Albany Black Friday

Thanksgiving is coming up, which means the biggest shopping day of the year is coming.

Here in Albany we do have a few shops opened Thanksgiving and Black Friday special hours.

Big Lots is open Thanksgiving from 7 am to midnight. Black Friday starts at 6 am.

Costco is closed Thanksgiving. Black Friday hours are 9 am to 8:30 pm.

Fred Meyers is closed Thanksgiving. Black Friday starts at 5 pm.

Gamestop is closed for Thanksgiving. Black Friday starts 5 am.

Harbor Freight Tools is closed Thanksgiving. Black Friday hours 7 am to 9 pm.

Hobby Lobby is closed for Thanksgiving. Black Friday hours are 8 am to 9 pm.

Home Depot is closed Thanksgiving. Black Friday it starts at 5 am.

JoAnn Fabrics is closed for Thanksgiving. Black Friday it opens at 6 am.

Kohl’s is open 6 pm Thanksgiving evening. Black Friday it’s already open from Thanksgiving night.

Lowe’s is closed for Thanksgiving. Black Friday it opens at 5 am.

Marshall’s is closed Thanksgiving. Black Friday 7 am to 10 pm depending on location. (This is rumored.)

Old Navy is open at 4 pm depending on location on Thanksgiving. Black Friday it’s open.

Petco is closed for Thanksgiving. Black Friday it’s open.

Staples is closed Thanksgiving. Black Friday opens at 6 am.

Target is open 6 pm Thanksgiving. Black Friday it’s open since it’s been open since the day before.

Walmart opens 6 pm Thanksgiving. Our Wal-mart is open 24 hours which means the sales won’t start until 6 pm. They actually have things covered and restrict how much you move through the store. It’s open Black Friday.

Be safe and warm while shopping. Hopefully this helps you out. Some of the adds are already online. Hopefully you have a plan before you go.

 

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The Dreaded Moment: Time to Organize and Pack

It’s that time, the time when you get excited. Because it’s almost time that you will be going to your new home but then you remember one thing. Getting ready and what that entails.

Well first thing first, you obviously have to start packing and going through your items. There are many ways to go about it. It may seem tedious but the job must be done.

So first start with things that aren’t non-essential. Things you won’t need right away or depending on the season, seasonal stuff can be packed away. But still should go through it. Everything needs to be gone through.

Why does everything need be gone through? Because you want to make sure you want to move it. So you may have to hold a garage sale, but otherwise you are going to end up with three categories: keep, giveaway, or trash. I know it sounds annoying, and you wonder why bother?

Well maybe not everything will fit in the new place if you are downsizing. Or maybe you don’t use it anymore. Maybe you have been holding on to it cause you thought, you would use it again one day? Well the time too truly think about it has come. Also make sure to leave just the necessities the closer to move date. That way all you need to do is load and go.

Then make sure you take care of the bills and changing of address for things. Don’t want to make the mistake of not changing that. That way all your mail and is going to right place. Also if you have utilities you need to tie up on your end.

The Safety of Albany OR

As you know Albany Oregon isn’t a big town. We don’t have our own news channel. We do though have our town newspaper the Albany Democrat Herald. That has it’s own website but they only give us so many free articles a month online. You can also follow them on Facebook where you can see headlines and such.

They have a public safety log section that includes crimes that are reported and not made into the top headlines. Which I notice are normally car accidents, drug busts, and the other harsh crimes. It basically has the smaller crimes. We have the typical thefts that most towns have. There’s no stopping that.

We have more property crime than violent crimes in our town, I’m not saying we haven’t had murders or rapes. We just don’t have as many. In 2014, we had a crime spree. A suspect murdered a woman and raped another at gunpoint. He was caught and it did shake up our town. It was hard to believe because it happens rarely.

A few weeks ago we had an armed robbery. It was hard to believe, there were hostages, and one man armed. I read the article a few times. People weren’t staying away, they watch SWAT show up. They were wondering what is going on. It’s not normal for us here in Albany Oregon. For more on that incident you can read here.

That’s Albany safety. We our incidents like every town. I feel safe here but then again I’m from Southern California. Which is a completely different area than what I’m in now.

Tips for Preparing to List your House

Being a Real estate agent, I know it’s not just about the price that sells a home. Price is just one factor, location is another, the market is a third factor but the other factor you can actually control?

Condition!

Your house will be judged for how it looks unfortunately. Something that may be fine for you, may not be for potential buyers. I will say condition is the one thing that you can control and you do not need to hire someone to stage. These are things that you can do yourself. Especially if you are worried you may need to hire someone.

Let’s start with the outdoors:

  • Keep the yard nice. Get it cut, keep it trimmed, and declutter it.
  • Also think about a new welcome mat. You may an old one that you just love, which is fine. Just put it away for your new place.
  • Clean your house numbers, it looks good but also buyers and agents can see the numbers when looking for the house. If you need ones, replace them.
  • Trim trees and bushes
  • Power wash home’s exterior, driveway, walkway, patio, and deck.
  • If the house needs painting, consider it.
  • Ensure all gutters and downspouts are firmly attached and functioning.
  • Tighten and clean all door handles.
  • Clean windows inside and out.

Entryway:

  • Make sure outside light, if it has one is clean and works. Which means clean cobwebs and such.
  • Check that the doorbell works properly.
  • The door is in working order, that it opens easy and not a fight to open.
  • Once inside, make sure it’s free of clutter. Shoes, extra coats, and others are free of the area.

Every room in the house:

  • Go through your home room by room and pack up 30% of your stuff. Want it as clutter free as possible.
  • Clean wood floors
  • Clean cobwebs out
  • Make minors repairs (torn screens, sticking doors, cracked caulking.)
  • If you have pets, make sure to get rid of pet odors.
  • Clean all lights fixtures and ceilings.

Kitchen and Dining room:

  • Declutter counter of appliances that can be removed such as coffee maker, toast, etc.
  • If cabinets show some wear and tear, might be good to paint them. Also can replace knobs with new ones to make them look updated.
  • Make sure the counters are clean and shiny.
  • Keep garbage and recycle out of sight.
  • Make sure to keep it odor free.

Bathroom:

  • If you have a shower curtain, a new one may go a long way.
  • Keep the sink area clutter free.
  • Have personal hygiene and hair products away.
  • Check faucets for leaks, drips, or disrepair.
  • Keep shower spotless along with tubs.
  • Clean tiles and bleach, also check grout.

Make the bedroom look big:

  • Make sure kids toys are in bins and out of sight.
  • Make sure the bed looks neat.
  • Keep closets organized

Office:

  • Keep a clean desk.
  • Don’t leave clunky file cabinets around.
  • Make sure all personal and confidential is out of site.
  • If it is part of another room, make sure it doesn’t take over the function of the original room.

Basement/Laundry spaces:

  • Clean and polish washer and dryer.
  • If you have unfinished concrete floors, paint them if you want to make it cleaner.

The garage:

  • If you work in the garage and such, check the floor, if it needs to be hosed down, please do.
  • Make sure the garage is not over stuff.

All this can help you. Remember you are trying to sell your home, hoping someone will see it as their new home. You want them to be enticed.

Safety coming to Highway 20

As many of us driver’s know, highway 20 between Albany and Corvallis can be a difficult drive. Due to it being one lane on each side, not having much of an emergency lanes.

In Albany we have two ways to get into Corvallis, highway 34 or high 20. It’s preference for most drivers. Highway 34 has two lanes on each side and can get hectic also.

My preference is highway 34 because to me I feel safer. Highway 20 scares me being only one lane each side. I like having two the two lanes. Having two lanes to me means one fast lane and a slow lane. Also you can pass another driver safely with two lanes. Unlike 20 where if you try on 20, you would have to make sure no oncoming traffic was there before passing.

Also being the one way it can get a little tricky with the left lane turns from the properties along highway 20. You also get school buses having to pick up or drop off kids during the school year.

Highway 20 will be getting safety updates, to know what updates check out the article here.