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    My favorite places to buy smell goods #HomeWithJoy

    There’s something about walking into a room that smells soooo good! It’s an instant mood booster. While I love shopping for smell goods, I also don’t want to spend too much money.

     

    I wanted to share some of my favorite stores to find smell goods & some of the specific items I’ve purchased from these stores. Without further adieu, here we go!

    TJ Maxx & Home Goods

    The candle sections of TJ Maxx and Home Goods are outstanding! There’s a wide variety of candle sizes and scents that are so affordable. I have no problem spending $10 for a huge 3-wick candle. Oh, and both stores sell candles by DW Home & Sand + Fog. #notsponsored

    Target

    Over the years, Target has upped its candle game. Some of their scents are close to popular candle brands and much cheaper. Target also has a pretty impressive variety of wax melts, oil diffusers, and room sprays. Next time you’re in the store, take a walk down the home scents aisles.

    Walmart

    I buy a lot of incense from Target. It smells delightful and I get at least 20 incense sticks for less than $2.00. A steal! They also have a huge variety of candles and wax melts that smell lovely.

    Bath and Body Works

    I love the wallflowers from Bath and Body Works. I love the range of scents. They’re on sale often and last quite a long time.

    Kroger

    Kroger carries some good-smelling candles and oil plugin scents that go on sale often. If you have coupons, you can save even more money. Definitely worth checking out.

    Kohl’s

    Did you know Kohl’s sells Yankee Candles? Yep, they sure do and they’re on sale throughout the year. Plus Kohl’s always has a coupon.

    These are a few of my favorite places to buy smell goods. Where do you get your smell goods from? I’m always interested in finding new places.

    Until next time,

    Joy

     

     

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    The Home Emergency Contact List #HomeWithJoy

    No matter how much you prepare, a home emergency of some kind will happen. There’s a chance that a home emergency will occur while you aren’t home.

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    I was supposed to be out with friends. I ended up staying at home. I was watching TV when I heard a loud POP followed by a burst of water.

    I jumped up and started looking at the ceiling in each room because the water heater is in my attic 🙄

    It wasn’t coming from the attic.

    I walked into my bathroom. and my heart sank. Water was pouring from under the sink. My house didn’t have a shutoff valve nor did I have a water key. I grabbed a bucket to collect the water to pour down the shower drain. In the midst of dumping water, I called a plumbing company to come over. The plumber came out about an hour after I called. Turns out one of the valves under the sink was incorrectly installed. It was fixed that night.

    If I wasn’t at home and couldn’t be reached, who would my neighbors call in an emergency (other than 911)? Not too long after the plumbing disaster, I created a document with the contacts’ names and numbers that someone would need in case of a home emergency.

    Here’s who I have listed on my home emergency contact list:

    • Neighbors (including their house numbers and/or house descriptions)
    • Plumber
    • Local power company
    • Contractor/Handyman
    • Exterminator
    • Home security provider
    • Home insurance provider
    • Realtor (she’s a human phone book)
    • Home warranty provider

    I printed that bad boy out and taped it to the fridge. There’s no way in hell that it can be overlooked, lol! I implore you to create a home emergency list and put it in a place that’s easy to find. Being a homeowner is stressful enough. If you can ease some stress, by all means, do so.

    Take care,

    Joy

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    The Importance of Neighbors #HomeWithJoy

    When looking at homes there’s one thing you should absolutely do:

    Talk to the neighbors

    I know I may be asking a lot, but hear me out. Neighbors are a valuable asset in your homebuying journey. So helpful that I suggest that you have something on hand to take notes with.

    Neighbors Know Thing

    When I talked to the neighbors, I started with the same three questions:

    How’s the street noise?

    Are there any parking issues?

    Are there any issues/problems with other neighbors?

    Those questions often led to great conversations.

    Neighbors Look Out

    Something I appreciate about my neighbors is that they look out for you out of genuine concern.

    If I get packages while I’m not at home, one of my neighbors will call to let me know that I have a box at my door. She doesn’t have to do that and I don’t take that for granted.

    When we get ice/snow here, I and a couple of neighbors are out shoveling the walkways and vehicles of elderly neighbors on the block.

    If you think that homeownership is a solo journey, guess again.

    Until next time,

    Joy

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    My Home Emergency Must-Haves #HomeWithJoy

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    When it comes to owning a home, my favorite quote comes to mind:

    If you stay ready, you don’t have to get ready.

    You hope that you won’t experience an emergency, but that’s damn near impossible. Emergencies WILL happen. The best thing you can do is to prepare as much as possible. If want to get an idea of what your emergency must-haves should include, check out my must-haves below:

    Supplies
    • Batteries
    • Flashlight(s)/LED lantern(s)
    • Non-perishable items
      • I keep canned/dry beans, canned fruit, rice, and canned tomatoes in my pantry.
    • Blanket(s)
    • Water
    • Tool kit
      • An easy way to get your basic tools (e.g., hammer, tape measure, level, wrench, pliers, screwdriver, etc.).
    Know where they are (and how to use them)
    • Water shut off valve
    • Circuit breaker box
    MISC
    • Home contact list
      • My list has the names and phone numbers of my neighbor, HVAC servicer, contractor, plumber, and home insurance provider.

    I hope you find this list helpful.

    Until next time,

    Joy

     

     

     

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    I did these 2 things before buying my home #HomeWithJoy

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    The process of buying a home was super stressful for me. When I was exploring the idea of buying a home, I made sure that I had a realistic idea of what was involved. To see if becoming a homeowner was possible, I did two things: 

    One: I attended a first-time homeowner seminar. 

    My credit union hosted the seminar. Realtors and mortgage loan officers from the credit union were in attendance. Some of the topics covered during the seminar were:

    • How much house can I afford?
    • Homebuying costs
    • Understanding Credit Scores
    • Down Payment Assistance (DPA) Grants & Gifts
    • What’s included in a house payment
     Two: I spoke with a mortgage loan officer 

    A few days after the seminar, I spoke with a mortgage loan officer from my credit union. I wanted to know if I had a realistic shot at becoming a homeowner, so I asked the following questions: 

    • Was I in good standing to buy a home?
      • If I wasn’t in good standing what steps do I need to take to get in good standing?
    • How much house can I comfortably afford?
      • I say comfortably because if you qualify for a higher amount than what you’re comfortable with, you don’t have to buy a home at that higher amount.
    • If I brought a home at an amount I’m comfortable with, roughly how much will closing costs be?
    • Are there any programs that help first-time homeowners with closing costs?
    • What are the costs involved with the homeownership process (e.g., application fee, earnest money, etc.).

    I didn’t have to provide any financial documents for this conversation. Instead, I provided the mortgage loan officer with financial figures that were accurate as of the day of the conversation. This helped me get a more realistic idea of what I was working with.

    You don’t have to speak with someone from your credit union. However, I would strongly suggest that you speak with a well-qualified individual that takes your needs/wants into consideration. Purchasing your home is one accomplishment. Keeping your home is another.

    Until next time,

    Joy

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