The Robert J Fischer Team Blog

You may have just been looking for fun things to do in Round Rock or Austin because you’re new in town, or you may have actually been looking for real estate updates. Regardless, we’re glad you have come to our blog and hope that these help you along the way as a buyer, a seller, a realtor professional, or just someone looking for some fun in the city!

Kicking Clutter To The Curb

Whether you’re changing seasons from summer to fall or changing seasons in life, kicking clutter to the curb is VITAL to making the most of the space in your home. Making the most of your space in an organized way is key for comfortable and stress-free living.

Prepping your home for sale can be stressful, but by organizing and kicking clutter to the curb, you’ll see several benefits in more ways that one:

  • Your remaining time in your house before you move into your next one will be more organized and clutter-free.
  • Potential buyers that tour your home will have an easier time envisioning their lives and items in your house instead of focusing on any clutter that is not theirs.
  • Maximizing space and decluttering helps make any space seem even bigger, which buyers will definitely notice.

Here are 10 easy household items to help you live decluttered!

  1. Silicone stretch lids to replace foil and plastic wrap
  2. Sponge storage that’s not an eyesore
  3. A knife block that fits in a drawer
  4. A magnetic knife holder to make more counter space
  5. A clip-on basket for storing produce, spices, and more.
  6. An over-the-sink dish-drying rack that doubles as a trivet
  7. A pre-divided Lazy Susan
  8. A knife and utensil organizer
  9. A bakeware organizer
  10. A magnetic organizer for the laundry room, kitchen and beyond
  11. An expandable, two-tier under-sink organizer
  12. A canned food organizer
  13. A forget-it’s-there colander and dryer rack
  14. A way to organize your spice cabinet once and for all
  15. Some multi-use storage bins
  16. An expandable drawer organizer
  17. Airtight food storage containers you can stack
  18. A dish-drying accessory that drains directly into the sink
  19. An organizer for pans and lids
  20. A way to organize all of your Tupperware lids
  21. A nice looking spice rack
  22. A three-tier rolling cart for those things that don’t have a home
  23. An over-the-door organizer for pantry doors
  24. A wall-mount spice rack
  25. A plastic bag holder

 

To see how these items can get you a step closer to decluttering your life, click HERE.

Happy decluttering!

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Upcoming October Events 2020

 

If you’re looking for fun things to do with the family this spooky season, check out some of these local events you can (safely) get involved with!

Oct. 15-18: The Nightmare Before Christmas at Flix Brewhouse

  • Details: Flix Brewhouse – 2200 Interstate 35 Frontage Road, Round Rock, TX at 7:00PM on the 15th, 16th, and 17th

  • Get Tickets HERE

Oct. 15-18: Dark Shadows at Flix Brewhouse

  • Details: Flix Brewhouse – 2200 Interstate 35 Frontage Road, Round Rock, TX at 7:00PM on the 15th, 16th, and 17th

  • Get Tickets HERE

Oct. 15-18: Practical Magic at Flix Brewhouse

  • Details: Flix Brewhouse – 2200 Interstate 35 Frontage Road, Round Rock, TX at 7:00PM on the 15th, 16th, and 17th

  • Get Tickets HERE

Oct. 17: BARKtacular HOWLoween Dog Festival

  • Round Rock Depot from 8:00AM to 10:00AM
  • Get Tickets and more info HERE

Oct. 17: Halloween Trail of Fun

  • This is a FREE event in Cat Hollow Part on the Community Park Trail in Round Rock, TX
  • 6:00PM – 7:00PM (before dark)
  • 7:00PM – 9:30PM (after dark)

Oct. 23: Play for Fall FUNdraising Event 2020

  • 6:00PM – 9:30PM (in two sessions) | $10 admission  |  151 North A.W. Grimes Blvd.
  • Session 1 Info & Tickets HERE
  • Session 2 Info & Tickets HERE

Oct. 25: Trunk or Treat for Special Needs Kids

  • 3:30PM – 5:30PM  |  FREE Admission  |  Rabb House on 151 N. A.W. Grimes
  • Get more info or get involved HERE

Oct. 30: Spooktacular 2020

  • 5:00PM – 8:00PM  |  FREE Admission  |  Online from the Bullock Museum
  • Get more info HERE

10 Best Flower Bulbs to Plant in the Fall

Let’s real (estate) talk for a moment.

First impressions really do matter in many aspects of life, but they matter especially when it comes to real estate. If you’re looking at listing your home in the late winter/early spring or simply wanting to enhance your home’s curb appeal for the next warm season, this easy solution is sure to impress. When potential buyers pull up to your house, the first thing they are going to notice is the curb appeal. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to spruce up the exterior of your home to make a first impression that will last. Doing this simple step now can help ensure that your home is one step closer to being listing-ready or prepped for a beautiful spring.

By planting any of these flower bulbs in mid-to-late fall, the bulbs will be ready to grow and bloom once spring comes. The exterior of your home will be surrounded by gorgeous blooms!!

 

 

Check out the 10 most beautiful spring-flowering bulbs to plant in the fall:

Daffodil

Snowflake

Hyacinth

Crocus

Allium

Starflower

Tulip

Grape Hyacinth

Dwarf Iris

Scilla

 

View original article & flower images here:

Source:

Sansone, Arricca Elin. “The Top 10 Bulbs to Plant This Fall.” House Beautiful, House Beautiful, 25 June 2020, www.housebeautiful.com/room-decorating/outdoor-ideas/g27824494/bulbs-to-plant-in-fall/.

Happy planting!

 

 

Central Texas 2020 Fall Harvest Activities

 

These farm and ranch locations easily provide all sorts of fun and fresh-air activities for you and your family to enjoy the fall season. Not only can you get pumpkins to make your jack-o-lanterns, but other fun fall-themed activities await like multiple photo opportunities, delicious fall treats and eats, exciting corn mazes, pumpkin decorating, plenty of hay rides, petting zoos, great live music, pumpkin chunking, and MORE!

 

Call these places ahead or check their websites for hours of operation, activity schedules, and safety precautions throughout the fall season.

 

Happy fall, y’all!

 

Barton Hills Farms 

1115 FM 969, Bastrop, TX

www.bartonhillfarms.com

 

Evergreen Farms

242 Monkey Rd. Elgin, TX

www.evergreen-farms.com

 

The Robinson Family Farm

3780 White Owl Ln. Temple, TX

www.therobinsonfamilyfarm.com

 

Crowe’s Next Farm 

10300 Taylor Ln. Manor, TX

www.crowesnestfarm.com

 

The Jersey Barnyard 

3117 TX-159, La Grange, TX

www.texasjersey.com

 

Sweet Berry Farm 

1801 FM 1980, Marble Falls, TX

http://sweetberryfarm.com/index.html

 

Elgin Christmas Tree Farm 

120 Nature’s Way, Elgin, TX

www.elginchristmastreefarm.com

 

Nomad Ranch

1306 CR 250, Bertram, TX

www.nomandranchllc.com

 

Sweet Eats Fruit Farm

14400 E. State Hwy. 29, Georgetown, TX

www.sweeteats.com

 

 

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10 Essential Home Safety Tips

Safety is often not a concern until something happens in your home, but that is not a wise approach to home as lack of planning can have disastrous consequences. Not only do you want to keep your children and family safe in case of an emergency, but you also want to minimize the risk of those emergencies occurring.

Locks

Make sure that all locks are in good working order. Locks on gates and storage sheds should be difficult to remove for children and offer security against intruders. Updating or changing locks regularly is recommended. This does not mean yearly, but as locks begin to show signs of wear, changing them can help keep your home secure.

Social

With children this is particularly important, as it is much more difficult to secure your home with children. Let them know whom they may allow inside and when to answer doors and telephones; teach them not to quickly trust strangers.

Also, teach them which behaviors are acceptable and which ones are not. Children should be comfortable reporting dangerous or unacceptable adult behaviors. Discuss these procedures with children from a young age.

Medical

Ensure medical information and physician contact details are easy to locate. A family binder is a good idea. This binder can have background/history on each family member and a list of doctors, pharmacies, and facilities that you usually use.  Keep medications in a secure location. Children should not be able to access these without parental assistance.

Toxins

Lock up any toxins! Cleaners, automotive fluids, and household chemicals should always be inaccessible to children. Many household cleaners and chemicals smell appealing, and some have no taste. These can be fatal for children since they do not always know not to play with them. Keeping locks on cabinets and garage access restricted can mean the difference between life and death for a small child.

Keep Potential Weapons Secured

This suggestion may seem like common sense, but people do not always think about things that may be used as weapons  such as kitchen knives, razor blades, and baseball bats and these can be very dangerous around children.

This does not mean you should lock up everything in your house because it can be used as a weapon, but children do not always see the danger in things. Razor blades should be stored out of immediate reach. Knife blocks may need to be stored in high cabinets while children are young to prevent access. Once children understand the safety and use requirements, they can be stored on the counter again.

Pets

Do not leave children alone with pets. This is especially true for toddlers and small children as they do not always realize how hard they tug or pull on an animal. The animal, in turn, does not always know how to react appropriately. Pets will try to protect themselves and may attack a child. As children get older, this may be less of a problem, but even if you think you know your pet, do not leave him or her alone with a child.

Fire

Keep areas free of clutter and fire hazards should be minimized. Do not store flammable chemicals in places that may be exposed to sparks or flames and be sure to have appropriate fire extinguishers available in your home. Be sure that the extinguisher is designed for the room you store it in as well. Teach children fire safety, including stuff like not using wet or frayed cords and other basic information. Consider contacting your local fire department to see if there are any resources they recommend for your children.

Contact info

Make sure that your children know how to contact trusted people in an emergency. By having emergency phone numbers posted where everyone can find them. Do not expect them to remember everything in an emergency. This template from Ready.gov can be easily used or adapted to meet your family’s needs.

Kitchen & Bathrooms

In addition to sharp objects and chemicals, bathrooms and kitchens have many potential dangers. Be sure that bathroom floors have rugs and tubs have non-skid surfaces. Keep a lock on water faucets if children can potentially turn them on and off. When possible, keep doors and access points closed off from small children. Gates and barriers can be used to keep toddlers away from dangerous spaces. Stove knobs and oven locks are also essential.

Lighting

Be sure that you keep your home well lit. Dark stairs and driveways can be dangerous, especially at night. Consider installing a security light or solar lights to light outdoor pathways and place lights in hallways and on stairs inside.

 

This list is a condensed version of what you should be doing in your home. You can find more information on keeping your children and family safe by talking to your local fire department, police department, or family doctor. These people are trained to help in an emergency, and many know what potential risks are hiding in homes and yards.

 

What safety precautions did we skip? Let us know what you do to keep your family safe.

 

 

Author: Elizabeth Shields
Elizabeth Shields is co-owner of HappyCleans house cleaning company in Oklahoma City. She is passionate about small business, the environment, and healthy eating.