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Posted by Elena Langlois on 6/13/2019

Believe it or not, selling a home may prove to be expensive if you are not careful. However, if you understand the costs associated with selling a house, you can budget accordingly.

Now, let's take a look at three expenses that home sellers commonly encounter.

1. Home Repairs

Cracked siding, floor damage and other home issues are worrisome, particularly for an individual who wants to sell his or her residence as quickly as possible. Fortunately, if you budget for home repairs, you can address these issues before you list your residence.

Oftentimes, it helps to conduct a home inspection prior to embarking on the house selling journey. A home inspection enables a property owner to gain expert insights into any underlying problems with his or her house. Then, the property owner can prioritize assorted home repairs and complete house improvements as needed.

2. Home Cleaning

A messy home is unlikely to garner buyers' attention. On the other hand, an individual who hires a professional cleaning company to improve his or her residence's appearance may be better equipped than ever before to enjoy a successful house selling experience.

Hiring a professional cleaning company may be costly. Yet if you shop around for home cleaning companies in your city or town, you can find a cleaning business that matches your budget.

Don't forget that you can clean your house on your own, too. If you purchase cleaning supplies and enlist family members and friends to help you clean your residence, you could enhance your residence's appearance without breaking your budget.

3. Home Staging

The cost of staging a house varies based on the size of a residence, the extent of the staging and other factors. But if you allocate time and resources to declutter your residence, you may be able to avoid the costs associated with house staging altogether.

To declutter your residence, you should try to remove any unwanted items from your home. You can list these items online or host a yard sale to eliminate clutter and earn extra cash. Or, you can donate your unwanted items to a local charity or give them to family members or friends.

As you get set to sell your house, you may want to hire a real estate agent as well. With a real estate agent at your side, you can cut down on your house selling expenses and get the help you need to achieve your desired results.

A real estate agent understands that each house is different, and he or she crafts a custom strategy for each home seller. Next, a real estate agent and a home seller work together to put this plan into action. And if a seller ever has concerns or questions during the house selling journey, a real estate agent is happy to respond to them.

Plan ahead for home selling costs – you will be glad you did. Because if you budget properly, you can put yourself in a great position to streamline the home selling journey.




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Posted by Elena Langlois on 6/6/2019

When you think of all the things that go into getting your house ready to go on the market, you may want to throw your hands up and run away. Do not despair, there is hope. You will free up a lot of your time when you ask for help from your real estate professional. The support may come in the form of a quick walk-through of your home and property so you can note where to put your time and effort. From the front to the back and even into the dreaded bathroom cupboards you will need to scrub and organize all the places a buyer will want to look. 

Neat and tidy curb appeal

Often, the initial impression people get of your home is the online picture. Because of this, you will want your entryway and front yard looking clean and inviting. You will often hear the advice to depersonalize your yard and home. Doing so allows the potential buyer to see themselves living in that space. It may seem sterile and generic to you, but it really will help you get your house sold. Keep the front porch area simple with a small seating area or colorful flowering planters to greet potential buyers. Keep away from lawn ornaments or too many flower pots and planters this will look cluttered and make the area seem small and cramped.

Every closet, every drawer

If you are still living in the house while it is on the market keeping it clean will be a struggle. So, to combat this, a good old fashion de-cluttering is in order. Storing away items not in season or rarely used is in order. Take advantage of some of your garage space and get a jump on packing those boxes to move. Remember this is just temporary, and a clean-looking space welcomes the buyer and communicates you cared for the property well. Remember when people are looking, they may open cupboards and drawers so organized them and repair anything that needs attention. A sticky drawer or loose cupboard door is a turnoff to buyers. 

The quick start list

A few quick and easy ideas to start you in the right directions are:

- Shampoo all the carpet areas

- Wash all the windows inside and out, plus screens

- Pressure wash the siding, brick, decks, walkways, driveways, and garage doors

- Keep the lawn and edging trimmed and weeds pulled

- Wipe down all the interior walls and cabinets

- Dust everywhere

Take any suggestions your real estate professional gives you seriously. It may even be worth paying someone to come in and do a few larger projects to get your place in top condition. Call your local realtor for a market analysis of your home today. 





Posted by Elena Langlois on 5/30/2019

For those who recently bought or sold a house, it may be only a matter of time before you need to pack up your belongings and move them to a new address. As such, you'll likely need to figure out how to properly pack your artwork to reduce the risk of damage while moving.

Luckily, we're here to help you take the guesswork out of packing your artwork prior to moving day.

Let's take a look at three best practices for packing artwork.

1. Use Acid-Free Tissue Paper

Acid-free tissue paper offers advanced protection against moisture – a serious problem that may cause artwork to fade or deteriorate.

You should have no trouble finding acid-free tissue paper at any store that sells moving and packing supplies. Plus, acid-free tissue paper usually is inexpensive and can make a world of difference as you pack up your artwork.

Ideally, you'll want to wrap an entire piece of art in acid-free tissue paper. This will offer immense protection until you unwrap your artwork once you reach your new home.

2. Take Advantage of Specialty Boxes

Specialty moving boxes are available for artwork. Pick up a few of these boxes, and you can pack your artwork accordingly.

Use caution as you place artwork inside a moving box. Ensure the artwork is secure inside the box before you seal the box as well.

Also, don't forget to label all moving boxes, including those that contain artwork. Place a "Fragile" label on boxes that contain artwork to further minimize the risk of damage during your move.

3. Store Artwork Carefully in a Moving Truck

When moving day arrives, you'll want to do everything possible to guarantee your artwork travels safely from Point A to Point B. If you place artwork on its edges and in a spot where it won't fall over inside a moving truck, you can limit the chance that your artwork will get damaged while in transit.

In addition, you may be able to wedge artwork between heavy objects in a moving truck. That way, you can secure your artwork throughout the moving cycle.

If you require extra help as you pack your artwork and other belongings, it often pays to hire a professional moving company. This business employs friendly, knowledgeable moving experts who can help you streamline the process of getting all of your belongings to a new address.

Lastly, a real estate agent is happy to put you in touch with moving companies in your area. This housing market professional understands the challenges associated with packing artwork and other items and can provide plenty of support as you get ready for moving day. Furthermore, a real estate agent will ensure anyone can achieve the optimal results during the homebuying or home selling cycle.

Simplify the process of packing up your artwork – use the aforementioned best practices, and you can quickly and effortlessly prepare your artwork for moving day.




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Posted by Elena Langlois on 5/23/2019

Whether you don't like cooking or want to avoid the shopping and prep working, or simply don't have access to healthy groceries, there's a delivery service for you. Sometimes its just nice to take the night off and order in some takeout.

Restaurant Delivery Services

You can always check with your local businesses individually to see if they deliver to you, but that can be tedious, time-consuming and no one really does it. You have other options. Check out the top delivery services in your area. These are companies that provide the drivers and partner with restaurants to bring meals right to your door. Nationwide services include eat24, uberEats, GrubHub and more. You can even get restaurant food delivered through Amazon in some areas. The best part? Most of these services have apps and complete menus to make ordering and tracking your food easy. Watch the little car drive to your door, or wait for the final notification to show up. No matter your level of food obsession, you can watch it all the way. 

Many large restaurant chains, especially pizza chains, have their own delivery services and apps. For pizza anywhere, check out the Pizza Hut, Dominoes and more pizza ordering apps in your local app store. Want to play it old school? Most of these restaurants will take phone orders as well, but there are often better deals online or in the app.

Don't forget to do some research for city-wide or regional delivery services, these often have restaurants not available on the more extensive services and vice versa, giving you the greatest variety.

Meal Kit Delivery Services

If you still want to cook your meals, but don’t actually want to do the shopping, you’re looking for a meal kit delivery service. With varying prices depending on the quality and complexity of the meal and ingredients as well as the number of portions, most of these operate similarly to a subscription service. You plan a set amount of food, and the ingredients and instructions are delivered directly to your door. Just follow the recipe and have a great dinner in as little as fifteen minutes. Many of these services have specific meal plans to help you meet your personal health goals. 

Sun Basket offers clean living meal plans for everything from gluten-free to vegan, including a diabetes-friendly plan, which can help you get a hold of significant dietary changes and protect you from the dreaded grocery store. Home Chef focuses on high quality, tasty meals, let you choose from 15 recipes. Blue Apron is known for its recipe variety and easy to use management system.

There are so many more choices, including specific ones in your area, so do some quick searching and start eating free of the store today!




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Posted by Elena Langlois on 5/16/2019

Are you aware of the fact that hearts disease is one of the health conditions that kill people most? It is our responsibility to keep our heart in good shape through what we eat and our lifestyle. Here are five tips that will enable you to maintain a properly functioning heart:

Consume a heart-healthy diet

To keep your heart in good repair, you must stick to a food plan that will not pose a danger to your heart. You should avoid eating processed carbs, unique animal products, and sugar. You should also cut out toxic fats such as trans fat and GMO vegetable oil. Instead, go for foods that support a healthy heart. Examples of such foods are berries and organic vegetables, avocados, olive oils, animal products, wild caught seafood, nuts, and seeds. 

Move your body daily

There are lots of benefits associated with the movement of your body regularly. It is essential for our overall health. Sadly, many are not moving their body enough. Exercising yourself does not require much effort; it can be as simple as taking the stairs instead of using an elevator, talking a short walk after your meal, and walking to a nearby grocery store instead of taking your car. These suggestions will help towards boosting the overall health and minimize the postprandial blood sugar spike especially when you go for a walk after a meal.

Maintain a good oral hygiene 

Are you aware that there's a link between diseases of the mouth and heart disease? It is therefore essential to maintain good dental health as it is vital to the condition of the heart as well as the overall wellbeing of the body. On this note, you brush and floss daily with a natural product that is not harmful to your health and maintain good oral hygiene to keep your heart in good condition. 

Sleep adequately 

Sleep is critical as it is a way of refreshing the body. Lack of adequate sleep can trigger insulin resistance, stress, and inflammation. These are some of the risk factors for heart diseases. Therefore, you should aim at getting about 7 to 8 hours of sleep daily.

Look after your mental health 

People who are depressed have higher chances of developing heart problems because they are socially isolated and are always bothered with one issue or the other. Speak to your doctor if you feel depressed for more than two weeks. Having a good social life as well as friends and family willing to help goes a long way in this kind of situation.




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