My Super Tips To Make Your Property More Attractive To Potential Buyers


Amidst the excitement of trying to find a new home, every homeowner will encounter the fear of trying to shift their current property. This single step will have a huge influence on your future. It’s vital that you give it the best chance of selling fast, and at the best price.

There are various steps that you must take to achieve the best results. Follow these tips below, and you should be just fine.

Curb Appeal

Potential buyers will be forming opinions about the property before they’ve even stepped inside. Creating positive vibes from the outset is crucial, and adding curb appeal is the way to do it.

Savvy buyers will look straight towards the roofing, so upgrading to zinc cladding could have a huge impact on their opinions. Meanwhile, you should look to keep the front lawn tidy while windows should be clean and look safe.

Open The Space Out

In truth, most potential buyers won’t care too much about your design ideas. They’ve not got to like your furniture; they simply have to like the space. In most cases, bigger is better.

You can create the atmosphere of bigger rooms simply by increasing natural light. Meanwhile, moving is a fantastic opportunity to declutter your life. Get rid of your junk and the home will instantly feel larger, which could give you a far better chance of selling.

Fix Faults

The potential buyer knows that they’ll need to decorate and add their personality to the property in order to make it a home. However, the last thing that they want is to be left with major restoration work.

Every issue they notice will be viewed as another stumbling block. For the sake of a few man hours, it’s always worth repairing those household items. Even if it’s something as simple as fixing a light switch, it can make a huge difference.

Clean The Property

When it comes to selling a property, cleanliness is next to godliness. A dirty home feels very uninviting, and those negative vibes can instantly ruin your chances of impressing a potential buyer.

Read my advice on keeping the home clean, and you won’t go far wrong. Besides, it creates a nicer atmosphere for you to live in too. After all, you won’t be moving out for a little while yet.


Tidy The Garden

We’ve already discovered that the property’s allure doesn’t start and end with those four ways. Paying attention to the outside areas is equally important, and the garden can be a very powerful tool indeed.

Keeping it maintained will open the buyer’s eyes to the potential fun that can be had with the space. You’d be amazed at how influential this can be.

Set The Right Price

It might sound silly, but ending the price with a string of nines can instantly lessen the interest of your buyer. For some reason, simply lowering it to a less common number can make them feel like they are getting a better deal.

Strange. But it really does work.

The Best Ways to Save Money around the House

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Owning a house can sometimes be stressful. We always have to think about little costs for the things that keep our houses running. However, sometimes we can get carried away and spend far too much without even noticing it. There are many ways to cut back on your housing expenses. Here are a few methods to help you get started.

Make a budget

If you know you have been spending too much recently, it can really pay to make a household budget. Think about all the things you are buying, and consider which parts can be cut down on. If you know your monthly incomings and outgoings, it is a lot easier to manage your money.

Cut the cost of your energy bills

We are all guilty of leaving too many lights on or not switching things off at the plug socket. This is not only bad for the environment in the long run but it also affects the cost of your energy bills. When you leave a room make sure to turn off all the lights. When you brush your teeth, turn the taps off whilst you’re brushing. Things like hand washing dishes can waste a lot of water too. Fill up a bowl with water, scrub your dishes in the sink and then place them in the bowl to rinse them off. Alternatively look at investing in energy saving appliances. There is much debate around whether a dishwasher can save you energy. You can also invest in household appliances which have a good energy rating. Look out for products with the Energy Star logo next time you buy something new.

Avoid food waste

When you go food shopping, it is very easy to get carried away and fill your trolley with things you don’t really need. In turn, if you don’t find the time to eat them, it can lead to a lot of food waste. Stop wasting money on food by planning out your week in advance. Try to go shopping once or twice a week. This way you aren’t always having to pop into the stores for everything.The day before your shopping day, think about what you want to cook that week. When you go shopping, know exactly what sorts of ingredients you need and how much of it is necessary. You could also think about switching branded foods to supermarket own brand ingredients. Often, people say they can’t taste the difference, but they certainly notice the difference in price.

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Rubbish removal

Rubbish removal is particularly useful if you have either just moved home or have been redecorating. Hiring a removal company can become expensive, so be sure to look around to get the best bargain. Not only can you save money this way, but getting someone else to pick up your junk will save you so much time.

Get free art

If you have kids and want to decorate your home with artwork, turn their drawings into something you would be happy to place on the walls. You could think about framing their work and hanging it up. Alternatively, you could do what this mother did. She transformed her child’s artwork into something really spectacular.

Recycle what you can

If you throw everything into the garbage, you could potentially be throwing money down the drain. Many places offer incentives for recycling. Recyclebank, for instance, will reward you with loyalty points every time you bring your recycling in. The more you bring to recycle the more you will earn. You can turn these points into vouchers for some of your favourite stores and restaurants. Not only will you feel great about doing your bit for the environment, but you will love the savings you make too.

Declutter your home

If you have a house full of junk you have been desperate to get rid of, use this as an opportunity to declutter. If you have old clothes that you swear you will one day fit into again but you haven’t worn it in years, just get rid of it. Old furniture that you don’t want can be removed too. They say that one man’s junk is another man’s treasure. With that in mind, be sure to sell your good on to someone else. You can think about hosting a car boot sale, or head to eBay to sell online. One thing is for sure and that is that someone out there will want to buy your old stuff.

Renegotiate your housing costs

If you are renting, it is worth discussing with your landlord whether they can renegotiate on the cost of rent. If you show them that you are a reliable tenant who pays bills on time, they may be happy to oblige. The same goes for your mortgage. Just because you have agreed to a long-term mortgage, doesn’t mean you can’t still shop around for a better rate.

Host a film night

If you love going out to the movies, you will know how expensive it can become after you have bought a ticket, drink and popcorn. Turn your home into a movie theatre for the night and invite friends over for a film festival. The cost of renting the latest blockbuster will be significantly less than the cinema ticket price. You can get your friends to bring the snacks and you will all be ready to go.

Grow your own fruit and veg

If you fancy yourself as being green thumbed, try growing your own food in your garden. Start off simple with some herbs and then move on to the trickier stuff like fruit and veg.

Don’t try to keep up with everyone
Keeping up with the Joneses can be a recipe for disaster. You should never try to keep up with your neighbours because it will only make you unhappy in the long run. Be content with the things you have and only purchase the things you want. The moment you start to buy items so as to keep up appearances is the moment you start wasting your money.

My 5 Steps To An Eco-Friendly House

Even though the winter is around the corner, I have been thinking about redecorating the house. Recently, I am trying to take the environment more seriously. So, I have been recycling and even walking instead of driving where possible. Still, there is a lot more I can do at home. My home is not as eco-friendly as it could be at the minute, which is why I need to make a few changes. Plus, with the cold weather on the way, they will hopefully make a difference to the energy bills. I’ve got my fingers crossed!

1. Install Metal Panels

On the face of it, metal panel systems don’t seem like they are very good for the environment. After all, they are not organic, nor do they come from the Earth. Still, they do last for decades if you have them added to your house. The right metal panels will last for ages, and they will ensure that your property doesn’t start fall apart. I have been thinking about adding them to the roof to keep it sturdy and stop the heat from leaking out during the winter.

2. Open The Curtains

Because there is little warmth to go around, you need to make the most of the heat that is available. You are never going to warm your house without turning on the heating otherwise. To get the most from the winter sun, make sure you open the curtains or blinds during the day. The light will flood in and bring the heat with it, too.

3. Switch To Curtains

Firstly though, you need to switch to curtains if you have blinds. During the day, blinds are a fine choice, but at night they become a problem. As the temperature starts to drop, you need to keep the heat in and not let it dissipate. Blinds are not capable of holding in the warmth because they are flimsy and insubstantial. Curtains, on the other hand, are heavy duty and the fabric is great at absorbing heat.

4. Light The Fire

Do you have a fire at home? If you do, you should start using it sooner rather than later. Boilers and modern central heating systems are very effective. However, they also burn a lot of energy. That energy costs a fortune in the long run, and it also damages the environment as the fumes that burning gas gives off affects the ozone layer. By burning wood and paper, you reduce your carbon footprint and you don’t spend as much on gas and electricity.

5. Turn Off The Lights

It is so simple and effective, yet it is something that every homeowner forgets to do and it costs them a fortune. I used to have a massive problem with switching lights off because I would just forget. And, by the time I remembered, I was already doing something else and couldn’t be bothered going back to flick the switch! Every time you leave a room, make sure everything that can use electricity is turned off.

Again, it reduces the need for fossil fuels and saves heaps of cash, too.



My 4 Step Guide to Mending Things in the Home


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As homeowners, we have to accept that there are things around the place that will need mending. This is part and parcel of having a home. It also means you need to take action to repair these things as soon as possible. Use my four step guide to mending things in the home.

1. Figure Out What Needs Fixing

The first thing on my list is going to be figuring out what needs to be fixed. Now, I have no doubts there will be plenty of bits and pieces in and around the home that need to be fixed. It might be furniture, or it could even be a part of the property. Whatever needs repairing you need to go and seek it out. And you need to make your own list of things that need to be fixed. Because you’re going to use this to tackle each mini project and repair any problems.

2. Work Out How to Fix

After you figure out the what, you need to address the how. It’s one thing knowing what needs to be repaired. But it’s quite another actually figuring out how to fix it. You might need to do some research by going online and checking out instructions. Now doubt other people will have been in your position. And there should be plenty of tips for how to repair particular things. Make sure you understand this, so you increase your chances of success.

3. Do the Repairs

Once you know how to fix something it makes it a lot easier to actually start repairing it. Now, I would recommend you try to follow some sort of guide or instructions for whatever it is you’re trying to fix. You also need to consider what you’re going to use to fix it. It you’re trying to join some things back together you should buy epoxy resin and use that. However, you might have something that needs to be welded or nailed together. So you need to have the right kind of tools and materials to carry out the necessary repairs.

4. Trial and Error

Bear in mind that not everything you try is going to work right away. There might be some repairs that work for a little while but ultimately fail. But, this is where trial and error very much comes into play. You need to try new things and not be afraid to experiment. Some things can be fixed by adhesive. Others might need a hammer and nails. You don’t know until you try, so make sure you do whatever you can. And be prepared for the fact that some things won’t necessarily work. It’s a process, and you need to treat it as such. It’s no good beating yourself up over something like this.

As you can see, mending anything in the home is certainly a process. It’s something that can take a while to do, but it’s important. There will almost always be something in and around the home that needs fixing. So you have to make sure you do whatever you can to repair it. My four step guide should put you in the perfect position to do this.

My Plans to Get Our Home Ready for a Long Winter

It’s getting a little colder as summer has moved into fall. I love the festive season, and I can’t wait for all the holidays coming up. There’s Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year. But before any of those happen, I want to make sure my home is ready for the colder weather. Fall and winter can have some damaging effects on your house, so I like to get ready every year. There can be a lot to do, so starting early is a must for me. I can do most of it myself because there are a lot of easy jobs. But sometimes I need to get a professional in to help! Here are my top tasks to complete before and during fall and winter.

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Check Your Roof

Bad weather can do terrible things to your roof. Rain, wind, snow and ice can cause damage that reverberates through your home. I always make sure to check my roof regularly to see if there’s any damage. And I get it fixed as soon as I can, although it’s a job that I leave up to a professional roofing contractor. I try to prevent damage too by protecting my roof, which involves several things. Keeping the gutters clean helps water to drain, and I attempt to keep the roof free of snow, leaves or other debris. I check the roof in the fall and then again when spring arrives to make sure everything is in good condition.

Fix Your Heat and Air-conditioning

I need to keep my family warm during the winter, so I always check the heating system before it’s time to turn it on. It’s a good time to get someone to come out and do a maintenance check on the boiler, and I also have a look at some of the pipes to make sure they’re insulated. It might seem an odd time to check up on the air-conditioning, but we have been using it all summer. It can be cheaper if I want to have someone come out and look at it, and it’s also a great time to consider AC installation. But if you have window units, you should be putting them away for the winter. Alternatively, you can cover them with an insulated cover.

Replace and Repair Weather Stripping

I always go around the windows and exterior doors to check up on the weather stripping. It stops water and drafts getting into the house, so it needs to be in good condition. If it’s starting to wear away, I can easily touch it up or even remove it and replace it completely.

Clean the Chimney

I love using an open fire in the winter, but keeping the chimney clean is a hassle. However, if I don’t do it, there’s a risk of a house fire. And not the nice kind! Creosote builds up in the chimney, and you can get other things down it too, from birds nests to dead animals. Since it’s a pretty big job, I prefer to have a professional chimney sweep come and do this for me.

There’s a lot to do to get ready for winter, but I enjoy getting the house in order. Once everything is all set, I can start planning for the holidays.

A Handy Guide To Making Your House Look Pretty On The Inside & Out

I always like to make sure my house is looking good. If you want your house to look pretty, you need to consider how it looks on the inside and out. You want people in your house to think it looks nice, and people walking passed it too. To find out how, check out this advice:


Remodel Rooms

The best way you can improve the inside of your home is by remodelling different rooms. Take a look at the rooms in your house and decide what ones could do with a boost. In my opinion, bathroom and kitchen remodels are the best ideas here. These are two rooms that can get severely outdated and look old and boring. So, it makes them easy for you to revamp and improve the way they look. Redecorating your kitchen is a great task to take on. There are so many different styles for you to choose from. You could go for a rustic looking kitchen, or something modern and sleek. Similarly, your bathroom presents loads of opportunities to get creative and stylish. In general, if you’re looking to make your house look pretty, you should be thinking about doing a few remodelling jobs.

Update The Wallpaper

One of the biggest interior design downfalls is wallpaper. Old wallpaper can become flaky and peel off the walls. Or, it can start to rip away, and you’re left with large patches with no wallpaper on. So, my advice would be to update the wallpaper in your home. Go into every room and the hallways, make sure there isn’t any peeling wallpaper or patches. I find this tip to be particularly useful for people that have just bought a house and moved in. You may be left with the last occupants old wallpaper, so it could do with some freshening up!


New Roof

I notice that a lot of houses don’t look that great because they have a dodgy roof. The roof is something that many homeowners don’t think about or consider, with regards to looks. But, a change in roofing can seriously jazz up the appearance of your house. If you go with a new modern style roof, like metal or zinc, it can spice up your house considerably. I find that a lot of old, slate, roofs are boring and bland. There’s nothing exciting about them, and they can look awful over time. With slate, you often get moss and all sorts of things growing on the roof tiles, making them look horrible! But, with a lot of modern roofing, you get a roof that lasts longer and looks amazing. Getting a new roof can be a great idea if you want to improve the outside of your home.

New Windows

Another way you can improve the outside of your home is by getting new windows. Having some brand spanking new windows will work wonders. It’s a definite step up, especially if you have old, wooden, window fixtures. New windows can breathe new life into your home’s appearance and catch the attention of the passers by.

Festive Cleaning Starts Here: My Plan For A Spotless Christmas

I know – it’s probably way too early to start planning for Christmas. But, I figured if I break the back of all the cleaning chores that need to be done before then, I’ll be able to enjoy it a lot more. Nothing is more pressurized than Christmas time when it comes to the home. For some, it may not matter, but for me? I want a spotless home, and there’s no way I’m not having one!

Now, I’m not saying it’s easy – it’s hard when you have kids and have to constantly clean up their toys! But, with a head start it should ease the pain a little. A tiny amount every day will mean far less last-minute rush. Here’s my plan.


The outside

First of all, I think it’s important to get outside and clean the front and outside of the house before it gets too cold. In fact, there’s an ideal point just at the end of fall and the beginning of winter that is perfect for doing this. All the leaves have fallen, and it hasn’t quite got so cold that everything has started to freeze. So, clearing all of the fallen debris from the garden and checking for any leaks or blockages in the drains is a perfect starting point.

Garden furniture

It’s also a good time to organize where the garden furniture is going to go. I’m looking into self storage options at the moment, although if you have a shed or garage, you could put your chairs and tables in there. Why bother? Well, I’ve experienced terrible winters before that have ruined my garden furniture. Even with covers on they tend to get damp, cold, and start to warp. It can get pretty harsh out there, so this year, I’m just not risking it.

The chimney

Nothing says Christmas more than lighting a gorgeous log fire, with a nice glass of mulled wine. It’s the smell of the burning wood that gets me most and transports me back to when I was a girl on Christmas Eve. It’s a little something that we can all pass down to our children, don’t you think? But before all that happens, we are going to need that chimney cleaned.

The toy cull

OK, just to make it clear, it isn’t just the children’s toys I’ll be getting rid of! Now is the perfect time to have a big clear out of everything. If this Christmas is anything like the ones in the past, there will be new books, artwork, games toys to replace the old ones. And we just don’t have the room for more! Now, as a parent, I understand that toy culling can be a very stressful experience. But the other day, I was talking to a friend who had a great idea. Every year, they get their kids to choose the toys they want to throw out, as Santa needs the space to bring them new ones. It works like a charm – and I wish I’d known about it years ago. Maybe it will help some of you out there struggling for space!

Well, that’s about all I have planned so far. No doubt there will be further updates during the build-up to the festive period. See you next time!

Where do you look when you need a Water Heater ?

One of the most dreaded things for me as a homeowner is that when things breakdown I have to worry about them getting fixed. Long gone are the days when I could just call the the apt office or landlord and request maintenance. Now when things break down I have to get my pink tool case (yes, people I have a bright pink tool case and it is awesome) and try to figure out what is broken and if I am able to fix it.

There are a few occasions when there is simply no repair to be the issue, such as when my water heater busted. There was no way I knew how to fix it and so I had to call a repairman and hope that he could fix my issue. Unfortunately for me I need a brand new water heater. I wish at the time I lived in Indianapolis where I could have just looked up Indianapolis Water Heater and find it on the internet. Instead I had to struggle to find a good company to come and fix my water heater.

I like companies such as Coopers water conditioning where I can see the many different services they offer. If I need water conditioning Coopers provides it. If I need drinking systems Coopers company provides it. I love companies such as Coopers where they offer an array of services and products. Let me tell you that as a homeowner you learn to appreciate certain things and one of those things is the easy access to different services all in one place and like that of Coopers Water Conditioning.

Product Review: Rid Tech Ultrasonic Pest Repeller

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Are you dealing with unwanted pests? During the Summer months do you have to deal with Ants , mosquitos, spiders? I for one hate spiders and ants and pretty much any insect out there. I cannot stand dealing with ants and this summer the ants have been coming into my house. No matter how much I wipe down my counters I can still find them wandering around my cabinets and on my counters.

Rid Tech

When I got offered the opportunity to review the Rid Tech Ultrasonic pest repeller, I couldn’t agree fast enough. I will try anything and everything to get rid of these pests short of setting my house on fire. I absolutely cannot stand dealing with ants!!

I anxiously waited to get my package with the Rid Tech and plug it in. Yes you got that right all you have to do is plug it in and that’s it!! The Rid Tech works by using ultrasonic technology to drive the pests away. I liked the fact that I didn’t have to deal with any harmful chemicals or poisons to get rid of these pests. I have a household full of kids and pets and using harsh chemicals is not something I want to be using around them.

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Now unto the good part, I didn’t notice right away the ants lessening and started to get a bit discouraged the first week. I decided to give it a couple of weeks before I wrote down my opinion and I am glad I did. I started noticing that the amount of ants was less the second week and I also noticed that we haven’t had any spiders around the area where the Rid Tech is plugged at. I have a huge house so it didn’t completely clear the whole house of spiders or ants but there are less and that makes me happy. I am sure I could benefit from a few more of these little units all around the house.

Overall opinion is that while it didn’t get rid of all the ants in my house it did get rid of some from the kitchen which is where the unit was plugged in at.

*Rid Tech pest repeller was provided for my honest review. All opinions are my honest opinion and may vary from yours*

I am glad I dont have to move very often

My brother and sister in law were thinking of moving. I told her that I would help her look for houses if that is what they really wanted to do. I couldn’t help but think back to 4 years ago when we had made our big move from San Diego. I remember being so sad because I was leaving my beautiful beaches and the 10 minute drive to my sister in laws house. My kids were leaving their first school. The school where they first started kindergarten.

The good thing was that we were leaving an apartment for a house. A house that we would own instead of rent. I can’t say that the move was easy because I was pregnant with the twins at the time. My hubby had to have friends and his brother help him move some of the stuff. I wish we would have called around and paid a moving company. I also wish we would have put some things in storage rather than just throw them away because I ended up buying some of the things that we left behind.

I lost a lot of my things because it was hubby who was in charge of transporting the things from one place to another and somehow a lot of my things ended up missing but miraculously all his stuff made it to the new place. If we ever decide to move again, I am going to make sure I pack my boxes and number them as well as put where each of the boxes go so I can keep track of them. Next time I wont be just in charge of the change of address and turning on the utilities.

Have you ever wondered how often people move? I know we have moved 4 times since my hubby and I have been together. I bet people move much more than that. After thinking about how much people move I found this info graphic that give you a food for thought.

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