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Congratulations!  You’ve just moved into your new house!  It’s exciting, but it’s also a huge transition.  It takes time to make a new house feel like home. Here is a guide to help you get started:

  1. Be active.  If you have moved to a new area where you don’t know anyone, you may be tempted to isolate yourself.  After all, you have unpacking to do and maybe a new job to start. But try to resist that temptation.  Staying socially, physically and communally active triggers significant feelings that create the sense of home.  Make sure you take time to exercise; join a community such as a church, the school PTA or a book club and shop locally to get to know your surroundings.
     
  2. Surround yourself with living things.  A move can be difficult, especially if you are grieving the place you left.  It’s not uncommon for people to become depressed after moving to a new home.  Combat those feelings by cultivating relationships with living things. Start a garden, spend time with your children and pets or volunteer in the community.  Volunteer Opportunities in Montgomery
     
  3. Comfort yourself with colors.  Decorate with a palette of colors that lift your mood.  Choose colors that promote calm, happy feelings.  For example, earth tones create a welcoming, comfortable atmosphere that evokes feelings stability, reassurance and ease, while light pastel colors stimulate feelings of peacefulness, calm and cleanliness. 14 Calming Paint Colors
     
  4. Surround yourself with the familiar. Even before you are completely settled into your home, placing familiar items such as family pictures and heirlooms in your new space can make it feel more like you.  Some other ways to make you feel at home: cook favorite meals, burn candles with favorite scents and/or play your favorite music.
     
  5. Unpack. This may seem obvious, but it’s not unusual for people to still have boxes cluttering the house months after moving in.  Take your belongings out of the boxes right away and begin decorating and arranging furniture. The sooner you do this, the sooner this once strange place will feel like home! The Best Way to Unpack After Moving

If you are in the market to buy or sell a home, let Sandra Nickel and her Hat Team of Professionals assist you with all your real estate needs! Call them today at 334-834-1500!

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16 Brittany Drive N: Move-in Ready Home!

by The Hat Team

16 Brittany Drive N, Elmore, AL 36025

MLS# 452746

3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | 1,872 sqft | Brittany Place

This wonderful Brittany Place home has been meticulously maintained and is ready for new owners. Floorplan has plenty of entertaining and living space, with great room open to formal dining room. Sunny breakfast room features a breakfast bar, and is open to the wide galley style kitchen. Kitchen has plenty of counter and cabinet space, and is one of the current owner's favorite features of the home. Split bedroom design has two guest rooms and a bath on the front side of the house, and spacious master at the rear for privacy. Master bath features jetted garden tub, separate shower, and split vanities! Master also has large walk in closet. Out back you can relax on the screened-in porch or entertain out on the open deck. Low maintenance back yard means less lawn care and more YOU time! Just across the street is the neighborhood gazebo and party pavilion, shared by all residents in Brittany Place. And, for added space, you can purchase (separately) the vacant lot to the right of the home. Call listing agent for details.

Marketed by Montgomery Al Realtor Billy Young, Sandra Nickel Hat Team

3033 Willow Lane: Beautifully Updated Home!

by The Hat Team

3033 Willow Lane, Montgomery AL, 36109

MLS# 452731

3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | 1,344 sqft | Forest Hills

You must see the upgrades in this beautiful Forest Hills home! Gleaming hardwood floors greet you as you enter the very spacious Great Room with vaulted ceilings, extensive crown molding, incredible trim and marble fireplace, built-in bookcase. This split floor plan features a large main bedroom that leads to a wonderfully updated bath with decorator tile, granite counter tops... Two nice size bedrooms are located on the right side of the house with an updated bath between them. New carpet in all three bedrooms. Fabulous updated kitchen, decorator hard tile floors....refrigerator remains... breakfast bar... and a very large dining area that leads to an incredible 14 X 32 screened porch that looks high over a wooded back yard. What a peaceful place to relax! Nice covered front porch, additional patio and a well-manicured mature front lawn makes this home complete!

Marketed by Montgomery Al Realtor Frank Powell, Sandra Nickel Hat Team

Getting Away from It All in Alabama

by The Hat Team

Memorial Day is around the corner and with it comes the unofficial start of the summer vacation season.  If you’ve been thinking about where you can go to “get away from it all” this summer, you won’t have to venture far.  From relaxing coastal beaches, to historic inns and B&Bs, Alabama is home to many wonderful places to visit for a weekend getaway. Here are 5 of best weekend getaways in Alabama:

  1. Grand Hotel Golf Resort & Spa - Located in the charming little beach hamlet of Point Clear, AL, this resort offers a relaxing, entertaining oasis to guests of all ages and interests.  It boasts two exceptional golf courses, a 20,000 square-foot Grand Spa, a fabulous pool complex for kids of all ages, ten tennis courts, and miles of white sand beaches stretching along Alabama’s beautiful Gulf Coast.  You’ll enjoy dining at the Saltwater Grill seafood restaurant, and the Grand Steakhouse.  Elegant rooms and suites are beautifully decorated and include all the amenities you could ever want - free Wi-Fi, LCD TVs, a coffeemaker, fridge, and a work area with an ergonomic chair.

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  1. Magnolia Springs B&B - This romantic Inn is set on a tree-lined street in the heart of Magnolia Springs, Alabama.  Charm oozes from this historical landmark which offers beautiful accommodations, scrumptious homemade breakfasts and a tranquil ambiance that makes it impossible not to relax.  Ideally located for exploring the area, you can venture out for a scenic drive to nearby Mobile Bay on the Gulf of Mexico, or play golf at one of the several courses in the area.

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  1. Renaissance Birmingham Ross Bridge Golf Resort and Spa - If you’re looking for elegance and romance, this is the place for you.  This resort offers 259 guest rooms with private balconies and lake views.  Upgrade to a high-level room and enjoy scenic views and a private Jacuzzi.  Lots of activities are available from jogging/walking trails, to a saltwater swimming pool, to a well-equipped fitness center. Indulge in a relaxing spa treatment, or just kick back and admire the breathtaking Alabama views.

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  1. The Hotel at Auburn University - Located on the Auburn University Campus, this is the premiere hotel facility for all things Auburn.  Filled with charm, it offers sleek guest rooms and suites with top-of-the-line amenities for their guests, like premium linens, flat screen televisions, and walk-in rainfall showers.  You can upgrade to a room with a private living room and wet bar. Enjoy upscale dining onsite at the Mediterranean restaurant Ariccia Trattoria, and kick back and relax while listening to jazz at the Piccolo cocktail lounge.  Other amenities include an outdoor pool, state-of-the-art fitness center and the 22,000-square foot Dixon Conference Center.  There is a lot to do and see in and around Auburn, so check out this list of the 15 Best Things to Do in Auburn Alabama.

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  1. The Mistletoe Bough Bed & Breakfast - How could anyone resist a place called The Mistletoe Bough?  This quaint, romantic bed and breakfast offers a choice of five different rooms and suites with private bathrooms and Victorian-style décor.  Relaxation is the name of the game whether you are strolling through the lovely gardens or sipping sweet tea while sitting on the wraparound veranda.  Historic downtown Alexander City and several restaurants are walking distance from the B&B. But don’t worry about breakfast, because a buffet is served every morning in the Victorian dining room. Complimentary coffee, tea, and cool drinks are available throughout the day.

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If you are in the market to buy or sell a home, let Sandra Nickel and her Hat Team of Professionals assist you with all your real estate needs! Call them today at 334-834-1500!

3115 Lexington Road: Cloverdale Cottage with Manicured Yard

by The Hat Team

3115 Lexington Road, Montgomery, Alabama 36106

MLS# 452469

3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | 1,620 sqft | Cloverdale 


Cloverdale/Idelwild for under 100k!!! 1920's cottage with three bedrooms and two baths ... If you can live with a kitchen from the 1960's and some other needed updates this could be a great entry level livable next home... Features a detached garage and rear deck... manicured yard ...Have us or your preferred agent show you this diamond that needs some polish 

3349 Audubon Road: Home in Walkable Location!

by The Hat Team

3349 Audubon Road, Montgomery AL 36106

MLS# 452350

2 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | 1,157 sqft | Cloverdale/Idlewild

Charming Cloverdale Idlewild cottage awaiting its new owner! This adorable 2 bedroom 2 bath home has fresh paint, new carpet, and hardwood floors. The kitchen has just been updated with new cabinets and counter-tops. New vanity in back bath and nice hall bath. Decent living space with the living room and back den. Walk to the parks, restaurants and entertainment.

A Guide to Selling with Children in the House

by The Hat Team


Selling a home can be challenging.  There are so many things to consider. Between scheduling last minute showings and keeping your house in "staged-perfect condition" at all times, the stress can be overwhelming.  Now toss in a kid…or two…or three. Summer is almost here and that means kids won’t be in school, which makes keeping your home in pristine, “show-ready” shape is all the more difficult.  So, how do you cope with it all?  First, take a deep, cleansing breath.  Now…follow the advice of people who have been there, done that.  You CAN do this!

  • Make packing and moving an adventure! Once your house is on the market you know you are going to be preparing for a move eventually, so start right away.  Give your children little projects to complete to keep them busy and to make them feel like they are part of the process.  You would be amazed at how much help they can be if given the chance.
  • Have a “go-and-show” plan.  You want to take every opportunity possible to show your house, so prepare and be ready to head out the door if you get that last-minute call from your Realtor.  Have a list of “things to do” in mind so that you aren’t just killing time while you wait.
  • Remember that less is more.  One of the jobs you can give to your children is to choose the toys and other items that are most special to them to keep in their rooms while preparing to move.  The rest should be packed and stored out of the way.  Remember that visitors will likely look in closets and open drawers, so make sure you have smart storage solutions. 25 Super Smart Storage Ideas That Will Organize Your Entire House
  • Don’t forget to flush!  We all know that children, especially younger ones, can be a little absent minded when it comes to their toileting habits.  Assign someone to be in charge of checking all the bathrooms prior to leaving the house just to be sure everything has been flushed away!
  • Do a sniff test.  Let’s face it…kids can stink sometimes.  Summertime is a prime time for sweaty, smelly children who might not be as concerned with personal hygiene as they should be.  The odors emanating from them are NOT the first impression you want to make on potential buyers.  So be hyper aware of how your home, and especially their rooms, smells.
  • Stay neutral. If you have decorated your little ones’ rooms with bright colors and specific themes, you may want to change it up to appeal to buyers.  Remember that they want to be able to picture the house as their own, and that is easier to do with rooms that have neutral colors and simple décor. The Best Paint Colors for Painting a House in 2019
  • Relax.  I know…easier said than done.  But your house does not have to be perfect every second.  Try to keep up with clutter and cleanliness a little each day so that you don’t become overwhelmed when you find out someone is coming to see your house.  And remember to let your children help!

If you are in the market to sell or buy a home, let Sandra Nickel and her Hat Team of Professionals assist you with all your real estate needs!  Call them today at 334-834-1500!

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3150 Cloverdale Road: One-of-a-Kind Cloverdale Home

by The Hat Team

3150 Cloverdale Road, Montgomery Al 36106

MLS# 451978

3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | Guest House | 1,852 sqft | Cloverdale/Idlewild

 

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Gorgeous Mission style home with a modern twist across from Cloverdale Bottom park! This amazing property has been meticulously maintained inside and out. Tucked away behind lush landscaping, you will find your own private getaway with light filled rooms, pristine hard wood floors, sunroom/foyer, huge living room with gas fireplace, formal dining room and a sleek kitchen with concrete and butcher block counter tops and custom cabinetry. Two of the bedrooms each have a wall of closets and a spa-like shower between them. Outdoors you will find a sanctuary with a stone archway, koi pond with fountain and a multi-level deck all separated from the large back yard. To top it off, there is a quaint guest house for company and plenty of parking inside the electric gate. Hurry to see this lovely unique property that can only be found in Cloverdale! 

Montgomery Mother’s Day Happenings

by The Hat Team


Mother’s Day is just a few days away, but it’s not too late to plan a special day for the Mom in your life.  Here are some fun events for celebrating Mom in Montgomery this weekend:

  • Mother’s Day Lunch Cruise

No Mom should have to cook on Mother’s Day…unless she wants to!  Treat Mom to a lovely Mother’s Day Lunch Cruise on the Harriott II.  Enjoy a scenic cruise that not only includes lunch, but live entertainment as well! Boarding at 12:15 PM and cruise goes from 12:45 PM to 2:45 PM.  There will be a cash bar and concessions available as well.

Purchase tickets HERE.  Ticket price includes a gift for Mom!  For more information call 334-625-2100.

  • 9th Annual Agape’s Run for Mom 5K and Fun Run

This annual run takes place on Saturday, May 11, 2019.  Dedicate your run to your Mom or another special woman in your life.  Course begins at Vaughn Park Church of Christ and continues through the Vaughn Meadows community.  All proceeds from the run will benefit Agape of Central Alabama and its mission to support women, children, and families through foster care, adoption, and crisis pregnancy counseling.  For more information call 334-272-9466. Register for run HERE.

  • Take her out to the ballgame!  Does Mom love baseball?  Then what better way to celebrate her special day than by heading out to a Montgomery Biscuits game?  The Montgomery Biscuits experience is a fun time for the whole family.  The Biscuits will be playing the Mississippi Braves Saturday, May 11 at 6:05 PM (Family Faith Night with pre-game concert and MAX Fireworks), and Sunday, May 12 at 2:05 PM (Mother’s Day Stemless Wineglass Giveaway).  Purchase tickets HERE. For more information call 334-323-2255.
     
  • Celebrate Mother’s Day at the Montgomery Zoo!

Sunday, May 12, 2019 - 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM (last admission at 4:00 PM)

Celebrate Mother’s Day with FREE ADMISSION FOR ALL MOMS!  This includes admission to Zoo and Mann Wildlife Learning Museum.  If Mom loves animals, this is the perfect way to spend her special day!  For more information, click HERE.

Sandra Nickel and her Hat Team would like to wish all Moms a very HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

If you are in the market to buy or sell a home, let Sandra Nickel and her Hat Team of professionals assist you with all your real estate needs!  Call them today at 334-834-1500!

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533 Martha Street: Victorian Home Perched on a Hill!

by The Hat Team

533 Martha Street, Montgomery AL 36104

MLS# 451610

2 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | 2,202 sqft | Cottage Hill

Perched high above Martha Street in the Historic Cottage Hill district sits this wonderful late 1800's Victorian home. Soaring ceilings, wide central hallway, transoms, and large rooms allow easy living in grand style. Breakfast room/keeping area at rear of entry hall has wall of windows overlooking private courtyard style back yard. Kitchen and bathrooms have been updated over the years, and the master bathroom on the second floor is eclectic and spacious. Bonus space upstairs could be converted to third bedroom, and makes a great addition to the master suite area. Rear off-street parking accessed from alley that runs off Hanrick Street. Just blocks (and walking distance) to exciting downtown and all of its nightlife, dining, and entertainment. Active neighborhood association (membership is strictly voluntary) sponsors numerous events/activities throughout the year.

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