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Online Dating and Sexual Health: What You Need to Know

By Guest Blogger, Caitlin E.

Online Dating and Sexual Health: What You Need to Know

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Millions of people use online dating websites and apps to meet new people and engage in different levels of intimacy – from just chatting to casual sex to romantic relationships. With the rising popularity of various platforms such as Match.com, EHarmony, Tinder, and numerous others, the stigma that once existed around online dating has been greatly diminished. Even statistics show that the majority of Americans claim online dating is a good way to meet people.

But it’s still a relatively new landscape, where it’s crucial that we’re all well-informed and understanding of how we can navigate it responsibly. Here’s what you need to keep in mind regarding sexual health when meeting new people on dating platforms.

 

Sexual health is about psychological well-being too

 

The concept of sexual health is often mistaken for only the physical aspect of health in regards to sexuality, such as the absence of an STI.

But the World Health Organization reminds us that sexual health goes much further than that, implying psychological wellbeing, freedom of choice, and the ability to have a satisfying and responsible sex life.

In the online dating culture, you have all the freedom you need to engage with whomever you want and however you want. And when you have this kind of freedom, it’s especially important to listen to your gut instinct and to be cautious when meeting new people online.

It’s easy to get caught up in all of it, which makes it even more important that you fully acknowledge what you want and what you don’t want – regardless of how the person you’ve met will react. Listen to your innate needs, take care of yourself, and don’t let yourself feel pressured at any point.

Online dating is there to make things easier and more enjoyable for you, not to become a burden on your well-being.

 

Always use protection. Always.

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A lot of people are hooking up through dating platforms, as the medium makes meeting new people much faster and more convenient. The math is quite simple – the more casual sex there is, the more STIs are likely to be circulating.

This is nothing new, as STIs are more widespread than you might expect. There’s just too much stigma around them so you can be sure that nobody is going to explicitly tell you they have an infection when they meet you.

Not only that, but your partner may have no idea he or she has an STI.

The only way to stay safe from STIs and maintain your sexual health responsibly is by using condoms – every time, no matter what.

This is especially important to take note of among the older demographic, where there’s still a common misconception that there’s no need for condoms if you can no longer have children. Regardless of fertility or other forms of contraception you might be using, condoms serve to protect you from STIs, and both sides of the relationship should have them around.

 

Maintain your good judgement

 

A lot of people rely on drugs or alcohol to ease into the situation and “loosen up” when meeting someone new. Again, you have the freedom to do whatever you wish – just make sure that you own it, that you have the confidence and your best interests in mind.

Overdoing it with either of those two will definitely cloud your judgement – and that’s where it will be difficult for you to keep your best interests in mind. Whether it’s engaging with someone you don’t actually feel that comfortable with or forgetting to use a condom during sex, clouded judgement increases the chances of turning an otherwise pleasant experience into a sour one.

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The rising popularity of online dating is no coincidence. People feel comfortable with these platforms, and they present a convenient and exciting way to meet potential partners and like-minded people. But as more and more people use online dating apps, there’s a whole new dialogue opening up around sexual health and safety. Whether you’re entirely new to online dating or have an established profile, keep these points in mind to make sure that you navigate the landscape to your best interest.

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How To Love Your Home Again (And Not Get Mad At It)

How To Love Your Home Again (And Not Get Mad At It)

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Here’s the home ideal

 

You come home from work and open your front door. Happy to be home again, you kick off your shoes and start to relax in the warm confines of your living room. Sitting down on your sofa with a glass of wine and your favourite magazine, you sit back and let the cares of the day fade away. You’re home, everything is fine, and you enjoy your downtime in your domestic surroundings.

 

But the reality…

 

You come home from work and open your front door. With a creak and a jolt, it eventually opens, and you step inside. You kick off your shoes and add them to the rest of the clutter that is littering your hallway. You slump into your sofa hoping to relax, but that spring in the back of the chair isn’t doing your back any good. You shiver, not only because of the draft coming through the crack in the window but because your body is filled with stressed out tensions. You’re home, everything is not fine, and you fail to enjoy your downtime in your hellhole of a house. Bah!

 

The end. Thanks for reading.

 

Okay, it’s not the end, it would be a pretty depressing article if it was. But if you have lost the love for your home, there are a few things you need to do. It is your right to enjoy your living space after all!

 

Get on top of any repairs

Your home isn’t going to fix itself. There’s no DIY fairy fluttering around with a hammer and nail. If something is getting on top of you, be that a creaking front door or a crack in the wall, then you need to do something about them. They will only hinder your relaxation time otherwise. There are some repair jobs you can do yourself. You can add oil to the hinges on your doors, and you can seal any gaps in your home with caulk. But if there any household repairs you can’t do yourself, such as an issue with your electrics or a complicated plumbing issue, then you need to call in the professionals to restore your safe haven.

 

Give your home a makeover

If you’re bored with the same old surroundings, then it’s time to change things up a little. You need to relax, but if you are stuck in a place that uninspires you, then you won’t make the most of your downtime. One way to do this is to add colour to your home. Using the ideas in the linked article, brighten up your surroundings, be that with a splash of paint or some new additions. It might be time to replace the sofa too, especially if you do get that annoying spring in your back every time you sit down. If your curtains are tattered and worn, or ill-fitting at your windows, then swap them for something new. Deconovo has a nice range, as well as a helpful guide in how to measure for curtains. If your carpeting is looking shabby, give it a deep clean or replace it with something new. Do anything, other than suffer your usual drab surroundings.

 

Get rid of your clutter

 

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We have a tendency to move clutter from one room to the next. If things are in your way in the living room, we stuff them into the hallway. If we can’t manage the mess in the bedroom, we pile it into a spare room or overfill an already bulging storage cupboard. If you have clutter in your life, then you need to do one of two things. The first is to get rid of it! Seriously, if you don’t need something, stick it in the bin, sell it, or give it to charity. Secondly, create new storage space. Either buy something new, or use these insanely clever storage hacks to deal with your stuff. After sorting out your mess/important items/old rubbish, you will have more space in your house again, you won’t trip over anything as you’re moving from room to room, and you can relax without something distracting you when you see it in the corner of your eye.

 

And so…

 

It doesn’t take a lot to fall in love with your home again. With a few basic repairs, a tidy-up, and a few home upgrades, you can finally come home, kick off your shoes, sit down with a glass of wine and your favourite magazine and relax. Job done, order is restored, and your downtime is secure. Well, that’s the ideal, but we hope this article has spurred you on into making any changes that need to take place where you are.

 

The end. Thanks for reading. (Don’t scroll down because it really is the end, we promise).

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Feeling Knotted? Here’s Why You Need A Massage

Feeling Knotted? Here’s Why You Need A Massage

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If you are always feeling like your muscles and joints are too tight this can put a downer on your day and it can also affect your ability to do simple tasks like everyone else. When it comes to being healthy and looking after your body a massage might be a great idea for you, and here’s why.

 

Relaxes the body

 

The main thing a massage can do for you is relaxing your body and making sure that you feel rested and refreshed. The job of massage therapists is to make you as comfortable as possible and this will help your muscles and joints to relieve their knots and feel flexible once again ready for exercise. Your whole body will feel amazing after a massage and it can be just what you need to hit thang reset button and feel great again.

 

Promotes sleep

 

Sleep is a huge part of life and unfortunately, many of us struggle with sleep and this can be detrimental to our health both physically and mentally. To make sure that we are healthy and happy we need sleep, and a massage can relax the body so much that you fall asleep on the table! Make sure you get a massage before bed and this will help you get a good night’s rest.

 

Improves mental health

 

Mental health is something which affects a lot of people around the world in different ways and with many, it is linked to stress. Stress on the body and the mind can take a toll on us and it can increase feelings of anxiety and depression in many people. However, when you have a massage the tension in your body will slip away and your stress levels will come right down. You can come out of there feeling calmer and happier as a person overall.

 

Keeps muscles healthy

 

Our muscles are constantly working for us every single day and they are what help us to stay fit and healthy throughout our lives. Our muscles are a big part of us and they need some TLC sometimes too. A massage promotes blood flow and healing of our muscles and it can make them stronger and healthier overall. Our muscles spend their life supporting us, so we should give back and support them once in a while.

 

Increase circulation

 

If you are the kind of person who is always boiling hot but you also always have cold feet and hands, you have poor circulation. Good circulation is crucial for our body because as blood pumps around our body oxygen is distributed to every single cell allowing it to live and thrive. A massage is a good way to increase circulation and blood flow around the body by hitting certain pressure points and pushing the blood around. It can be a huge help for circulation and keep you feeling healthy. It will also mean that you are less likely to walk around with freezing cold hands and feet all of the time which is a big win!

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Prepping for hurricane and cyclone season

Prepping for hurricane and cyclone season

Every year thousands of dollars worth of damage is done to homes and properties across the country as hurricanes and cyclones hit. The worst ones are those that result in the loss of human life, but all can bring devastation and the trauma of having to rebuild.

That’s why it’s so important to prepare for hurricane and cyclone season before it arrives.

Check Your Building

It is important to understand the difference that regular maintenance can make to your property. Simple measures like installing a sub floor ventilation system from Extract Air can prevent damp from getting into your building.

Moisture is a key ingredient in weakening the structure of a building; making it more vulnerable to hurricanes and cyclones. Something as simple as a pump can actually improve the chances of your building surviving.

Assess The Risk

It’s a good idea to check how likely your area is to suffer from hurricanes and cyclones. If you’ve lived there for several years you’ll already have an idea regarding this.

While anywhere can be hit it is worth knowing whether you’re a high risk area or not.

Emergency Supplies

If you’re in an area which is prone to hurricanes and cyclones it’s worth getting some emergency supplies together. This should include food and water to keep your family going for at least a few days. You also need to have a light source, the ability to stay warm and a grab bag which will enable you to escape the area quickly if you need to.

Insurance

It is always worth checking what your current insurance covers you for. If you haven’t got full coverage you may be surprised to learn that it can take up to 30 days for new cover to take effect. Get it sorted before you actually need it.

Check Your Yard

If you have trees and other items in your yard which are likely to become an issue in high winds then you need to look at having them trimmed or even removed now.

It is also important to look at what your risk of flood is and prepare your barriers now.

Alongside this it is a good idea to chat with your neighbors and get an idea regarding what plans they have and how you can work together if the worst happens. This is a great back-up and a way to help ensure you and your family get out if you need to.

Keep A File

You need a plan for your escape route; preferably at least two options. You also need a plan regarding what supplies should be in your home to help you survive the aftermath if the power is out but your house is still standing.

Once you’ve designed your plan it’s a good idea to write it down and keep it somewhere that is safe but easy to access. This will help to ensure everyone knows what they have to do and how to do it.

There’s no harm in practicing what to do; it will make it easier if the worst does happen.

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Career Goals: A Great Job Doesn’t Have To Be Just A Dream

Career Goals: A Great Job Doesn’t Have To Be Just A Dream

As a busy woman, your job and career can take up a huge majority of your life, so it’s crucial that you feel that you’re gaining plenty of experience, appreciate, and satisfaction as possible in your place of work. However, this is not the case for many, and you might be getting the feeling of dread every Sunday evening before it’s time to get up and go back to work on Monday again. If this is the case; now is a great time to look into how to make a positive change so that your working life happiness can increase and give you a positive future ahead.

 

There are several things to think about before you start taking action to change your career and life, so begin preparing yourself as soon as possible. The following are some ideas, inspiration, and advice for those looking to further their career, whether that means a boost up in their current job, a new place of work, or taking a new path altogether so that reaching those goals isn’t’ just a dream.

 

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Retraining Could Be A Great Option

 

If there is always something that you feel you’ve wanted to do, but simply haven’t got the qualifications; there’s no time like the present to take action and begin to retrain or train further into your chosen field of work. Many job opportunities will accept you at a lower level than you’re aiming for if they know that you’re already on the path to having the right certificates and qualifications. You’ll be able to show your willingness during job interviews, and your dedication to your potential new line of work, by being proactive and understanding the steps needed to get where you want to be.

 

Therefore, it’s worth looking online at courses, education, and degrees that you’re able to fit around your current job. It’ll be a tiring process, but well worth it in the long run. Whether you get your operations management degree online or study in a college setting for your qualification in psychology; there are a plethora of options out there, waiting to be explored. If your training is to further your current career; talk to your employer about your options, and see if they can accommodate your new schedule better.

 

When You Love Your Career, But Not Your Path

 

If you’re already working within the field that you’re happy, enjoy the majority of your responsibilities, but are craving a change of pace or scene; you could just need to see what your alternative options are in your career. Perhaps you’ve always worked on the manual side of things, and you feel that it’s time to move into an office environment. Having on-the-ground experience in a role will always ensure that you’re qualified to apply for positions elsewhere within a particular company, or take a slightly new direction within the same line of work.

 

Therefore, don’t be put off by a new environment and way of working; you could be just what a business is looking for, regarding what you can bring to a new area. Maybe you feel the opposite, and want to get your hands dirty, after being sat at your desk for years; find out what training will be needed, and articulately explain why you’ve had a change of heart regarding your role. Employers will be more open to hiring within their company than they would bringing in somebody new, so you’ll already be off to a great start.

 

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Bringing that 5 star look into your living space

Bringing that 5 star look into your living space

If you’ve ever dreamed of having a luxury show home but don’t see how your budget or current situation can allow this to happen then fear not; it is possible to bring the 5 star look into your home without spending a fortune.

In fact it’s much easier than you think. All you need to do is follow these tips:

Add A Bespoke Piece

Just one bespoke piece of furniture can transform any room in your home. You need to speak to someone who specializes in residential joinery. They will be able to help you identify the piece that works best for the space you have available and your budget.

The idea is to create a piece that is practical but catches your eye. This will draw the attention of anyone entering the room and immediately create the 5 star feel.

Upgrade Your Bathroom

White is perfect for a bathroom; it will remind you of your last stay in a hotel. Revamp your bathroom to include a glass walk in shower, white tiles and perhaps, if you have room, a Jacuzzi tub. Your bathroom should also be well lit. It will scream style.

Try to keep the towels and other accessories white or a similar pale color; this will enhance the luxury feel.

Your Entrance Hall

This is the first part of your home that you and visitors see. First impressions do count!

Take a look at the stairs and consider removing the existing balustrade. You can replace it with a stylish metal one or even an invisible glass one. Alongside this you’ll need mirrors to reflect the light and a centre piece. This should be the one thing that all eyes are drawn to.

Your centerpiece will reflect the style of your home but it doesn’t need t be set n the centre of your room. Choose a nice wall space and make sure your chosen piece is well lit; just like the artwork in a lavish hotel.

Cover Your Windows

How you cover your windows can make a huge difference to how your home feels and is perceived. Take your time choosing curtains and avoid the wooden blinds. They may be effective but they won’t help you get that 5 star feel.

This is one area where you shouldn’t skimp; if necessary get a professional to make the curtains for you. They need to fit the window and open to frame it; allowing light in and creating a stylish look.

Lighting

The brighter your house is the larger it will feel and the more 5 star it should appear. Light is essential even if you don’t have a lot of windows.

You can bounce the existing light round your home through the use of mirrors and the strategic placement of lamps will help to give that light, airy feel.

Flow

It is very important to be able to move effortlessly between your rooms. Each room should be designed to serve its purpose and allow you to move freely round your home. This is similar to how a hotel designs its space and is exactly the look and feel you want.

 

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Ways to make a few extra dollars before the holiday season

Ways to make a few extra dollars before the holiday season

When it comes to prepping for the holidays, everyone feels they could use a lot more time and a little extra cash to ease the pressures of the season. Managing your time is another whole article… But here’s a few ideas that people have used to add a little extra cash flow into their mix.

Go retail

Getting a part-time job in a retail store could be a great option to make some extra dough. A lot of stores are looking for holiday help on a yearly basis. Bonus: The employee discount could benefit you in your holiday shopping.

Work the farm

Taking a seasonal job at an orchard or tree farm could give you a great outlet for earning some extra money. Bonus: Being outside and around nature is a great way to beat depression and stress. Being one with the earth and working the dirt has been known to boost the immune system.

Take a bet

Some individuals have found great benefit in playing games online to win some extra dollars. Try out games online in the comfort of your home. Bonus: Some people can take a little cash and turn it into a lot more. Gamble responsibly. If you or someone you know had a gambling addiction, seek help.

Sell your old treasures

I’m always an advocate for donating your old items around the holidays. But if you’re looking to earn a little extra cash, try selling somethings online. There’s several auction sites and consignment sites to sell your old treasures. Bonus: As the saying goes, one person’s trash is another’s treasure. Tired of that old designer bag? Fetching a few dollars while trading off for more closet space and bringing someone else joy, can get you some nice extra holiday cash.

There are plenty of ways to earn some extra money to help with the holiday. Remember, when it comes to buying gifts and things for the holidays, there are also plenty of sales to be had. Shop smart. Stress less. And enjoy the real meaning of the season…giving to those in need and spending time with those you love.
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The worst house in the best neighborhood vs. The best house in the worst neighborhood

The worst house in the best neighborhood vs. The best house in the worst neighborhood

 

 

One of the biggest issues when selecting a home is what neighborhood you want to live in. Conventional wisdom says that purchasing the worst house in the best neighborhood will give you all the perks of the best areas without the impressive price tag.

But, is this a good tactic or should you be looking at the best house in the worst neighborhood?

The Worst house in the Best Neighborhood

 

If you move into the best neighborhood you’ll have the opportunity to rub shoulders with the rich. However, no matter what you do to the house it is unlikely it will shoot up in price. The only way in which this would be possible is if you pumped money into your house and transformed it into something more like your neighbors.

Of course you could use a reputable service like Peter Bracey to transform the outside of your home and perhaps even extend it. But, you’ll always be competing against people that have more money to spend.

Another risk of the best neighborhood is the cost of living is likely to be higher, simply because of the area. In short, you are likely to find your finances stretched in all directions.

If you want to rub shoulders with the rich (and perhaps famous) and you’re not worried about a return on your investment then this may be the right choice for you.

The Best House In The Worst Neighborhood

If you’re looking for a bargain you may be tempted to look at the neighborhoods where others fear to tread.

This is certainly a route to getting your dream home but you’ll need to remember that you can’t move your home.

You may also struggle to sell the property as potential buyers may not be sure about the neighborhood.

In addition to this you are likely to have to deal with the problems that make it a bad neighborhood. This could include the threat of violence and damage to your property; especially if others in the neighborhood see you as better off than them and therefore an easy target.

In many ways this is not a good option unless your worst neighborhood is not actually so bad. You simply need to consider the crime rate of the neighborhood.

It is also unlikely that your home will rise in value; making the best house in the worst neighborhood no better a prospect than the worst house in the best neighborhood.

Make Your Choice

On the face of limited financial gain for either property and the additional risks that come with the worst neighborhoods you would think that the worst house in the best neighborhood is the better choice.

However, you should also consider looking for the worst house in the hottest neighborhood. This doesn’t have to be a good or bad area but one that is rapidly improving in popularity. The result is likely to be a rapid increase in the value of your property and a pleasant place to live.

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Creating a balcony or grand entrance

Creating a balcony or grand entrance

 

 

It doesn’t matter if you’ve just moved in, have lived there for years or are just starting to build your own home. The entrance is a huge part of the home and you can improve it at anytime.

In fact one of the best ways to upgrade the look and potentially even the value of your home is to make a balcony or grand entrance.

This may seem like an impossible task but you actually only need a few key components to make it possible.

The Balustrade

If you’re creating a grand entrance you’ll want steps to lead you to your house. Ideally these should be sweeping in, as wide as possible closing down on your front door while still leaving enough room for two people at the top.

Even if you can only fit one or two steps in, creating the sweeping inwards design will help to create a much grander entrance; allowing people to move into your stunning hallway.

But, to finish this you need a balustrade. For this you need a company that specializes in balustrade design because you’ll want a unique and eye-catching design.

The balustrade itself is simply there to help people up the stairs. But, if you add one to the middle of your sweeping stairs you can turn it into a feature piece that takes the grand entrance to another level!

The same is also true for a balcony if you are looking to add stairs to it; choosing a unique design will make them stand out above everyone else’s.

The Area

In general the larger the entrance the more impressive it will look. However, this must be in keeping with the size of your home and the land you have.  You probably don’t want a staircase that looks grand but takes you to the first floor and blocks al the light from downstairs!

Keeping the proportions right is essential and the reason why you should visualize the design with the aid of digital imagery first. This will ensure it looks as good as you think it does.

Widen The Door

In some contexts size is actually important. A large front door will make the entrance way look grander. If you have the space it is worth removing your current door and adding a wider one. Windows to each side can also help to widen the appearance of your entrance and allow you to see who is visiting.

Positioning

The best entrances are located in the centre of your home. This allows people to see the space to either side. Of course if you’re door is not already positioned in this way you may not want to undertake moving your main entrance; that’s a lot of work.

The same is true for balconies; they should be located where you will have a good view. This may be over your garden or it may be out to sea. The size and position of your balcony will depend on what you want to use it for and whether you want the morning sun or the evening sun.

When working on your grand entrance don’t forget that your driveway also needs to reflect the same message. You can’t have a huge entrance and a drive barely wide enough for your car!

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Checklist: Important Things You Need To Do Before Putting Your Home On The Market

Checklist: Important Things You Need To Do Before Putting Your Home On The Market

If you are planning on selling your home, you should not simply put it on the market as soon as you have decided to sell. There are a number of different things you need to do first. So, let’s take a look…

 

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Make low-cost curb appeal improvements

 

First impressions count! And, the first impression of your home will be made as soon as the buyers step out of their car, which is why your garden is so important! Impress them with these low-cost tips…

  • Wash the front porch light fixture or replace it if necessary.
  • Keep the garden lawn mowed. There is nothing worse than an unkempt garden!
  • Buy some large house numbers! There is no worse way to begin a viewing than by discovering your buyers have spent the last thirty minutes driving around the estate looking for your home.
  • Plant flowers by your front door or along the walk. This will create a welcoming atmosphere. Yellow flowers are a great option, such as marigolds.
  • Purchase a new welcome mat for the front steps to your home. The perfect way of welcoming people into your home!
  • Clean the exterior windows thoroughly. Grubby windows are never a good look!
  • Use the power spray to get rid of all the dirt and dust outside.
  • Re-paint your front door or replace it if necessary. The front door is an extremely important aspect of your home. It is one aspect every single person who comes to your property is assured to notice.

 

Get rid of family touches

 

Most homeowners have photographs of their family situated all over the home. It adds a personal element to your property and creates a warm environment. This is what makes a house your home – the keyword being YOUR home!

 

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We all love to have reminders of the ones we care about and to display fun memories we have had together. But, when it comes to a home viewing, it’s time to put them away! Don’t take it personally – but the buyer doesn’t want to see pictures of your daughter getting married or your last family holiday to America. All this does is remind the buyer that the property is someone else’s.

By keeping your photographs out you merely distract viewers and you make it difficult for them to connect with your home. Put yourself in their shoes. Imagine walking into a home you were thinking about buying and seeing photographs of another family at every turn. It would make it extremely difficult to imagine yourself living there.

The same goes for all other personal items – whether it is dance awards, football medals, school certificates, or anything like that! Model your home on a showroom. You wouldn’t see aspects like this whilst at a showroom, so they shouldn’t be on show whilst someone is viewing your home.

 

Freshen up your bathroom

 

Many people, especially those with young families, like to view a bathroom as a potential oasis of calm in an otherwise hectic household. To others, it’s a place where they expect high standards of hygiene and cleanliness. Replacing a bathroom is an expensive undertaking, and when marketing your property, showing what you have off to the best effect can make or break a sale.

 

What most people find inviting is a clean, bright room. The preference is always for a neutral colour scheme – no overwhelming, bright shades here! – and a white bathroom suite. But if replacing the large fixtures and fittings is beyond your budget, a few small changes can cast the most important room in the house in the best possible light.

 

Use bleach to clean up grotty looking tiles and grout. A mildew remover may also help to remove the worst of the stains. If necessary, re-seal the bath with white sealant. Do the same with the sink and shower area. Invest a small amount of money in replacing cracked tiles. Consider buying a fresh, new shower curtain or screen.

 

Remove half-empty shower gel and shampoo bottles and, for the duration of viewings at least, replace with quality bath products. Add white, fluffy towels for a final, homely touch.

 

Clean your home from top to bottom

 

Picture this… You welcome viewers into your home, they start looking around, and then you realise that you have left a dirty ashtray on the living room table! How did you miss it? We are all guilty of missing the obvious when tidying our home! Use this cleaning checklist to make sure you don’t…

 

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  • Make sure your clean your appliances inside out.
  • Clean your windows and windowsills.
  • Polish all interior woodwork.
  • Clean the inside of all of your cabinets and neatly organise everything that is inside. Make sure they aren’t too cramped; you want to show off how much space the buyer will benefit from.
  • Mop and sweep all of your floors.
  • Make sure you clean the entry thoroughly – this is the first thing buyers will notice when they walk into your home.
  • Clean all of your blinds, drapes, and curtains.
  • Git rid of all odours – especially food and pet smells.
  • Shower curtains and doors should be clean.
  • Keep your corridors and stairways clear.
  • Make sure everything is organised – your bookshelves, closets, wardrobes, entertainment units etc.
  • Empty ashtrays, rubbish bins, and recycling bins.
  • Remove all clutter – store in your car if necessary.
  • Be sure that all of your drawers, cabinets, and doors can be opened fully without any blockage.

 

Find a good estate agent

 

Finding a good estate agent is obviously an important ingredient in selling your home! You should never just go for the first one you lay your eyes on, nor you should ever go for the cheapest agent! – Recipe for disaster.

You need to compare different estate agents against one and other in order to find the best one for you. But, what sort of things should you be looking for? Here is a checklist of things you should take into account…

  • Can you contact them via mobile phone and email?
  • How far away is their office from your home?
  • Will they provide you with a detailed marketing plan? What ideas have they got for advertising your home?
  • Do they seem enthusiastic about selling your home?
  • What is their track record? How many homes did they sell in the past year? Have they sold properties similar to yours?
  • Are they available on evenings and weekends?
  • Can they provide you with some references and/or reviews?

You have probably realised that one key factor is missing – how much they charge! So many homeowners make the mistake of looking for the cheapest agent. This is not an area to cut costs. If an agent charges more, it’s usually because they are worth it.

 

Some final home improvement tips to follow before you sell your home

 

  • Replace light bulbs – Bright rooms look inviting and fresh. Dark rooms look dingy, depressing and cramped.
  • Fresh paint – Paint is the easiest way to make a huge difference to your property. Neutral colours are best!
  • Clean windows – Windows are often forgotten about, yet grubby glass is never attractive.
  • Deal with anything that needs to be repaired – Whether your kitchen light needs repaired or your require water pump repairs, deal with it before your property goes onto the market!
  • Clean your closets – Buyers often want to see how much storage space they are going to benefit from.
  • Play music – Soft music can be a great tactic to use when showing someone your home. Note the word ‘soft’ – no heavy metal, please!
  • Remove pet bowls – Not only are they distracting, but a buyer might not want to be reminded that you have pets running around the home every day.
  • Fresh glass and plants – Often a garden can be the first thing people notice. Make a good impression by creating a space that looks beautiful and inviting.
  • Clean the carpet – Nothing looks worse than a mucky carpet. If yours is beyond saving, consider getting rid of it and showcasing your hardwood floor.
  • Open curtains and blinds – Let as much natural light in as possible! It will open up the space.
  • Fresh flowers – Buy some fresh flowers and place them around the home. They create a welcoming feel.

So there you have it: the complete checklist of everything you need to do before selling your home. Good luck!

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