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Posted by Maryann Clancy on 8/16/2019

You probably know that in your home surface cleaning is much different than deep cleaning. Once you get the right spots down that need to be dusted, next, you need to vacuum up all of that dust and dirt. A well-vacuumed house is a happy house (and a dust bunny-free home!) The areas listed below are easy to miss, but once you get the hang of cleaning them, your home will be that much cleaner.


Between The Chair Cushions


Your kids may surf the couch cushions for extra change, but thereís another treasure to be had under there: plenty of crumbs and dirt. People eat on the couch and hang out there a lot. That means thereís dust, dirt, crumbs, hair, and more under those cushions of each chair in your home. Take the time to vacuum and get up all of the gunk. 


The Stairs


You probably go up and down your stairs at least a dozen times a day, but do you always take the time to vacuum them? The problem is that it can be hard to find an outlet for the vacuum and it can be a pain to move the attachments in order to get in all of those nooks on the stairs. Your best bet is to use a separate vacuum all together on the stairs. Use a lightweight cordless unit to make your life easier. 


The Windows


Your windows and window treatments are most likely neglected. Take the time to vacuum these up the next time you have the vac unit out. Curtains and blinds can harbor a lot of dust thatís difficult to remove. Use the brush attachment to achieve squeaky clean windows.   


The Doormat


You wipe your feet on it every time you come in the house, but o you remember to clean it? Start by shaking out the doormat outside to get loose debris off of it. You should take the time to vacuum up dirt and debris that collects around the doormat to keep anything leaves or dirt from entering further into your home. 


Lampshades


This part of the house may be a less obvious place to vacuum. If your lampshade is dirty, the light wonít correctly shine through the lamp. Remove the lampshade then use a hose attachment to remove dust from the inner and outer portions of the lampshade.


Mattress


The next time you change your bedding, flip your mattress, or the seasons change, take the time to vacuum your mattress. Dust mites and all kinds of things can be harbored in the mattress. Itís important to give your bed some TLC every once in a while.     





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Posted by Maryann Clancy on 8/9/2019

Buying a home is a life-changing event. As such, the decision to purchase a residence should not be taken lightly.

For homebuyers, it is paramount to get as much help as possible so you can discover a terrific house at a price that matches your budget. With support from an expert real estate agent, you should have no trouble acquiring a residence that meets or surpasses your expectations.

But what does it take to find the right real estate agent to assist you during your search for the perfect home? Here are three tips that every homebuyer needs to know.

1. Ask Family Members and Friends for Guidance

If a family member or friend recently bought a home, he or she may be able to provide real estate agent recommendations. Family members and friends are trusted sources, and their real estate agent recommendations may help you speed up the process of finding your dream house.

Your neighbors also may be able to real estate agent suggestions. They should be able to provide details about what it was like to work with a particular real estate agent so you can plan accordingly.

Of course, you should still perform plenty of research into a real estate professional's background and expertise before you hire this individual. Be diligent during your search for a real estate agent, and you can employ a real estate professional who will go the extra mile to help you discover a great house.

2. Search the Web

A simple web search of a real estate agent's name may enable you to learn a lot about this individual. In fact, a web search often provides a great way to find out about local real estate agents quickly.

Although a web search may help you examine a variety of real estate agents in your city or town, it is essential to fully evaluate a real estate professional's credentials.

If possible, search for client feedback about a real estate agent. This may help you determine whether to move forward with a particular real estate agent or shy away from this housing market professional altogether.

3. Meet Directly with Several Real Estate Agents

When it comes to finding the right real estate agent, nothing beats a one-on-one meeting.

Set up meetings with several local real estate agents. By doing so, you can get a better idea about whether a real estate agent can help you accomplish your homebuying goals.

It often helps to make a list of questions to ask a real estate agent before you meet with him or her. That way, you can gain the insights you need to make an informed decision.

If you feel comfortable with a real estate agent after a face-to-face meeting, don't hesitate to hire this professional. Remember, the sooner you start working with an expert real estate agent, the sooner you may be able to purchase your dream house.

Use these tips, and you can hire a first-rate real estate agent to guide you along the homebuying journey.




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Posted by Maryann Clancy on 8/2/2019

There are both younger and older Millennials today willing to purchase a home but want a realtor to guide them through the process due to a couple of mistakes they are afraid of committing. The most surprising thing about how Millennials buy homes is that they want a realtor to guide them through the process, because everyone, buyers as well as sellers, wants to make the right financial decisions, to avoid real estate regret and unnecessary pressure from high market conditions. 

However, what can Millennials do to avoid real estate regret? Although most people could think of driving around the area all day to get an idea of what the market is like, it is essential to get advice from someone with some experience and your interest in mind to help you avoid future complaints and nagging. As a result, many make such big decisions with their parents:

Parents have experience

With the interest of mortgage rates going higher and home prices increasing altogether. Parents could come in rescue with financial assistance and thus, try to have a share of buying decisions from the location of such property to the pricing and size.

Most times, your parentsí perspective on decision-making might seem different from yours, or you could perceive it to be biased and no relation to your situation and taste. Irrespective of this, endeavor to heed to their advice as it turns out in most times to be a wise approach.

Listen when they point out to you that the property might be overpriced

You could find a property and think it is the perfect one for you. They could be in an expensive area with multiple school districts, or have a lower level of crime rate due to tight security. They might be energy-efficient during the winter and so would save you money monthly. As a result of these advantages, you might think all these concessions are worth paying more without further negotiation. With your parents by your side with more experience, they can spot a problem or fault with the same property you're looking at and help you to use it as a bargaining chip.

Conversing openly with your parents on topics like real estate plans, money, and wills may seem difficult and awkward to you. But it will be wise of you to do so as real estate comes with a lot of different options and problems. Whatever the case may be, prepare yourself and start talking to them when making such a decision to support and guide you through. 

If your parents are part of your real estate decision-making process, make certain to introduce them to your real estate agent so that you're all on the same page.




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Posted by Maryann Clancy on 7/26/2019

In every kitchen, there is a need for proper storage, display, and functionality. And that is what a kitchen Island does perfectly. There are a lot of design options available for kitchen islands, and it can be a headache to know where to start.Whether you need some ideas for a complete kitchen redesign with an island, or just looking to give your existing kitchen a bit of freshness, these ideas will help you unlock your creativity no matter your budget. 

Create more counter space

One of the most cost-effective ways to decorate your kitchen Island is by adding more counter space on it. Doing this makes it stylish as well increases its functionality; more room to make a smoothie, try out some cooking recipe you watch on TV and can serve as eating space if you have a large family. 

Creating contrast is also a brilliant idea. Here is the thing: you can create beautiful contrast by using various material or color on your island counters that are distinctive from other countertops in the kitchen. If the countertops in your kitchen are white quartz, make you Island counter green or black which is in vogue. 

Bring in more seats

Having a big family is fun but when it is time to eat, it can be a war zone as siblings, and family members fight over who will sit on the dining table. Well, you can kill two birds with one stone by resolving the fight over the dining table and bringing a fresh look into your kitchen by adding low profile seats to make it a dining area. However, make sure you have a counter that overhangs so you can tick in the stools or chair after a meal.

Place some appliances

Placing sinks or stove tops on the surface of the island is a brilliant way to spread the workflow throughout the kitchen. Installation can be complicated so erase the thought of doing it yourself. For proper installation, it is best that you seek the services of professionals.Incorporate more storage Make your island stand out by adding more counter space like drawers, shelves for cookbooks and even a trash area.

Go multilevel 

Use your island for multiple purposes, like eating and preparing a meal. There will always be ample space for both activities. It will make it seems like two different spaces.

Nothing makes a kitchen prettier than a decorated Island. If you are unsure of how to decorate your kitchen island, use these tips mentioned above or talk with your local kitchen designer. Adding an island can increase the value of your home. Talk to your contractor or real estate agent and get their thoughts on the most economical choices with the greatest value to add.




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Posted by Maryann Clancy on 7/19/2019

When you want to sell or buy a property, knowing its value is essential. For sellers, especially, there are higher chances that your home won't outperform other listings if they are of low value. The listing price of a home can even change after an appraisal of its value. Here are some crucial factors that can affect the value of your home:

Location

Where your home sits plays a vital role in evaluating the selling price of a home. Your house may have all the things you need, but appraisals consider more factors to place a value on it. For your home to be of a maximum value, it must be close to quality local schools, shopping, entertainment, and recreational centers. Added to that, an abundance of employment opportunities, proximity to highways and public transit can improve a home's value.

Home size

The estimated market value of a home is also dependent on the home size. Bargains are often carried out based on price per square foot. For instance, if you list your home for $100,000 and it has 2000 square feet of living space, the price per square foot would be $50. Apart from that, houses with more livable space offer luxury, ample space for parking, and probably some bonus areas have higher values than houses without those. The number of full bedrooms and bathrooms a home contains also matter to the potential asking price. More beds and baths mean a higher value for your home. 

Age

Newer homes tend to have higher values than older ones because of many factors. In a new house, some parts are less likely to break down. Plumbing and electrical work, for example, are still fresh, up to code, and with adequate warranties. Most buyers don't want to spend extra on fixing major systems after acquiring a home. In newer houses, a new roof with a guarantee of at least ten years means that the buyer won't need to spend on replacing the roof anytime soon.

Upgrades

Who says older homes can't have high values too? When you upgrade the appliances in your home to the latest versions, the value of your home climbs. Including new technologies like smart thermostats will not only raise your home's worth, but it will also help you cut costs and make your home more efficient.

The local market

Even when your home meets other requirements, influence from your local real estate market can affect your home's value. If your home is in a location where the buyers' offering bids for homes outrank the number of listings, chances are you'll sell your home for more because it is a seller's market.

Talking to a local real estate agent will help you list your home closest to the market realities in your area and ensure you get the best possible price for your house.




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