Monday, October 23, 2017

Sold! Getting Your Home Off the Market as Quickly as Possible


Everyone sells properties in different ways. Some people will be emotionally invested in their personal properties and won’t want to let them go for a lower price than expected. Others are particularly fussy about who is going to take over the property, becoming the new homeowner and living their lives out within its walls. However, if you’re selling for profit, chances are that you want as fast and smooth a sale as possible. So, if you are working with a short time limit in mind, here are a few ways to get your home on and off the market as quickly as possible.

Know Your Angles

We are all well aware that a good estate agent can make a hovel look like a perfect family home. How? Well, it’s all about the angles. Most people will get their first impressions of a property from images posted online. Now, you should aim to give potential buyers as honest a view of the property as possible. After all, do you really want someone to be massively disappointed when they see the bricks and mortar in person? However, if you know your angles, you will be able to achieve this honest representation of your home at the same time as displaying it in the most flattering way possible.


Be Ready to Do Business At All Times

If you are looking at securing a quick sale, you need to be ready to do business at any time of the day. After all, you don’t want to see a potential buyer slip by because you are unavailable to talk to or conduct a viewing. Dedicate the majority of your time and effort to actively selling your property. You should have your laptop on you at all times, as well as any notes or pieces of information that you may require to secure an agreement. Keep all of these essentials in a smart bag. This will give you easy access to whatever you may need while ensuring that your belongings and private information are kept safe and sound. Answer calls and emails as quickly as possible, as they could be legitimate leads to quick sales.

Advertise in the Right Places

Get to know the property that you are selling and work out who your target audience is. Are you selling a house with multiple bedrooms in close proximity to good schools? Then you might gather a lot of interest from families. Is the property a studio apartment on a side street near a bustling and busy town centre? Well, it is more likely to appeal to young professionals starting an independent life. If you know who your property caters to, you can then work out where’s best to advertise. For families, you may want to post adverts on parenting sites. If you’re trying to attract students or young professionals, share details of the property on social media. You just need to make yourself visible in the right places to gather the right attention.

While you can’t expect your property to fly off the market as soon as it is listed as “for sale”, you can take certain measures to speed up the sale process. These simple steps will help you to secure a sale in next to no time.


Friday, October 20, 2017

Letting Mother Earth Into Your Home


Is your home made of plastic? In trying to make our homes feel modern, many of us can get carried away with linoleum flooring and polypropylene furniture and nylon upholstery. This can make a home feel cold and synthetic. Sometimes it can be nice to bring a natural touch into the home. Here are a few ways that you can make your plastic home feel earthier.

Touch wood

Wood can instantly bring a more earthy touch to your home. Wooden flooring is particularly in vogue right now and homes that have it are going up in value. This could be easily achieved in some cases by stripping away the carpets in your home and exposing the wooden floorboards below. Alternatively, there are plenty of click-fit wooden flooring options out there that could drop over the top of a linoleum or tiled floor. On top of wooden flooring, you can also give your home a rustic look by buying wooden furniture, installing wooden countertops and even opting for a veneered feature wall.  


Rock out

Stone is also an earthy material that can look great in your home. This could be anything from a granite worktop to a marble sink. You can even opt for stone furniture such as a concrete dining table. Stone can be expensive, but is certain to add a sense of elegance to your home.

Spruce up with plants

Plants will literally ‘bring life’ to your home’s interior. They can help to provide colour and purify the air in your home. Certain plants may even have benefits in certain rooms. Many tropical plants such as aloe vera and peace lily are ideal for the bathroom as they thrive in low-light humid conditions, even helping to dehumidify the room. For the kitchen meanwhile you could try some foody plants such as a chilli plant or tomato plant, the produce of which you can then incorporate into your cooking.


Create a fishy feature

Fish are some of the easiest pets to keep. A well-placed fish tank can also make a great natural stylistic feature in your home. It could be placed opposite a TV to create a new focal point in the room. You could even make a bathroom have an underwater feel by adding in a fish tank. Just make sure that there is some natural light getting into the tank as fish can benefit from this.

Have some scents

Want your home to smell nice? Take a break from synthetic cleaning chemicals and bleachy smells and consider some natural methods of deodorising the air. Adding lavender oil to a pine cone can create an earthy forest smell, whilst cinnamon and orange peels in water can create a fresh fruity aroma. Then of course there are many strong smelling flowers that can help to bring some natural scents to your home. Orchids and peace lilies are just two examples.


The Perfect Home Additions

Your home is what you make of it. Most of you reading this will know how much pride and joy you take into the design of your home. Once everything is perfect, you’ll still find something to change. That’s the true beauty of owning a home, you can recreate its style depending on how your taste varies. There is no better way of doing this than mixing up the little additions you can put in your home. Some will be necessities, some will just be for show. Take a look at what you can do!

Housework aid’s are always handy. There are certain chores we all hate to do. Washing, ironing, hoovering. They’re all necessary evils after a hard day at work. So why not purchase a few things to make it a little easier. Let’s start with Dyson 360 eye. It’s a hoover, that pretty much hoovers for you. Did anything ever sound so perfect? Its camera monitors where it's heading, and it’ll clean every floor from top to toe of the house. As lazy as it may sound, it’s any homeowner's dream, especially if you’re a mother. You can check out similar brands here!

Ironing, this might come as number one of hated household tasks. Like most people, you’re probably the type to let ironing pile up and up until you have an impossible mountain to tackle. But the gods have blessed us with a way of making this a little easier. Try getting yourself a steamer. Give the clothes a quick steam before hanging up, and they’ll look just as if they’ve been ironed. Try the best garment steamer from Steamer Spy and watch the difference it’ll make to your life. You’ll never look back again!


Two practical things out the way with, let's take a look at some aesthetic additions. Now that summer is upon us, your living room will turn into an open airy paradise. Something that’s really quirky to add in is a hammock. They’re ever so cheap, and will easily support you by being attached to the ceiling or wall. Put it by the window and you have the perfect place to relax. It’s a great mix of style and comfort. If you don’t have enough space in the living room, then try putting one up in the garden for an even more relaxed vibe in the summer's sun.

Another funky addition, but also a comfy one, is a sofa bean bag. They’re not as big as you think, and could easily fit in either your room, or the living room. If you have children, it’ll be the highlight of their room for them. They’re so unique but at the same time stylish, give it a try and see what room it suits.

No matter how hard you try, you’ll always be on the hunt for additions to the home. No matter how big or small they are, they always have the power to completely transform any room. Have a look around and see what look works for you, and remember, experimenting is key to a unique home.