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Posted by Donna Geihe on 8/14/2018

Want to wake up each day to a stunning luxe bedroom? Feel like you canít achieve this without draining your account? Iíve got good news, today IĎm going to share my favorite upscale upgrades you can make even on a budget. You donít have to be royalty to live like one, you just need to get creative (and put in some elbow grease).

Add mirrors to closet doors to bring in more light and make your bedroom feel larger. Get mirrors cut to cover over the panels of a door for a smooth, luxe look. This works great whether you have a hinged swinging door style or bifold.   

Create a faux canopy bed with curtain rods installed on the ceiling. Look for bracket styles described as ceiling mounted or those that completely enclose the rod. There are also room divider options that allow for rods to connect and create a seamless look. The curtain fabric you use will completely set the tone and atmosphere of the room.

Restain a piece of furniture or your whole set to give an old piece new life. This is a great long weekend project as you will need to time to sand down the pieces as well as stain and add a finishing coat. A dark stain will feel upscale and luxurious.

Create a built-in library with a window seat by filling a wall with bookcases flanking each side of a bench or trunk. Add molding around where they will meet the ceiling and floor to fully integrate them and give that built-in look. Ensure that whatever finish you choose for your new bookcase it matches existing woodwork in the room.

Update your light fixtures to create a rich new atmosphere. Update sconces to a new sleek silhouette. Swap a flush mount ceiling light for a pendant or chandelier. Replace a ceiling fan with blades for a drum style fixture for a true update in style.

And of course, there is nothing a fresh coat of paint canít update. Create a luxurious atmosphere by choosing a neutral palette. Or be bold with a statement color that feels high end and ahead of the style curve. This one change can completely alter the look and feel of your bedroom without the need to change out any of your furniture to linens.

With that said, changing out linens is a great, easy way to upgrade your bedroom. Invest in a set with a high thread count and luxe-to-you style. Invest in a down blanket to stay toasty warm throughout the colder months. Curtains that sweep from ceiling to floor feel extravagant and create the illusion of a taller room. Load up on decorative pillows for a well-styled room that feels style-shoot-ready.




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Posted by Donna Geihe on 8/7/2018

Household odors are impossible to avoid entirely. Things like cooking smells and pet odor are not what we want our home to smell like when visitors stop by. However, they can be difficult to subdue, especially in the cold months when we ted to keep our windows shut, and thus keep the odors contained within our homes.

In this article, weíll cover some of the most common household odors and how to manage and eliminate them. Weíll also dispel a few myths about containing odors.

Cooking odors

While the smell of food may seem delicious when youíre hungry, it can be nauseating if it is lingering in your house the next day. Certain smells seem to stick everywhere and are hard to get rid of. Fish, pork, and heavily seasoned dishes can taste great but have a tendency to outstay their welcome in the form of unpleasant smells.

Here are some tips for vanquishing those leftover odors from your kitchen:

  • Cook with the windows open. Open up the windows and use any ventilation systems that you might have over your home oven.

  • Have a cookout. For particularly stinky dishes like pork and frozen fish, cook them outside on the grill.

  • Grease management. If you must cook inside, use a splatter shield over frying pans to limit grease from getting all over your kitchen.

  • Thoroughly clean up. Wipe down your kitchen surfaces with a vinegar and citrus based cleaner and donít leave any dishes in the sink.

Pet odors

Everyone loves their pets. The odors that come with them? Not so much. Here are some tips in eliminating pet odors.

  • Wash the petís bedding. If you have a dog or cat who sleeps in the same area every night, be sure to wash their bedding as regularly as your own.

  • Donít mask smells, remove them. If a pet has an accident indoors, itís important to disinfect and thoroughly clean the area. Air fresheners and candles will only mask the odor temporarily.

  • Carpet cleaning. Your carpets and hardwood floors cover a huge surface area of your home. Chances are your pet frequents those areas even more than you do. Regularly cleaning your carpets and mopping your hardwood floors is an important step to limiting pet odor.

Refrigerator odor

Weíve all heard about the box of baking soda technique for eliminating refrigerator odors. However, unless you dump out the baking soda and scrub the interior of the refrigerator with it, it probably isnít doing anything to limit odors. Baking soda companies may market their product as a way to reduce odors in the refrigerator, but the reality is that it would take a much larger surface area for it to affect the air in your refrigerator.

Instead, clean the interior of your refrigerator frequently with a vinegar and water-based solution, and make sure you throw out leftovers before the start to smell off.

Shoes and closet

If youíre looking for a new use for that baking soda that was sitting in your refrigerator doing nothing, this is the place for it. Sprinkle baking soda (or Gold Bond) into shoes and on the carpet of the floor before cleaning your closet.

Make sure to wash your seasonal clothes after the season. If you have unwashed sweaters, gloves, or scarves in your closet sitting there all summer they will begin to emit an odor.




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Posted by Donna Geihe on 7/31/2018

Believe it or not, upgrading your residence's curb appeal won't necessarily force you to break your budget. Now, let's take a look at three cost-effective ways to improve your house's curb appeal.

1. Mow the Lawn

Tall grass and weeds are unlikely to do you any favors, particularly if you want to reap the benefits of a fast, profitable home sale. Fortunately, if you spend some time mowing the lawn and trimming the hedges, you may be able to boost your house's curb appeal.

It generally won't take long to perform lawn maintenance tasks. Then, once you complete these tasks for the first time, you can set up a schedule to complete them every week or every other week until your residence sells. That way, your lawn will continue to look great in the eyes of potential buyers.

2. Clear the Walkways

Dirt, dust and debris may make your home's exterior walkways look messy. Perhaps worst of all, these problems may drive prospective buyers away from your house.

On the other hand, neat, tidy walkways could help your residence stand out to potential buyers. If you devote time and resources to sweep and clean your house's exterior walkways, you can increase the likelihood that your residence will make a positive first impression on buyers.

3. Remove Decorations

Although plastic flamingoes, lawn gnomes and other home exterior decorations have helped you distinguish your house from others in your neighborhood, now may be a good time to put these decorations into storage. Because if you keep decorations on your lawn, it may be difficult for a buyer to envision what life may be like as the owner of your house.

Remember, your goal as a home seller is to make your residence as appealing as possible to prospective buyers. By removing home exterior decorations, you can show off your residence's full potential. As such, you can make it easy for buyers to fall in love with your residence as soon as they see it for the first time.

As you search for ways to upgrade your house's curb appeal without breaking your budget, you may want to consult with a real estate agent too. This housing market professional is happy to provide home selling recommendations and can help you transform your home's exterior from drab to fab.

Typically, a real estate agent will provide expert guidance at each stage of the house selling journey. He or she first will help you craft a home selling strategy and promote your residence to dozens of prospective buyers. Plus, once you receive an offer to purchase your home, a real estate agent can help you analyze this proposal. And if you accept an offer to purchase your house, a real estate agent will do whatever it takes to help you quickly finalize your home sale.

Ready to list your residence? Upgrade your house's curb appeal today, and you can move one step closer to achieving the best-possible results during the property selling journey.





Posted by Donna Geihe on 7/24/2018

If this is your first time buying a home, you might feel a bit intimidated by the purchase contract. Contracts are often filled with industry and legal jargon, making them difficult to understand for the average buyer and seller.

Contingencies in particular give some buyers cause for concern because their contract depends on the contingencies being fulfilled. However, in most cases contingencies are pretty standard and only serve to protect the interests of both the buyer and seller during a real estate transaction.

In todayís post, Iím going to give you an introduction to contingency clauses and break down some of the most common contingencies youíll find in todayís real estate purchase contract.

Contingency clause definition

Simply stated, a contingency clause is a statement within a contract that requires a certain event takes place before the contract is considered legally valid. As a result, contingency clauses are used to cancel or invalidate a contract if certain conditions arenít met before the sale is made final. So, if one party fails to meet the obligation of the contingency, the other party is no longer bound by the contract (or required to buy or sell the house).

Contingencies can get confusing when they are vaguely worded in the contract, making them difficult to interpret. In these cases, a court may decide the specific meaning of the clause or determine that it is too vague to be legally upheld.

The other instance in which contingency clauses can be confusing is when a party includes a contingency that is atypical for a real estate purchase contract. Buyers and sellers alike should be wary of unusual contingencies.

The main contingencies

  • Appraisal contingency. Designed to protect the buyer, appraisal contingencies require that a home is appraised at a minimum amount, which is stated in the contract.

  • Financing contingency. Another contingency geared toward protecting buyers is the financing contingency. It states the number of days that a buyer has to secure financing for the home. This allows the buyer to cancel the contract (and offer) if theyíre unable to secure suitable financing for the home.

  • Inspection contingency. One of the most important and most common contingencies is the inspection contingency. It allows the buyer to have the house inspected by a licensed professional within a certain number of days. This protects the buyer against unforeseen expenses and repairs that will need to be made in the near future.

  • House sale and kick-out contingencies. A house sale contingency gives the buyer a certain number of days to sell their home before financing a new one. However, since this can be a risky clause for sellers, a kick-out clause is often included. This contingency allows the seller to keep the home on the market and entertain other offers while the buyer secures financing and sells their other home or homes.





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Posted by Donna Geihe on 7/17/2018

When it comes to selling a house, it is important to prepare as much as you can. That way, you can identify potential home selling hurdles and overcome these issues before they escalate.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you prep for the house selling journey.

1. Analyze All Areas of Your Home

You might believe your home is virtually perfect, but there may be problems that need to be addressed. Because if you fail to resolve various house issues, it may be tough to optimize your home sale earnings.

Oftentimes, it helps to conduct a home inspection before you list a residence. With an inspection report in hand, you can assess home flaws and correct these issues right away.

You may want to perform a home appraisal as well. After an appraisal, you can obtain an appraisal report to help you establish a competitive initial asking price for your residence.

2. Review the Local Housing Sector

The housing market fluctuates, and a buyer's market today could shift into sellers' favor without delay. Thus, you should analyze the local housing sector closely so you can determine whether you are about to enter a buyer's or seller's market.

A buyer's market generally features a high volume of available houses. Comparatively, there is a shortage of available homes in a seller's market, and new houses that become available may sell quickly.

To differentiate between a buyer's and seller's market, you should find out how long homes that are currently available in your city or town have been listed. In addition, review the prices of recently sold houses in your area, and you can see if sellers are accepting offers at or above their initial asking prices.

3. Consult with a Real Estate Agent

If you are unsure about how to plan for the home selling journey, you need to remember that you are not alone. But if you hire a real estate agent, you can work with a property selling expert throughout the home selling journey.

A real estate agent understands how to succeed in any housing market, at any time. First, he or she will learn about you and your home and help you map out a house selling plan. A real estate agent next will help you establish an aggressive initial asking price for your residence and add your home to the local housing market. Then, if you receive an offer to purchase your home, a real estate agent will help you assess this proposal and make an informed home selling decision.

Furthermore, a real estate agent is ready to respond to your house selling questions. There is no home selling question too big or too small for a real estate agent, and as such, you can rely on this professional for in-depth responses to any property selling queries.

Take the guesswork out of selling a home Ė use the aforementioned tips, and you can plan ahead for the house selling journey.




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