Looking for things to do this September? Mark your calendars, because this month’s theme is all about giving back, and there’s no shortage of opportunities to get involved.
September 7 — National Food Bank Day
Did you know 41 million people in the U.S. struggle with hunger? Chances are, you know someone — a neighbor, a coworker, a classmate — who faces hunger every day. Food banks across the country play a pivotal role in providing meals to families in need, and they rely on people like you and me to help. On National Food Bank Day, do your part to help close the food gap in your community by donating food, time, or money to your local food bank. Visit FeedingAmerica.org to find a food bank near you.
September 11 — Patriot Day
One of the best ways we can honor the victims, survivors, and responders of the 9/11 attacks is by sharing kindness and spreading hope to those around us. On this National Day of Service and Remembrance, join with your fellow Americans to pay it forward by taking part in a volunteer activity. Head to NationalService.gov to discover how you can get involved.
September 16 — National Working Parents Day
Along with meetings, deadlines, and navigating career growth, working parents are also tasked with being home chef, chauffeur, housekeeper, boo-boo fixer, and much more. Every day, these unsung heroes go above and beyond to provide for their families, and it goes without saying that they deserve a little recognition. Think of ways you can lighten the load for the working parents in your life, and if you’re one of them, give yourself a pat on the back for all the hard work you do!
September 17 — Constitution Day and Citizenship Day
Constitution Day and Citizenship Day commemorates the signing of the Constitution on September 17, 1787, and recognizes all people who were born as or have become American citizens. Think you could pass the test to become a naturalized citizen today? Take the civics practice test to check your knowledge of U.S. government and history.
September 22 — National Public Lands Day/First Day of Fall
Whether you’re an outdoor enthusiast or not, we all benefit when our natural resources and public lands remain safe, resilient, and cared for. National Public Lands Day is the perfect opportunity to connect with your community through environmental stewardship, and it just so happens to fall on the first day of autumn! With activities such as trail refurbishing, tree planting, and trash removal, you can help keep our recreational areas, wildlife refuges, and national parks thriving for years to come. Find a volunteer opportunity at neefusa.org.
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Negotiation is a subtle art in real estate, but skilled negotiators can usually find some common ground that satisfies all parties. On the other hand, using the wrong negotiation tactics can sink a deal pretty quickly. Here are some negotiation tactics buyers (and real estate professionals) should avoid:
- Lowball offers: Going far below market value when you make an offer damages your credibility as a buyer and can be insulting to the seller. The seller has a range in mind that they’ll accept, and if you’re not even approaching the low end of that range, they won’t even consider the offer.
- Incremental negotiations: Don’t continue to go back to the seller with small increases in your offer ($1,000 or less). The constant back-and-forth can grow tiresome and lead the seller to consider other opportunities.
- “Take it or leave it”: Try not to draw a line in the sand with your initial offer. The seller can get defensive and consider other offers if you immediately show that you’re unwilling to budge. Even if it’s true, don’t make a show of it.
- Nitpicking after inspection: Obviously if inspection reveals a major issue, it should be factored into the final sale price. But insisting on a lower price for every minor repair can put negotiations in a stalemate.
- Asking for more, more, more: Some buyers will request that the sellers throw in add-ons like furniture or appliances that weren’t included in the listing. Try to avoid giving the seller a reason to build up resentment and think that you’re being greedy.
It’s hard to believe summer is drawing to a close! Soon the kids will be back to school (whew!) and your vacation will be just a memory (aww). But while we’ve still got a bit of summer left, be sure to enjoy it to the fullest with these great upcoming events!
August 9 — National Book Lovers Day
Are you always looking for an excuse to drop everything and curl up in a comfy chair with a good book? Then this day is for you! Bookworms across the country, get ready to stock up on reading material, turn off your cell phone, and settle down for a full day of page-turning indulgence!
Want to support child literacy in America? The Reading Is Fundamental charitable organization has been around since 1966. Learn more and contribute at rif.org.
August 18 — National Honey Bee Day
Bees are more than just chubby striped bugs that might sting you. In fact, the health of the entire planet may be affected by the recent drop in the bee population. One-third of the world’s food production depends on bee pollination, and the population of bees in a given area is a strong indicator of that area’s overall environmental health. Here are a few ways you can help save the honey bees:
Plant flora that bees like. Clover, flowering trees, and blue, purple, and yellow flowers are favorites.
Stop using pesticides. A survey of 800 independent scientific studies concluded that the recent alarming bee die-offs were caused, in part, by the use of chemical pesticides.
Donate to the Pollinator Partnership. This nonprofit is dedicated to protecting and supporting pollinators around the world.
August 19 — World Humanitarian Day
Every day, humanitarian aid workers help ease the suffering of millions of people around the world. The United Nations created this day to honor the humanitarian workers striving to make the world a better place and to remember those who have lost their lives in conflict.
August 26 — Women’s Equality Day
Sufferin’ suffragettes! Did you know there was a time when women could not own property, sign contracts, or even cast a vote to help shape the country they lived in? Thanks to the suffragettes of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the 19th Amendment was ratified in 1920, prohibiting voter discrimination on the basis of sex and giving women the right to vote.
August 27-September 9 — 50th U.S. Open
Tennis, anyone? With a new logo and a new stadium, the U.S. Open is celebrating its 50th birthday in a big way! We’re all set to watch the game we love, and it’s not our fault we couldn’t get tickets. Check out this year’s schedule so you don’t miss any of the action.
Annual furnace maintenance is mandatory for ensuring its optimal working condition.
A poorly maintained and/or inefficient furnace could be costing you huge amounts of money and could prove to be a safety risk.
We highly recommend that annual service be completed by a certified HVAC or other heating specialist. Some of the main things they should do in this annual service include but are not limited to the following: 1- Replacing the furnace’s air filter 2- Cleaning its burners 3- Clearing vent lines 4- Checking for any small leaks 5- Cleaning its exterior 6- Monitoring its efficiency and performance
Now is the time to do it before cold weather is upon us!
The dog days of summer have arrived, but we’re here to help you get through them with the following list of this month’s coolest happenings. See what’s in store for July!
July 4 — Independence Day
Are you ready to celebrate America’s birthday? Here are some fun facts to get you pumped up for the holiday:
More than 16,000 official fireworks displays are held across the U.S. each year.
Macy’s fireworks show in NYC is the largest in the country.
150 million hot dogs are consumed annually on the 4th.
July 15 — National Ice Cream Day
Take a break from the summer heat by indulging in your favorite ice cream flavor, or get creative with one of these super-easy homemade ice cream recipes! (Bonus tip: July is actually National Ice Cream Month, so if you’re a true ice cream lover, you have all month long to celebrate!)
July 17 — 89th MLB All-Star Game
This year’s Midsummer Classic takes place at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., where the best in baseball will come together to showcase their talents. Play ball!
July 22 — Parents’ Day
No matter how old you get, it’s always important to let your parents know you appreciate them. Make sure you’re the favorite this year by doing something extra special for Mom and Dad, and if you’re a parent yourself, take this opportunity to have some you time. You deserve it!
July 31 — National Mutt Day
Did you know mixed-breed dogs make up about 80% of shelter dogs across the country? There’s just as much to love about mutts as there is about purebreds; in fact, mixed-breed dogs tend to be healthier and live longer than their purebred counterparts. So if you’re thinking of adding a furry friend to your family, consider adopting from your local shelter. Can’t adopt? National Mutt Day is a great time to donate or volunteer to help bring awareness to the millions of lovable mutts that need a forever home.