Prudential Real Estate has released the results of its third quarter Consumer Outlook Survey indicating men and women tend to take up different tasks in the home-buying process and view homeownership through a slightly different lens. However, both say their real estate agent helped ease the decision-making process. Take a look at the infographic in this moew insight into each role in the home-buying process.
When selling your home, your home shouldn’t just look good, it should smell good as well. Every home has a “smell”…..so make sure your home has a good one. Homeowners are often coached to create pleasing aromas when potential buyers are paying a visit or an open house is scheduled. Recent research reports that simple smells are the best smells to help you sell your home. An important concept to take away from this article….less is more.
The best place to start is with a CLEAN palette.
Baking Soda – It’s safe, cheap, and versatile. Keep an open box in closets and laundry room to absorb odors. Sprinkle on carpets prior to vacuuming.
Open up – Open windows to allow fresh air into your home.
White Vinegar – Mix equal amounts with water in a spray bottle. Lightly spray drapes, carpets, and other fabrics. This is a great odor neutralizer! Placing a bowl of this mixture in a room for several hours will also help to absorb bad odors! Great for burnt food smells, pet odors!
Keep it Clean – Don’t let garbage pile up, clean the litter box daily, put dirty laundry in a closed hamper, clean-up spills promptly, and toss old fruit from baskets on the counter.
Vacuum – Use a fresh vacuum bag to prevent transferring old, stagnant odors trapped in an old bag.
Once your home is clean, you can create the aromatic environment you desire. In the past, baking cookies, cakes, or bread, lighting candles, and using potpourri were all very popular trends. But now, researchers recommend keeping it SIMPLE and NATURAL. Complex fragrances can actually distract potential buyers. They can become focused on identifying the scent rather than focusing on your home’s fabulous features! Here are some easy, popular suggestions…
Citrus – A powerful deodorizer, it also brings a feeling of more energy! Cut a few quarters of a lemon or lime and toss into the garbage disposal. Run for a minute to deodorize the disposal and to re-fresh your kitchen.
Vanilla – Pure vanilla extract is a comforting aroma. Soak a few cotton balls with vanilla and place in small bowls around the room / home.
Cinnamon/Cloves/Spices – Conjures up memories of holidays and home. Fill a small saucepan with water, add some cinnamon sticks, cloves, a few drops of vanilla or even an orange rind. Simmer on the stove, keeping a close eye on it so the water doesn’t boil down.
Pine/Cedar – Terrific, all-natural fragrance for a mountain home! Decorate with some fresh sprigs of pine or place cedar chips in a bowl. Keep in mind; this may not work very well for a beach home or city residence. It may come across as un-natural and might suggest you are masking other odors.
Homemade Room Spray – Can be personalized and contains fewer chemicals than commercial sprays. Mix 1 cup water, 1 cup vodka (a cheap brand will work), and 15-20 drops of your favorite essential oil…lavender, cinnamon, clove, lemon, or orange are all good choices. Find the mix that works best for you. Put into a spray bottle and use whenever the air needs a burst of freshness! (Keep out of reach, along with your other home cleaners)
Baked Goods – Some folks will still swear by this trick……keep the smell simple and familiar, like home (pumpkin pie, sugar cookies, cinnamon rolls, raisin bread). Be careful not to let them burn!
It’s time to put away the harsh, artificial sprays and fresheners. Here’s a chance to be clean, fresh, and creative.
Keep it all-natural, all organic………….keep it simple!
Congratulations, you have found the home of your dreams, but now what? Now is when the real work, planning, and fun begins. This is an exciting new chapter in life, full of great experiences. Take a few minutes now to create a to-do list and plan projects before moving day arrives! You will be glad you did.
Plan & Prepare:
- Hook yourself up – About a month ahead of the move, contact your current water, electric, cable, and phone companies. This will give you plenty of time to schedule cancellations and not incur any unnecessary charges. Also contact your new providers to schedule “turn-on dates”. Nothing would be worse than trying to move and settle in without water or electric!
- Update Insurance – Notify your homeowner’s insurance company of the change in your residence. If moving to another state, chances are you will have to get a new policy and maybe even a new company, depending on your current insurance company’s coverage.
- Go Postal – Recommendations are to file a change of address request with the USPS approximately 6-weeks before you move. You can stop by your local post office or complete it online at http://www.Usps.com. At the same time, it’s a good idea to remove your name from junk catalog lists (www.catalogchoice.org). Eliminate the extra clutter!
- Medical Records – If you are moving out of the area, it will be much easier to get a copy of your records now rather than later. You may need them to establish yourself as a new patient with another doctor.
- Local News – Sign up for the local newspaper in your new community. What a wonderful way to get to know the local shops, restaurants, and organizations; plus find out about upcoming events!
In addition to paperwork, utility switches, and other aspects of moving, now is a great time to consider home renovation projects. Many of them will be much easier to do before all of your belongings arrive!
- Replace flooring – This can seem a bit daunting now, but will be so much easier for all involved if you can do this project while the space is empty.
- Painting – Even if you can’t decide on new colors for every room, completing this in just one or two rooms is a great accomplishment. And again, it’s much simpler when you don’t have to crawl over furniture!
- Closet systems – Closet systems installed ahead of time will allow for easy unpacking; items can go from boxes right into drawers and on shelves.
- Electrical upgrades – If you’re moving into an older home and this is on the to-do list keep in mind that electricians are paid by the hour; get them in and out as quick as possible!
- Garage Storage – Have sturdy storage shelves to move? Have them loaded last, so you can get to them first. This will give you an immediate space for those “stored” items and will keep floor space open for other things.
Using the tips and hints here, you’ll find that all of this can be a pleasant experience.
The familiar, famous words sung over and over again by Mr. Rogers. They make all of us want to be part of a friendly and inviting neighborhood. Pulling up your roots and moving to a new community can be an adjustment, but more than 43 million Americans do it every year and meeting your new neighbors does not have to be difficult.
It’s really not as tough as you may think to meet people in your area. Here are some great ideas for breaking the ice and fostering the beginning of many great, new friendships.
First Impressions – Remember the saying “First impressions count”? This still holds true. Be a good neighbor from the very first day and people will remember you! Be considerate of where you park your car and moving truck, so you don’t block another’s driveway or mailbox. Check on the local trash pick-up date before you line your curb with the remnants of your move. Though you may be busy unpacking and exhausted…expect the unexpected. Some neighbors will drop by to introduce themselves, bring a casserole or other welcoming gift. Always be courteous, thank them and even invite them in, if possible. And don’t forget to send thank you notes as soon as you are unpacked and settled.
Use your kids – This is one instance where it is acceptable. Keep an eye out for neighboring children who appear to be close to the same age as your own kids. Introduce yourself, suggest a play date to get them acquainted (adults too!). During the school year, make a point to go to the bus stop or join parent organizations to meet others.
Hot Spots – One of the best ways to meet people is to find out where they like to gather. It may be the local pool, community center, coffee shop, or farmer’s market. Make a point to get out to those places and mingle. Pay attention to the patterns in your own neighborhood…do people like to sit on their front porches in the evening or take morning walks? If so, get outside during these times and use the opportunity for introductions.
Be Bold – Take the initiative and knock on their doors to introduce yourself. If you need an excuse to make this situation less awkward, you can always ask to borrow a tool, inquire about lawn service, or request a local restaurant recommendation.
Volunteer – Check with your local Chamber of Commerce for opportunities in the area. What better way to meet people than to support a cause that obviously means something to them as well as to you?
Throw your own party – This could be a simple drop-in at your home (be careful to include all neighbors)…or it could be on a much larger scale such as a neighborhood block party. If you are ambitious and love to organize this type of function, then go for it! If it is well planned, this can be loads of fun for all ages and will be remembered for a long time.
With a little perseverance, maybe even a little courage, you’ll be able to meet many of your neighbors and make a smooth transition into a new homes community.
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