Homeowner Tips

Helpful tips for Anchorage homeowners

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Working parents with school-aged kids understand the utter chaos that a school-day morning can bring. Along with readying yourself for work and making sure everyone eats a decent breakfast, there is school lunch preparation to consider.

Creating a lunch station is one way to deal with this, both for older kids who make their own lunches or for busy parents that need to make lunches on the fly on an all-too busy morning.

It’s a brilliant idea that we got on the web from iheartorganizing. She calls it a “sammy makin’ kit,” while we call it a sanity saver.

Refrigerator organization

Any basket or bin that is large enough to hold all the refrigerated lunch fixings is fine. In it, you’ll place fresh fruit and vegetables, cheeses, lunch meats,

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Most everyone has a tiny space outside their home that can use some living color. Whether you live in a downtown Anchorage condo with a bare balcony or in a Wasilla single-family home with a patio or deck, a shot of color in the form of a charming garden may just take the spot from dreary to dreamy.

Let's take a look at some things to consider when planning for your summer balcony (or patio) garden.

Does the spot get sun or shade?

The amount of sun a garden receives is important to determining what to grow and it's tricky to determine this what with our long periods of daylight in the summer here in Southcentral. Does the spot you've chosen get lots of sun, afternoon sun or is it primarily in shade for much of the day? Shady gardens are a

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For a while now, Alaska has been shedding jobs in the oil and gas industry but the experts say the unemployment rate of 6.6 percent is now holding steady. While that is significantly higher than the rest of the nation, we’re happy to see it stop sliding downward.

If you are among the unfortunate who have lost jobs and feel that you can’t make your mortgage payments, don’t panic. While you decide on the next step to take, keep the following in mind.

Be Proactive

Don’t hide from your lender. Gather up all your bills and figure out exactly where you stand financially. Know how much money is coming in every month, how much you owe to others and where you can make cuts in your budget.

Once you are clear on your financial situation, contact

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When we think of interior design and décor, most of us contemplate the aesthetics, or how the home will appear to the eye. We’re missing the boat, according to Dr. Sally Augustin and Dr. David Fell of FPInnovations. Incorporating certain outdoor elements in our décor can improve our health and mental well-being, they claim.

Of course it doesn’t take researchers to tell us how being in our favorite outdoor environment brings instant relaxation. Whether that’s fishing in Ship Creek or taking to the trails at Kincaid Park, it’s a safe bet that most of us can instantly recall that feeling of complete relaxation that washes over us while we’re in nature.

Here in Southcentral you may have amazing views of Turnagain, Lucile Lake or Pioneer.  If you are

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What’s the first thing you do when you decide you’d like to add to the landscaping around your Southcentral home? Head to the nursery, right? Just because a plant is locally available, however, doesn’t mean it’s appropriate to your Southcentral garden.

Landscaping with Alaskan native plants, also known as naturescaping, brings benefits well worth considering. When you grow native plants you’re helping to support our bird and beneficial insect populations. Naturescapes are also low-maintenance, requiring far less water and no fertilizer or pesticides.

Let’s take a look at some of Alaska’s amazing native plants that are suitable for your Southcentral home landscape.

Alaskan Trees

  • Paper birch (Betula papyrifera): Requires full sun and
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The Montagues and the Capulets, the Hatfields and McCoy’s, the Starks and the Lannisters – neighbor disputes, whether real or imaginary, captivate readers and viewers. But, since we don’t live in the Dune universe and tensions between two neighbors in modern-day America aren’t over the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, disputes need to be resolved in a somewhat civilized fashion.

Forty two percent of Americans claim they’ve been ensnared in a neighborhood feud, with noise the most common complaint. What other types of neighbor disputes are common in Anchorage and how do neighbors typically go about disputing and resolving them?

Most Common Neighbor Disputes

Whether it’s loud music or barking dogs, noise complaints are the most common among

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April 18th will soon be upon us (we have an extra few days to file in 2016) and it’s time to start thinking about deductions. Sure, the First-Time Homebuyer tax credit that was so popular a couple of years ago no longer exists, but that doesn’t mean you lack tax savings as a homeowner. Most of these were set to expire at the end of 2015 but were extended until the end of 2016 or 2017 so you can use them when you calculate your 2015 taxes.

Now, we aren’t tax specialists, so speak with your accountant if you have questions about homeowner tax breaks. But here’s a bit of what we know.

PMI Deduction

If you paid less than 20 percent for a down payment on your Southcentral home the lender tacked on a private mortgage insurance policy. Although the

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Organized Home - Image Credit: https://www.flickr.com/photos/nkeppol/5829442256

Clutter is something that can take a beautiful home and mask it quickly. If you cannot stand clutter in your home, you need to know how to combat clutter. Here are a few tips to help you keep the clutter at bay.

Shelves

One of the best ways to get rid of clutter is to add shelves in the right rooms of your home. Instead of putting up a bookshelf or adding a desk, choose wall shelves. These types of shelves allow room for all kinds of things and keep the clutter off your furniture.

Utilize Storage

Most homes come with built-in storage in the garage and closets. Utilizing storage for items you don't need right now can help keep your clutter to a minimum.

Only Leave Out What You Need

If you don't use something at least a few times a

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Eco-Friendly Home

Are you an environment lover and would like to make your home more eco-friendly? You might be afraid that you are required to go through major renovations and overhaul to make an environmental friendly home, but this is not true at all. Here is a list of tips on reducing both carbon footprint and utility bills by living a greener lifestyle. 

Unplug Electronics

You are absolutely wrong if you think that plugged in electronics are not draining any power even when they are turned off. They still drain power, as long as they are plugged in. So, remember to switch off all electronics and unplug them from the power outlets whenever you are not using them. This may not make a huge difference on your power bill, but it will make a difference. 

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When you purchase an Anchorage home, you may end up with an extra bedroom, a den or even a bonus room. This is a wonderful thing as the room can be used for many different things. Here are some of the top ways you can use the extra room in your new home.

Home Office

If you work from home or have a need for an office at home, an extra room is a great choice. Your office should have a door on it, so that you can get the privacy you need. With an extra room, you can easily get the necessary privacy and you will have a place to work from without having to worry.

A Library

For the book lover, a library is the best option. You can turn the walls into shelves and add books to fill up the shelves. Do this with all four walls and you will be

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