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How to spot bathroom problems during a virtual tour

Bathrooms are usually always smaller spaces within a home, and so it’s possible that home shoppers could miss some important problems while checking out a property through a virtual tour.

Some problems might require further inspection, and so it’s up to real estate agents to act as their clients “in-person eyes” while searching for a property online.

A recent article in realtor.com highlighted several common bathroom problems that aren’t easily spotted during a virtual tour.

For example, it’s almost impossible to take a look under the bathroom sink while using a platform such as Zoom. It’s unlikely the agent will offer a look there, and the buyer may well not even think to ask. So agents are advised to check for water damage inside the cabinets that are usually underneath the sink.

“The bathroom is the number one place for water damage, so it’s a good idea to check under the sink for leaking,” Kari Haas, a real estate professional at Windmere Real Estate in Bellevue, Wash., told realtor.com. It’s also worth zooming in on the bathroom fixtures during the tour, so the buyer can see if there’s any signs of corrosion or leaks. Also, turn on the faucets of the sink, tub and shower to check the water pressure.

Another potential problem area is the bathroom floor. Agents need to inspect closely for areas of cracking in the floor tiles, separation or damaged grouting, and any “softness” that’s felt underfoot. These could all indicate problems with either the past or the current plumbing, said Wendy Gladson, a real estate consultant at Compass in Los Angeles.

Also keep an eye out for Mildew. Once again, this can be found by inspecting the tile grout. “If there are gaps, there could be hidden damage behind the walls, and if there is

Amy Coney Barrett bus tour features conservative Christian activist who was exposed to coronavirus at White House

But instead of isolating herself at home in Washington, in accordance with Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines, the conservative activist is traveling the country. Since Wednesday, she has been boosting Barrett from a pastel pink bus bearing the nominee’s face and the words “Women For Amy” as it makes its way through a dozen swing states this month.

So far, the tour — officially put on by Nance’s group, Concerned Women for America — has kicked off with Sen. Kelly Loeffler (R-Ga.) near Atlanta, hosted college students in South Carolina, and met with Rep. Dan Bishop (R-N.C.) in Raleigh, with nearly 30 more stops planned.

At all the stops so far, attendees have posed for photos while standing shoulder to shoulder, with few masks in sight, according to social media posts. (Loeffler, who also attended the White House ceremony, said she has since tested negative for the virus.)

It is unclear if Nance or others on the bus have been tested for the coronavirus, which has killed more than 212,000 people in the United States. Her organization declined to comment to the Guardian on the apparent lack of masks and social distancing at its events, and did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Washington Post.

Nance is far from the only person potentially exposed in the Rose Garden, The Post reported, who has since scattered around the country with little oversight and no systematic contacting tracing efforts. On Thursday, Donald Trump Jr., who accompanied his father to the presidential debate and said he tested negative, held a packed campaign rally inside a Florida hotel.

In its focus on rallying support to confirm Barrett, a former clerk for Justice Antonin Scalia, Concerned Women for America will tour several states in the coming days that have

Ina Garten gives a tour of her kitchen, shares design tips for optimal cooking

It’s the perfect time of year to cozy up with some comfort food, and Ina Garten has some tips to make your fall and winter cooking as easy as possible.

The Barefoot Contessa, as she’s known in her popular Food Network show, stopped by TODAY’s fourth hour on Tuesday to show co-hosts Hoda Kotb and Jenna Bush Hager around her East Hampton kitchen and offer some design advice.

“When I’m designing a kitchen … I think of setting the stove, the sink and refrigerator in a triangle so you can move around really well,” she explained, adding that in her own kitchen, these three appliances are “really close together, but they also have a lot of workspace in between.”

“I always like the sink to have a really nice view,” Garten, 72, continued. Her kitchen sink points to her beloved garden where she grows fresh produce and hosts outdoor dinner parties.

The “Modern Comfort Food” author also showed how she leaves her everyday items out on the counter but arranged “in a neat way.”

“I’ve got all the utensils … I have silver spoons for tasting and stirring, and whatever ingredients can just sit out, and knives,” she said.

But her design genius doesn’t stop there: The former White House budget analyst also provided some know-how on putting together a stunning cheese board — with the ingredients she had on hand.

Ina Garten’s Cheddar and Chutney Grilled Cheese by Ina Garten

“You can go into your pantry and see what you have,” Garten said. “I always like something right in the middle as a block, and then I put things around, colorful things like apricots. I’ve got two different cheeses, one creamy, one blue.”

“I think very often people put apricots everywhere and then they put figs everywhere, but you

We Got An Exclusive Tour of Kristin Cavallari’s Gorgeous Kitchen

Cookbook author, designer, and TV personality Kristin Cavallari welcomed us into her home for an exclusive tour of her stunning kitchen—and we’re obsessed.

Prominently displayed on her counter is Cavallari’s new collection of natural, wholesome, healthy comfort food recipes, True Comfort.

The brand new cookbook couldn’t have come at a better time. As the weather cools off and the leaves begin to fall, we’re inspired to try all of the cozy creations (Oat Crust Chicken Pot Pie, anyone?).

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“There’s been this stigma that comfort food is really fattening and heavy, like a cheat meal,” she says. “But I actually disagree. I think if you mix in really healthy ingredient swaps you can eat that stuff every single day.”

Here are some other highlights:

  • A classic copper tea kettle (Cavallari says she gravitates toward copper kitchen accessories) and a simple Le Creuset dutch oven ($290, williams-sonoma.com) sit atop her spacious stovetop. We’re pretty sure the kettle comes from Cavallari’s very own home, jewelry, and apparel brand, Uncommon James, but you can find some slightly cheaper options online ($50, amazon.com).

  • Cavallari subscribes to Dry Farm Wines, which sells natural, organic, or Biodynamic wines. We hadn’t heard of this company until recently, but we’re super intrigued (and we think you will be too). Read more about Dry Farm Wines here.

  • Cavallari’s three kids have no problem helping her in the kitchen, thanks in part to this handy dandy kitchen helper stool ($169, amazon.com). The adjustable Guidecraft product, which helps small children reach the countertop, creates a safe and fun environment for tiny chefs.

Thanks so much for the tour and the kitchen inspiration, Kristin! Keep up with Kristin on Instagram and explore Uncommon James here. Plus, don’t forget to check out her new cookbook!

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Rachael Ray Gives a Tour of the Guest House Where She’s Been Staying Since Her House Fire

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Rachael Ray is giving fans an inside look at her current living situation after losing her home.

The celebrity chef, 52, who lost her New York home in a devastating house fire in August, has been living in her guest house with her husband John Cusimano ever since. On the latest episode of The Rachael Ray Show, airing Thursday, she gives world-renowned French chef Jacques Pepin a tour of the space.

After the fire, Jacques and Gloria Pepin, were “the only friends” who offered up their guest house to Ray and Cusimano to stay, she says on the episode. Ray wanted to assure Pepin that she is doing okay by giving him a tour of the space, which is decorated with Pepin’s artwork.

RELATED: Rachael Ray Details Escaping from Her Home During Devastating Fire: ‘I Could Hear Danger’

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Ray describes the guest house as a miniature replica of her now-destroyed home. “Although we lost our home, this is strangely homey because it is literally a small version of our house,” Ray says in a clip from her talk show.

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Throughout the tour, Ray points out specific design features to Pepin, like the gorgeous dual-sided stone fireplace in the middle of the house, and the open-floor layout. “Basically, I designed the house so you can see everything that’s going on in the house from the kitchen,” Ray explains.

Due to restrictions on the property, the square-footage on the guest house is rather small, but to make it appear bigger it was built upward with extremely high ceilings.

RELATED: Rachael Ray Shares First Look at the Aftermath of Her August House Fire

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Ray rounds out the tour with the pantry space, which is massive compared to typical pantries despite