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How to Simplify for a More Peaceful Life

by The Hat Team


With summer in the rear-view mirror and the holidays approaching, life has likely gotten a lot more hectic. Chances are you have multiple schedules to juggle and little free time.  Now is a good time to simplify your life and eliminate as much stress as possible. Get started with the following steps:

  • Let go of extraneous possessions.  Having too many "things" can be detrimental to a peaceful life.  They cause clutter, drain your bank account and use energy and attention that could be elsewhere.  Take the time to remove unnecessary possessions from your life and you will not regret it!
     
  • Learn to say no.  Too many commitments will not only take up time, but will leave you feeling like you can’t really give 100% to anyone or anything.  Prioritize what is most important to you, whether it’s a book club or a hobby or volunteering.  After working and taking care of your family, you want to make the most out of the free time you have. Filling it with activities you don’t really care about out of some sense of obligation will leave you feeling tired and unfulfilled.
     
  • Get organized.  There is nothing more frustrating than not being able to find something when you need it.  Imagine the time and energy that will be saved if you don’t have to search for your keys or the phone charger or your child’s permission slip that you signed last week.  Having a place for everything and knowing where it is when you need it will make your life much less stressful and free up more time for fun and relaxation. How Clutter Affects Your Health
     
  • Reduce screen time.  How many times have you run late for something because you just had to read one more article on the internet.  It’s easy to get sucked in when so much information is available so easily.  But too much screen time means too little REAL time.  Don’t let the screen dominate your life.  Make a conscious effort to unplug and free up more time for other activities.
     
  • Stop multi-tasking.  It may seem unavoidable when life is so busy, but research indicates that multi-tasking increases stress and lowers productivity.  Focus on one task at a time, give it 100% of your attention, and when you are done move on to the next task. How Multitasking Affects Productivity and Brain Health
     
  • Ask for help.  Sometimes life is hard.  Trying to do everything yourself can leave you feeling defeated and deflated.  Don’t be afraid to ask for help when you need it.

These are just a few ideas for ways to simplify your life.  If you are buying or selling a home, you can count on Sandra Nickel and Her Hat Team of professionals to make the process as simple as possible for you! Give them a call today at 334-834-1500!

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2002 Chancellor Ridge Road, Prattville, Alabama 36066

MLS# 462704 

4 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | 2,221 sqft | Highland Ridge

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Welcome to Highland Ridge! Looking for room to spread out? This <span class="ContextualSpellingAndGrammarError SCXW52421605 BCX0" style="margin: 0px; padding: 0px; user-select: text; -webkit-user-drag: none; -webkit-tap-highlight-color: transparent; background-repeat: repeat-x; background-position: left bottom; background-image: url(" data:image="" gif;base64,r0lgodlhbqaeapedaabvzdnvzdnv="" waaach5bauaaamalaaaaaafaaqaaaiinc2qchykqgeaow="=&quot;);" border-bottom:="" 1px="" solid="" transparent;="" background-color:="" inherit;"="">4 bedroom home is the very popular Hamlet Floor Plan offers a formal dining room, living room, kitchen with work island and breakfast area that is open to the family room/den. The spacious master has a huge walk-in closet, garden tub and separate shower. The awesome deck overlooking the fenced in back yard is a great place to relax after a long day. Lovely arch ways, tall ceilings, laminate flooring, large laundry room and storage building are really nice features. Centrally located to everything Prattville has to offer, check it out today! 

42 Brittany Drive: Build Your Dream Home Here!

by The Hat Team

42 Brittany Drive, Elmore, Alabama 36025

MLS# 452751 

Land for Sale | 0.1 Acres | Brittany Place

Last vacant lot available in desirable Brittany Place! Across from community gazebo. Buy and build your dream Garden Home! 

 

616 Clayton Street: Historic Cottage Hill Beauty!

by The Hat Team

616 Clayton Street, Montgomery, Alabama 36104

MLS# 454962 

2 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | 2,057 sqft | Cottage Hill

This marvelous Queen Anne-style historic Cottage Hill home features wide wrap-around front porch perfect for relaxing with family and friends. Stunning architecture inside includes heavy moldings, 12 ft ceilings, decorative mantles, and large wood pocket doors. Spacious rooms and great restorations add to the charm of this vintage home. Just minutes away from booming downtown and all it has to offer. 

3228 Lexington Road: Cloverdale Tudor Style Cottage

by The Hat Team

3228 Lexington Road, Montgomery, Alabama 36106

MLS# 461283

3  Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | 2,072 sqft | Cloverdale Idlewild 


This unassuming Tudor-style cottage has striking architectural detailing. Living room with classic barrel-vault ceiling and lots of natural light gives a feeling of openness. The "Moorish" style fireplace between the living and dining rooms seems to float and has a unique niche built in for displaying treasured objects. Wide central hall is a great place to display artwork and is big enough for furniture. If you are a fan of art deco, you will flip over the main bath with its original yellow and black "Chrysler Building" tilework. Two rear bedrooms share a middle bath. Off the living room is a private side courtyard that leads to an open back yard with plenty of space for kids and pets to play. unfinished basement area has potential for storm shelter, workroom, or just plain additional storage. Detached two car garage provides additional storage. Classic Cloverdale on a budget is what you will find, and within walking distance to the park, dining and shopping! 
 

701 Eliza Place, Montgomery, Alabama 36109

MLS# 461191

2 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | 1,633 sqft | Custom Built | Bellehurst Estates

Custom built garden home on large corner lot in desirable Bellehurst Estates. Meticulous owner ensures that this property has been very well maintained and cared for, but just might need a little cosmetic face lift. Great floor plan includes living room with vaulted ceiling, dining room, large kitchen with work island, lots of cabinets and breakfast nook. The small room off the kitchen would make a good office, den or playroom. Enclosed patio provides, also off the kitchen, provides another area to hang out. Attached and detached storage and two side yards, one quaint for gardening and the other perfect for kids to play or dogs to roam. Whether you are a first time homebuyer or looking to downsize, definitely put this one on your list! 

Tying Up Loose Ends When You Move

by The Hat Team

Let’s face it - moving is overwhelming no matter how well you prepare.  There are what seem like a million little pieces that all must fall into place to make a move go smoothly. And even then, it is stressful.  You are upending your life; putting everything you own into boxes and bags, and making big changes.  So, it’s easy to understand how some tasks fall through the cracks and are forgotten.  Here are some important things that many people forget to do (or don’t even realize need to be done) when moving:

  • Cancel recurring charges for local memberships. During the chaos of moving, the last thing you are likely to think about are membership fees for things that may not transfer to your new place of residence, like a gym membership.  And if those fees are automatically charged to your credit or debit card you need to cancel those memberships at least a month before you move so that you don’t continue to get charged even when you’re not there to use them any longer.
     
  • Call your car insurance company. Per the Department of Motor Vehicles,  it is vital to check on your car insurance when moving, as states have varying levels of required coverage.  In fact, insurance rates can even vary from neighborhood to neighborhood in the same city.  So, make sure you call your insurer before you move to see if you need to update or change your coverage at your new address.
     
  • Change your address early.  Changing your address is easy using the Online Form provided by the U.S. Postal Service, but don’t wait until the last minute to do it! If you want to be sure that your mail arrives at your new home in a timely manner, complete the form about two weeks before you move. 
     
  • Take care of your finances.  During the whirlwind of moving, it’s easy to forget the everyday tasks that are a normal part of your routine…like paying bills.  It’s also easy to lose track of paper bills among all the boxes you’ve packed.  Take the time to set up auto pay for things at your new home like mortgage/rent, phone, utilities etc.  This can help assure an on-time payment during a hectic time.  Designate a spot for mail both in the home you’re packing up and in your new home so that paper bills aren’t lost in the shuffle.
     
  • Change your billing address on credit cards.  Don’t get caught by surprise when your billing address doesn’t match the address on your credit card because you forgot to change it when you moved.  Some transactions now require that you put in your billing zip code when using your card, so if that has changed, then you need to change it on your credit cards as well.  The last thing you want is to deal with a transaction being denied and then finding out it was simply because you hadn’t changed the address on your card.

Yes, moving is stressful. But taking care of these often overlooked tasks will make it a little bit easier!

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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507 Cloverdale Rd: Easy Living Cloverdale Condo!

by The Hat Team

‚Äč507 Cloverdale Road, Montgomery AL 36106

MLS# 458537 

2 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | 1,718 sqft | Condo | Cloverdale

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This fabulous two bedroom, two bath condo is located in the heart of Cloverdale in the A & P Lofts. Tucked away in the back right corner of the complex, this unit offers privacy and seclusion. The open concept kitchen, living and dining has a soaring ceiling and is filled with light from the wall of windows. It's definitely a blank canvas for how you could enjoy this space. Both bedrooms, one on the main floor and the other upstairs, are spacious and have an en-suite bath so either could serve as the Master. Two balconies allow you to room to relax outside, one on either side of the building. Check it out today!

1336 Primrose Lane: 4 Bedrooms in Edgewater!

by The Hat Team

1336 Primrose Lane, Montgomery, Alabama 36111

MLS# 461248

4 Bedrooms |  Bathrooms | 2,737 sqft | Edgewater

 

Fabulous buy for Edgewood! Located on a nice corner lot, this 4 bedroom, 3 bath family home has plenty of room to spread out. Huge living room and family room/den, large eat in kitchen, spacious master down with an awesome walk in closet. Freshly painted, newly refinished hard wood floors, new laminate flooring and lots of windows and built-ins. Large front porch with a view of the entrance pond to Lockwood, covered back deck and plenty of off street parking. If you are looking for a lot of space, don't miss out on this one! 

Enjoy the Advantages of Downsizing

by The Hat Team

 

Have you recently become an empty nester with a home spacious enough for a large family?  Maybe it’s time to consider downsizing.  There are numerous perks to downsizing to a smaller home:

  1. SAVING MONEY. You will not only save on your monthly mortgage payment in a smaller home, you will also save money on frivolous living.  One of the advantages of downsizing your home is that you can stop wasting money on furniture and home décor that are used to fill space rather than to fulfill a function.  Filling a smaller space will allow you to prioritize what items are important and necessary for you.
     
  2. LESS STRESS. After working hard all week to pay the bills, it’s no fun to have to spend your weekend doing chores.  A smaller home equals fewer chores and less upkeep. This will free up time to enjoy leisure activities and relaxation.
     
  3. SAVE ENERGY. If you live in a large home, you know that energy costs can be expensive.  Smaller homes will not only save you money on heating, cooling and water costs, it will also allow you to reduce your carbon footprint.
     
  4. FREE TIME FOR TRAVEL. With additional disposable income and less upkeep needed, a smaller home will afford you the time and cash for travel and adventure.  Weekend getaways or even long trips are less of a hassle now that you don’t have to worry about being house-poor.
     
  5. A NEW BEGINNING. Downsizing can be the beginning of a new chapter in your life.  If being an empty nester has you feeling down, a lifestyle change might be just what you need to start focusing on how you want to spend your time, money and energy. 

If you are ready to downsize, let professional Realtor Sandra Nickel and her Hat Team help you sell the house you’re in and find a new home to better suit your needs!  Contact us today at 334-834-1500!

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