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Dealing with serious flood damage at home is not the end of the world. And most importantly, it does not have to cost you an arm and a leg to get your home back into living condition again. In fact, you may find (like I did) that recovering from a flood gives you an opportunity to improve the look and feel of your home overall, and even to implement design options that increase the value of your property. I spent about a year fixing up my place after a pipe exploded while I was on vacation, and literally ruined everything inside from the flooring and walls, to my photos and important paperwork. So, I figured I could help others "pick up the pieces" and create a bigger ad better lifestyle at home by turning a flood situation into an opportunity, instead of dealing with it like a crisis.

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Tips for Finding Treasures at Estate Sales

by Scott Gordon

That old saying that one person's trash is another person's treasure certainly applies to estate sales. Estate sales are sales that occur in a person's home with the goal of selling off everything inside. Many people hold an estate sale after a loved one has died. There are treasures to be found at an estate sale, but you need to know what to look for and have the patience to seek out those diamonds in the rough.

Pay Attention to Advertisements

In addition to keeping your eyes peeled for signs on telephone poles and fences advertising estate sales, peruse newspaper on online advertisements, as well. Once you know where estate sales in your area will be held, you can plan a day of shopping for treasures. Ask friends and family members to clue you in when they hear of an estate sale near you.

Consider the Location

If you're on the hunt for name brand items, such as clothes, shoes and purses, going to estate sales in upper class, ritzy neighborhoods is one way to find those treasures at rock bottom prices. If you collect certain items, such as 1950s vintage kitchen items, hunting for estate sales in areas where the homes were built in the 1950s is a good idea. Learn the neighborhoods in your metro area and then keep a lookout, through advertisements and word of mouth, for estate sales in these areas.

Head to the Basement

If you're on the hunt for vintage Christmas ornaments or little used kitchen gadgets, skip the tables set up with "hot" items and go straight to the basement. Often, people holding the estate sale stick items they don't think are valuable in the basement and save the prime real estate for bigger ticket items. By going downstairs right away, you have the potential to unearth a variety of treasures. Outside sheds and other storage areas can also be hot spots for coveted items.

Wait a Day

Yes, you run the risk that the item you have your eye on will be gone on the second day of the estate sale, but you also have a good chance of picking up the item at half price. Many estate sale sellers knock the price of anything not sold on the first day down by 50 percent on the second day. If you find something you love, but don't love the price, plan on coming back the following day to see if you can score the treasure at a more reasonable price.

For more information on estate sales, visit http://www.windsorgalleriesestates.com.

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