Add a Personal Touch to Your Home

Accessories are the things in your home that give it character. There’s plenty of things in your home that give visitors an idea of who you are. When we want a house to feel like a home we add the small touches. There’s ways that you can make every room of your home visually exciting without breaking the bank. Whether you’re selling your home, or it’s just time for a change, these tips will keep your home feeling like a place anyone would want it to be-cozy. While home staging is an important part of real estate, there’s a human factor involved in the marketing of homes that is completely authentic with each family that resides in a home. From keeping things organized to using personal memories, there’s ways to make your home attractive to both visitors and potential buyers.

Keep everything organized
Less clutter equals less fuss. When everything has a place your house just works better for everyone. Even pictures laid out on the coffee table should be placed in a strategic manner. Items like souvenirs, pictures, or vases shouldn’t be placed in your home without a rhyme or reason. Be sure that you have the tools needed to keep organized. When the time comes that company is coming or you’re selling your home, you’ll be glad that you’ve kept organized.

Use color
The power of color can make any room visually exciting. Even one item that may seem out of place in a room can help bring character into your home. Funky looking mirrors, outrageous artwork, or a brightly colored wall can bring a focal point to a room that lacked one previously. Color can be a powerful tool to make a statement. Don’t be afraid to be adventurous with color.

Remember that memories are priceless
Your life should be reflected in your home. You can creatively use pieces of memorabilia to display in your home and tell a story. Not only will this remind you of your favorite moments, but it will allow you to give visitors insight into your life and share your experiences.

Use your judgment
Decorating with accessories doesn’t have to be complicated. If items can simply be lined up and look great then keep them the way! The science behind making a house a home is all about what makes you feel comfortable. What looks great to one person may not look as attractive to someone else. But there’s something to be said for being true to the way you like to live. The key here is to use your best judgment when decorating the inside of your home.

Three Common Scams Affecting Homeowners

Homeowners have become increasingly aware of the dangers that face them and their homes. More Americans than ever lock their doors at night and own home security systems to protect themselves and their homes from intruders.

However, one danger that many homeowners aren’t prepared for is posed by scammers. These scammers are innovative and use tools like the internet and the semblance of authority to their advantage. What’s more, the nature of their scams is always evolving.

In this article, we’ll cover some of the most common scams affecting homeowners. We’ll talk about how to protect yourself from these scams and recognize them so that you and your home can avoid potential disaster.

Foreclosure scams

There are few things more concerning to a homeowner than the thought of losing their home. Scammers take advantage of these fears by promoting “relief programs” that promise to reduce your monthly payments or otherwise protect you from being foreclosed on.

The scam here is that these companies might not help you at all but will still charge for their services. They’ll often browse public foreclosure notices or post ads online. When they reach out to a homeowner they’ll do so via a letter that seems personal and professional. They could also call your phone or send you an email offer.

By U.S. law, such companies cannot charge you for any services unless they successfully help you gain relief from your lender, and even then you must still accept the offer before the relief company can ever charge you.

Home maintenance and repair

One of the more dangerous scams on our list involves something seemingly innocent–a knock on your door to let you know your roof needs repair. While some startup companies may go door-to-door offering their services, most of the time this should send up a red flag. There are a few potential scams that come in the form of a person in work uniform knocking on your door.

First, a company might be selling real services, but they could be services you don’t need. Make sure you understand facts about your home, such as the last time your roof was repaired. This will help you avoid making a bad deal to replace something that doesn’t need replacing.

Also be sure to never let someone into your home, regardless of their uniform, if you are alone or it’s late at night. Someone may be dressed like a salesperson or utility worker, but they could in reality be doing research on your home and your valuables. Would-be burglars can often spot your valuables, and see how secure your home is before coming back when no one is home.

Protect your identity

The issue of identity theft has been in the public eye with the rise of online communications. However, one of the easiest ways to steal your valuable information could be sitting right in your mailbox or in your garbage can.

Always be sure to shred papers that have personal information on them. And, if you go away on vacation, ask a neighbor or relative to bring in your mail for you. Not only will this help keep your identity safe, but it will make it look like someone is at home by keeping the pile of mail and newspapers outside low.  

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Running a Successful Yard Sale

Online retailers like eBay, Pop Sugar and Bonanza prove that selling used products pays off. They aren’t alone. Consignment stores and charities also realize the worth in used items. These organizations are doing what homeowners who host yard sales have been doing for years. They are taking furniture, clothes, toys, household accessories and other items and making them available, at a reasonable price, to people who find them valuable.

Tips to Make Your Yard Sale a Winner
Host a yard sale and you could use the money to pay for a vacation, your children’s school clothes, concert tickets or another expense. To increase the chances that your yard sale will be successful:

  • Pick the right day and time. Yard sales are often held on Saturdays. Be open to holding a yard sale on a weekday to attract college students, parents and self-employed people who work from home. Schedule a rain date in the event that the weather takes a sudden turn.
  • Get enough help. Solicit the help of family and friends. Assign someone to operate the cash register, someone to field customer questions and someone to help carry large items to customers’ vehicles. Ask two other people to roam the area, answering customer questions and providing security so no one walks off with items without paying.
  • Position art pieces, great values and attention grabbers near corners and curbs, to attract visitors. Colorful items, especially items with bright, large print, attract attention which is exactly what you want.
  • Group toys, clothes, furniture and other items together to make it easy for visitors to find what they want. The easier you make it for visitors to pick up what they want, the quicker you may land a sale.
  • Have enough change and consider accepting debit and credit card payments. The last thing that you want is to watch a potential sale walk off because you didn’t have change to handle their purchase. Keep dollar bills, fives, tens and two to three rolls of quarters, dimes, nickels and pennies on hand.
  • Promote your yard sale online and offline. Post information about your yard sale at your social media accounts, places like Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter. Tell your colleagues and neighbors that you’re having a yard sale. Be sure to let them know the day and time of the yard sale.
  • Put signs in your yard a few days prior to the yard sale. Add the date and time for the yard sale to each sign. Make sure that the signs are large and printed in bright colors like red and white.
  • Ask visitors to spread the word about your yard sale. When people visit your yard sale, ask them to tell at least one other person about your yard sale. If they bring two or more people with them to your yard sale, consider giving the referrer a discount on an item that they purchase.
  • Offer great deals but make sure that you generate a profit. Research online prices for similar items that you are selling. Try to beat online and offline deals, but make sure that your yard sale is profitable.

By hosting a yard sale, you’ll be cleaning your home. You’ll also create more space for newness. And you’ll offer household items to people who find the items valuable. Host three or more yard sales a year and you may learn additional ways to yield more success from the sales. With experience and the right amount of advertising, you could generate $1,000 or more off of each yard sale that you host.