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How To Create A Home Inventory Just In Case

by Mary Ann Sawyers

How To Create A Home Inventory Just In Case

 

            Do you know every single item you own – and would you be able to remember it all if you had to recall from memory?  Taking a detailed home inventory requires making a thorough list of everything you own including a description, serial number, and estimated value.  Having this inventory can save lots of time and headaches after a home fire, robbery, flood, or other disaster, but it’s also a good exercise to make sure you have enough home insurance and for tax purposes, if necessary.

 

Taking The Inventory:  Walk through every room in your house.  Write down, take pictures or video, and/or create an audio recording of every single item.  A visual inventory provides a more detailed overview of your belongings.  Expensive items like jewelry and collectibles should be photographed from several angles.

 

Get Technical:  A number of apps make it even easier to keep track of your personal items using photos, bar codes, and sorting options.  These apps include American Family Insurance’s DreamVault (Android/iOS), Sortly (iOS), The Home Inventory (Android), and Know Your Stuff (Android/iOS).  For Android, go to play.google.com/store/apps and for iOS, go to itunes.apple.com.

 

Note Prices And Serial Numbers:  Keeping purchase receipts makes it easier to record how much you paid for each item.  Look up the prices of those items for which you are unsure, and don’t forget to make a note each time something new is added to your home. 

 

Store The List:  Keep your list updated and stored in a safe or bank deposit box.  Don’t forget to keep a digital back-up in an accessible location as well.

How To Make A Home Safer For Babies And Seniors

by Mary Ann Sawyers

How To Make A Home Safe For Babies And Seniors

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A happy home is a safe home. If there are babies or senior citizens living in yours, there are several things you can do to make it as safe as possible.


Babies:

~ Use safety gates at the top and bottom of staircases.

~ Cover electrical outlets with plastic caps.

~ Tightly close containers with cleaning supplies, detergents, and paint, and move them to top cabinet shelves. Move sharp objects and suffocation hazards to top drawers.

~ Secure the oven door and refrigerator with appliance latches.

~ Add cushioned guards to sharp-cornered surfaces.

~ Move furniture away from windows.

Use doorstops and door holders to prop doors open.

~ Mark sliding glass doors and other expanses of glass with colorful stickers.

 

Seniors:

​~ Ensure flooring has a good grip. Remove small rugs and other tripping hazards, and place carpet or rubber flooring over slippery floors.

Remove electrical cords or cables that lie across pathways.

Place light switches near room entrances, and place motion-sensor nightlights around the home.

Install handrails in the bathroom and along stairways.

Keep fire extinguishers easily accessible throughout the home.

Replace the bathtub with a walk-in shower, and place a suction-bottomed bathroom mat in the shower.

~ Place commonly used items in eye-level cabinets and cupboards so they can be easily reached.
 

Wishing you and your family a Safe and Happy New Year!

 

Bring a New Puppy Home During the Holidays

by Mary Ann Sawyers

Bringing a New Puppy Home During the Holidays? It’s Not as Crazy as You Think!

 

 

Here’s why the holidays are the perfect time to bring a new puppy into your home!


(I just had to share this blog post by fellow Coldwell Banker agent Alexander Filiaci.)
 
While the holiday season is (hopefully) full of family, friends, cookies, and happiness, it can also be a very hectic time of year. Holiday parties, shopping for gifts, and finding time to decorate the house are just some of the many holiday-related tasks on most of our to-do lists.

So why would you throw “bring a new puppy home!” into the mix? From personal experience, here’s why it’s the best time of year to introduce a furry friend to your home:

Everyone’s home to help.

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When we brought Ellie home, I had just graduated from college and moved back in with my parents, and my sisters were on an extended break from school. It gave us a few weeks of family time to help get Ellie accustomed to her new home and family.

Puppies look super cute when they pose with your home’s Christmas decor.

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Enough said.

Puppies actually sleep… a lot.

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Even though it’s true that puppies have lots of energy, it’s also true that they sleep a lot. Our family’s dog slept like a little angel all through Christmas morning while we were opening presents, and therefore didn’t get into any mischief. (Disclaimer: I’m not saying your puppy will be as perfect as mine…)

Puppies get really excited about Santa.

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You get to re-live the childhood joys of Christmas (or whatever holiday you celebrate) through the eyes of your sweet, innocent puppy!

Pictures of your puppy in the snow make for a great holiday card.

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Are you considering bringing a puppy home for the holidays? Visit our friends at Adopt-a-Pet.com who we partnered with in our Homes for Dogs Project to help 20,000 dogs find their forever homes this year!

November 2015 Victoria, Texas Housing Market Snapshot

by Mary Ann Sawyers

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How To Increase Your Productivity at Work or Home

by Mary Ann Sawyers


Don't Kill Time Be Productive - Victoria Texas Real Estate Market

You know you should get plenty of sleep and exercise, make “to-do” lists and stay focused on the job to be productive during your day.  Here are some additional tips to help you increase your productivity.

• Set challenging goals.  People who set higher goals tend to produce more than those with lower expectations. To achieve those goals, however, you must set specific timelines and deadlines.

• Determine your prime time for productivity (first thing in the morning, mid-afternoon?) and plan your work schedule accordingly.

• If you’re multi-tasking and not accomplishing anything, prioritize.  Periodically ask yourself: “Am I currently making the best possible use of my time?”

• Use technology.  Too many people spend valuable work time on social media (you know who you are).  Put technology to good use by trying these websites and apps:

• www.evernote.com – Use the website or download the app that    allows you to take notes, clip articles, save emails and collaborate with others.  Choose from free or yearly subscriptions with more options.

 • Google Tasks – You have this if you use the desktop version of Gmail (click the down arrow next to Gmail in the top left corner of your screen). Sync with GTasks on your Android phone or search online for “Google Tasks iPhone setup instructions.”

• www.dropbox.com – A free site for sharing files with others and accessing the files when you’re on the road.  If you work with a team, consider Dropbox For Business (prices on the website).

• Find a mentor.  Learn what works by observing or seeking advice from someone you admire for their productivity skills. 

Here's to more productivity and more stress-free time!


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