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Posted by Sandy Bliven on 8/22/2019

Yes, mom's house always seemed magically clean, so you may have missed some of her little tricks and tips. Here are a few to add to your cleaning repertoire and simplify your life.

Housekeeping hacks

  • Repurpose your orange peels: Place orange, lemon, or lime peels in your garbage disposal and run with plenty of water to clean out nasty residue and make your sink smell citrusy fresh. Alternatively, run a little bit of distilled vinegar in the disposal and follow with lots of water. The vinegar odor dissipates within a couple of hours leaving your drains with a pleasant neutral odor.
  • Keep your brew flowing: Run distilled white vinegar, not apple cider vinegar, through your coffee machine every few weeks. Just add a half cup to one full pot of water, pour it in and press "brew" to clean out the calcium and lime deposits that build up in the coffee maker and wipe out any mold or bacteria hiding in the works. Make sure to follow up with a pot or two of clean, clear water so that your coffee maker is morning ready.
  • Dump the dryer lint: Ever wonder why it takes you longer to dry your clothes than it took your mom? Clean the dryer lint between each load. The filter that collects the fuzz is also the place that damp air leaves the dryer so clearing out that build-up makes the dryer more efficient. At least every two or three months, carefully pull the dryer out from the wall and clean the lint caught in the hose and vent too.
  • Freshen the bed: Clean your sheets every week. If you're like a lot of millennials and don't use a top sheet, then clean your comforter or duvet cover at the same time. Your sheets gather sweat, oils, and dead skin cells that attract dust mites and other pests. Remember the mattress pad too. Wash it every other sheet change or so. And while you have it off, vacuum your mattress. If it has collected odors, sprinkle a little baking soda on it, let it sit while you do the laundry and then vacuum it off before you make up the bed.
  • Be friendly to your mattress: You sleep on it every night, so for your mattress to hold up, flip it end for end at least twice a year. If it is reversible, flip it over too. That way it wears more evenly and lasts longer.
  • Detail the dishwasher: In the same way that water deposits build up in your coffee maker, they can clog up the dishwasher's tiny drain holes. Run an empty load with a cup of distilled white vinegar every couple of months to keep it running smoothly.
  • Ditch the dust: If you always see dust on your bookcase, it might be because you have a dirty HVAC filter. Change your filter once a month for best results and use a HEPA filter if you have allergies. While you're at it, dust off that ceiling fan.

Add these actions into your routine, and your home will feel more, well, homey! When you move into your new house, have your agent show you where the furnace vents are so you can get started on a clean foot.




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Posted by Sandy Bliven on 8/15/2019

Gazebos are an excellent addition to any type of garden whether big or small. They are a perfect accessory because they not only beautify the garden but also offer a lot of practical benefits. For instance, they can serve as shade from hot sun and place of relaxation. Furthermore, your garden gazebo can house your family grill, and serve as a place to relax during summer. 

Gazebos come in different styles; a classic gazebo will have a turreted rooftop, or an octagonal frame, or both. One of the features of a gazebo is that it does not have a foundation. The most important factor you need to consider when planning to set up a gazebo is its area. 

There is a wide range of gazebo designs and sizes; ultra-modern gazebo designs are available now in kiosk-style designs, porch designs, airwave pop-up designs, poolside pergola designs, and many more. Some of the tips to keep in mind when building your garden gazebo are as follows:

Understand your needs 

It is essential to comprehend the reason why you are creating a gazebo. Apart from knowing why you are erecting a gazebo, you should have a proper understanding of how you intend to use it before building it. You don't need a large gazebo if you only need it for hanging out and making shade in the opposite direction from the sun. A small-sized gazebo should be considered again if you have a little yard. You need a bigger gazebo if you intend to use it to entertain. If you are using a gazebo to cover a hot tub, you will need a bigger one with the perfect size to fit beyond the frame of the hot tub. 

Use natural materials 

There are wide ranges of materials available to make a gazebo. Wood is one of the best materials to consider when building a gazebo. Wood structures are perfect because they are sturdy, stable, and are ideal for most environments.

Add personal touch 

You can add some character to your gazebo by adding small flower pots, and some benches. These personal touches will not only make your gazebo attractive but also give it a creative and unique look.

One of the best ways to make this summer awesome for your family is to build a gazebo in your garden. Follow the tips above when creating your garden gazebo and enjoy relaxation and shade it can offer.

In hot climates, gazebos add value to your property when you go to sell, so talk to your real estate professional about the best style for your area.




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Posted by Sandy Bliven on 8/8/2019

For frequent hosts owning your own home is an exciting upgrade to your hospitality skill set. A home large enough to include a guest room for friends and family to stay the night allows you to provide a homey overnight stay that trumps a hotel experience every time.

To create the perfect home away from home guest room for visitors just follow this guide.

First things first, keep it tidy over time. Don’t fall to temptation and use it as a catch-all storage room. This will just lead to more clean up before guests arrive and detract from the home away from home experience if they feel like they are staying in a glorified storage closet.

Before guests arrive freshen up the room by dusting, cracking a window for fresh air, spritz linens with a spray, and vacuum the floors.

Stock your guest bathroom well with toilet paper, tissues, q-tips and cotton balls. Keep two full matching sets of towels folded up nicely and in the open for guests to easily grab. Take a page from the hotel room playbook and have decorative shelving for this very purpose. Either mount shelving to the wall or find a standalone unit that matches your decor.

Have toiletries on hand in case guests have forgotten any while packing. Include new, individually packaged toothbrushes, a tube of toothpaste and travel size deodorants for example. It is always thoughtful to stock the medicine cabinet with the basics.

Stock up on luxurious soaps, lotions, and shampoos to keep on hand in your guest bathroom. It’s best to also keep these out in the open so it is obvious to guests it is for their use. Tiered cake stands, catch-all bowls and clear jars are a great way to put these stylishly on display.

Offer the perfect sleeping experience by including a light bedding option and a warmer one - no matter the season. An ottoman at the foot of the bed with extra blankets and pillows will help guests feel at home to set up the bed their way.

Lay down on the bed to get a feel for how it would be for your guests. In fact, interacting in the room as if you are your guest is a great way to discover what your room is missing. Offer plenty of lighting. Bedside lamps in addition to the ceiling light allow guests to create ambiance or stay up reading while their partner snoozes.  

Decorate the room to keep it cohesive with and as homey as the rest of the house. Hang pictures of friends and family. Frame a decorative image that has your wifi network and password readily available for guests to log in. Include fresh cut flowers and seasonal decor.




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Posted by Sandy Bliven on 8/1/2019

A mortgage loan is crucial to owning a home unless you can afford to pay cash. Mortgages are significant; they're used by individuals and businesses to make large real estate purchases without paying the entire purchase price up front. Over the years, the borrower repays the loan, plus interest, until he or she owns the property free and clear.  

Mortgages are also called “claims on a property” or “liens.” It’s worthy of note that, if the borrower stops paying the mortgage, the lender can foreclose and claim the property.

Buying a home will be, for most people, the most significant financial investment of one's life. Being that 90% of people cannot afford to buy a home outright, they’ll need to take out a home mortgage loan from a bank or other financial institution.

There are many mortgage options out there, and an inexperienced home buyer can quickly feel overwhelmed when looking at hundreds of thousands of dollars and decades-long commitments.

Securing the loan that is needed can be aided quite a bit with some simple steps that can you can take in advance.

What are Your Financial Strengths and Weaknesses?

Personal financial health is one of the most critical factors to consider when securing a mortgage loan. When seeking a home loan, it's crucial to know the fitness of your financial picture. Your credit rating and score directly affect the interest rate charged to you, so knowing the score and how it was determined helps devise an application strategy.

Get your credit reports from all the credit agencies. It’s possible to have the reports reviewed if there is an issue with them. Correcting issues can result in enhancing the score which in turn can improve the terms of the home loan. Scores improve in a variety of ways, but it may take some months to see movement. If you plan to take out a mortgage to purchase your home, start now improving your credit score.

Look for Best Mortgage Deal

The world of the Internet may offer far better terms than your local bank, or, your local bank may offer better terms than online mortgages. Check both online and local lenders. With loan comparison sites, locating the best deals is much more accessible, requiring less time.

But this is never to say that there are no risks involved in borrowing from a lender. Unscrupulous lenders operate both on- and off-line, and it is essential to check out any prospective lending option before agreeing to any home loan deal.

Large Down Payment Provision

A vital element of any mortgage deal is your down-payment amount. As a substantial investment, it not only secures the property but also lowers the size of the required mortgage sum. And when the required amount is less, the chances of getting a home loan with less than perfect credit improve too.

While the home loan sum is an important consideration, lenders are also impressed by people that display the budgetary discipline required to save such a large amount. It tells them how serious the applicant is and will be committed to repaying the debt.

Investigate the right mortgage deal and have a stress free future!




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Posted by Sandy Bliven on 7/25/2019

A home seller may dread the thought of dealing with an aggressive property buyer, i.e. an individual who submits many requests for property improvements or price reductions prior to the closing of a home sale. Fortunately, we're here to help you take the guesswork out of dealing with an aggressive homebuyer.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help a home seller get the best-possible results when he or she deals with an aggressive property buyer.

1. Keep Your Cool

Let's face it – an aggressive homebuyer may test your patience. But if you remain calm, cool and collected when you deal with an aggressive homebuyer, you may be better equipped than ever before to accomplish your desired home selling results.

Remember, the ultimate goal of the house selling journey is to maximize your property sale earnings. If you remain open to communication with a buyer, both you and this individual can work together to find common ground. And as a result, you and a buyer can collaborate to achieve the optimal results.

2. Know Your Options

If a buyer makes exorbitant requests during the home selling journey, it is important to keep in mind that you have options. And if problems start to escalate, you may be able to walk away from a property selling agreement.

For example, if an aggressive buyer conducts a home inspection and asks for a massive price reduction following the evaluation, you can still negotiate with this buyer. And if you and the buyer cannot come to terms, there is no need to stress. At this point, you can move on from a potential home sale and re-list your residence.

3. Hire a Real Estate Agent

Dealing with an aggressive homebuyer can be worrisome. For sellers who want to avoid the potential dangers associated with dealing with an aggressive buyer, it may be beneficial to hire a real estate agent.

In addition to guiding you along the property selling journey, a real estate agent is happy to help you negotiate with a buyer and his or her agent. That way, you can boost the likelihood of enjoying a quick, profitable house selling experience.

Typically, a real estate agent will serve as a liaison between you and a buyer. And if a buyer requests property upgrades or a price reduction prior to closing day, a real estate agent can offer recommendations about how to proceed with these requests.

A real estate agent also is available to respond to any of your home selling concerns or questions. This housing market professional understands the property selling experience can cause a seller to worry, especially if this individual is forced to deal with an aggressive buyer. But with a real estate agent's assistance, a seller can take the necessary steps to minimize potential property selling hurdles.

Simplify a negotiation with an aggressive homebuyer – use the aforementioned tips, and any home seller can seamlessly navigate a negotiation with any buyer, at any time.




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