Archive for October, 2017


One Min Monday…WHAT THATS NEW

Tuesday, October 24th, 2017

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Minimize Distractions When House Hunting

Monday, October 23rd, 2017

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Foolproof Guide to Hanging a Picture Frame

Saturday, October 21st, 2017

There are few things more frustrating than having to put multiple holes into your drywall just to hang a picture frame correctly. One would think that, in this age of advanced technology where anything seems possible, we would have developed a standardized frame hook that cures all of our frame-hanging woes. Unfortunately, we still have single hook frames that can’t hold a picture straight or two-hook frames that we can never measure just right.

Well, now you can put all of your bad frame hanging experiences in the past. In this article, we’ll cover the basics of hanging different types of frames and share some frame-hanging hacks that will help you get it right the first time–every time.
Choosing the right hook for the job

Over the years several cutting edge innovations have occurred in the work of frame hooks that you may never have even heard about. Monkey hooks, for example, weren’t front page news when they hit the shelves, but they should have been. These painfully simple hanging hooks push right into your drywall and secure themselves on the back side holding up to 50 pounds (wow!), no hammer necessary.

You can also go with tried and true nails, anchors, and wall plugs. The important thing to remember when using these methods is to consider the weight of your frame. A 10-pound monster of a frame shouldn’t be put on the shoulders of one lonely nail that isn’t even penetrating a stud. That’s a for-sure way to break your frame and rip up your drywall as it comes crashing to the ground.
Placement is key

It isn’t a picture hanging party without someone standing behind you saying “up a bit more” for 10 minutes while you lose circulation in your arms. You’ll need a partner standing back a bit to tell you exactly where it should go. It’s essential that they tell you where it should be hung so they can’t blame you if they don’t like the placement later on. If you don’t have the luxury of a picture hanging partner, try tracing a part of the frame (extremely lightly in pencil) on the wall and standing back.

If you’re hanging a gallery or a frame that you want to align with another object on the wall, don’t try to “eyeball” it. Get out the tape measure and be meticulous when measuring the dimensions for the other object.
Hanging Hacks

Thanks to the internet, there are several picture framing hacks that will make this whole process a lot easier. They are:

Use painters tape for marking and leveling. If you want the frame to line up with one near it, simply run the tape along the lower edge of the frame that’s already hung to where you want the new one to be.

For frames with two hooks, run a wire between them and hang it on a single nail. It is virtually impossible (for me anyway) to get two nails exactly level for hanging a picture.

If you must use two nails, use your level as a ruler. Put one nail into the wall and rest one side of the level on it. Move the other side up or down until it’s level and then mark exactly where the next nail should be.

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YOU GOTTA SEE THIS! Captivating Colonial with Lake Access

Thursday, October 19th, 2017

YOU GOTTA SEE THIS! Captivating Colonial with Lake Access and room for horses! You’ll love this Enchanting Colonial overlooking your own spectacular lake. Spend your summer mornings on the screened in porch with a fresh cup of coffee and your winter evenings in the family room next to the pellet stove with a good book. This is the home you’ve been dreaming of! Situated in on a stunning 25.30 acres. Situated in a friendly community in Willington Ct, just thirty minutes from Hartford/Bradley Airport and 10 minutes from UCONN – this house offers everything that a homeowner needs to maintain a happy and peaceful lifestyle.

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Selling a Home in Autumn? What You Need to Know

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

Ready to add your house to the real estate market this fall? Not so fast! Autumn may prove to be a difficult time to sell your home, particularly for those who are unprepared for the fall housing market. Fortunately, we’re here to help you take the guesswork out of selling your home in fall.

Here are three autumn real estate tips that every home seller needs to know about:

1. Set a Competitive Price from Day One

Many homebuyers exit the real estate market in summer, which means that the number of home sellers may exceed the number of property buyers in autumn. Thus, you’ll want to establish a competitive price for your home from the get-go to boost your chances of a quick home sale.

To determine a fair price for your home, you’ll first want to look at the current housing market. Check out the prices of comparable houses in your city or town. Also, examine how long similar houses have been available and whether home sellers have been forced to drop their prices over the past few months.

Don’t forget to conduct a home appraisal as well. This appraisal will enable you to identify your home’s strengths and weaknesses so you can price your house accordingly.

2. Clean Your Home Inside and Out

Let’s face it – no homebuyer wants to purchase a messy residence. Lucky for you, there’s still plenty of time to clean your home’s interior and exterior before you add your residence to the autumn housing market.

Assess your home’s exterior and make improvements to optimize your residence’s curb appeal. Mow the front lawn, rake leaves away from walkways and install exterior lighting as needed. By doing so, you’ll be able to make it easy for homebuyers to fall in love with your residence as soon as they see it.

When it comes to cleaning your home’s interior, you can mop the floors, wipe down the walls and ceilings and de-clutter. And if you need extra help along the way, you can always hire a professional cleaning company too.

3. Work with a Real Estate Agent

A real estate agent is a difference-maker, and as such, will do everything possible to showcase your residence to the right homebuyers in autumn.

Hiring a real estate agent ensures that you can receive expert guidance throughout the home selling process. This real estate professional will teach you about the ins and outs of the autumn real estate market and ensure that you can prep your home properly. He or she will even set up home showings and open houses, promote your home through social networks and other online sources and much more.

Selling a home in autumn may seem challenging, but a real estate agent will help you streamline the home selling cycle. Therefore, it is paramount for a home seller to hire a real estate agent to get the best results possible.

Use the aforementioned home selling tips, and ultimately, you should have no trouble selling your residence in autumn.

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Advantages of a Minimalist Home Lifestyle

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

 

As minimalist benefits that come with a minimalist lifestyle. Remove excess items from your home and you can also get rid of outdated food and unused clothing, shoes, and yard equipment. You only fill your home with furniture and household goods that you need, items that add value to your home, not items that stroke your ego. More living space at home is, admittedly, a large advantage gained from entering the minimalist lifestyle. But, more living space at home isn’t the only benefit that you can receive after you embrace a minimalist home lifestyle.

 

Less may truly be more at home

Less clutter, ease of finding important documents and household items and improved natural light flow are other be

 

Your inner energy may also shift. For example, after you embrace a minimalist lifestyle at home, you might feel more vibrant, engaged with your life and open to positive changes. Pets that you own can play and rest easier, as they may no longer have to climb over, around or beneath furniture or boxes that you haven’t used in months. More benefits of embracing a minimalist lifestyle at home include:

  • Better air flow
  • Improved natural light – Sun rays don’t get blocked by tall furniture pieces, boxes, and clutter
  • Fewer accidents – More open space presents fewer chances to trip over cords, furniture legs or decor
  • Fresher food – Because a minimalist home lifestyle means that you’ll ride your house of unused and unnecessary items, you won’t hold onto outdated food items, including old canned food that’s only been ta 

    king up space in your kitchen cabinets.

  • More time spent focusing on life goals
  • Better budgeting habits
  • Personal financial growth

Moving toward an advantageous minimalist home lifestyle

Additionally, if you struggled with fear in the past, ideas on actions that you could take to remove the fear, replacing it with confidence, faith, and love, might spring to mind. This may happen because a more spacious house could open your mind and make room for innovative thoughts to surface in your conscious mind. Great ideas could spring up seemingly out of nowhere. In a nutshell, there is something to be shared as it regards giving yourself more space.

 

If you find yourself struggling to let go of the unnecessary, select two to four items a week that you will donate to charity. Take your time letting go of items that are merely taking up space at your house. Also, catch yourself if you start trying to convince yourself that letting go of an item you don’t use will cause you to somehow mysteriously need the item after you remove it from your home.

Minimalist home lifestyle can create major positive life shifts

For years, Eastern cultures have known about the benefits of living clutter free. Fortunately, more Western interior designers are starting to realize and embrace the benefits of living with less. When you live a minimalist lifestyle at home, you let go of the notion that filling your house with material goods makes you feel good.

Another habit that you let go of is buying more household items as a way to convince yourself that you are more than someone else. Living a minimalist lifestyle at home could help to free you from the need to compete with others, an erroneous habit that has driven more than a few people into financial debt.

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Proven Ways to Promote a House to Buyers

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

If you want to promote your house to potential buyers, there is no shortage of options at your disposal. In fact, some of the proven ways to showcase a residence to potential buyers include:

1. Home Listing

A home listing can make a world of difference for any home seller, at any time. However, it is important to note that not all home listings are created equal. But if a seller allocates the necessary time and resources to create an effective home listing, he or she should have no trouble stirring up interest in a residence.

Oftentimes, an effective home listing includes accurate information about a home’s age and condition. The listing also should be both informative and engaging.

The ideal home listing should be shared with a seller’s family members and friends too. That way, a seller’s loved ones can offer details to lots of potential buyers about a residence, thereby increasing the likelihood of a fast home sale.

2. Social Media

Facebook, Twitter and other social networks are exceedingly valuable to home sellers. These networks enable sellers to share details about their residences, as well as respond to potential buyers’ concerns and questions.

If you decide to share details about your home via social media, it often helps to include high-resolution photographs of your residence. With these photographs, a seller can showcase various areas of a home and help a buyer determine whether to set up a date and time to check out a residence in-person.

Furthermore, don’t forget to post to social media regularly. Because the more frequently that a seller shares details about his or her home across social networks, the more likely it becomes that a potential buyer will learn about the residence and schedule a home showing.

3. Real Estate Agent

If you are unsure about how to promote your residence to potential buyers, there is no need to worry. Dozens of real estate agents are available in cities and towns nationwide, and these housing market professionals can guide you along the home selling process.

A real estate agent will learn about your home selling goals, as well as your residence. Then, this housing market professional will offer home selling suggestions and help you map out a successful home selling strategy.

Typically, a real estate agent will set up home showings and open house events, keep you up to date about offers on your residence and negotiate with a buyer’s agent on your behalf. He or she also is unafraid to speak from the heart, and as such, will provide honest, unbiased home selling recommendations.

Perhaps best of all, a real estate agent can respond to your home selling queries. This housing market professional will even educate you about the real estate market and ensure that you can make informed home selling decisions.

Ready to promote your residence to large groups of potential buyers? Use the aforementioned options, and you can improve your chances of stirring up substantial interest in your house.

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Small Budget Home Improvements That Make A Big Difference

Monday, October 9th, 2017

Small Budget Home Improvements That Make A Big Difference
Posted by Aaron Bowman, Realtor on 10/8/2017

If you’re looking to make changes to your home in a big way but don’t have the time or the budget, there’s plenty of things that you can do in order to bring your home to another level without breaking the bank.

Look From The Outside In

Enhancing the landscaping and curb appeal of your home can be an easy project to add value and comfort to your home. Whether you’re getting ready to sell or you just want to feel more at home, making your home look more inviting from the outside is a worthwhile project.

Open Some Space

Just knocking down a wall can make a huge difference in your home. Once a wall is removed, it can really transform your space. Be careful though, as knocking down a wall where plumbing is or electrical work is can disrupt a lot. This can become very costly, so you may not want to undertake such a big project. Also be mindful of reconnecting floors or moving features like a kitchen island. Be sure to get a few quotes from contractors for these jobs before you settle with one.

Get New Windows

Putting in new windows is a great project that can add a lot of value to your home. You should really replace the windows in your home every 20-25 years. Updating the windows in your home not only changes the look of your home but makes it more energy efficient as well. The extra insulation can also help to keep out noise disturbances and keep your home a quiet place to live. If you live near a main road, new windows are a must.

Upgrade Appliances

There is nothing more attractive to buyers and homeowners alike than new appliances. These are fairly cheap investments considering their returns. You can replace one appliance or go for a whole new kitchen if you’d like. It all depends on the condition of the appliances. Even simply replacing the washer and dryer can make your life easier and also make your home more attractive to buyers when you decide to sell.

Change Up The Floors

Simply switching your carpet or ripping up carpets to put in hardwood floors can be a huge game changer for your home. The costs of these improvements can vary greatly. The size of your rooms and the type of materials that you choose can affect the costs as well.

Get Organized

Putting in shelving or other organizing systems to help you and your family keep organized can be invaluable. Not having to deal with constant clutter can reduce stress and make your home look more presentable. This is another improvement project that is totally worthwhile for you to complete.

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