Thank you for coming out and making this sale a great success. As part of our process, when we leave the sale, the remaining items are donated and the home is cleaned and ready for the new homeowner.
Crystal & Glass Cleaning
To clean a vase or glass coffee pot, put in a few ice cubes and a spoonful or two of salt. Shake gently for a minuteor two, and wash and rinse with cool water to avoid thermal shock. The salt
and ice work as a mild abrasive.
To clean old light colored lace, try a solution of sodium perborate powder, a mild bleach- ing agent available at drugstores ( they may have to order it ). Soak the lace until clean in a mixture of 1 Tablespoon sodium perborate and gallon of lukewarm distilled water. If heavy soiled , change the water and continue soaking until clean. Be sure to rinse well.
To Clean Gilt Picture Frames
Clean with a mixture of equal parts ammonia and rubbing alcohol. Apply the solution with a small brush, then pat dry.
It’s a good idea to have an appraisal done for those treasured valuables. Be prepared in advance of your appraisal and have things as organized as possible before the appraiser arrives. Make yourself lists of how many pieces of silver, china and crystal that you will need appraised. Move as much as you possibly can into one or two rooms so you are not exposing your entire home unless you are looking to have a total home appraisal. Do some homework on your own if you have time and don’t be afraid to ask questions.
Why should you have an appraisal?
- One of the best t reasons to have an appraisal is for insurance reasons. If a fire, flood , hurricane, or robbery were to occur the first question would be how much are your belongings going to cost to replace. This is what an insurance appraisal is going to answer for you.
- The next reason for an appraisal is for resale. The value will not be as high as replacement , so you must look at a resale value with this in mind.
- An appraisal is always a good thing when you are setting up your will or trust. To include an appraisal with your valuable papers always makes the job easier for your loved ones.
- If you have inherited some new things make sure to have them appraised and added to your insurance.
- If you are moving and need to move valuable items, a replacement appraisal should be one of the first things you think about.
- A resale appraisal is always helpful when you decide to sell and move to smaller quarters or leave behind some of the antiques you no longer want or need in your life.
- Do a Google search, ask your insurance agent, or ask an attorney.
- Be sure to ask questions about how long they have been appraising, what is their area of expertise, if they belong to a professional appraisal group, and of course some references.
- Be sure to tell the appraiser what kind of appraisal you are looking for, and what the purpose of the appraisal.
Don’t buy old gemstone jewelry if you can’t see the back of the stones. Some have reflective foil behind a pale stone to enhance the color. Some are doublets – clear stone glued to a colored stone. If you are buying something valuable get a certificate of authenticity and a guarantee. Know your jeweler.
Clues to Authenticity:
- Most U.S. manufactured gold jewelry made before 1900 did not have a karat or manufacturer’s stamp. The stamp and trademark were not required until after 1962.
- Gold-filled, gold overlay, and gold electroplating processes were invented in the 1850’s.
- Cut steel was used as a substitute for diamonds from the mid-18th to the mid -19th century. After that, stamped steel was used.
- Platinum was introduced in the late 1800’s and was not allowed for civilian use during the World Wars.
- The American brilliant cut was developed in 1919.
- The European brilliant cut for gemstones was used from 1940 to 1970.
- The emerald cut was developed in the 19th century, but seldom used until the 20th century.
Beautiful furniture for sale, brands include Restoration Hardware, Pottery Barn, Lazboy and Macy’s. All furniture less than year old and must be sold, so present offers! Click photo for price and brief description, for more information, please call Nancy at 203-482-0323.
Connecticut’s housing market is healing and Danbury home buyers express strong interest as they look for houses for sale. There are more buyers than sellers, but we expect the housing inventory to increase as Spring approaches. Now is the best time to list in order to take advantage of the buyers searching for their dream home.
More positive trends were evident that the market is healing with 19 of the top 20 metro regions showing price increases in December, 2012. Also, foreclosure rates in the Stamford-Bridgeport market (which includes Danbury) dropped 0.25 percent compared to a year ago.
We are seeing housing prices rise in Fairfield County and the Greater Danbury Area with the median sale price rising 2.4 percent. The number of house sales saw a 14 percent jump compared to January, 2012. These are all very positive indicators that the marketing is definitely turning. Consumers are more confident in the economy and are feeling more secure with their jobs.
Rents for apartments are on the rise and this may be one reason there are more buyers looking to buy rather than rent. Mortgage payments can be about the same or even less than monthly rent. Many people have been building up their money and now see this as a buying opportunity with interest rates still so low.