Sue King, Realtor®
Spring/Summer 2016
Nontraditional But Really Creative Way to
Save Thousands on a Kitchen
Here’s a unique story I had not heard before. Using sets of
old bedroom furniture as kitchen cabinets? Crazy-sounding
but maybe not so crazy.
A do-it-yourselfer, let’s call her Mary, went to a resale shop/
thrift store and picked out a couple of bedroom sets for
around $500. That was about 10% of what Mary estimated
new cabinets would cost. The furniture is a little shallower
than kitchen cabinets, and offers a little less storage space, but
what a budget coup.
Turning the furniture into functional cabinets required some
add-ons. Platforms were needed to raise the furniture to
counter height. She made cubbies out of the two nightstands
that flanked the stove by taking out the top drawer and
finishing the insides. Then she put in a couple of storage
baskets in each, making the storage space easily accessible.
When it was all built in and painted to match, she had a
custom look with a discount price.
Mary covered the kitchen walls with one quarter inch
plywood cut into planks to look like shiplap paneling. Super
economical backsplash.
Story seen in Better Homes and Gardens
Not intended to solicit property currently listed with other real estate brokers.
Sue King, BSBA, GRI
407-492-9353
www.KingofOrlando.com
Sue@KingofOrlando.com
6 Eco-Friendly Updates That Will Make Your Home More Marketable
1. Seal any cracks around door and window frames with caulk. | Cost: $5
2. Install ceiling fans. | Cost: $200. Installation cost varies based on existing electrical work.
3. Install a programmable thermostat. | Cost: $250 with installation.
4. Plant trees. | Cost: $30 to $50 per tree. Plant trees on the east, west and northwest sides of your home to keep the
sun from beating on windows. Plant a tree to shade your central air unit, and you may save up to 35 percent on
your home’s cooling costs.
5. Lower the temperature of your water heater to 120°F. | Cost: $0 An average of 15 to 25 percent of a home’s
annual heating costs are related to heating the home’s water.
6. Insulate your hot water heater with a blanket. |Cost: $30. Inexpensive and Effective.
Multi-year winner of the
Five Star Professional Award
Smokey Flaked Fish Dip
Ingredients:
1 1/2 c. codfish, cooked and flaked
1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese
1 tbsp. onion, grated
1 tsp. horseradish
1/3 c. mayonnaise
1 1/2 tsp. liquid smoke
1 tbsp. parsley
1/4 tsp. salt
Directions: Mix cream cheese with
mayonnaise until smooth. Stir in
horseradish, liquid
smoke, parsley and
salt. Gently fold in
fish. Chill at least a
couple of hours.
Serve with crackers
or pita bread.
You Can Do This….
Double Your Entry Closet Storage Space
Traditional Rod: Try substituting Big Hooks for the rod.
Two levels of hooks provides room for more coats. Install
the hooks on 1x6 boards instead of hammering right into
the drywall. They’ll be sturdier and will minimize visible
holes. Install higher hooks for adults and then lower hooks
for the kids. Make a rule—two coats per person and the
rest go in bedroom closets.
Top Shelf: Put baskets on the top shelf and label them to
store seasonal stuff. One for rainy weather, one for sunny
weather, etc.
All those Shoes: If you use traditional shoe racks in your
coat closet, try using a shorter version—adds precious
inches of hanging space above. Paint the rack white to
brighten the floor area. Add some labels to keep the shoes
in the right slots.
On the way out the door: Wire magazine baskets can hang
low along the back wall for stashing sunglasses, lunch bags,
and other small items needed on the way out the door.
Guest Coats: An over-the-door coat hook adds hanging
space for guest coats and bags when needed.
What’s Happening in Real Estate
NUMBER OF HOMES ON THE MARKET
dropped from 11,725 in April 2015 to 10,447 in April
2016. Lowest Inventory in 2 years. Consequently,
HOME PRICES went up nearly 10% year over year.
CLOSED SALES were just about the same as last
April at 3159. DAYS ON THE MARKET decreased from
79 last April to 70 this April.
AVERAGE MORTGAGE RATE was at a two
year low at 3.63% this April. Last April it was 3.69%.
MONEY-SAVING INSURANCE TIP: Check
with your insurance agent regarding a WIND MIT
INSPECTION. This one time inspection will cost about
$75-$100 but can SAVE YOU $100’s of dollars on your
homeowner’s insurance EACH YEAR.
I4ULTIMATE.COM is the site to go to for news
on the 6.5 year I-4 project. The I-4 Ultimate project is
teaming up with engineering magnet program high schools
Edgewater and Lyman to give engineering students a
firsthand look at how scientific principles apply to road
construction. Students don’t just hear from construction
professionals—they can get their hands dirty by designing
mock interchanges, surveying land, and visiting the
project.
SUNRAIL: Here’s some good news: Sunrail sells
tickets daily, weekly, monthly, and annually. Riders over
the age of 65, those between the ages of 7-18, and those
with disabilities as certified by LYNX can purchase single
day tickets, Travel Plans and Prepaid value for 50% off.
Clever Ideas To Make Life Easier
Got an empty kitchen shelf? Cut holes in a the bottom
shelf and countersink dog food bowls for a cute and
out-of-the-way dog feeding station.
Even out small scratches from favourite and well
worn CDs or DVDs with a dry cloth and some tooth-
paste.
Pre-bake your cakes and keep them fresh overnight
by placing a slice of bread on top. In the morning
your bread will be hard as a rock but the cake will
remain moist, ready to ice.
Put magnets inside a pen and stick it to the fridge and
you’ll always have a pen handy. Unscrew the end of
your pen, trim the ink straw a little with scissors and
put a few small disc magnets inside.
Inexpensive Air Freshener: Mix baking soda with
around 8 drops of your favourite essential oil. Give it
a shake every now and then to refresh the scent.
Clean grout with an electric toothbrush and some
baking soda to cut through the soap film.
Use shower caps to cover bowls. The elastic conforms
to the shape of your container and they’re reusable.
You can find them in most hotels. ALSO when pack-
ing, store shoes inside shower caps to stop dirty soles
rubbing on your clothes.
Stop necklace chains from knotting by undoing the
clasp, threading a straw through and re-clasping.
Store bedlinen sets inside one of their own pillowcases
and there will be no more hunting through piles for a
match.
Bread tags make the perfect-sized cord labels.
Bake cupcakes directly in ice-cream cones – so much
more fun and easier for kids to eat.
Brilliant space-saver: install a tension rod in our un-
der sink cabinet to hang your spray bottles. Genius!
Freeze Aloe Vera in ice cube trays for soothing sun-
burn relief.
Sue King, Realtor®
Cell 407.492.9353
Sue@KingofOrlando.com