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3171 Cloverdale Road: Charming Cloverdale Cottage

by The Hat Team

3171 Cloverdale Road, Montgomery, AL 36106

MLS# 455024

3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | 1,366 sqft | Cloverdale


Location, location, location! This charming Cloverdale Idlewild cottage is right across from the park, and within walking distance to restaurants, shops and plenty of entertainment. Cute brick covered porch, beautiful hardwood floors, updated kitchen, huge master bathroom with walk-in closet that includes the laundry room! Check this one out today! 

1442 Blairwood Ct: Cloverdale Gem!

by The Hat Team

1442 Blairwood Ct, Montgomery, AL 36106 

MLS# 454905

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

Location Location Location! This little gem in Cloverdale is convenient to everything in Midtown and is tucked away in a private setting just across from Montgomery Country Club's golf course. Spacious rooms and nice updates to kitchen make it move-in ready. Quaint back yard is privacy fenced and has a nice patio for outdoor living. Carport plus nice parking pad allows for multiple cars. This is a short sale, so it is an AS-IS sale. Allow additional time for lender approval. 

When you have overnight guests, you want them to feel welcomed and comfortable.  Providing a place for them to sleep is the bare minimum. If you’re lucky enough to have a designated, full time guest room, there are a lot of little things you can do to create a space that your guests will enjoy.  Here is a list of essentials to have in your guest room so that it is ready for visitors any time:

  1. Comfortable Bedding - Since this bed is not likely to be used all the time, you don’t need to outfit it with top of the line bedding (unless you choose to), but you want it to be comfortable and aesthetically pleasing.  Some quality cotton percale sheets and a coordinating comforter or quilt will provide a comfy bed for your guests.  Use neutral colors that give a simple, clean look.
     
  2. Extra Blankets & Pillows - You want your guests to be cozy and comfortable, so, provide extra blankets for chilly nights.  Extra pillows cam be used to provide cushioning should your guests want to prop themselves up to read in bed.
     
  3. Lighting - Be sure to provide bedside lighting. Place a lamp on the bedside table that will allow your guests to have subtle lighting without having the overhead light on.  Try to find a lamp that has multiple settings so that they can choose how bright or soft they want the light to be. 
     
  4. Extra Toiletries - Sample sized toiletries are perfect for guests.  Arranged in a pretty basket with a new toothbrush, they will have them feeling pampered.  Speaking of toiletries, here are 10 Thoughtful, Welcoming Touches for Your Guest Bathroom.
     
  5. Bath Towels - A stack of fluffy, white bath towels on the bed will be a welcome sight for your guests.  Make sure you have a wash cloth, hand towel, and bath towel for each person that is staying with you.
     
  6. Wastebasket - A simple item that is often overlooked in a guest room is a wastebasket.  When your guests need to throw something away, they shouldn’t have to make frequent trips outside their room to find a trash can. Choose a small, attractive wastebasket that coordinates with your guest room style.
     
  7. Full-Length Mirror - Whether you have it hanging on the back of the door, or propped up against a wall, your guests will appreciate having a full-length mirror in their room.  They may be sharing a bathroom with others, so having a mirror in the guest room will allow them to get ready in there if the bathroom is occupied.

These are just a few essentials that will make your guests happy to stay with you.  You can take it step further and decorate the guest room as well. But keep it simple and remember that comfort is the top priority!  30+ Cozy Ways to Decorate Your Guest Bedroom

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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1805 Longmeadow Drive: Move-In Ready in Midtown

by The Hat Team

1805 Longmeadow Drive, Montgomery, AL 36106 

MLS# 454907

3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | 1,470 sqft | Midtown

Nice patio home centrally located in Midtown among more mature homes. Floorplan features living room/dining room combo with volume ceiling that is open to the kitchen. Split plan has two bedrooms on the front and the master at the rear of the house for privacy. Parking in rear accessed from alley off of Samar. Small covered rear patio and easy to maintain side yard. Freshly painted interior and brand new roof. Great first home or investment! Makes a great rental! 

2636 Pine Acres Road, Pike, AL 36064 

MLS# 454592

3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | 2,602 sqft | In-ground Pool | Pine Woods

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In the center of the town of Pike Road lies a little slice of paradise! Six level acres, fenced, with a 40'x48' shop, a small barn, a pasture (perfect for horses!) and a brand new salt water pool! What more could you ask for?!? Fresh paint throughout the ample living space including a great room, dining area, huge sun room and eat-in kitchen. But the patio and pool area is where family and friends will want to hang out. Put this special property on your list to see!

845 Felder Ave: Grand Home in Historic Cloverdale

by The Hat Team

845 Felder Ave, Montgomery, Al 36106 

MLS# 454904

4 Bedrooms | 3 Bathrooms | 2 Bathrooms | 4,725 sqft | Cloverdale

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This grand historic home is priced to sell and awaits a new owner to finish some minor restoration and upgrades that health issues will not allow current owner to complete. Elegant formal spaces blend perfectly with more casual living spaces on the main floor, centered by a stunning staircase. Chef's delight kitchen was custom designed with high end appliances and lots of added features. Large family room on main floor could be used as a first floor master suite, just need to finish out dressing room, closets and master bath to your liking (over 50% done, just needs fixtures and finishes.) Or just use one of the other 4 bedrooms upstairs! Covered front and rear porches for outdoor enjoyment. Partially finished basement has great workshop and additional storage. Rear courtyard has brick wall and built-in cooking station.

1511 College Ct: Craftsman-Style Cloverdale Bungalow!

by The Hat Team

1511 College Ct, Montgomery, Al 36106 

MLS# 454670

3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | 1,581 sqft | Cloverdale

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Who wouldn't fall in love with this wonderfully updated and yet architecturally correct craftsman-style Cloverdale bungalow? Greet neighbors and friends from the spacious covered front porch (which previous owner practically lived on!) The living room features period fireplace, moldings, and coffered ceiling. Wide French doors separate the living and dining rooms, allowing for open flow or separated options. Front bedroom makes a great den/study while boasting two nice sized closets. Plenty of storage in the partially floored attic with pull-down stairs. Great kitchen has plenty of counter space and lots of storage, especially in the big walk-in pantry! Rear deck is perfect for entertaining and overlooks lush private back yard with plenty of room for pets. Conveniently located in Old Cloverdale within walking distance to restaurants, bars, theatres, and parks!

Surprising Fire Hazards and How to Prevent Them

by The Hat Team


It is estimated by The National Fire Protection Association that over 47,000 home fires reported to fire departments are caused by some kind of electrical failure as a trigger to ignition.  But there are some other unusual ways that fires can start that we should all be aware of.

Dishwashers
While you may be aware that overheating dryers or ovens can cause fires, you might think dishwashers are safe because they have water. And water puts out fires…right? Wrong!  Dishwasher fires can be caused by liquids coming into contact with the machine’s wires.  Serious damage can occur when fires are ignited in dishwashers.  According to a 25 year veteran of the New York City Fire Department, any appliance that powers a motor, heating element, or both always has a higher risk for fire - and dishwashers are a common example.  He advises that they never be turned on when going to sleep or leaving the home. Tips to Prevent Dishwasher Fires

Jars and Other Glass Objects
According to survivalists, one of the best ways to start a fire is to use a piece of glass to refract sunlight onto dry wood.  Without proper care, that same scientific process can happen on your own kitchen table.  In 2015 a fire broke out in a southwest London home because of sun rays reflecting through an empty Nutella jar, the Associated Press reported.  While it may seem to be a freakish way for a fire to start, the fire brigade’s investigative unit confirmed that the glass jar was to blame.  The chances of this happening in your home are slim, but it is important to remember to never store flammable liquids like gasoline, cleaning fluids, paint thinners and even cooking oils in glass jars that you intend to leave out in the sunlight.  Metal cans for commercial-use flammable liquids and plastic containers for things such as cooking oils are safer options.

Rodents
Small rodents like squirrels and rats like to burrow into your attic insulation in cold weather and chew anything they can get their teeth on, including rubber covered electrical lines.  Unfortunately, if electrical wires become exposed due to their protective insulation being compromised, there is a likelihood of igniting a flame.  The key to preventing this from happening is to keep the critters out to begin with.  Before winter season, make sure all vents are covered, holes are patched and cracks are sealed. 4 Ways to Protect Your Wiring from Rodent Damage

Laptops
If you have ever had your laptop computer in your, well, lap for an extended period of time, you know that they get hot.  Because of this, it is a bad idea to leave one sitting on a flammable surface such as bedding, furniture or carpet.  But the real culprit behind laptop fires is the lithium in the batteries.  A poorly made battery can overheat and burst into flames.  Remember the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphones that were recalled because they were catching on fire? It was the lithium batteries that were the problem.  Any device powered by lithium ion batteries should be shut off when not in use and stored away from any flammable items.

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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Staging Your Home on a Budget

by The Hat Team


Chances are, if you are getting ready to sell your home, you are also preparing to purchase a new home. So, the last thing you want to do is spend more money on your current property.  However, you certainly want to get the best price possible when selling it, and per the National Association of Realtors, for every $100 invested in staging, the potential return is $400. As you can see, it will pay off in the end to stage your home to entice potential buyers.

Some people will hire a certified staging professional to get the job done.  While it might seem easier than doing it yourself, it is not the only way to get that SOLD sign planted in your front yard.  There are some simple, yet effective home-staging hacks that won’t break the bank:

  • Roll Out a Welcome Mat - Sounds simple, right?  It is!  First impressions mean everything when selling your home.  Also, prospective buyers tend to linger by the front door before the real estate agent opens the home for viewing, so an inviting entrance is crucial. A new welcome mat can cost as little as $15.  Purchase a modern mat that compliments the style of your home.  To further enhance the entryway, add a little green with some fresh plants.  An enticing entrance will make buyers want to see more!
     
  • Mount Mirrors in Strategic Spots - Every home has spaces like a dim hallway or small space that lacks natural light.  To spruce up these areas, hang a few mirrors.  They add extra light to rooms that look dark, and create an illusion of space. They will pack an extra punch if placed next to or directly across from a window because they will pull in more sun.  For a more decorative look, create a collage of several mini mirrors in different shapes and sizes rather than just slapping one large mirror on the wall. You can find inexpensive mirrors at craft stores and discount home stores. How to Use Mirrors to Create More Space
     
  • Set Tables and Serving Areas for Entertaining - A home filled with friends, food and laughter is a happy one!  Paint a picture of what entertaining in your home will be like for potential buyers.  Keep it simple, but aesthetically pleasing.  Lay out cloth napkins, wine glasses and solid plates in the dining room. Use matching mugs and bowls in the kitchen to produce the feel of family meals.
     
  • Replace Personal Photos with Art Work - Over the years, you have turned your house into a home by decorating with family portraits and personal mementos.  But potential buyers are going to want to be able to envision themselves living there and that is hard to do with your family members present in the form of pictures in every room.  So, get a head start on packing up your house by putting your pictures away and replacing them with art work that compliments the style of the home.  You can find inexpensive art at discount stores or you can print beautiful landscape photos to put in frames.
     
  • Make the Bathroom Look Elegant with White Linens - Spruce up your bathroom with crisp, fresh, all-white linens.  White towels, bath mats, and shower curtains give the room an instant update.  They inspire the feeling of a luxury spa without spending a lot of money.  Take it a step further by including some "spa like" displays. Simple additions like an orchid, candles and special soaps will go a long way. Spa-Like Bathrooms
     
  • Arrange Decorative Scenes - Decorative displays can give a cozy, lived-in ambience to a house.  Assembling classy vignettes of colorful vases, lanterns, books, plants, baskets, and other items atop dressers, counters and bookshelves will make a house feel more like a home. Group items in odd numbers and in varying heights and shapes while keeping them in the same color family. You will be amazed at what you can find to use in your house, but if you need to buy some things, you can mix in inexpensive pieces from craft and discount stores.  Done properly, these displays will have people feeling like they are looking at rooms right out of home décor magazines…and that is a sure way to impress prospective buyers. Staging Your Home with Inexpensive Decor

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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739 Felder Ave: Gorgeous Old Cloverdale Colonial

by The Hat Team

739 Felder Avenue, Montgomery, AL 36106 ‚Äč

MLS# 452990

5 Bedrooms | 3.5 Bathrooms | 3,221 sqft | | Cloverdale

 

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They don't build 'em like this anymore! Here is your opportunity to live in Old Cloverdale among some of the most beautifully restored homes Montgomery has to offer. Grand scale, high ceilings, transoms, hardwoods and more. Huge deep lot... Features five spacious bedrooms with the main being located on the first floor.. Wonderful upgraded kitchen by current owner..... Relaxing side porch...Roof replaced in 2009 per seller. Fabulous location....See it with your favorite agent or give us a call today...

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