Although we haven’t been hit with as much snow this year I still wanted to provide you with some useful tips to make snow removal easier for you along with some safety tips when completing the task. From picking the right shovel to removing snow in a timely manner, I hope this advice can be helpful for you during the next big snow storm.
If you do not have a snowblower or if you need a shovel to clear small walkways and areas where you can’t use your snowblower, make sure to pick the best snow shovel for you. Consumer Reports evaluates the different types of shovels and tells you the uses for each type ranging from the standard plastic ones to lumber jack style options.
Second make sure to protect yourself while shoveling. According to a nationwide study, from 1990 to 2006 there were 11,500 emergency room visit caused by snow shoveling injuries. If you have any medical problems check with your doctor before shoveling or snow blowing. Also, dress appropriately when heading outside. Use layers of waterproof clothing to allow for good ventilation while outside and wear shoes or boots that will keep you from slipping on the ice. If you have not been engaging in any physical activity before going outside do some light exercises to get yourself warmed up just like you would for any other workout.
One of the most common injuries when shoveling is related to a person’s back. Use proper lifting to ensure you do not injure yourself. Also, space out the shoveling by starting early when the snow is not too deep and periodically shovel throughout the storm to avoid having to move piles of large snow all at once.
Finally, whether snowplowing or shoveling do not pile up the snow around the foundation of your home. When the snow begins to melt it can cause cracks to form on your foundation leading to leaks in your basement. Avoid piling snow over drains or near fire hydrants and always keep your mailbox clear.
Remember these tips the next time a snow storm hits. Also, don’t forget when the temperature is below 12 degrees Fahrenheit salt does not work. And if you have pets use pet friendly products because traditional rock salt is harmful to dogs paws. Even in the winter, remember when it comes to real estate, Dave is the man! - Dave Taljonick, RE/MAX Right Choice, 810-686-3900.
Four Tips to Start Organize Your Home in 2017
In my blog last week, I outlined resolutions you can make for your home. For this post I want to give you some tips on how to get your house organized in 2017. These simple how-tos will get you on the road to having an organized home in no time.
First, start with small changes. Setting one simple goal a week can help things not seem so overwhelming. Pick a closet, a single room, your desk or even a cabinet to tackle then work on it during that week. There are lots of great lists available online that will help you pick weekly goals. Home Storage Solutions offers a 52 week organized home challenge checklist which can help get you on track.
The second thing you can do to organize your home is to better utilize your existing storage space in your home. Too often we jam things into a closet or the garage without taking time to analyze the best use of the space. For instance, in your closets consider using space saving bags that will allow you to vacuum pack seasonal items or other linens do not need all of the time.
In addition, use the ceiling space in your garage for overhead storage. Add in shelves or other built-in racks to use the overheard storage space. From storing seasonal items to hanging your bikes, overhead storage can remove a lot of clutter off the ground in your garage.
Another good tip is to organize spaces that only you may see. You may be the only person who gets in your sock drawer or under the kitchen sink, however keeping the space organized can save you headaches when searching for something. Use things like bins from the dollar store to sort cleaning products under the sink or cut up boxes to create organizational dividers in a sock or underwear drawer.
A great rule to live by is whenever anything new comes into the house, such as a toy for the kids or a new tool or kitchen gadget, something leaves in its place. The key to organizing is keeping things simple and the best way to do this is through de-cluttering things. Rotate out old items with your new additions and have a space in your home to collect items to donate to a local charitable organization such as Goodwill, the Salvation Army, Volunteers of America or Freedom Treasures.
I hope these four tips will help you get on the road to organizing your home in 2017. Relieve some of the stress caused by unwanted chaos in your home and make 2017 a great year for your family. And remember if a move is in your future, a neatly organized home can make packing and sorting a lot easier. When it comes to real estate, remember Dave is the man! -Dave Taljonickof RE/MAX Right Choice.
New Year's Resolutions for Homeowners
Consider making new year’s resolutions for your home in 2017. From home improvements to financial planning, all of these goals will enhance your experience as a homeowner.
First, make plans to get ahead on your mortgage. Schedule extra payments on your mortgage or sign up for a biweekly payments. According to bankrate.com, simply making one extra payment a year on a 30 year mortgage can reduce the term of your loan by five years.
Another financial goal can be to find a more affordable homeowners insurance policy or a discount on your existing policy. Contact your insurance agent to see if any home improvements you made over the last year qualify you for a discount. Replacement of your roof, updated electrical or plumbing work could make you eligible for a reduction in the current rate you pay for insurance.
In addition, to examining financial resolutions the new year is a great time to make plans for improvements and repairs you would like to complete in 2017. From simple repairs you have been putting off around your house to dream renovations, the new year is a great time to make plans for these home improvements.
Along with overall improvements to your home, the new year gives you a chance to get organized and to make plans for deep cleaning you may have put off. From organizing closets to cleaning your basement or garage to having your carpets shampooed, the new year is a great chance to tackle these chores. January is often a great time to get discounts on organizational supplies including plastic tubs and closet organizers.
Finally, 2017 offers an opportunity to reduce your energy costs. Consumers Energy offers an array of rebates for home energy solutions from lighting to heating and cooling, there are lots of cost saving options available. You can even analyze your home energy use through their online tool. It will give a specific analysis for your home to help you save costs on your bill.
Allow the new year to give you a chance to make these plans a reality for your home. 2017 can be a new beginning for your home. And remember when it comes to real estate, Dave is the man! -Dave Taljonickof RE/MAX Right Choice.
Local New Year’s Eve Events to Ring in 2017
With the hustle and bustle of Christmas preparation you may not have been able to make plans for New Year’s Eve which is right around the corner. Instead of waiting until after Christmas, take time to make plans now. Some of these events require you to make reservations in advance, so don’t miss out.
Frankenmuth will once again host an array of New Year’s Eve festivities There are many events happening in the city including a family-friendly celebration.
The Bavarian Inn Lodge will host a family-friendly event from 5 to 8 p.m. The cost is $67 per adult and $40 per child including a buffet dinner on New Year’s Eve and a breakfast buffet on New Year’s Day; children under the age of 2 are free. Reservations are required. It is designed for families spending the night at the Lodge.
Admission includes party favors, interactive dances and a global countdown into the New Year. Everyone will be treated to a dinner buffet which includes a build your own sundae bar. Willy the Dragon will be available to take photos.
The lodge will also host a formal gala with dinner being served from 6:45 to 8:30 p.m. There will also be a dessert and soup buffet later in the evening. The live music will run from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. featuring the band Remix. The cost is $87 per person. It also includes a breakfast buffet the next morning at 9:30 a.m.
The cost for the celebration includes party favors, dinner, wine and a champagne toast at midnight along with the breakfast on New Year’s Day. Make your reservations now; the gala tickets can be combined with your lodging package.
The Frankenmuth Brewery will be held from 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. There is a special dinner menu with set appetizers, soups/salad, entrees and desserts. In addition, for a $20 cover charge you can enjoy midnight extras including a pizza buffet, live entertainment and a champagne toast.
The Knights of Columbus in Davison will host a New Year's Eve Party. Doors for the party open at 8 p.m., with dancing 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Beer, wine and snacks are included in the $30 ticket cost. Knights of Columbus 4th Degree is located at 8428 Davison Road, Davison. Contact Gary Lehr at 810-653-5068 or Mark Campbell at 810-919-2319 for more information.
The Whiting will be hosting its second annual New Year’s Eve Gala. The night’s theme will be new year’s around the world. The evening includes a three course dinner, dancing, music and an auction held on the stage of the theater. The featured live band will be by the Cliff Monear Group. The event will take place from 8 p.m. until 1 a.m. and cost $125 per person with a cash bar or $150 per person with an open bar. The Whiting is located at 1241 E. Kearsley St. in downtown Flint. For more information call 810-237-7378.
Flinttown Countdown to 2017
The Flint Farmer’s Market will host the New Year’s Eve Flinttown Countdown from 8 p.m. to 1 a.m. The general admission cost is $35 with VIP admission priced at $50. There will be two stages with live entertainment and the night ends with a fireworks viewing at midnight. Food offerings vary depending on admission option.
Consider attending one of these New Year’s Eve events to ring in 2017. Make sure to set your plans now before reservations fill up. I wish you and your family a Merry Christmas this weekend. – Dave Taljonick
5 Holiday Events to Enjoy with Your Family
Are you looking for something fun to enjoy with out of town guests? Or are you looking to start a new tradition with your family? In this week’s post, I wanted to offer you some ideas for holiday events happening in our area.
Besides enjoying the holiday fun during a regular visit to the village, why not enjoy their drive through option on Monday evenings or Christmas Eve. For only $5 per car, you can drive your car through the village enjoying all the beautiful holiday lights without facing the frigid temps. The remaining dates for this experience are Monday, December 19; Saturday, December 24; and Monday, December 26. Regular village hours are from 4 to 9 p.m. on December 16-18, 20-23, 27-30.
The Holiday Pops at the Whiting Auditorium, in the heart of the Flint Cultural Center, will have its performances on Saturday and Sunday. The Holiday Pops, featuring the Flint Symphony Orchestra and other community musical groups will have a show at 7:00 p.m. on December 17 and a 3:00 p.m. show on December 18. Tickets can
Each year the Flint Youth Theatre features a difference performance around the holidays. This year’s production of Willy Wonka runs through Sunday with performances tonight at 7 p.m., Saturday at 2 and 7 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m. The theatre is located in the Flint Cultural Center and tickets can be purchased in advance or at the show. Tickets range from $12 to $16.
The New McCree Theatre puts on a wide array of productions every year. During the holiday season they are performing the musical, The Wiz. Shows run through December 24 and tickets range from $7 to $18. The theatre is located at G-2040 W. Carpenter Rd. in Flint. Show times for this week are tonight at 7 p.m.; Saturday, December 17 and Saturday, December 24 at 2 and 7 p.m.; Thursday, December 22 at 7 p.m. and Friday, December 23 at 7 p.m.
The Durand Union Station- Michigan Railroad History Museum puts on a huge display of over 45 Christmas trees every year. The trees are decorated by different themes and are on display in the depot. The viewing times are December 20 and 22 from 6 to 9 p.m. with additional dates available on December 27 and 29. There will be special viewing hours on Christmas day from 3 to 7 p.m.
Don’t miss out on these great family events over the holiday season. Continue an old tradition or start a new one. If your house seems a little crowded during family get-togethers over Christmas, remember when it comes to real estate, Dave is the man! -Dave Taljonickof RE/MAX Right Choice.
Fire Safety during the Holidays
The holiday season is filled with festivities and celebrations, but it still important to keep your family safe from harm during this time. To help protect your family I want to give you a few reminders about fire safety during the winter months.
Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day are the top three days for home candle fires. Candles can set the mood for a festive event, but there are some things to keep in mind. If you simply must have real candles, make sure to keep them away from flammable items like centerpieces. Also be mindful of any children that may be drawn to candles. Always extinguish candles when leaving the area. A great alternative is battery operated flameless candles. They still add to the ambiance, but do not include the risks of a real flame.
When using lighted decorations, inspect cords and outlets for damage. Use plastic hooks, not nails, to hang lights in order to reduce the risk of damaging the wires. Ensure that decorations you use outside are rated for outdoor use.
If you use a live Christmas tree, be sure to keep it sufficiently watered in order to keep it from drying out. A dry tree is susceptible to fire and can burn much faster than a well-watered tree. Overheated lights and decorations on or near the tree can cause a tree to catch fire. Never leave lighted decorations or Christmas tree lights on overnight or while you are not home.
Upcoming Local Festivities Including Craft Shows and Parades
It’s already December and for some, that can mean stressful holiday shopping. If you’re looking for unique and handmade items to gift this season, I have three craft shows that you may want to check out. Another aspect of the month is family fun. There are events aimed at bringing loved ones together to experience the magic of the season.
St. Roberts Council of Catholic Women is holding its Christmas Craft Bazaar on Saturday, December 3rd. All goods will are handmade and feature holiday decorations, wood and glass items, toys, baked goods and more. The craft show takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the church located at 319 N. Cherry Street in Flushing.
Bethany United Methodist Church is hosting their 6th annual Christmas Bazaar & Craft Show on December 3rd. You can pick up craft items, stitchery, toys, baked goods, and more. There will also be a silent auction. The craft show is December 3rd from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. located at 353 E. Vienna St. in Clio.
Check out the Tis the Season Craft Bazaar. Bentley High School in Burton is hosting the shopping event on Sunday, December 4th from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. The school is located at 1150 N. Belsay Road. Admission is $2 per person.
The Flint Cultural Center is hosting its annual Holiday Walk on Tuesday, December 6th. The event kicks off with the tree lighting at 5:15 and goes until 8 p.m. Stroll through the Cultural Center campus and take in beautiful holiday light displays, planetarium shows, crafts, music, and pictures with Santa. As always, this event is FREE and is something to experience if you’ve never done it before.
On December 10th, local businesses in Swartz Creek are asking residents to shop locally when they search for holiday gifts. Christmas in the Creek is a new way to invite shoppers into local stores and check out their services and wares. Some businesses are offering coupons and giveaways. Christmas in the Creek runs from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The firefighters’ parade begins at 6 p.m. at the Middle School and will end at the fire station. At the fire station, enjoy doughnuts, cider and a visit from Santa.
Whether you choose one or many of these events to check out, be safe and enjoy the company of your loved ones. And remember when it comes to real estate, Dave is the man! - Dave Taljonick of RE/MAX Right Choice, 810-686-3900.
Four Upcoming Family Events
There is something about this time of year that makes us want to gather close to those we love. What better way than to share time together at local events. I will highlight four family friendly events that are either low cost or free. I hope you are able to check out at least one.
If you are a Genesee County resident, you won’t want to miss out on FREE admission to Crossroads Village. On Friday, November 25th from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., enjoy a fantastic tree lighting, Christmas carols, unique shopping, and fireworks. Admission to the village is FREE but train tickets are not included. It is highly suggested that you purchase train tickets in advance since they tend to sell out quickly.
The 43rd year of the Holly Dickens Festival starts this weekend with the theme “Home for the Holidays.” Start off with the tree lighting and the lighted parade on Friday, November 25th. The rest of the weekend boasts carriage rides, caroling, crafts, entertainment and so much more! It’s worth the drive to take part in the official oldest and longest running Dickens themed festival in the United States.
If you indulged a little too much over Thanksgiving, or just feel like getting back to nature, head to ForMar for the 5th Annual Turkey Trot. On November 26 take part in a 5K run/walk or let the little ones take part in the Turkey Trot. Pre-registration has ended, so be sure to arrive and register by 10 a.m. in order to participate. Registration is $20.
Join Burton Parks and Recreation on December 3rd at Bendle High School to take part in fun holiday activities. From noon to 3 p.m. there will be face painting, cookie, ornament, and stocking decorating, pictures with Santa (for a $15 fee), and a showing of Santa Buddies at 1 p.m. There will be a glow parade at 5:30 p.m. starting at the intersection of S. Saginaw St. and Natalie Drive.
Participating in things with friends or family has the potential to be more meaningful than money spent. Take time to enjoy the season and each other. Check out one of these events and perhaps you will find a new tradition to share with loved ones. Stay safe and have fun this season. Remember when it comes to all your real estate needs, Dave is the man! Dave Taljonick of RE/MAX Right Choice.
Three Tools to Assist Your Travel Over the Holiday Week
According to AAA, over 48 million of us will hit the road next week over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. While many websites provide travel deals, driving trips or weather forecasts not all will give you local travel information. In preparation for the holiday I want to give you an overview of these resources to assist with your travel plans.
The AAA website provides live traffic and construction updates. The site allows you to look up regional information including any construction or problems along a particular route. The website includes Live Traffic Reports and Construction Updates which allows you to make plans before leaving on your trip or to find updates while on the road.
Another great resource is the Mi Drive app through the Michigan Department of Transportation. The free app is available for download through iTunes and Google Play. Besides the features on the AAA website, this particular app includes additional information such as rest areas, traffic updates and real-time traffic camera views. If you don’t want to download the Mi Drive app, you can still access updates through their website.
In addition to traffic on the road, another important component of planning for travel over the holiday is examining weather information. Almost everyone has an app that provides a weather forecast on their phone, however these do not always provide detailed information on any weather hazards. The National Weather Service office provides snowfall analysis, snow cover, radar and precipitation on their website. You can also download a free app for the National Weather Service through iTunes and Google Play. The app will alert you of weather warnings and will provide the radar of current conditions based on your location.
Plan your trip in advance to have a safe and happy holiday. I hope these tools will help make your journey a little easier. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! - Dave Taljonick, RE/MAX Right Choice, 810-686-3900.
5 Veterans Day Ceremonies
When we hear about Veterans Day, sometimes what comes to mind is eateries offering free meals, great shopping deals, or the fact that government offices and banks will be closed. I’d like to remind you that the true purpose of Veterans Day is to honor all of those who have previously served in the United States Armed Forces. Veterans Day is Friday, November 11th and I am listing 5 ceremonies that are happening in our area. I hope you are able to attend one to honor all of those who have served.
Swartz Creek will have a Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m. on Friday, November 11th. The ceremony will be held at the Veterans Memorial located on Fortino Drive. Swartz Creek Academy seniors have been cleaning the memorial to prepare it for the ceremony.
There will be a Veterans Day service at Mcfarlan Veterans Memorial Park on November 11th at 11 a.m. The park, the smallest and oldest in Flint, is located at the intersection of East 2nd Ave, ML King Ave, and Saginaw Street.
The Great Lakes National Cemetery, located at 4200 Belford Road in Holly, will have its annual Veterans Day ceremony on Friday, November 11th. The ceremony will be held at the cemetery assembly area at 11 a.m.
Even if you can’t attend one of the ceremonies, you can still thank a veteran for his or her service. Chances are you know someone who has served. Remember to stay safe and be ever thankful. Remember it comes to real estate, "Dave is the Man"! "! - Dave Taljonick, RE/MAX Right Choice at 810-686-3900