As a kid in Louisville, my family lived both near Melbourne Heights Elementary and then later off Browns Lane on Rockwood Drive. I can remember what we used to call the “Pink” building as a landmark. It was finished in 1965 and opened as Lincoln Life in 1966. Now we call this Kaden Towers, or the building where Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse is at. During those times 264 was still a 2 lane road with it only going part of the way around the city. Hurstbourne Pkwy was hurstbourne land and just barely a 2 lane road. Now it is a rapid moving 4 lane highway.
When we lived off of Browns Lane there was only tobacco and corn fields behind our home where now stands country clubs, and 1000’s of homes.
The first mall opened in 1961 and that was Mall St Matthews and when it first opened was called simply, “The Mall.” We were so excited when it opened with the fountains and stores. Roses, Kaufman-Straus and yes even an A&P grocery as the anchor stores for The Mall.
These are just a few of the things I remember while living in Louisville the first time.
This was the big city, where we would go to downtown to buy uniforms at Graves Cox and spent all of our waking hours outdoors enjoying ourselves. Each mom had their own way of calling for the kids to come home. My mom’s was to hold two fingers in her mouth and make a real shrill whistle to tell us it was time for dinner.
I hope you have fond memories of when you were growing up as well. Tell someone about it and keep the memories alive.
Living is easy in this Highland’s cozy bungalow. Located directly across the street from the German-Paristown Park, you will enjoy many hours of peace and serenity. You will find a large covered porch where you can relax after one’s busy day. Enter the immaculate home through a window paned front door with sidelights and you will love the open concept. The living room greets you with an abundance of sunlight. The home has been recently painted and carpeted, as well as the fixtures have been updated. Celebrate many holiday celebrations in the formal dining room’s festive atmosphere. The eat-in kitchen has plenty of cabinets for storage and counter space to prepare your favorite meals. There are 2 bedrooms and full bathroom on the 1st level.
The 2nd level is amazing and could easily be made into the master bedroom with a sitting room and/or office. You will find ample room in the finished basement for entertaining in the family room. There is a full bathroom and large storage area. The laundry room has a utility sink and shelf for your laundry needs. The treed backyard is perfect for hosting gatherings while appreciating the park setting. A carport offers off the street parking and there is also an area for visitors to park. Walk to restaurants, shopping and entertainment! This home is priced to sell so schedule your private showing today.
Ready to move into. This 3 bedroom 1.5 bath home located on almost an acre is ready for you to call home. Great looking laminate flooring in the living room and hall with tile in both bathrooms and also the kitchen. Speaking of the kitchen, granite countertops and a full compliment of stainless steel appliances await the next Food Network star to be! Lots of countertop space and very open for large gatherings to watch the chef at work. Both bathrooms have been updated with Granite Countertops and have fresh paint as well. Good sized bedrooms compliment this home and have new carpet being installed this week. Add to this great first floor a walkout finished partial basement with new carpet and paint. There is also a 2 car rear load garage.
In the basement is also a built in hot tub that will remain. This large lot is ready for the gardening enthusiast. Make your appointment soon as this one will not last. PS Don’t forget to look at the upgrade sheet under other documents!!
Weekends are meant for coaching a youth soccer team to victory, chopping your way through “Mastering the Art of French Cooking,” or training for a 5K to help save the pandas — not working your way through a tedious, 30-item maintenance checklist. But then, taking care of the home you love is important, too.
So how do you have your fun and keep a well-maintained home?
It’s simple: Just be mindful of your home. You don’t need a rigid maintenance list. (They work best for Type A people anyway.) Instead, train your senses to warn you of these problems, and then act ASAP:
If your clothes and your dryer are super, super hot or, conversely, your dryer is taking longer to dry, you could have a clogged lint vent, a leading cause of house fires. “Sometimes the dryer connection will wiggle loose going to the outside, causing all sorts of issues with lint,” says Jeff Devlin, licensed contractor and host of DIY Network’s “Stone House Revival” and “I Hate My Bath.” Heat and packed lint make the perfect recipe for fire. To defuse that combination:
You can also hire a pro to do it.
Your nose knows what’s normal in your home. “If you go into a room and it smells musty, there’s something going on,” says Frank Lesh, executive director of American Society of Home Inspectors (ASHI). When you smell that mildew-y smell, you know you’ve got a problem, he says. What kind of problem? Read on.
Mold and mildew are the banners for moisture, your home’s No. 1 enemy. If you see them, you know moisture has broken through your home’s defenses and is bringing reinforcements. Find out where the water source is and eradicate it ASAP. Moisture is like cancer to a home. If you don’t catch it early, it will eat away at your home’s very structure, causing major damage to its foundation, walls, floors, and ceilings.
You get it now. Water = bad. So even a faint water stain should light a fire under you. Zero in on the source before moisture can settle into your home’s bones. A water stain on the ceiling could signal a leak in your roof, or if it’s under a bathroom it could be a pipe that’s leaking. Stain under a window? Your window may need caulking.
Showering in water up to your ankles defeats the purpose. “A clean drain is a healthy drain,” says Devlin. If your drain makes odd noises and takes foreeeeeeever, you could be at risk of a sewer backup, which is not only a moisture issue, but one that ranks high on the stinky scale. If you’re lucky, it could be a simple clog, but either way it might be a good idea to put your plumber’s number in your cellphone’s favorites list.
The pitter-patter of tiny rodent footsteps is enough to send shivers down your spine — and can quickly multiply into a mini stampede. One couple found out the hard way.
“We found that a squirrel had taken up residence in the attic and was chewing through electrical wires,” says David Bowers. By the time he and his partner, Sharon Bowers, (BTW, they co-authored “The Useful Book: 201 Life Skills They Used to Teach in Home Ec and Shop”) got around to calling a pro, an entire squirrel family (with more on the way!) had settled in to dine on those wires — a costly fix that was also a fire hazard.
If you hear unwanted visitors, evict them quickly, then block the entry they used. With squirrels, it might be an overgrown tree limb, which they use to jump onto your roof and then slip through a hole under roof flashing or rotting fascia, or an open window. For smaller pests, keep in mind they can come in through the tiniest of holes. (Mice can squeeze through a dime-sized opening.)
You may love the smell and sound of rain, but when it’s cascading off your gutters in torrents instead of traveling neatly through them … well, remember those warnings about moisture? Cleaning the gutters is home maintenance 101 for good reason. “It can lead to exterior damage, as well as water damaging the foundations,” says Bowers. If you spot a gutter clog, clear it. You’ll be happier for it. It’s probably the best thing you can do to protect your home.
Originally posted with HouseLogic.
New backsplash? You’ve done it. Upgrading a faucet? No problem. You’re a DIY master. But what about that electrical issue? Or fixing a leaky roof? Even though you (and your BFF, YouTube) have pulled off many DIY projects, you know there are projects you’ve no business trying on your own. But what about those projects that fall somewhere in between “I got this” and “I’m calling the pros”? How can you know if a project is really DIYable for you?
For Lucas Hall, finding that answer has been trial and error. As a “DIY landlord” for more than two years and founder of Landlordology, an online resource for landlords, he’s gutted three homes and renovated countless others.
“I’m just handy enough to be dangerous,” Hall says.
He’s suffered more than his fair share of DIY disasters, and with each, he’s learned a valuable lesson about his own limits, as well as how he can do better next time.
When Hall updated a tiny kitchen in one of his rentals, he installed a brand-new, expensive fridge — and then built a peninsula countertop extension.
“We thought it was the greatest idea,” he says. But adding the peninsula narrowed the space in front of the refrigerator, making it impossible to remove without lifting it entirely up and over the extension. (Ever tried to lift a fridge?)
“I’m just praying the fridge doesn’t die on me, because I’m going to have to hire four or five burly guys to get it out,” Hall says. “Or just Sawzall the thing in half.”
DIY lesson: Measure once, measure twice, measure again, and think through every possible scenario before changing a room’s layout.
Speaking of kitchen appliances: Hall was looking for an island range hood, which can be extra-expensive because it needs to be attractive from all angles. Dismayed by the prices he found elsewhere online, he went to Amazon, where he found an $800 hood on sale for about $250.
“Of course, it was from a brand we hadn’t really heard of,” Hall says.
Less than a year after installation, the hood was on the fritz. Removing the appliance was a challenge. The electrical wiring needed to be redone, and the wall needed to be drywalled, requiring a professional contractor.
“It probably cost me three-fold to fix my mistake,” says Hall. “For any appliance that’s more complicated than plugging it in and rolling it into place, upgrade and buy something that’s not going to break on you within a year.”
DIY lesson: For any DIY project, the cheapest option, from materials to appliances, should raise a red flag.
Hall is no electrician, but since he’d done some minor electrical work before, he figured the job of adding a dimmer switch would be no big deal.
“We hung a chandelier in the dining room, and figured you might want to dim this giant chandelier for a relaxing candlelit dinner,” says Hall. Because the space had switches at both entrances, he added a dimmer to both — the more the merrier, right?
“After four hours spent blowing circuits and lightbulbs and struggling to get this chandelier to dim correctly, we called the manufacturer,” Hall says. Spoiler alert: You just can’t have two dimmer switches for one circuit.
A dimmer works by modulating the amount of electricity flowing through the circuit; adding another causes chaos. A little research would’ve indicated the second dimmer switch was a no-no.
“It just flips out,” says Hall. “It doesn’t know how much dimming should be happening. The lights were flickering like a poltergeist.”
DIY lesson: No one blames you for not being a specialist, but any time you’re taking on a specialty project make sure to do your research first or consult a pro.
Holidays might be a great time to tackle minor DIY projects, but if you’re working on anything that could require a professional if things go south, consider waiting for a normal business day.
“I was trying to get a property ready to rent,” says Hall. “Time is money. It was the Fourth of July … and I was adding a new cabinet [in the bathroom].”
It sounds easy enough, but the unit was in a condo building with a centralized water system; there wasn’t a water shut-off valve for just that bathroom. Not wanting to shut down the water for the entire building on July Fourth, he decided to risk it.
And oh, what a risk it turned out to be. When trying to loosen a pipe, the whole thing broke off. It was rusted out. Water sprayed out so hard, it hit him in the chest. After rushing to the basement, he flipped every knob he found until the water shut-off.
“Luckily my property was on the first floor and the basement was a laundry room, because water was leaking through the floor, destroying drywall,” Hall says.
Being a holiday, the rest of the day was no less of a disaster. The condo association’s emergency line sent him a plumber who was angry to be missing his holiday events and drinking as he tried to fix the problem. Sloppy work resulted in a fire — in a building with no water.
“He runs to my fridge and starts grabbing anything liquid — milk, a bottle of Sprite, cans of beer,” Hall recalls. “He’s dumping water into the middle of the wall, punching holes in it, trying to find the fire.”
DIY lesson: Always do tricky DIY projects when you know a pro — a pro you trust — can help out in a hurry.
Originally posted with HouseLogic.
Appreciate luxurious living in this impressive home in Briar Hill Estates. You will find many hours of solitude and peace on its one acre of treed land. Enter the home through the custom designed front door with palladium window to be greeted with a living room boasting cathedral ceilings that opens into the family room. The family room welcomes you with cathedral ceiling complimented with two skylights and recessed lighting and a wall with floor to ceiling windows and gorgeous double palladium window and French doors leading to the sunroom. You will spend hours reading a book in front of the wood-burning fireplace built with creek rock. The sunroom has a ceiling fan and offers a magnificent view of the nature’s stunning beauty.Enjoy many holiday celebrations in the formal dining room’s festive atmosphere as you immediately notice attention to the double trey ceiling and floor to ceiling windows. The eat-in kitchen is a gourmet chef’s dream. Picture friends sitting around the oversized island visiting as you prepare meals. Featured are custom designed Cherry cabinets, Silestone countertops, backsplash, bar sink in island, custom designed planning desk, recessed lighting, skylight and cathedral ceiling in the breakfast area, as well as palladium window and sliding glass doors leading to the sunroom. Begin each day with a cup of coffee looking at nature’s supremacy through the wall of windows in the sunroom. You can also gain access to the two levels of decks that stretch across the back of the home. There is a huge laundry room with custom designed cabinets including a built-in rod for hanging your clothes and plenty of counter space and utility sink. The master bedroom envelops you with warmth and security under its double trey ceiling. The master bathroom has a double vanity and Jacuzzi corner tub. The remaining 3 bedrooms are large in nature with big closets. Wait until you see the finished walkout basement and its many areas for entertaining. There is a bedroom, full bathroom, workout/office, and an enormous family room with fireplace and recessed lighting. You will only to need to walk across the room for a beverage at the wet bar. French doors lead you to an oversized patio great for hosting cookouts and gatherings. Equipped with central vacuuming and upgrades, this home has more features and details than words can describe. We invite you to take a private tour and see this impeccably maintained home and its peaceful, easy living. Call today.
This home is Amazing! From the minute you pull up to your first step in the door you will be in Awe! From the deck to the ponds, there is nothing this property does not have! You need a pool? got it! You want hardwood floors? got it! You want a pond? got it! Do not miss out on the opportunity to see this fabulous home! This is someone’s dream come true and I don’t think it will last long! Call today so we can take you home!
Buyer 1 to Buyer 2 in the house, “Yes I know the house is 235,000 and I know that we are approved for only 218,000, but maybe we can get an extra 12 or 13,000 from our folks to get this home if you really want it.” Or, “This place is a real bargain at the price they are asking and I know if we get it for the asking price we would be happy, but why don’t we offer a much lower price to see how much they will come off?” Or, “We can get this house for 215,000 just make sure that our pre-approval doesn’t show any more than that.”
Do any of these sound familiar? As a real estate agent we hear these and more said by clients all the time. If you heard a recording of that as the seller would that possibly give you an advantage over the buyer? Sure it would.
Video surveillance cameras used to cost 100’s and even 1,000’s of dollars. Not anymore, You can find these cameras complete with audio for less than 200 dollars in any big box store that sells technology.
That being said, no matter what the price of the home is, you could be recorded during your showing. Also what you say could be on tape as well.
You may ask if this is an invasion of privacy? Possibly and possibly not. In the part of being a real estate agent showing a home, the homeowner should leave a notification that the home is on camera and audio. Many don’t and that can be considered an invasion, but will be hard to prove in court unless the recording included information that gave the owner an unfair advantage during the negotiation of the home for purchase.
Buyers should consult your agent about the home, take notes while going through the homes and at the end of the tour decide where to meet to discuss all of the points that are for and against the property(s).
Using a professional Realtor will help you not have this happen to you.
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When a disaster strikes your areas, it is better to be prepared and assemble essential supplies for a home emergency kit. Sometimes, this may seem like a waste of money. But when disasters happen beyond your control, it can change your perspective.
Stock all items in a suitcase or easy-to-carry bag that is readily accessible during any time of the day. Brief all of your family members of it’s location and how to handle the kit.
Here are are some guidelines for a basic “grab and go” kit:
For drinking and sanitation, provide one gallon per person in you family for 3 days. Consider doubling the amount if you live in a very hot climate, or have young kids. Bottled water is advised. Tap water can also be stored in food-grade containers or two-liter soda bottles that have been sanitized. If you have pets, give assign your pets portions too.
Again, provide a three-day supply of non-perishables. Don’t forget a can opener unless you’re handy with a spoon. Pack protein, fruit, and vegetables, but prepare them in a way that you actually like. It is not bad to include cereal bars, trail mix, and candy bars. Store food in the best way possible, in a pest-proof plastic or metal tubs and keep it in a cool, dry place.
Flashlights and extra batteries
Flashlights are better than candles. Candles are recommended to avoid house fires. If you have chargeable lamps, remember to charge first before storing.
This will be your best friend in case of accidents. Gather Two pairs of sterile gloves, adhesive bandages and sterile dressings, soap or other cleanser, antibiotic towelettes and ointment, burn ointment, eye wash, thermometer, scissors, tweezers, petroleum jelly, aspirin or non-aspirin pain reliever, and stomach analgesics such as Tums or Pepto-Bismol, and a laxative.
Sanitation and hygiene supplies
Sanitation is a way to avoid sickness. Remember that moist towelettes are sealed in packets. Also be ready with paper towels, toilet paper, garbage bags, and plastic ties. You might also want travel-size shampoo, toothpaste/toothbrush, and deodorant.
Radio or TV
Get updates; keep a portable, battery- or crank-operated radio or television and extra batteries to remain connected in case the power goes out.
Helpful extras:Duct tape, dust masks, a signal whistle, toys for kids. Have at least $100 for emergency cash
Tailor a emergency preparedness kit to your needs
You may not need extra blankets in case drastic changes in weather occurs.
Update your emergency preparedness kit regularly
Replace everything that needs to be changed. You definitely don’t want your emergency kit to grow some molds.
Buy a pre-made kit
As an alternative to making your own kit, you canbuy a stocked kitfrom the American Red Cross ($50-$100).
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