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Posted by John Buccelli on 2/18/2018

Resourcefulness is a key trait of a successful home seller, and perhaps it is easy to understand why.

Typically, a resourceful home seller will be able to identify opportunities to promote his or her residence in any real estate market, at any time. This home seller also will know what it takes to accelerate the property selling cycle and maximize the value of his or her residence.

So what does it take to become a resourceful home seller? Here are three tips to help you do just that.

1. Learn About the Housing Market

The housing market can be difficult to navigate, particularly for a first-time property seller. Fortunately, housing market data is readily available and can provide you many insights that can help you become a resourceful home seller.

For example, home sellers can check out the prices of houses that are similar to their own any time they choose. With this housing market data in hand, property sellers can understand how their residences stack up against the competition.

Home sellers also should evaluate the prices of recently sold residences in their city or town. That way, home sellers can find out whether they are preparing to enter a seller's or buyer's market.

2. Understand Your House's Strengths and Weaknesses

Although you've allocated substantial time and resources to maintain your residence over the years, it is important to realize that no house is perfect. However, a resourceful home seller will understand his or her property's strengths and weaknesses and plan accordingly.

A home appraisal offers a great learning opportunity for a home seller. During this appraisal, a property inspector will examine a home both inside and out. Then, a home seller will receive a report that outlines a house's pros and cons.

After a home appraisal, a property seller may be better equipped than ever before to establish a competitive price for his or her house. As a result, this home seller can boost his or her chances of speeding up the property selling process.

3. Collaborate with a Real Estate Agent

Even resourceful home sellers know that navigating the property selling journey on their own can be tough. Luckily, real estate agents are available who can help you analyze the housing market and get the best results during the home selling journey.

A real estate agent can help you set up home showings and open houses, negotiate with homebuyers and much more. In addition, a real estate agent will learn about your home selling goals and work with you to achieve them quickly and effortlessly.

Perhaps best of all, a real estate agent can provide you with home selling resources and insights that you may struggle to obtain elsewhere. He or she can teach you about the ins and outs of the real estate market and ensure you can seamlessly sell your house.

Get ready to sell your house Ė use these tips, and you can become a resourceful home seller.





Posted by John Buccelli on 2/11/2018

In todayís world, everything is online. You probably have started your home search online as well. Itís plain fun to look at real estate. You can dream of living in a place you canít afford. You might never see any of those listings that youíre browsing in person. Should you?


No matter when your home search may become a reality, there are a few benefits to seeing houses in person. 


Youíll See What Your Money Can Get You


What you want and what you can afford may be far apart. You wonít understand the reality of the housing market unless you see it firsthand. By looking at whatís available on the market at a given time, you will be able to see how much house your dollars will buy you. Knowing what you can afford will help you to keep your expectations in check when you do head out to search for a home. Looking at what homes are on the market can actually help you to help your real estate agent find you something that will suit your needs. Thereís nothing worse than telling your agent that you want a home thatís impossible to find.


Youíll Meet Real Estate Agents


By going to open houses, youíll be able to meet different real estate agents. Through this process, you could very well meet the agent who will help you to find your dream home. If you like the way an agent is helping to sell a home, youíll very likely get along with them as a buyer. 


You Will Know How Much Competition You Have


If youíre attending open houses and find that there are many other people there the same time as you, it could be a sign that the market has tight competition. A lot of open house attendees means that prices are higher because the competition is fierce. You may have to offer above asking price in order to secure a deal on a home.


Youíll Learn Different Areas


Open houses can bring you to places you may have never thought of living before. Youíll get a sense of what different neighborhoods are like if you spend some time exploring through attending open houses. 


Youíll Learn What You Can Live With


Itís easy to have a concrete picture in your mind of what you want in a home and what you can deal with. When you see houses firsthand, you may be able to open your mind a bit as to the type of home youíre seeking.  


 





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Posted by John Buccelli on 2/4/2018

Youíre getting your first home and finally have the freedom and room to create your own gaming center. Whether in a spare room or your living room you can have the ultimate gaming experience youíve always dreamed of. Here are seven video gaming station necessities that will keep you in top form:

First things first, a tv stand unit with plenty of room for all of your consoles and game collection. Think about how you would like to show off your collection. By console? By model year? Or alphabetical? Keep this in mind as you choose your shelving so you have plenty of space for your existing games as well as the ones to come.

A cable management system planned ahead of time. Cables are always a pain but when setting up several systems it quickly becomes a nightmare. The good news is there are several ways to organize all those wires. You can use color-coded zip ties, a specially designed cable organizing box or save up those plastic bread tags to label cables. And of course be sure to plug them all into a surge protector.

The ultimate gaming chair is a must for those all-nighters grinding through the latest game. And when sitting in the same chair while logging all those hours you want to make sure the one you choose is comfortable and ergonomic. And, of course, a comfortable couch for gaming with friends. A set that offers recliners, cup holders and USB ports is always a win.

Perfect lighting and reduce eye strain by choosing tinted bulbs that will eliminate glare. Alternatively, paper lantern lamps also create a soft glowing light. If you want to play with more focus for longer this is key. A glare is not only detrimental to your eye health but can also seriously impact your gameplay for the worse.     

The little big things: Prioritize bandwidth with a router with QoS option to prioritize your console for seamless gameplay. Charging stations not only keep controllers ready for gameplay but are also a great way to keep them organized. Surround sound or at the very least a sound bar takes your game experience to the next level by immersing you into your world of choice.

Moving into a new home is an exciting time for many reasons, but for many gamers, it also means the ability to finally create the gaming center theyíve always dreamed of. Itís easy to get caught up in creating a theme or pulling it together as fast as possible to get gaming sooner. However, taking the time to create an organized space that prioritizes your health and overall experience youíll set yourself up for years of peak-performance game plan ahead.





Posted by John Buccelli on 1/28/2018

There are plenty of DIY projects that you can find around your home. Some of these activities save you more time and money than others. Many times, trying to tackle a project on your own reaps more benefits and feels more rewarding. Re-caulking your shower is something that needs to be done to protect your bathroom. Itís a fairly simple project that can be done in a dayís time, so with the right instructions, you can avoid hiring a professional. By completing the project, youíll also avoid the need for costly repairs down the road.  


Cracks in the shower happen due to a natural expanding and contracting of the walls based on changes in temperature and humidity. The seams of your tub are also vulnerable to these changes since these seams are affected and jarred when people step in and out of the tub. 


While this all sounds kind of complicated, doing the job of re-caulking yourself can really save you a lot of money in the long term. Noticing that there is a potential problem with your tub is the first step to saving money, as it will prevent bigger repairs from being necessary later on.  


Hereís What Youíll Need:


Water or silicone based caulk

Knife

Rags


First, youíll need to prepare your shower. You should clean both the shower and tub thoroughly. This will get all of the residue and mildew off of your walls. Next, youíll need to dig out all of the old caulking from the seams of the tub and the shower. The idea here is to leave a clean slate to put in the new caulking. 


Now, youíre ready to apply the new caulking. Cut the opening of the applicator to 1/8 inch in diameter. Next, squeeze out the caulking continuously in long lines. Caulk dries fast, so youíll need to complete this task one section at a time. 


Finally, youíll want to smooth the line that you have created from the caulking. As soon as you lay the caulking, you should smooth it with your finger. Then, wipe away any excess caulk with a rag. You can reform any joints with warm, soapy water and your fingers. If any excess caulk dries around the tile, use the knife to remove it. You really should be prepared to get your hands dirty for this project.       


You should wait about 12 hours to use the shower to allow the new caulking to dry completely. This simple do-it-yourself project can really make your bathroom look better and cleaner.  

  






Posted by John Buccelli on 1/21/2018

When you have kids, itís difficult to keep a spotless home. Your home will undoubtedly be ďlived in,Ē as the saying goes. Thereís ways that you can keep nice things and make those things accident-proof and kid-proof at the same time. Kids can spill things, cause dirt build-up, and even sustain minor injuries from certain pieces of furniture. Slip Covers Work Wonders Slip covers are really amazing assets to any home with children. Most of these covers are washable. You can fit them tightly around your furniture for a smooth look. Guests wonít even know that youíre using slip covers! The bonus is that youíll be able to keep your nicer furniture fresh and clean. Substitute The Coffee Table Instead of a coffee table, try an ottoman with a new purpose. Ottomans will help keep kids from hurting themselves on the sometimes sharp corners of the coffee table. It will also give you somewhere to prop your feet up after a long day. This tactic will save you from the grief of many bumped heads, since ottomans are soft. You can use your ottoman to place books and other items on and around. Showcase An Art Wall Dedicate a space for kidsí art. This will make for a colorful addition to your home and give the sense to guests that your home is indeed family friendly. Itís also just plain fun to showcase the art that your children create. It will give the kids a sense of pride and joy! Whether itís a wall or a hallway, this idea is always perfect for a home with kids. When In Doubt, Buy Washable There are plenty of things that come in washable form from throw pillows to paint. Some sofas even come with removable, washable cushion covers. These will all be a blessing to you when cleaning up after your children. Incorporate Extra Storage With all of the extra toys around your home, youíll need extra storage to keep them in. Think about using pretty storage pieces like baskets, which are easy for kids to manage and easy for you to store. While your home wonít need to be childproof forever, doing it now will save you from ruining expensive things. However, if thereís items that you really love, donít sacrifice. Take the safety measures and precautions that you feel are necessary and donít worry about the rest. A house is meant to be lived in. Remember that itís not a museum!







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