10 Tips for Selling your Home When Preparing to Downsize

The COVID-19 pandemic has prompted people to look at things in significantly different ways. Whether it’s valuing family more, working from home, or losing a job, COVID has altered peoples’ lives. And the real estate market is no exception. In fact, many people have realized they no longer need, or they can’t afford, the size of house they currently have. 

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Downsizing is becoming increasingly popular in different areas of life. But as anyone currently in the process of trying to downsize a house knows, it’s not as easy as it sounds. Not only do you need to move or say goodbye to years of accumulated belongings, but to downsize to a smaller home, you must first sell your current one. Here are 10 tips for selling your home when preparing to downsize.

Find your new, smaller house

To begin, you’ll need to decide where you want to live and what type of dwelling you’re looking for. For example, do you want a condo near the city centre, or a small, rural house with land? If you need to sell your house prior to purchasing your next then you can consider a “rent back” from the buyer while you prepare for your move. 

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6 Tips On Cleaning Your Windows

Cleaning your windows isn’t a thrilling venture. In fact, it’s not even a remotely exciting one. Rather, window washing is a strenuous task that can leave you tired, cranky, and altogether fed up! While it might look easy, a proper window-washing job can turn into a two-day chore. When you finally muster up the energy to tackle the clean, you’ll want to make sure you get it right the first time. That’ll save you from a whole lot of headaches later. 

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At this point, you might be asking yourself: do I have to? Why do I even need to clean my windows? Isn’t that something I can simply hide by drawing the shades and waiting for it to rain?

On the contrary, there are many reasons to clean your windows, from ensuring you’re protecting your window glass, to enabling sunlight to stream indoors. Dirty windows can also reduce your property’s curb appeal, rather than making it look inviting. Plus, windows covered in dirt, dust, dead bugs, or water spots will inhibit your view of the outdoors. 

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Tips and Trends for Internal Doors

One of my best friends is in the process of building her dream home, and the other day, she was trying to choose internal doors and door handles. She had texted me a few pics to see what I thought, and it dawned on me: I’ve never paid too much attention to our own internal doors here at the house. So I stopped everything I was doing and walked through the house, looking at our doors. Yep, I like them. They all match, and I even like the doorknobs, too. There we go. Crisis I didn’t know I had= averted!

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Doors take up a lot of space in your home while seeming to take up none at all, even while staring directly at them. They’re used every day and see a lot of wear and tear, but will last long after the brand new sofa requires replacement. The right doors can add a sense of harmony to the home. The wrong doors create chaos and an oppressive atmosphere. 

Separate

The purpose of internal doors is to separate different rooms in the house. Even in the most open plan of spaces, residents still want a bathroom that’s been closed off. 

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Tips for Sprucing Up Your Kitchen

There is nothing quite like the joy of a meal that turns out just like you wanted it to. If you love to cook, the kitchen is your happy place. Cooking up a storm gives you calm, relaxation and gratification.

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Your affinity for the kitchen could easily become a stressful experience, though. Over time, appliances start to get dated, faucets get faulty and the space becomes less pleasant to cook in. Factors such as advancement in age or having children in the home can also make the space no longer suited to your needs.

All is not lost, there are affordable changes you can make to salvage your kitchen without having to tear it apart. Read on.

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Tips for Keeping Rodents Out of Your Home

A few months ago, I walked into our garage to grab some bottled water from our extra fridge, and *something* darted across my path. Naturally, since I didn’t actually SEE what that *something* was, I screamed and ran back inside the house. Hubby to the rescue! And what he discovered was a tiny little itty bitty mouse. UGH. A mouse!!! Apparently, each time the field in front of our home is mowed, the mice migrate to our garage. NOPE.

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One of the greatest worries you can have as a homeowner is a rodent invasion. The unfortunate discovery of rat or mouse droppings when you move a box in your pantry can be both disturbing and unsanitary. There are numerous problems caused when rodents make their way into your home. Issues caused by these vermin range from structural damage to health problems. 

These reasons make it imperative to take proper measures to ensure that rodents do not enter your home in the first place. Following a few basic guidelines can stop rodents from entering into your home and wreaking havoc. Implementing these rules into your rat or rodent prevention strategies will yield great results. 

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