Fire Safety Tips For Your Home

While not as glamorous or as fun as decorating your home, keeping your home safe from fires is of paramount importance when it comes to safety in your residence.  One of the more obvious tips is to make sure all smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors in your home are in full working order.  The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recommends that you change batteries in these devices at least once a year. If you have children or older individuals in your own, you may want to change these batteries twice a year.  Following a replacement schedule is the easiest way to remember to do this (ie, on New Year’s Day and on Fourth of July, every calendar year).

two story home photoHowever, changing the batteries alone isn’t sufficient.  Setting a monthly schedule to test each detector is also critical.  (You can write it on your family calendar to remind yourself).  Oftentimes, fire departments discover that fires occur in homes with smoke detectors that weren’t operational, either because the battery wasn’t working, or was disconnected temporarily (ie, after a smoky cooking incident).

Moreover, do you have a home fire safety plan?  Does every member of your family know what to do when there’s a fire?  Make sure there are two ways out of every room, and that each member of the family knows what they are.  For windows, are they stuck closed?  Can the screens be removed quickly?  Does everyone know how to check doors to see if they are hot, and if so, how to find another way out?  Remember that towels can be used for handling, touching or grabbing items to avoid burns, and also can be used as a cover to protect faces and cover mouths.

If you have a second floor, do you have an escape (rope) ladder in a central location, near windows?  And does every family member know where it is, and how to use it if there is a fire?  Also, have you designated a meeting spot outside of the home where everyone can meet if there’s a fire?  Everyone needs to understand that once they exit the home, they can’t go back inside for any reason (even if there are pets inside).  As a corollary, do the adults have a plan to find and transport any pets in the home if there is a fire?

I hope you find these tips to be useful, and worth discussing with your family.

Pop With Paint!

Paint remains one of the least expensive, and easiest ways to instantly update your home’s interior (and exterior) when you’re getting your home ready to sell.  If your home’s interior hasn’t been painted within the past five years, or if your existing paint colors aren’t in a neutral color family, I definitely recommend painting your home before you put it on the market.  Two things to consider before you begin this easy, cost-effective makeover: color and finish.

Neutral Paint in room photoChoosing a neutral paint color is the way to go when readying your home for sale.  While accent walls in the Pantone color of the year, or that mirror latest interior design trends can be a fun decorative touch while living in and enjoying your home, these colors aren’t necessarily the best way to go when you are trying to appeal to the broadest range of potential buyers.   Some paint colors that are sure crowd-pleasers, and that are trend-proof, are Amazing Gray (Sherwin-Williams), Manchester Tan (Benjamin Moore), Birchwood (Dunn Edwards), and Warm Butterscotch (Dunn Edwards).   Two strong choices for trim (and cabinets) are Swiss Coffee (Dunn Edwards) and Creamy (Sherwin Williams).

If you are technologically-savvy, consider using one of the many free apps to help you explore paint colors for your home.  Dunn-Edwards “Insta Color” app is an easy (and fun!) way to bring up any of the paint color options offered by this popular brand, and it also suggests coordinating trim colors.  Sherwin-Williams has their own app, called ColorSnap Visualizer which also gives you the option to instantly browse all of the colors in their color library, to help you narrow down the paint color that will look best in your home.

Another thing to consider when updating your home for sale by painting the interior is to paint all of the rooms the same color.  This will create a clean, cohesive look, and will be a blank slate for potential buyers to later decorate or add accent colors if they should so choose.

Finally, choosing the correct type of finish of paint is as important as the color you choose.  The four basic types of paint finish are: flat, eggshell, satin and semi-gloss.  Flat paint is paint that has zero-reflective qualities, and is better suited for deep rich colors.  Because it’s not a washable finish, it’s better used in rooms such as an office or a master bedroom.  Ceilings can be painted in a flat finish.  Eggshell finish is a finish that is very washable, so it’s much better for rooms that see a lot of use, such as the dining room, the kitchen, a playroom, kids’ bedrooms and the laundry room.  A satin finish is also durable, and has a smooth, subtle shine and is also great for higher-traffic rooms.  Finally, semi-gloss is a higher sheen paint that is generally used in bathrooms and kitchens because this paint is very washable.  Semi-gloss paint is typically used for trim and baseboards, as well as cabinetry.  However, semi-gloss paint isn’t forgiving when it comes to flaws on the wall, so that’s something to keep in mind.

While the multitude of color and finishes when it comes to paint can seem overwhelming, the payoff when it comes to readying your home for sale is instantaneous.  I would love to assist you in choosing the appropriate paint color and finish that’s specific to your own home.

5261 W Melinda Ln, Glendale, AZ 85308

Elegance on the Lakes. This one of a kind custom home boasts 365 degree views of the lake and mountains. Rear yard has automatic weather sensor shade screens for privacy, built-in BBQ/Bar and boat dock. Entryway showcases grandeur of this home with its soaring ceilings and fantastic views. Dedicated Den/Office with mountain views. Gourmet kitchen overlooks lake and pool. Master retreat on main floor, gorgeous master bath and amazing walk-in closet. Basement has large living area, 2 beds and an incredible walk-in temp controlled wine cellar. Upstairs loft with private balcony and wet bar. Radiant Heat Barrier, tankless water heater, Trex 2 level deck and more. Discover for yourself all there is to see at each turn. You won”t be disappointed.

6 beds 5 baths 6,400 sqft



This custom home was designed with every owner in mind. Fantastic layout, great space, high ceilings and views to the rear yard. There is just so much to love.


  • Lot: 9,282 sqft
  • Single Family
  • Built in 1998
  • 18 days on Zillow
  • Views since listing: 2,168
  • All time views: 4,913
  • 16 shoppers saved this home
  • HOA Fee: $78/mo
  • Cooling: Central, Refrigeration
  • Heating: Forced air
  • Last sold: Jan 2009 for $660,000
  • Price/sqft: $145
  • MLS #: 5465447


  • Attic
  • Barbecue
  • Cable Ready
  • Ceiling Fan
  • Deck
  • Dock
  • Double Pane/Storm Windows
  • Fenced Yard
  • Finished basement
  • Fireplace
  • Flooring: Tile
  • Intercom
  • Lawn
  • Parking: Garage – Attached, 3 spaces
  • Patio
  • Pool
  • Porch
  • Security System
  • Skylight
  • Sprinkler System
  • Vaulted Ceiling
  • View: City, Mountain, Water
  • Waterfront
  • Wet Bar
  • Wired


  • Wine cellar

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