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Wednesday, August 12, 2020   /   by Jenny Carroll

Ways to Increase Your Home’s Value Before Selling It

Contributed by Matt Lee

Are you thinking about selling your house? If you’re like most people, your goal is to sell your house for the highest price possible. The most straightforward way to do that is to focus on doing projects that increase your home’s value. 
There are several renovations and remodeling projects out there, so it can be challenging to know which projects are worth your effort. Some investments don’t payout in the long run. However, there are several that have been proven to increase property value every single time. 
What are those projects? Let’s take a look at all the ways you can increase your home’s value before you sell it. 


Inside the House
Several projects inside the house can go a long way towards boosting your home’s value and make it much easier to sell. Here are some of the top projects for inside the home: 


Revamp the Kitchen and Bathroom –. Most realtors will tell you that peop ...

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Wednesday, August 12, 2020   /   by Jenny Carroll

Tesla's Austin Gigafactory is Well Underway

The announcement of Tesla's 2,100-acre gigafactory site, located in Dell Valle in southeast Austin, is poised to transform a previously underdeveloped and underserved section of Travis County into a vibrant, fully serviced community. The corporation out of California, set to build the Tesla Model Y and Model 3 as well as the highly anticipated Cybertruck, has pledged to invest over $1 billion into the local economy and bring 5,000 jobs to the area. As many know, Austin won the close competition for the facility from Tulsa, Oklahoma with the final incentive package including $60 million from Dell Valle's School Officials, according to Philip Jankowski and Shonda Novak's article in The Statesman from August 7th.

While most of the promised jobs will be considered unskilled labor with an average annual wage of $47,000 with entry-level positions at $35,000, Tesla anticipates an additional 4,000 jobs to be created in the community due to the development of the facility. Tesla has already ...

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  family, new, home, cybertruck, dell valle, gigafactory, tesla

Tuesday, August 11, 2020   /   by Jenny Carroll

Bastrop Private Schools Open For In-Person Learning

Contributed by Deena Thomas
(BASTROP) As the start of school approaches in the midst of this COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Greg Abbott recently granted local school boards power to make final decisions for start dates and method of instruction for the 2020-2021 school year. While public school boards wrestle with the means to ensure student safety and health amid large student populations, private schools in the Bastrop County area work with smaller student populations, making on-campus learning, while following all CDC recommendations, a viable option.
Bastrop ISD students will begin with online instruction from Aug. 18-Sept. 8. All parents were requested to complete a form choosing onsite or online instruction for their students by August 9 so that appropriate plans could be made to serve all students beyond Sept. 8.
Smithville ISD students will begin instruction on August 24. Students will be served based on preference as noted in an instructional programming form completed by pare ...

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  covid, family, social distance, new

Tuesday, August 11, 2020   /   by Jenny Carroll

16 Great Housewarming Gift Ideas

The home-buying season is still going strong, even as the summer wanes and schools gear up to greet kids both in-person and online. Chances are, you know someone who bought a new house this year. Since get-togethers are still a bit taboo you might be looking for ready-to-ship housewarming gifts personalized to make that special friend or family member feel at home in their new digs. We've compiled 16 unique, fun items you can find online to have delivered right to their new door. Social distancing doesn't have to prevent you from reminding those you care about how special they are! 

Don't know a new homeowner but want to make someone's day? These have you covered there, too!

Customized Self-Inking Address Stamp
An often overlooked gift item that brings a smile every time is a customized self-inking stamp with the happy homeowner's new address. Even if they pay all their bills, send all their invites, and communicate all online, this thoughtful item is sure to inspire a writ ...

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  family, covid, social distance, summer, fun, virtual party, gifts, housewarming

Friday, July 10, 2020   /   by Jenny Carroll

Bastrop's Food Pantry Needs You

Contributed by Deena Thomas

(Bastrop) As the pandemic continues, The Bastrop County Emergency Food Pantry is looking for community support more than ever. Serving additional people in need, the Pantry anticipates encountering potential shortages.


The Bastrop County Emergency Food Pantry is the first and sometimes only line of defense against hunger for individuals and families in crisis—especially now. Clients now receive food assistance through a pre-bagged curbside model that protects the health of volunteers, staff, and clients.


“To ensure the safety of the county’s most vulnerable population, the Food Pantry suspended all senior activities and now provides food to at-risk and homebound seniors through a contactless delivery system,” Tresha Silva, pantry director said.
Between COVID-19 and the unprecedented lay-offs across the state, the Pantry experienced a 59% increase in requests for services during the first six weeks of the pandemic. The ...

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