Blog :: 08-2017

The Different Uses for Essential Oils


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Essential oils are something I personally use for a number of things. From treatments for my family to cleaning my home, essential oils are a staple in my life.

By filling any glass spray bottle with essential oil, you can utilize it as a tool for cleaning countertops, killing ants, and more. 

So, what are some of the specific oils and their uses?

Lemon is great for deodorizing fridges or cleaning floors. Additionally, by combining it with half a cup of olive oil, you can use it as a great leather polish. 

Tea Tree is also very useful. When you mix it with water, you can use it either on your children’s hair or anywhere outside to deter lice and other pests. 

One of my personal favorites, though, is Rosemary. Rosemary has antibacterial and antiseptic properties, which is why I use it to clean my countertops. You can also use it in your laundry, as an air freshener, or in many other ways, as well.

        "Essential oils are a staple in my life." 

Another popular oil is Wild Orange. One to two drops will lift grease, and if you combine 12 drops with a quarter cup of castor oil and water you can use it to wipe down your stovetops. 

Lavender is great as a sleep aid. Personally, I keep it in the bedrooms in my home, but you can also add it to vinegar to make a cleaning mixture. 

Eucalyptus has great properties, as well. For one thing, it does a good job eliminating dust mites. By Combining it with baking soda, you can use it to deep clean your mattress. You can also use it in a dry wash to clean stuffed animals.

For car sickness, I love using Peppermint. By mixing 10 to 15 drops of the oil in a spray bottle with water, it can also act as a pest neutralizer.

Cinnamon leaf, too, is good for deterring pests. 

When it comes to cleaning a common oil that many people use is pine. Pine oil can be used to kill yeast spores and E. Coli.

There are other oils with similar properties, as well. Thyme, interestingly enough, is effective against salmonella. Using it on your cutting board is just one of its uses. 

Recipes for these all of these oils, which happen to be from doTERRA, can be found online on websites like Pinterest.

If you have any other questions or would like more information, feel free to give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you soon.




What Should You Know About Appraisals?

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Download your free Residential Appraisal Guide here.


I wanted to just take a moment of your time to talk about appraisals. First, let’s discuss what an appraisal is because a lot of homeowners are confused about the difference between an appraisal and a county assessment. 

An appraisal is a qualified appraiser’s assessment of a home’s current value based on recent sales data.

A county assessment, on the other hand, is also based on recent sales but is not a true picture of your home’s total value. It doesn’t take the true picture of your home’s value into account, so you can’t make a direct market value based on this.

Here’s the situation as to why sellers dread appraisals and buyers love them: If you’re a seller and your home is being appraised, the appraiser will look at comparable sales over the last 90 days within a few miles of your home. It can be a little frustrating for homeowners if there is a great comparable property that’s five miles away or one that sold 100 days ago.

"Each situation is different." 

Why do buyers like appraisals? It’s kind of a double check for them. If they feel like they’ve overpaid for a house and the appraisal shows the same thing, it keeps them in check to make sure they aren’t spending more than the home is worth.

If an appraisal comes in low, there are three options if you want to proceed with the sale:

1. The seller reduces the price to the appraised value.
2. The buyer pays the difference between the sale price and the appraisal in cash.
3. The buyer and seller meet in the middle.

Each situation is different, but we’re usually able to work things out one way or another. If you have any questions about appraisals or anything else related to real estate, give me a call or send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you.



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