Tips to help avoid being sunk by a sink By Erika Enigk
GateHouse News Service
he kitchen sink should be one of the cleanest areas of the home, but with water and food particles constantly swirling through and around it, it can be one of the dirtiest. Linda Cobb, a cleaning expert and author best known as the Queen of Clean, shared these tips for keeping the kitchen sink looking and working well. The sink Thoroughly clean and sanitize once a week, Cobb said. Sanitize immediately after a meat blood spill. Use hot water and dish soap or mix 1 quart of warm water with 3 teaspoons of chlorine bleach. “If you are using a disinfectant, remember it must sit on the surface for five to 10 minutes, and then it must be rinsed off,” she said. “Do not spray and wipe.” For stains in the sink, Bar Keeper’s Friend, a mild pumice cleanser, will clean without leaving scratches in the surface.
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The drain and disposal Food particles that stick around in the drain and garbage disposal can not only clog the sink but make the whole kitchen smell like rotten food. Keeping things clean and fresh isn’t difficult, Cobb said. Once a week, put half a cup of baking soda over the opening and add half a cup of white vinegar. Let it sit for 30 minutes, then flush with cool water.
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For the garbage disposal, the trick is to always run plenty of cold water into it while you’re using it and after it is done. “Throw some ice cubes and citrus peel in it every so often to keep it clean and free flowing and smelling good,” she said. “You can also put the stopper in the disposal and put three inches of water in the sink. Add a handful of baking soda, turn on the disposal, and immediately pull the plug.”
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realize it’s a sign I’m getting very close to turning 50, but one of my favorite things to do in the winter months is bird watching. Dad’s passion for taking care of birds must have rubbed off because I’m already cleaning out the birdhouses for the winter cold weather. From blue jays to cardinals, we are fortunate to have a variety of feathered friends who depend on us to give them shelter and food. Read about winter bird care on page 9. After last winter’s harsh weather, my boyfriend decided not to take any chances this year of losing power. Living in the country, it seems we’re the first to lose power and the last to get it turned back on. Being an electrician, he has the upper hand on installing an elaborate emergency lights system, and with the use of a generator we will be able to run the refrigerator, the blower on the fireplace and, of course, his flat screen TV. Generators can be a lifesaver but they can also be deadly if not used with precaution and care. Read
more about generators on page 17. Although hardware stores sell fancy gutter guards to protect from leaves and debris, many of us are still cleaning out the old fashioned way. There’s nothing a ladder and a scoop can’t resolve when it comes to gutters. It’s amazing how much can accumulate even after the massive amounts of rain we seemed to have had this summer. It’s important to start the winter months with clean and sturdy gutters before the snow comes and weighs them down even more. Regardless, it’s important to be safe when it’s time to clean so please check out the list of safety precautions on page 5. Earlier in the year I ran several articles about the effort to get the issue of double taxation on real estate onto the November ballot. With more than enough signatures from registered voters, the petition to have the double taxation prevention on the ballot was accomplished. The push is in full mode to help educate the public to understand that a yes vote means no to double
taxation. To learn more about this important issue for all of us, read the article on page 7 and visit www.yestosavehomes. com. With the beginning of the fall months my focus turns from the garden chores to decorating for my favorite time of the year. From my grapevine wreath tree to bringing in cattails, it’s fun to bring the outdoors in. Maureen Gilmer, on page 8, has a great tip for collecting seeds as the summer months come to an end. Read about this fun way to collect free seeds, as well as a great money saving method. If you’re looking for energy and money saving ideas the U.S. Department of Energy estimates that you can save 50 to 80 percent on your water heating bill by using the new innovative idea on page 8. Read for yourself and go green. Thanks for stopping by,
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wo of my clients had a large open kitchen where they most often found themselves entertaining both clients and friends. But the kitchen was badly outdated and needed a face-lift to project the right kind of professional image yet still be comfortable enough for casual dinners. Space was not a concern. A separate eating area large enough to house a familysized table was open to a spacious working area with plenty of counter space. A small island in the middle provided extra prep room. But the aesthetics hadn’t been updated in years: boring beige countertops, an outdated California ceiling fixture and busy flowered wallpaper.
The first thing to go was the wallpaper, which, with its small, busy pattern, was overwhelming. I repainted the walls a buttery cream color, which provided a serene base from which to work and highlighted the wood cupboards, tying them into the new color scheme. Many people don’t think of black when renovating a kitchen. Used properly, however, it can provide a great anchor in a large room and bring a sense of sophistication and style to any space. The countertops were the first place I brought in black, and the change was immediate.To set off the newly contemporary feel, I created a backsplash out of inexpensive
aluminum panels. The look was the same as if I had used stainless steel, but the cost was less than half. The panels were joined together with stylish chrome grommets in a linear pattern at each seam. The California lighting fixture cast a harsh, unflattering fluorescent light. I took it down and installed recessed halogen lights strategically throughout the work area. The effect is a bright, down-to-business feeling during the day and a moody party sense at night. The center-island countertop was replaced with a black countertop that extended a few feet beyond the original size. This allowed a breakfast bar with stools to be put in at the end.
I paid special attention to the large dining table and area. I anchored the eating area with a stunning black and burnt cream area rug, which one would think too formal for a kitchen, but it works beautifully. I kept their old dining table and chairs and repainted just the spindles and arms black to tie them in with the other black accents in the space. What really gave this kitchen its personality and panache was the use of black in the color scheme. Don’t be afraid to try it in a room in your home, but be sure to use it wisely and sparingly. A sophisticated and stylish space is the goal — not Dracula’s castle.
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Safety precautions to bear in mind for guttering work
By Kathryn Sucich
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eaves and snow that build up on your roof and in your gutters can cause lots of problems if they’re not cleared
away. Too much snow can lead to cave-ins, and ice dams can damage the roof and interior of your home. Leaves that build up in the gutters put you at risk for water damage, as rain has nowhere to run off to and can leak into the roof and walls. Unfortunately, leaf and snow removal is no easy task and can be dangerous if it’s not done correctly. If you’re looking to clear your roof and gutters yourself, here are five things to keep in mind: 1. Wear the right gear. Make sure you wear safety gloves, as gutters can have sharp edges. Wear safety glasses or goggles and sturdy, non-slip shoes. Don’t work if it’s raining, snowing or excessively windy. 2. Use the right equipment. Using a regular snow shovel to remove snow from your roof may cause more harm in the long
run, as you could end up causing significant shingle damage. You can also damage gutters as you’re trying to rid them of snow and ice. Snow-removal rakes or gutter tools are specially designed to prevent damage. 3. Make sure your ladder is safe. Before going up a ladder, inspect it for any cracks or broken joints. Place it on a flat, even surface where it’s unlikely to tip. Secure tall ladders with a fastener so they don’t move around as much. And always face the ladder when ascending or descending. 4. Consider ladder alternatives. Many snow and leaf removal tools have extra-long poles so you can stay safely on the ground while you work. Just make sure you stay a safe distance from your house so falling snow or debris doesn’t land on you. 5. Call a professional if needed. Consider calling a pro if your home is more than one story high, if you’re not comfortable being on a ladder, or if you have persistent problems with leaf and snow buildup.
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n a court victory for the rights of voters, Missourians will have an opportunity this fall to Vote “YES” to Stop Double Taxation. Cole County Circuit Judge Paul Wilson ruled Tuesday that the proposed state constitutional amendment barring transfer taxes on real estate received enough petition signatures from registered voters to appear on the Nov. 2 ballot. “There is no dispute that enough registered voters signed the initiative. The Vote ‘YES’ To Stop Double Taxation Committee showed conclusively in court that thousands of valid voter signatures were incorrectly thrown out by election authorities. We stood up for the rights of these voters to be counted, and the court has supported
the rights of voters to be counted,” said attorney Chuck Hatfield, who represented the campaign committee during several days of hearings. The Vote “YES” To Stop Double Taxation Committee submitted tens of thousands of voter signatures on petitions to place the amendment on the ballot. However, the Missouri Secretary of State’s Office announced its conclusion that the proposal did not receive enough signatures of registered voters to qualify for the ballot.
The committee’s own analysis showed validation rates around 80 percent across six of the nine congressional districts where signatures were gathered, and in some counties better than 90 percent. The committee also showed in court that thousands of valid voter signatures were thrown out by election authorities for an array of questionable reasons during their reviews of the petitions. The court victory means the Vote “YES” To Stop Double Taxation Committee will move ahead with a strong educational campaign for Missourians about the unfairness of transfer taxes. Transfer taxes on home sales are double taxation because Missourians already pay annual property taxes on real estate, often over many decades of ownership.
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Five helpful tips for obtaining a smooth real estate sale
ot everyone who relocates has the luxury of doing it when school is out and the yard looks beautiful. If you’re selling your house and/or buying a new one, outside peak season, you might have to work a little harder and think creatively. Anyone who has bought or sold a home has heard the standard advice: Find a good agent, be aware of local home values, fix up the house you’re selling and research school districts and crime rates where you’re buying. “It’s all good advice, but it’s not always enough,” says Rich Novak, assistant vice president of Home Solutions, with USAA, a full-service financial services provider serving military personnel and their families. “Families who need to move quickly during a tough real estate market may need to go the extra mile to close a sale.” Keep these five themes in mind from the moment you start planning your next move: 1. Dig deeper: You probably already know to use neighboring home values as a comparison point for selling or buying. But in today’s market, some additional homework can pay off. If you need to sell quickly, for example, keep a close eye on what other houses are selling for in your neighborhood and stay ahead of the market by pricing yours lower. In the wake of the bursting real estate bubble, it’s also
important to have a heightened awareness of foreclosures, both where you’re selling and buying. As unfair as it seems, any foreclosures on your street can put a dent in your home’s market value. And if foreclosures are still prevalent in the neighborhood you’re moving to, it could be a warning sign that values could continue to drop after you buy. 2. Be involved: Just because you’re working with a realtor doesn’t mean you can’t do some of your own legwork. The first 10 days on the market are the most critical to selling a home because new listings tend to get the most attention from buyers. Anything a seller can do to get their home ready to sell before putting it on the market would be helpful, including decluttering, cleaning, painting if needed and making the home look spacious and bright 3. Accept a helping hand: Take advantage of a wide range of services, beyond your local realtor’s, that could help you streamline the buying and selling process. Some cost money, such as home “staging” services that can help whip your house into selling shape. Others are free, such as relocation benefits offered by some employers, or the military’s Homeowners Assistance Program. 4. Get creative: Sometimes it takes out-of-the-box ideas to seal a deal. If you know that a potential buyer is wavering on whether to make an offer on your house,
buck convention by making a “reverse offer,” where you try to win the sale with an attractive price. Sellers might also sweeten the pot with extra incentives. Money toward closing costs or prepaid homeowner’s dues are common buyer incentives, but why not set yourself apart by offering a free trip to a beach resort? If you’re the one buying but can’t find the perfect house, ask your agent to look up houses that were recently taken off the market. You might be able to request a “one-time showing” and get a bargain
price on a house the owners thought they couldn’t sell. 5. Remain flexible: According to the experts, buyers and sellers should keep their pride in check and be willing to make some concessions, especially in a tough market. That means not haggling over minor repairs or refusing to leave behind the chandelier your potential buyer loves. Factor in the cost of keeping up your home for several more months versus just accepting a lower selling price today.
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Time to begin seed saving
y breath mints of choice are Altoids because I’m a small-budget gardener. The size and shape of these small, tin boxes are perfect for storing seeds. Because these are metal tins, they do not easily crush or soften with moisture like cardboard. They don’t become soft or brittle with time like plastic. The tin lid snaps shut with an audible click so I know it’s sealed. All this is so important because I’ve lost thousands of improperly stored seeds due to moisture and dehydration. Altoid tins are about the size of a large pack of gum, flat on the top and bottom, and rectangular in shape. This allows them to be stacked efficiently inside a drawer without tipping over. I can get more Altoid boxes in less space than I can plastic prescription medicine bottles, and I don’t have to wrestle with childproof lids. Late summer begins the time for saving seeds. In tough economic times, your ability to find and collect seeds is the best way to grow plants for free. Come winter, seeds also make fine “green” gifts to friends and family. Use paint and decoupage for really
cute boxes that offer homemade solutions to holiday shopping. What makes seeds so appealing is the fact that each one of them, from tiny poppy specks to giant pine nuts, contains the spark of life. The miracle is that each one may grow into something as large as a towering oak or as small as a wildflower. Timing your seed-gathering is important. The longer a seed sits in the open environment, the more chance it may die. Heat, cold, wet, birds, foot traffic and even immediate sprouting can all damage the future of a seed. Therefore, it’s vital to collect seeds just as soon as they’re released from plants. Seeds can be collected from your own plants, those of your neighbors or trees, shrubs, vines and perennials that grow around town. One of the best reasons to walk or run for exercise is to become more familiar with what’s growing in your neighborhood. Many very fine old plants overhang or abut alleys, streets, sidewalks and parkways, shedding their seeds into the public domain for you to gather. You can also ask the homeowner to gather seeds on
the property. After a plant blooms, keep an eye on the developing pods or seed clusters. When they start to fly or fall to the ground, then the seed is mature for gathering. Don’t pick it prematurely and expect the pods to ripen elsewhere. This time of year I carry a small plastic bag in my purse or pocket to take advantage of unexpected seed bonanzas when I find them. Don’t be picky — just load the seeds and litter into the bag so collection is quick and easy, particularly when done on the sly. At home I pour out the contents onto a large tray or plate, then pick out
seedpods and bits of litter. There may be lots of small stuff mixed in with the seeds that’s impossible to separate by hand. Ancient people discovered how to winnow this material to separate seed from the chaff using the wind. Log on to YouTube and search “winnowing seed” to see people demonstrate how to clean seeds quickly and easily using this age-old method. Gathering seeds is not only economical, it’s an excellent education for the kids. When bored to death by summer’s end, put them to work and gather your free Christmas gifts. Then have fun decorating your tins for the holidays.
Innovations to make your home more energy-efficient
ld Man Winter brings a variety of gifts for us each year - cold winds, snow and, of course, higher energy bills. You can’t control the cold and the snow, but you do have a little control over how much energy you will use this winter. With today’s technological advances, it has never been easier to lessen your impact on the power grid and reduce your heating bills. An energy audit is a good place to start to find out areas where heat is escaping from your home. After you’ve identified those areas, you may also want to think about outfitting your home with devices or systems that will make it more energy efficient. Here are five recent innovations that can help you conserve energy this winter: n Freewatt home energy system.This eco-friendly heating system features micro-
CHP technology that is integrated with a high-efficiency natural gas or propane furnace or boiler and generates both heat and electricity for your home. Such a system has the potential to generate half of a typical home’s annual electrical needs, according to ECR, makers of the freewatt and freewatt plus home energy systems. Additionally, a water heater may be added to the system to produce even more electricity. If your state and utility company have net metering programs, you can also sell back additional electricity generated by your system to be used elsewhere. The freewatt plus system also acts as a back-up generator should your home lose power.
n Rooftop solar water heaters. Why pay for energy to heat water when the sun will do it for you at no cost? While a solar water heater may cost more up front, the U.S. Department of Energy estimates that you can save 50 to 80 percent on your water heating bill. It’s possible that you may also be able to receive a tax deduction if you roll the cost of the heater into your mortgage. If you are interested, it may also be wise to check with the Department of Energy or retailers to see if there are any other tax benefits available for any efficiency upgrade you are thinking about making. n Solar light tubes. Adding these to your house can add fresh and natural light
to a space that might otherwise need electric light, thus reducing the electricity you’ll use. These can be added during construction or installed at a later date. n Radiant barriers. This strategy, using reflective barriers, often in the attic, can reduce the amount of heat that is lost through the roof of your home. It also can reduce the amount of heat coming in from the attic in the warmer months. n Enery-efficient windows. If you determine you are losing a lot of heat through your windows, it might make good financial sense to replace them with more energy-efficient ones. It might be helpful to work with your energy auditor or window company to determine the best option, as it can often be dependent on what kind of windows you have and where they are located.
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Creating a safe haven for feathered friends this winter by ice and snow, and birds work harder to keep up their body temperature. Higher fat and caloric food like suet (animal fat), peanuts or oil sunflower seeds will help supplement a bird’s diet. n Location, location, location. Keep feeders out of the wind, such as on the east or southeast side of your house, and ideally near a row of trees for more protection. Make sure the area isn’t too open - you want the birds to be protected from snow and rain - but it shouldn’t be so enclosed that birds won’t be able to see dangers around them. n Enclosed bird feeders will benefit you and the birds. Look for hopper feeders instead of tray feeders for the winter; seed won’t be as affected by the cold, wet weather with these styles. In addition, you won’t have to go outside in the cold as often to change the food. n Make sure birds have a source of water. Regular birdbaths should be covered up in the winter to keep water and ice out. But you can buy birdbath heaters to keep water warm for birds. Just make sure you clean birdbaths regularly.
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GateHouse News Service
any birds migrate to warmer weather when it gets cold outside. But for the non-migratory birds that stick around, it’s more difficult to find food and shelter when the temperature dips. If you enjoy bird watching and want to help out your feathered friends this winter, head to your local bird supply store for help in picking out the right products. Wild Birds Unlimited is one bird supply shop with locations around the country. It has several tips on its website, www.wbu. com, for creating ideal food and shelter for birds. Here are just a few examples from the website: n Birds will benefit from covered shelter. Just like you, birds will want protection from the elements. In addition, they need to be protected from predators. Look to buy roosting boxes, or establish landscaping that will provide shelter for birds. n Birds’ dietary needs change in the winter. Food is scarce and may be hidden JACKSON COUNTY’S
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ewly developed subdivision, Dalton’s Ridge in Lee’s Summit, will hold an open house On Tuesday, September 14 from 11 a.m. to 4 .m. for agents and the public to tour eight model homes built by premiere builders Randy Sallee and Johnnie Adams “Both builders have a great reputation for building homes with quality craftsmanship and attention to detail,” Holly Wright-Bond said as the exclusive marketing agent for Dalton’s Ridge. Holly, part of The Rob Ellerman Team of Reece and Nichols is excited to introduce this new community as it offers unique and prestigious homes ranging from the $280’s to $360’s and is surrounded by the natural terrain of the land which provides privacy and a true feeling of living in a community within the community. Houses and lots range in size from 10,000 square feet to half an acre and all share natural common areas as well as the sanctioned park that backs up to many of the home sites. As a pristine neighborhood with convenient access to the highway, Dalton’s Ridge has become a very desirable place to be. “Randy and Johnnie have taken extra efforts to protect and preserve the natural terrain of the land,” Holly said. “Between the winding, wooded streets and open floor
11 plans, it’s truly a peaceful, beautiful place to be.” Johnnie Adams has built a reputation of building uncommon homes with upgrades that he considers to be part of his standard package. With innovative floor plans, all include superb cabinetry and trim packages and provide homeowners with ample floor space and the feeling of elegance. Randy Sallee, owner and president of Sallee Homes has more than 20 years of experience and has won the prestigious Pick of the Parade and Distinctive Plan and Design Awards from the Kansas City Home Builders Association for his homes that are built with superior craftsmanship and quality. Working with local builders and developers, The Rob Ellerman Team offer clients an opportunity to list their house for six months and engage in a contract with a builder to have a home custom built. The Guaranteed Buy Program allows the builder and client to begin the process of building their dream home without the worries that their current home may not sell before the job is complete. The pressure is off because if it doesn’t sell prior to completion of their new home, they know the builder will buy their current home. Sales success for The Rob Ellerman Team can also be contributed to their Trade Up Program in which the builder buys the existing home so that the buyer can purchase one of the current field model homes.
For more information on Dalton’s Ridge visit www.daltons-ridge.com or the www.therobellermanteam.com. Holly can be contacted at 816-536-1736 and is at Dalton’s Ridge sales office every day from noon to 6 p.m.
Home-selling tip Before an open house, turn on every light you can, including appliance and closet lights. If you have particularly dark rooms with few windows, place spotlights on the floor behind furniture.
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in vinegar. Check the chain that connects the lift arm to the flapper valve. There should be about half an inch of slack in the chain. You can adjust the slack by hooking the chain in a different hole in the handle or by removing links with needle-nose pliers. If the chain is broken, you must replace it. Did you know? The national median price of an existing single-family home stood at $176,900 in the second quarter of 2010, up 1.5 percent from a median price of $174,200 in the same period of 2009, according to the National Association of Realtors. Window projects most popular green upgrade Tax credits aren’t enough to spur homeowners to make their homes more energyefficient. In a survey released Aug. 10, 59 percent of U.S. homeowners said that they considered green alternatives for their home-improvement projects in the second quarter of 2010. Homeowners cited window energy-efficiency as being their leading green homeimprovement project.
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Home plan a blend of traditional, present style
he Jamison blends traditional and present-day styling in a plan that is at once elegant and informal. Traditional elements include a covered porch, arched windows, and a deck. Bold columns, a cameo window, and planters overflowing with vegetation provide contemporary flavor. Vaulted ceilings create a sense of openness in the formal living spaces at the core of this plan. Widely spaced columns support plant shelves that delineate the boundaries of the dining room, living room and hallways. A small powder room, tucked into the passageway to the kitchen, is close to everything. Everyday activities take place in the large, open family room/kitchen. The cooking island is set at a diagonal to create a uniquely shaped triangular kitchen. Having the vegetable sink right across from the range offers increased efficiency in food preparation. The eating bar adds still more counter space. Utilities and a walk-in pantry are conveniently located between the kitchen and the garage. On the far side of the kitchen, a glass door in the nook leads onto a large deck. Bedrooms are clustered together at the left. Luxury amenities in the owners’ suite include a large walk-in closet, a private bathroom with two lavs, and an enclosed toilet and shower. Glass blocks brighten the bathing alcove. Each of the Jamison’s secondary bedrooms has direct access to a dual-compartment bathroom.The bedroom closest to the entry porch could be outfitted with French doors and used as a den or office.
For a review plan, including scaled floor plans, elevations, section and artist’s conception, send $25 to Associated Designs, 1100 Jacobs Dr., Eugene, OR 97402. Please specify the Jamison 10-081 and include a return address when ordering. A catalog featuring more than 550 home plans is available for $15. For more information call ‘ (800) 634-0123, or visit our website at www.AssociatedDesigns.com.
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like to call this the “generator season,” since it’s a time when many homeowners think about getting a standard portable generator, or a standby generator. Standby generators are permanently installed to a home’s electrical system by a licensed contractor, and run on natural or propane gas. Generators are a hot item when big storms hit, because it’s important to keep electrical equipment like sump pumps and refrigerators running. With that in mind, here are a few more commonsense storm
tips that may come in handy when bad weather approaches: Informing others: Before the storm hits and after you’ve made plans to evacuate or ride out the storm, be sure to change all your outgoing home-phone, cell-phone and auto e-mail messages, letting people know what your plans are. It’s an efficient way to inform friends and family where you’re going, without having to take the time to make individual phone calls to everyone you know. It’s also a great backup in case some services go down and you can’t
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make outgoing calls. Make efficient use of outdoor furniture: A big tip you hear every year is to tie down your patio furniture so it won’t fly around the yard or through a window. Well, a commonsense tip can be to take outdoor furniture into your house instead, and set it up in the safe room where everyone will ride out the storm. This way the room can be more comfortable with extra tables and seating for you and your family. Lounge chairs can make excellent portable beds if neighbors are staying over as well. Use your car for a short-term power source: It’s always a good idea
to have your car full of gas before the storm. Not only is it a good way to ensure you can evacuate, but if you’re stranded at home with no electrical power, you can use your car’s built-in generator system to power small electronics. Just make sure you have all the proper cigarette lighter adapters for devices like computers, TVs, camping coolers and cell-phone chargers. Don’t forget safety when powering up the electronics: always run the vehicle outdoors, away from the house, with the car windows open. Bottom line: Having a storm-ready home-generator system is the most powerful preparation you can make.
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Pretty Good Ideas fall in love with fall
Fall is the perfect time to transform your home into a cozy nest where your family and friends will love to gather. Ginny Bean, publisher of Ginny’s catalog, suggests the following: Put out the welcome mat, literally. Make visitors feel welcome from the moment they step through your door. Decorate your front door with a seasonal accent and an attractive mat. A crackling fire naturally draws people to it. Rearrange your furniture to create a conversation area around your hearth. If your home doesn’t have a built-in fireplace, there are a number of electric fireplaces on the market that provide warmth with no mess or outside vent. Some even hang right on the wall. Light the candles. Choose candlesticks in metallic (gold is popular now) or warm colors. For a unique look when entertaining, Bean suggests making your own candleholders from apples or gourds with a votive carver. Bring the beauty of outside, in. Add richness to your home by using fall’s palette of warm colors. Select fabrics and accessories in warm shades of browns, reds, oranges and yellows. Increase the feeling of coziness by adding layers — think table runners on top of cloths or rugs over carpets — and texture in the form of nubby throws and pillows scattered throughout the room.
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While room design is mostly a matter of taste, there are some basic rules to keep in mind. For example, don’t overwhelm your space by cramming too much into a small bath (like a big lavish whirlpool tub in a tiny 5 by 7 space). Doing so takes away from the room and is a waste. Also consider safety. Tile is slippery when wet; so add anti-slip coatings, nonskid area rugs and handrails in places water and condensation tend to collect. Also consider who’ll be using the room; are they tall or short? This determines the height of everything, from counters to towel bars. Sight lines are important, too; when the door is open, would you rather see the toilet or a beautiful vanity? Don’t underestimate the importance of lighting — both for functional tasks and pure glamour. And that’s the On The House Tip for today.
Adding overhead can be good Are your ceilings merely painted and flat in appearance? Well, you can now easily change that. Today’s new ceiling products are beautiful, affordable and easy to install. They include lightweight molded panels and tiles that replicate spectacular classic designs; new and dramatic modern profiles in many types of material from polymer plastics to stamped metal and architectural grade foam; and magnificent new click-and-lock systems with beautifully engineered laminated planks that create spectacular ceilings as easy as 1-2-3. They offer ingenious recessed-lighting options, too. If you’ve ever longed for an extra-special designer touch for your home, consider adding some “overhead” that’s beautiful, affordable and easy to accomplish. Today’s ceiling decor options will have those who have plain old painted drywall looking up to you and your home. And that’s the On The House Tip for today.
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BEST HALF DUPLEX IN TOWN! Ground floor laundry. Two bedrooms and two full baths. Third bedroom and bath in basement. Fireplace. Garage. Pool. Club house. See more at www.danielboneill.com Dan O'Neill 816-786-0317/503-4668 REECE & NICHOLS EASTLAND
Great Home For Less Than $60K 2-3 bedroom, clean, updated home in VERY good condition. Walk to stores, cafe and medical building. Why rent? Own for low payments. Steve Adams 816-589-2687 SteveAdams@ reeceandnichols.com Reece and Nichols
HOUSE WITH CHARACTER! Two separate living areas including kitchens and fireplaces. Nice corner lot with small Stream. Double garage and extra parking. One of the kind. Barbara Bridgforth 816-898-3043/503-4626 REECE & NICHOLS EASTLAND
1st floor condo in great location so mu new! Corian countertop, hardCorner lot. Side entry wood floors, carpet & garage. Peg and plank more! 2 huge brs, master with 2 closets, 1 walk in. floor in Family Room. &79,500 Glenna Lunceford Julie Henke 816-517-9988/503-4639 816-655-6601 REECE & NICHOLS Reece and Nichols EASTLAND
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What a makeover! New windows, crpt, paint, granite counter tops and MORE!! All it needs is you to call it Home Sweet Home! $75k MLS#1683452 Clint's cell 816-519-4489 Home Sweet Home Realty 816-808-4000
SPECTACULAR BRICK RANCH Great room, great space. Formal dining. Very open floor plan. Some finish in lower level. Level lot with three car garage. Home for a very discriminating buyer! Asking $349,900. Call for personal showing. Larry LaGrece 816-665-3135/503-4609 REECE & NICHOLS EASTLAND
What a gem for $105k, Indep. All brick 3 bd, 1.5 ba ranch in excl shape. New crpt/paint, thermal windows, Lrge room sizes, many updates. bsment, Massive fenced. Phelps/40th MLS#1678603 Home Sweet Home Realty, Kelly 816-808-4000
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Sterling/27th, Cheaper than rent, great bones, by Rockwood Golf Course. Great area, 2 bdrm up, one down w/ 2 full ba. Awesome covered porch, big fence yard w/shed. By Rockwood Golf Course. New HVAC, nicely maintained. MLS 1684612, $82,500. Noland/47th Well maintained Ranch 3bd, 1ba, new roof, HUGE, MSTR suite, HUGE yard and LOTS of storage. OWNER WANTS TO CLOSE ESTATE! $117,500. Home Sweet Home Raised ranch with 3 bedReality rooms and two baths. 816-808-4000 Large living room with fireplace. Hardwood floors. Gas fireplace. Ceiling fans in Master and Living. Two car garage. New roof in 2009. Shirley Stanley 816-252-1207/503-4608 REECE & NICHOLS EASTLAND
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SUPER BUY ON THIS REMODELED RAISED RANCH! Sits on three great lots. Three bedrooms and two full baths. Totally remodeled kitchen that will knock your socks off! Clean and move-in ready! $105,000 Robin Clark The Clemons Home Team 816-200-6513/503-4601 REECE & NICHOLS EASTLAND
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COUNTRY LIVING IN THE CITY Beautiful home on 5 acres with shared pond. Open floor plan with sunken great room. 2 decks and private courtyard. FABULOUS. ROSIE ALLEN 816-655-6654 www.talk2rosie.com Reece and Nichols
Home With Ingrnd Pool $154,000 Have paradise in your own backyard. Cape Cod with updated kitchen. Finished lower level. Large corner lot. Beautiful landscaping. Pool installed in 2006. Carol Keith 816-699-1096 Reece and Nichols
Lake Tapawingo - 78 Anchor, 240 ft of shoreline, one of the most beautiful lots on entire lake w/ highly sought after boat house, wall to wall windows, 3 bdrm, 3 bath, $385K. WOW, WOW, WOW! Home MLS#1670631. Sweet Home Realty 816808-4000. 4 second tier lots, plenty room for dock, all for $135K. Build your dream home! Home Sweet Home Realty, 816-808-4000
Very Well Cared For! Move in ready! 3BR raised ranch with large finished basement. New paint, carpet, tile floors, kitchen cabinets, back splash and much more! Only $118,500! Julie Henke 816-716-7006 Reece and Nichols
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Lotawana Homes 7 Hwy/Gate 5, just 1/2 mile south of Colbern, THE ROCK HOUSE. NOTHING WRONG HERE, ready to move in, Very nice, clean, open floor plan. Take your boat UNDER 7 hwy to lake lotawana...it's so cool! $129K. MLS#1670978 Clint's cell 816-519-4489. Gate 6, 1st tier, all new, new covered dock and sea wall on way, amazing kitch w/ stainless appliances,$399K #MLS#1661492. 202-204 L Lake Shore $219k! Everything you'd want at the lake, 2 docks, 3bdrm, 2ba, 2 car garage, sits on three lots! Lease option purchase avail. MLS#1674344 Call Kelly at 816-808-4000 Home Sweet Home Reality
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Lee's Summit, Blue Springs School, 4 bdrm, 3 full, fin walkout basement, oversized garage, huge fenced yard, thermal windows, central vac, sprinkler syst, and huge subbasement for storage. MLS wow! $199K. 1686547, 4520 NE Kingston. 816-808-4000, Home Sweet Home Realty
Super Sharp Ranch. Seller's took 3 bdrm, coverted to oversized 2 bdrm w/ bigger master, living room. Extra big driveway for RV. Main floor laundry. Park-like fenced, massive back yrd w/ covered patio. New roof, windows. Vaulted kitchen. Updated bath w/ marble, jac tub. Only $109K. UH HUGH! MLS#1682014 Home Sweet Home HOMES FOR SALE Realty, Kelly LEE’S SUMMIT 816-808-4000
Quail Walk Raised Ranch. REDUCED $5,000. New ext. paint & new roof. 3bdrms, 2 1/2 BA. Grt rm w/frplc. Quality finished fam. rm in lower level. Abundant storage, fenced yd. $140,000 THE McGRAW TEAM 816-655-6525 Reece and Nichols
71 HWY/LONGVIEW. HUGE POTENTIAL! 3.92 acres w/ 4 bdrm. 2 story home, Adjoins another property of 4 acres also for sale w/ another company (for 2.3 Million) $249K for the acreage AND the home! MLS #1488956 Clint's cell 816-519-4489. Home Sweet Home Realty 816-808-4000
NEED FIVE BEDROOMS? Four full baths and two half baths. Kitchen with Hearth Room. Three fireplaces. Four Large Car garage. inground pool. Located on quiet cul-de-sac. Custom built home. Barbara Bridgforth 816-898-3043/503-4626 REECE & NICHOLS EASTLAND
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Lee's Summit Address Blue Springs schools. Stunning 4BR ranch in Savannah Ridge. Liv rm, Hearth rm, formal dining. Huge finished walk-out basement. WOW! Sally Groves 816-655-6515 Reece and Nichols
Red Bridge/Elmwood. International House of Prayer area. Pristine 3 bdrm, full bsmnt, huge fenced yd, many extras, all appliances stay, Motivated Seller SWEEET! Massive Updated This rare ranch is spa- bsment. cabinets cious, open and beauti- kitchen ful. Priced to sell, MUST Nothing to do but move in! New roof! New SEE! price! $105K. Charmin Long MLS#1675009 816-686-6032 Home Sweet Home charminlongteam@ Realty reeceandnichols.com 816-808-4000 Reece and Nichols
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Affordable raised ranch. Like new roof, less than one year old, furnace 5 yrs old. This wellkept home shines bright w/vaulted great rm w/cozy frplc, big eat-in kit, vaulted master BR w/private bath. rec rm with den/ofc alcove, a covered front porch and a deck.
TWO LIVING AREAS – $100K RANCH ON CUL-DE-SAC - $175K! Fabulous find in Blue Springs w/main level laundry, spacious fin w/o bsmt, neutural decor, 2400 sq. ft. MLS #1680929 RACHEL HARRINGTON 816-529-4301
Nicely updated side split with refinished wood & tile floors. Perfect family home in the Fort Osage district with fenced back yard. www.tericartwright.com/ ks1674985 TERI CARTWRIGHT 816-285-8828
FHA APPRAISED – $54,000 Seller will pay closing cost. New carpet, ranch, 2 large decks, 2 bedroom, garage, new bath. 11312 E. 39th Terr. JUDY ENGLE 816-589-8933 JUDYENGLE.COM JUDYENGLE@REMAX.NET
NEW, NEW, NEW! 3 BED, 2 BATH! INDEPENDENCE 2 BED RANCH Hard wood floors, Living room w/fireplace, full basement, screened sun porch. Recorded info – 24 Hours 1-800-808-5509, ID #1706 JOHN COVERT 816-478-9555
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