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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!

Tia, and TipsfromTia.com  is trying to keep you looking good and
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Glorious Winter Ideas For Your Home Without Spending A Bomb

Glorious Winter Ideas For Your Home Without Spending A Bomb

Winter is getting closer and closer, and you might be thinking of what you can do to your home to make it cozier and generally preparing it for the winter months. As you know, with winter comes the Christmas period, and this usually means spending a lot of money on gifts for those you love. So how can you cozy up your home without spending a ridiculous amount of money? Take a look at these glorious winter ideas for your home without spending a bomb!

 

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Add warmth

Obviously, during the winter months, you’re going to have your heating on or even your fire lit – so how can you add extra warmth? Warmth doesn’t necessarily mean switching on your central heating, as you can add a warming feeling using other methods:

  • Buy some fleecy throws to drape over your couch so that if and when you’re feeling the chill, you can snuggle in front of the TV.
  • Scatter cushions represent comfort and therefore make your room feel warmer. Consider buying some cushions to make your home feel warmer and more welcoming.
  • Think of the colour schemes that you’re using throughout your home. Are you able to add warmer colours with accessories to make it feel warmer? Red, orange, and purple are great examples of warm colours.

Think about social gatherings

Winter and Christmas time is the perfect chance to get together with those closest around you. Perhaps it’s your turn to cook the Christmas dinner this year, or maybe your friends are coming to stay? Think about the rooms that your guests will be using – are they up to scratch? It’s understandable that you can’t afford a full renovation at this time of year, but did you know A+ Construction Pro offer mini renovations so that you can rectify smaller amounts at a time? It might be worth doing if you’re entertaining this year!

Set the ambiance

Sometimes, it’s not just the decor or colour scheme in your home that will have an impact on your guests. Set an ambiance throughout your home by dotting around lamps for a cozier lighting method, and have soothing music playing from radios. It really will make more of a difference than you think!

Smells matter more than you think!

Finally, much alike lighting and sound around your home, smells matter more than you think! Pick up homely smells such as cinnamon, lavender, and orange to place around your home. You can use potpourri or reed diffusers as effective and safe ways of making your home smell luxurious!

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Subtle Signs that your Body is Trying to Tell You Something

Subtle Signs that your Body is Trying to Tell You Something

If you know that your lifestyle just isn’t good at the moment or if you know that you are just struggling to keep your health in check then you are not alone at all. So many people go through things like this every single day but if you ignore the signs that your body is trying to tell you then this can cause you even more issues in the future. If you want to get around this then you can find out whatever you need to know right here.

 

Acne

 

There are so many reasons why you may experience an acne outbreak. Some instigators are way more common than others but the main reason is stress. If you know that you are under a lot of pressure at work or if you know that you are just not able to keep up with everything then this can wreak havoc on your skin and you may even find that you just can’t get your skin smooth as well. Another cause of acne is your body trying to tell you that your diet is wrong. You may find that you eat way too many fatty foods and you may also find that your salt intake is way too high as well. After all, if your skin is dehydrated then you may find that you are way more prone to outbreaks and you may also find that you struggle to keep it nice and smooth. Luckily, it is more than possible for you to avoid all of these issues by following the above tips. You can also look into these 6 DIY oatmeal face masks for flawless skin as well.

 

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Always Being cold

 

If you find that you are continually buried under the blankets then this may also be a sign that something is wrong. If you are cold no matter what you do, or if you are cold and nobody else in the room is then you may have an underactive thyroid. You may also not be taking in enough calcium from your diet as well so this is something that you need to look into. Of course, if want to get around this then you need to  boost the amount of milk, cheese and dairy intake. Keep an eye on what times of the day you feel cold at as well. When you do this, you can easily boost your own warmth level and stop the problem from getting worse. Other causes for being cold all the time include a hormonal imbalance. This is especially the case if you are taking any contraceptives that regulate your hormones, so it is worth looking into this as well if you can.

 

 

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Feeling Bloated

 

Being bloated isn’t always a bad thing, but if your stomach reacts or bloats every single time you eat a certain food then this could be a sign that you are allergic to something. If you find that your bloat happens randomly, then this could be a side effect of digestion. There are things that you can do to stop things like this from happening. It may even be worth you chatting with your doctor to see if they can help you as well. Of course, when you are able to treat your bloat properly you will soon find that the problem subsides and that you feel healthier than ever.

 

Chapped Lips

 

You can get chapped lips when there is nothing wrong and this is especially the case if you have had a very nasty winter. A harsh winter can scathe and even cut your lips and this problem can take months to heal. If you want to get around this, then you need to try and use lip balm as much as you can. This is a temporary solution but it can help you to get through this time. Of course, chapped lips are also a sign that you could be dehydrated as well. Make sure that you are drinking as much water as you possibly can. If you see an improvement then this is a clear sign that you are not getting enough hydration throughout the day.

Chocolate Cravings

 

Believe it or not, there is actually a reason why people crave chocolate when they feel upset. Chocolate does have the remarkable ability to try and make you feel happier. It is rich in antioxidants and it is also very calorie-dense as well. it can give you a range of health benefits as well. If you try and resist your intense craving to indulge then you may find that this only makes the whole thing worse. Reduce the cravings that you are experiencing by dealing with the source. If you are unhappy with your job, your life or even your financial situation then you need to try and deal with this to the best of your ability. Burying your head in the sand will only encourage you to pile on the pounds even more, so it is important that you understand this.

 

Cold Hands

 

If you feel as though you constantly have cold hands then there may be a psychological reason for this. Anxiety or even stress can cause you to put your nervous system on high alert. When this happens, you may find that your blood vessels are constricted and you may even find that your circulation slows down as well. If you know that your hands and feet feel as cold as ice then ironically, you just need to chill. Try and relax, take some time to look after yourself and try to deal with the source of the stress. When you have done this, feel your hands and feet to see if they are warmer. If they aren’t then you may have a circulation problem and exercise can really help you out with this, not to mention that it is great for releasing endorphins.

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Is Your Home As Comfortable As You Deserve It To Be?

Is Your Home As Comfortable As You Deserve It To Be?

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A comfortable home is not something that’s simply nice to have. It’s something necessary to have. We all live relatively busy lives, we must earn our keep and we all have to put work into sustaining and creating beautiful memories with our families. You might add pets and hobbies to that list of personal obligations. At the end of the day, we are usually utterly and thoroughly spent. This is where the gentle embrace of our home should come and hug us from behind, allowing us to relax and fade into comfort. This allows us to stay sane day after day, but more than that, to feel protected, to feel actualized, as evidenced by the Maslow hierarchy of needs.

 

Is your home as comfortable as you deserve it to be? It might not be that obvious if it is. In order to take care of this circumstance, you might consider the following:

 

The Bedroom

 

The bedroom is the hub of comfort in your home. If it isn’t, it should be. The living room might be the place we can merrily discuss the day and share silly laughter with our families, but we all know then when we’re at our most tired and vulnerable, the bedroom is always there to nurse us back to refreshment. It’s unfortunate that many people neglect to decorate or prioritize this room from the beginning. Doing so can lend even more comfort to this room, and helping you relax, recharge and be close to your partner.

 

When was the last time you purchased new lighting for the room? Perhaps small LED strips under the bed will help you to gain that healthy and interesting glow. Maybe some gentle fairy lights placed around your bedhead in order to give the room some of that magical appeal will do the trick. Maybe its time to renew the carpet to be both comfortable and look beautiful. Ridding yourself of the wine stains or scuffs that can occur over years of use, can refresh your spirits. A bed that’s timeless can often give you real pause for comfort and thought, helping you rest in a long-term fixture you can feel identified with. The bedroom is one of the most excellent sleeping partners you can be in possession of, so be sure the room gently nurses the message of comfort to you, so you can rest easy.

 

The Living Room Sofa

 

The living room sofa is often something many people get wrong. This is the place you’ll relax and joke with your family, perhaps watching television on a Friday night or having your child proudly show you their new video game. But comfort is all in the sofa. A hugely, soft cushioned material isn’t always the best choice for real comfort, as there’s a difference between comfortable and comfortably supported. It might be that you’re opting for space with an L shaped sofa  or perhaps durability with leather that could support you more appropriately.

 

With these simple additions, your home is sure to take comfort into the stratosphere.

 

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Keep Them Safe and Sound: Take Charge of Your Child’s Health and Safety

Keep Them Safe and Sound: Take Charge of Your Child’s Health and Safety

When you become a parent, you become so aware of the dangers in the world. Things that you’d previously never given a second thought to can become a huge worry. Keeping your child safe is of course your number one priority. While as humans, we’re resilient creatures. Young children can easily become hurt or worse in the blink of an eye. Keeping an eye on their health and doing all you can to avoid accidents is crucial. Here are some of the ways you can go about it.

 

Take a course

Understanding health in general, especially children’s health can give you valuable knowledge that allows you to best look after your child. A nutrition course, a child psychology course or even first aid could be extremely useful. Studying for something like a neonatal nurse practitioner course would even allow you to take your career in this direction later on. These kinds of courses are fantastic for parents since you can study part time and from home. There’s plenty you can do right from the comfort of your home in your spare time, but would equip you with knowledge and skills that allows you to take care of your child’s health in the best possible way.

 

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Keep your wits about you

Freak accidents unfortunately can happen in the blink of an eye. You don’t want to become an anxious mess worrying about every eventuality, but you do need to keep your wits about you. When you’re out in public, make sure your child is firmly strapped into their pram or if they’re old enough to walk that they’re holding your hand. In the car, be aware of other drivers, and drive in the way in which you were taught. Proper mirror checks, the correct speed and the right procedures for maneuvers will all prevent accidents and injuries. Be aware of hazards in and around the home. Keep windows locked with a key, avoid blinds with a cord as they can cause strangulation. Cover over ponds and pools, and keep things like medicine and cleaning chemicals well out of reach. It can be useful to brush up on common hazards and then ensure you’re following advice to prevent them.

 

Don’t be afraid to call the doctor

People might think it’s silly to call the doctor over small symptoms. However, you know your child best, and if something doesn’t seem right then it’s better to be safe than sorry. Some severe illnesses start with relatively minor symptoms but progress quickly and so seeking medical advice is advised. It’s not to say you need to panic if something seems off, but do speak to your GP and gain advice even if it’s for your own peace of mind.

 

Your best bet is to be vigilant and careful, you don’t need to be constantly worrying, panicking and fearing the worst. But knowing what kinds of hazards and illnesses are out there and a risk, having systems in place to protect your child is no bad thing.

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