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3 Inexpensive Ways to Increase Your House Value

Adding new and quality products to your house isn’t enough to boost its value. Even if you’ve spent hours reading product reviews on reputable sites like AuthorityAdviser, small household items aren’t going to make that much of an impact when the time comes to sell your house.

#1 Planning

Whether your house is old or new, the quickest way to boost its value is through making a plan. A well thought out upgrade will definitely be more valuable in the long run as opposed to upgrades made on an impulse.

Once you have the list written out, start categorizing it by how much it may cost you (money and time included). As much as possible stick to realistic goals.  Of course you could find budget products at AuthorityAdviser before you make any purchase on big ticket items.

After categorizing your list, start prioritising them and see which ones are attainable.  You can consult your realtor and ask what changes or upgrades you’ve listed can add more value to your home.

#2 Improve Your Kitchen

This has got to be the No. 1 improvement that has the most return.

One way to upgrade your kitchen is by changing out old hardware and repainting your cabinets. This gives your kitchen space a face-lift without spending too much money.

Consider replacing or adding a backsplash, painting or staining your hardwood kitchen floor, replacing the lights, installing concrete countertops, adding a modern kitchen sink and adding a hood.

#3 Upgrade Your Bathroom

Upgrading your bathroom is also a surefire way to increase your home’s value.

First, you have to make sure that everything is working. That means no damaged areas and no leaks. Electrical, structural and plumbing issues should be addressed first before moving on to cosmetic upgrades. Repairing these issues will significantly increase your home value.

Replacing outdated glass with clear glass is a quick and easy way to make your bathroom bigger. Installing a new low-flush toilet, replacing old faucets, updating the cabinets, applying fresh caulk, removing rust stains and cleaning the grout will unquestionably give your bathroom that new and improved feel you want without breaking the bank- these will cost you under $600 dollars.

Common House Renovation Mistakes

Common House Renovation Mistakes

Renovating your house is more important than you think. It’s not just about making your house look better all of a sudden. This goes beyond a simple makeover. What you don’t realize is that renovating your house makes so many repairs to it. The small defects that your house have, which are normally ignored at go on to become larger problems later on are simply removed from the roots. This saves you from spending extra money, time, and saves you from stress as well.

living room home

Another benefit that renovating your house brings is that your house experiences a sudden bump in its value. Especially if the renovation is a big and expensive one, your house is bound to have a lot more to it. It will be able to accommodate you or your tenants if you’ve leased the building. It’ll have a lot more features to offer.

Lastly, this may not seem at all important, but your house ends up being a lot better looking than what it was before the renovation process. This has all sorts of advantages. A better looking building means that the residents will be in a better mood at all times, and this is more worth than a lot of money. In fact, if you concentrate, you’ll realize that having the residents live in a better and beautiful environment will increase their overall lifestyle and living standards.

However, before you start renovating your building hoping for the best, you need to realize that you need to think about what you’re doing first. Renovating takes a bit of planning beforehand, otherwise it’ll end up taking more money and time than what you’d bargained for. I can say from personal experience that you should have a clear idea about how you want your house to look like after the renovation is complete. And this doesn’t mean have a general idea. It means you need to have all the specifics written down and well noted. This is important because if you end up with some sort of construction which you didn’t want, you’ll be forced to either live with the unwanted changes, or redo the entire work.

renovating a home

Let’s get into some of the common house renovation mistakes that people generally make when trying to renovate their houses. You should try to avoid these as best as you can if you want your renovation process to go smoothly.

1.     Know your building structure

You need to have a clear understanding of how your house is made. Don’t end up removing an important wall which is supporting your house. You should try and avoid any changes around the beams holding the house together as well.

2.     Set up a due date for the work to finish

This is also a big problem. You need to talk to your contractor before you start as to when the work might be finished. You need to know exactly when the work will finish so that you can plan your life around it. Otherwise the renovations can take a really long time.

Feng Shui for a new home – does it work?

Feng Shui for a new home – does it work?

There’s a huge chance that you know what Feng Shui is, is pretty small. We’ll begin with talking about what Feng Shui is. It’s an ancient art, almost a kind of science, which originated in China over 3000 years ago. It basically circulates around energies in a given space. The space can be literally anything. It can be your workplace, garden or home. That’s relevant since we’re talking about whether or not Feng Shui actually works in a new home. Feng Shui’s main purpose is to ensure good fortune and luck through the control of energies in a given area.

feng shui for home

Before we get too skeptical about whether or not this art actually works, let’s have a good look at what it actually comprises of. We’ll be talking about how you can use Feng Shui on your new home in order to make sure that your relocation works out smoothly and you don’t face any sort of problems in the process. Below are some of the points which you should follow if you want to perform Feng Shui on your new home:

1.     Space clearing

This doesn’t mean clearing the space of everything it contains. Space clearing basically refers to clearing your house of any energy which might have been left here by the previous residents. Energies are not always good, and any bad energy left behind by the previous residents will inevitably end up affecting your lifestyle too. You should aim for a fresh start in your new home, and for that you’ll have to clear out the previous energies in the building.

You don’t need to worry about how much you’ve unpacked. However, it’s preferable that you haven’t started unpacking yet. The most important thing to consider here is that you should have the intention of creating a good new home space for yourself that will prove to be supportive and beneficial for you. You need to open all the doors and windows of the house. Next, you need to use orange essence spray in the rooms. The open doors and windows let the old energy escape, while the orange essence helps bring positive energy to the house.

2.     Rededicating the home

This basically means putting an object in every room which has special meaning to you and is a source of joy for you. It can be a family photo or a plant, or any other thing that is close to you. Place it in a visible position. Once done, move clockwise into every room and focus positive thoughts by concentrating the object you’ve placed.

There are a few other things you can do too, but we won’t be talking about that. Now to answer the question of whether the practice actually works; you really have to try it for yourself to find out if it works. Lots of people have tried it and confirmed that it worked for them. It can also depend on the way you perceive it to be working for you.

The Most Important Things a New House Requires

The Most Important Things a New House Requires

Ah, that wonderful new-house smell! Trust me; it’s an even nicer smell when that new house just happens to be YOUR new house! Never again will you have to rent! As nice as a new house is, there are still plenty of things to be done! Your house is still empty; there are plenty of things you still need. What are these things? I’m so glad you asked!

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Furnishings

What’s a house without furniture? A lovely soft couch with a gorgeous coffee table in the lounge; a sophisticated wooden dining table with matching chairs; and then of course there’s your hand chosen bed! These things are essential for any new home. It is recommended that they be dealt with early on, if not first as furniture can be quite a hassle to get inside. You wouldn’t want to have your whole house set up just to find out you had to rearrange everything in order to fit in your new furniture, would you?

Blankets and Towels

towelsBlankets are incredibly important, especially if you live in a cold climate! Once you have all your furnishings, you’re going to need to find the perfect covers for your couches, chairs, beds, etc. On top of those, you will also need towels of varying sizes. You’ll need shower towels to dry yourself off after a wonderful hot shower; table cloths for your hands and to dry off your tables after cleaning them; as well as hand towels or rags for taking care of any mess. Believe me, you will find daily life much less convenient without these things!

Tupperware, Cutlery, and Other Essentials

For many people, the most important room of the house is the kitchen. If this is true for you, then I don’t doubt that you will be buzzing around collecting pots, pans, and other kitchen ware in preparation for your first self-prepared meal in your brand new kitchen. You’re also going to need a decent number of plates and bowls, not to mention knives, forks, and spoons. If you’re anything like me, you’ll be out looking for a fancy looking knife set too! Once you have all these things, you can confidently host a new-house party!

Decoration

Once all the essentials are out of the way, you’ll want to break out some decorations for your house. If your walls look a bit bare, then get in some pictures to hang up there. Buy some flowers to set up around your house. If you’re too lazy or don’t have the time for flowers, get some pretty looking plastic ones and stick them in a vase; I’m sure no one will notice the difference! You may also want some candles or ornaments to place on various desks and tables throughout your house. Once you have bought, collected, and placed all of the above things, you’ll have an amazing, unique house; and the best part about is it’s ALL YOURS!

How to Look for Cheap House Rentals

How to Look for Cheap House Rentals

Are you looking for a house, but you’re not quite ready to purchase a house of your own? Fortunately for your, in modern days you can simply rent a house! There’s no need to save up loads of money all at once just yet when you can just pay a small sum every month or so in order to stay in someone else’s house. There are several ways to look for a cheap house rental. The question is, which way works best for you?

couple searching for house

Scouring the Neighbourhood

The initial expectation for how to find a cheap house rental is simply to go out and look for one, right? Well, this isn’t far wrong. When a house is available for rent, it will have a sign up outside it saying so. If you have the time you may as well take a drive around the neighbourhood and see what you can find. If you do find a house that you are interested in, you can get into contact with the owner and arrange for a look inside. It is strongly advised that you do not take the first house you look in. Make sure you have surveyed all your options before making a final decision.

Through the Looking Glass

rental houseThe looking glass, in this case, is your computer screen. The internet is such a huge place nowadays that just about anything can be found on it! If you truly wish to find a cheap house rental in your area, you can probably find most of them by simply making a Google search. If you are able to find a list of places in the neighbourhood, make sure to look through all of them carefully. At this stage, DO NOT consider picking one outright and moving there right away. The risks of using the internet instead of going to look on your own is that the internet can make things appear differently to how they are. One site may show you pictures of a beautiful view outside of the house; but when you move in there, turns out that view is only on one side of the house, while the other side has a wonderful view of a garbage dumping ground, complete with disturbing smells and all! Pick a few of the places that look like your style, then contact the owners and arrange to visit the rental first before making a final decision.

rental house

Hiring a Professional

If you’re still not entirely sure what choice to make with your house rental, you can always hire a professional. There are plenty of people who know exactly what to look out for when it comes to finding the best cheap house rental. All you have to do is get into contact with one and tell them exactly what you are and aren’t looking for, as well as your estimated price range. Within a very short amount of time, the professional will have found you the best choices based on your preferences. This is the easiest and most worthwhile way of finding a rental house.

How to child proof your house

How to child proof your house

Child proofing your house is pretty important a task to do. This doesn’t mean child proofing your house in that children won’t be able to come to your house, although a lot of people would certainly like that. What child proofing your house means is to make your house completely safe for children to be in. It can be very embarrassing if a guest’s child hurts themselves in your house just because of a careless mistake on your part. You really don’t want to be there. It can hurt your relationships, especially if you’re of the age when everyone is getting married and having children. You’ll obviously have children visiting your home too, and as much as you’d rather avoid it, you can’t. What’s more, you might have children of your own living at your house in the future. You’ll have to child proof the house for their sakes at the very least. Letting your children get hurt due to laziness and careless mistakes is quite irresponsible and deplorable.

There are many ways you can avoid a child being hurt in some way in your house. We can talk about some of them and let you know what you can do in order to make your place a lot safer for children to be in.

1.     Remove flammables

child in danger of flammables

Kids just love to play with fire. However, this doesn’t bode well for anyone, including the children. Children are prone to lighting accidental fires, and as annoying as that fact is, you’re going to have to face it and do something about it. What you can definitely do is make sure that you don’t have any petroleum or similar material lying around. Other than that, you should try and not use matches any more. Try and get a kitchen lighter for lighting stuff, or better yet, you should have a self-lighting stove. This reduces the chances that children will light the entire building on fire.

2.     Put medicines away

child exposed to poison

You need to have every medicinal drug out of the reach of children. They tell you to keep medicines out of the reach of children, and there’s a good reason for that. Children love dabbling with medicinal drugs, and unfortunately those drugs can often harm them extensively; especially because they can take a lot more than what was meant to be taken, even for adults. Keep those drugs locked away somewhere the children will never find them.

3.     Keep sharp objects away

Finally, you should keep sharp objects away from any place where children can make an easy grab for them. This includes kitchen knives, garden materials which are sharp and other tools which are really sharp. Any mishap with these things will lead to an emergency rush to the hospital and a complete ruination of your perfect evening. Avoid this, and keep sharp objects in places where kids won’t be able to find them.

These are the basic steps to child proofing your house. There are many more steps that come after these, but these should get you started on the whole thing.

 

Amenities you want near your new home

Amenities you want near your new home

It would seem that you’ve gone ahead and got yourself a new home! That’s something you should be congratulated on. Hopefully that is the case; otherwise the congratulations just went to waste. However, assuming that you have gotten a new home or are at least looking for a new one right now, you have to make sure of something. There must be a few necessary amenities around your place; otherwise you’re in for a lot of annoyance. Amenities are the basic services that you’re provided by the government or the owner of the place where you’re moving off to. In condominiums, for example, the amenities are provided by the condominium officials themselves, as condominiums are a private facility. However, in general when you’re moving to a suburb or an apartment in the city, you’ll find a lot of amenities provided by the government. You need to make sure that where you’re headed has a lot of local amenities, or at least the important ones without which it becomes very difficult to destress yourself or live life in general.

treadmill in a condo

Let’s have a look at some of those amenities which should be considered absolutely necessary by all sorts of people.

Local parks

Everyone needs those parks. You know; the small parks which seem like they’re only for children to be in and you seldom ever go to. However, you may realize that in the absence of those parks, your life may not be the same. Just the gap that those parks put between the ranks of houses is more than enough of a reason to justify their existence. You will also visit those parks every once in a while. After a bad day at work, you’re likely to go for a small stroll, and you’ll find yourself walking towards your nearby park. In addition to this, if you have children at home, this feature becomes almost necessary. Children have a lot of energy in them, and they need a place like a park to blow of their steam. Parks will become the common part time go-to place for your children, so make sure that you have one of those around.

A gym

You need a gym close to you. If you think that you don’t need to have a gym close to you because you don’t have an active lifestyle, then it’s your lifestyle that needs a drastic change. You definitely need a gym close to where you live, and you need to visit it at least once a week. If you don’t do this, your body will slowly deteriorate, and your old years will be haunted with various problems that are the result of your inactivity in your young years.

Laundry

laundry services

If you have a washing machine at home, you don’t need this one. However, if you don’t have one, you can’t do without a laundry facility around your area. Imagine having to travel more than 15 minutes just to get to a place where you want to wash your clothes.

What to do When Your Neighbours are Annoying

What to do When Your Neighbours are Annoying

Have you ever had that blissful moment of being home alone, lying on your couch with a good book? You’re so happy because you have the whole day off and no other priorities until tomorrow. Everything is relaxed and perfect; until one of your neighbours starts playing heavy metal through a surround sound stereo set up right outside your fence! Granted, that doesn’t happen often; but it is quite common for many neighbours to be inconsiderate and just plain annoying! The big question is, can we do anything about it?

annoying neighbour

Check Yourself for Over-Sensitivity

Before you can really decide on a course of action toward your neighbour, make absolutely sure that you aren’t overreacting. If your neighbour is simply playing a classical song through a speaker that you just happen to be able to hear slightly through the crack of your open window, that probably doesn’t warrant any irritation on your part. It is perfectly reasonable to prefer peace and quiet, but not to the extent that you force it on others constantly. If it is simply a case of over-sensitivity, try another means of solving the problem; ear-plugs for example?

 

Confront Them Peacefully

letter to annoying neighbourIf you come to the conclusion that your irritation is warranted, talk to your neighbour. There’s nothing that your neighbour can do if they are unaware that you are annoyed with whatever it is they are doing. Before going to chat with your neighbour, make sure you have no anger or resentment toward them. Do not assume that they are annoying you on purpose. If you feel this way before going to confront the issue, it is likely that you will end up attacking them with your words, rather than trying to come to a peaceful compromise. If you do speak to them in anger, it is unlikely that they will do anything to change; but if you do your best to be the good sport, they may just respect your wishes.

annoying neighbour

Check if You have the Legal Power to File a Complaint

If you have already attempted to peacefully correct the issue, but your neighbour has not relented, you can take the matter to a higher authority. However, you can only do this if you have the legal right to do so. If your neighbour is trespassing or disturbing the peace, then there is a high chance that if you filed a complaint or went to a Court, you could have your neighbour stop be getting the legal powers to inform them that they must discontinue whatever they had been doing. This should ONLY be done if the case against your neighbour is quite serious. Do not file a complaint about a minor irritation or you will have no luck at all in getting satisfaction.

How to paint a new home well

How to paint a new home well

Painting a new home is one of the most fun things you can possibly do. This is especially true if the new house is your own, which you’ve spent a lot of time and effort on in building it. Now the very next step is to paint it. As enjoyable the task of painting the building might be, you’ll need a few tips and hints in order to get the job done.

 

If you’ve never had the pleasure of painting a house before, you should definitely read through the article, because some slight mistakes can lead to the entire paint job looking rather miserable in the end. We all hate it when our efforts go to waste, so let’s steer clear of the possibility that you won’t paint your house just perfectly. You should be able to get it right on the first go if you follow the given points carefully, as the process is pretty much simple enough. Anyone can do it. If you’re someone who has been painting houses for a while now, or have some form of experience in the process of painting a house, it still shouldn’t hurt to go over the basics once more. You might realize you were making a mistake all along.

Choose colors which go well together

You should either be an artist to choose wild and vibrant colors which seems like they won’t go together at all, but end up matching perfectly, or be very lucky in your color choice. Other than that, most of the time when you go for a really extravagant choice of colors which are different from one another, it just doesn’t work out correctly and makes the entire house look like an utter mess. If you’re unsure as to what sort of paint colors you want to get, you should consult a professional about it. Or you could do some research about it, or at the very least consult your friends and family about the colors that you want to use.

Buy good rollers and brushes

This is necessary. You simply cannot skip this part, because no matter how good the quality of the paint that you have is, there is no way on earth that you’ll be able to paint your house well if your painting equipment isn’t of good quality. You need to make sure that you buy some good rollers and brushes so that the paint is applied smoothly and evenly across the house walls and roof. Skipping this will make the paint job look like it was done by amateurs and will not look good at all.

Paint from the top

Always start painting from the top of the wall. This way, all the paint dripping down will be spread by the brush or roller as you work your way down. If you don’t do this, there will be drip marks all over the wall. You want to make sure that the walls are nice and smooth.

Finding a Good Flatmate

Finding a Good Flatmate

Not sure that you can handle the full cost of the rental house you want? Or perhaps you just prefer not live alone? Either way, a flatmate is the way to go! It’s always good to have someone there who can take care of the place when you’re busy and vice versa; someone who you can share cooking and cleaning with, not to mention the bills! The hard part is finding someone who is actually going to do those things. How exactly does one go about finding this flatmate?

looking for a flatmate?

Advertise

If you’re already living in a rental home and you want someone to move in, you can place an advert outside your place; that way people will be able to see what kind of a place it is before they even contact you. If you’re still in the process of renting the place, you can leave an advert somewhere in town. Even better than this would be to advertise online! If you are able to find a site where you can leave an online advertisement for the place you wish to rent out with someone, it will make it much easier to find a large number of applicants.

Testing Your Potential Flatmates

flatmate wantedOnce you have a number of people interested in flatting with you, you can start the interview process. You can’t just choose a person at random; you need to figure out who will be a good, loyal flatmate. The first step of this is to have a chat with them. Don’t just chat online either; you should either meet up with them in person, or at least video call them. The reason for this is so you can assess more or less their personality. If you find their personality to your liking then you can continue with the process. If you find them uninteresting or there’s something about them that you greatly dislike, then perhaps you should consider a different applicant. Try not to be too harsh; if you’re turning people away just because they have a couple of annoying habits, I guarantee you won’t find a single worthy applicant!

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Get a Deeper Understanding

Once you’ve narrowed the list down to the people you are confident that you will get along with, you can start finding out a little more about them. By now you will have discussed simple things, such as their likes and dislikes; now you need to go into deeper territory. Start by finding out where they are currently living. Are they living alone or with someone else? If they are living with someone else, ask to get into contact with that person so that you can have a brief chat with them too. The easiest way to find out if someone will be a loyal flatmate is to ask the person who has already been flatting with them! If they still check out, all you need to do is make sure they have a stable income that will support their share of the flat. If they pass all of these tests, then rest assured you have found your good flatmate!