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Steps to a Fast and Easy Home Refresh
Posted on 02/16/2020
Steps to a Fast and Easy Home Refresh
Photo by Sonja_paetow via Pixabay Home feeling a little dull? You can clean and liven things up in a single day, and make your home into a welcoming, comfortable oasis. Whether you are coping with outdated decor, too much clutter or just need to liven things up, this list can help you pull things together quickly. You'll be...
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How to Add Solar Lighting to Your Landscape
Posted on 02/09/2020
How to Add Solar Lighting to Your Landscape
Image by Alexas_Fotos from Pixabay If you’re looking to light up your house or yard using a quick and easy DIY method, a variety of solar lights fit the bill. You can choose from many elegant styles, with no extension cords required. Solar lights can be mounted, placed into the ground on stakes, hang as lanterns or on...
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3 Home Projects that Maximize Space
Posted on 02/02/2020
3 Home Projects that Maximize Space
Image by StockSnap from Pixabay Most everyone would love to gain some extra room, especially those in small homes with limited space options. Here are three home interior DIY projects to help you maximize your space. 1. Transform a Closet into Workspace If you’re lacking the room for a home office, transform one of your closets into a...
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Pre- Approval is a More Involved Process Than Pre-Qualification
Posted on 01/26/2020
Pre- Approval is a More Involved Process Than Pre-Qualification
Photo by Tayeb Mezahdia via Pixabay When you start looking for your dream home, you need to know how much mortgage you will qualify for. Your real estate agent might ask you to get a pre-qualification letter. However, just because you are pre-qualified doesn’t mean that you will get the loan. You need a pre-approval for that, and...
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How to Entertain Outdoors
Posted on 01/19/2020
How to Entertain Outdoors
Whether you're hosting outdoor gatherings in your own backyard or at another outdoor venue, there are a few elements you will need to consider carefully. The size of your space and the number of expected guests is only the beginning. You'll want to plan out the flow of traffic and access to certain areas. Seating is also an...
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Simple Tips for Moving Day Safety
Posted on 01/12/2020
Simple Tips for Moving Day Safety
Moving day; you’ve waited months for this day to arrive, working hard to make sure you, your family, pets, and belongings are ready for the big move. With all of the preparations and various people involved, it’s easy for moving day to become dangerous. To ensure that you and your family have a safe and smooth moving day, I’ve...
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Simple Tips For An Organized Home
Posted on 01/05/2020
Simple Tips For An Organized Home
There are plenty of ways to make your home more organized. Whether you have a large house or some problems with cramped spaces, your home has plenty of room to give. The key is that you just need to know how to use it. Read on for some tips on how to make the most of the space your...
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How to Negotiate a Land Contract Vs. a Mortgage
Posted on 12/29/2019
How to Negotiate a Land Contract Vs. a Mortgage
Image by Shutterbug75 from Pixabay With a mortgage, a buyer is applying for financing to purchase the property in its entirety. They're relying on their credit and assets for approval before assuming responsibility of the full property. In a land contract, you're cutting out the need for a formal lender and relying on the seller to approve or...
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Reasons to Negotiate with a Homebuyer
Posted on 12/22/2019
Reasons to Negotiate with a Homebuyer
For home sellers who want to accomplish the optimal results, it is important to remain open to negotiations with buyers. There are many reasons why home sellers should negotiate with buyers, and these include: 1. You can accelerate the house selling journey. If your mission is to sell your house as quickly as possible, you should be open to...
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Are You Ready to Conduct a House Appraisal?
Posted on 12/15/2019
Are You Ready to Conduct a House Appraisal?
A home appraisal enables a seller to learn about the value of his or her house relative to the current housing market. As such, an appraisal represents an important opportunity, particularly for a seller who wants to maximize the profits from his or her home sale. Ultimately, it helps to plan ahead for a home appraisal. If you prepare...
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What's It Like to Sell a House?
Posted on 12/08/2019
What's It Like to Sell a House?
The home selling journey varies from person to person. If an individual prepares for this journey, he or she may be better equipped than others to avoid problems along the way. On the other hand, an individual who is unprepared for the property selling journey may struggle to achieve the best-possible results. There are many things that an individual...
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How to Lift Your Home's Mood with Aromatherapy
Posted on 12/01/2019
How to Lift Your Home's Mood with Aromatherapy
Photo by Seksak Kerdkanno via Pixabay Diffusing aromas in your home is a great way to settle in, relax and enjoy a fresh, clean scent that calms the nerves. How Do We Know Aromatherapy Works? Research gives us the scoop. Take lavender, for example. Research shows lavender: Eases nervousness much better than a placebo. Raises people's scientifically measured...
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