March Home and Finance Tips

By: Sunny Dosanjh

March Home and Finance Tips

Tags: Home,Finance Tips

Ring in Spring with Family-Friendly Activities

Spring has finally sprung! Want to go enjoy the great weather with your loved ones?

Try one of these family-friendly activities:

  1. Go on a picnic. Pack sandwiches, a blanket and a game, and head down to a nearby park or lake.
  2. Take a bike ride. Head to a fun destination like an ice cream shop or playground.
  3. Do a scavenger hunt. Create a list of clues and have your kiddos hunt down and snap photos of each item.

Happy Spring!

7 seller secrets for a faster spring home sale

If you are thinking of listing your home this spring, here are 7 seller secrets that may help you sell your home faster:

1. Clean: It's time to do deep spring-cleaning, not just sweep dust under the rug. You don't get a second chance to make a first impression, and it all starts with a spotless home.

2. Lean: Kill the clutter. While you are spring-cleaning, pitch or donate items to free up more space in your home or store it all out of sight.

3. Pristine: Spring showers may grow May Flowers, but they also make shoes muddy. Remember that you need to keep your home tidy so that it remains ready to show.

4. Sheen: Start at your entrance, because it's the first thing your buyer will see. Does the front door need new paint? Why not add a new welcome mat? Are the cobwebs clear and the shoes put away?

5. Fix your screens: It sounds like a little thing, but buyers pay attention to detail and a ripped, bent, broken or missing screen conveys the wrong message about upkeep.

6. Keep it green: Nothing says a home is taken care of like a mowed green lawn or fresh landscaping.

One more secret: Keep it fresh, and in fact, use lemons. Why? Researchers at Washington State University found that the scents of lemon, birch, and peppermint in a retail setting help create a sense of relaxation and comfort. Give your home a "lemon-fresh" scent and you just might help your home sell faster this spring.

Celebrate St Patrick's Day with Soda Bread!

Ingredients

  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup margarine, softened
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup butter, melted
  • ¼ cup buttermilk

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly grease a large baking sheet.
  • In a large bowl, mix together flour, sugar, baking soda, baking powder, salt and margarine. Stir in 1 cup of buttermilk and egg. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface and knead slightly. Form dough into a round and place on prepared baking sheet. In a small bowl, combine melted butter with 1/4 cup buttermilk; brush loaf with this mixture. Use a sharp knife to cut an 'X' into the top of the loaf.
  • Bake in preheated oven until a toothpick inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean, 45 to 50 minutes. Check for doneness after 30 minutes. You may continue to brush the loaf with the butter mixture while it bakes.

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