TAX CREDIT EXPLAINED
A free seminar to explain the home buyers tax credit will be Dec. 5 at ERA Wilder Realty.
The seminar is from 9-11 a.m. in the office at 1129 Sparkleberry Lane.
For information, call Nancy E. Johnson, (803) 269-7561.
Now you can build your own Not So Big House.
Architect Sarah Susanka, whose "Not So Big House" series of books has influenced people's thinking about home design, is selling architectural plans on Houseplans.com. Among the eight plans is the house Susanka built for herself to illustrate her ideas for making better use of a home's square footage - ideas such as opening up views within the house, creating spaces that shelter the occupants and incorporating rich architectural details.
The houses range from 1,740 to 3,476 square feet. Prices range from $5,000 to $6,500 for a five-copy set of plans, a reproducible master or a CAD (computer-aided design) set.
ADVICE ON MOVERS
Moving? Here's some advice on hiring movers from the book "How to Survive a Move" (Hundreds of Heads Books, www.hundredsofheads.com, $13.95), straight from people who've done it:
"I offered the movers the leftover booze in my fridge and they loved it. It was 8:30 a.m.! Movers will drink and eat everything in your fridge ... so don't worry about clearing that out before they start working."
"Never ask movers to rearrange furniture more than once. Payback in thievery or broken items often makes the first arrangement look pretty darn good."
"Hire help. No joke. When you roll off your mattress onto the floor on the first morning in your new apartment, you will feel a large, searing object akin to a frozen ice pick moving quickly through your back. The costs of removing that ice pick with massage, bathing and acupuncture will exceed that of Jim and Tony's vans."
"If you have to relocate for work, ask the new company if they would consider paying for your move. If you don't ask, they probably aren't going to offer."
Hundreds of Heads Books' survival guides offer the wisdom of the masses by assembling the experiences and advice of hundreds of people who have gone through life's biggest challenges and have insight to share. Visit www.hundredsofheads.com to share your advice or get more information.
"The Newlywed's Guide to Setting Up Home: Creating an Affordable and Stylish First Home" (Cico Books; $24.95) by Gail Abbott starts with "the bare basics," which lists dozens of questions you should ask yourself and your spouse before starting to decorate your first home.
These are followed by practical and creative solutions. (No, throwing away your honey's favorite table behind his back is not one of them.) "The Main Elements" chapter offers insight on lighting, storage (you'll need lots of it), decorating, walls, floors, windows, collections and displays. The rest of the book examines each room of the house, including dual-purpose rooms.