real estate is about the house right?
Whatever the reason, having a nice place to work & play on your automobiles is handy.
And those woodworking projects that always seem to pop up. (That happens to everyone right? Not just me!?)
Things that are KEY to garage workspace while you are 'house' shopping:
1) in-floor heat!
3) size & storage options (or place to construct some yourself)
Although I LOVE my air compressor too....
For those that know me, you know I love things with wheels. My learning curve might be slow, but I love to learn about how stuff works.
Although I wish I was more mechanically inclined, I am more than most (come on, grinding prep for welding is fun!). PLUS, I have some amazing teachers--Alec, Tim, Gary & Don.
Maybe its because I want to know how crap works or maybe it's the do-it-yourself independent nature of mine.
The first property I sold was a shed with a living space included. I am not the only one that loves garage space.
On my wish list still....and will be for awhile probably:
Whatever your level of garage time, having a garage that fits your needs makes the home 'fit' you better....which can translate to making daily life run smoother for all occupants.
Finding the perfect house *MIGHT NOT* be just about the 'house'...but all about the GARAGE.
At last count, we have NINE wireless devices in our home. Some homes, I am sure have more (we don't have TVs, so that drops our count).
Then there are endless cords floating around...& of course when you really need one, you cannot find it.
Does this sound familiar?
While in DMS, I encountered my first Dupont Corian Charging Surface (it looked like marble). It was pretty! And it did tricks. Just by me putting my phone on the counter, it charged it. LOVE the concept.
There is a video below if you want to learn more, great cartoon (the kiddos loved it).
For those that put everything on the counter its great. If you hate clutter, this will drive you nuts.
If you are not in the market for countertop remodel, there are other options too!
My personal favorite: The drawer charging system!
(see above picture).
If this was built in, but from my search, you can make a charging drawer after the fact as well (easier in a night stand or the like). And it contains the clutter, I love it!
The most simple option is the the charging mat, you can get a variety of sizes (capacities) & colors. You can pick up & move your mat as needed, which is nice, but the clutter is present.
Chrysler is also starting to make charging mats in their vehicles as well.
sgiven the temperatures this week, my post last week seems a bit displaced. I am not usually one for AC, but when it hit 90 inside with humidity, I turned it on.
I had planned on following up with a grilling recipes for that deck time and maybe a cold beverage or two....but change of plans.
* marks ingredients from our gardens
IT's WARM. What to eat?
I LOVE to cook. But not when its HOT.
so here are my go to's right now for our hot weather stretch (the lawn is starting to brown up already...BONUS--I don't have to mow as frequently!).
I love tuna salad, but was looking to try something new, but still is loaded with omega oil & protein for sustained full tummy. This was my answer!
And now for my son's favorite: COLD TOMATO BASIL SOUP
best way to stay feeling good when its this hot is water, lots and LOTS of water.
I like water, but I know some don't, so here are some ideas:
-2 limes sliced thinly
-10-12 mint leaves (I have tried with apple mint & peppermint...apple mint is smoother) **
CHIA SEED SUSTAINED KICK (Chai Fresca)
The drink I want when I am working outside cleaning up all the downed trees from our recent storms.....
Mix together in a pitcher & keep in frig:
-12 c. water
-215 ml. Lime juice
-1/2 c. sugar (I prefer honey) * (we have bees!)
-1/2 c. chia seed
(fun fact--learned about this drink in the book Born to Run, solid read if you fancy learning more about how our bodies work)
*All these recipes keep well in the frig & can late for the week of dinners or lunches.
COLD TOMATO BASIL SOUP
5-6 oz. canned drained salmon
2 T mayonnaise (I made my own so its Whole30)
1 small stalk celery, chopped *
1 T chopped onion *
1/4 t dried dill *
Pinch black pepper
Squeeze of lemon if you’re feeling fancy
In a small bowl, combine all of the ingredient and mix well. Serve in lettuce wrap or as salad topping.
It was a slow start to the summer, but its finally here!
If you are like me, life is full. So, that means I want something that is easy to care for or even better maintenance free...which always cost more for freeing up your time.
Wood in general does not last long in our area due to humidity & our harsh winters.
Composite decking, such as Trex is popular here (see above picture). The link provide information & cost estimation for you.
I love industrial (those of you that know me, know that I love antique metal stuff), so it should not come as a surprise that I LOVE the look of metal perforated metal!
I found some awesome metal stair treads & fiberglass plank decking.
So many options! I was in Spirit Lake at Snook's & found some great things!
I loved the awnings (I am not sun friendly) and the 'fireplaces'.
Have a great weekend peeps!
If you have a view, you want to see it, even when you are sitting in a chair on the deck.
The two options that allow this is CABLE RAILINGS and GLASS RAILINGS. I have ruled out glass for two reasons personally--I don't want to clean it & my kiddos 'overlove' things (AKA breaking things).
In 2017, the Average IOWA
Credits - Debits = Your Savings
If you want to save more, look at what expense you can
5. Build your credit score.
6. Saving for RENT
- rent should be LESS THAN 30% of your take-home pay (if its more, find a different place or get roomies)
- 30% of take-home pay will be living expenses (renter's insurance, utilities, internet, phone, water, garbage, etc.)
- ***Aim to save up at least your up-front costs & three months of rent + expenses before leaving the nest.
- putting 20% down on a loan means you do not have to pay PMI (Private Mortgage Insurance) every month.
- so, if you are looking at buying a $200,000 home, you need $40,000 for a down payment.
- concern automating your savings along with using an app like DIGIT to help you save.
save & learn to be frugal.
Have a great weekend peeps!
Hi, I am Summer, real estate agent in NE Iowa. This blog is about life, of which Real Estate is a part of. Happy reading!