to the right properties.

If you are meeting to discuss the sale of your home, prepare by bringing your mortgage statement and proof of ownership documents, and have a timeline in which you wish to sell your home.

It is important that you connect with an agent who can meet your needs, so prepare a list of questions regarding their qualifications and sales activity. Whether you are buying or selling a home, you want to be comfortable with how they approach their business and customer service. Ask good questions and be a good listener.

Thinking about a Tiny Home? There Are Pros and Cons
Owning a home to call your own offers a feeling of safety, security, and accomplishment. But with prices soaring in some places, many people feel a genuine worry that homeownership will lead to unfeasible levels of debt and commitment. This is where the tiny home movement comes in. It’s a new movement advocating simpler, cheaper living through downsizing to, as the name suggests, a tiny home offering all the home comforts you need on a smaller scale and budget.

Tiny homes come in many forms. Sometimes it’s a trailer transformed into a truly beautiful pocket-sized house. Other times, it could be a teeny cottage built on a farm plot or a space in a community building. In general, they’re roughly defined as being under 400 square feet, maintaining coziness on a smaller scale.

Building costs can range from just $4,000 right up to $180,000, depending on how you choose to customize it. It is most important to remember that alongside the costs for materials, labor, and other services you’d expect, there can sometimes be extra costs you wouldn’t associate with a more traditional house, such as permits and zoning charges. It’s also pertinent to keep in mind that if you’re “off-grid,” hooking up utilities can incur extra costs, while financing tiny homes can require thinking outside the box due to the traditional nature of mortgages.

The tiny home movement can offer financial freedom and simplicity, but it’s always worth bearing in mind the other factors you’ll have to be prepared for.

Call or email me if you are interested in buying a tiny home. I’m always here to help.

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Real-World Cybernetic Suit Lets Boy Walk Again
Powered exoskeletons have long been the dream of science fiction, with countless movies such as Iron Man and Avatar; video game series like Metal Gear Solid, Halo,  and Fallout;  and novels such as Starship Troopers and Rimrunners all fantasizing about the incredible possibilities they could offer.

While many of these imagine the suits aiding soldiers’ movement in settings of battle or strife, real-world examples are being developed to help with issues closer to home, with various development projects in motion to help those incapacitated by injury or illness.

One such example is an inspiring story of a father’s dream to see his wheelchair-bound son walk. Jean-Louis Constanza, a robotics engineer from France, has been developing a robotic suit to help his 16-year-old son Oscar stand up and walk without assistance for the very first time. Oscar is strapped into the suit from the shoulders down and activates the suit through voice commands. Saying the phrase “Robot, stand up” causes the suit to move from the sitting position to standing, while “Robot, walk” causes the suit to begin walking, letting Oscar stride as if he’d never been paralyzed in the first place.

The suit is an incredible piece of engineering and paves the way for countless possibilities for the future, though with current technology, there are still certain drawbacks such as cost and it not being fit for everyday use. However, the suit is being used by a number of hospitals in the country for patient rehabilitation, and it is hoped that technological advances could make this type of equipment lighter and cheaper, allowing wider and more accessible usage for those in need.

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Wondering What’s Happening in Your Neighborhood?
How has the price of your home changed in today’s market? How much are other homes in your neighborhood selling for?

These are all critical questions that shouldn’t be overlooked when thinking about buying or selling your home. Whether you’re curious about prices in your area, whether it’s an excellent time to sell, or just need an expert to answer your questions, I can give you the tools and offer guidance through the entire buying or selling process.

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Pumpkin Pie Squares
Yields 16


10 Medjool dates, pitted and diced (about 1 cup diced)
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 1/2 cups oat flour
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 cup milk of choice (dairy or plant milk)
1 15 oz. can cooked pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
Optional: 1 cup frosting

In small bowl, soak dates in 3/4 cup water for 15 minutes.

Preheat oven to 375ºF.

In a large bowl, combine pumpkin pie spice and flour. In a blender, add soaked dates, date soak water, vanilla, and milk, and purée 1–2 minutes until smooth. Add to bowl with flour and spices along with pumpkin. Mix with wooden spoon until dry ingredients are incorporated.

Pour batter into 8×8 baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 25–30 minutes until lightly browned and slightly cracked. Cool for 10–15 minutes. Cut into squares and frost, if desired, before serving.

Prepare Your Home for the Cold with This Fall Maintenance Checklist
With the cold months coming, it’s high time to make sure your house is properly prepared for when temperatures drop. The importance of this is fourfold: it will ensure that you are as comfortable as possible, your costs will be minimized, your house will be more attractive to potential buyers in the future, and it can even lower your insurance premiums. Here’s a checklist of things to keep on top of.

Seal any drafts. Making sure that any gaps in doorways and windows are properly weather-stripped helps to keep the cold air out and the warm air in, reducing the amount of time you need your heating on.

Inspect the roof. Check for any damage or gaps, making sure that anything you find is seen to by a professional. This will help to eliminate potential leaks before they happen.

Clear your gutters. Ensuring there are no blockages will improve water flow and prevent the risk of water damage or frozen pipes when the weather turns sour.

Check your safety gadgets. As you’re more likely to be lighting the fireplace and using hot appliances, it’s a good time to check your safety gadgets, such as smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors.

Turn off any outside faucets. Make sure that outdoor faucets and pipes you won’t be using are turned off to prevent unnecessary damage from pipes freezing.

Check your filters. Appliances such as humidifiers, air purifiers, clothes dryers, and furnace filters will be used more across the winter, so make sure the filters are in good working order.

Get your water heater drained. As with your filter appliances, you’ll be using your water heater a lot more. Draining it at least once a year helps to remove any excess sediment that clogs it up and prevents water from heating properly.

For more information on what fall maintenance to do to help with selling your home, call or email me.

Take Your Cleaning to the Next Level with These Hacks
Sometimes it feels like we can never get our own homes quite as clean as the professionals do. What are their secrets? We’ve scoured the Internet for these tips to make your own home feel as clean as a hotel.

Vinegar is a friend. If you prefer using nontoxic ingredients, vinegar is a go-to solution. One of its best tricks is descaling kettles. Fill the kettle up with half vinegar, half water and let it sit for at least an hour. Then boil and pour the mixture out.

Essential oils are for more than a massage. If your drain won’t stop smelling, pour a few drops of peppermint essential oil down it. It will remain odor free and will also help deter mice and other rodents.

Red wine? White wine. The oldest trick in the book and one that really works: if you spill a glass of red, pour white over it immediately. It might seem counterintuitive, but it works! Layer the stain with salt afterward to draw out the rest of the red.

Use lint rollers for hard-to-reach spots. Hard as we try, the vacuum doesn’t always reach everywhere. Use a lint roller to pick up dust and fluff in those pesky corners and hard-to-reach spots.

Iron off candle wax. Picture this: you decided to get the fancy dinner candles out, but now your favorite table runner is covered in wax droplets. Wax may feel like the hardest thing to expel from fabric, but the truth is a quick run under an iron will make it disappear. Remember to put a paper towel between them!

Use citrus peels for freshness. Save your orange and lemon peels and put them in a jar with white vinegar (that helpful friend) for an effective yet fresh surface cleaning solution.

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