My wife and I had purchased a home in Boca Raton about ten years ago, when the property values had skyrocketed. Unfortunately, the real estate values plummeted a few years later and we were completely upside down and inside out with our mortgage. It was awful. We didn’t want a foreclosure on our credit, so we went with doing a short sale for our home. That was bad, but not quite as bad as a foreclosure. We did the best that we could to cut our losses, minimize credit damage, and make it easier to move on.
Let me preface this by saying that I absolutely love my in laws, but sometimes they do things for my daughters that I just don’t approve of. I have no issue with the cute outfits they buy them, or taking them out for ice cream and cake before dinner however; they bought my girls a puppy and didn’t even give me or my husband the heads up about it.
As a restaurant owner, I have had to learn to deal with darn near everything. There are the people who don’t want bread and the people who ask for the nutritional values and calorie content; I just have to deal with it.
The other day, I hosted a dinner party for all of the people at my husband’s firm. They just landed a huge client, so the party was a big celebratory event. The food was absolutely delicious and plentiful, as was the wine and alcoholic beverages.
Last year, my great aunt passed away in Davie and I was left her beloved cat, Longfellow. While I understand that my great aunt lived alone and needed company, Longfellow certainly isn’t the picture perfect candidate for the typical family’s pet cat.
Our family has had our precious and beloved West Highland White Terrier for nearly fourteen years. She isn’t just a pet; she is truly a big part of our family. My children have not known life without her in the picture.
Recently, we had a big family reunion that was held at my home. Family had traveled from Michigan and Iowa for the reunion we host every five years, here in West Palm Beach.
Many people in West Palm Beach have Oriental rugs in their homes to add a bit of interest to otherwise plain floors. While having a completely tiled home is easier to clean, it can be quite monotonous from the design aspect. Oriental rugs can give the room a great pop of color, as well as be an interesting piece to discuss with guests. Unfortunately, Oriental rugs do get just as dirty as wall to wall carpeting however; they are significantly more dangerous to clean. Doing it yourself can damage the rug beyond repair.
I had a really nice condo in Fort Lauderdale but because of health issues with my elderly mother, I had to sell it so I could take care of her. In my family, assisted living facilities or nursing homes are not an option for older family members. Besides, my mother wanted to stay in her own home, and the doctors agreed that this would be the best thing for her. In all honesty, it didn’t make any sense for me to maintain the bills at my Fort Lauderdale condo when I knew I couldn’t stay there. I contacted a local realtor and they did an evaluation of my home.
There is nothing worse than going into a relative or friend’s West Palm Beach home and experiencing nasty odors emanating from the wall to wall carpeting. That is, unless those smelly carpets are inside of your own home. Unfortunately, I’m guilty of having smelly carpets, especially in the rainy season. You see, I have 3 Golden Retrievers whom I love dearly however; they love playing outside in the rain. Of course, they love the pool too but when they go swim, they dry off quickly in the sun. They simply can’t dry off when the rain keeps coming down.
My home in Fort Lauderdale Florida is done in an Asian, oriental type of décor. I was an Army brat growing up and my father was stationed in a bunch of different places in Asia. I just loved the beautifully bright colors, and traditional feel of the décor in the homes we stayed in. That love stayed with me all of my life, and I decorated my Fort Lauderdale home with a lot of Asian influenced art, furniture and knick knacks. It makes me feel happy and serene after a long day at work dealing with crazy people who want something for nothing. The whole Asian theme of my Fort Lauderdale home provides me with a bit of an escape within the city in which I work and live.
I had such an incredible experience dealing with Absolute Best Carpet Cleaners the other day. The carpet cleaning staff was very professional and got to work right away. They arrived at my Boca Raton home right on time, and quickly assessed the situation with the carpeting in the house. They weren’t as mortified about the situation as I was, and acted as if this was something the encountered every day at work. Let me recap what happened before I contacted the truly, Absolute Best Carpet Cleaners in all of Boca Raton.
The furniture in your Palm Beach County home is about more than its typical uses. It tells something about you to the friends and family who are in your home all the time, as well as the guests at a dinner party who are just over for an evening. The style of a table, the color of a sofa, the comfort of a chair, these are all things that are factors when people are forming opinions about your home in Palm Beach County.
Most of the homes and condos in Boca Raton have tile floors throughout them. Generally, this can make the smallest of abodes look larger, and depending upon the color of the tile flooring, much brighter too. Unfortunately, having bare tile floors can make a house have a sterile feel, instead of a comfortable and relaxing appearance. Area rugs can break up the monotony of tile floors, and make the room feel much more cozy and home-like. On the downside, cleaning area rugs really shouldn’t be a job performed by the homeowner. There are so many things that can go wrong.
There are many West Palm Beach homeowners’ who prefer having wall to wall carpeting over tile floors. While tile floors and much easier to maintain, they’re just not as comfortable underfoot. Besides, many types of tiles can be very slippery, especially when they get wet. Let’s face it; during the rainy season we do tend to walk across the floors with wet shoes. Keeping carpets clean can be a nightmare, particularly for those with pets or kids. Those grocery store cleaners rarely do the job effectively. There are many reasons for having your carpets professionally cleaned.
Most pet owners in Palm Beach County absolutely adore their furry kids. They make sure that their vaccinations are current, feed them the highest quality pet foods, and ensure that they have plenty of toys to play with and a soft bed at night. Caring for pets can be costly and time-consuming however; the benefits are never ending. Those who have pets know that there can be accidents on the carpets at times. This could happen because the dog or cat wasn't feeling well, or that the pet owner got tied up at work and missed putting the pet outside. When this happens, it's unwise to try cleaning the carpets yourself.
Let me start by saying that my mother-in-law and I have never, ever gotten along, and even after thirty years of marriage, we still do not get along. I get that I took away her little boy but really, she needs to give it up and get over it at some point. Unfortunately, she is still a nitpicking person that will never think that I am good enough. Anyway, I was preparing for her annual visit. I thank my lucky stars that she lives seven hundred miles away. I got rid of every single cobweb in my Boca Raton home. Anything that could be dusted was dusted. I polished all of the granite, Murphy’s Oil Soaped the wood cabinets. The house looked amazing. It was so clean that you could eat off of any surface in the house. That is, until my husband showed up after work and walked inside with greasy boots on his feet.
After about five and a half years of saving every penny we could, my husband and I were able to get together enough money for a down payment on our first home in Fort Lauderdale. This was a big step for us because both of our parents always rented apartments, and never had the opportunity to purchase their own homes. We were the first ones in either of our families to step across the line, step up to the plate, and take our wonderful swing at becoming homeowners. Both of our families were extremely proud of the major accomplishment that we made in our lives. I should say that we are both 28 years old, and have a spectacular, brilliant, adorable three year old. Yes, I am a proud Mama, so deal with it.
At 27 years old, I was finally able to put together the down payment to buy a small home inside Fort Lauderdale city limits. It’s the perfect area for me because the house is like 7 minutes from where I work. Sure, it’s a small 2 bedroom but it is perfect for what I need. I’m a single guy, no pets, and my parents only visit Fort Lauderdale once or twice a year. The small guest bedroom will be just enough for them, and not let them get too comfortable, if you know what I mean. The house suited me to a T. I loved it when I first saw it.
It isn't that I hate my mother-in-law. The fact that she thinks she is perfect and lets everyone else in the world know it drives me crazy. You see, I'm a stay at home Mom and my husband goes out to work every day to support the family. We aren't rich, so I clip coupons, shut off unnecessary lights and cut every corner so we can afford to pay for our home in Tamarac. She seems to think that putting the kids in day care is a better idea than raising the kids ourselves.
I must preface this by saying that the actually party for my son wasn’t a nightmare. It was the cleanup that was quite the disaster in my eyes. We had ten children over to our home in Sunrise for my 7 years old son’s birthday party. The plan was to have it outside in the backyard however; it was just my luck that we had thunder and lightning storms all day. There was no way that I could cancel his party. It would have devastated him.
I wanted to share the experience that I had with the professional carpet cleaning crew at Absolute Best Carpet Cleaners. Every week, I buy four gallon jugs of Hawaiian Punch Fruit Punch because my grandkids like it when they visit. They drink so much of the stuff that I always want to make sure that I have the drink on hand. If you’re a Grandma like me, you know how important it is to keep the grandchildren happy. There is always the competition between the maternal and paternal grandparents, and this is not a competition I would ever plan on losing.
My aunt is an elderly lady. In fact, she is 93 years old with a birthday coming up next month. Her husband passed away some 20 years ago, and they never had any children. Keeping up with Aunt Kate has always been my job. Sure, my siblings who live out of state send cards and make the occasional phone call to her however; I’m the person who ensures that she has everything she needs and her bills are taken care off on time. It hasn’t been that big of a deal, until Aunt Kate needed to spend a week in the hospital. You see, she has a cat and I am NOT an animal person.
Last week, I was outside working in the garden while my 9 year old daughter was inside of my Fort Lauderdale home watching her favorite Disney shows. This is pretty much the normal routine for Saturday mornings at my house, because my husband generally works until noon. So, I was pulling out the never ending supply of weeds that grow inside of the flower beds that go around the foundation of the house when my daughter opened the front door and asked me for help. I took of my gloves and went inside, thinking that the cable went out or something. It was much, much worse that a problem with the cable TV.
The real estate market in Palm Beach County is finally on the upswing. This upswing is after so many people lost their homes to foreclosure, or had been completely upside on their mortgages that they had to do a short sale. Fortunately, the property values in the area have been going up once again. For this reason, many people are putting their homes on the market in the hope of making some money. Of course, there are also others who simply want to downsize because the children have gone out on their own. Either way, getting the house ready to sell is essential if you want to get the highest offers on the property.
Last year, my husband finally broke down and let me buy a really nice suite of furniture for our living room. To be completely honest with you, it cost a lot of money that we really couldn’t afford to spend. The problem was that the old furniture was torn and worn and really looked and smelled bad. In fact, if you sat on it while wearing a pair of shorts you would have gotten a sticky feeling on the backs of your legs. It was just old and nasty and needed to get out of the house. Of course, my husband and his buddies didn’t see anything wrong with it, but I certainly did.
This year, I got a call from my sister that she and her family would finally be able to make it down to my home in Plantation from New York so we could spend Thanksgiving together. This would be the first holiday that we spent together in something like eleven years. Sure, we do see each other for a few days over the summer but spending an actual holiday together would truly be a blessing. Since our parents have passed on, it’s just the two of us left. I was so looking forward to sitting at the holiday table together with both of our families and reminiscing about the good old days.
Pets bring so much to our lives. They provide us with companionship, protection, and unquestioned loyalty. In return, they only ask for food, water, the occasional pat on the head and veterinary care when it’s needed. It is a fact that pets also help people in Deerfield Beach maintain good health. They need to go for walks to relieve themselves which provides the owner with exercise, but highly regarded medical professionals also believe that simply petting an animal can lower your blood pressure and decrease the effects of depression. Pets are good for humans however; they also have accidents on the carpeting occasionally.
Buying a new home is always an exciting and sometimes stressful time in a person’s life. Going through the grueling mortgage approval process, trying to find the perfect home, and then signing your life away at the lawyer’s office can be a real nightmare. Now, that you have the keys to your new home in hand, you should really consider having professional cleaners come in to make the home sparkle. Naturally, the house must be broom swept according to most contracts however; it’s a good idea to have a company come in to do a really deep cleaning of the home.
The winter holidays are a great time for families to get together and celebrate Christmas, Kwanza, Hanukkah, and the New Year as a family unit. The kids are off from school, and those who are retired have been waiting all year to get to see how the grandkids have grown over the year. Holidays are a time to reconnect with family, and celebrate the joys of the season. With that being said, it’s pretty darn important that your home is ready for your holiday guests. Few people have the time to do a deep down cleaning of their homes that is necessary for having loads of friends and family over for the holidays.
Welcoming a new baby into the family is a glorious thing, and certainly worthy of rejoicing about. After nine months of eating only healthy foods, furnishing the nursery and buying all of the other things that you will need for the new baby; it’s time to get the house clean for him or her. Now I’m sure you keep your West Palm Beach home neat and tidy however; a really deep down cleaning is best so your home is pristine for that little bundle of joy.
After scrimping and saving for five long years, my husband and I finally had enough money to make a down payment on the house of our dreams. We were absolutely thrilled. The house had all new appliances, and fresh paint with colors I could actually live with. There were tiles throughout the house, which meant no worries about carpet cleaning. The former owners had loads of area rugs throughout all of the rooms. Considering the owner had tons of knickknacks all over the place, I just thought she was a little on the eccentric side. I was very wrong. Right after the closing, we went to the house to clean it. I wanted it pristine for moving all of our new furniture in. My jaw dropped. Little did we know that those area rugs placed everywhere in the house were covering horrible stains! I was in a state of shock. There’s no way that we could afford to replace all of the tile. Our budget was tight as could be with the new mortgage.