Things That Make You Go Brrrrr

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It’s almost here! Winter is just around the corner – which means snow days for kids, beautiful snow falling from the sky and covering our trees, and excuses to light the fireplace and enjoy some hot chocolate.

However, it’s already getting cold outside! The leaves are falling from the trees, covering our lawns. We all need to get ready and be prepared when winter strikes! Here are some winter preparation tips to help you prepare your home for the snow-filled days ahead!

Prepare your vehicles – if you commute, you need to be safe during winter storms. Replace your windshield wipers. Make sure all fluids in your vehicle are filled for the winter months. Get an oil change. Have tires rotated (or get new ones if the mechanic suggests you should). Be sure your brakes are checked. All of these will help you hopefully avoid an accident this winter.

Prepare your home – If you have a fireplace, be sure the chimney is swept. Clean out gutters to avoid blockages. Have your heater checked. Turn off the water to your outdoor faucets to avoid freezing pipes. Have your windows checked for air leaks. Check your roof for leaks or missing shingles. Add caulk around window and door frames to hold in the heat (and keep the cold outside).

Prepare for possible winter storms – Stock up on ice melt. Make sure your snow shovel is in good condition. If you own a snow blower, make sure it works. Find your winter gloves and boots.

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Help Others This Holiday Season

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During the holiday season, many of us get the urge to help others. Some of us help in local soup kitchens and food banks, some of us assist with community holiday meals, and some donate funds to worthy causes.

When you think of a charity, you are bound to think of nationwide ones such as the American Red Cross, American Cancer Society, SPCA, etc. However, there are over 100 local charities, right here in Harford County!

If you are interested in assisting some of our local organizations this holiday season, here are some that would love to have your support.

Boys and Girls Club of Harford CountyThe Boys and Girls Club is always looking for volunteers who are willing to spend some time with children. You might teach a child a game or a new skill, tutor them with schoolwork, or assist with coaching a sports team. If you would like to make a monetary donation, those are always appreciated as well!

The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region – The Arc Northern Chesapeake Region assists local residents with disabilities. They are assisted with employment opportunities, family support, supported living, and help with leading a valued life in their community. Volunteers are always appreciated and can work with children, assist with special events, and serve on the board. Donations are also always accepted.

Harford Community Food Bank – Volunteers are always needed at the Harford Community Food Bank as well as the Food Pantry. Data entry and clerical skills are always greatly appreciated. The food bank and food pantry accept donations and supplies year round, including perishable and non-perishable foods, cleaning supplies, paper products, baby items, hygiene items, and books for both children and adults. Contact the agency if you would like to donate any products for others in need. If you are interested in donating your time at either the Food Bank or the Food Pantry, you may fill out their form online.

Looking for a great charity in Aberdeen, Bel Air or Abingdon? Call Regional Realty today at (410) 569-0855 to find out how much your home is worth!

Moving: 3 Steps Closer To a New Home

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No matter how many times you do it, moving doesn’t really get any easier. If you have a family, an action figure hobby or pretty much anything other than a minimalist lifestyle, the concept of packing up everything you own into tidy boxes is intimidating.

Unless friends and family can rally a fleet of large SUVs, trucks and plenty of muscle, most people have to hire professional movers. That investment alone can be a burden; then there’s still the packing and unpacking to contend with.

These three steps can help make your move a little easier!

1. Pack little-used items far in advance. Don’t wait to start packing. Just don’t—squash the procrastination bug right away. Start packing largely unused items roughly two months away from the moving date. Take care of seasonal decorations, clothes that aren’t being worn, books, DVDs, guest room contents, and anything else that can sit quietly without being missed for a little while. Label every box by its room or contents, and put things from a certain room in the same box. There shouldn’t be kitchen utensils in a box with “bathroom” scrawled on it, or unpacking will be a nightmare.

2. Plan menus to use up pantry food. Cans and boxes of dry goods are obnoxious to pack, move, and unpack. Chances are, the food in the back of the cupboards isn’t on any favorite’s list. It may even be going bad soon. So, take some time and create a menu using up as much old stuff as you can. Don’t go overboard, but exercising creative muscles never hurt anybody.

3. Make sure the moving estimate includes everything. A small oversight on the amount of boxes, rooms, or furniture that needs assembling could lead to additional charges. Moving day will present enough headaches, and the professionals you hire shouldn’t add to them.

Thinking of moving and selling your home in Bel Air or Abingdon? Call Regional Realty today at (410) 569-0855 to find out how much your home is worth!

Get More Space In Your Kitchen

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If you have recently purchased your home, or lived there for many years, you might wish you had a completely different kitchen. Even the smallest of kitchens can receive an affordable “makeover”, which will allow you the luxury of more storage space and easier organization.

Wall hooks can be used for a variety of kitchen items. Purchase decorative wall hooks in local stores such as Home Depot or even online. The hooks can easily be installed (normally with a screwdriver), and can be used to hang pots, mixing spoons, and even pot holders,

Hang a metal dish rack sideways on your wall. You can actually use it to display coffee mugs and plates – alleviating some of the storage from your cabinets.

Turn a drawer into a knife block, which will remove that annoying knife block from your kitchen counter. Plus, it looks cool when you open the drawer to access the block!

Mount a rack inside a cabinet to store your cutting boards and cookie sheets.

Looking for a contractor to assist in renovating your kitchen or home? Call Regional Realty today at (410) 569-0855 and ask who we recommend.