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4418 Wares Ferry Rd, Montgomery AL 36109

MLS# 429394

3 bedrooms | 2 baths | 1,608 square feet | College Grove

Don't miss this great updated home in the College Grove neighborhood, and zoned for desirable Dalraida elementary school. Wonderful floor-plan has den/family room open to eat-in kitchen. Living room/dining room combo across the back opens to rear patio and large fenced back yard. Home comes with oversized parking pad and two large detached storage buildings, one of which would make a great workshop. Kitchen and bathrooms were just updated, and entire house has fresh paint and new flooring!

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

What NOT to Throw Away When Downsizing

by The Hat Team

Getting organized to move is an arduous task.  It makes sense to get rid of a lot of unused belongings when you are getting ready to pack and move, especially if you are downsizing.  But it’s important not to go overboard! There are some things that are worth keeping. In fact, there are some things you should never throw away, even when downsizing:

  1. Important Papers.

You should let go of as much paper as you can before moving, but be careful that you don’t thrown away important documents.Hang on to the following: birth and death certificates, marriage licenses, divorce decrees, social security cards, retirement documents, medical records, insurance policies, passports, wills, trusts, power of attorney documents, property deeds, investment records, education records, diplomas, military service records and vehicle titles.

  1. Collections.

If you collect something, clearly it has significance to you. Maybe you just like it, or maybe it has sentimental value.Either way, you should definitely take your collection with you and make room for it in your own home.Now, if you have several collections, you might have to pick your favorites and leave some behind.But downsizing doesn’t mean having to let go of the things that mean the most to you.

  1. Family Heirlooms

Sometimes you inherit things that you feel you must keep just because they were passed down to you from family.But you don’t really like them. You keep them packed in a box and don’t use or display them.There is no point in moving these to your new home. But family heirlooms that you love should make the cut.Downsizing gives you the opportunity to take stock in your family heirlooms and decide what is worth keeping and what can be sold or given away.Take the items that you enjoy and that are meaningful to you…leave the rest.

  1. Electronics

Unless you have the time to make sure that all your electronics have been completely cleared of personal information, you should take them with you.The last thing you want is to give away, sell, or dispose of electronic devices that still carry your personal information.

  1. Photographs

When you are in the midst of packing for a move and you are exhausted and overwhelmed, you might start throwing away things that seem unimportant at the moment…but you may regret it later.Take all your photographs with you.If you have time, save space by getting them digitized using a company like Legacy Box. But don’t throw them away!

  1. Landline Phones

Many people rely solely on cell phones these days.But you never know when you might misplace your mobile phone, run out of battery or lose service.Keep at least one land line for emergencies.

  1. Sentimental Items

This may seem like a given.Of course you won’t leave any sentimental items behind.But sometimes it’s difficult to decide what holds deep sentimental value to you, especially when you are overwhelmed by the sheer amount of stuff you have to move and fit into your new, smaller home.Don’t let downsizing make you feel like you must get rid of the things that mean most to you.Choose the ones that mean the most and bring them along!

Are you looking to downsize? Sandra Nickel and her team of professional Realtors can help you get your current home on the market and assist you in finding the perfect home to suit all your needs and desires. Give them a call today at 334-834-1500!

3104 Dupont Rd, Montgomery AL 36106

MLS# 429398

3 bedrooms | 2 baths | 2,222 square feet | Cloverdale

This wonderfully updated Cloverdale home sits just across from Cloverdale Bottom Park and has stunning views! Sit on your covered porch for a private view of the Spring concerts in the park. Interior allows for great flow when entertaining, with living room, dining room, breakfast room and kitchen open to den/family room. Master bedroom suite addition off the kitchen has big walk-in closet, wonderful light, and sumptuous master bath complete with free-standing soaking tub and separate shower. You will love the large private rear patio and beautifully landscaped back yard. Back yard also has detached workshop and 17x17 air-conditioned bonus room that could be an office, studio, work-out room, man-cave, or terrific storage. Additional covered seating area on side of house, and in-ground fire pit for chilly evenings. Located minutes away from Cloverdale's entertainment and dining districts, and in the heart of one of our beloved Midtown Montgomery historic districts.

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

3373 Southview Ave, Montgomery AL 36111

MLS# 429435

4 bedrooms | 3 baths | 1 half-bath | 3,873 square feet | Edgewood

This remarkable tudor-esque home sits majestically on a corner lot in the sought-after Edgewood neighborhood. With refined architectural details in-tact, upgrades (like new energy efficient windows) and renovations (kitchen and baths) create perfect living spaces for modern families. Spacious formal living and dining rooms allow for entertaining, and the oversized sunken great room has fireplace and high ceilings for a grand feel. Large sunroom off great room makes a perfect playroom for kids, or a sunny "morning" room to fill with plants and casual furnishings. One highlight of the main floor is the beautifully updated kitchen with custom cabinets and work island, Alabama marble counters, and 6 burner Wolf range. Master bedroom and updated bath on main floor, along with powder room, and three more big bedrooms upstairs, one with en-suite bath, and one with bonus room attached. The private back yard makes a perfect play area, and is fully fenced. Garage provides covered parking and lots of storage and is attached to home via breezeway that enters a laundry/mudroom. All this in a quiet, well-maintained Midtown Montgomery neighborhood just minutes from fine dining, shopping, and bustling Downtown!

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



2059 Bullard St, Montgomery AL 36106

MLS# 429457

3 bedrooms | 1 bath | 1,416 square feet | Forest Park

Here is your opportunity to live in Midtown Montgomery, close to everything happening in this fun, hip, energetic part of town. This home has all the character you would expect in one of our Historic districts such as hardwood floors, high ceilings, with nice updates to the kitchen and bathroom. Enjoy outdoor living on the back deck and pergola covered terrace area, overlooking large fenced back yard. Budget friendly and ready to move into!

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


Mortgage Loan Pre-Approval Will Make You Stand Out to Sellers!

by The Hat Team

Across the country right now, the number of buyers seeking homes far outnumbers the number of homes available.  Because of this, the housing market is super competitive and buyers often need to do something to stand out.  One way to show that you are serious about buying your dream home is to get pre-qualified or pre-approved for a mortgage before starting your search.

Even in a less competitive market, knowing your budget will give you security of knowing if a home is within your reach.

One of the many advantages of working with a local Realtor is that many have relationships with lenders who will be able to help you with this process.  Once you have chosen a lender, you will need to fill out their loan application and provide them with vital information regarding your credit, debt, work history, down payment and residential history.

There are 5 Cs that aid in determining the amount you will be qualified to borrow:

  • Capacity: Your current and future ability to make payments.
  • Capital or cash reserves: The money, savings, and investments you have that can be sold quickly for cash.
  • Collateral: The home or type of home that you want to purchase.
  • Character: Your history of paying bills and other debts on time.
  • Conditions: Current interest rates and amount of principal influence lender’s likelihood of financing the borrower.

Getting pre-approved not only shows sellers you are serious, but also speeds up the process of completing the purchase once your offer has been accepted.

Many people overestimate the down payment and Credit Score needed to qualify for a mortgage.  If you are ready to buy, you may find yourself pleasantly surprised at what you can afford!  Contact Sandra Nickel and her team of professionals at 334-834-1500 and let them help you achieve your dream of home ownership today!

207 Holly Brook Dr, Montgomery AL 36109

MLS# 429218

3 bedrooms | 2 baths | 2,263 square feet | Fox Hollow

You will find plenty of space in this home tucked back on a quiet street in Fox Hollow. Mostly original design and features, this traditional floorplan offers well-proportioned formal living and dining rooms as well as a family-sized eat-in kitchen. Large den/family room has cozy fireplace and lots of built-in bookshelves. Four bedrooms so family and guests can spread out. Wonderful covered porch and rear deck overlook wooded back yard with lots of privacy, and property backs up to woods, so no close neighbors...just nature! Kitchen and baths are dated, and house needs some TLC. Could be a showplace with some lipstick and mascara!

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

207 Holly Brook Dr, Montgomery AL 36109

March is here and chances are the winter doldrums are getting to you.  Now is a good time to start tackling some home maintenance tasks that will remind you that spring is right around the corner!

Clean Your Gutters

Once the last frost of winter has passed, it is important to have your gutters and downspouts cleaned and, if necessary, repaired.  Clogged gutters and downspouts can cause wood trim in the eaves to rot and that can leave and opening for all kinds of critters to invade your house.  If you’re not sure what to look for, you can have a Home Inspector come and look for you.

Another benefit to cleaning out your gutters and downspouts early in the season is that it can help to prevent damage from spring rains. If they are installed and cleaned properly, they will divert water away from the house and keep it from collecting around your foundation.

Prep Your Yard

Your lawn may be looking sad as the winter months have taken their toll, but it doesn’t have to stay that way.  Giving your lawn a little attention toward the end of winter will make for a lush, green lawn this spring and summer.

The first step is to aerate your soil.  When soil is compacted, it is too hard for water, air and roots to penetrate.  That makes it hard on grass.  You can rent a core aerator from a local equipment rental store. A half day’s rental generally costs about $40.  This machine, which resembles a large rotary tiller, uses steel tubes to take plugs of soil from the lawn and deposit them on the ground.  You can reduce compaction by aerating once a year and this will increase the vitality of your lawn.

The second step is to mow the old grass low.  If you have cool-season grass such as bluegrass, fescue, or perennial ryegrass, you can skip this part.  But if you have warm-season grass such as Bermuda, buffalo grass centipede, St. Augustine or Zoysia, you will want to mow that old, brown grass low at the end of winter to remove the accumulation of thatch, an accumulation of dead stems and leaves.  If you leave the thatch, it will prevent water and nutrients from reaching the roots and will encourage disease.  Cut Bermuda lawns to ½ inch and leave the clippings in place to decompose.  Mow other types to 1 inch.  If you use a regular mower, bag the clippings; then compost or discard them.  Mowing low allows more sun to reach and warm the soil which helps the grass to green up.

The final step is to stop weeds.  As the temperatures rise and reach 70 degrees, the seeds of lawn weeds begin to sprout.  Late winter is a good time to stop them by applying a pre-emergence lawn weed preventer.  When used properly, it creates a barrier atop the soil to keep weeds from sprouting.  Make sure not to aerate after using the weed preventer or you will break the barrier.  Do not use this type of product if you are planting new grass though, because it will keep grass seeds from coming up as well.

Once you have your lawn ready, then you can start thinking about selecting plants and flowers for your home garden!

Caulk Windows and Doors

Winter can be hard on your home.  Now is the time to inspect the caulking around your windows and doors and to repair any damage left behind by old man winter. Check around your windows, doors, and corner trim to prevent water infiltration and avoid costly repairs.

Using high-quality siliconized acrylic latex caulk that is rated for exterior use will cut down on the amount of caulking you will have to do.  It has good adhesion and flexibility, cleans up easily with water, and is paintable as well.  Make sure you know what you are doing and avoid common mistakes in caulking.

If you’re thinking about selling your home, spring home maintenance is a step toward making your house more alluring to potential buyers.  The professionals on Sandra Nickel's Hat Team can help you get your house on the market and sold today!  Contact them at 334-834-1500.

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2135 College St, Montgomery AL 36106

MLS# 428832

6 bedrooms | 3 baths | 1 half-bath | 3,678 square feet | Cloverdale

Need space? Well, you will find plenty of it in this extra-large Cloverdale home! Generously sized living room and banquet sized dining room allow entertaining on a grand scale. Sunroom big enough for a hot tub and office/study that the whole family can share. The kitchen affords plenty of room for several cooks at a time, and everyone can pile into the oversized breakfast room. Master bedroom and master bath plus two other spacious bedrooms that share a Jack-and-Jill bath are on the main floor. Upstairs there are three more bedrooms, an updated bathroom, and a utility sink for arts and crafts (plus attic storage space galore!) Large fenced back yard has been cared for by a master gardener and is full of beautiful things just waiting to bud and bloom. Two detached storage sheds give ample space for garden tools (or toys.) Brick construction and metal roof mean low maintenance for this Midtown Montgomery home!

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


3752 Marie Cook Dr, Montgomery AL 36109

MLS# 428494

3 bedrooms | 3 baths | 2018 square feet | Dalraida

Mid -Century modern on one of the most beautiful blocks in Dalraida is now available!! Updated with new interior and exterior paint, gorgeous refinished hardwoods, ceramic tile flooring, new appliances, hardware, light fixtures, and more!! Home sits above street level on a heavily treed lot overlooking the neighborhood. Kitchen features new granite and has been opened to dining area. Baths are updated with granite and hot water is provided by a Rinnai tankless system. Newer roof and HVAC system. Private fenced backyard for family and pets. Garage with new automatic door!! 4th bedroom features own bath on lower level and would make a great office with own exterior entrance. See this renovated jewel today. You will not be disappointed.

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

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