Geri Reilly

Fairfax Open House - Sunday 6/10 - 1-3PM

This Sunday, June 10, 2018 from 1:00-3:00 PM, Geri Reilly Real Estate is hosting an Open House! Join us in Fairfax. Stop by to say "hi" and take a look around!

We look forward to seeing you there!

 

5 Buck Hollow Road, Fairfax, VT

Don't miss out on this charming 4 bedroom, 2.5 bath farmhouse with exposed beams & timber frame, wide board pine floors throughout, country kitchen opens to dining room, spacious living room with lots of light, built in hutch & hearth, 1st floor den, 4 bedrooms all with character & charm, 3 season porch perfect for entertaining,expanded deck & stone patio. private country yard with Green Mountain views, enjoy the stone walls, perennials & tree house. 2 car detached garage with finished bonus room and 3/4 bath, with private deck great for guests, studio or possibly Air B&B, convenient location, walk to Fairfax Village and easy commute to Burlington, Smugglers Notch or Saint Albans.

 MLS# 4698530 / $279,900

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    Declutter Those Extra Spaces!

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    Whether you are getting ready to sell your house or just trying to clear out old junk, decluttering spaces like garages and closets is not to be forgotten.  Having your closets and garages reorganized will not only allow you to get rid of old belongings it will also make the spaces appear much larger.  This is especially important when trying to sell your house.  Buyers want to be able to properly get a feel for the property and what sort of space they will have.  A Realtor.com survey found that 32% of buyers rated garages as one of the most important rooms! Firstly, it is important to make sure that everything you have in your garage space is actually something that belongs there. Family photos, artwork, collectibles, carpet and rugs can all be damaged by being left in a garage long term. Garages tend to have poor ventilation and be prone to dampness this can lead to mold and mildew which can damage sensitive items like those listed above. Propane tanks should be stored away from the house, outside on a flat surface is best.  Lastly, paint and car batteries. Car batteries shouldn’t be stored on the floor as they can be affected by moisture, instead place them on a piece of wood or cardboard.  Paint has potential to spoil when left in a garage as it does not handle temperature changes well.  Instead store in a cool, dark and dry place.

    Now that you know what doesn’t belong in your garage see the tips below on how to declutter and organize your garage and closets!

    • Get rid of old toys and equipment that is laying around taking up space, you don’t need it anymore!
    • Expired/old chemicals not only should these not be used they can potentially become a serious hazard.
      • Make sure to dispose of these properly – items like paint and lawn chemicals are considered hazardous and should be disposed of properly.
    • “I might need it someday” items are to be gotten rid-of, likely you won’t be using parts from your old lawn mower that’s been in the garage for three years. It doesn’t need to take up space anymore!
    • Clean off that work bench! Work needs to be able to be done there.
    • Think vertical storage, a garage is a great place for it and there are plenty of items you don’t regularly use that could be stored up high.
    • Hang peg board. It’s a great way to organize tools!
    • Create sections, not only will it look better it will also be easier to find items when they are needed.
    • Get rid of duplicates, same goes for when cleaning out your closets.
    • Install shelves in your closets, label bins and baskets to hold belongings and invest in matching hangers for a nice touch.
    • Wall mounts are great for mops and brooms etc. it clears up the floor space within the closet
    • Pick a nice day! You may have to haul items outside or empty the garage into the driveway so you have space to organize.

    Follow these tips and you are well on your way to an organized and spacious looking garage and closets!

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      What's That Smell?

       

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      Warm and sunny weather is finally here! Windows and doors can finally be opened and fresh air can revive the inside of your house once again! However, some houses may still have multi-sensory gaps, meaning the house is beautiful but… it smells like Fido.  These gaps can be a range of things, such as smell, but also issues like the house being too hot or cold or too noisy.  Smell can be a major detractor for some especially with allergy season in full swing.  The potential buyer or house guest may be sneezing outside because of the pollen but inside it’s the cat or tobacco smoke.  Ask a friend or your agent to walk in from the outside and give an honest review of the smell.  You often will be desensitized to what your house smells like, you’re there all the time! 

      The first step to solving this odor issue is to find the source and work to eliminate it, don’t just cover it up. Old carpeting is often the biggest culprit.  Carpet can hold on to pet and tobacco smells, as well as, dust, dander and mold spores.  The ideal way to solve this would be to replace the carpeting with either new carpet or a less odor friendly surface like hardwood.  However, you don’t always have the time or budget to pursue these options.  Professional cleaning services can also get quite expensive.  One good do-it-yourself option is to mix mild detergent (think translucent laundry or dish soap) with water (about a capful per gallon) and use that to wash the carpet. When finished go over the area with a damp towel to neutralize odor.  Having fresh air circulating will also help, try having windows on opposite walls open to really get the air moving inside!  Remember to replace any HEPA filters you have in your air conditioning system.

      Once all of the hard work is out of the way all that’s left is to make your house smell more inviting.  A few tips are listed below:

      • There is the ever-classic choice of throwing a batch of cookies in the oven to fill your house with a sweet aroma.  Pre-made cookie dough can be kept on hand so all you’ll have to do is put them in the oven!  This can be done just before a showing or your guests arrive.
      • Have fresh flowers on the dining room table or in the living room.  They will both look and smell great, though it is best to stick to the classic options (think roses or lilies for example)
      • Lemon oil or wax can create a lasting scent of freshness
      • Along the same lines as the previous tip, don’t throw away your old lemon or orange peels.  Boiling fruit peels, spices or herbs in water is an excellent, and easy, way to create a calming and inviting atmosphere.  Just boil the water and let the peels sit for a few minutes, add water every half hour or so.  You can also mix in other soothing scents by using oils such as sandalwood, lavender, tea tree or eucalyptus.

      With these tips your house will feel like a spa in no time!

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