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When you keep looking for one or more of your belonging anytime you need them; it shows that your house is not in order. This situation can be frustrating, especially if you need to go out for an urgent meeting and you could not locate something that you need to bring with you. Isn't that frustrating? Yes, it is.
Also, a disorganized home does not only appear messy, but it also impedes productivity and wastes our valuable time looking for things that we need. Many people can relate to this situation; they have their home disorganized and do not have any idea of how to put things in the places they belong to, if you are in that category, consider the following tips as it will help you arrange your home and get more productive with your time:
Getting rid of what you no longer need is the most crucial part of home organization. The things that are not useful in the house can take much space that you can spend doing other things. Note that, there may be some item that appears excellent, but you don't use them anymore. These items also fall under this category. Discard them or give them out to others.
One thing that you must keep in mind when trying to get your house organized is that you should start small. Most people fail to understand that organization and productivity starts at the lowest level. For example, you need to aim at the minor organizational adjustment first before moving to the more elaborate ones.
Choose a Method
Arranging your homes requires a solid action plan. You need to outline your strategies before you begin the home organization. You can start the organization room by room and tackle the important things first. What you need to do next is to arrange your items in compartments, so that you can quickly locate them. This idea may sound funny, but it is crucial, try to label your entire item.
Get the Right Tool
Another essential part of organizing for productivity is getting a few accessories and product to help you maintain the home organization system. When it comes to a great product that you can adapt to enhance your productivity, you should consider storage boxes, desk organizers, and file cabinets. These items will not only make your place more attractive, but it will also make you more productive.
Organizing your home frees up spaces and makes it look attractive. Follow the tips above to enjoy the amazing transformation and increased productivity that comes with a well-arranged home.
Sometimes, small town life is just what you crave. If you’re considering a move and want a community with that feel, there are several in the East Coast that deliver it beautifully. From New York to Pennsylvania, here are some of the top small towns that you need to see for yourself.
1. Thomas, West Virginia
The beautiful Main Street of Thomas, West Virginia, is the highlight of life here. With a population of just around 600, this is the essence of a small town. Its location in the Allegheny Mountains means beautiful views from nearly every corner. You’ll love the vintage record store, coffeehouse, brewery, and many antique shops, as well as the quiet that comes from living in a historic mountain community.
2. High Falls, New York
If life is taking you a bit farther north, consider this town of 627 people. High Falls has the vintage stores you expect in a small town, and also has a growing list of attractions for foodies. Get your fill of comfort food at Kitchenette, a popular local restaurant, and enjoy life in a town where you can truly know all of your neighbors, and know them well.
3. North Adams, Massachusetts
If you’re looking for small-town living but want something a little larger than 600 people, consider North Adams, Massachusetts. With a population of over 13,000, it offers quite a bit more in terms of amenities, but it still maintains a small-town feel. This community is home to the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, and since the museum’s opening it has grown into a cultural center in the state. Artists feel right at home, and art lovers will appreciate the many galleries that showcase the work of local talent.
4. Lititz, Pennsylvania
Home to just over 9,000 people, Lititz, Pennsylvania, calls itself the coolest small town in the country. Residents appreciate the mature trees that line its streets, and visitors come to shop at antique shops and boutiques while dining at exceptional restaurants. Only in Lititz can you cozy up to an old soda counter and order your latte in old-fashioned style.
5. Stowe, Vermont
If you’re going to visit Stowe to check it out, visit in the fall. Brilliant colors make this small community in the Green Mountains transform into an artist’s paradise. You’ll also appreciate the boutiques for shopping and the locally-owned restaurants. Stowe has a population of around 4,400 people, so it’s not a tiny town, but not overly large either.
Whether you’re looking for a tiny, tranquil community or one that’s on the smaller side, but still large enough to offer some amenities, you’ll find something to fit your needs along the East Coast. Check out these five, and figure out where you feel at home.
Resolutions are well on their way with the New Year. If organizing your kitchen is one of yours here are some tips to help get it going.
Figure out how you want the space you do have to work, enabling you to measure out the type of organization you need. For instance, if it is a pantry shelf that you put baking odds and ends on then deep, thin trays could be ideal. No need to make a fuss over its label in the store either: if the shelf is tall enough then a magazine holder can do the job while also giving you more design options from which to choose.
If there is something bigger that you replenish frequently, it is probably a good idea to get large, reusable containers to fit your space for holding your flour, rice, cereal, beans, sugar, etc. These are more easily organized and moved around when you are using your kitchen.
Do spices leave you searching the cabinet for the right one to do the job?
Get matching spice bottles. Label each container and stick it to the bottom of your cabinets over the kitchen counter space with Velcro. Or, affix magnets to them and utilize a metal surface such as the side of the refrigerator to organize them on. They will always be easy to find and leave that extra cabinet open for other storage needs.
Is your under-sink cabinet a mess?
Under the sink can become a nightmare if not kept in order through some system. There are many tools designed to combat clutter in the battle for organization in this spot. Attach cabinet door organizers to the inside or hang them over the edge of the door. These are great for anything from cleaning bottles to small items like sponges and such. Adhesive hooks work well for lightweight items designed for hanging like brushes or cloths. A bonus—these hooks can also be used to hang brooms, mops, and dusters on the wall alongside the refrigerator or inside the pantry.
Re-purpose organizing tools for your needs.
Items such as towel racks, dish drying racks, and even letter holders accomplish any purpose that you need. Towel racks, for example, can also be mounted to help store and organize pan lids. Desktop-style letter holders can hold pans and baking sheets upright or hung on the sides to use wall space for smaller items.
Use what you can to keep your mind calm.
Let your imagination work for you and don’t allow clutter to keep you from enjoying your kitchen to its fullest this year. Be on the lookout for organization hacks that work for you and your kitchen but most importantly don’t forget to use them!
As recently as 20-25 years ago, most people thought “staging” was for the theater and model homes. The idea of professionally temporarily decorating a home to sell it was not on the average homeowner’s radar. All that changed with the advent of TLC, HGTV, and other networks dedicated to home buying/selling and renovating shows.
If you’re selling a home after years out of the housing market, you may balk at the idea of the added expense of hiring a stager, but last year’s National Association of Realtor’s report ‘Profile of Home Staging’ indicated that a massive 77 percent of buyers’ agents believe staging contributed to their client’s ultimate purchase.
Visualization is key
Living in a visual world means most people make snap judgments by what they can see. If buyers cannot “see” themselves living in the home, they’ll keep looking. First-time buyers, especially, may need that extra nudge to make the plunge. Staging for the online photos is even more important. Potential buyers indicated they were more likely to walk through a home that had staged online images.
Faster is better
While some studies completed in the past few years indicate that staging does not change a buyer’s perception of a home’s value, it does help the home sell more quickly. In the world of real estate, where the seller is balancing the mortgage on the current home with the new mortgage on the home they want, selling the home more quickly for a fair price pays for itself. After all, who wants to be carrying two mortgages?
More is also better
Ultimately, it comes down to the outcome. Yes, the house may sell more quickly when staged, but does it sell for a higher price? Is the cost of staging recouped? The evidence is less clear here, but in the same NAR study, 49 percent of agents believed staging got the seller a higher offer. And while most of those indicated the increase was in the one to five percent range of the sale price, that was more than enough to cover the cost of staging.
Is this a time for DIY?
Binge-watching renovation and real estate shows may give a seller a false sense of their own ability to effectively stage their home. Professional stagers and design professionals can cast that critical eye that allows them to minimize a home’s flaws while accentuating its features. They also have a plethora of furnishings to utilize. To do it yourself might not be worth it on balance for what you get with a professional.
The most important key is to be on the same page as your local agent. They know your local market and are aware of the comparable homes for sale in your area. They know the potential buyers and what they expect to see in your home’s price range. Put their knowledge to work for you.
If you decide you're ready to purchase your dream house, you should submit a competitive homebuying proposal from the get-go. Otherwise, you could risk missing out on the opportunity to acquire your ideal residence.
Submitting an offer to purchase your ideal house that meets the expectations of a property seller can be simple. Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you craft a competitive offer to purchase your dream house.
1. Examine the Local Housing Market
The price of a home in a big city may prove to be much higher than the price of a comparable house in a small town. Much in the same vein, a housing market that features an abundance of sellers is likely to be far different from a market that includes many buyers. However, if you assess the local housing sector closely, you can identify real estate market patterns and trends and craft your homebuying proposal accordingly.
Oftentimes, it helps to look at the prices of recently sold houses in the city or town where you want to live. You also may want to find out how long these homes were available before they sold. That way, you can differentiate a buyer's market from a seller's one and put together a competitive offer to purchase based on the present's real estate sector's conditions.
2. Analyze a Home's Age and Condition
A brand-new home may prove to be more expensive than an older house that is in need of major repairs. Comparatively, a recently renovated house is likely to be a great choice for buyers who want to avoid property repairs, while a "fixer-upper" home may be a top option for those who are ready to tackle property repairs on their own.
As you analyze a home's age and condition, you should consider how much you are willing to pay for this residence. It sometimes helps to consider potential home upgrades and repairs that may need to be completed. And if you evaluate possible home improvement costs, you can account for these expenses in your offer to purchase.
3. Consult with a Real Estate Agent
A real estate agent is a homebuying expert, and his or her goal is to ensure you can acquire a great house at an affordable price. Thus, if you collaborate with a real estate agent, you can put together a competitive offer to purchase in no time at all.
Typically, a real estate agent will offer housing market insights that you may struggle to find elsewhere. And when you're ready to submit an offer to purchase your dream home, a real estate agent will help you craft a homebuying proposal that is sure to get a seller's attention. Plus, a real estate agent will negotiate with a seller's agent to help you get the best price on your ideal house.
Ready to submit an offer to purchase your dream home? Use the aforementioned tips, and you can put together a competitive homebuying proposal and quickly accomplish your homebuying aspirations.