A Lesson On The Final Walk-Through

PICTURE THIS: You’ve found the perfect house, made a winning offer, completed all necessary inspections, signed all needed paperwork, and now a closing date is set. You’re in the clear, right?!

Maybe.

The last step is the final walk-through and it is very important. The final walk-through is going to reveal whether or not the property condition has changed since you last visited and agreed upon all of the repairs.

As a rule of thumb, you will want to know/check for the following few things at your final walk-through to ensure that you are receiving everything you expect from your new house; remember, the final walk through is not a home inspection! That should already have been completed!

Check that:

1.  All agreed upon repairs have been made.

2.  All items agreed upon in the contract are present/removed. (Example: Washer and dryers are present — dated dining room curtains are removed— etc.)

3. All toilets flush.

4. All house mechanical equipment is in working order: doorbell, alarm systems, heating/cooling systems, garage door, etc.)

5. All faucets are leak-free and have caused no damage.

6. Walls, ceilings, fans, and light fixtures are visually sound.

7. The grounds are as expected. (No missing plants, trees, lighting, etc.)

8. All windows open and screens are in good condition.

9. No trash or unwanted items were left behind.

10. Garbage disposal and exhaust fans work.

If there is a problem with anything, acting quickly is essential! Thankfully, your RE/MAX agent will know how to handle any problem that arises, so even if there is a minor set-back at the time of the walk-through, your agent will take care of you. Just remember, failing to plan is essentially planning to fail, so hopefully after knowing what to look for at the final walk-through, you will be one step closer to actually obtaining your perfect house!

Crazy hotels for Summer Vacation 2014?

So as the summer comes to an end, all of the kids go back to school, and the summer vacations become memories, one of the best ways to ensure more great memories in the future is to start booking your next summer vacation in advance! If you are looking for something a little more unique next summer, take a look at all of these unusual places to stay! The family is sure to remember these locations!

 

Glass Igloo at the Kakslauttanen Igloo Village – Lapland, Finland

Only open between December and April each year, the glass igloo lets you sleep beneath the magical light of the aurora borealis at a comfortable room temperature.
Image credit: Hotel Kakslauttanen

 

 

Jules Undersea Lodge, Key Largo, Fla.

$550 a night/double occupancy— Guests scuba dive 21 feet to their hotel room! The hotel is in the former underwater laboratory, so enjoy sipping a glass of wine as you look out the window onto the undersea world. Courtesy of ForbesLife on Facebook.

 

 

Dog Bark Park Inn, Cottonwood Idaho

Dog Bark Park Inn

A great place to take your puppy crazy kids! Sleep inside the largest beagle! The entire bed-and-breakfast consists of a single room with a queen bed and adjacent loft with two twin mattresses. Single occupancy is $86, double starts at $96.
2421 Business Highway 95 at the Dog, Cottonwood, Idaho.; +1 208 962 3647; www.dogbarkparkinn.com

 

Turpentine Creek, Eureka Springs, Arkansas

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A safari in Arkansas?! Turpentine Creek is a zoo and a hotel.
As a refuge for rescued “big cats,” Turpentine Creek’s houses tigers, lions, leopards, cougars and a bear. Because the cats are the real attraction of everyone’s stay, events like habitat tours, big cats education sessions and feeding time are big hits for everyone who visits.

There are five lodges, two suites and a tree house bungalow. Rooms start at $150 a night. — All proceeds help the animals.
239 Turpentine Creek Lane, 
Eureka Springs, Ark.; +1 
479 253 5841; www.turpentinecreek.org

 

The Liberty Hotel, Boston, MA

This jail was turned into a hotel and still incorporates a lot of the old jail house features! Just take a look at the picture above! Brick, rod-iron bars, and even a catchy name for their in-house cafeteria – “The Clink”.

This hotel is located in the exciting city of Boston! If you are planning on going to Massachusetts, definitely think about staying here!
The Liberty Hotel T 617.224.4000 | F 617.224.4001 | 215 Charles Street, Boston MA 02114 | http://www.libertyhotel.com/index.html

From golf to fishing: America’s ultimate destinations for active travel


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The word “vacation” means different things to different people. For some, it’s lounging poolside and sleeping until noon. Others, however, savor the opportunity to get outside, try some new activities and indulge in their favorite pastimes for days on end. If you’re one of the latter group, there are few better places to travel than right here in the United States.

Across the 50 states, there are countless opportunities to revel in natural beauty and explore new places, all while pursuing your favorite activities. But whether you envision yourself teeing up on a spectacular golf course or hiking through a rocky canyon, there are a few destinations among the pack that stand out as being the best.

As travel high season looms on the horizon, set your sights on these exceptional active travel destinations. All have opportunities for beginners to try their hand at a new activity, but they’ll also satisfy those who have long-established passions for their favorite pursuit.

Golf: Wisconsin

Settled into the rolling landscape not far from Lake Michigan, The American Club resort in Kohler, Wisc., provides golfers with the vacation of their wildest dreams. The resort is home to Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run, championship golf courses that have been featured in Golf Digest’s 100 Greatest Rankings, one of the most respected rankings in the sport. The Straits course at Whistling Straits leads the way, coming in No. 2 among the 100 Greatest Public Golf Courses. Both Whistling Straits and Blackwolf Run feature two 18-hole courses. For golfers, the opportunity to play courses that are host to major championships like the U. S. Women’s Open, -The PGA Championship and the 2020 Ryder Cup, is an opportunity that can’t be passed by. The resort also features luxurious accommodations and amenities like spa treatments, fine dining and other seasonal activities, from horseback riding to archery.

Fly fishing: New York

Reputed to be the birthplace of American dry-fly fishing, New York’s Catskills are still prime territory for anglers who love a bit of tradition – and a lot of brook, brown and rainbow trout. Quaint and charming Roscoe, N.Y., bills itself as “Trout Town USA” and the nearby Beaverkill River and Willewemoc Creek number in the ranks of the best streams in the country.


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Canoeing: Minnesota

The upper Midwest – predominantly Minnesota and Wisconsin – is famed for its canoeing opportunities, but in Minnesota’s far north, the Boundary Water Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCA) is a true paddler’s paradise. With more than a million acres, 1,200 miles of canoe routes and 2,000 campsites, you can go as far as your paddle – and ambition – will take you. The fact that this is some of the most pristine wilderness in the United States is another draw for those who truly love to be immersed in the great outdoors.

White water rafting: Idaho

With raging rivers and dramatic scenery, Idaho is the place to go when you want a wild ride. The state is home to Hells Canyon, the deepest canyon in the entire United States, and the best way to see it is a rafting excursion down the Snake River. You’ll go through thrilling rapids and still have enough smooth spots to get a good look at your surroundings. Idaho’s other star rafting attraction is the Middle Fork of the Salmon River, which boasts 100 frequent rapids over 100 miles.

Hiking: Utah

Utah’s abundance of national parks and monuments speaks volumes about the beauty of its landscapes. The spectacular red rock formations, canyons and arches that are the calling cards of Utah’s parks draw adventurous visitors year after year. Favorites include the Narrows at Zion National Park, Devil’s Garden at Arches National Park and the Needles district within Canyonlands National Park.

Whether it’s the best round of golf you’ve ever played or the most beautiful hike you’ve ever done, a great active vacation will pay you back in memories that will stay with you for a lifetime. For more information on active travel, from golf to fishing and beyond, visit www.AmericanClub.com.

Courtesy of BPT

Remodeling for aging in place today will help sell your home tomorrow


Only one in 10 adults believes this is a good time to sell a home. If you’re on hold in the real estate market, now is the time to get your house in order – literally. Make the right changes today, and you’ll get a better price tomorrow.

But before you invest in a home-improvement project, consider your potential buyers with this fact in mind: More than 3.5 million baby boomers turn 55 each year, according to the U.S. Census. Since people aged 45 to 64 make up more than a quarter of today’s U.S. population, there’s a good chance you’ll be selling to someone in this age group. Will your home appeal to them?

Your chances will be better if your home has “aging in place” design features that make it easier for older adults to live on their own longer. These modifications are the fastest-growing segment of the home remodeling industry, says the National Association of Home Builders. Because they range from simple fixes to full-scale renovations, making aging-in-place changes can suit any budget.

Best of all, this type of project not only improves a home’s resale value for the future, it also increases its safety and comfort for all residents right now.

Add a bath where none exists

Adding a bathroom on the main living level is a smart strategy to appeal to older adults, says national home safety expert Meri-K Appy. “Falls are the leading cause of home injury deaths, and older adults are at greatest risk for them,” she says.  “Eliminating the need to use stairs and reducing the distance to a bathroom can be a great safety advantage.”

A new bath is also a sound investment. This one improvement was shown to return more than 53 percent of its cost at resale in the Remodeling Magazine Cost vs. Value Report.

A macerating toilet system is a good way to lower the cost of adding a bath, says Otis Dardy, owner of Dardy Construction in Conyers, Ga. Dardy recently used macerating, or up flush, technology to install a full bathroom in a home that lacked below-floor plumbing drainage. With conventional plumbing fixtures, Dardy would have had to dig through the concrete, creating a costly and time-consuming mess. Instead, he used Saniflo up flush technology, which allows you to add plumbing to any room in your home, even the basement, without having to break up the floor.

Macerating plumbing systems pump waste and water from a toilet – as well as a sink, shower, wet bar, even a washing machine – upward through small diameter piping.

Before Dardy knew about macerating plumbing systems, many of his customers who wanted a bathroom couldn’t afford the cost of creating new drainage. “I can save them a ton of money now,” he says. “It will also work if you want to convert a walk-in closet into a powder room.”

Looking for more ways to update a bathroom with aging adults in mind? Put a telephone line in the bathroom. You may also want to install grab bars in and near tubs and showers while adding a hand-held showerhead. It not only makes bathing easier, but it also helps when it’s time to wash a pet or clean the tub. Use low, open shelving, and place nightlights in hallways and bathrooms to improve illumination and reduce falls.

Universal improvements

If you’re doing a kitchen remodel, consider using nonslip flooring. Some designers recommend cork tiles, which have the added advantage of being environmentally friendly.

To make your kitchen workspace more user-friendly, vary the height of your countertop areas to accommodate both standing and seated cooks, and don’t forget to install bright task lighting. Always choose appliances with controls that are easy to read and easy to use.

Push/pull levers are a must for kitchen faucets, and installing thermostatic and anti-scald devices can reduce hot-water burn injuries.

If you’re replacing windows, make sure the hardware is easy to operate. Installing a new entry door? Choose a low-maintenance alternative to wood. All stairways inside and out should have two handrails and bright overhead lighting.

Less-expensive improvements include replacing doorknobs with handles that are easier to open and putting D-shaped pulls on drawers and cabinets. Replace any dim bulbs with bright overhead lighting.

Courtesy of BPT

Things To Do This Summer!

How many of you often think, “What is there to do in St. Louis that I don’t do already on a regular basis”?

It is amazing that we often forget of all of the WONDERFUL things St. Louis has to offer! Take a look at the list of things to do this summer in St. Louis!

Hopefully it will amp you up and give you a jump-start on your summer plans!

Is there anything we left off? Let us know! — Comment below!

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