Whether you’re planning an exotic escape or taking a quick weekend trip somewhere fun, summer is a time to relax and enjoy a change of scenery.
It’s important to take the necessary measures to close up your home before leaving. The tips below will ensure you can stay worry-free while away.
Leave your keys with a neighbor you trust If you have a trustworthy neighbor, leave them a copy of your key as well as your contact information. While you’re away, they can check your home, collect mail and be available in case of emergency.
Lock up Take extra precautions by hiding your valuables or placing them in a safe. Be sure to lock each window, door and fence in your home. If you have a garage, park your car inside.
Be mindful of energy consumption Electronics can still expend energy when not in use. Unplug any devices such as appliances, computers, gaming consoles and televisions to prevent hazards and save on your energy bill. Turn off your air conditioning or leave it at a level to keep any pets comfortable, and put your water heater in “vacation mode.”
Plan ahead for pets Make arrangements for someone to feed and watch your pet. If you will be away for an extended period of time, you should consider having someone housesit and stay overnight to care for your animals.
Avoid unnecessary smells Leaving food that will expire soon in your refrigerator while you’re away will only become more of a hassle when you get back. Avoid smells and messy cleanup upon return by discarding almost-expired food before you leave. Be sure to remove all trash before you leave, as well.
Time your lights Invest in a few timers for lamps in your home. Program them to turn on lamps near windows to mimic the appearance of activity. This can help prevent intruders who may target homes that have been dark for a few days.
For many, the perfect remedy after a long day at the office is a nice glass of whiskey on the rocks. With this miniature, personalized oak barrel that ages spirits to peak flavor, offer dad a personal spin to his favorite whiskey brand.
It might be time to retire old, worn-out grilling accessories. This tool set includes a two-prong fork, spatula, tongs, a basting brush and, not to mention, a durable steel case. After all, the Fourth of July is right around the corner. Let dad grill in style.
If you’re trying to sell your home, you’ve probably scrutinized it, staged it, and scrubbed it down as if the folks from Architectural Digest were stopping by for a cover shoot. OK, so it’s in immaculate shape — but your home isn’t the only thing under scrutiny here. You are, too. That’s right: No matter how nice your home is, your behavior can also affect how buyers feel about making an offer.
Below are seven etiquette rules sellers should follow to show their home — and themselves — in the best possible light.
Leave — Sure, you’re dying to know if prospective buyers will love what you’ve done with the kitchen, but agents agree sellers should not be there lurking in the shadows during an open house or showing.
Take your pets with you — You may think your dog is the cutest ever, but not everyone is bound to share that opinion. In addition to having allergies, some home shoppers may not be in the market for a run-in with an animal they don’t know.
Move your car — Make it easy for visitors to park and view your home. No one likes parking issues. Having them is a sure way to get a viewing off to a bad start.
Offer some refreshments — House hunters can get parched and peckish. You can help. Putting out a few small bottled waters in a bowl of ice is always appreciated, along with some light, easy grab-and-go sort of refreshments like mints or cookies.
Be patient waiting for feedback — Of course, you’re dying to know what buyers thought of your home, but that information may not flow back to you instantaneously. It’s reasonable to ask for feedback from your agent after the showing, but understand it may take a day or two for the buyer’s agent to respond.
Don’t be greedy — Who doesn’t want top dollar for their home? But an unwillingness to negotiate can kill a possible deal and keep your home on the market long after you were hoping to be unpacking at your new place.
Listen to the professionals — If your Realtor has some suggestions for improvements that may help sell your home faster, take them to heart but don’t take them personally. Keep emotions out and listen to what a licensed, trained, professional has to say about your house.
There are some homes that lack nothing today’s modern families need. 6810 Mimosa Lane is one of those. Everything you could want — double lot with pool, sports court, fantastic outdoor living space, a full basement, and a HUGE play yard — and more comes with this spectacular home! Mark Cain and Sharon Redd have 6810 Mimosa priced at $2,395,000.
Designed by architect Steven Chambers, this unique residence offers 7,561 square feet of comfortable living space on 4 levels with 5 bedrooms, 6.1 baths, 2 living areas, a full basement with multiple living and game areas, and a 2-car attached garage.
The gracious two-story entry opens to a large dining room with butler’s pantry and an elegant living room with custom fireplace.
The spacious family room with fireplace and built-ins opens to a cheerful breakfast room and a beautifully updated island kitchen with quartz countertops and stainless steel appliances. Custom millwork with art and finishes by Reg Land highlighting a diamond pattern detail adds a special designer touch.
The main level also features a large mud room with slate floors which leads to an amazing outdoor screened living area with a stone fireplace, ice-maker and refrigerator.
The master suite with an outdoor screened balcony is located on the second floor and features a stunning new bathroom with dual vanities, separate shower and garden tub, and two large walk-in closets.
Three additional bedrooms with private baths, large closets and built-ins are also found on this level. On the third floor is a large bedroom/bonus room with full bath.
The full basement boasts multiple living and game areas.
Completing this home are landscape designs by Harold Leidner and Armstrong Berger, pool by Pool Environments, an enormous lawn, and an overall feeling of quality, comfort and charm.
For more information or to schedule a private showing, please contact Mark Cain at (214)642-6516 or Sharon Redd at (469)835-5363. Additional photos and details may be found here.
Stunning style steps forward in this Hill Country-inspired modern beauty built by Todd James. Offered for $1,995,000 by Sharon Redd of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate, this home for sale in Dallas at 2708 Stanford (2708stanford.daveperrymiller.com) boasts 5,335 square feet that include a formal dining room, study, great room, five bedrooms (each with their own bathroom), two half baths, gourmet kitchen, game room, and two-car garage.
“This home really offers the best of indoor-outdoor living,” says Redd. “The natural materials and artisan finishes complement all the beautiful windows and French doors that connect the interior to nature.”
Stone, rustic beams, and an inviting front patio shaded by mature trees reflect the relaxed elegance of this unique home. Inside, a bright entry opens to a chic dining room with floor-to-ceiling windows that infuse the space with soft natural light, while offering views of the front lawn. Across the way, a refined study features handsome custom bookshelves and oversized French doors that open to the front patio. An office conveniently tucked inside the study keeps work out of sight.
Just beyond, hand-hewn ceiling beams and a statuesque stone fireplace flanked by custom display cabinetry add character to great room. Three sets of French doors open to the covered back patio and lawn for easy al fresco relaxing and entertaining. A breakfast bar connects the great room to the large eat-in kitchen outfitted with sleek cabinetry, huge island, marble countertops, stone backsplash, professional-grade stainless appliances, and access to the back stairway.
Upstairs, a vaulted, beamed ceiling adorns the bright and luxurious master suite with a sitting area and treetop views. The spa-inspired master bath is well-appointed with separate his-and-her vanities, soaking tub, walk-in shower and two walk-in closets.
Sharon Redd of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate is representing 2708 Stanford Avenue in University Park.
Four additional bedroom suites with beautifully finished bathrooms, along with a spacious game room, offer plenty of room for children and guests.
Outdoors, a covered blue-stone patio boasts a grilling station and stone fireplace perfect for autumn evenings, while the large fenced-in grassy lawn is perfect for kids and pets.
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For more information or to schedule a viewing of this HPISD home, please contact Sharon Redd at (469)835-5363 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
This stunning Cape Cod two-story is an uncommon oasis in the heart of Dallas. As you pull into the driveway of 8206 Inwood Road, marketed for $2,865,000 by J.L. Forke and Jennifer Shindler, any visual or audible reminders you’re in a bustling city begin to fade into the background.
This completely re-imagined home melds the charm of its original 1941 structure with renovated and expanded spaces (more than 60% of the home is new) designed for the most discerning taste. The current owners spent over two and a half years working very closely with architect/builder Chad Dorsey of More+Design Build creating a special place that not only fit their growing family’s needs but also built a home that reminded them of their Massachusetts’ roots. With its bleached hardwood flooring, beamed ceilings and walls of glass overlooking lush, three-quarter-acre grounds, the Inwood Road estate includes formals, great room, library, four bedrooms, four full and one half baths, chef’s kitchen, game room, guest house, screened, pool, three-car garage, storm shelter and guest house.
“The original 2,500 square-foot residence was taken down to the studs,” Shindler says. “More+Design reconfigured it into this spectacular home now boasting 6,937 square feet.”
“Because it was completed in 2014, it really is like a new home,” Forke adds.
A crushed granite motor court welcomes guests to a gracious entry. Inside, the bright foyer is flanked by chic living and dining rooms washed in natural light and perfect for elegant gatherings with family and friends.
With its beamed ceilings, shimmering fireplace, six iron orb chandeliers, and a wall of French doors that open to the outdoors, the dramatic great room is sublime. An expansive center island gracefully connects the room with an open gourmet kitchen outfitted with classic white cabinetry and countertops, and artisan tile. An enormous walk-in pantry, two Miele dishwashers, and professional Viking and Sub-Zero appliances make the kitchen truly chef-worthy.
The downstairs master wing is a luxe retreat with more than 1,160 square feet, and includes a sitting area with fireplace and bath overlooking a private garden. Upstairs, a game room with full en suite bath is perfect for a fifth bedroom, media room or nanny’s quarters.
Outdoors, a screened-in porch with grilling station and fireplace offers views of the back lawn, pool and spa. The 1,000-square-foot guest house features a living room with fireplace and cathedral ceilings.
For more information, contact J.L. Forke at (214)email@example.com or Jennifer Shindler at (214)firstname.lastname@example.org.
The rolling hills and mature trees that characterize the Vaquero Estates make the development seem as if it’s nestled in the country rather than the middle of two major cities. Perhaps that’s why a home in this gated golf community is so coveted by discerning business executives, celebrities and professional athletes. The French Provencal estate located at 2252 King Fisher Drive (2252KingFisherDrive.com), is the epitome of laid-back luxury, and is offered for $5,750,000 by J.L. Forke and Jennifer Shindler of Dave Perry-Miller Real Estate.
“The home sits on 3.8 acres and can’t be seen from the street,” J.L. Forke says. “A gated, winding drive meanders through roses and mature trees. With native grasses, wildflower fields and perennial gardens planted with 2,500 tulips and daffodils, exploring the grounds feels like a day trip to the wine country.”
The sellers worked with architect and builder Aaron Angle for two years to curate this timeless masterpiece. Inspired by homes in Southern France, it is adorned with 200-year-old French antique tile floors and five artisan-crafted fireplaces. Within its 10,572 square-foot interior are four living areas, five bedrooms, five full baths, media room and a five-car garage. An elevator accesses the underground wine grotto with a copper bar, fireplace and a lounge perfect for after-dinner gatherings.
“Residents will also enjoy relaxing and entertaining outdoors,” Jennifer Shindler says. “The outdoor living room and kitchen features a fireplace along with views of the resort-style pool, terrace, huge lawn with Bocce Ball court, and more.”
Vaquero has a 24-hour guarded gate and a Tom Fazio-designed golf course and club that offers dining, a spa and gym, pool and fishing lake.
Parents have their choice of Keller ISD or the public charter school Westlake Academy, an International Baccalaureate World School serving K-12 students. Children living in Westlake who wish to attend the academy are granted automatic admission, bypassing a waiting list of nearly 2,000 students vying for one of the highly coveted spots.
For additional information on 2252 King Fisher Drive or to schedule a showing, contact J.L. Forke at (214)email@example.com or Jennifer Shindler at (214)firstname.lastname@example.org.