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Sam Hatfield Realty March 2009 Newsletter


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March 2009

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Featured Home


MLS #1042194

126 Jills Landing


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Great lakefront home just minutes from downtown Winchester. This home has fantastic views of Tims Ford Lake, walk out basement, covered floating boat dock with boat lift, new roof, windows replaced 5 years ago. Priced well below market value. A MUST SEE!

Real Estate Update



February New Listings

MLS #1055677 392 Hillwood Drive $589,000
Lakefront home on a level lot with year round water is rare, but this house has it! Three car garage, one bay is 37' deep, floating dock, great views, a must see.

MLS #1056266 37 Pond Field Court $274,900
Beautiful home, large lot, fantastic location, 3 bedroom 2 bath brick and stone home. Hardwood floors, tile shower, stone fireplace, crown moulding, open floor plan, beautiful landscaping, granite counter tops.




Q: What fish is Tims Ford Lake known for?


A: Tims Ford Lake is known for blue ribbon Smallmouth, but you can find Smallmouth, Largemouth, Spotted and Striped Bass, Hybrids, Walleye and Crappie as well.


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March Calendar of Events


March 8 - Daylight Savings Time set your clocks an hour ahead

March 17 - St. Patrick's Day Don't forget to wear your green!

March 20 - 1st Day of Spring


48 Tips for going Green at Work and Home


1. Reduce: Reducing is best! If you don’t use it in the first place, you are saving money and energy and stopping pollution and waste.
2. Reuse: Reusing comes second. Find new life for items that would normally be thrown away. Even just one second use helps reduce what you need to buy again.
3. Recycle: Recycling is a distant third to the first two. Recycling requires fuel, energy and water consumption for transportation and reprocessing. However, it is still better than throwing items away, only to end up in the landfill.

4. Ride, walk or take public transportation whenever possible.
5. Accelerating gradually, using cruise control, and keeping your tires properly inflated increases your gas mileage.
6. Carpool with others, if you can.

7. Turn your computer off when you are not using it.
8. Set your computer and monitor to sleep/standby when inactive for too long. A computer in sleep mode uses about 5% of the energy as one on screen saver!
9. Look for the Energy Star label when buying a new computer or other electronic device. Consider buying a flat screen model or a laptop model.
10. Recycle your cell phone. Over 30 million are produced each year, and only 5% of used phones are recycled.
11. Turn off TVs, radios and stereos when you are not using them.
12. Many appliances consume electricity even when off! To avoid “phantom loads,” plug all electrical cords into a power strip and turn the strip off when not using any of them.
13. Phone chargers, laptop cords, printers, etc. all draw power when unused. Consider a power strip, as mentioned above.
14.Consider working with another office to collect computer disks and other “technotrash” for recycling through
15. Use rechargeable batteries.

16. Always turn off lights when you leave a room.
17. Utilize natural light whenever possible. Open your blinds, enjoy the sunlight!
18. Use only Compact Fluorescent Light (CFL) bulbs in all your lights. They use 75% less energy and lasts 10 times longer!
19. Turn off lights in bathrooms, lounges and other common areas.

20. Print on both sides when you can.
21. Change the default margins on your word processing program to .75 inches or less. It will save paper, especially on longer documents.
22. Use old papers that have been printed on that you don’t need as scrap paper that you can write notes on.
23. Buy items in bulk to reduce packaging waste.
24. Keep a “shopping” list of items needed around the office. Then place one large order to reduce packaging waste. Consider pooling orders with another office.
25. Use canvas or other reusable bags when shopping.
26. Bring your own coffee mug or refillable water bottle to work instead of using paper or Styrofoam cups.
27. Stock the break room with silverware and plates that can be washed, instead of disposables.
28. Compost your food scraps and yard waste, keeping it out of landfills. Use the compost to enrich your garden soil.

29. Plant a tree on the west side of your home. It could save you up to 12% on energy bills after 15 years. It also reduced carbon dioxide and makes cleaner air.
30. Clean your furnace filter and refrigerator coils once a month to increase efficiency and the life of the product.
31. A programmable thermostat that lowers the temperature in winter or raises it in the summer when you are away or sleeping saves energy and money.
32. When purchasing new appliances, look for the Energy Star label. Consider geothermal heating and cooling for your next furnace/air conditioner.
33. Use the microwave, toaster oven, or other small appliances instead of the oven or range. They use less energy and wont heat up the house.

34. Take the shortest showers you can.
35. Turn the water off when you are brushing your teeth or shaving.
36. Wash only full loads of laundry.
37. Cleaning your fishbowl, or emptying a vase? Use the water on your houseplants or in your garden.
38. Wash clothes in only warm or cold water. Nearly 85% of energy used for laundry comes from heating the water.

39. Use white vinegar instead of fabric softener in your laundry. (It works!)
40. Use a 50/50 white vinegar and water mixture to clean glass instead of harsh chemicals.
41. Sell clothing at consignment shops or donate to thrift stores. Buy clothes there, too.
42. Have clothing that doesn’t fit or is out of fashion? Tailor it to fit, or reconstruct it into something different like a purse, pillow or quilt.
43. Take old vases back to florist shops to be reused. Hospitals or nursing homes can use them too.
44. One person’s junk is another person’s treasure! Before you throw it out visit
45. Use old CDs as coasters, create wall art, or hang from fishing line in the garden to scare away birds, rabbits and other pests.
46. Take old magazines to nursing homes or schools to be read or used for crafts.
47. Rent or borrow infrequently used equipment rather than buying one for yourself.
48. Share! Books, party supplies, clothes. Swap with friends.


Getting started with your spring cleaning can seem like an overwhelming task for most people but it is a necessary evil and there are ways to do it without using harmful chemicals that are not safe for the environment. As with any big task, break it down into steps that you can do in small amounts of time throughout the week or month. The first step to getting all of the deep spring cleaning done in your home is to go room by room and remove any clutter and put things in their place. You can choose to do the entire house at eh same time during a weekend or a day off work, or you can break it up room by room to get done during the week after work. However you choose to do it, getting clutter and unwanted items out of the way can greatly reduce the amount of time you spend on all the other tasks.

After you have sorted through all of the items in your closet, basement, attic, garage and any other place that you normally store things that you are not using, decide what to do with things. If your neighbor or a friend at work could use that old pair of pruning shears that you replaced a few years ago and you just don’t want to throw out the old ones that work perfectly well, give them away. Not only are you saving money in the process. If you have some old clothing that has holes or stains on them and they are not acceptable enough to donate to a local charity, cut them up and use them as rags for tasks around the house such as spills or especially dirty jobs. This will save some paper towels and you can get some extra use out of these old items.

In the kitchen, it is a good idea to start with taking everything out of your cabinets and wiping out all of the shelves with warm water and some baking soda. This will get the dust and crumbs out and everything else that may be in there and it will deodorize the inside of the cabinets. After you have wiped down the shelves, start sorting through all of the things that were in the cabinets and getting rid of things that are expired or that you do not use. Check expiration dates and if it is past the date, throw it away. After that, put what is left back in the cabinets neatly and see how much more room you have in them! The outside of the cabinets can be cleaned with a mixture of one quart of warm water and one teaspoon of lemon juice or vinegar. You can use and old article of clothing that you found when you were decluttering as a rag to wipe things down. To wipe down counters, you can use a mixture of warm water, dish soap and baking soda. The dish soap will act as an antibacterial agent and the baking soda will act as a mild abrasive to remove tough stains. To clean inside the refrigerator, take everything out and throw away what is not safe to eat anymore and use a mixture of four cups of water and three tablespoons of baking soda to wipe out the inside. Once you are done, put everything back that you are keeping in an organized way. You should find a lot of extra room in there too! To clean the inside of the oven, wipe it down with a mixture of water and baking soda and let it sit for a few minutes to soak. You can scrape off stuck on and baked on food particles with an old credit card or an ice scraper. After you have gotten all of the stuck on food loosened, wipe it down again with your water and baking soda mixture and then wipe clean with another old article of clothing.

In the bathroom, old newspapers work well to clean glass or mirrors. For the sink and outside of the toilet and any other surfaces in the bathroom, you can use a mixture of one quart of warm water and one teaspoon of lemon juice or vinegar. For the inside of the toilet, make a paste with warm water and baking soda and let it sit for two hours. After that, use a toilet brush to remove any stains. You can also use the baking soda paste to clean mildew in the shower or bathtub. You can make a disinfectant using two cups of water and one cup of grapefruit seed extract, clove, lavender, or tea tree oil. Put this mixture in a spray bottle to make it easier to use.

In the closets, empty everything out of them and remove any dust and dirt using an old rag or a broom for really dusty closets. You can wipe down any shelves with the disinfectant in the spray bottle explained to use in the bathroom. When you are done, put everything away as you are putting things away get rid of anything you have not work or used in at least eighteen months. Within that amount of time, there has been an opportunity to use everything in there, regardless of the season it is used for. You should have plenty of room in all your closets after you have done this.

Once you have given away everything that you think others could use, and you have made rags out of old clothing, decide what you could sell at a yard sale and take a weekend to sit outside and sell some of your unwanted things. You will not only be keeping from the landfills, but you will be selling it to someone who will be able to use it. Also, you will be making some extra money from things that have been sitting around and taking up space in your home. After the weekend is over, donate anything that wasn’t sold to a local charity. This will help out those who are less fortunate than you and you will be recycling some old unwanted goods.

There are a lot of things that can be recycled at your local recycling center such as plastic, aluminum, newspaper, and many other things. Take any items that you can to the recycling center to have them recycled. Once you are done with that, there should be a substantially less amount of things that will actually need to be thrown away. Any personal documents that you no longer need can be shredded up and taken to a paper recycling center and the shredding is a great project to get the kids involved in. Make sure you explain to them the dangers of a paper shredder so that they do not cut themselves.

When you have finished with all the rooms in your house, you will be ready to work on the floors. TO remove carpet stains, you can use a mixture of vinegar and soapy water and gently rub them out. Use a wet rag with the same mixture to wipe down all baseboards throughout the house to remove dirt and any other stains that may be on them. On hard surface floors, use a toothbrush and the same mixture as before to clean the corners and hard to reach parts on the floor. Once this is done you are able to give your floors a good cleaning with a mop or by hand. A mixture of vinegar and water works well on most types of hard surface floors. For the carpet, move as much furniture as possible to clean under and thoroughly vacuum each room. Use the hose on the vacuum to reach corners and hard to reach spots.

When you get inside of your house completely clean, not only will the air you breathe be cleaner but you will feel a genuine sense of accomplishment for getting all done. Now you can put it out of your mind and check it off the list and move onto other things. Tackling all of this cleaning may even get you motivated to get the outside of your house cleaned up and to plant beautiful flowers in your flowerbeds.


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