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Want to get rid of that white film on your dishes?

So dirty dishes don’t make a glamorous topic of discussion do they?  But lots of people are having trouble with that nasty white film that coats your dishes and the inside of your dishwasher.

About a year ago I wrote about a solution to the problem, but it turned out not to be a permanent solution.  Since the recommendation to run the dishes through on a vinegar only cycle does work, I can’t say the solution failed.  But, I’m not willing to run every load of dishes through twice.  That’s way too big a waste of time and energy!

So here we are a year later and trying again.  Check out the short video to see what seems to be a workable day to day solution.

We’ve had major improvement in less than a week.  With any luck it will continue that way.  I’ll keep you posted.

For more information about  available property, or homes for sale , call Sally Lawrence, “Home Sales Sally” at 661.375.7325 or email

As always, thanks for reading!  Please share your experience or questions regarding dishwasher chalky residue by leaving a comment below.  And if you found something useful here, please share, forward etc.

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Thinking About Selling Your Home? Think About Paint!

Lots of Paint Choices for Sprucing up your Tehachapi HomeIf you’re thinking about selling your Tehachapi area home, think about how to make your home the one that sells.

We all know that getting houses sold in this market is tougher than it used to be.  Your competition is no longer the house down the street that is basically the same but has a little nicer backyard.  Now your competition is the 6 distressed sellers on the street that are listed for significantly lower prices than yours.  So, how do you compete?

One of the easiest ways to make a big impact is by painting.  It’s pretty easy for the average homeowner to do themselves, and it really does make a big difference in how the house shows.

Inside or outside? Do you need to paint the exterior or the interior.  Many times just painting the exterior trim is enough to make a big difference.  If the main house paint is okay (no chipping, peeling, etc.) just paint the trim.  Buy the highest quality paint you can find.  If the best paint is $35 a gallon and the other choices are $28 a gallon, recognize that the cheap paint won’t save you money.  It will likely be harder to apply, may not look as good and probably won’t last as long.

Focus on the interior. For most home sellers, the biggest impact will be from painting the interior.  Think about the impression you will make on potential buyers when they see your freshly painted home.  A freshly painted interior is an indication of care and maintenance throughout the house.  Buyers often feel more comfortable buying a house that they perceive as well-maintained.  In fact they are often willing to pay a premium for that perception when compared to other houses that don’t appear well cared for.

How to paint.     The Paint Quality Institute offers these tips for doing the job quickly and effectively:

  • Move Furniture Get as much of the furniture out of the room as you can.  Whatever you can’t move out, cover with plastic drop cloths and tape them in place.
  • Buy Good Paint As previously mentioned, inexpensive paint is not a bargain.
  • Tape the Edges Despite the fact that taping the edges seems to be the most time-consuming part of the job, it really does speed things up.  So, don’t skip this step!
  • Work from the top down Start with the ceiling, then the walls, then the windows and doors, and finally the baseboards.  Doing it this way minimizes the time and effort chasing after drips and runs.
  • Cut it in Applying a 3 inch band of paint around the corners will allow you to paint the remaining areas with a roller.
  • Apply Paint Generously As with buying the best paint, don’t skimp when it comes to applying it!  High quality paint will usually cover in one coat.  Don’t try to make a gallon go too far.

Follow these tips, do one room at a time and enjoy the fruits of your labor.  One of which will be the satisfaction you get from a freshly painted home!

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Are Ants in Your Area?

AntSummer is coming to Tehachapi and so are the ants.  Everybody is familiar with the marching armies that seem to be everywhere.  There are lots of ways to battle ants. Sure, you can spray poisons to kill them, but those can be harmful to people, pets, and the environment.  How about some more eco-friendly ways to deal with them? Myles H. Ba der provides some natural solutions in his book 1001 All-Natural Secrets to Pest-Free Property.

Did you know that Cream of Wheat is a natural deterrent to ants?  Apparently they can’t digest it and it is lethal to them.  Powdered borax mixed with maple syrup has the same effect.  That solution is not recommended if you have children or pets.  If you simply want to deter, but not kill, then sprinkle the substances they don’t like to cross, such as ground black pepper, chalk, or cinnamon, near doors or other areas where they can get into the house.

What environmentally friendly methods have you used to deal with ants?

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Cash for Caulkers: Appealing to Home Shoppers?

Congress is about to approve a program to put contractors back to work doing energy retrofits.

If “Cash for Caulkers” passes, home owners will be eligible for a tax credit worth up to $12,000 or half the cost of the retrofits, whichever is lower.

A home owner who spends $24,000 to cut his energy use in half will save an average of $100 per month, estimates Lane Burt, manager of building energy policy at the Natural Resources Defense Council. With a $12,000 tax rebate from the government, the payback will take 10 years.

Some real estate practitioners pointed out that energy retrofits might be a hard sell because they don’t raise a home’s sale value. “It sounds good on paper, but it’s just not how the American consumer makes choices,” says Jeff Geoghan, a Coldwell Banker REALTOR® in Lancaster, Pa. “If you’re buying a house, and you see a furnace has a 95 percent efficiency rating, are you really going to make your decision based on that?”

Source:, Steve Hargreaves (02/04/2010)

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