What if your Ideal Home Isn’t Available?
Imagine you’re looking for a new home. You have a list of all the features you
want, just like you would have a grocery shopping list. However, when you
explore the homes currently on the market, none meets all your criteria.
What do you do? You have a few good options.
First, you can take a second look at your list. Does your new home need
every single feature on it? Are there one or two features you can do without?
For example, can you settle for a smaller kitchen assuming the property has
everything else you want?
Often, buying a home that’s close to perfect is perfect enough.
Second, consider what features you might be able to add to the home later, by
way of a renovation or other improvement. If a property doesn’t have a
finished basement, for example, you might be able to get that done down the
road. Indeed, there are probably many features you can add later to an
otherwise desirable property.
Finally, consider the current level of activity in the local real estate market. Is
it likely that a lot of new homes will be coming on the market soon? If so, your
perfect home may come upon the market within the next few weeks.
Maybe even tomorrow!
In that situation, make sure you arrange to get immediate alerts for newly
listed homes that meet your criteria. You’ll want to jump on each new
opportunity before other buyers learn of the listing.
The good news is, in most cases, you should be able to find and buy a great
home, with most — if not all — of the features you want.
Buying Extra Storage for your Electronic Records
There are many storage options for your household items. For example, receipts and other paper records can be stored in a file box. Seasonal items, such as winter clothing, can be put in the basement. You can even rent a local storage unit to help with decluttering.
But what about stuff that exists electronically? These days, many important records — vacation pictures, tax receipts, home videos, school documents, etc. — are in the form of PDFs, JPEGs, and other electronic formats. Having those reside entirely on your computer is risky. What if your computer crashes?
Someone smart once said, “A computer file isn’t a file until it’s in two places.” So, the solution is to store your important electronic documents in a second place. Here are the most common options:
- Portable storage. These are data storage devices that fit in the palm of your hand. For most homes, 1T (terabyte) of memory is plenty.
- Cloud storage. Box, DropBox, and iCloud are the biggest players here. The advantage of storing your documents “in the cloud” is that, unlike portable storage, you can’t damage or lose it.
- Large backup units. These larger units continuously backup your files so you don’t even have to think about it.
Whatever option you choose, the important thing is to have a duplicate or backup of your important files, so you never have to worry about losing them.
Bathroom Makeover Tips:
Want to make your bathroom look fantastic without having to do a major renovation? There are a lot of projects you can do yourself. In fact, there are some improvements you can get done in less than a day that will transform the look and feel of your bathroom. Check out these ideas
• Update the sink. If you have some basic plumbing knowledge, this is a project you should be able to do on your own. A new sink can make the entire vanity look like new. • Buy new decor. New shower curtains, towels, window coverings, mats, etc. can transform the look of a bathroom.
• Install new hardware. Replacing cabinet hardware may not seem like much of a change. However, it can have a surprisingly big impact. Shiny new hardware is like jewelry. It stands out.
• Replace the vanity mirror. Even if there are no scratches, an older mirror is like an old pair of glasses. It can become foggy. No amount of cleaning will make it any clearer. When ordering a replacement mirror, be sure that your measurements are exact.
• Paint. There’s no doubt about it. A fresh coat of paint makes any room look better.
4 Steps to a Stress-Free Sale
Ideally, when you sell your home, you want the process to go smoothly and relatively stress-free. While things may happen that are outside your control, there is a lot you can do to ensure that the selling experience is a good one.
Consider these four steps to reduce worry and stress when listing your home:
Step 1: Learn the selling process.
Find out what to expect when the FOR SALE sign goes up. How will viewings be scheduled? Will an Open House be needed? What happens when there is an offer? The more you know, the less mysterious—and, therefore, less stressful—the experience will be.
Step 2: Schedule wisely.
Use a calendar to block out times for viewings and other selling-related activities. Be sure to schedule plenty of time to clean and declutter your home before viewing or Open House. Try not to have a tight schedule during the sales period.
Step 3: Anticipate issues.
The more problems you can foresee, the better you’ll be prepared to deal with them as they arise. For example, if you know you’re going to have a busy week at work, start making plans now to deal with viewings and related matters during those days.
Step 4: Make decisions.
Things can move quickly in the real estate market. There might be a few days when there are no inquiries at all, and then suddenly two offers will come in.
Be prepared to make some quick decisions. Fortunately, with sound advice from me as your real estate agent, making those decisions will be a lot easier.
So, follow these simple steps. They’ll help make your sale less worrisome and even enjoyable!
The Latest Options in Outdoor Lighting
Outdoor lighting has come a long way from the days of patio lanterns and strings of lightbulbs. These days, there’s an exhaustive array of options available to illuminate your outdoor space, and make it more appealing and comfortable, particularly in the evenings.
Here are just a few ideas:
- Solar garden lights. These lights are on stakes that can be easily inserted throughout the garden. Powered by the sun, they generate enough energy to cast a soft, pleasant glow along walkways or in flower beds in the evenings.
- Deck post lights. These are easy to install because they’re designed to sit on top of a standard 4×4 wood deck post. Most are solar-powered.
- Street-style lamps. As the name implies, these look similar to old-fashioned street lamps. Installation is a little more complex, but still DIY-friendly. They’re eye-catching and have a dramatic impact on the look of your outdoor space.
- Portable lantern lights. These are outdoor lights that are portable and often made to look like a decorative fixture for a coffee table or side table. They can be placed anywhere.
- LED walkway lights. These are small lights that fit neatly and almost invisibly under stairs and around walkways. Walkway lights not only look good but also improve safety. Most are battery-powered.
- Planter lights. This is one of the most interesting options. Each one is both a flower pot and a light in one! The pot itself is translucent which allows the light inside to shine through.
Design experts say you should treat your outdoor space as you would any room in your home. Lighting it up for evening comfort and enjoyment is a good place to start.
One Hour Ideas for Boosting Curb Appeal
You’ve heard of the term “curb appeal”. It refers to the initial impression buyers get when they first see your property from the street. If the impression is a good one, it sets the right tone for the rest of the home viewing.
How do you boost curb appeal? Here are some proven ideas that you can get done in an hour or so:
- Wash both the inside and outside of the front windows. You’ll be amazed at the difference that can make.
- Sweep the walkway leading up to the front entrance. Add a new welcome mat. Also, wash down the front door.
- If possible, remove cars from the driveway. Let buyers imagine their own cars parked there!
- Mow the lawn. Lightly trim the hedges. Weed flower beds.
- Remove anything from inside window sills that may look unsightly from the outside. Try putting a couple of flowering plants there instead.
- Place any trash bins out-of-sight. For example, put them in the garage or neatly at the side of the house.
- If the entrance door hardware is old and worn, change it. New hardware can make a bigger difference than you might think.
- Make sure the outdoor lights are working, especially if you’re showing your home in the evening.
- Add some flowering plants to flower beds, or buy a couple of portable potted plants and place them strategically.
- Clean your mailbox. If it’s rusted, replace it.
- If you have a power washer, give the walkway and driveway a quick blast. Just be sure it will be dry before the buyers arrive.
These one-hour improvements may seem minor, but anything that helps buyers form a more positive first impression of your home is worth the effort.
Homeowners planning a remodeled bathroom featuring a new shower/ tub are often faced with a key choice: Should you install a prefabricated shower stall, or build a custom ceramic tile shower?
Pre-fabricated shower stall units are usually fiberglass or acrylic kits created in a factory and shipped to your home in one or several pieces. They can be installed by a professional crew, or by a DIYer. Most shower kits include a shower pan and two or three solid wall panels, although some are one-piece shells, in which the shower base or bathtub is integrated with the walls. One deciding factor in the choice between a one-piece or multi-piece unit is whether you can get a one-piece unitthrough the doors of your home. Homeowners often choose multi-piece units for this very reason. The multi-piece kits usually come with everything you need: shower pan or tub, molded wall panels with shelves and soap dishes molded into them, and even the shower door. Big box home improvement centers may stock some simpler shower stall kits in the store, but better-quality products will require special ordering based on the precise measurements of your shower alcove space.https://www.thespruce.com/install-a-prefabricated-unit-or-a-tiled-shower-1821386
With a raft of home improvement websites that specialize in matching homeowners to contractors, and social media sites making it easy to receive referrals from friends and family, finding a reliable contractor is a straightforward process.
But once you find a potential contractor, you must ensure he or she is the right fit for your home improvement project. That’s why many experts advise making a few key inquiries to learn more about a prospective contractor and assess accountability before hiring one. Before you select a contractor, ask these questions to set realistic expectations, avoid hitting major snags and ensure you get what you want.
For most of the last decade, Los Angeles has been a seller’s market. Since 2012, when housing prices began to recover from the Great Recession, competition among buyers has been fierce and real estate values in the area have ascended rapidly.
But market analysts and real estate agents say those trends are changing. Home prices have leveled off in recent months, and the number of overall sales is far below the historical average.
There are several decisions we make each day that contribute to the environmental pollution of our planet. These often include what we choose to spend our money on, as well as some lifestyle habits. Although people of many different lifestyles can live in environmentally conscious ways, one of the most inherently eco-friendly ways to live is through a minimalist lifestyle. Minimalist lifestyles are based out of a mindset that prioritizes objects in an attempt to focus on only the centerpieces worth noting. This artistic sense of style creates a lifestyle that decreases clutter, waste and the purchase of unnecessary objects.