Diana's Neighborhood

Real Estate in New York & Connecticut – Won't you be my neighbor?

Gift Wrap Station from Lowes

Ribbon - bingbing                                                                  bingbing – Flickr.com

Make your own Gift Wrap Station with step-by-step directions from www.Lowes.com

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Tissue Paper - Mickey Glitter                                                                 Mickey Glitter – Flickr.com

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November 6, 2009 Posted by | Lowe's, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Halloween’s Home – Lowe’s Scary Ideas!

Halloween’s Home – Lowe’s Scary Ideas! 

                                     CLICK to view some Spooooky ideas from www.Lowes.com Halloween Pics 2 - HotashHalloween Pics 2 - Hotash

Halloween Light - Terry.Tyson                                                                  Terry.Tyson – Flickr.com

Have fun making these Halloween crafts and recipes thanks to Lowe’s!

October 1, 2009 Posted by | Halloween, Lowe's, Recipes, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Spring Projects Made Easy With Lowe’s

Spring is here with weather that’s not too hot and not too cold – making it a perfect time to take care of a few project  around your home

Click on Lowe’s to view some helpful videos – LOWE’S

sprung-robert-s-donovan-booleansplit                                          Robert S. Donovan (booleansplit) – Flickr.com

April 7, 2009 Posted by | Home, Lowe's, Spring, Uncategorized | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Lowe’s Weekend Projects

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We are due for some great weather this weekend – so, visit Lowes.com for some great weekend projects – including making a Rosemary planter.

herbs-tiny-white-lights                                                                          tiny white lights – Flickr.com

Here are some recipes from FoodNetwork.com – Cooking with Fresh Herbs.

shrimp-garlic-olives-herbs-tvol                                                                               tvol – Flickr.com

Look how YUMMY! Shrimp, Garlic, Olives and HERBS!

March 8, 2009 Posted by | Lowe's, Recipes, The Food Network, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

Price Your Home to Sell

In this more challenging market, “Price Your Home to Sell” featured in FrontDoor.com – has some helpful hints and how to list and sell your home.

                                                                

Interest rates are still historically low and there are buyers.  Although, those buyers – even first timers – are very knowledgeable and know exactly what they want – and many want a more move in home.

How can you stand out as a seller without spending too much money that you may not recoup?

  • First impressions are very important and you want a buyer to feel good  when they drive up to your home.  Add a dash of color with seasonal flowers – mums are great now in the Fall. Keep shrubs and grass trim, leaves raked and walkways clean and inviting. To take it a step up, Lowe’s has some great ideas – even if you just use one of these.
  • Keep your home clean and tidy – view HGTV’s Speedy Cleaning & Organizing Tips – Remember, buyers have a hard time getting past the mess!
  • As you all know, the Kitchen and Bathrooms are the most important features that buyer are looking for.  Keep them clean, decluttered and as updated as possible.  Some inexpensive ideas – like changing the hardware and/or painting cabinets, can help bring in more buyers.

                                             

A few other ideas – Reed Diffusers are great – they smell delicious and there is not the worry that you may have with leaving a lit candle.

Light and Bright – Open your blinds, pull back your curtains, have your lights on when you know there is a showing and leave a note for the Realtor to please shut them off when done.

                                                              

Leave a “Treat” for your potential buyers. Some have being viewing homes all day – a Trick or Treat bag is perfect this month!

Show off” your home by having your listing agent take many photos and add all that is allowed to your listing.

Please be flexible when it comes to showings.  You don’t have to leave your home for the entire afternoon – wondering if the agent has come yet.  As soon as they arrive, take a walk, a ride or visit a neighbor.

If your selling your home in the Fall or Winter, have photos of your home during the Spring and Summer seasons.

Also, if possible, have copies of your survey, floor plan, school info, local parks and shops.  Anything and everything that will help draw a potential buyer not only to your home, but your community.

Most importantly – PRICE it right!  Unfortunately, it’s not what you want or need – the market controls the price.  Have your agent inform you of what has recently Sold and any New Listings in your neighborhood as they come up during the entire listing time.  You need to know if a home 3 doors down that is larger and totally renovated, is on the market for LESS than your home.

Lot’s of LUCK!

Thanks to GOOGLE IMAGERY and ClipArt.com

October 9, 2008 Posted by | Buyers, Sellers, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Fall and Landscaping

 

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It’s Fall and there’s still lot’s of gardening to be done besides raking leaves!  LOWE’S has helpful ideas for “Digging In” during Autumn’s cool days. What a great time to garden – no bugs, no heat and no sweat!

DIY Network explains why leaves change color in the Fall – making a ride to Upstate New York a wonderful place for foliage observers.

                                                             

If selling your home during the Fall season, it’s important to keep the yard neat and inviting by raking and decorating the yard with mums and pumpkins – and don’t forget to bring some of these fall items inside the home too! 

                                           

Thanks to GOOGLE IMAGERY and ClipArt.com

October 3, 2008 Posted by | Autumn, Fall, NY, Sellers, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Landscaping Your Yard

 As many people this past weekend had family and friends over for Memorial Day barbecues, I’m sure some thought as I did – What can I do to improve my landscaping – and how?  Remember, I am an all-thumb gardener!  These questions are also asked by some of my clients who are viewing homes now in the Spring market and the yard is in full view for their imaginations!

 Once again, I turned to the internet for help.  HGTV has some great short videos that will help with some great tips for decks, water features, driveways and more.

When your ready to shop, I can help with a 10% coupon from Lowe’s through their Realtor Benefits program that assists Realtors and their clients with coupons and monthly e-mail tips.

Contact me for more info!  WON’T YOU BE MY NEIGHBOR?

  

Thanks to GOOGLE IMAGERY

May 28, 2008 Posted by | Buyers, HGTV, Lowe's, Spring, Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

IT’S SPRING – LET’S GO GARDENING!

  Spring is in full bloom all around here in Connecticut and New York.  Everyday it’s getting “greener” and more colorful – Yeah!  The only sad part for me during Spring time is, once again, being reminded that I do not have a “green thumb“.  My brother inherited the gardening skills in our family. 

green-grass-leonid-mamchenkov                                                                     Leonid Mamchenkov – Flickr.com

But OH! – how wonderful the internet is. 

  • HOME DEPOT has a Garden Club, Tips on Landscaping, Watering Wisdom and Container Gardening.
  • LOWE’S has Creative Ideas for Outdoor Living, Plant and Wildlife, Growing Zones and Eco-Friendly Living.
  • HGTV has information on Butterfly Gardening, Rain Barrels: Save on Your Water Bill! and for ME – Advice for ALL – THUMBS Gardeners!

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 So to all my fellow “All – Thumbs Gardeners” – Don’t fret, check out these great sites with loads of information.  And let me know which site you found most helpful.

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Thanks to GOOGLE IMAGERY

April 22, 2008 Posted by | Gardening, Spring | , , , , , , | Leave a comment