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Surviving The First Night In A New Home.

Your RE/MAX Masterpiece agent has found you your dream home and the deal just closed. The process has been a real nail biter, but you are excited to be starting a new chapter in your life. As you prepare to pack all of your things to move, it is important to have a plan of action to make the transition as stress free as possible. Once you get all of your things moved, you can breathe a sigh of relief, until you realize that everything you need to be comfortable is in boxes spread through your new home. These helpful hints can prepare you to survive your first night in a new home.

Have a Plan

When you begin the packing process, most people are so anxious to move, they are packing boxes as fast as they can. If you have a plan before you begin packing, you will not only have an easier time unpacking, but you can plan ahead to have everything you need to survive your first night. You don’t have to draw up blueprints and a map, simply set aside 7 boxes and label them “First Night.”

Think Basic

You don’t have to hurry to unpack your house if you can think of the basics that you may need to get through the first few days. Take some time to think of basic supplies you may need to get by. If you are going to sleep, you are going to need bedding and a pillow. You are going to want to clean your house before you put stuff away, so you will need cleaning supplies. You will also want to set aside work clothes and pajamas from your wardrobe to get you through. It also helps to have a pen and some paper to write down any new information or make lists.

Emergencies Happen

Emergencies can happen and the world doesn’t slow down for a move. Make sure you are prepared in case of an emergency. You may be handling glass that has been broken in the move, you could be moving around the same time as a storm, and little things may break in the move. Make sure you are prepared for any emergency by packing a first aid kit, trash bags, a flashlight, medications, and a small tool kit.

Think of the Children

Moving can be a hassel without kids, when you add children into the mix, it can make things even more dififcult. Set aside a box for your children to be happy during their first night and make sure their rooms are one of the first set up.  Your children box should consist of pajamas, baby supplies, night lights, a change of clothes, and some board games. A first night in a new location can be scary for kids, you also want to pack any comfort items to help them through.

Don’t Move On An Empty Stomach

It is our instinct to get comfortable as quickly as we can, when in the moving process the one thing we always forget is to eat! Make sure you set aside a box with paper plates, plasticware, and a take out menu to your favorite restaurant. After movign boxes around, you certainly will not want to cook a big meal and have to clean up after, so preparing to order out and throw away will make eating simple.

Important Documents

You want to make sure you have all the documents you could need in ana emergency. This includes important papers like ids, passports, deeds, ect. Also make sure that you have all the new documents from your home sale or purchase.  Keep these documents in a safe place so they don’t get mixed up in the move.

Keep Up With Hygiene

When going through the moving process, it can be pretty sweaty and you are going to want to clean yourself up when you are done. Don’t forget to pack toiletries for the first night so you don’t have to box dive for your toothbrush. Make sure you have toilet paper, shampoo, soap, a shower curtain, towels, make up, and other hygiene items packed in a bag for first night.

Make Your Furry Friends Feel At Home

Not only is moving stressful for children, but it can be stressful for your pets. Animals feel comfortable in their surroundings, so upping them and moving them to a new place with new smells can be a difficult transition. Make sure your pets are comefortable on their first night by having animal food, medications, leash, collar, toys, and food dishes.

Your first night in your new home can be exciting and terrifying all at once. Being prepared with a few first night boxes can help make unpacking go smoothly and keep you and your family comfortable during your first few nights in your dream home.

Shining Some Light on Landscaping Trends

With the summer months approaching at full speed, homeowners are rushing to get the perfect summer touches added to their garden. People are spending top dollar to install the latest ponds, fountains, flowers, and other landscaping accessories to their garden in time for a season of relaxation and social gatherings. Where homeowners are searching high and low for their perfect landscape dream, there is one thing those interested in landscape focus on, the latest lighting trends.

Lighting Trends

A few years ago, people used light to make sitting outdoors after dusk simpler. With the lighting trends of today, people are trying to shine a light on their artistic side. Lighting is no longer used for basic seeing. People are using lighting to bring out their favorite plants or shrubs. The lighting trend is making its big debut because it is a simple and cost effective way to add nice touches to the outdoors.

A study shows that lighting is the most popular landscaping feature today (See figure 1.1).  The chart shows that 96% of people prefer outdoor lighting to decorate their outdoors compared to other outdoor décor. Outdoor lighting has more benefits then cost and simplicity. Most outdoor lights are made of recyclable material making them recyclable as well, offer easy installation, and are now solar powered to be environmentally friendly (Trends, 2010).


Finding Your Light in Shining Armor

Since there are many different types of outdoor lighting fixtures that could be used in several different locations, one may find it difficult to find the perfect lighting fixture to meet their needs. Each trend specifies to certain sections of the garden. When it comes to lighting up a garden or deck lamps, torches, and garden lamps add an illuminating touch to table talk, dining, or card games.

For general outdoor lighting, outdoor wall lamps can be subtle and make outdoor living feel as comfortable as indoor living. Wall light fixtures can provide more lighting in a doorway to make carrying things in and out of the house easier and can make moving about outside the house safer.

The two outdoor lighting trends discussed above are two simple and basic ways of using outdoor lighting. Efficient for all types of activities and provides a hand in outdoor safety. Some homeowners may prefer to go beyond basic and dabble in a little artistic lighting.

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Joe Rey-Barreau, director of the Lighting and Design Center at the University of Kentucky stated “the challenge with landscape lighting is that most people don’t immediately see all the possibilities” (Landscaping America, 2012). The purpose of artistic outdoor lighting is to highlight the focal points by focusing on architectural features.

Using outdoor lighting could be compared to a woman. When a woman uses light make up to highlight her best features, it makes her look flawless, almost like magic. This same touch could be used outdoors by lighting up a archway, putting a splash of light on the wall of the house, or putting a spotlight on the grilling area. When a pool is present, presenting the idea of swimming in heaven can be an aluminous effect by adding dim spotlights in the pool.

When using artistic lighting, it is important that the lights be subtle. Lights should be hidden in fixtures, plants, or trees. Though lighting is used for safety, there is no reason why it shouldn’t be tasteful. It is proven that houses that are well lit up are less likely to be burglarized, however, this safety feature can be done without having spotlights on every corner of the house or leaving the Christmas lights up year round. Safety can now be done in tastefully (See figure 2.0).

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Figure 2.0 A perfect example of a home secured tastefully with subtle lighting

Knocking out Lights: Solar vs. Electric Powering

There are now trending ways of powering trendy outdoor lighting fixtures. This epic battle has been up for debate since the creation of solar energy. Solar lights are cost efficient and safe, however, electricity powered is more dependable. No matter what ones preference is, there are new lighting modifications for trendier solar or electric powered lights.

Thanks to recent modifications, solar lights are now six to twelve times brighter than traditional solar lights; they are eco friendly, and work during power outages. Solar lights have become very popular with outdoor lighting due to their easy installation, no wiring, and no cost to run (Lowes, n.d).

Though solar powered lights take the top spot of trendy lighting, improvements have been made to electric powered outdoor lighting as well. Electric powered lights now have easy bulb replacement, new digital transformers, and easy-to-handle connectors.

All in all, lighting fixtures is now the most popular source of outdoor fixtures. It is expected to stay in the most popular spot due to its new shine on creativity, safety, and designs. Lighting fixtures are a beautiful touch to any landscaping project that can make sitting outdoors just as comfortable as sitting indoors. Trying these new trends will not only shine light on your creativity, they will light up your life!


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Virtual Tours Are Great, But Not Enough!

Technology continues to do amazing things! We can now talk to loved ones face to face from across the country, make friends with our phone (good morning Siri!) and see the inside of a home to see if we would like to buy it. Virtual tours are becoming the next big thing in real estate with various virtual reality options that almost makes you feel like you are standing in the living room! While virtual tours are a helpful tool for buyers and agents, it is important to use caution when buying from far away.

Always See The Property Before Getting Attached

If you are looking to buy in another state, a virtual tour can be very helpful when it comes to making a list of potential buys. It can give you an idea of what the home looks like, but looks can often be decieving. Virtual tours may make a bedroom look huge based on the angle of the shot, but when seeing the property in person, the room may be smaller than you thought.

Though a home may look new through the virtual eye, virtual tours do not allow you to experience a home with your other senses as well such as smell or hearing. If the house looks new and quiet and you purchase it based by a virtual tour, it will be quite shocking when you walk in and smell the mold or hear the loud music that plays 24/7 from the club that is two streets down.

Use An Agent You Can Trust

When buying long distance, having an agent to assist you in the buying process can be extremely helpful. Sometimes flying all over the country to look at properties can be painful on your wallet. Having an agent you can trust can help you narrow your list down to help you achieve your real estate goals while giving you an insight of sight and smell rather than just sight.

Don’t Be Hasty!

Buying property from a distance can take a little bit of time, especially if you have only seen a virtual tour. Jumping too quickly on a home could end up being very costly in the long run of you jump into the first property you like without taking the time to see it for yourself.

Buying property out of state can be a great real estate investment or even a relaxing vacation home! These simple tips, can help you to buy the home of your dreams without stress and hassel. When you are ready to buy your vacation home on the Treasure Coast, call a RE/MAX Masterpiece Agent at 772-340-2700 or check out our featured properties at http://www.masterpiecerealty1.com.

Get Your Bathroom Show Ready With These Crafty Cleaning Tips

You have decided it is time to sell your home. You have already called your RE/MAX Masterpiece Agent and they are ready to put your home on the market. You want to make sure your home looks its best to show potential buyers the reason you fell in love with the home when you bought it. Bathrooms can be one of the messier rooms in the house, so these crafty cleaning tips will have your bathroom sparkling and show ready.

Do A Quick Clean Up

The first step you want to take when cleaning any room is to do a quick clean up. This will allow you to inventory the items in your bathroom, how much space your bathroom stuff takes up, and how you can organize it (organizing is also going to help you when it comes time to start packing). This quick clean up should consist of putting your hair dryers away from the top of the sink, picking up the makeup brushes from this morning, ect.

If You Don’t Have An Organizational Sysyem, Create One

Some people are naturally organized and everything has a place, other people feel more comfortable in organized chaos. When showing your home, you want to optimize space, especially in the bathrooms as they are usually the smaller rooms in the house. Getting small bins that can slide into closet space or under the sink is an efficient way to organize while making a space look bigger.

Use your Vaacum

Vaacum’s are one of the greatest cleaning tools we have that often goes unnoticed, especially for home owners who don’t have carpet. Bathroom’s are basically our grooming room, which leaves hair all over the place. Using your vaacum to clean out the sinks, dust cabinets, clean shower, and even the brim of the toilet can help prevent the frustration that comes when you are pushing hair around with a papertowel.

Clean Shower Magic

Once you have removed hair and sand from your shower, it is time to make it shine. In a measuring cup, add 1 cup of Dawn Dishsoap and 1 cup of baking soda and mix into a paste. While mixing, place 2 cups of vinagar in the microwave and heat for a minute (this will also make cleaning your microwave easier). Once the vinager has been heated, bring both the bowl of vinegar and the cup with Dawn into the shower or bath, do not mix it on your counters or you will be cleaning up a mess. Once in the shower combine the two mixtures (it will bubble). Once the mixture settles, use a brush to coat the shower or tub with the mixture and let sit for 2 hours. Rinse with warm water and look at the shine.

Clean Toilet Magic

Many people already have their favorite cleaners for their toilets, some prefer bleach for it’s disinfecting agents, other prefer other name brands. You can use the same mixture for the shower for the inside of the toilet for an additional shine.

Clean Sink Magic

Cleaning the sink is going to depend on the material of the sink when it comes to using name brand products. For a more basic clean, use a toothbrush and baking soda and clean in small circles. Let it sit for about 15 minutes before rinsing with water. To make your faucets shine, soak a paper towel in vinegar and drape it over the faucets and let it sit for an hour. Remove papertowel and wipe with a dry cloth and observe the shine.

Grout & Floors

For cleaning grout, make a mixture of baking soda and vinegar, add a touch of lemon juice and a scoop of oxyclean and apply to your grout with a brush. Let the mixture soak for about 30 minutes and mop over the floor with the same solution and let floor dry. Using a towel to dry the floor will pick up additional dirt.

These little tips and tricks will have your bathrooms looking show ready and sparkling. Once your home is looking it’s best, you can call your RE/MAX Masterpiece agent at 772-340-2700 and start scheduling showings of your home.


PORT ST LUCIE—RE/MAX Masterpiece Realty is pleased to announce that Renee Delmontier was awarded the RE/MAX Masterpiece Realty “Rising Star Award” during their annual awards luncheon held at County Club Estates Banquet Hall in St. Lucie West.

The “Rising Star Award” recognizes agents who constantly strive through determination, self-motivation, and discipline to become successful in their business. Their exceptional sales growth puts them on the accelerated path to becoming top producing agents in their field.

Renee Delmontier is no stranger to hard work, discipline, and perseverance. She is a full-time REALTOR® who is committed to helping her customers achieve their goals with stress free transactions. In Renee’s first year as an agent, she was the recipient of the “2016 Executive Club Award” from RE/MAX International LLC. Being a Port St Lucie native, Renee uses her knowledge of the area and educational background to show her customers the best features of living on the Treasure Coast. Her electric personality has helped her build and maintain relationships with her clients, making her an asset to the Jay Keller team.

When asked about receiving the “Rising Star Award”, Renee commented. “It was a sincere honor to receive the Rising Star award at this year’s award ceremony. Although my first year as a realtor was a challenge to say the least, being recognized for all of my efforts and accomplishments in the company of my peers was truly rewarding. Without my teammates on the Jay Keller Team as well as the amazing people at Re/max Masterpiece, there is no way I would have surpassed my goals and enhanced my quality of life as quickly as I have. I’d also like to give a very special “Thank You” to my mentors, Shonda King, a true friend and exceptional Realtor herself, my better-half and sales/life coach, Raymond Grieco, and my amazing broker Kathy Slusser for all of her support.”

Kathy J Slusser, Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Masterpiece Realty stated “I am truly honored to recognize Renee Delmontier with our Rising Star Award. Her consistency and her determination to achieve her goals have certainly paid off. Her dedication to her customers and her ability to maintain relationships speaks levels of her professionalism. Renee is an exquisite person and I am truly blessed to have her as a part of the Masterpiece family!”

Renee was a school teacher for several years before becoming a realtor which gives her a unique insight into the St Lucie County School District. Renee Delmontier is a member of REALTORS® of St Lucie County, a division of the Realtors® Association of the Palm Beaches (RAPB), Florida REALTORS® (FR), the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR).

You may contact Renee Delmontier at her office located at 1775 SW Gatlin Blvd, at the office at 772-340-2700, or on her direct line 772-530-0314. You may also email her at reneedelmontier@gmail.com, or visit her website www.reneed.remaxagent.com.


PORT ST LUCIE — RE/MAX Masterpiece Realty is pleased to announce that Shonda King was awarded the RE/MAX Masterpiece Realty “Rising Leader Award” during their annual awards luncheon held at the Country Club Estates Banquet Hall in St. Lucie West.

The “Rising Leader Award” recognizes agents who constantly strive to become successful in their business through determination, self-motivation, and discipline.  Their exceptional sales growth puts them on the fast track to becoming remarkable leaders among their peers and within the real estate industry.

Shonda King undoubtedly shows all the outstanding attributes of a rising leader.  She has significantly improved her business sales and increased her production goals year after year.  Since joining RE/MAX Masterpiece Realty in May 2015, Shonda has hit the ground running and has achieved the highest sales production of her real estate career.  She also received the 2016 and 2015 RE/MAX International “100% Club Award”.

Shonda King, a transfer from Mobile, Alabama, has over a decade of experience in the service industry.  She attributes her industry skills to her keen ability to listen to her customers’ needs while finding the best possible solutions to helping them achieve their real estate goals.  When asked about receiving the “Rising Leader Award”, King commented, “I am truly honored to achieve this accomplishment.  My main career objective is to provide my customers with excellent service in anticipation that they make me their agent for life.  Many of my customers have given me repeat business, and have also referred me to their family and friends.  I appreciate their loyalty and credit my success to their devotion and this community.  I am also grateful to work with such a wonderful Broker, Kathy Slusser and a professional team of peers and staff who support, inspire and encourage me to be the best agent I can be!”

Kathy J. Slusser, Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Masterpiece Realty stated; “I am truly proud of Shonda King and all of her achievements.  She is a dedicated real estate professional with superior sales skills who focuses on providing her customers with excellent service.  She works extremely hard and is goal-oriented which has resulted in the advancement of her career.  Slusser added, “I look forward to her continued success and I am blessed to have her as part of the Masterpiece family!”

Shonda King is a member of the Realtors® Association of the Palm Beaches, the Florida REALTORS® (FR), and the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR).  You may contact Shonda King at her office at 1775 SW Gatlin Blvd., Suite 101 Port St Lucie.  Her direct number is, 772-337-8599, and her mobile number is, 561-306-4574. She can also be reached by e-mail at shonda.kingpsl@gmail.com.


The Benefit of Using a Real Estate Agent vs. Selling On Your Own

You have come to the conclusion that you are ready to sell your home. Perhaps the children have gone off to college and you are looking for something smaller or you are planning on adding to your family and are looking for something bigger. You find yourself wondering, should I hire a real estate agent or should I try to sell my home on my own? Using a real estate agent has proven to have many benefits over selling on your own. This is how an agent could help you achieve your real estate goals.

They Understand Local Market Data

If you want to sell your home on your own, you are going to have to do a lot of research to answer the many questions of buyers. Hiring a professional real estate agent takes away all the extra work of research as they already know and understand the local market data.

They Can Get You The Best Price

Pricing your homes can be one of the most difficult decisions of selling. If you price too high, your home may sit on the market with no offers for months or even years. If you put the asking price too low, the house will sell, but it may be difficult for your future buying choices. Studies have shown that real estate agents net 25% more than when people try to sell their home on their own. They use programs and their knowledge of the area to see what other homes similar to yours in the area are worth and what they have sold for to make sure you get the best price for your home.

Marketing Your Home

Real estate agents have connections with other real estate agents, buyers, and the community. They also have resources that allow them to put your house out there to get the maximum exposure for your home. Their knowledge of the field also pinpoints the target market for your home to find the best match in a buyer. Real estate agents also have photography and videography skills that really make your home shine!

Using a real estate agent may seem intimidating or costly to some, but you have to keep in mind the old saying “you get what you pay for.” If you are looking to sell your home in Port St Lucie, Florida, a RE/Max Masterpiece Real Estate Agent has the tools and knowledge to sell your home fast and with stress free transactions. Visit our website www.MasterpieceRealty1.com or call 772-340-2700 to get in contact with one of our agents today!