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Moving With Children

by Sandi Pressley

You’ve made your decision. You’re moving to Albuquerque. You even found a great house. Time to start packing. As well as tell the kids. It doesn’t matter how far you are moving. Moving at all can be an unpleasant event in a child’s life and can be overwhelming for any child. Not only is there the chaos of packing, kids are forced to say goodbye to friends, teachers, and the familiar comfort of their community.

For the children of military families, there are particularly acute challenges during relocation—or Permanent Change of Station. Military families relocate more frequently than civilian families (every two to three years, on average) and they tend to move greater distances. When military families move from bases to civilian neighborhoods, children often feel isolated from their peers, who can’t identify with the military lifestyle.

By preparing for the move in advance, keeping lines of communication open, and maintaining a positive attitude, parents can help their kids cope with the challenges of relocation. Here are some tips for ensuring that your child transitions smoothly from one home to another.

First Try a Family Meeting.

Before you prepare to relocate, talk to your child about what the move will be like, and what challenges might occur during the process of relocation.

Get some take out and have an enjoyable family diner, that way you can casually bring up the subject. This gives you a chance to slip into the conversation without too much upset and to let them know why the move is necessary. It’s also a good opportunity to let them ask their questions, so you can answer them and ease any concerns they will have.

Get Them Involved in the Process.

This is also a good opportunity to go through the house and clean out all the unnecessary stuff that that your family have picked up over the years. Get the kids to help you decide what can be trashed, donated or sold. Moving sale time!

Younger kids also benefit from transitional exercises before moving to a new home. Let your child help out with packing, or encourage her to choose the color of her new room. Involving children in the move in this way has the added benefit of making them feel in control at a time when events in their lives can seem out of control.

Encourage them to Learn More About Where Your Family is Moving.

Help them learn as much about their soon to be new community. Encourage them to do some of their own research. Help them check out the local schools and school district. A website of the local schools with pictures would be a great help and let them get an idea of where they’ll be attending school. You could also try to find a local online paper to help the whole family get a feel for the local people and issues.

Establish a routine

When unpacking all those boxes in a new home, keeping regular mealtimes and bedtimes might not be your biggest priority. But it’s important to try and establish a routine for your kids as soon as you get to the new location.

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HOT HOME LISTING OF THE WEEK!

7904 Charger Trail NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109  $350,000

4 Bedrooms / 3 Bathrooms (2 full, 1 half) / 2828 Square Feet

NEW ROOF! (2018) NEWER CARPET & PAINT! (2017) Single story 4BDR/3BA/2G with TWO LIVING AREAS, formal dining, oversized eat-in kitchen plus sunroom! .25 ACRE LOT! REFRIGERATED AIR! Skylights! Wet bar and wood burning fireplace in the oversized family room! Large secondary bedrooms, walk-in closets! Master bath has updated wood tile flooring, double sink vanity and sep vanity! Spacious eat-in kitchen features lots of cabinets, newer oven and dishwasher (2017 & 2018). Beautifully landscaped yard with mature trees, grass and shrubs! Conveniently located in Academy Estates neighborhood, close to shopping, Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, Alb Academy, parks, schools & restaurants! Sandia High School district.

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DIY Appliance Maintenance Tips

by Sandi Pressley

You know how it goes. The washing machine quits washing, leaking all over the floor. A stove element stops working just before a big meal. The fridge dies and spoils the food.

These issues can be avoided or delayed with just a few easy DIY maintenance steps. And the good part is, you can do them yourself. Here's a few things to watch out for in taking care of your appliances and potentially save money.

1. Check Your Oven's Door Seal

Your oven can lose over 20% of it's heat if the door isn't sealing properly, creating a longer to cook time. Open the door and check the rubber or fiberglass gasket that goes around the edge of the door. If you feel any melted, torn, or broken areas, or if you close the door and find any leaks, replace the seal.

2. Check Range Filters

Metal filters can be washed in a dishwasher or by hand. Replace charcoal filters (don't wash them).

3. Clean Stove top Drip Bowls

Clean the drip bowls underneath your burner elements by pre-soaking them for around 5 minutes in cleaning solution. Wash by hand and place them back on the stove top. Try to clean them after spills so they don't get burned in next time the burner is used.

4. Clean Refrigerator Coils

Refrigerator coils can get clogged with dirt, dust and pet hair. This will restrict airflow and make it harder to keep it cool. Gently clean the coils once or twice a year with a vacuum. They can either be found behind the kick plate or in the rear.

5. Change Refrigerator Water Filter 

Old, over used water filters can expose you to harmful water. Make sure you change them every 3 - 6 months, depending on how much water, and brand, you use.

6. Repairing Rusty Dish Rack Tines 

Check your dishwasher racks for rusty tines. If you do find rust, it can easily be repaired with a sealant and replacement tips to cover the tines. This will keep your dishes and silverware from being ruined.

7. Maintain Your Garbage Disposal

Check your garbage disposal for any stuck items. Make sure the power is off and do not use your hands! Pour a combination of ice cubes and salt, or vinegar down the drain, then run cold water for 10 seconds and then turn on the disposal with the water still running. Never run the disposal without water. You can remove odors with citrus peels, or with odor removal packets sold in most stores.

8. Clean Dryer Exhaust

Always empty the lint catcher  between loads. Check for lint in the dryer exhaust by loosening the clamp and pulling the exhaust hose from the back of the dryer. Pull out lint with your hands or gently with a hanger. Vacuum before you re-attach the hose.

9. Check Washing Machine Hoses

You can prevent your washing machine from flooding by checking hoses for leaks. Check for cracks, leaks, or weak spots. As a rule of thumb, replace hoses every 5 years.

10. Clean AC Filters

Cleaning your AC filter every 2 - 4 weeks will increase your AC's life, as well as maintain efficiency. Vacuum reusable filters, and replace disposable ones.

If you follow these tips, you'll be able to avoid costly appliance repairs or replacements.

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HOT HOME LISTING OF THE WEEK!

8320 Calle Petirrojo NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120  $750,000

4 Bedrooms / 4 Bathrooms (2 full, 2 half) / 4844 Square Feet

Beautifully maintained and lovingly upgraded single level custom home close to the Bosque on 1 acre lot. Kitchen is well appointed with island,granite counters,dbl oven, Wolf gas cook top & sub zero fridge. Wide open floorplan, light, bright and cheery, perfect for entertaining. Stunning maple flooring, breakfast nook and formal dining room. Large master suite w/ sittingarea & luxurious bath w/jetted tub & sep. shower. Immaculate grounds w/covered patios, lush grass, 2 storage sheds & fountain to enjoy outdoor living. Newer appliances,hot water heater, water softener and so much more.

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Ways to Restructure Your Mortgage and Save

by Sandi Pressley

If you've thought about restructuring your mortgage, you no doubt have certain goals in mind. Maybe you want to free up funds for a purchase, reduce your monthly costs, or pay off the mortgage faster.

There are three strategies that can work to restructure your mortgage:

  • Send in extra money to pay down principal.
  • Recast your mortgage.
  • Refinance your loan.

Send in Extra Money to Pay Down Principal

Around 40 years ago, Marc Eisenson coined the term “banker’s secret,” which promoted a cost-saving idea. It's quite simple: pay more per month than required on your mortgage. Eisenson says, “It was a secret that bankers knew, but didn’t share with their customers.”

Here’s how it works. If you take out a $200,000 30-year mortgage at an interest rate of 6%, and just make the minimum payments, you’ll pay a total of $382,537.97 for your home, including interest of $182,537.97. However, if you send in just an additional $100 each month, you’ll save more than $49,000 in interest over the term of the loan.

And for the bonus: You'll pay the loan off over 5 years early! It's an easy way to restructure your loan without extra fees or hassles.

You can also pay off your loan early with a bi-weekly payment plan. Your bank can set this up, but they may charge a lot of money for this service. If you have the self-discipline to do this yourself, that's the way to go.

With this strategy, you make half your monthly mortgage payment every two weeks, which equals 13 payments a year instead of 12. With bi-weekly payments on a 30-year $200,000 loan, you’ll save more than $49,000 in interest over the course of the loan, and pay it off approximately five years earlier.

Other ways to easily do it yourself:

  • Make one additional mortgage payment per year at any time.
  • Divide your monthly payment by 12, and add that extra amount each month when you pay your mortgage.

Recast Mortgage for Lower Payments

Another way to restructure your loan is called to recast it. You'll need at least $5,000 to recast your mortgage. Recasting a loan changes the principle balance, not the interest rate or term.

Here’s how it works: You've been paying your mortgage for 10 years at 6%, with a monthly payment of $1,432.86. You balance is now $200,000. You contribute an additional $20,000 in the recast. Now your principle is $180,000, and you still have the remaining 20 years to pay it off at 6%. Now your new monthly payment has been reduced by $143.28, making the payment $1,289.58.

It will usually cost a fee for this service. The bank doesn't make anything from this, except retaining you as a customer. As such, they usually won't promote this method. Not every lender will recast a mortgage, but it never hurts to ask.

Refinance Your Loan

Refinancing a loan is the most common method of restructuring. In this case, you're replacing your current mortgage with a new one at a lower rate. If you took that same $200,000 balance on your 6% mortgage and refinanced into one with a 5% interest rate, you’d reduce your monthly payment from $1,199 to $1,074, saving $125 monthly.

Keep in mind that this method is the most challenging, so you need a good credit score and solid job history. There are also closing costs, which can run 3% to 6% of the loan amount.

These tips are appropriate if you’re current on your mortgage and have extra money. Struggling home owners should consider the government-sponsored Home Affordable Modification Program (HAMP) for mortgage restructuring.

We can help you realize your real estate dreams in Albuquerque with our powerful home search tool. And make sure to come back to our blog twice a week for more local articles about living in Albuquerque and real estate advice. Follow us on Facebook for all the latest Albuquerque real estate listings!

HOT HOME LISTING OF THE WEEK!

8320 Calle Petirrojo NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120  $750,000

4 Bedrooms / 4 Bathrooms (2 full, 2 half) / 4844 Square Feet

Beautifully maintained and lovingly upgraded single level custom home close to the Bosque on 1 acre lot. Kitchen is well appointed with island,granite counters,dbl oven, Wolf gas cook top & sub zero fridge. Wide open floorplan, light, bright and cheery, perfect for entertaining. Stunning maple flooring, breakfast nook and formal dining room. Large master suite w/ sittingarea & luxurious bath w/jetted tub & sep. shower. Immaculate grounds w/covered patios, lush grass, 2 storage sheds & fountain to enjoy outdoor living. Newer appliances,hot water heater, water softener and so much more.

Contact the Sandi Pressley team for additional details! 

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The Best Public Elementary Schools in Albuquerque

by Sandi Pressley

On our other website, we listed the best schools in Albuquerque according to Niche.com. That list showed the best schools on all grade levels. But there are so many outstanding schools in Albuquerque that we just can't contain them to one list. So here's a list of the top elementary schools in Albuquerque for your review, along with links to search for homes near each school.

Southwest Primary Learning Center
#1 Best Public Elementary Schools in New Mexico
#1 Best Charter Elementary Schools in New Mexico
#2 Best Public Elementary School Teachers in New Mexico

Southwest Primary Learning Center has 102 students in grades 4-6 with a student-teacher ratio of 21 to 1. According to state test scores, 42% of students are at least proficient in math and 37% in reading.

Find Homes For Sale Near Southwest Primary Learning Center

Coral Community Charter School
#3 Best Charter Elementary Schools in New Mexico
#3 Best Charter Elementary Schools in New Mexico
#8 Best Public Elementary Schools in New Mexico

Coral Community Charter School has 195 students in grades PK, K-6 with a student-teacher ratio of 13 to 1. According to state test scores, 32% of students are at least proficient in math and 42% in reading.

Find Homes For Sale Near Coral Community Charter School

Montessori Elementary School
#5 Best Charter Elementary Schools in New Mexico

Montessori Elementary School has 420 students in grades K-8 with a student-teacher ratio of 22 to 1. According to state test scores, 31% of students are at least proficient in math and 46% in reading.

Find Homes For Sale Near Montessori Elementary School

Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School
#1 Best Public Elementary Schools in Sandoval County
#14 Best Public Elementary Schools in New Mexico

Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School has 883 students in grades K-5 with a student-teacher ratio of 15 to 1. According to state test scores, 44% of students are at least proficient in math and 51% in reading.

Find Homes For Sale Near Martin Luther King Jr. Elementary School

Our powerful and easy to use home search tool will help you find the perfect home near the best schools in Albuquerque. Visit our blog twice a week for helpful articles about living in Albuquerque and real estate advice. And follow us on Facebook for all the latest Albuquerque real estate listings.

HOT HOME LISTING OF THE WEEK!

113 Buffalo Ridge Court, Placitas, NM 87043  $539,000

3 Bedrooms / 2 Bathrooms (1 full, 1 half) / 2700 Square Feet

Exceptional Custom Home nestled on approximately 2.5 hilltop acres with Sweeping 360 degree VIEWS! The courtyard entry welcomes the most discerning buyer into the light, bright great room with awe-inspiring wall of windows, & cozy fireplace-ideal for gatherings and/or relaxation. The Chef's delight kitchen boasts maple cabinets, kitchen island, built-ins, & eat at bar. Adjacent dining room walks out onto the tranquil outdoor covered portal. The upper level is dedicated to the Master retreat w/relaxing sitting area, builtins, spa like ensuite, & private balcony to take in the stunning views!

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Keep Your Outdoor Items Organized

by Sandi Pressley

Where do you store your outdoor tools when you're not using them? Many people just toss them in the garage and call it a day. But as we all know, that can turn into a mess where it's not so easy to find what you need.

Here's some ways that you can reduce the clutter in your garage. It will help simplify your life, as well as help you sell your home in Albuquerque.

Tuck Storage Under Your Deck

The space under higher decks are great for storing items if you do it right. All you need to do is enclose the area with doors if it's not already enclosed. It's an ideal way to keep clutter and tools out of site.

The thing to keep in mind is that this will protect your stuff from the sun, but not moisture. Make sure your items can handle a little moisture.

For a lower deck, you can use storage drawers instead.

If you have a lower deck, you can still use the space underneath if there's room to place storage drawers under it. You can store items such as pool equipment, yard games, and coolers, making it easy to grab what you need for summer fun.

Build a Fence With Built-Ins

A fence with built-ins is just like having an indoor wall with built-ins. And when you do this with a fence, you get more privacy, security, and storage - a 3-in one deal.

Add a Purpose-Built Shed

Think about what you need the most with outdoor storage, then build a shed to fir your purpose. A pre-fab shed may not be the best solution, and it could become another place where clutter builds up.

Looking for the home of your dreams in Albuquerque? Use our powerful home search tool to find the perfect home in Albuquerque and the surrounding area. Visit our blog twice a week for more local articles about living in Albuquerque and real estate advice. Make sure to follow us on Facebook for all the latest Albuquerque real estate listings.

HOT HOME LISTING OF THE WEEK!

113 Buffalo Ridge Court, Placitas, NM 87043  $539,000

3 Bedrooms / 2 Bathrooms (1 full, 1 half) / 2700 Square Feet

Exceptional Custom Home nestled on approximately 2.5 hilltop acres with Sweeping 360 degree VIEWS! The courtyard entry welcomes the most discerning buyer into the light, bright great room with awe-inspiring wall of windows, & cozy fireplace-ideal for gatherings and/or relaxation. The Chef's delight kitchen boasts maple cabinets, kitchen island, built-ins, & eat at bar. Adjacent dining room walks out onto the tranquil outdoor covered portal. The upper level is dedicated to the Master retreat w/relaxing sitting area, builtins, spa like ensuite, & private balcony to take in the stunning views!

Contact the Sandi Pressley team for additional details! 

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Cleaning Your Albuquerque Attic: What You Can’t See Can Hurt You

by Sandi Pressley

Do you really need to clean your attic in your home in Albuquerque? After all, you're unfinished attic is just being used for storage, so a little dirt won't hurt, right?

Not so much. That dirt and dander builds up over the years and can circulate into the rest of your home, possibly making you sick. Dirt and allergens find a way through ceiling hatches, doors, recessed lights, and heating and cooling systems.

If you plan to sell your home in Albuquerque, a clean attic can help close the deal. Ans if you clean your attic, you'll also be able to reorganize and find new ways to use that space.

Attic Cleaning Basics

  • Dust walls, window frames, and rafters with an electrostatically charged cloth (think Swiffer) or duster, which grab twice as much dust as cotton cloths. Don’t forget to dust exposed roof trusses, attic fan blades, light bulbs, fixtures, hatches, and door frames.

  • Vacuum with a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter vacuum cleaner, which channels all vacuumed air through a filter designed to remove even microscopic particles. A less expensive choice: Install a top-quality, high-efficiency filter bag in your vacuum.

  • Line shop vacuums with a plastic bag, which traps irritants and makes debris disposal easy.

  • Wear a National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) mask, which filters a high percentage of airborne particles.

  • If you suffer from asthma and allergies, hire a professional to remove the debris. There's no reason to risk your life. A clean attic is even more important for your health, but the cleaning process can be even more risky if you deal with asthma and allergies. A professional can remove that risk and make your attic a safer place for you.

Keeping Irritants Out of Your Attic

Preventing mold growth and sealing out insects and vermin helps reduce irritants in your attic.

Mold: Moisture can leak into your attic from a number of sources, such as roof leaks and old caulking. After a big storm, inspect your roof for missing shingles and fix any missing or broken ones immediately.

Don’t bother buying a home mold test kit, which may register mold spores that are constantly in the air anyway. If you suspect mold, or can see a mold-covered area that’s larger than about 10 sq. ft., call a certified indoor air quality professional to evaluate your situation.

Dust: Many of those tiny dust mites you see floating around are really dust mite particles, roach parts, and vermin dander made of dried saliva, urine, and feces.

These dust proteins can trigger allergic reactions, so search for tiny cracks and openings in your roof, walls, and windows where vermin and insects can enter. Seal attic air leaks with caulk and polyurethane foam, and repair any holes in attic ventilation screens that are under the eaves and in gable ends.

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HOT HOME LISTING OF THE WEEK!

326 Atrisco Drive SW, Albuquerque, NM 87105  $199,000

2 Bedrooms / 2 Bathrooms (1 full, 0 half) / 1570 Square Feet

Check out this incredible opportunity! Precious 2 BR Adobe with separate Casita! Lovingly restored, the main house boasts wood floors, newer water heater, newer metal roof and refrigerated air. With beautiful landscaping surrounding, the separate casita has a kitchen, full bath & combo sleeping/living area. This oversized lot - greater than a 1/2 acre - also boasts irrigiation from the Atrisco Ditch and great open space!! Both the main house & casita have a solid Air BnB rental history. Don't miss this one!

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Summer Fun Continues in Albuquerque

by Sandi Pressley

The good times keep rolling in Albuquerque this month, with plenty of fun times for the whole family to enjoy. Here's a few upcoming events to plan for this month in Albuquerque.

NM Jazz Festival on ABQ Civic Plaza
Sat, Jul 13, 5:30 PM | Albuquerque's Civic Plaza

Presented in partnership with the City of Albuquerque, this 14th annual New Mexico Jazz Festival celebrates women, with performances by Leyla McCalla, hONEyhoUSe, and Marcia Ball.

Route 66 Summerfest
Sat, Jul 20, 5 PM

This free event includes the Old Route 66 Car Show, Mother Road Art Market, Kids Zone & Youth Central, food trucks and live entertainment throughout Nob Hill.

DISRUPT Festival
Sun, Jul 28 | Isleta Amphitheater

Rockstar Energy presents Disrupt Festival at the Isleta Amphitheater featuring The Used, THRICE, Circa Survive, Sum 41, Sleeping with Sirens, Andy Black, Memphis May Fire, Meg & Dia, Juliet Simms, and Hyro the Hero.

Kansas
Sat, Jul 20 | Isleta Resort & Casino

Rock legends Kansas bring their string of hits and classic rock to the Isleta Resort & Casino in Albuquerque.

9th Annual SmileFest
Sun, Jul 21, 12 – 7 PM | Cliff's Amusement Park

Laugh, ride & play all day. The 9th Annual SmileFest will be held at Cliff's Amusement Park.

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HOT HOME LISTING OF THE WEEK!

326 Atrisco Drive SW, Albuquerque, NM 87105  $199,000

2 Bedrooms / 2 Bathrooms (1 full, 0 half) / 1570 Square Feet

Check out this incredible opportunity! Precious 2 BR Adobe with separate Casita! Lovingly restored, the main house boasts wood floors, newer water heater, newer metal roof and refrigerated air. With beautiful landscaping surrounding, the separate casita has a kitchen, full bath & combo sleeping/living area. This oversized lot - greater than a 1/2 acre - also boasts irrigiation from the Atrisco Ditch and great open space!! Both the main house & casita have a solid Air BnB rental history. Don't miss this one!

Contact the Sandi Pressley team for additional details! 

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Packing Hacks That Make Moving Less Awful

by Sandi Pressley

No matter how you slice it, moving is exhausting. Packing up, moving, and then unpacking an entire house is the worst.

Yet there are ways you can cut down on all that aggravation, effort, and anxiety. Here's a few pro tips that can help during your next move.

Do a Pre-Pack Photo Shoot

Here's an idea that can save your memory and sanity. Trying to remember where all those cords go and how you had your bookshelf looking so good can get mind-numbing when you mix it in with the rest of the process.

Save yourself some grief by taking pre-packing photos of all those things that were hard to arrange int he first place, so you won't have to figure it out again. With photos in hand, you’ll be able to recreate it all in record time.

Corral Cords With Toilet Paper Rolls

There's nothing more frustrating than not being able to find extension cords when you need them during a move. You know you've seen them laying around, but where?

When you pack, wind up each cord in a 6-inch coil, then insert it in a toilet paper roll. You’ll have lots more room in the box, and no tangled mess to unpack later. Just remember to clearly label the box!

Create a "Moving Toolbox"

Keep all your moving tools, such as your Sharpies, packing tape, box cutter and such together in a “moving toolbox” that you can take from room to room as you pack. This will keep you from misplacing small essential items when your house is full of boxes.

Tape Appliance Cords to Their Homes

You could be exploring your new neighborhood, but you're too busy trying to find the right power cord for your appliances.

You can save more time by taping the plug to the appliance it belongs to. Then go get a taco on the corner with your reclaimed time.

Use Your Towels, Blankets as Packing Materials

Another way moving day gets frustratingly extended? Your third trip to the store to buy more bubble wrap.

Kudos on treating your breakables with care, you don’t need the store-bought stuff. Pot holders, oven mitts, and even those old paper and plastic grocery bags you were planning to recycle make great packing materials. Also consider towels, pillows, blankets, the kids’ stuffed animals — whatever’s soft!

Color-Code Boxes

If you’re paying movers, really get your money’s worth by making it easy for them to deposit every box in the right room.

Assign a color to each room, then mark that color on the outside of each box. Before movers arrive, add the correct color label to each room’s door. They’ll love the simplicity, and you’ll love not having to haul everything that was supposed to go in the office out of the playroom.

Search for your dream home in Albuquerque with our easy to use home search. Check back on our blog every week for more real estate advice and local articles about living in Albuquerque. And make sure to follow us on Facebook for up to date real estate news for Albuquerque and surrounding areas.

HOT HOME LISTING OF THE WEEK!

10215 Alexandria Road NE, Albuquerque, NM 87122  $299,000

3 Bedrooms / 2 Bathrooms (1 full, 1 half) / 1639 Square Feet

Gorgeous backyard! Impeccably maintained ONE LEVEL 3BDR/2BA home with so many updates! Updated Andersen windows & patio door (2008), aluminum patio cover & extended outdoor patio (2015), furnace (2016), sidewalk to backyard (2015), water heater (2011) and so much more! REFRIG AIR! Light, bright & open floor plan with skylights, TWO living areas, kitchen is open to the family room with access to the covered patio, features an island, roll-out drawers, pantry, dec backsplash & sunny bkfst nook! Master suite has walk-in closet & linen closet. Incredible outdoor living area with a large covered patio, beautifully landscaped yard with grass, shrubs, trees & mountain views!! Close to schools, parks shopping, Trader Joe's, foothill trails!

Contact the Sandi Pressley team for additional details! 

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Did You Know Dirty Light Bulbs Waste Energy?

by Sandi Pressley

Do you know all the places where you waste energy? We may think we know where all the energy wasting hot spots are, but have you thought about dirty light bulbs?

Dirty light bulbs and fixtures not only waste energy, but if you're selling your home in Albuquerque, they can detract from the cleanliness of your home when it's being shown.

True, cleaning light fixtures isn't everyone's favorite job. You need a stepladder and a steady hand. But it's a necessary task that should be done at least every few months.

Dirty bulbs shed 30% less light than clean ones, says the U.S. Department of Energy. Add a dusty, dead-bug riddled cover, and you’ve got an automatic dimmer, whether you want one or not.

Light Bulbs

Light bulbs have much longer lifespans than they used to, thanks to LED and CFL technology. So obviously they'll get dirtier and need cleaning from time to time.

Wipe bulbs with a dry cloth, not wet. Water can get into crevices and damage electronics. Also, don’t spray cleaning solutions directly onto the light bulb, which could damage the bulb. Turn off the electricity to the fixture before messing with the bulbs.

Ceiling Fixtures

Bugs and ceiling fixtures go together like PB&J and is just as messy (and far less tasty). Remove fixtures and soak in a sink with soapy water. Dry and shine with a microfiber cloth.

Don't put glass fixtures in the dishwasher. The glass is not designed to be dishwasher safe and can damage both the fixture and the dishwasher.

Recessed Lights

Dust with a long-handle duster, such as a Swiffer, that traps dust and cobwebs. For a more thorough cleaning, wipe the insides of canisters and the bulbs with a microfiber cloth or a slightly damp rag.

Before cleaning, make sure the electricity is off and the bulb is cool.

Ceiling Fans

Dust the lights on ceiling fans when you clean the fan blades. When a bulb goes out and you have to climb a ladder anyway, clean globes and bulbs with a microfiber cloth. If the globes are really dirty, take them down and clean with soapy water or a cleaning solution.

When removing or returning globes or bulbs, be sure not to steady yourself by grabbing fan blades, which will turn if touched.

Tricks of the Trade

1. Dryer sheets are low-cost alternatives to microfiber clothes. They’re great for dusting bulbs.

2. Wear goggles when dusting or spritzing overhead fixtures to prevent dust or cleaning solution from hurting your eyes.

3. If you’re having trouble removing the bulb in a recessed light, cut a 12-inch strip of duct tape, and fold it over the bulb so that the ends act like handles that are easier to grip than the glass.

Search for your dream home in Albuquerque with our easy to use home search. Check back on our blog every week for more real estate advice and local articles about living in Albuquerque. And make sure to follow us on Facebook for up to date real estate news for Albuquerque and surrounding areas.

HOT HOME LISTING OF THE WEEK!

10215 Alexandria Road NE, Albuquerque, NM 87122  $299,000

3 Bedrooms / 2 Bathrooms (1 full, 1 half) / 1639 Square Feet

Gorgeous backyard! Impeccably maintained ONE LEVEL 3BDR/2BA home with so many updates! Updated Andersen windows & patio door (2008), aluminum patio cover & extended outdoor patio (2015), furnace (2016), sidewalk to backyard (2015), water heater (2011) and so much more! REFRIG AIR! Light, bright & open floor plan with skylights, TWO living areas, kitchen is open to the family room with access to the covered patio, features an island, roll-out drawers, pantry, dec backsplash & sunny bkfst nook! Master suite has walk-in closet & linen closet. Incredible outdoor living area with a large covered patio, beautifully landscaped yard with grass, shrubs, trees & mountain views!! Close to schools, parks shopping, Trader Joe's, foothill trails!

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