Friday, October 13, 2017

The Ultimate Two Step Plan To Selling Your Home

There are two aspects to a home sale. The first is the home itself. It needs to look absolutely stunning, and essentially, you have to sell the dream here. Remember, property buyers aren’t looking for a roof and four walls. They are searching for their ideal place to live. The other side of the sale is the business. When you sell, you will be represented by a real estate company. If customers don’t like the business behind they sale of your home, they won’t buy. It’s as simple as that. So, to sell your house fast for the right price, you need to do two things. You need to make your home look stunning, and you need to choose a real estate agency that really captures the attention of buyers.

Bright And Beautiful

First, let’s make sure your home looks stunning, and the key to this is minimalism. You need to aim for a minimalist design, and that’s actually rather easy to accomplish.. We have an entire post dedicated to minimalism so there’s no need to get into too much detail about it here. The main factor to consider is whether you have too many items and accessories in each room of your home. As well as this, white walls help make a room look brighter and more open.

Aside from this, aim for contemporary decor in your home. You probably think that contemporary decor is going to be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be. While you can upgrade your kitchen with stone marble countertops, you can also get an aesthetically identical material that is far cheaper. As such, making your home look beautiful doesn’t have to break the bank.

The last key factor of making a home look beautiful is the photos. Don’t forget that these days, the first impression of your home won’t be captured the first time they walk inside. They’ll see your home long before that, with photos online. You need to make sure they are absolutely stunning and hiring a pro photographer is the best way to guarantee that.

Perfect Pitch

As for the business behind the sale, it’s all about making buyers feel at home. For instance, they could organize an open house on your home. With events like this, it’s great for buyers to feel taken care of perhaps with free merchandise like trolley coins readily available. Or maybe even stress balls. It might not seem like much, but an extra gift like this will persuade buyers they are dealing with a pro company.

As the seller, you should also choose a company that is completely open and available to buyers. There’s nothing that homebuyers hate more than being left on hold or not being able to contact the company representing the house when they want to arrange a viewing. You can lose a lot of interest, simply by using a real estate agency with poor customer service.

We hope you see now that these two factors are of great importance when selling your home. With a home that looks stunning and a real estate agent that looks the part, you’ll get the home sale you desire.


Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Why Does Your House Smell And How Can You Stop It?

Most weird smells in the house have a pretty obvious cause. Maybe it’s something you cooked, or you’ve got a teenager living there, but whatever it is it’s usually pretty easy to sort out. But what about those weird background smells that you just can’t pinpoint? You can spend days turning the whole house upside down to try to find the source and still come up with nothing. Don’t give up just yet, it could be one of these things.


A Leak

If the smell is a damp one, you’ve probably got a leak somewhere. If you can’t find the source, it’s probably in the back of a cupboard or hidden behind some furniture in a corner somewhere. If you leave it, it’s just going to get worse and worse. Employ plumbing services to check all of your pipes and see if they can find any problems. If you leave it then you risk developing a mold problem which is going to make things a whole lot worse.

Old Carpets

Over the years, carpets will soak up all of the bad smells that are lingering around the house. That will all build up gradually and each one of those smells will add together to form an overall bad stench. You can try giving the carpets a deep clean but if they’re particularly old then it might be too late. You’ll have to bite the bullet and just replace all of the carpets in the house if you want to make things fresh again.

Electrical Problems

The smell of cooking fish sticks around for a while but that smell can come from something else. Dodgy electrics give out a smell that is surprisingly similar to old fish. The plastic on the wires gives out the odor if it’s too hot but most people don’t notice because they think it’s just cooking smell. That doesn’t mean you should call an electrician every time you’ve cooked a fish but if the smell sticks for weeks afterwards maybe you’ve got a problem somewhere.

Hot Water Heater

Experts recommend that you replace the anode rod in your hot water heater every five years. Most people haven’t heard of an anode rod, let alone had it replaced regularly. If you don’t though, it’ll start giving out a bad smell. It sometimes smells like a gas leak so it’s worth getting checked. The best way to tell whether it’s your hot water heater is to turn the taps on and see if the smell gets worse. It’s also worth checking whether it’s stronger when you’re near the sinks. All you’ll need to do is get somebody to check your plumbing and change it for you and the smell should disappear overnight.

Old Dishwasher

A dishwasher is meant to make life easier but when you’ve had yours for a few years it might become more of a hindrance. It’s pretty easy for it to get clogged up with bits of old food and it’ll all build up into a stinky mush that starts to rot over the years. All of that smell will start to seep out into the house. The best way to avoid it is to rinse everything off before you put it in but if you’re too lazy for that and you’ve left it too long, you’ll probably need to buy a new dishwasher.

Nobody wants to go to a house that stinks, so if you’ve got an odor problem, sort it out now.


How Long Before A Robot Cooks Your Breakfast?

2017 may be the year that will update the old saying: Home is where the heart is. Home, now, is where the high tech comfort, safety, and decor coexist in harmony. As for the heart, it seems that it has eclipsed the equation for the profit of the Millennial requirements: A home that is simple, safe and modern for all; in other words, a home that is the natural extension of a smartphone. The intelligent home is at the core of every homeowner’s dream. Science fiction has long portrayed homes that can cook a yummy breakfast while we get up, do the laundry and the washing up, and maybe even get the garden landscaping on the way. Admittedly artificial intelligence may not be that advanced yet — yes, you still need to mow the lawn yourself — but homes are getting smarter in many ways, using digital, nature and design intelligence to make our lives easier every day.


Simple: The minimalist decor that changes your home

Do you want a lovely home that is fresh and welcoming? No need to answer the question; you probably do. But what you may not realize is that you can quickly create an inviting atmosphere in your home, using nothing else but a minimalist decor. A minimalist decor is a type of interior design that has precisely what you need and nothing more. More importantly, it sets the focus on smart room settings — a clutter-free decor accumulates less dust and therefore less bad odours — and intelligent plants designed to clean the toxins from the air. While the shapes and decor lines are kept to their most simplistic levels, a minimalist decor gives an immediate sensory satisfaction.

Safe: Protect your family

What’s a home if not a place where you and your family can feel safe? That’s exactly why you need to ensure that your home has smart security devices from your smoke alarm to the burglar alarm. Additionally, there are always two steps with each security system: First the installation and then the maintenance, whether you’re considering smoke alarm maintenance or CCTV checks. There’s only so much protection you can expect from an unmaintained device. So, while it can seem dull, it’s best to get all your security systems checked on a yearly basis. Besides, as the security sector never stops innovating, you need to ensure that the intelligent solutions you’ve installed can still provide the best protection.

Modern: There’s no home with gadgets

Alexa, change the lights to blue.
Amazon’s voice service, Alexa, can not only answer questions, but it can also play music, control some of your home settings, and pass Amazon orders for you. The Millennial home is a smart home where you can order your favourite film while sitting on the sofa, just by using your voice. According to the sci-fi world: We’re already living in the future! Admittedly, robots are not yet serving the human race. However, we’ve got smart fridges that can track groceries and expiration dates and reorder food with Alexa. Smart appliances are the essence of the modern home.

The intelligence home looks after itself: It keeps clean through its intelligent decor, protects its inhabitants through a security system and arranges setting and grocery shopping at the sound of your voice. All your home needs to learn now is how to bake the perfect breakfast and bring it to bed!