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It's Showtime! What To Do and What Not To Do

The sign is up and you are ready to show your home off! In any market, a hot one or not, you need to have your house prepared to show as soon as you are live! What should you do and not do for a showing?

Upgrades and Repairs:

If your home has undergone some major changes since you purchased your home, you may want to list these out. Many people will never even look at these but if they are interested they will. Upgrading your brass knobs on your kitchen is not a big deal to the buyer,but a new furnace, hot water heater or brand new roof is. Any transferable warranty should also be noted.

The list doesn't have to be long as I've stated, most people will not even notice it unless they do and if they do, they are not going to read a long list. A simple record is fine. If a professional was called in to do work, show receipts.

Neighborhood Info:

Not everyone looking at your home is familiar with the area. Show off your neighborhood with any information you have such as if there is …

Six Wedding Gifts You Never Think Of Registering For

When Joe and I got married over thirteen years ago, my cousin gave me a rice cooker. I didn't ask for it and I asked her why she gave me something I didn't ask for. She responded, you will use it and you will love it. Well, she was completely right and after all these married years, the darn thing still works. Other than my daily dinner plates, my rice cooker is one of the best wedding gifts I received. The fondue pot on the other hand, it went out years ago. 

I have compiled a list of items I believe are great gifts to register for and they probably are not anything you might think about asking for.

1. Rice Cooker: You are going to eat with your partner now more than with anyone else in this world. You are also going to eat a lot more rice than you think you will. A rice cooker is simple to use. You dump in the rice. Add the water. Push a button and move along. Add to soups. Serve with stir fry or refrigerate for fried rice the next day. 

2. Coffee Pot with a Hot Water Dispenser: This item is perfect to make your morning coffee and prepare your evening tea. You can also speed up your morning oatmeal or grit making by pushing the button, listen for it to stop heating up and pushing down for the water. Viola! Also please stay away from Mr. Coffee. The brand peaks at one year, almost on the dot. 

3. Stemless Wine Glasses: For those who drink wine, we all know how a couple of glasses might make us a wee bit loosey-goosey. Arms start swinging a little more freely and oops! The wine glass we were drinking from has tipped over and shattered all over the floor. Take proactive measures and serve your wine from a stemless glass. Your wine will thank you. 

4. White Dinnerware: Of course the colored dinnerware is perfect for the look you are going for but it won't last. You will tire of it soon and then you are out buying new dishware. People will ask, "What happened to your plates you registered for?" You can always dress up white dinnerware with new place mats and napkins. You can only do so much with those  yellow ones.

5. Inexpensive Serving Dishes: You will be scared to death you are going to break that platter your mother-in-law spent over $200 on. You will probably just not use it then. It will set in your china cabinets for years collecting dust. Do yourself a favor, register for the expensive one and the add a couple of inexpensive ones your friends can afford. 

6. Multi Purpose Cake Stand: Most people don't get married and move into a mansion with tons of storage space to store multiple kitchen items. Instead of wanting a cake stand, punch bowl and chip/ dip server, try a multi purpose cake stand instead. Your cupboards will thank you. 

I hope these items help you out if you are registering for your wedding but they can also be helpful for those who live alone. Don't think you have to get the most expensive things right away either. Save those for later. 


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