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Posted by Kim D’Elia on 8/11/2019

If you've spent much time online seeking ways to sell your home, you've probably run across "professional home staging" options. While many of these are a great choice, they can be cost-prohibitive if your agent doesn't include those services with your sale. You aren't left in the lurch though, you can do a variety of things with your existing furnishings to clean up your home and make it more appealing to buyers. The hardest part of this process is to take yourself out of the house. It no longer matters what you love or what each room means to you, its now about creating a blank but appealing canvas that your potential buyers can see ways to make their own.

Properly staged homes, and that usually means neutrally staged, often sell up to 50% faster and for up to 10% or more over the asking price. Want in on this extra profit?

It’s easy as 123…

1. Clean and Neutral Colors: give your rooms a fresh coat of paint in neutral tones. Creams, warm grays and sand tones can brighten up your rooms without going all the way to white which creates an inviting look. It's not just the paint though, apply the same rules to your furniture and window coverings. Try to get as much natural sunlight into each room as possible and use bright and light tones to reflect that light around the room. Don't forget the bathrooms here, going for brighter neutral patterns on shower curtains, rugs and towels as well.

2. No More Hoarding (at least not in public): Yes, those pictures of your wedding or your kids are incredibly important to you, but this is about your buyers. Too much clutter or too many personal items in a design can make it difficult for potential buyers to decorate in their mind. You want your buyer to see themselves in the space, not you. That means removing family photos, trophies, kids' art and basically anything that speaks to your family life in the home. If you’re living in the home and showing at the same time, try going through your belongings and packing up things you don’t need into a storage unit. Keeping your closets only comfortably full and storage spaces empty of holiday decorations makes them more appealing to buyers.

3. Simple Spaces for Anyone: Remember that storage unit? Use it again for extra furniture. Keep only the items that work best in the space. Remove over-sized or extra-personal items to help your buyers see the house and what they can do with it. Stick with furniture that goes with the home itself, rather than the pieces you have for sentimental value. Also, remember to remove all or the majority of items that make a space age-specific where possible. Unless you're explicitly showing off a nursery, make the rest of the home design work regardless of children or buyers' ages. 

Your real estate professional can give you specific advice based on your particular possessions and home layout.




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Posted by Kim D’Elia on 8/4/2019

Selling a home can be quick and seamless, particularly for an individual who crafts a property selling blueprint. Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you create a successful plan to sell your house.

1. Analyze the Local Housing Market

A seller who understands the housing market in his or her city or town may be better equipped than other sellers to achieve the optimal results during the property selling journey. In fact, this seller can use various housing market data and insights to make informed decisions time and time again.

For a home seller, it is important to review the prices of recently sold houses in his or her city or town. This individual also should find out how long these residences were available before they sold. With this housing market data in hand, a home seller can determine whether a buyer's or seller's market is in place.

Furthermore, a home seller should look at the prices of comparable houses in his or her city or town. This housing market data will enable a house seller to see how his or her residence stacks up against the competition and prepare accordingly.

2. Learn About Your Home's Strengths and Weaknesses

Consider what separates your home from other houses in your area. This will allow you to explore ways to showcase your residence to the right groups of potential buyers.

Look at your house from the buyer's perspective and think about why a buyer may choose to purchase your residence. Then, you can craft a buyer-centric home selling blueprint designed to stir up lots of interest in your home.

It may be beneficial to conduct a home inspection too. By performing a home inspection, you can learn about any underlying house issues. You next can address these issues before you add your house to the real estate market.

3. Collaborate with a Real Estate Agent

A real estate agent is a must-hire for a home seller who is unsure about how to create a successful property selling blueprint, and for good reason. This housing market professional can offer expert insights into the real estate market and home selling journey. By doing so, a real estate agent can help you make the best-possible decisions throughout the property selling cycle.

In addition, a real estate agent will do whatever it takes to help you get the best price for your residence. He or she will promote your residence to the right groups of potential buyers, set up property showings and open house events and much more. And if a buyer submits an offer to purchase your home, a real estate agent will help you analyze this proposal and determine whether to accept, reject or counter it.

Ready to list your home? Take advantage of the aforementioned tips, and you can develop a home selling blueprint and boost the likelihood of enjoying a successful property selling experience.




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Posted by Kim D’Elia on 7/28/2019

Making a chocolate cake from scratch is always fun. While it isn’t difficult, a lot of people prefer to pick up a box from the local bakery. If you, however, love to bake and make your sweet desserts, then you should learn some of the secrets to making the perfect, moist and creamy chocolate cakes right there in your home kitchen.

While there are many recipes for making chocolate cake, it always pays to learn from experienced bakers to make your evening tea the best:

Use premium unsweetened cocoa powder

The best chocolate cakes have a deep, rich flavor depends on the quality of the cocoa powder that you use. Make sure that you use the best variety of cocoa powder that you can find in the bakery supply store. Don’t use the cocoa powder used for beverages and other stuff, ask for that used in cakes. Unsweetened cocoa powder makes it easy for you to correctly measure how much sugar you want to add to your cake. Look out for superfine cocoa powder or a premium natural brand that you can trust.

Shiny pans work best for baking chocolate cakes

Expert bakers swear that shiny pans bake better chocolate cakes than dark ones. This anomaly is because dark pans absorb a lot of the oven's heat and do not allow the cake to cook correctly. This heat issue is why some chocolate cakes come out dry, prematurely brown and hard-crusted. If you are worried about a shiny pan sticking to the dough, grease it properly, line with non-stick paper or dust it with some cocoa powder to ensure your cake comes out whole and cooks properly.

Measure exact portions of flour and sugar

Using too much sugar gives you a chocolate cake with a darkened crust. If you add too much flour to the cake mixture, the top of the cake will crack and make it come out unattractive. As much as possible, weigh out exact amounts of sugar and flour that you are using. If you don’t have a scale in the kitchen, get one or use precise volume measurements for accurate results. Do not ever wing it as you will end up with a chocolate cake that is either too dark or too hard.

Cream the butter and sugar properly

Here is another underrated step in making chocolate cake. The more time you spend beating the butter and sugar, the fluffier your cake will be. If your hands get tired quickly, buy yourself a mixer.

Consult your local baking supply store for the right tools for a perfect chocolate cake, and you'll be well along your way toward being the family and neighborhood cake boss.




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Posted by Kim D’Elia on 7/21/2019

Sustainable landscaping, while often called “green” on labels and in the media, usually comes in a variety of other colors. The idea behind dry-scaping or xeriscaping is to use less water, conserve and protect local wildlife, promote the local environment and use less energy. That doesn't mean you're stuck with the desert look though. Most environments support a wide variety of plants, so just think about what grows naturally in your area. Before you get started on updating your home from a high-water consumption—though beautiful—green lawn to modern eco-friendly desert-scaping, dry-scaping or xeriscaping in a variety of reds, blacks, blues, and browns (and some green too) it's essential to plan. 

Who is going to Use it?

Think about who uses your existing lawn or patio. Do the kids play on it? What about BBQs with outdoor games? It’s important to ensure that your new dry-scaping features serve similar purposes, or you could end up with useless outdoor space, which is not good at all. Stay away from harsh gravel for kids play areas, and try something like recycled tire rubber, mulch, or sand for softer landings and fewer skinned knees. Use paving stones to create paths and borders around local flora you don’t want visitors to walk through and combine it with various gravels for a stylish look.

Where Should Each Part Go?

When setting up your new yard, think about what elements you currently have, and how shade, sun, natural water, and wind fit into your yard. Pay attention to how the ground slopes, using the lowest points for plants since water pools there. Keep any existing trees and other local flora and include additional shade tolerant plants around them. Anywhere wind is likely to blow away your ground covering, go with heavier ground cover such as rocks, paving stones, or plants that are anchored in by the roots.

What Should You Use? 

In addition to natural ground coverings such as rock, mulch, and paving stones, try alternative recycled materials to add some color to your landscape. Recycled tires make soft, brightly colored additions for play areas; recycled concrete and brick can be used in retaining walls and rock gardens; even glass gets recycled and tumbled into colorful "mulch" which is excellent for adding designs to pathways or as borders to raised rock gardens and flower beds. Ask at your local gardening shop, find an eco-certified landscaping company or just search the internet to find out what plants are best to use in your area for water and soil conservation. Double check their water usage requirements, and if they need a boost in the driest seasons, try installing a drip-irrigation system that adds water in a slow and controlled manner which helps reduce waste caused by overwatering. 

How to take care of it?

There is no lawn to mow all the time, so it should be easy, right? Yes and no. Keep an eye on your new xeriscape to ensure it doesn't become a bed full of weeds that quickly get out of control. Before using any old weed killer, check to make sure the herbicide works within the environment and may safely be used around children and animals. As a preventative measure, try covering the ground underneath any gravel, mulch, or stones with water-permeable landscaping fabric. The larger rocks or ground coverings will hold it down, but for lighter materials use garden staples for extra security. Never, ever use plastic underneath your gravel or mulch. It will collect water, slide around and eventually end up in a landfill, which is what you've tried to avoid in the first place. 

Whether you want to know if your current property value will increase with xeriscaping or want your agent to choose homes with “green" landscaping just ask! Your real estate agent will happily assist you.




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Posted by Kim D’Elia on 7/14/2019

Retirement is something all workers should look forward to doing. It is a period of rest after many years of exemplary service. Retiring from service is not only applicable to government workers, those working in a private establishment, as well as other non-governmental organizations, will also retire at a particular time. 

While the retirement period is a period of rest, it can be frustrating if there is no financial preparation. It is therefore essential for workers to prepare adequately for their retirement not minding the retirement package put in place by their employer. An excellent way to put up a secure financial backup for retirement is saving. It pays to focus on how you can save towards your retirement. 

Here are some useful pointers and suggestions that will help you start to save effectively towards your retirement:

Start Early 

The most useful advice on how to save money for retirement is by starting early. When you start early in your career, you would have saved a considerable amount of money before retirement, giving you something worthwhile to fall back on when you retire. A lot of workers start saving late thinking that they have plenty of time ahead of them. Most of those workers end up saving nothing at the end of the day.

Clear all debt 

Debt is one of the hindrances to retirement savings. Though it is not comfortable paying off your debt as soon as you can but clearing all your debt means freeing up more money for retirement savings. So, to ensure you have enough money to save, try to be debt-free to enable you to have enough funds for your upkeep and your retirement savings as well.

Prioritize your Pension 

There are lots of reasons to save; you can save for a home, car, holiday, retirement and many other things. You must decide what your priority is, whether you are saving toward buying a new car, building a new house or you concentrate on your pension. Focusing on your pension funds may seem to be of no benefits while you are still working, but you will understand better when you retire. 

Set a goal

Setting a firm and realizable goal is a way of motivating yourself to put a particular sum of money aside for your retirement. There are numerous benefits of setting a goal when it comes to retirement savings. Apart from motivating you to do your best, a goal will always give you a target to meet.

Speak to a certified financial advisor if you have trouble figuring out a viable retirement plan.







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