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Posted by Danielle Lozzi on 12/8/2019

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Leaving the laundry to build up all week means you might spend all Saturday washing, drying and folding. Organization experts offer these tips for keeping your dirty clothes under control throughout the week so that you can spend your weekends enjoying life.

Get the Right Containers

Invest in a pair of laundry baskets or lidded bins that are easy to carry and fit in your closet or wherever you dress. If they’re exposed to the room, look for elegant or colorful baskets with lids to blend in as decorative accents. Use one to toss dirty clothes and the other to collect the dry-cleaning.

Create a Routine

On Monday, grab the dry-cleaning basket and throw it in the car to drop off on your way to work. On Tuesday, pop a load in the washer from the other basket or bin before you head out the door. Then, place it in the dryer when you arrive home. Listen for the dryer buzzer so you can slip in and hang or fold items immediately so that they don’t wrinkle.

After work Wednesday, pick up the dry-cleaning and move it directly into the closet when you get home. Then use Thursday morning to wash the sheets and towels and repeat the steps from Tuesday: listening for the buzzer after putting the towels and sheets in the dryer, then folding them and putting them away immediately.

Keep Your Laundry Room Organized

Use glass jars to hold powdered laundry soaps so that you always know when you need to buy more. Instead of dryer sheets, invest in silicone or alpaca dryer balls you can reuse indefinitely. If your laundry room doesn’t have a hanging bar, add an over the door or wall-mounted rack so that drip-dry clothing hangs near the washer for easy access. Rotate empty hangers back into the laundry room so that they’re always handy.

Finally, spend your Friday night enjoying friends and your weekend relaxing or visiting open houses with your real estate agent.




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Posted by Danielle Lozzi on 12/1/2019

If you intend to find your dream house, it helps to establish a homebuying strategy. That way, you can enter the real estate market with a plan in place to accomplish your desired goals.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you craft an effective homebuying strategy.

1. Create Homebuying Criteria

If you know where you want to reside, you can narrow your house search. As a result, you may be better equipped than other buyers to accelerate the homebuying journey.

Creating a list of home must-haves and wants usually is a great starting point for homebuyers. This list typically forces homebuyers to think about what separates an ordinary residence from a dream house. And once a homebuyer crafts a list of home must-haves and wants, this buyer can search for residences that meet his or her expectations.

2. Budget for a Home

In most instances, homebuyers lack the necessary financing to buy a house. Luckily, lenders are available that can help a homebuyer assess mortgage options and get pre-approved for home financing.

Budgeting for a home is a major part of the homebuying process. Because if you know exactly how much you can spend on a residence, you could speed up your house search.

To get pre-approved for a mortgage, you should meet with a variety of banks and credit unions. Then, when you find the right mortgage, you can enter the real estate market with a budget at your disposal.

3. Hire a Real Estate Agent

There is no requirement to hire a real estate agent before you pursue your dream house. Yet the advantages of hiring a real estate agent can be significant, and perhaps it is easy to understand why.

For homebuyers, a real estate agent takes the guesswork out of finding the right house at the right price. A real estate agent also collaborates with a homebuyer and will go above and beyond the call of duty to ensure a buyer can achieve the optimal results.

If you want to purchase a house as quickly as possible, it may be a good idea to hire a real estate agent sooner rather than later. Oftentimes, a real estate agent will meet with you and learn about your homebuying aspirations. He or she next will work with you to craft a homebuying strategy and launch a successful house search.

Furthermore, a real estate agent is a housing market expert who will help you overcome any potential homebuying hurdles. A real estate agent understands the challenges associated with purchasing a house and will help you identify and address such issues before they escalate. And if you ever have concerns or questions as you search for your ideal residence, a real estate agent will respond to them.

Enter the real estate market with a plan in hand – take advantage of the aforementioned tips, and you can create an effective strategy to streamline your search for your dream residence.




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Posted by Danielle Lozzi on 11/24/2019

Let's face it – clutter can be a problem, particularly for those who intend to sell a home in the foreseeable future. But if you allocate time and resources to remove clutter from your home now, you may reap the benefits of your efforts during the home selling cycle.

Ultimately, there are many reasons for a home seller to eliminate clutter before he or she lists a residence, and these include:

1. You can help a homebuyer envision what life may be like as the owner of your house.

Oftentimes, homebuyers want to picture what life may be like if they purchase a particular residence. Yet a home that is filled with antiques, decorations and other items may make it tough for a homebuyer to do just that.

If you remove clutter from your residence, however, you can make it simple for a buyer to see your home's full potential. As a result, a buyer may be better equipped than ever before to determine whether your residence is the right choice.

2. You can earn extra cash.

Although your house may be loaded with a wide range of personal belongings, you don't necessarily have to throw these items away. In fact, you can always sell excess items to simultaneously remove clutter from your house and earn extra cash.

It may be a good idea to host a yard sale before you list your house. This will enable you to sell excess items as well as inform neighbors about your upcoming plans to add your residence to the real estate market.

Of course, you can sell excess items online as well. Or, you may be able to donate assorted items to local charities.

3. You may speed up the home selling process.

The home selling process may prove to be long and complicated, especially if a house is overloaded with clutter. Thankfully, removing clutter may make it easy for you to stir up lots of interest from potential buyers as soon as your residence becomes available.

A clutter-free residence is more likely to be clean and tidy in comparison to other houses. Thus, when buyers enter a clutter-free residence for the first time, they may fall in love with this house right away. And if a clutter-free home makes a positive first impression on a buyer, a seller soon may receive a competitive offer to purchase his or her house.

If you're searching for help as you try to remove clutter from your residence, you may want to hire a real estate agent. This housing market professional can offer plenty of assistance throughout the home selling journey.

Typically, a real estate agent will help you list your house and promote it to potential buyers. Plus, if you need help as you get your home ready for the housing market, a real estate agent will make it simple to prepare your residence and ensure it makes a positive impression on buyers.

Eliminate clutter from your house, and you may increase the likelihood of a fast, profitable home selling experience.





Posted by Danielle Lozzi on 11/10/2019

Kitchens have become the new hip gathering spot in the home. With open floor plans, kitchens are combining the cooking, dining, and hanging out areas of your home and meshing them into one big room. Counters and islands have become tables, trading for fancy dining tables. People tend to congregate in the kitchen, allowing it to be the center of food, fun, and conversation. How can you make your kitchen ultra inviting? Below, you’ll find a few tips to help bring your kitchen to a new level of trendy.    


Bright, Attractive Cabinets


Cabinets are one of the focal points of the kitchen. If you have bright cabinets, it attracts people to the room. The type of cabinets that you have also establish the type of style that you’re looking to create in the kitchen and possibly throughout your home. You’ll want to work the entire color palette of your kitchen around the color and style of your cabinets. As a bonus, good cabinets equal good storage. If your kitchen is organized, you’ll feel a lot happier and at ease in the room as well.


Technology


Kitchens are becoming increasingly technological. From smart, energy efficient appliances, to features of the kitchen that you can control with your smartphone, a kitchen can truly have it all. This makes entertaining a breeze. You could even get dinner going before you ever leave work! All of the new technologies that are being introduced surely make life much easier. 


Advanced Lighting


The type of lighting that you employ in the kitchen can set the tone for the whole room. Not only do you need good task lighting, but ambient lighting is important as well in order to attract guests to the main gathering place of the house. Whatever vibe you want your kitchen to give off works with the lighting that’s available. The kitchen certainly should never be a dark room. Consider the safety factor that’s needed in the room, then realize just how inviting a room is that is bright and airy. It’s important to plan out your lighting scheme accordingly when it comes to your kitchen. 


Storage


One thing you’ll want plenty of in your kitchen is storage. This helps to reduce clutter, increase organization and makes entertaining an easier undertaking. Guests will feel more welcome as there will be ample room to sit and hang out while prepping and cooking are going on. 


It seems that trends in kitchens are always changing, however, many things remain constant. The need for a clean and organized gathering area in your home will never go away.  

         








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Posted by Danielle Lozzi on 11/3/2019

Fall might arguably be everyone’s favorite season—regardless of where you live. In New England, the weather becomes full of days with unpredictable forecasts of warm and cool days with crisp breezes, the more frequent rain showers and the leaves turning to beautiful hues of red, purple,orange, and yellow. It’s a scene that no New Englander ever takes for granted.And with the new season comes new décor. Check out these tips and tricks for fun and creative ways to decorate your home with for fall with pumpkins.

Paint: Paint is an easy go-to when you want to do something different with your pumpkins. You can go simple by painting all one color or you can grab some stencils and try out a floral look. These simple designs would be a nice idea to compliment your other fall decorations.

Glitter: Whether you want to go all out and coat your entire pumpkin in glitter, create designs from stencils with glitter or make a simple polka dot covered pumpkin, you can never go wrong with glitter—and there’s never too much of it either.

Cut outs/Craft Materials: There are a multitude of craft materials and cutouts that can be used in creative ways with pumpkins. Turn your pumpkin into an owl with some googley eyes and some brown and tan craft paper or go simple and create a jack-o-lantern without all the mess.

Stack ‘Em: For a unique approach to decorating pumpkins,considering stacking them. You could turn your pumpkins into a snowman (if you are eager for the holidays), an owl, or even create a message with a letter or short phrase on each pumpkin.

Permanent Marker: Use permanent market to create decorative designs or write words/phrases. Darker colors work best on orange pumpkins. You might be able to get away with a few lighter colors on the white pumpkins. You can use stencils or go with the free hand—if you’re risky.

Washi Tape: Washi tape is all the craze in the creative world. It comes in so many colors and designs. It’s a great addition to almost any DIY project. Use the tape as is or cut into cute designs or little dots fora polka dot pumpkin.

Most of these ideas are simple and can be completed in just a couple of hours. And they are great for families, friends, or a day of DIYing with yourself. You can get all the items described above at your local craft store and be sure to be on the lookout for coupons to make this project even less expensive.

So now that you’ve decorated your home for fall with your creative pumpkin crafting, go on and get out there and enjoy the season. There’s plenty of apple picking, pumpkin picking, fall festivals, and family time to be enjoying.




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