Real Estate

3 Things You Need to Do Before You Sell Your House

Are you thinking of selling your home? Congratulations – that’s such a big step and probably comes with a range of emotions. Hopefully it means you’re ready to move onto bigger things and new adventures. If you’re thinking about selling your home within the next year, there are a few things you should do in advance in order to get the best price and ensure your move goes as smoothly as possible. Here are my top tips for things to do before you sell your home. 1. Do Any Small Repairs The better condition your home can be in when you list it, the more likely you are to be able to command a great price. This can actually be something that’s worth having a professional do a walk through your home, in order to get some tips and suggestions of what might need to be updated based on your…

Moving Tips You’ll Actually Want to Follow

Moving is often regarded as one of life’s most stressful events, ever. It’s not surprising considering it involves uprooting your entire life, packing it into boxes and having shipped across your city, country or even overseas. I have moved more times than I’d like to count in my life and while it doesn’t really get easier the more you do it, I’ve developed a few habits that do make moving a little less stressful. If you’re thinking of moving or have a move coming up, here are some moving tips you’ll actually want to follow: 1. Start Early Moving isn’t something you want to leave until the last hour. That will just add to the overall stress of moving. I personally like to start with my move a few months before I’m leaving by clearing out my closet and things I don’t plan to take to the new house. Obviously…

How Technology is Affecting Your Home

Technology plays such a pertinent role in every area of life these days. And there’s no doubt that it is affecting the home in a lot of different ways saw well. So, you need to make sure you do as much as you can to embrace and make use of this modern technology. There are so many uses for it that you have to ensure you are making the midst of it. Improve your life, and make things easier, by utilizing technology in and around the home. Check out some of the awesome ideas below and make sure you keep up with them as much as you possibly can. Security Home security is one of the most important things in the world. You have to ensure that you keep your property and family safe as much as you possibly can. The good thing is that technology is something that has…

Ready to get yourself on the property ladder? Here’s how to make it happen

Sick of paying off someone else’s mortgage? If you want a place of your own, it may seem like this dream is out of reach with property prices continuing to rise in many parts of the country. However, it’s completely possible to get yourself on the property ladder with a little hard work and commitment. Here are some top tips to help you purchase that first property: Know how much you can afford Before you even begin looking at properties to rent, it’s crucial that you have a good idea of how much you can afford to pay. This will prevent heartache if you’re browsing properties and find the “perfect” property that’s out of your budget. The idea is to keep your housing payment as less than 30% of your gross monthly income. Otherwise, you could end up living in a great home, but find it difficult to cover expenses…

4 Home Preventative Maintenance Tasks That Save You Money

Looking to save money? Start with preventative maintenance on your house. Here are some of the major tasks that can help you protect your home. Keep Moisture in Check Image via Flickr by U.S. Naval War College Knowing where moisture is bound to manifest and how to combat it will save you substantial dollars in the long run. Doing things such as checking the house for leaks, including in the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room, could prevent a leak from causing serious water damage not just to the cosmetic finish of your home, but also to the house’s structure. An often overlooked but major source of leaks is the pressure relief valve on the hot water heater. You’ll also want to occasionally drain your hot water heater, which increases its lifespan. Another source of water damage is the foundation around your house. The soil should slope down 6 inches for…

3 Reasons Your Home Might Have Low Water Pressure

Is it taking forever to get the dirt off your dishes or the shampoo out of your hair? Are simple tasks like filling a glass of water from your faucet becoming frustrating? If so, you probably have low water pressure. There are a few reasons why water may be trickling and not flowing freely from your faucets. Image via Flickr by arturodonate Closed Water Valves Water comes to your faucet via a maze of pipes and valves. Pipes carry the water to its destination, and valves are the doorways that open and close to allow it through. Just like a throng of people trying to get into a building, water needs an open door to enter and flow through to your faucet. The first thing to check when water is coming out slowly is whether all the valves to the connection are open. There are two main doors, or valves,…

Tips on Keeping your Indoor Air Quality Levels Safe

Everyone wants their home to be clean. However, many people don’t realize just how harmful the cleaners they use to keep things tidy are. Most of the popular multipurpose cleaners on the market contain toxins, carcinogens, and other hazardous chemicals that are putting you and your family at risk. Consider this 10-country study that looked at 3,500 people over nine years. During this period, they used spray cleaners once a week. By the end of the study, participants had a 30 to 50 percent greater chance of having asthma. In addition to asthma, cleaners have been linked to a number of other health problems, including reproductive issues, allergies, skin irritation, burns, poisonings, and even cancer. To avoid your risk of developing these conditions, start using healthy cleaners in your home. This will require shopping for supplies that don’t contain things such as volatile organic compounds, also known as VOCs. VOCs…

Luxurious living in Miami

I’ve always wanted to live in Miami, and it’s truly the place to be if you like a little (or a lot) of luxury in your life. Today I’m exploring some of the hottest properties in Miami, so if you’re thinking about making a move, read on to learn where the best locations and spots are. Aria by the Bay Want to live smack bang in front of the bay? I do! Aria by the Bay has an amazing atmosphere, and you’ll be able to enjoy all the best sunsets and sunrises right from your own home. If you’ve got kids, you’ll love the volleyball, basketball, and tennis court, and the kids’ play area. And if you don’t, you’ll enjoy the courts and luxurious swimming pool. Icon Brickell I don’t know about you, but I love the idea of living on the edge of the Miami River. Icon Brickell is…

Getting older? You don’t need to sell your home

Eventually, there comes a time when we all need to start slowing down in life. Our bodies sometimes begin having difficulty with everyday tasks, and you may find yourself recovering from surgeries or illnesses. This is often the time that many people begin thinking about selling the family home. Unfortunately, the home that you lived in for so many years and made so many memories in, simply may no longer be suited to your needs. But that doesn’t mean that you need to sell. Instead, it’s possible to make a few smart changes to your home so you can continue to live in it comfortably and safely. Here are some tips to help you stay in your current home: Consider a stairlift Are you finding it difficult to get up and down the stairs? Maybe you avoid going up and down at all costs, and you’re worried that you may…

Great Products to Spruce up Your College Apartment

Going off to college is seriously fun: you get to be independent from your parents, you may have a roomie and develop a friendship that lasts decades and you will probably enjoy many cool parties. It can be a pretty big adjustment going from living at home, with your parents, to the independence of living alone. Home sick is something that happens to many of us when we set off for college, especially if it’s the first time living away from your close friends and family. Investing a little time and money into making your apartment feel more comfortable will do a lot to help you have a new home away from home. Here are some great products to spruce up your college apartment: 1. A Cool Tapestry When you’re renting a college apartment or staying in the college dorms, the truth is you don’t want to do too much damage…

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