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Tips to Prepare Home for Resale – Don’t Get Infested With Bed Bugs

Dust Mites

Things are always changing, and it’s this fluid nature of life that makes each and every day exciting. From the birth of a child to a new job and more, we have learned to become used to change. However, sometimes these changes shift the dynamics of our households in such a way that requires us to relocate, and this means, whether or not you’d planned on it, you’ll need to sell your current home. It’s estimated that the average person will buy three homes in their lifetime, and that’s what make it so important that you do what you can to prepare yours for potential resale in the future.

Decrease Chances of Infestations

Few things decrease resale value quicker than an infestation. This can take place quickly and often without warning, and just some of the critters that are known to infiltrate homes and wreak havoc include:

  • Mice
  • Rates
  • Cockroaches
  • Ants
  • Spiders

Nobody wants to suffer with this type of problem, and there are things you can do to decrease yours and eliminate the inevitable wear-and-tear that follows including:

  • Keeping all food items secured
  • Investing in mattress encasements to protect the house from bedbugs
  • Keeping lids to waste containers secured shut
  • Having a pest control company analyze the home annually for preventive measures

Renovate a Highly-Trafficked Room

The investment made in a renovation can be one that pays off substantially, and this is especially true when you choose a room that is heavily trafficked such as the bathroom or kitchen. In fact, the average return on investment on a bathroom is 86.4 percent. While you may need to put up a fair amount of money upfront for materials and labor, you can transform your home, increase its overall aesthetic value, and add a new level of personalization that will make you feel comfortable and satisfied in your home ownership.

Don’t Put Off Necessary Repairs

While it’s no secret that life is busy, the fact remains that homeowners have certain responsibilities. Failure to take care of them costs money and time in the long run. For example, when you have a leak in the roof, the problem only exacerbates each and every time it rains. The best time to make repairs is when you first realize an issue needs your attention. You should even take proactive measures to investigate your property to find things they may need some mending. When it comes to home ownership, a little TLC can go a long way.

An Investment That Pays

When we make an investment, we do so with the hopes that we’ll make a profit at a later date. This means that you must first put up money and time early on to increase your chances of that hard work paying off later, and there are a number of measures you can take to increase your overall return-on-investment. By following these tips, you can be on your way to getting the most out of your home so you can make the next one even better.

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Add Some Space For That Gun Safe You’ve Always Wanted

Gun Safe

Let’s face it, sometimes we just don’t have enough space in our homes to do what we want. Smaller homes can be tough to work with. If you have a smaller home and you’re looking to increase the size of it, there are many ways you can do this without breaking your bank and usually you can do it on your own and not have to hire a contractor that may or may not actually finish the work.

Making Small Spaces Look Bigger

Making a room look bigger is as simple as splashing the walls with some new paint. Bright colors are the one thing that can make a room look much larger without actually doing anything to it. If you paint or wallpaper the ceiling as well, it draws the eyes up to it and makes the room feel bigger. Alright, so repainting isn’t going to give you more space if you need it, but here are some ways that will!

Make Use Of Hidden Storage

Pull out tables and hollow ottomans are the ideal space for storing blankets, games, dog toys, and whatever else you want to put in there. If you’ve been using a basket in the corner of a room for such objects, you don’t have to anymore. This frees up that area for a nice lamp or even nothing at all.

Hang Your Shelving

Placing your books above the floor makes room for almost anything on that wall. Build a shelf hanging from the ceiling and use that for a bookshelf instead of one that takes up the entire wall. This leaves room for that gun safe you’ve been eyeing. Not sure what size to get? Gun safe reviews will assist you in finding the ideal size for that now empty space.

Use Stripes


Using striped carpeting will give the room an elongated look to it. This has the same effect as vertical stripes on clothing that make you look taller. Orienting the stripes to the length of the room that is the longest will give it the best effect.

Leave Windows Uncovered

Uncovered Window

Curtains can make the room look crowded and if they’re dark, they can make it look smaller. Using no window treatments gives the room more light which gives the space some depth. If you have an issue with privacy, use roman shades or blinds, something that won’t make the space look crowded.

Make Use Of Unused Space

Do you have an attic, closet, or basement that you just aren’t using? No problem! Attics are the ideal place for a kid’s dream bedroom. It’s also very cheap to do because all of the expensive building material is already there like joists, floors, and the roof. It may take a little bit of elbow grease and some paint, but in the end, you’ve created more space for living without increasing your carbon footprint.

Basements are an ideal place to make use of unused space as well. A living room is a nice place to chill out and watch some television, but it may not be big enough for the entire family to just sit down and enjoy a movie without hovering over one another. Turning a basement into a family room is another money saver if you just want the basics. You may have to buy some sheetrock and paint, but if you want multiple rooms, you’ll need framing material, which isn’t cheap.

One of the other common areas where you can make use out of are large closets. I have a large 8 x 10 closet in my home that wasn’t being used, so we decided to turn it into a laundry room. Rather than going up and down the basement stairs, we decided to move it upstairs and make use of the empty space collecting dust. All it took was some plumbing rerouting, sheet rock, and some paint. Not an expensive project unless you include the washer and dryer.


See, it’s quite simple to turn your small spaces into seemingly larger spaces to those who wouldn’t know any better. It’s also not difficult to turn unused spaces into functional rooms for an decently affordable price. Most of the projects can be done on your own. Don’t be afraid to try. If you need help, there are still pretty decent contractors out there willing to do the work for a good price.

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Little Things You Can Do to Increase Your Aesthetic Appeal

Whether or not we’re comfortable admitting it, we all have a desire to present the best-looking version of ourselves to the public eye. It’s estimated that the average person spends up to 30 minutes getting ready to face the day. From brushing our hair and putting on make-up to spending hours on a new haircut and more, most of us are pretty aware of the general things we can do to polish up our looks.

However, it can be easy to get caught up in the obvious traits that make us more attractive. Aside from your daily primping ritual, there are some little things you can do to increase your overall aesthetic appeal and ensure you always look your best.

Increase Your Hydration

In order to function optimally, Dieticians of Canada reports the average adult body needs eight cups of water per day. However, an alarming 66 percent of people don’t get the water intake they need. Chances are you fit into this majority, and, in doing so, you put not only your aesthetics but also your health at risk.

When you’re not accustomed to doing so, drinking this much water on a daily basis can seem excessive. However, you’ll soon find that your body was actually storing water as it was in a deficit. Once these reserves are expelled from the body in the form or waste, you’ll quickly find you feel less bloated. Furthermore, your body will now be more easily able to perform actions such as expelling toxins that can lead to acne breakouts and shed dead skin.

Pay Attention to Your Posture

Many of us have heard it from our mothers and grandmothers for years. “Stand up straight.” It’s easy to see how this command can take on nagging undertones, but there are some serious consequences directly associated with poor posture such as:

  • The development of frequent tension headaches
  • Neck, back, and shoulder pain
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Increase in the instances of upset stomach and indigestion
  • Increase in symptoms of depression

Obviously, nobody wants to suffer with these symptoms, but, what’s more, poor posture makes you appear sluggish, bored, and unexciting. Not to mention that, especially for those who spend most of their time in a seated position, slouching can lead to the development of hunchback.

The trouble we face, however, when we try to focus on fixing our poor posture is that we can’t think about it all day. When you invest in posture correctors, you’ll find the problem easily solved. These devices are worn under your everyday clothes and are undetectable. There is a variety of products on the market. From braces for women to those designed with athletics in mind and more, reading reviews can help you make the best choice for you.

Don’t Skimp on Proper Sleep

Another crucial aspect of looking our best is to ensure we get proper sleep. It’s not called beauty rest for nothing, and a restful eight hours of sleep can do a number to your appearance including:

  • Decreasing the appearance of puffy eyes
  • Decreasing breakouts and drying of skin
  • Decreasing ability for skin to properly rejuvenate

Always Putting Your Best Face Forward

First impressions can last a lifetime, and you want to ensure you’re always prepared to make a good one. You never know when you’ll meet an important new person in your life, and there are plenty of little things you can do to ensure you’re always ready to put your best face forward. By following these tips and developing new habits, you can be on your way to making a gradual and lasting improvement on your overall aesthetic appeal.

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Do you have a Dependable Real Estate Agent, Plumber, Roofer, Landscaper

Do you have a Dependable Real Estate Agent, Plumber, Roofer, Landscaper


Whenever a problem pops up do you call for help? Most of us do. I know that I do. I am not saying I want someone to do everything for me. I just like having someone who has been through what I have or they know how to fix my problem that I am dealing.  When something goes wrong in life you want to be able to trust someone. Many of us have certain mechanics that we only let work on our vehicle.

I have a really good friend of mine who builds houses for a living. I trust him a lot. I know if I ever have something go wrong with the house to call him. So whoever he trust, I know that I can trust. That is why I have used many roofing companies and plumbing companies that he has recommended to me. Every company that he has recommended has done a great job for me. It is good having someone you can trust to get help from. Do you have someone you can call for help? Feel free to ask me for any suggestions.


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Who is the Best Plumber that You Know

Who is the Best Plumber that You Know

When I first moved in my house I was so excited. Just know that this house was mine made me feel so accomplished in life. There are a lot of people who never get to own their own home. I consider myself to be very blessed that I do get to own mine. Owning a home brought a whole new list of responsibilities that I was not ready for. I had always rented. So when something was broke, I just called the landlord. Well, now I am the landlord.

My first house is still the one that I live in. I love it. I fell in love with it the moment I saw it. It fit me and was the style I have always wanted. A lot of people settle when they buy a home. This guy did not do that. I wanted to find something I could live in for many years. The only thing about my house that I had problems with was the kitchen sink. It would leak sometimes but not all the time. It did not make sense to me. Plus I had no idea how to do any plumbing. I knew I needed to find a plumber asap. He came right over and fixed me up in about 20 minutes. He did not even charge me the full price. He was the best plumber I ever used. I will use him again for sure!

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What Roofing Company do you Use?

What Roofing Company do you Use?

You will always need help with something in life. Some issue or problem will come up that you alone cannot fix. That is ok. We all are human and imperfect. Some more than others. When something comes up going to right people is key to getting your life back on track. That is what is so great about these days. You can jump right on your computer or phone look up something you may have a question about. I read reviews on people or things all the time. Hey, I want someone to do it right the first time. Plus that saves you money.

A few years ago my roof had a bad leak in it. I had no idea that there was a problem. I came home from work and found water on the floor of my bedroom. I was so worried about water damage. I talked to a roofing company that day. The actually came out to my house later that evening. I was surprised by that. He came out and look it over real quick. He said that he could have me fixed up the next morning. I was so thrilled that roofing company was able to act so fast. I was so worried about mold and other water damage issues. He said everything should be ok since I caught it so early.

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Trying to Find a House Without a Real Estate Agent

Trying to Find a House Without a Real Estate Agent

We are all about doing things here on your own. When you accomplish something by yourself is one of the best feelings that you will ever get. It is when you did something and you did not have anyone around to help you along the way. A lot of people live their whole life never getting to feel accomplished in anything. Some may have tried doing something once and failed. Then they tried again and the same result. They failed. Then they just decide to give up on it. That story has happened to a lot of people. I am sure you know some people who are like that. We are here to help you along the way in whatever it is you are trying to accomplish. It could be as simple as being in a happy relationship. Which really is not easy!

One thing that I learned the hard way was real estate. I was trying to buy my first home. I was young and thought I could do anything on my own. I was wrong. I had no idea about buying a home. I thought a house was for sale. You liked it. Then you bought it. No, it is not that easy. I soon called a real estate company. The set me up with the best real estate agent they had to offer. If it was not for that real estate company I still could have been looking for a home. Or I probably would have bought a bad one.