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Posted by Thomas Murphy on 8/20/2017

While you may really love your pet, not everyone is an animal lover. If youíre planning on selling your home soon, and you have a pet, make sure that Fido doesnít chase away potential buyers. From the damage that pets can do to potential allergies that buyers may have, a pet can be a detriment to selling your home. Heed these tips below before selling a home with pets:


Before You List Your Home, Move Your Pets


You donít need to give up your pets in order to sell your home, but itís a good idea to find them another place to stay while your home is on the market. This will make it easier for the open house and if other agents want to show the home to potential buyers. Dogs barking and cats creeping around may drive potential buyers away. Even the idea of pet food and a water bowl may make a potential buyer suspicious as to whether the pet has caused any sort of damage around the home. If you find a place for your pets to stay, you can eliminate a lot of these problems.


If You Canít Send The Pets Away, Keep Them Out Of Sight


Before a home showing, be sure to clean up any pet items that are around the house including toys, food, and pet bowls. The pet can go with you while youíre out of the house for a showing. Itís not that youíre being secretive about having a pet, yet, you shouldnít call attention to the fact that pets have been present in the home. 


Clean Your House


When you decide to sell your home, give it a deep clean. Vacuum the house up and get pet hair off of the furniture. You may even want to run an air filtration system to get dust and pet dander out of the air. This will prevent potential allergic buyers from sneezing their way through a home showing. 


Donít forget to clean up the yard as well in this process of getting the home ready for a home showing. Any ďgiftsĒ that have been left behind by your pets should be cleaned up in the yard. You donít want potential homebuyers ruining their shoes and their home showing experience. 


Giving your home a deep clean will also help to eliminate any pet odors that may be in the home. Itís hard for owners to pick up on these smells, as your noses become accustomed to it. Buyers can smell pets right away! Change the litter box and use some anti-odor prays to help get any of the stench from animals out of the home. Opening the windows in your home can also work wonders to change the air and the smell in the space.


Even though it might be a bit hard for your pet through the process of selling your home, with the extra revenue that youíll make, you can get your pet their very own luxury space!




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Posted by Thomas Murphy on 8/13/2017

If youíre in the process of moving, you donít necessarily need to hire a moving company. Hiring movers is only one option of many when it comes to getting your stuff from place to place. If you want to save some money on your move, you should check out alternatives to hiring movers.  


Containers


If you donít want to drive your own moving truck, but still could use some assistance on your move, you should take a look at container moving. You fill up the container with all of your stuff, and the company will get the container from place to place for you. This is especially helpful if you are doing a long-distance move.


Self-Service


You can always rent your own truck, pack your own stuff, and head out the door on your own. Youíll pay for gas and mileage, but have control of your own timeframe. Moving companies often have many different resources available to help you in the process including boxes and packing supplies. National companies provide convenient truck returns over most parts of the country where youíll be, so itís easy to get the truck back. 


Ship Your Stuff


If you happen to be moving a long distance, sometimes, itís more cost effective to let the big stuff go. Ship items like clothes, books, DVDs, and other personal belongings that canít easily be replaced. Sell big items like beds and sofas. 


You can use many different kinds of shipping services, or even use air cargo to get your things from one place to another. While youíll need to purchase some furniture when you get to your final destination, this could be a good option, especially if youíre looking to start over, or if you donít own a whole lot of furniture and large items.


Use Your Car


Your car is always an option to help you move no matter where you are moving to. Whether youíre moving across the country or just across town, youíll probably need to pack your car. Itís also a lot of fun to have your car for a road trip on long distances. This way, youíll have a lot of stuff with you, but you can still travel and see many things that you wouldnít have seen otherwise.


Tips For Packing The Car


You want to be able to get the maximum packing space out of your car for the move, no matter how far youíre going. First, you should plan how youíll pack ahead of time. You donít want to save the task of packing the car for moving day. Also, you need to make sure that there will be room for every living thing that needs to go into the car like children and pets. Those are important and you definitely donít want them all squished in between some boxes during a long move!




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Posted by Thomas Murphy on 8/6/2017

planting flowersWe all want our yard to look perfect, or at least better than the neighbor's. But taking care of the yard takes a lot of work and many of us come to depend on harsh weedkillers or insect deterrents to keep the yard looking pristine. What many don't know is that there are other, more eco-friendly options that will keep the pests at bay. Better yet, many of these solutions are easily made from household items. Follow these tips to keep your yard looking great without filling the ground and air with chemicals.

Killing weeds

What is a weed? Ralph Waldo Emerson lovingly describes a weed†as "a plant whose virtues have not yet been discovered." While this may be true, it doesn't mean we have†to let them take over our grass each year. Weeds are invasive because they spread--quickly--and kill off the plants and grasses we want in their place. To combat weeds there's no need for harsh chemicals that harm your yard and†break your wallet. Instead, try diluting some white vinegar with water and pouring it on the weeds. This should take care of most of the weeds. However, the vinegar will drastically change the pH of your soil, so you don't want to rely on this for the rest of the season. The next time you see a weed popping up, pour some boiling water directly on it. It will kill the weed but keep your soil healthy so your grass or flowers can keep growing normally.

Insect deterrent

Having bugs in your yard is a good thing. They're part of the natural ecosystem that helps maintain your soil and pollenate your plants. Sometimes, however, insects can become invasive and destructive to the vegetation in your yard. If you notice beetles eating all of your plants' leaves, dilute some plain Dawn dish soap with water and spray it onto the infected leaves. The soap won't harm your plants but it will drive the beetles crazy, sending them off to someone else's yard. Nature has its own insecticides that few of us take advantage of. Plant marigolds, for example, around the perimeter of your property†to deter scores of insects and other pests from ever entering your yard. See this helpful list for many other pest controlling plants.

Bug Repellant

We've talked a lot about protecting your yard from invasive pests. But what about protecting yourself?†Whether it's pesky flies or biting mosquitos, there are many natural ways to keep the bugs away when you're out in the yard. Most effective commercial insect repellants contain DEET, a strong smelling chemical insecticide. We've all heard about the dangers of DEET, which was developed by the U.S. Army in the 1940s for use in warfare. The chemical compound has been approved and re-approved for use by the EPA since then, but studies have raised questions of its safety. Many people object to using DEET based on its potent smell alone. So, what are the alternatives? Many have taken the bug spray conundrum into their own hands, mixing various herbs and essential oils to keep the bugs away. Check out these recipes and†let us know which one works for you!





Posted by Thomas Murphy on 7/30/2017

Ready to transform an ordinary kitchen into a stellar one? With a kitchen cleaning checklist, any home seller can revamp a kitchen's look and feel.

Ultimately, there are several things to include in a kitchen cleaning checklist, such as:

1. Countertops

If you cook regularly, your kitchen countertops may become messy. Plus, if you store a wide range of items on your kitchen countertops, these items may collect dust over time.

Fortunately, it usually doesn't take long for a home seller to clean kitchen countertops and improve their overall appearance.

It may prove to be worthwhile to clean the kitchen countertops daily. Wiping down the countertops regularly ensures that dust and debris can be eliminated before they cause long-lasting damage.

Furthermore, don't forget to eliminate as much clutter as possible from your kitchen countertops. This will enable you to show off the true beauty of your kitchen countertops, thereby increasing the likelihood that potential homebuyers will be impressed by your home's kitchen.

2. Floors

If food particles fall onto the floor while you're cooking Ė and you fail to clean them up in a timely fashion Ė serious problems may arise in your kitchen. However, a diligent home seller will know how to keep the kitchen floors looking great at all times.

Cleaning the kitchen floors typically is a weekly task that may require just a few minutes to complete.

If you have tile floors in your kitchen, warm water can be used to wipe down the floors as needed. Also, sweeping or vacuuming tile floors will enable you to get rid of loose soil and grit.

Comparatively, if you have hardwood floors in your kitchen, boiling water may prove to be essential. Wash your kitchen's hardwood floors thoroughly, and you can enhance their appearance in no time at all.

3. Sink

Believe it or not, the kitchen sink can make a world of difference in the eyes of potential homebuyers. If you dedicate the necessary time and resources to clean the kitchen sink, you should have no trouble impressing homebuyers any time they check out your house's kitchen.

Using a general-purpose cleaner is all it takes to clean a kitchen sink. After you apply the cleaner, wipe the sink dry, and you're good to go.

Daily kitchen sink cleaning is paramount. If you spend even a few minutes each day cleaning the kitchen sink, you can maintain the sink's appearance both now and in the future.

If you need additional help with kitchen cleaning, don't hesitate to reach out to a home cleaning company for assistance. This business hires professionals who understand the ins and outs of cleaning a kitchen Ė as well as other areas of a home Ė and will help you revamp a house's appearance.

Lastly, feel free to contact a real estate agent for support throughout the home selling process. With an expert real estate agent at your side, you can boost your chances of getting the best price for your residence.





Posted by Thomas Murphy on 7/23/2017

Many people think that if they live in a so-called "nice neighborhood" that they're immune to residential crime. While it's true that the probability of having their home or cars broken into may be lower than in urban or high-crime areas, there's always the outside chance that there's someone wandering through the neighborhood -- especially at night -- who doesn't have the best of intentions. While that does not mean you have to be in a state of "high alert" all the time, it does make sense to develop good habits with regard to home security. One thing to avoid is being lulled into a state of complacency by the the sight of manicured lawns, friendly neighbors, and the peaceful atmosphere of your neighborhood. Although those qualities are well worth appreciating and being grateful for, an ounce of prevention can help preserve the sanctity of your home and property. Typical Security Mistakes Homeowners Make Whether you're talking about highway safety, food safety, or home security, you and your family can lead a safer, more secure life by following a few basic guidelines. Unfortunately, all-too-many people tend to let their guard down and leave themselves vulnerable to threats, like home break-ins, burglary, and other residential crimes. Have you noticed any neighbors on your street who seem to "throw caution to the wind" when they're away? Maybe you, too, have gotten a little too complacent or forgetful about basic home security measures. Here are a few of the common mistakes many people make -- especially when they're on vacation -- which could be an invitation to trouble:

  1. Leaving a house key under the front door mat: Although it may seem like a convenient and somewhat discreet place to "hide" a key, it's one of the first places a resourceful burglar is going to look. Not only that, but every time a friend or member of the family accesses that key, they could easily be observed by someone passing by. The longer it's there, the more people are going to see it.
  2. Forgetting to suspend mail or newspaper delivery: When you go on vacation or visit relatives for more than a few days, your mind is already cluttered with travel plans and other arrangements. It's easy to forget about details like mail delivery and newspapers accumulating in the driveway. However, if either of those items start piling up in front of your house, it's equivalent to placing a flashing neon sign in your window, saying "Nobody's home!" Rather than contacting the post office and newspaper circulation department, an easier method is to have a trusted neighbor or friend gather your deliveries and store them in a safe place -- possibly inside your home. (If they're a really good friend, they can also water your plants, feed your tropical fish, take care of your pets, and turn on a couple lights at night -- but, maybe you don't want to test the limits of your friendship that much!)
  3. Leaving lampposts and outdoor floodlights on continuously: Again, it's like an advertisement that the house is unoccupied.
  4. Allowing the grass to get too long: It's amazing how a little sunshine and rain, while you're away, can cause an unexpected growth spurt in your lawn. Although it's not as obvious as the previous items, it can be a tip off that the family is on vacation, blissfully unaware of the security breaches that are occurring. The overgrown grass problem can be prevented by either hiring a regular lawn mowing service or recruiting an enterprising teenager in the neighborhood to keep your property looking well tended while you're away.
There are potentially dozens of home security measures you can take to ensure that your premises are completely burglarproof, but they can be expensive and complicated. However, if you just follow a few commonsense guidelines, both your possessions and your peace of mind should remain fully intact!