Are you dreaming of a fresh and clean feel to your home? Does it badly need a transformation? If the answer is yes to all three questions, then read on and learn.
Not many property and interior lovers out there would shy away from refreshing and renewing a space, but more often there’s something more important stuff to spend your money on. So try to be resourceful in order to reinvigorate your room on a budget.
The key is having the ability to envision your room with new eyes. A makeover doesn’t necessarily entail throwing out all your things and replace them with the hottest designs out there.
Here are simple rules you can follow to reinvigorate your room.
Set aside a budget. The amount could be as little as $20. Keep in mind that money cannot buy you style.
Get Rid of Clutter
Temporarily de-clutter your room of all styling items, including cushions, lamps, accessories, books, trinkets, flowers and personal trinkets. Put them in another part of the house, in a space where you can easily sort through them.
Go through the items and discard those that are damaged, send back items that you have borrowed and donate things that you have no use for anymore.
Now that you have an empty space (well, except for the larger items), study the layout and determine if you can position the furniture better. Would it look better to bring the sofa off the wall or put an armchair nearer to the lounge? When doing this make sure the change will not affect the functionality of the room.
Adopt a New Style
Remember the styling items that you’d removed temporarily? Return the items that you want to keep back into the room. At this time, be aware of what you got rid of and what you need to augment. Here are items to give you an idea on how to do this:
Call a small group of your friends and convince them to create a sort of swap store. Here you can pool the items that you no longer want with those of your friends. In this swap store, you can shop for free to help make over your room.
With regards to those last items, follow the theory of high/low styling. You don’t need to use expensive items to make a room feel complete. Go to major chains stores and small boutique to buy inexpensive and distinctive items. You will be astounded what adding a simple accessory to a coffee table can do for a room.
Australians love the great outdoors, and a better way to enjoy them is from inside the comfort of your home.
Regardless of whether your outdoor area is a small inner-city courtyard or a sprawling suburban block, learning to use outdoor elements indoors can help you take advantage of your space throughout the seasons.
You can achieve a chic, clean and low-maintenance surface with seamless flooring. Both polished concrete and epoxy coating are perfect for your garage or your living areas. It is particularly effective when used in indoor/outdoor areas, like a lounge room with an attached deck or pool patio.
Floor-to-Ceiling Windows and Doors
Another effective way to bring the outdoors in is to incorporate windows or folding/sliding doors that reach from floor to ceiling and open completely to the outdoors. This element can also make a small room appear larger and can lower your air-conditioning need when the weather is hot.
Introduce a touch of nature with plants. Whatever type of house you own or what your gardening ability is, there are various plants to choose from – from big pots and planter boxes to small glass terrariums.
If you don’t trust yourself to keep indoor plants thriving, which admittedly many us feel, choose a plant that is hardy such as yuccas, snake plants, peace lilies, and figs. These are all easy to care for and (relatively) hard to kill.
For homeowners who can afford, and with more space for improvements, consider creating an outdoor area at the centre of your home. Internal courtyards that feature atrium gardens or even tiny trees bring about a beautiful sense of magic and peace. A treehouse is also a good idea.
If you are looking for fresh ideas, try losing yourself for a few minutes – or hours – on the wonderful World Wide Web where many pages are dedicated to home-decorating ideas using a range of plants and flowers.
Water elements, commonly seen outdoors, are also making their way indoors in various ways as a result of developments in technology and materials. From an exquisitely arranged bowl of floating water lilies to a large wall fountain or pond, an infinite number of options are available to you, depending on your budget.
Mementos are perfect for those with little space and time. The next time you take a beach holiday, bring back with you a remembrance of your trip, like a tiny collection of shells and rocks, some sand, sea glass or driftwood. Put these in a box frame or a glass-topped coffee table and you can enjoy them long after your tan has faded.
There are times, especially when the weather is cold, when we have a hard time including outside activities into our normal routine. All you need is a bowl of flowers, or a handful of shells to allow us to remember that, even when we are cooped up inside, we’re still have an affinity to the great outdoors.
Your most important decision when selling your home is your choice of a real estate agent. Here are tips to help you choose the right one.
It would be easy for any real estate agent to find a buyer for your property. All they have to do is offer the property at a price that will lure buyers in. However, is that the real estate agent that you want working for you? You need to hire someone who will make your interest a top priority. How do you find the perfect one among so many agents that are competing to list your property?
How not to Search for a Real Estate Agent
Assuming that all real estate agents are alike is the biggest mistake home sellers make. Instead of doing research, they go to a well-known agency in their area, talk with the first agent they see and hire him/her right there and then. This is a formula for disaster.
Of course, you shouldn’t snub the largest real estate agency in your area, but consulting with one of their agents should be just the start of your “shopping” expedition.
Bad news travels rapidly and bad news about real estate agents spreads like wildfire. It will take a little more time for you to find out the good news about real estate agents.
Here are some things you can do before you call up an agency:
Get recommendations from locals. Find out which real estate agency they trust the most and which agents are active in the area. Don't be fooled by the agent with the most signs - this could be that their signs are up the longest. Discover the agents personal 'days on market' not the companies. Go to a few open houses and watch how several agents work. Find out how long a number of agents have been working in the same area. Typically, an agent who has been working in the same area for a long time will have a good work history. Look for an agent who is enthusiastic instead of complacent and one who has the ability to market your home efficiently.
Collect and Compare Applicants
Finding the right real estate agent is marginally the same as finding an employee. You want to know the qualifications of each applicant before you consider hiring them. Then you compare each applicant and choose the one who is worthy.
Going through the processing of finding a real estate agent with an employer mindset will greatly help you in finding the right one. During your initial consultation, don’t hesitate to ask questions. Don’t just sit there and listen to what they are pitching to you. Some questions you need to ask:
How wide is their knowledge of the local area?
Can they provide sales figures for comparable homes they have sold?
When you tell them where your house is located, do they know its location and what other homes in the area are worth?
How do they plan to market your property? Can they show you examples of the strategies they’ve used for similar properties?
Basically, you want to make your choice based on how well they know the neighbourhood, their sales history and their marketing knowledge, not a sales pitch.
When interviewing agents see if they are really interested in you and your requirements. Choose the agent who is a good listener and will answer your questions honestly, transparently and expertly. The right one is positive but will not be unrealistic. If the market is not good at the moment, he will tell you that it is not good. If your asking price is too high, they will help you come up with a more realistic price with facts and figures.
Selecting your Real Estate Agent
After you have completed your research and consulted with a few agents, create a short list of agents to choose from. How professional are they? What did you feel when you talked to them? Did you feel comfortable?
Don't be enticed by the agent who keeps calling and calling and calling to get your business thinking they are persistent and will treat your buyers the same way. They don't. It's often the agent who follows you up a few times is the one who is currently working with another sellers buyers to get a result. You want the agent who is going to work for you once you have engaged them not the agent who works to get you then leaves you while they go and find another seller to work with hoping the buyers with come to them! Meanwhile, your property lags on the market.
Bottom line, you should put more weight on an agent’s experience, marketing ability and knowledge and personality rather than any deals they may entice you with. Be on guard when they offer low commissions or make guarantees of “no sale, no charge for advertising costs.” A reputable real estate agent doesn’t have to cut their commissions because they offer value for money. You may have received a discounted agent’s fee but it will not compensate for the dollars you lose on the sale of your property.
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You may not know it but there are a team of professionals behind the scenes of any well presented and marketed home that is up for sale. These three teams are: the cleaners, the professional experts and the real estate agents.
These teams all play important roles in the re-sale of a home. Without their expertise, it might be impossible for a seller to get high offers and as a result, could end up underselling their home.
Who are these people and why do you need them?
The Cleaners, or the Elbow Grease Gang
These people are not afraid to get their hands dirty. They typically include the property owners, their friends and relatives, and in some cases, hired labour. What they usually do is de-clutter, clean, organise, pack, garden and small repairs.
The Professional Experts
These people are responsible for the finishing touches and include home stagers, building inspectors, landscape gardeners, handymen and tradies.
Together these two teams prepare and present the home. But that’s only part of the whole process. After all, if a property is not being marketed, even the best staged home will sell for a low price. This is where your third team will come in.
The Real Estate Agents
Here are some questions to ask when choosing the right real estate agent:
This is the right step to take in your quest to hire the perfect team. But, above all things, make sure to follow your instincts. After all, you’re the only one who knows everything there is to know about your property.
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