Preparing for a home appraisal.

White subway tile backsplashWe have decided to take advantage of the low rates to save some money with a refinance. Of course, that means a few hoops, one of which is a home appraisal.

Learn from our mistakes.

We spent the better part of 4 days trying to prepare, when really all we needed was a day of cleaning up. We thought we needed to mark off some of the bigger to dos on our list, and while some of them may have really helped (like taking a few big things to the local donation center), most of them were not needed.

  • Showcase the kitchen and baths.
  • Make a list of all improvements that you have made to the home.
  • Make sure surfaces are clutter free, and clean.
  • Clean up around the outside (simple things if weather permits, like trimming back bushes, and making sure your porch is clean).
  • Open windows, even in the winter to get stale air out (close them before the appraisal though, no need to freeze).
  • Close toilet lids.
  • Empty the kitchen sink.
  • Vacuum.
  • Make all the beds.

I think that this list would have been enough for our appraisal. We went overboard, touching up paint, hanging up a drape we had meant to hang for awhile now, majorly deep cleaning the shower and bathroom (nice to have that done, but a simple clean would have been plenty), moving a lot of furniture and stuff out of our laundry room and over to my parent’s house, plus so much more.

What we learned was this isn’t an inspection, and unless you are selling you likely just need to go with the basics. The man was here maybe 15 mins, mostly looking into rooms to see how many of what type there were, and asking about upgrades.

As long as all your rooms are defined as what they are, a simple clean will be perfect. Learn from our mistake, don’t over do it.


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Worst Valentine Ever?

I spotted this gem at a store (that will remain nameless to protect the innocent) last year and had to snap a photo. Could this be the worst Valentine ever?

Worst Valentine EverOr is it possibly the best (if you have a certain sense of humor of course)?

What do you think? Would you give this beauty to your loved one? What would you think if you were on the receiving end?


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Downton Abbey is back!

And I couldn’t be happier. Do you have a favorite show? Honestly Downton Abbey ranks in my top 10 favorites, and it’s so hard to wait for it to come back each season. Last week’s episode got us off with a bang, I can hardly wait to see what tonight brings.

tea set

Pull up a comfy chair and have a spot of tea. Are you watching Downton?

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Welcome a Cure Giveaway

For the past decade, through its Pink Ribbon Welcome Mat project, Carpet One Floor & Home has raised almost a million dollars to support breast cancer research. This year, they celebrated 10 years of giving to this important cause, and we have a special giveaway to help celebrate. One lucky winner will get a welcome mat. And even if you aren’t the winner, you can still buy your own and twenty-five percent of each sale will be donated directly to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation.


This year, the company partnered with 12 well-known interior design experts, all of whom have added their flare for color and home fashion to the mix of beautifully designed and durable indoor-outdoor mats, which can be viewed at the Welcome a Cure website. I chose this fun design, that says “well, hello”! And of course, it also features the pink ribbon.


The welcome mats are a great quality that can be used indoors or out. I really love the feel of the mat, it’s soft under foot, and it seems like it will hold up to a lot of traffic too!

To enter, please visit the Welcome a Cure website and then comment here with your top two choices of welcome mat designs. Carpet One Floor & Home will do all they can to assure that one of your top picks will be your prize!

This giveaway will end on January 9th, 2015 at midnight MST. The winner will be picked at random and notified by email. This giveaway is open to those in USA and Canada. Thanks and good luck!

Disclosure: Carpet One Floor & Home provided me with a welcome mat for my review, and is providing the prize for the giveaway. Opinions are my own.

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