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Modern Home Office

As we go through the process of planning a new home in Las Cruces for one of our clients we're sharing some ideas that we explore with them. 

Here are the thoughts we discussed regarding the office they want in their new home. 

1. Research

Check out online office's, research colors at the paint store and browse office furniture stores and websites so you can get a solid idea of what you want your office to look like.

2. Prep Work and Painting

Chances are someone will need to do some prep work and this could include tasks such as filling holes, removing wallpaper, adding a primer coat of paint to the walls and so on.

3. Take measurements and Start Planning

The last thing you want to do is find a beautiful piece of furniture and then find out it doesn't fit. So measure your room to see what kind of space you are working with.

4. Find Your Main Furniture Pieces

Now that your room is painted and ready to go you will need to fill it in with some of the important furniture pieces such as a desk, chair, cabinets and maybe a bookshelf.

5. Test Different Layouts

Try moving your furniture pieces around a lot to see what layout will be the most comfortable for you.

6. Keep it Simple

The key to a great office to keep clutter to a minimum. We all have tons of stuff, but do you really need that garden gnome with a missing arm on your bookshelf?

7. Organize Your Paperwork and Computer Files

The paperwork can pile up fast now a days and the same goes with computers files, so make sure you take some time to get organized and don't just make this a one time event.

8. Accessories

Now its time to accessorize and give your new dream office that final touch. There are lots of great accessories out there such as plants, vases, candles or maybe you already have some cool items to display, but don't forget less is more!

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In a previous blog we gave you some tips on finding a good home inspector. Today we look at some question to ask prospective home inspectors (you should be interviewing more than one).

How long have you been doing this?
While years of experience doesn't mean everything it will comfort you to know how long your inspector has been inspecting.

How did you learn this business?
Your home inspector does not need to be a structural engineer. The best, and most common, background a home inspector should have is with residential construction and associated trades.

What are your licenses and what insurance do you carry?
Obviously, the more the merrier but you can also go to homeinspection.org's website to see about any required licenses for your particular state.

What's the weirdest thing you've ever seen?
This sounds strange but will tell you whether they even know what they're looking at and how attentive to detail they are.

When will I receive your report?
The best answer here is: a few hours later in your email with color pictures of any issues found. However, some guys still deliver an old-school binder to your Realtor the next day. A quick turnaround is usually a sign that they have been doing this enough that they have developed a reliable process.

Do you get on the roof?
Some inspectors just do a quick visual check from a distance and will leave any further inspection to a Roof Inspector. In general, you want to be very clear about what he does or doesn't do.

Do you use moisture sensors/Do you do mold detection as well?
Not all do, not a deal killer if they don't unless you suspect an issue. As mentioned above, this is just to get a better idea of what the inspector does or doesn't do.

How familiar are you with this sort of construction?
This question really only applies if you are buying a home that has a different construction method than other houses in your area.

Got insurance?
Ask whether the inspector carries errors and omissions insurance. This is sort of like malpractice insurance for an inspector.

Ask if you could see a sample report.
This will give you an idea of what will be in your report. Note the organization, breakdowns, details, and use of nomenclature. A good report is the sign of a good inspector.

 

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Laundry Rooms, Washing MachineFor many years, kitchens and bathrooms have been the most popular rooms to remodel in your home. While these rooms have a tremendous impact on the resale value of your home, recent trends show see a new room popping up.

Can you guess what it is? The Laundry Room

Homeowners are just now beginning to understand the importance of a good laundry room. For an average size household, someone can spend quite a bit of time doing your laundry every week, but the real kicker is the dread you feel knowing how tedious the chore can be.

A well-designed laundry room can make doing the laundry significantly easier.

Part of remodeling or adding a laundry room to your home is simply the comfort of any finished room.

Most people aren't dressed very warmly when they're doing laundry. If your laundry room is carpeted you can do laundry barefoot without dealing with a cold floor. Laundry rooms also tend to be uncomfortably steamy. A ventilation system will take care of that problem. You'd be surprised how much difference a window with an outside view can make. During the spring and fall, you can also throw that window open and let in the refreshing outside air.

Think About Laundry Tasks

Good laundry rooms also make all the tasks involved with washing clothes easier:

Sorting: Put bins in your laundry room and you'll be able to easily sort your different loads of laundry. Consider adding extra bins for clothes that need mending, clothes that need dry cleaning and clothes you're ready to donate.

Folding: Try to find room for a folding table. A flat, accessible space right next to your dryer will make folding your clothes a jiff.

Hanging: Today, an increasing number of clothes must drip-dry. Make sure you have a drain for the water to run into. Hanging clothes on plastic hangers is typically preferred as they don't rust or get tangled as easily.

Ironing: Also with today's specialized fabrics, an ironing board is becoming more and more of a necessity. A fold-up unit takes up almost no additional space so there's really no excuse not to have one.

Put all these ideas together and come up with a plan for your laundry room and you'll have a more enjoyable space and perhaps a more desireable home to sell. 

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White Sands Missile Range is one of the most important parts of the Las Cruces economy because it employs about 8,500 people. These jobs keep the Las Cruces economy active in good economic times and in bad.

White Sands Near Las CrucesHowever, when one mentions White Sands to people from outside of our area, they don't typically think about the missile range. One of the most interesting features of southern New Mexico is White Sands National Monument. This desert oasis of what looks like white sand (but is actually gleaming white gypsum crystals) is one of the most popular tourist destinations in NM.

If you live in southern NM, you know that White Sands Missile Range is even more important.

White Sands Missile Range is the largest overland military test range in the United States, occupying about 3,200 square miles of southern New Mexico. With more than 60 years experience in rocket and weapons system test and development, it has earned the title "Birthplace of America's Missile and Space Activity."

White Sands Missile RangeWhite Sands Missile Range is a multi-service test range whose main function is the
support of missile development and test programs for the Army, Navy, Air Force, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and other government agencies and private industry.

The missile range is located in the Tularosa Basin of southern New Mexico. At 2.2
million acres White Sands Missile Range is larger than Connecticut, Rhode Island, and the District of Columbia combined, and represents 17 percent of the land owned by the U.S. Army.

The headquarters area is 20 miles east of Las Cruces, and 40 miles west of Alamogordo. The world's first Atomic Bomb was detonated on July 16, 1945 on the White Sands Testing Range. North of the impact point a small placard marks the area known as Trinity Site. Once a year tourists can access the trinity site.

White Sands Missile Range adds a unique history to southern NM, but most importantly it employs a significant number of our residents. If you are looking to learn more about the Las Cruces economy, be sure to look at White Sands Missile Range.

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Las Cruces is filled with great local gift ideas for the holidays. Here are a few of our favorites.

Green Chile5. Green Chile
It's addicting. If you have ever met someone who moved away from Las Cruces you know how addicting it is. "All I want is some chile," a friend of ours recently told us. You can buy frozen chile at the store and ship it, or you can go to http://www.biadchili.com/ and order it from there.

4. Salsa
Like Green Chile, salsa is addicting. And we're pretty sure that Las Cruces has some of the best in town. We have a specific, locally made salsa suggestion for you:

Ol Gringo - You can order directly from them at http://www.olgringo.com/.

3. Wine
If your list includes someone who is a fan of sweet wine, you can't go wrong with southern NM wine, especially Blue Teal http://www.blueteal.com/ and St. Clair http://www.stclairwinery.com/.

2. Stahmans Pecan Package
Stahmanns is a wold famous pecan growing estate. If you have ever driven down Highway 28, then you have driven through their trees. They also have a great gift shop down there. If you're looking for some yummy pecan treats visit their website: http://stahmannpecan.com/.

1. Aggie Basketball Tickets
Now this one may be a little out of left field, but Aggie Basketball is really fun and would be a nice surprise to anyone who lives in Las Cruces. By giving away tickets you are helping the team sell tickets and you are helping to fill seats. This year our team is competitive too.

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