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Prepare your home to help clinch a smooth, quick sale – The San Diego Union

So you’ve found your dream home. You’re ready to downsize or expand into a larger home and the only thing that’s keeping you from closing the deal is selling your current home.

Proper staging is one of the most important steps you can take to make a quick sale at the maximum price.

“Statistics repeatedly show that staged homes sell faster and for more money than homes without staging — 1 to 5 percent more, based on NAR’s (National Association of Realtors) most recent study, which, even on the low end, is enough to make it worthwhile here in San Diego,” said Kyley Christy, an agent with Andrew Arroyo Real Estate.

According to the 2017 study, 29 percent of sellers’ agents said staging increases the selling price from 1 to 5 percent, while 21 percent of those surveyed said the increase is between 6 and 10 percent. More than a third of the respondents also said that staging greatly reduces the amount of time a home is on the market.

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Home design trends to watch

Home remodeling and design platform Houzz recently released its top 10 home-design-trend predictions for the new year. The site’s forecast, derived from conversations with industry experts as well as trends noticed among its 40 million monthly users, gives a glimpse of what we might soon see in our homes — and on our social media feeds.

Houzz editor and writer Mitchell Parker spoke about Houzz’s conclusions, and why these particular trends are gaining traction.


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1. More color in kitchens

Although white will always be a classic color for kitchen design, homeowners are shying away from bland hues and injecting rich colors, such as warm wood tones (example: mahogany) and neutrals (example: grays and blues), into the space to give it a warm, fresh and unique feel.

Social sites such as Instagram, Pinterest and Houzz have exposed homeowners to “what’s possible, what looks fun and what they can personalize themselves,” Parker said, and have encouraged them to be bigger risk-takers when it comes to color.


2. Rich colors throughout the home

Warm grays paired with “camel, rust, tobacco [and] brown-blacks,” as well as earthy reds and yellows, are expected to edge out cooler neutrals in the coming year.

“These rich colors are not like the avocado green and mustard colors from the 1970s. They won’t date quickly,” Parker said. “They are rich, moody and work well in home environments where you want a soothing and diverse mix of colors and textures.”


3. No more white or stainless steel sinks

The modern Farmhouse style will continue to flourish in 2018 and spread to the bathroom. Parker predicts that there will be “more concrete, stone, copper and granite composite sinks in darker hues of gray, bronze or black.”

“As people set out to personalize their spaces, they are kind of bored with seeing a white sink all of the time,” Parker said. The rustic home decor trend is “waking people up to trying something new and different.”

It “harkens back to simpler times,” he said, “and that feeling of simplicity can be very calming in a home environment.”


4. Florals

The tropical palm print may have flooded your Instagram feeds this year, but people aren’t yet tired of eye-catching, oversized graphic florals. Houzz expects even more interpretations of over-scaled floral patterns, in high-contrast colors, in the new year.


5. Vintage lighting

Vintage light fixtures, including sconces, lanterns, pendants and chandeliers, are making a comeback as crafty home do-it-yourselfers outfit retro fixtures with new technology.

“I find that vintage fixtures are often better-made than new fixtures, I prefer their patina, and I appreciate the distinctive, one-of-a-kind quality they add to rooms,” designer and “Today” show style expert Elizabeth Mayhew wrote in The Washington Post. “Online shopping platforms such as 1stDibs, Etsy and One Kings Lane have made it easy to find everything from an early-20th-century French crystal chandelier to a ’60s Sputnik.”


6. Trough or bucket sinks

Another sign the modern Farmhouse trend isn’t dying in 2018: Houzz predicts that deep, wide and durable trough and bucket sinks will continue to be popular in the new year. Used commonly in busy laundry rooms and kids’ bathrooms, these long, narrow and low-maintenance sinks can help create a rustic aesthetic and maximize minimal space.


7. Concrete accents

Step aside, white marble — it’s concrete’s time to steal the spotlight.

“It’s a really affordable, high-impact design element,” Parker said.

Already used for floors and countertops, the versatile, accessible material is now being utilized in more interesting and unexpected ways, including in home accessories, such as pendant lighting and furniture.

“We’re seeing new uses [of it] on all kinds of hardscaping surfaces,” Parker added. “On anything you can think of, people are casting it.”


8. Millwork feature walls and detailing

The ease and availability of millwork has helped increase its demand and popularity in the design world. “Before, if you wanted to find millwork or reclaimed wood, you really had to know where to go and find somebody who was good at working with it,” Parker said. “Now, you can DIY it, and put it right against the drywall behind your bed to create a feature wall.”


9. Wallpaper-like backsplash

Looking to refresh your kitchen or bathroom? Stay away from subway or hexagon tiles and instead consider contemporary tiles that look like wood, concrete, resin, fabric or even wallpaper.


10. Casual and calm modern bedrooms

Homeowners are running with the “less is more” notion in the master bedroom and opting for more modern and minimalist furnishings. Instead of bold and busy colors, soothing, neutral color palettes are expected to reign supreme, along with soft fabrics and simple furniture pieces.



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New cookware and kitchen utensils store for Springfields – Spalding …

Fans of TV shows like Masterchef and The Great British Bake Off can visit a new cookware store opening at Springfields Outlet Shopping, Spalding, next month.

ProCook is taking up a 1,805 sq ft shop at Springfields’ North Avenue to sell kitchen, baking, cooking and table accessories when it opens on Friday, February 2.

The new shop comes as Springfields prepares to build a new £1million leisure development, including Mini Golf, cover beach, Tree Top Village and restaurant chain American Diner, after securing planning permission last September.

Ian Sanderson, of SLR (Sanderson Leisure and Retail) Outlets which owns Springfields, said: “The year 2017 saw us build upon the exceptional growth experienced during 2016, securing 13 years of consecutive turnover growth.

“This is something that we are extremely proud of and 2018 is set to be another bumper year, with the signing of ProCook being a great start.

“With more high-quality brands on the horizon and our £1 millions leisure investment about to start, we are looking forward to another really positive year.”

ProCook was founded more than 20 years ago by owner Daniel O’Neill to sell cookware sets by direct mail across the UK. Since then it has grown into a specialist cookware company with 25 stores nationwide, with Springfields to have the first one based in Lincolnshire.

Mr O’Neill said: “We are delighted to announce the opening of our brand new store at Springfields which continues our plans for expansion.

“Springfields is a fantastic retail and leisure destination, set in a beautiful location, for us to have our high-quality kitchenware and tableware brand.

“It will also allow us to feature our stylish store design.”

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LINDA ROBBINS: Kitchen cleaning tips

The calendar says that we are still in the middle of winter, but it may not be too early to start some spring-cleaning. It is so easy on a busy day to ignore the little things that need cleaning in your kitchen. Here are a few easy tips using things you already have around the home from Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Answer Line that will help you get some cleaning done.

• Burned popcorn or other odors in the microwave: Combine ½-cup lemon juice and 1-cup water in a microwavable bowl. Heat the mixture for 5 minutes and then wipe out the microwave. Repeat this procedure two or three times a day for a few days if the odor is strong.

• Slow running drains: Combine ¼-cup baking soda, ¼-cup salt and 1-tablespoon cream of tartar and pour into the drain. Slowly add ½-cup white vinegar and then slowly pour in 1-cup boiling water. Allow to stand; then flush with cold water.

• Burned or scorched saucepans: To remove scorch stains in a saucepan, try a solution of 3 tablespoons Ajax in water and boil for 5 to 10 minutes. Scrub remaining residue with a scouring pad. If your pan is aluminum or stainless steel, try 2 to 3 tablespoons lemon juice or cream of tartar per quart of water. Boil 5 to 10 minutes. Be sure the water line remains above the scorched line.

• Removing odor from the refrigerator: Try one of these four solutions until the odor is gone.

Empty the refrigerator shelf and lightly crumple enough newspaper to fill the shelf. Sprinkle the newspaper with water and close the door. Replace the newspaper every 1 to 2 days. In 5 or 6 days, the odor should be gone.

Place toothpaste (not the gel type) on small pieces of foil and set in several spots in the refrigerator.

Place activated charcoal or activated carbon in a shallow bowl and leave it in the refrigerator while it is running for several days. The charcoal or carbon is available where aquarium and/or plant and garden supplies are sold. It will become saturated but can be reactivated by heating in a 300 degrees Fahrenheit oven for one hour and then put back into the refrigerator. Try this for about 10 days.

Unplug the refrigerator and thoroughly wash the inside of the unit with a mixture of two tablespoons of baking soda dissolved in one quart of warm water. Wash the shelves, drawers, accessories and gaskets. Be sure to wash corners, crevices or grooves where odor-causing liquid may have settled. Dry everything thoroughly.

If odor gets into the plastic lining or the insulation of the refrigerator, it can take a long time to dissipate.

By using these tips, you will be able to clean without a trip to the store.

Linda Robbins, CDN, is assistant director and nutrition educator for Cornell Cooperative Extension of Herkimer County.

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Couple paid moving company $7K, says they did not deliver


A Prince George couple is in a real financial bind because they say a moving company did not deliver…literally.

The family moved all the way across the country and thought their belongings were in good hands. In the end, they wound up paying for their move twice.

“I’m responsible for taking care of the home, that’s my responsibility,” said Antoine Winbush.

It’s why Antoine Winbush has not rested since he and his wife moved to Prince George last year. He says they lost thousands of dollars in the process.

The couple was working with Ability Moving and Storage out of Anchorage, Alaska. Last July, they paid the company in full to move their property from Alaska to Virginia.

“$7,106 we paid the company to move our household goods,” Winbush said. “We’re talking about furniture, television, computer, desktops, tables, kitchen appliances, vacuums, bathroom accessories and tools.”

That process would involve shipping their property to Washington and then transporting it to Virginia from there. Ability was to oversee and coordinate that entire process, but the couple says that didn’t happen.

In August, they found a place in Prince George and called Ability to have them forward their things.

“That’s when we ran into problems, because the moving company was responding to us saying, ‘we’re going to go ahead and move your household goods in a couple of weeks, we’re working on it’ and ‘we’re working on it’ for a few weeks they would say,” Winbush said.

This stretched on for weeks, according to the couple. Finally, in October, they received a phone call from a company in Fife, Washington called Lynden Transport.

“They were letting us know that ‘your household goods are sitting here on our dock in a hold area and that we can only hold that for so long,’” Winbush said.  “I never got notified by Ability Moving Company that they had shipped our household goods to Fife, Washington.”

From there, the couple kept trying to get Ability Moving to coordinate the rest of their move to Virginia, but that never happened.

In the meantime, they had to start replacing items that had not been delivered. Finally, in December, they hired another company to complete the move at a cost of nearly $4,000 all said and done.

“What it came down to is we had to come out of pocket to pay our own household goods to be moved, when we’ve already come out of pocket,”  Winbush said.

To top it all off, all of this threw off the couples plan to buy a house.

Now they’re asking for a refund of nearly $6,000. That’s the money they paid to Ability movers minus the amount Ability paid to ship the load to Fife Washington, where it sat for more than a month.

NBC12’s Eric Philips reached out to Ability Movers in Anchorage to see where the company stands. An official sent me this email saying:

“Accounts payable is working on getting [them] the refund. This does take time since they have to compute the expenditures as to what has been paid for labor, supplies and material used to pack [their] household goods, and the cost to ship to Washington.”

The couple says they packed their own items and used their own materials to do so. Philips pressed Ability Moving Company for a timeline, and the official responded:

“The GM will advise on Friday. Out of town.”

We’ll continue to press for resolution on this one.

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