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Posted by Lisa Bradley on 12/12/2017

If you've been putting off organizing your closets for months -- if not years -- you're not alone! Since closets are not usually a "high visibility" area of the house, cleaning them often ends up being relegated to the bottom of people's priority lists.

It's easy to postpone tackling the project because you can simply close the door and forget about what a disaster area it's become!

There are, however, several sound reasons for bumping it up on your "to do" list.

  • First of all, you'll probably find valuable things you thought were lost forever. Depending on how long it's been since you last cleaned out your closets, there's a good chance you'll find miscellaneous valuable items ranging from missing gloves and address books to lost photo albums and unopened gifts. There's no end to the possible treasures you could stumble upon in a closet that you haven't organized for a while. You may even find lost items you were considering replacing. In that case, you can save your money or spend it on something else!
  • It's an opportunity to help others. All communities have charitable organizations that distribute warm clothing, shoes, essential kitchen supplies, school backpacks, and other useful items to underprivileged families in your area. By giving away things you no longer need and use, you can accomplish two objectives: clearing out the clutter in your home and helping needy families or organizations in the community.
  • You'll enjoy a sense of accomplishment. On one hand, when you keep putting off a project that you know needs to get done, it creates an underlying feeling of frustration. However, once you get the task underway and completed, you'll feel like you're making progress with your goals and moving forward. (Not only that, but your closets will no longer be an eyesore that cause you to cringe every time you go to grab a jacket or hang up your clothes!)
  • Completing one project helps create momentum for getting started on something else. As Sir Isaac Newton, the famous physicist, stated more than 300 years ago, "A body at rest will remain at rest, and a body in motion will remain in motion unless it is acted upon by an external force.Ē (Source: Live Science) That principle applies as much to human behavior as it does to inanimate objects. Once you force yourself to get started on a project -- whether it involves organization, cleaning, repair, or home improvement -- you'll discover new-found energy and motivation for other tasks.

While it may seem as if cleaning your closets is a monumental task that makes you feel physically and mentally drained just thinking about it, the hardest part is getting started -- taking those first few steps. By picking one closet to organize and setting aside just an hour or two to do it (and creating a semblance of order), you'll be amazed at what you can accomplish in just one session!





Posted by Lisa Bradley on 12/5/2017

Although you'd like to sell your residence soon, your home's bathroom remains an eye sore, one that could make it more difficult for you to generate interest in your home in a highly competitive real estate landscape.

Fortunately, we're here to help you simplify the process of generating lots of interest in your residence and accelerating the home selling process.

Here are three tips that you can use to enhance your residence's bathroom, and as a result, boost your chances of a quick home sale.

1. Change Out the Hardware.

Believe it or not, updating bathroom hardware like drawer pulls and faucet handles may make a major difference in the eyes of homebuyers. Plus, changing out the hardware usually requires minimal time and effort, making it a fast, effective way to bolster your bathroom's appearance.

Ultimately, you'll want your bathroom to stand out to homebuyers for all the right reasons. And if you spend some time revamping your bathroom hardware, you can move one step closer to transforming your ordinary bathroom into an exceptional one.

2. Check Out the Lighting.

Does your bathroom feature sufficient lighting? If not, your bathroom may prove to be a liability rather than an asset to homebuyers.

Sconce lighting often represents a wonderful option for bathrooms because it can help brighten up big and small spaces. In fact, sconce lighting may even help you make your bathroom appear larger, as this type of lighting empowers you to illuminate your bathroom like never before.

Furthermore, you may want to consider dim lighting in your bathroom. Dim lighting is ideal for those who want to enjoy a relaxing bath and is yet another feature that may help your house stand out to homebuyers.

3. Install Proper Ventilation.

Without the proper bathroom ventilation, mold and mildew can cause severe damage. However, those who dedicate the necessary time and resources to install new bathroom ventilation or repair their existing ventilation can avoid long-lasting problems.

Measure the square footage of your bathroom before you install a new vent fan. By doing so, you'll be able to find a vent fan that can help you minimize mold and mildew consistently.

Also, when in doubt, be sure to consult with a plumber. This professional will be able to evaluate your bathroom's current vent fan, determine if a new one is needed and act accordingly.

Updating your bathroom may seem like a substantial investment, particularly for home sellers who lack extensive time and resources. Lucky for you, real estate agents are available who can help you establish home selling priorities and ensure you can revamp your residence to make it an attractive option for homebuyers.

A real estate agent understands the ins and outs of the housing market and will help you prepare your home. In addition, this professional will outline a strategy for improving your home's interior and exterior, ensuring your house will dazzle homebuyers any time they visit.

Bathroom improvements may help you differentiate your home from others on the real estate market. And with a real estate agent at your disposal, you'll be better equipped to optimize the value of your residence and accelerate the home selling process as well.




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Posted by Lisa Bradley on 11/28/2017

A vacation is a time to rest, relax, and stop worrying about all of the things you have to do around the house on a day-to-day basis. However, itís hard to relax if you spend the whole vacation worrying about your home.

Home intruders prey on people who are clearly away from their home. Itís much easier to plan a break-in from a house you know is empty for an extended period of time than trying to figure out when someone wonít be home.  

There are a number of ways to improve your home security to ensure your home and belongings are safe while youíre on vacation. In this article, weíll provide you with a list so that you can relax and enjoy your time away from home.

1. Ask a favor from the neighbor

Being friendly with the neighbors has a lot of benefits. You can borrow their tools or ask for a hand moving something. When you go on vacation, ask your neighbors to bring in your mail for you. An overflowing mailbox is a clear sign that youíre away from home.

Make sure your neighbor has your cell phone number so they call you if anything seems out of place--like if they notice a strange vehicle in your driveway.

2. Get a house-sitter

If you have a relative in the area, maybe a niece or nephew, ask them to stay at your home while youíre away. If they live with mom and dad, theyíll probably be thrilled at the chance to have their own place for the weekend.

As an added bonus, theyíll be able to feed your pets, water your lawn, and take out the trash for you while youíre away.

3. Donít advertise that youíre away

Most people these days have grown comfortable posting their whereabouts on social media. However, doing so when youíre away is an easy way to tip off would-be burglars that your house might be empty for a week or more.

4. Buy a cheap security system

You can find dozens of security cameras for under $60 on Amazon. When asked, 60% of burglars said the presence of a security system made them decide to move on to another home.

Complement this with a sticker that says you have a security system in place. It could be the one-dollar sticker that makes a would-be burglar decide to leave your house without breaking in.

5. Remove spare keys

Many people leave spare keys in obvious places because itís easy to describe to people who might need to get in. However, if itís easy for welcome guests to find itís also easy for unwelcome guests.

6. Double check doors and windows

When making your to-do list for vacation, be sure to include double checking the locks on your doors, windows, and garage. Almost 30% of burglaries occur when someone enters through an unlocked door or window.

This also applies to any vehicles that you might be leaving in your driveway during your vacation. Remove valuables from the vehicle and place them inside your home in a safe place.




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Posted by Lisa Bradley on 11/21/2017

Ready to discover your dream home? With help from your loved ones, you may be able to accelerate your journey from homebuyer to homeowner.

Ultimately, there are many reasons to include family members and friends in your search for the perfect home, including:

1. Loved ones are happy to help you in any way they can.

Loved ones have your best interests in mind and will do whatever they can to assist you. That way, you can get extra help as you embark on the homebuying journey.

Before you begin your home search, it may prove to be helpful to meet with loved ones so that you can explain your homebuying goals to them. This will allow you to describe what you'd like to find in your dream home. Plus, meeting with loved ones gives family members and friends an opportunity to ask you questions about your home search.

If you and your loved ones are all on the same page, you'll be able to get ample support as you prepare to kick off your home search. Then, you and your loved ones can check out a broad array of houses and find one that matches or exceeds your expectations.

2. Loved ones can share their homebuying experiences with you.

For those who are entering the real estate market for the first time or have not purchased a house in several years, it may be beneficial to involve loved ones in the property buying process.

Loved ones who have recently purchased homes can provide real estate insights that you may struggle to obtain elsewhere. They can respond to your homebuying concerns and queries and help you prepare to enter the housing market.

Also, loved ones may be able to help you avoid potential pitfalls as you search for the ideal residence. Although some family members and friends may have made mistakes when they bought homes in the past, your loved ones can help you learn from their errors and ensure you can avoid various homebuying pitfalls.

3. Loved ones can help you make tough homebuying decisions.

Let's face it Ė the decision to buy a home is one of the biggest that an individual may make in his or her lifetime. As such, the decision to purchase a home is not one that should be taken lightly.

Loved ones are happy to listen to your homebuying concerns time and time again. They can offer suggestions and recommendations as you explore homes and help you remain calm, cool and collected at each stage of the homebuying journey.

Of course, if you want additional assistance during the homebuying journey, it never hurts to hire an expert real estate agent. This housing market professional can set up home showings, negotiate with home sellers on your behalf and provide comprehensive homebuying support at any time.

Reach out to loved ones for support as you get ready to search for your dream home. By doing so, you may be able to speed up the homebuying process.




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Posted by Lisa Bradley on 11/14/2017

A small space can seem to be an unsolvable challenge. There are ways that you can work with your home and adapt to the space to suit your needs.

Arrange Furniture Wisely


If the furniture in a room isnít arranged properly, it can really put a damper on a small space. You donít want your furniture to be so far apart in a room, that people canít carry on a conversation, but you also donít want the room to appear cramped. 


In the living room, for example, youíre going to want to keep some open space but also have a strategy to arranging the furniture to set it up for company and space. This means that you need to pull furniture away from the walls. This will create more depth for the room, without adding anything. Also, donít fill any room with too much furniture. If a room feels stuffy, see what pieces of furniture aren't essential and take them out. 


Use Solid Colors For Your Base In A Room


If a small room has large pieces of solid color on the wall open, youíll have the freedom to add patterns if you want. This also gives the room the illusion that itís larger and has more open space available. 


Place Your Bed In Front Of A Window


It may seem strange to place a bed in front of a window, but in many small bedrooms, this is your only option to give you space for both furniture and a bed. The bed actually becomes the focal point of the room when you arrange it this way. 


Get Key Pieces To Help Maximize Space


 There are a few pieces that you may not even think belong in your living room that actually can help you to maximize the space. Instead of a sofa, for example, get a love seat. There are even pull-out versions of love seats that can accommodate overnight guests. Now, youíre saving space with a purpose. 


An armoire is typically thought of as being in the bedroom for clothing storage. You can use an armoire to hide things like games, liquor and bar tools, or even books. This can help you to hide things, reducing clutter, creating the illusion of more space in the room. There are dozens of other great pieces that save space and serve a purpose in a living room. These include sofa tables and side tables.


The Basics


In small rooms, the most important thing to remember is that simple is best. You donít want much beyond the essentials. If you get creative with the space, youíll be able to make the most of every inch that you have to work with.




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