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Easy Ways to Winterize Your Home

by Scott Coppage

Winter is almost here and it’s time to think about saving money when it comes to keeping your home warm during the cold months. This is important whether or not you plan on selling your home.  If you take some time now to check these items, it will go a long way in reducing energy costs and improving the value of your home.

Insulate the Windows

This is easy.  You can pick up a window insulation kit from your local hardware store.  If you install it right, the window plastic is basically invisible.  If you have a sun room, insulate those as well.

Reduce Drafts

Drafts are a real energy killer.  Reducing drafts will be a big help in reducing energy costs and if you plan to sell your home.  You can learn more about how to detect air leaks here.

Install Storm Windows

If your home does not have storm windows, then you can save 12-33% annually in heating costs by installing them.  That makes storm windows a logical investment.  Click here to learn more about how to choose and install the right storm windows for your home.

Watch the Thermostats

Turn down the thermostat when you plan to be away from home, unless you have pets that need a stable temperature.  Turn down the thermostats a few degrees and get out a warm blanket if that suits you. The lower the number on the dial, the more money you save.  Upgrade to digital programmable thermostats if you have the old dial versions.

This doesn’t cover everything, but with just these few tips you’ll be on your way to saving more money this winter.

Golden Angels

by Scott Coppage

Its that time of year again!! Meade County Golden Angel Ministry is stirring its wings and getting into full action!

All About Homes Realty is an official drop off point. If you are looking for ideas to donate they have supplied us with a short list:

1-2 Christmas Ornaments or Small Decoration

Small one piece nativity scene

Soap, liquid body soap

Shampoo

Deodorant

Powder

Razor

Toothpaste/Toothbrush

Poise Pads/Depends

Mirror

Brush

Blanket (24"x24" or 45"x45")

Small Stuffed Animal

Holiday Cozy Socks (one size fits most)

Pens

Notepads

Puzzles (med sized)

Calendar (2018)

Scotch Tape

Letter Opener

Sheets of Stamps

 

Wishing You All a Happy Thanksgiving

by Scott Coppage

This week is a time when we have the opportunity to give thanks for what we have.  It’s a time for being with our family and friends and showing how much we appreciate them.  It’s also a time when we can help those who may not have the same circumstances that we do.  If you have a few hours this coming week and want to help make Thanksgiving a day to remember for those in need, here are a few organizations that you can offer your time to.

From all of us at All About Homes Realty, have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day!

Enjoy the Beauty of Hardin & Meade County Parks

by Scott Coppage

If you’re considering buying a home in Hardin or Meade County, the one great thing you can look forward to is enjoying the great parks here. Hardin and Mead counties features a great variety of parks and recreation area that satisfy just about any recreation needs. Here’s a couple of the beautiful parks in Hardin and Meade County that you’re sure to enjoy.

Saunders Springs Nature Preserve

You can explore history and nature all at once in this beautiful wooded park.  This 26-acre preserve features 3 vintage cabins from the 1800’s, along with a number of picnic areas and pavilions where you can enjoy a nice BBQ with family and friends.  You can also take advantage of the 11 trails for hiking or biking, along with 7 trails made just for hiking. The park is also home to wide range of plants and trees, with 200 species of ferns, wildflowers, native grasses, vines and mosses and over 34 species of animals to discover.  It’s the perfect place for a field trip for schools and families to explore nature together.

Otter Creek Outdoor Recreation Area

This is a great park for the avid outdoorsman.  Those who enjoy fishing will appreciate the trout stocked waters of Otter Creek and the frontage along the Ohio River. Or if hunting is your thing, then you can hunt for deer, turkey, and various small game.  If you feel like a ride on your faithful steed, then the Red Cedar Trail and the Boone Hollow Trails are just waiting for you to take a relaxing ride. There’s also a rifle range, archery range, and a disc golf course.

Irvington's Miracle House

by Scott Coppage

 The Miracle house is well known for its unexplained activities. The home has a rich history behind it, one we here at All About Homes Realty have enjoyed researching. Eva Carrigan is thought to be the reason behind these unexplained activities. Her Father Samuel Carrigan bought the home in 1911, at the time it was a large farm, they raised chickens, and milked cows, and grew an impressive garden. The home was well loved by his daughter Eva. It was said when she left the home she would tell it goodbye and that she would be back soon. The home burnt down in 1925, and she had it rebuilt in 1927 exactly the way it was but this time with a brick finish. The home has amazing craftsmanship to it, from hardwood floors, to old beveled windows, built in bookcases surround a stone fireplace and it still has the original claw foot bathtub. After her Father passed away in 1922, her Cousin Edith came to live with her. We have a letter from a Boarder who stayed with them, he describes Miss Eva as a lady who enjoyed cooking and made the best whipping cream he had ever tasted. She was an active member in her Sunday School class and had Easter Egg hunts for the kids and loved entertaining. He describes a time she taught him how to render lard to make lye soaps that were light as a feather. The Boarder also described Miss Eva as one who would not have taken a beauty prize, but the character behind her face was one of God's Prize-winners. He said if you knew her, she would not wish you harm, she was incredibly friendly 

Miss Edith was a well educated woman who enjoyed writing "letters to the editors" and was always interested in current events. The ladies never married and seemed to enjoy being homebodies. Miss Eva did have a pretty terrible fall later in life and had to use a cane when she walked.  The unexplained activities have never been scary from anything we have read. A bit unnerving sure, but nothing bad. There is a story about a lady who mentioned she did not believe in "Ghosts" and a light was lifted in the air and dropped into her lap. Another story is of the Owner first moving in and her hands were full of boxes and just as she went to set them down to turn the lights on, they came on by themselves. We truly feel Miss Eva is just there if anything, to watch over her beloved home and to welcome people in.

 

Tips for Moving with Children

by Scott Coppage

So, you’ve made the decision. You’re moving. You even found the perfect house. Now its time to start packing. As well as tell the kids. No matter how far you’re moving, it usually is an upsetting event in a child’s life. So how can you make the ordeal go smoother?

Have a Family Meeting. Get some of their favorite foods and have a nice family diner, that way you can casually bring up the subject. This gives you a chance to let them know why the move is necessary and let them ask their questions, so you can answer them and ease any concerns they will have.

Involve Them in the Process. This is a good opportunity to go through the house and get rid of all the unnecessary junk that has accumulated over the years. Get the kids to help you decide what can be trashed, donated or sold.

Help Them Learn About Where They’re Moving. Help them learn as much about their soon to be new community. Encourage them to do some research of their own. Help the check out the local schools and school district. A website with pictures of their new school would be helpful and help them get a sense of where they’ll be attending school. Too, try to find a local online paper to help everyone get a feel for the local people and issues.

These are just a few suggestions on how to make moving with children easier. For more tips, check out this link here.

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