Posted by Peggy Farber on 8/16/2017

It's probably safe to assume that at some point in our lives we have looked at a room in a magazine and wished our own home could look just like that. Unlike magazines, however, we donít have the luxury of having a professional design team putting in hours of their time to make each room on our house look perfectly put together. However, we still find ourselves wishing ours could look just a little bit more polished like the ones in the glossy pages lining drugstore shelves. Below are some tips you can use to add a designerís touch to your own home without having to hire one: Three's a charm†- choose three colors and/or shades you will use throughout the room. You will want one as your main color, one as an accent and another for a minor accent. If you tend to be drawn to all warm or cool shades, use the opposite tone as an accent color to restore balance to your color palette. Texture - mixing up textures will add more depth and visual interest to your room. Fur, tufting, velvet, tile and wood-grain and wainscotting are all classic ways to add texture to a room Balance - strike a balance within your room by mixing large and small or bulky and delicate furniture together. By mixing pieces with varying structures your room will feel less cookie cutter and more curated. It's all in the details - bowls, baskets, and trays throughout a room add a thoughtful touch while offering alternative storage. Added bonus: this is also a great way to add more texture to a room. Get artsy - adding unique artwork to a room adds the professional touch you are looking for. This can easily be done at home and even a project that can be done with children. All you need is some paint and a few canvases to paint abstract shapes on to. Everything in its place - avoid clutter taking over counters by giving everything a dedicated place. Homes in magazines spreads have the upper hand in that they are not actually lived in. Having a day of the week where you go through your home to ensure everything is either in its assigned place or given one will guarantee a neater, tidier home over time. The finishing touch - fresh-cut flowers add that certain something to a room. You are sure to find them in any given room found in the pages of a magazine. If your room seems to be missing something and you can't quite put your finger on it, a floral bouquet is probably the finishing touch you're looking for. While a perfect home can't be guaranteed, after all, we live in the real world and not one curated for a photo shoot, there are steps you can take to replicate those found in the glossy pages of magazines. Whether you switch up your furniture pieces to include a variety of shapes or add a DIY abstract painting you can easily add a designer touch to your own home!

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Posted by Peggy Farber on 8/9/2017

Bad tenants do more than ruin a house. Bad tenants can have a negative effect on an entire neighborhood. Unfortunately, it's not always easy to determine how responsible and upstanding house renters are.

In fact, at the outset, you might think that the couple who stops by to ask about renting your house are in good financial, social and legal standing. It's hard to tell if people are being dishonest just by looking at them, especially if you connect quality attire with good behavior.

Signs that you're renting to bad house tenants

By the time you realize that you've rented your house to the wrong people, it could be too late. Pay attention the following signs before you rent to sidestep landlord regret:

  • Habit of paying rent late (bad tenants won't only regularly pay rent late, they may also give you one excuse after another each time they pay you late)
  • Property damage that ranges from ripped carpet, badly scratched wood floors, busted pipes and the old familiar, wall holes
  • Complaints from neighbors about loud noises arguments and physical altercations that occur at the house that you're renting
  • Broken or cracked windows
  • Loose kitchen or bathroom cabinets, including cabinet doors that are barely hanging on their hinges
  • More weeds than grass in the front and back yard

Learning more about house renters

You're probably going to need help discovering exactly who you are about to rent your house to. Much of that help is at your fingertips. Some of the assistance comes at a price. Included among both are:

  • Running a thorough credit check on potential house renters (run a check on all three major credit bureaus at the least)
  • Paying for a thorough criminal background check  on tenants, the same as apartment leasing office do
  • Asking future house renters to give you proof of employment
  • Setting clear guidelines on what tenants can and cannot do at your property (for example, you might state that tenants cannot have overnight guests for longer than two weeks without your written permission)

Protecting yourself from bad tenants

When you rent your house to other people think of it as actually selling your house to someone. Sure. You still own the house when you rent, but tenants are going to have nearly as much impact on your house, including the condition of your house, as you would if you lived at the property.

Late rent payments are just the beginning when it comes to dealing with bad tenants. Rent to bad tenants and you could end up paying to repair holes in walls, patchy lawns and stained carpet. You might also have to meet with neighbors and apologize for their having to put up with loud noises and debris that bad tenants created.

Although there is no way to guarantee that tenants will be courteous, friendly and responsible, there are things that you could do to raise the chances that people you rent your house to won't leave you with headaches. A background check, credit review and speaking with the prospective tenants' current neighbors is a good start.

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Posted by Peggy Farber on 8/2/2017

Taking ownership of an older house could save you thousands of dollars. In fact,ticket prices on houses built during the 1940s are generally half the ticket price on modern homes. Think of buying an older house the way that you approach buying a used car. As with a used car, because the house has experienced wear and tear, you wonít be asked to pay top dollar to move into the home.

Age could provide you significant cost savings

Pick an older home thatís not located in an area thatís overseen by a homeowners association and you could save thousands of dollars a year. Other ways that buying an older house could save you thousands of dollars are in structural maintenance costs.

Houses built around World War II were built to endure hard blasts. Punch a wall in a house that was built during the 1940s and you could break your hand. On the other hand, you could tear a hole in a house built during the 1980s or later if you accidentally jam the end of a broom handle against the wall.

Walls of houses built in the 1940s were made of cement. Modern homes may be constructed with fiberboard or plasterboard panels. Fiberboard and plasterboard are thinner than cement walls. You may have heard a relative or friend refer to the walls as being ďpaper thinĒ.

As a note of caution, get walls of older houses youíre thinking of buying inspected. Many walls in houses built during the 1940s were made with asbestos cement. To save money on an older home also ensure that the house is well ventilated.

Making the most out of buying older houses

If you donít, you could buy a house that, although durable, is not well insulated or ventilated.Poor ventilation can cause a house to feel uncomfortably warm during summer months and far too cool when it gets cold outside. Also, make sure that the older house you want to buy has central air conditioning.

Of course,if you spend a lot of time outdoors, central air may not be a priority. To keep your older home cool during summer without turning on central air, close the doors to rooms that you are not using. Place chairs and sofas near windows and vents. And use window air conditioners and efficient floor fans.

You may love the privacy that youíll gain with an older home, as older houses are generally not designed with open floor plans. Each room may have a separate archway or door. Houses in older neighborhoods tend to have a similar floor plan.Depending on when you grew up, you may recall how your parents, aunts, uncles and grandparents homesí were laid out the same.

After you get an older house that you want to buy inspected, you can always modernize the home. For example, you could install solar panels in the house. Upgrade the insulation and knock down walls and create an open floor plan to give the home a more spacious look and feel.

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Posted by Peggy Farber on 7/26/2017

Move into a smaller home and youíll quickly see how many accessories, furniture pieces and memorabilia youíve been holding onto. Have an attic or basement and the amount of items that you have could more than double what you had when you first moved into your own place. It makes downsizing your home with style a challenge. But,it doesnít make it impossible.

Get ready to downsize without feeling like you're living space is shrinking

To prepare yourself for downsizing, walk inside a model home. A model apartment works too.Pay attention to how you feel while in an uncluttered space. Does the model have the furniture and accessories that you would need without adding all of the items that youíve collected over the years? Be honest. If so, consider removing items at your home that you really donít need. You can donate these items to charity.

Watch online videos and television programs that show people downsizing. Check out before and after videos and pictures of the homes. Listen to interviews of people who downsized with style. You may hear someone who reminds you of yourself sharing their story about how downsizing with style improved their homeís functionality and how they feel.

Get your family together and discuss downsizing. Talk about which items youíre thinking about letting go of. See if anyone has emotional ties to the items. If they do,consider allowing each family member to keep up to two items that they feel emotionally connected to. Let them know that other unused items will be donated to charity.

After you donate furniture or accessories to charity, give your floors and walls a good cleaning. Consider painting and installing new carpet. If you have hardwood floors, you could polish them. You could also sand down pieces that have started to bubble or that have become warped.

By removing heavy drapes and curtains from windows, youíll welcome more natural light inside your home. Adding light colored blinds to your windows can make a room feel bigger. Downsizing with style includes letting go of clothes and shoes that you havenít worn in two or more years. You should actually be able to walk in your walk in closet.

Get rid of enough unused and unnecessary items and you may be able to move into a smaller house. Youíll be part of a trend, as small houses are popular. Another way to downsize with style is to hang one picture, quote or design on a wall. Avoid hanging three or more pictures on a wall, cramming walls with too many decorations.Focus on living light and clutter free.

Living clutter free has rewards. You may feel freer and lighter on the inside. If you tripped over furniture and accessories before, the number of times that you do so after you downsize may drop significantly. Dancing, exercising at home and playing floor games will be a lot easier. You also wonít spend money on furniture and other merchandise that you already own but couldnít find when your house was over crowded. Your home will also look and feel a lot bigger

Posted by Peggy Farber on 7/21/2017

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