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Chalk it up! Five simple DIY projects to make with chalkboard paint.
Chalkboards are not just for the classroom. Use chalkboard paint to decorate your home with these five simple DIY projects.
GET ORGANIZED USING CHALKBOARD LABELS Use chalkboard paint to label just about anything. The possibilities are limitless, but some of our favorite ideas include: labeling Mason Jars for beauty accessory storage, labeling food storage boxes to create the ultimate organized kitchen, labeling spices in a spice rack, and labeling file drawers, cabinet doors, and dresser drawers to easily identify the contents. Make entertaining a breeze by painting labels on wine glasses, pitchers, cheese trays, coasters, and table runners (no more forgetting whose glass is whose). Paint the outside of shelves in a bookcase to organize books alphabetically by author, title, or genre or take it outside by using chalkboard paint to make garden tags and garden pot labels.
MAKE A FORGET-ME-NOT STATION BY THE FRONT DOOR Write out helpful reminders like “Pick up the kids at three!” “Don’t forget your keys!” and more. We can’t promise that you’ll never forget anything again, but this will certainly help!
PAINT ROOMS You can use chalkboard paint to paint any room of the house, but we recommend using it for kid’s rooms, home offices, and kitchens. How many times have you heard parents tell their children not to draw on the walls? Chalkboard paint gives kids a large canvas in their own space – your son or daughter might be the next Rembrandt! Use chalkboard paint in a home office to make a calendar, a to-do-list, and a brainstorm board. Use kitchen walls to display a menu, shopping list, or your favorite recipes.
PAINT STAIRCASES Make a statement by painting your staircase.
Of course, we didn't let them do all of this alone. Uncle Ralph and I traveled to Boston to spend a week helping them clean, paint and otherwise get the house ready. One of the things that we really helped with is how to prioritize tasks. Since it's getting close to winter, we stressed the importance of getting only the most basic outside things done. Fixing up the yard, cleaning the siding, touching up the paint etc. can all wait for the spring. What really needed to be done is the inside, not only so they can move in but so they can live there comfortably through the approaching winter.
With that in mind, here's a list of tasks that needed doing. It'd be great to hear from you what your list of tasks would be. Sapia Builders Corp. 1. Change the locks on the exterior doors. As soon as the closing is over and you've gotten the keys to your house, either buy and install new lock sets or have a locksmith come to the house to switch them out.
Registration is now open for the Basic STAR exemption.
All homeowners need to re-register to receive the exemption in 2014.
STAR Registration can be done on-line at: www.tax.ny.gov
In the coming weeks, homeowners will receive a letter instructing them to reapply for the STAR program online or by phone by Dec. 31. People will need to verify their salaries, Social Security numbers and primary residence.
The initiative, approved as part of the state budget last March, will seek to stop some property owners from claiming the tax breaks on multiple homes. An audit in March found widespread abuse of the STAR program, and the state is hoping to save at least $1 million a year from the new system.
"By the state having a role in confirming that each homeowner receives only one STAR exemption and that it's on their primary residence, we can ensure that fraud and waste are eliminated," said Geoffrey Gloak, a spokesman for the state Department of Taxation and Finance. Gloak says this is the first time in 15 years that such a request for reapplication has been made.
Enacted in 1998, the STAR program provides a partial exemption from school taxes for most homeowners with incomes less than $500,000 on their primary residence. The state's enhanced STAR program provides an additional benefit for senior citizens.
The registration will not affect this year's tax bills, nor will it affect enhanced STAR. Seniors are required to register every year to receive the enhanced STAR exemption. About 650,000 seniors receive enhance STAR, costing the state about $840 million.
New York has among the highest property taxes in the nation, and the program funded by the state aims to blunt some of the pain. In 2011, homeowners saved on average $641 through STAR and $1,205 for enhanced STAR.
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Century 21 Real Estate LLC is proud to announce that we have added a “search by schools” function to further simplify the home search for buyers interested in particular schools or school systems.
Visitors to century21.com may now create listing alerts with schools as one of their search criteria and receive email alerts when homes in their desired school districts go on the market.
“Selecting the right school is an important part of the decision to buy a home. We have now made the search easier by delivering data to consumers precisely as they want it,” said Bev Thorne, Century 21 Real Estate LLC Chief Marketing Officer. “Our school search feature represents another proof point in our commitment to being an online leader of real estate information, and to delivering superior user experiences.”
When visitors go to century21.com, they can use the “search by schools” function to find schools by location: 1) in a state 2) county, 3) city, or 4) near a street address. Users can also get a list of top rated schools or further refine the school data by student-teacher ratios, grade levels, public, private, or charter school types. They can also use geographies in the search process along with our other screens for price, property features, maps, keywords, and more.
Be sure to share this great news with all of your clients and prospects! It is a clear advantage for CENTURY 21® Agents: Smarter. Bolder. Faster®.