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Make Cleaning a Breeze with These “Quick Cleaning” Tips

by The Hat Team

Putting your house on the market can be stressful in many ways.  Not only are you preparing to move yourself, you also need to keep your home looking as perfect as possible for potential buyers.  Here are some quick fix tricks to help you get your house in order and ready to show:

  1. Cleaning the Microwave - No matter how dirty your microwave is, you can have it clean and shining in less than five minutes with this trick!  Slice a lemon in two.  Put it in a cup and add some cinnamon.  Place the cup in the microwave and “cook” on low power for 10 minutes.  Wipe the inside of the microwave clean with a damp cloth.  The cinnamon makes it smell nice.
  2. Dusting That Lasts - The secret here is to wipe your furniture down with a little bit of cooking oil on a paper towel. This will do two things.  The first is that it will make your furniture shine nicely.  The second is that it adds an anti-static layer which repels dust.  You will need to dust again eventually, but not for a much longer time.
  3. Getting Kids’ Artwork Off the Wall for Good - Finding that your creative child has used a wall for artwork with a pen or permanent marker is the worst! The good news is that the stain can be removed.  Try squeezing toothpaste (not the gel kind) onto a damp cloth.  Rub the toothpaste over the stain and watch it disappear. Here are some other ways to get marker off walls.
  4. Keeping Window Tracks Clean - If you’re showing your house on a nice day, you’re going to want to have your windows open.  But if you do that, you want to make sure that the window tracks are super clean.  The easiest way to make sure they are, is to sprinkle the area with baking powder and then add vinegar.  Don’t worry when it starts to bubble; it’s supposed to do that!  Leave it for 15 minutes.  Then wipe it clean with a paper towel and done!
  5. Shiny Bathtubs -  You won’t believe how easy it is to clean your bathtubs this way!  First, warm (don’t boil) some vinegar in the microwave.  Mix it with equal parts soap solutions in a spray bottle.  Spray all over the bath.  Leave it for about 30 minutes.  Come back and wipe clean.  The shine you get will amaze you! Don't forget to keep that toilet bowl clean and shiny as well!
  6. Keeping Animal Fur off Blankets - Do you have pets that shed?  If so, you know the struggle of keeping your house fur free.  Vacuuming regularly helps, but doesn’t keep the fur off things such as blankets and throws.  Believe it or not, there is a way to do that. Wash them once in white vinegar and you will discover that the fur never sticks to them afterward!

Hopefully these brilliant, time-saving tips will help you keep your house ready to show!

Midtown Montgomery Home for Sale:

3572 Foxhall Dr, Montgomery AL 36111

MLS# 424573

4 bedrooms | 2 baths | 2,544 square feet | Brentwood

Spacious 4 bedroom, 2 bath in Brentwood. Formal living room/dining room, eat-in kitchen, den with fireplace and built-ins, and another huge living area that was added on in 2010 along with the 24 x 22 garage. Bedrooms are nice sized and the hall bath is quite large with double sinks. Conveniently located in Midtown Montgomery.  Check it out today!

Marketed by Montgomery AL Realtor Lauren Layfield, Sandra Nickel Hat Team!

Décor Trends to Say Goodbye to in 2018

by The Hat Team

The new year is around the corner and with it will come new home décor trends.  If you are thinking of redecorating in 2018, here are some styles that are not so trendy anymore:

  • Open shelving - Open shelving appeals to minimalists because there is nowhere to hide clutter, but they aren’t the most practical of designs. Unless you have perfectly matching items, it might just end up looking like a bunch of random “stuff” piled on shelves.
  • Painted brick - Natural brick painted white has been popular, but before you pull out your paintbrushes, stop and think about whether it will still be popular in a few years. Natural brick is classic and provides a warm, cozy ambiance. Once you paint it white, it’s almost impossible to make it look natural again.
  • Open floor plans - Everybody is knocking down walls!  Nobody seems to want walls or doors between rooms anymore.  Living spaces that are entirely open have been all the rage for a while now.  But sometimes having separate rooms makes more sense.  Thanks to technology, more people are working from home and need a private space.  Don’t be surprised if walls make a big comeback!
  • Barn doors - This farmhouse inspired home décor trend is still very popular, but like any very popular trend, its time is sure to run its course.  If you must add a barn door in your home, just don’t add one to every room.  Otherwise, you might find yourself replacing them all in a few years.
  • Granite countertops - For a long time a kitchen hasn’t even been worth looking at if it didn’t come with granite countertops.  But the truth is there are a lot of other attractive options that are more durable, less expensive and not in every kitchen you see.  Make your kitchen stand out with something different, like quartz, butcher block, concrete or marble
  • Shiplap - If you watch any home renovation shows, chances are you have heard of shiplap…and chances are you have added it to your home.  But like wood paneling of the 70s, shiplap is going to run its course in popularity.  And when that happens, you’re going to have to figure out how to get rid of it.  So, do yourself a favor if you haven’t added it already, and don’t.

So, if you’re going to be redecorating in the new year, you may want to avoid these trends…unless of course you still like them. Because at the end of the day, your home should be decorated in a way that makes YOU happy!

Midtown Montgomery Home for Sale:

3044 Bankhead Ave, Montgomery AL 36106

MLS# 424800

2 bedrooms | 3 baths | 1 half bath | 2,469 square feet | Bankhead Townhomes

$22,000 price reduction from previous listing now puts this fine property in the category of a DEAL!! Bring your decorator and add your personal touch to this already elegant town home in Midtown Montgomery. Nestled between Huntington College and Cloverdale, you will be walking distance to shops, restaurants and entertainment. Private old brick covered patio with koi pond and courtyard will make you feel you have arrived in New Orleans. Living room with wet bar and fireplace opens to formal dining with nice views out rear of property. Kitchen with granite is adjoined by breakfast bar and cozy sitting area. Downstairs den with bath could be redesigned into master suite or even a garage if you so desired. Upstairs offers two oversized bedrooms with their own baths. One offers a balcony overlooking back walled courtyard. Exterior storage building for tools. Refrigerator, washer and dryer remain for your use until you are ready to update. Be the first to see it today!

Marketed by Montgomery AL Realtor Frank Powell, Sandra Nickel Hat Team!

Home-selling For the Holidays

by The Hat Team

The holiday season is officially upon us.  We’ve watched the parades, eaten the turkeys and started the shopping!  It can be a stressful time of year under the best of circumstances, but if you have your house on the market, you might be feeling a little more anxiety than usual. With so much going on, it might seem like the worst possible time to be trying to sell your house. But don’t despair…selling a house during the holidays is not an impossible dream.  In fact, it can be a great time to show your house at its very best! Follow these tips to help you successfully sell your house this holiday season:

  • Feel free to decorate, but don’t go overboard.  You want your home to look its best while still enjoying your personal touch.  Avoid large decorations that can be overwhelming or distracting.  Remember that potential buyers want be able to envision your home as their own.
  • Make your home feel inviting. If it’s cold outside, make it warm and cozy inside. Play soft, classical music and offer homemade holiday treats. If potential buyers are comfortable, they will spend more time in your home and will be able to appreciate all its best features.
  • There will be motivated buyers this time of year. If people are house hunting during the holidays, they probably have a good reason for doing so. For example, they may be relocating for a job or investing for a tax deduction.  If they are on a deadline, they will be highly driven to find a home quickly.  It may be worth it to do the extra work involved in showing your home during the holiday season.
  • Price your home to sell.  A home that is reasonably priced for the market will make buyers feel merry and bright.  Many real estate agents advise sellers to initially price their home to sell rather than making small price reductions over time.
  • Provide photos that show your home year round.  Yards and landscaping aren’t always at their best during the winter months.  Make sure that potential buyers see the beauty of your home during other times of year when the grass is greener and trees and flowers are in bloom.
  • Create a video tour for the web. You might get less foot traffic during the holidays due to the busyness of the season.  By posting a video tour, you may attract house hunters who don’t have time to physically go to your home.

If your house is on the market this holiday season and you have questions about the best way to present it to potential buyers, don’t hesitate to call the professional Realtors at Sandra Nickel Hat Team for advice at 334-834-1500.

Happy Thanksgiving!

by The Hat Team

Montgomery AL Home for Sale:

719 Sweeten Creek Rd, Montgomery AL 36109

MLS# 424444

3 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1,714 square feet | Bonnie Crest Estates

Magnificent unmolested Mid-Century modern. This home begs to be in Atomic Ranch magazine! Born in 1965 with white exterior brick and wood construction. Formal live/ dine combo on front of house with a cool casual kitchen den with wood burning fireplace in the back. Main bedroom bath and separate laundry also on 1st floor. Two bedrooms up with adjoining bath. Both feature sliding glass doors with a connecting balcony. Nicely landscaped, large fenced lot. Beautiful street that you will be proud to come home to. No need to visit if you do not appreciate good condition retro modern paneling and brightly colored tile baths. Nice covered patio! Yes, its dated and thank goodness it was not updated but kept in good original condition. Hurry before its gone. This is an estate. $100,000 even and sellers are motivated.

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‘Tis the Season to Give Back

by The Hat Team

The holiday season is the perfect time of year to show how grateful we are by helping others in need.  Not everyone will spend the holidays in a warm home surrounded by loved ones, but those of us that will can make the season a little bit brighter by donating time, food and gifts to those less fortunate.  To make it a little easier for you to do so, here is a list of places where you can volunteer or make donations in the Montgomery area:

The Salvation Army of Montgomery AL - The Salvation Army serves the most vulnerable citizens in our community in many ways. You can help by making a donation or by volunteering your time and energy.

Hands on River Region - Adopt a family in need through the Christmas Clearinghouse Project. Through this program you can provide for the needs of one family and make their Christmas a little brighter.  You can also build a care basket of items that food stamps and public assistance don’t provide for.  If you don’t have time for either of those options, monetary donations are always welcomed and appreciated.

The Friendship Mission Inc. - The Friendship Mission’s goal is to assist homeless people in becoming self-sustaining in the local community.  They need your help.  Contribute to their ongoing needs which provides people with basic necessities.  You can also donate items and shop at the Friendship Mission Thrift Store where all proceeds go directly to the improvement and expansion of their shelters and programs.

The Montgomery Area Council on Aging - This organization serves seniors in the River Region area of Montgomery, Autauga, Elmore, Coosa, and Tallapoosa counties.  Their flagship program is Meals on Wheels.  Volunteers deliver hot, nutritious meals to over 400 senior citizens who cannot prepare their own meals.  They not only provide much needed nutrition, but they also give daily social interaction as they check on the welfare of their recipients.  They currently have a waiting list of over 200 seniors who need your help. Volunteer here.

Midtown Montgomery Home for Sale:

1101 S Hull St, Montgomery AL 36104

MLS# 420909

2 bedrooms | 2 baths | Garden District

Nice duplex property in Midtown Montgomery with great cash flow. Easy-to-maintain wood and hard tile floors. Screened porches. Corner lot. Professional property management already in place. Seller motivated. Invest in rental property and educate your kids for 80 cents on the dollar!!!

Marketed by Montgomery AL Realtor Sandra Nickel, Sandra Nickel Hat Team!

Montgomery AL Home for Sale: 3579 Pelzer Ave, Montgomery AL 36109

by The Hat Team

Montgomery AL Home for Sale: 3579 Pelzer Ave, Montgomery AL 36109


3 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1,264 square feet | Wareingwood

Close to restaurants and shopping, this home has three good sized bedrooms, two baths and covered parking along with a large, bright updated kitchen. Beautiful refinished hardwood floors and updated neutral colors are sure to please. Enjoy the outdoors with the fenced backyard and detached storage. This home recently sold for 116,000, but sadly the owner passed away and the family needs to sell it. It is being offered at less than 95,000 for a quick sell. Move-in ready and sellers are motivated. Give us or your favorite agent a call to see this well priced property today!

Marketed by Montgomery AL Realtor Frank Powell, Sandra Nickel Hat Team!


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