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Top 5 Reasons Opelika is One of the Best Places to Live In the U.S.A

Categories: Community Events, Opelika AL, Special Occasions, Things to Do | Posted: October 29, 2011 | Comments Off on Top 5 Reasons Opelika is One of the Best Places to Live In the U.S.A

According to the U.S. Bureau of Statistics, Lee County, Alabama is one of the most affordable places to live. As it turns out, Auburn or Opelika, AL new homes may be the best value. Here’s why:

1) Less than 29% of people in this area spend a third of their income on housing, leaving them more room to spend on improving and enjoying their quality of life. Experts say this is one of the essential life hacks to avoiding debt and living comfortably.

2) Even though most of the country is still recovering from a recession, Opelika’s unemployment rate is one of the lowest in the country standing at 8.3%. With more jobs in the area, Opelika, AL new homes may offer the best nearby employment options.

3 )Nearly a third of all residents in Opelika hold a bachelor’s degree or higher. As studies have shown, places with an educated populous not only support more local and corporate businesses with higher paying salaries, but communities with lower crime rates.

4) Opelika is home to the East Alabama Medical Center, a massive campus supporting many employees. For those of you who live in Opelika, AL new homes, the East Alabama Medical Center offers the area’s only level I trauma center in all of Lee County. Renowned for their outstanding Cardiology and Heart Surgery, East Alabama Medical Center also offers some of the best doctors and surgeons in the state.

5) Auburn University, the state’s largest employer, offers great education opportunities for local high school graduates, but it also hosts amazing employment options and a nationally recognized football team.

Decorate for Halloween

Categories: Auburn AL, Community Events, Holidays, Montgomery AL, Opelika AL, Special Occasions | Posted: October 24, 2011 | Comments Off on Decorate for Halloween

Fall is easily one of the coziest seasons of the year. The air is crisp, and so are the leaves. With Halloween approaching, celebrating autumn has never been easier. Here are some fantastic ways to make your LaGrange GA homes for sale frightfully spooky this Halloween!

Take an afternoon and pick out a few squash, dried Indian corn, and pumpkins. Squash make a fantastic table centerpiece, and Indian corn can help fall. When you go to pick up pumpkins, find a variety of sizes and colors. Instead of carving your pumpkins, you can paint them instead. Especially if you picked up some white pumpkins, you can paint faces on them to make them look simply ghostly.

When carving pumpkins, try to make yourself a paper stencil or template first and trace it onto your pumpkin. This way, when you’re cutting with a blade or exacto knife, you know exactly where you’ll be cutting. Be sure to mark which areas should be cut out and which must remain intact for very detailed designs.

Seasonal throw pillows are also an easy way to dress up your LaGrange GA homes for sale for Halloween. Buy or make yourself some felt pillows. Then, cut out some bats or other spooky designs and sew or glue them onto the pillows. If you want, you could instead glue Velcro on the backs of your designs and change them out for each season so you always have the perfect decorations out for each season!

Fall wreaths or garlands are also incredibly easy ways to spruce up your home for the season! Pick out felt in your favorite fall colors. Beautiful golden yellows, reds, and oranges, and cut them into different leaf shapes. Using twine and hay, you can weave yourself a colorful wreath or garland and then glue the “stems” of your leaves into the mix for a beautiful autumn spread. With protective spray, you can weatherproof the wreaths for outside use if you choose to hang them outside of your LaGrange GA homes for sale.

Pumpkin flesh can also be etched to give your pumpkin a luminescent look when it comes time to light a candle inside. As long as your pumpkin is properly vented to give the flame enough air and the flame isn’t burning the inside of the pumpkin, you can make pumpkin luminaries as well as jackolanterns.

Gadgets That Can Help You Keep Your Home Clean

Categories: Auburn AL, Design Tips, Design Trends, DIY Tips & Tricks, Opelika AL | Posted: October 15, 2011 | Comments Off on Gadgets That Can Help You Keep Your Home Clean

Most people find the chore of keeping their houses for sale in LaGrange, GA clean a time consuming task but luckily for us, we live in an age where technology can help do a good portion of the cleaning for you. Here are some new inventions that can save you hours a week cleaning so you don’t have to:

Nearly a decade ago, iRobot released a glorious invention: the Roomba. These 8 pound robots vacuum your home during the day, avoiding furniture and obstacles around houses for sale in LaGrange, GA. It takes itself to a docking station to charge, so the only thing you have to do is empty the dust tray. The Mint is another floor cleaning robot designed for cleaning hard floors, so you can put them both to work on your floor.

Cleaning the shower has always been one of the most unpleasant chores to keep up with regularly. Scrubbing tile on hands and knees to keep the mildew away can now be avoided entirely with an Mr. Bubbles Automatic Shower Cleaner that sprays down your entire shower while you’re away, preventing mildew and soap scum buildup.

As everyone knows, cats are much more self-reliant pets than dogs. They need much less attention and they don’t need walks, but they do come with a very big responsibility: litter boxes. Luckily for us, Littermaid makes an automatic litter box that cleans the cat box every time your kitty uses it using special motion detectors. It helps reduce smell in your houses for sale in LaGrange, GA and it makes changing the litter regularly infinitely easier. Welcome to the age of technology.

Simple Ways to Organize your Laundry Room

Categories: Auburn AL, Design Tips, Design Trends, DIY Tips & Tricks, Montgomery AL | Posted: October 3, 2011 | Comments Off on Simple Ways to Organize your Laundry Room

As we all know, washing machines are notorious for eating spare socks and gloves. Where did the matching one go? Do they go to an alternate lonely universe of lint? Who can really say. However, having a sock that doesn’t have a brother anymore can make your mornings a mess. Go through your clothes and remove all of your worn or mismatched clothes. If you prefer, you can even cut them up and turn them into rags to use for housecleaning later.

If your laundry room has the space, adding cabinets or countertops can help optimize your space. Having your home builder in Opelika, AL install shelving can maximize your wall space for functional use. Even if your wall studs can’t support wood shelving, installing wire wall racks to store your detergents, dryer sheets, or fabric softener can help save precious space and keep things organized. You can even keep all of your cleaning supplies, like dusters, spray bottles, and in the same place.

White and color hampers can help you and your family separate colors during the week so laundry can be done whenever you accumulate a full load in either basket to keep your chores running as efficiently as possible. Using a hanger on your laundry room door can help you separate delicates or dry cleaning clothes from your usual laundry so it’s harder for you and other family members to accidentally ruin or shrink clothes. If your home builder in Opelika, AL is clever, they might already have some amenities like counter space for laundry folding, or shelving already in place.

Pets and children are seemingly magnetic to messes, especially after playing outside. Placing a pegboard can help you keep jackets off the floor and keep leashes in one place, and at the end of the day, you can throw them in the wash when they get too filthy. Have your home builder in Opelika, AL install a cubby or basket for shoes or rain boots, which can also help keep things organized daily.