Wendy Johnson - RE/MAX Professional Associates



Posted by Wendy Johnson on 12/30/2015

There are many common household items that can be used to solve everyday problems. Everyday products can be used to remove stains, fix broken items and even clean the toilet! Here are just a few things you can find around the house to fix those everyday problems:

  • Use Kool Aid to clean dishwasher pipes. Just put in the detergent section and run a cycle, it will also clean a toilet.
  • Use peanut butter to remove scratches out of CD's. Wipe off with a coffee filter paper. Don't use chunky!
  • Pam cooking spray will also remove paint, and grease from your hands.
  • Coat goggles and glasses with Colgate toothpaste to keep them from fogging.
  • Coca Cola will remove grease stains from the driveway overnight. It is also know to remove corrosion from car batteries.
  • Morton salt has been proven to remove wine stains. Pour the salt onto the wine and watch it absorb into the salt.
  • Listerine can be used to clean that dirty grout.
  • Vinegar will take care of a case of heavy dandruff.
  • Karo Syrup is said to get out grass stains.
  • Do you have any common household remedies to share? If so, please share!





Posted by Wendy Johnson on 12/16/2015

In the hustle and bustle of prepping a home to be sold, many people overlook one very important detail; home safety. And while you'd like to think that prospective buyers visiting your home are upstanding citizens, the simple truth remains that selling your home opens your door wide open to complete strangers...Strangers who are going to be encouraged as potential buyers to explore every detail of your home. Luckily, by taking a few small steps, you can rest a little easier. 1. Hide you valuables - This may seem like a no-brainer, but you'd be surprised how many people forget to put away common valuables like jewelery, high-value collectables, expensive perfumes, and high-end designer accessories like handbags and money clips. Be sure to go from room to room, keeping an eye out for anything that may hold appeal for a potential thief, and tuck away anything you think might draw a thief's attention. Do a follow-up walk of your house the next day, just in case you may have missed something. 2. Firearms - If you are a homeowner who is also a gun and/or weapon owner, then you are probably already taking the necessary precautions in regard to gun safety. However, for some collectors, prominent display is one of the things that a gun owner may take pride in. Just because your guns are in a locked, secured display case doesn't mean that they still don't hold risk to you or your loves ones. In a private setting, a locked display case is just fine...But in a situation where you are selling your home, complete strangers will have the ability to see that you are a gun owner, how many guns you have, and the precise location of your collection. Considering the value of a gun collection can run into the thousands, they should be treated just like any other valuable in your home; locked away and out of sight. 3. Personal mail - Things like bill invoices, credit card statements, and social security information should be put out of sight. Identity theft is on the rise, and by taking the proper precautions, you can avoid your personal information from falling into the wrong hands. 4. - Prescription medication - Be sure to remove medications from your medicine cabinet that carry the potential for abuse. 5. Parental safety - If you are a parent, you'll obviously want to take precautions to keep your children safe. Remember...You are allowing complete strangers full access to your home. For peace of mind, consider removing family photos, personalized items such as prominently displayed school jerseys and embroidered pillows, and that A+ math test on the refrigerator. Many people feel this step is either unimportant or unnecessary. If you feel fine with displaying these items, then feel completely free to.  The odds of a person wanting to do your family harm are fairly low.  But if you are a "better safe than sorry" kind of person, then consider this step. As long as a few precautions are met, you have no reason to feel uneasy about your home being shown. The vast majority of the people who are going to be looking at your house are responsible members of society, looking for a home to either start or grow their own families. That being said....Better safe than sorry.





Posted by Wendy Johnson on 12/9/2015

Just about every homeowner at some point will have a hole in the wall that needs repair. Repairing a hole in the wall can be inexpensive and easy. The whole process should only take about 30 to 45 minutes but will need to be done over the course of a couple days. Follow these instructions and you will be well on your way to your wall looking like new. You will need: • Sandpaper • Putty knife • Drywall patching compound (spackle or plaster) • Wall hole patch • Wet sponge or spray bottle • Wall texture spray • Paint • Paintbrush Directions: 1. Clear and remove loose drywall around the hole. Look inside and around the edges of the hole for pieces that are still attached. 2. Smooth the edges around the hole to create a surface the drywall patching compound can adhere to. 3. Remove the backing paper from the sticky side of the wall patch. Apply the sticky side of the patch around the edges of the hole, leaving at least a ˝” on each side of the hole. Smooth the edges of the patch around the hole. 4. Apply the patching compound with a putty knife liberally around the edges of the wall patch. Work your way in from the edges before getting to the middle of the wall patch. 5. Don't finishing covering the rest of the hole until the compound is dry (about 15-20 minutes). This allows the compound to partially dry so that the wall patch does not move when applying patching compound to the center of the patch. 6. Apply compound until the entire wall patch is covered. Smooth out as much as possible. The patch will still be sanded so it doesn't need to be perfect. Allow to dry overnight. 7. Sand until smooth making sure the edges are even with the rest of the wall. 8. Wipe the area down with a wet cloth and allow it to dry for 10-15 minutes. 9. Paint as needed. Your wall won’t look exactly like it did before but it will be close.





Posted by Wendy Johnson on 11/18/2015

In order for your home to maintain value and to continually look in good condition, it is important that you maintain it on a regular basis. However, to ensure that you get the best quality maintenance, it is important that you find the right type of service to fix up homes. There is the choice of doing it yourself, but remember that while small jobs can be easy, when it comes to more complex maintenance work, you are better off using a professional service, because this in turn will ensure that you do get the right results once your home has been maintained. Maintaining a home can range from keeping the roof in good condition so that it does not leak during those rainy seasons, to replacing your windows so that you keep your home insulated from the heat and cold, which in turn can save you a lot of money on energy bills. Of course, there are also those intricate jobs such as plumbing, replacing the floor, and unblocking the drain. By finding a reputable service that can fix up homes, you can feel comfortable knowing that you can use them over the years, because as they begin to maintain one area of your home, there will always be something else that will pop up later down the road. Therefore, take your time to do a good amount of research on one of these services, which can easily be done by going on the Internet. The reason for this is because many of these maintenance services now have an online presence, so you will be able to get a good idea of exactly what they offer and get an idea of what they are charging for that service.





Posted by Wendy Johnson on 9/16/2015

Composting is becoming a more and more popular way to save money and be more eco-friendly. There are many reasons to compost but some of the most enticing are it costs next to nothing, and if you're a gardener or have any landscaping at all, your compost pile will save you money. Compost can be used instead of expensive fertilizer and because you are reusing your yard waste you might be able to save on municipal trash removal costs. Here are some easy tips on how to get started composting: Storage You may decide to go with either an open or closed storage system. Containers keep the compost materials neat and tidy and can be built inexpensively from discarded shipping pallets, fencing or chicken wire or leftover treated lumber from another building project. You can also purchase many different types of composting bins. The least expensive way is to start a compost heap. Make the pile at least 6' x 6' and about 5' to 6' high in the middle. Anything smaller will maintain low temperatures and will take longer to decompose. Where should I store it? Try and store your compost pile in partial shade. This will keep it from drying out too fast. The location should also have good drainage. What should I compost? Compost any of the yard waste like fresh grass clippings, dry leaves, dry grass, and wood shavings. Add food waste like vegetable and fruit scraps, breads, pastas, coffee grounds, egg shells, and tea bags. Do not put meats or fats in your compost pile. These food wastes will attract animals and rodents to your bin. Paper towels, toilet paper tubes and other shredded paper products can also be added to your compost bin. Manures from cows, horses, chickens and any non-meat eating animals are excellent nitrogen sources for starting the decomposition process. Compost has so many benefits; it loosens clay soils and helps sandy soils retain water. It works as a natural fertilizers and can suppress plant diseases and pests. Gardens that are composted produce higher yields of healthier fruits, vegetables and flowers.