Monthly Archives: December, 2018

Aesthetic Spaces: Three Ways to Make Your House Feel Like Home

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“A home is not just a roof over our heads. A home is a place where we feel loved and where we love others. It is a place we belong. Love is what makes a home, not the contents inside the house or the number on the door. It is the people waiting for us across the threshold, the people who will take us in their arms after a sad day and kiss us good night and good morning every single day for the rest of our lives”-Hermann Hesse

After months upon months of saving for a home, you can finally breathe easy when you have finally settled in.

However, before you let the dazzle of having a new home cloud your eyes, you need to make the extra effort of making your new place truly a home you can call your own. Once the excitement of a new home dies down, the boxes all unpacked and everything else stocked and placed in their proper areas, your new place would still nonetheless feel impersonal and just a tad bit lacking. This is understandable as after all, you are still in the new phase of settling in to your new home. Unfortunately, while this sense of feeling of newness is not entirely bad, it precludes you from feeling a genuine sense of comfort—something which you should adequately and immediately address.

While you might think you can hold off decorating and personalizing your homes until such time that you can fully settle into your new home, remember that there is a marked difference between living in a place that you simply rely on for provisions and living in a place that evokes a genuine feeling of belongingness and the true comfort of home. Without it, you will hardly feel like your home is cozy which is why, regardless of where your home is or whether it is a condominium in BGC or a flat elsewhere, it is imperative to make a conscious effort in a cultivating a sense of warmth and personality in it. In any case, here are some of the few things you can do to help foster a space where you can truly belong:

 

Display art

Hanging paintings is one of the creative avenues to showcase your sophisticated taste in art. Everyone has largely different tastes in art and more often than not, some aspects of your personality and character can be dissected through your choices in them. Apart from enhancing the aesthetic appeal of any place, hanged art is an avenue for reducing stress and promoting happiness. After all, it has been shown that people tend to get a big boost of pleasure from looking at things that we consider to be beautiful. Hanging art in your homes would help you inject a bit of your personality and interests in a space insomuch that bits of you can be seen from the art hanged.

 

Spruce it up

Any space should first and foremost be clean before it can be beautiful. After all, any hint of disorder, dirt and disorganization would detract a space’s overall appeal—regardless of how beautiful and strategic you have placed your furnishings, décor items and art. Also, you should take note that a place can never be comfortable if it is not primarily clean. In this regard, make a conscious effort to spruce up every now and then. After all, you would feel so much better when you are climbing into freshly washed sheets and getting inside a clean room.

 

Showcase items that remind you of the home you grew up in

Majority of us regard our childhood homes as the epitome of what a real home genuinely is. This is particularly true for individuals who had happy childhoods and regarded their homes as sanctuaries where they feel loved and safe all the time. While you can never fully recreate that same feeling in your new home, you can always incorporate items in it that would remind you of the home you once grew up in. It can be old and discarded furniture which you can give its own place of honor in your new home or a few dated but classic board games. If you are feeling extra nostalgic, you might try and inject a few items from your childhood bedroom into your new bedroom—just be sure that you and your partner are on the same page on this one. Select a few things from your old home that would cultivate a sense of childhood warmth in you and try to incorporate them into your new space. In this regard, you would always have that a tangible feeling of home with you—no matter where you are living today.

 

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Home Selling Endeavors: Five Things that Scare Off Prospective Homebuyers

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“In the real estate business, you learn more about people, and you learn more about community issues, you learn more about life, you learn more about the impact of government, probably than any other profession that I know of” –Johnny Jsakson

Ever been in a situation wherein you were a hundred percent positive that a prospective homebuyer would complete a transaction with you? Were you so sure that they were going to buy only to be informed days later that they found a better house instead?

What happened? What went wrong? And what possible reason could there be that after perusing your home, they refused to make an offer or declined yours? Well, as it turns out, it might be that something in your home turned them off. In this regard, you should start asking yourselves: Does my home turn buyers off? Is your dilapidated and dirty home keeping you from fetching a good deal on the real estate market? Is this the reason you have struggled so hard to sell your property? Remember, regardless of whether your property is prime real estate located in Westborough, if it turns off potential buyers then the chances of selling it fast (and more importantly, at a good price) are next to impossible. So, to ensure that that your home does not have any underlying icky issues, here are some of the things that might be turning your potential buyers away:

Dirt, grime and filth

Of all the things that turn off your potential buyers, dirty surroundings would make it to the top of the list. After all, who would want to live in a house that has grimy floors, dust and dirty everywhere and kitchen counters filled with crust? In this regard, your first priority should be to get your properties in pristine and tiptop condition. If you want to attract potential homebuyers—more importantly, if you want to sell it at a particular price point—then getting your home in the best possible condition is a must. However, do not stop in getting your homes clean, make it immaculate. Go the extra mile by putting in the extra effort—from steam-cleaning tile and grout to overhauling your carpets. If they are old and smells rank, you should throw them out and replace them with new ones.

The place looks hideous from the street

They say first impressions matter. In the case of selling real estate, the first impression is what gets your prospective buyer to knock on your door and check your property out. With this in mind, be sure to make your homes as welcoming as possible from the street. If it looks uninviting from the get-go then you are hardly going to get any offers. Unfortunately, it can be rather difficult to determine whether or not your homes look presentable from the street given that you are used to it by now and barely take notice. To ensure that you would get an impartial opinion, ask a relative or a friend what looks off about your home’s exterior. A home seller’s eye tends to make a myriad of oversights while a homebuyer can be a bit more particular and exacting. What looks bad can be a range of things of them. It could be a weedy yard, debris on the lawn or even just a crappy-looking door. Improve your home’s overall aesthetic starting with what immediately meets the eye of your prospective homebuyers.

Unorthodox décor

What looks great as home décor is a matter of personal taste and preference. In this regard, you cannot reasonably expect your potential homebuyers to share your enthusiasm for your rather eclectic and unconventional taste in home furnishings and ornaments. Sure, you might have a passion for taxidermy and prefer to have stuffed animals to complete the look of your home. But this might horrify a great slew of your potential homebuyers. With this in mind, keep your furnishings and home décor neutral. If you wish to cast the broadest net possible for buyers, remove any displays, posters and visuals that may either offend or turn them off. You might never know but what might seem innocent to you might affront a prospective buyer who is checking out your property. Keep it neutral.

Your home has visible defects

Dings, cracks and other blemishes might seem like things you would normally overlook. But to the discerning and judicious eye of a possible homebuyer, this could make or break a possible sale. As a homeowner, it is easy and rather understandable to live in a home with innumerable flaws and mechanical nuisances that you would no longer notice them. But, your potential homebuyers will. Address any maintenance issues immediately and take care of the cracks and dings. The moment your home is going to look like a chore list, then almost always, you are likely to lose a potential buyer.

Off-putting smells

Your home might smell rank and it might just be the reason why a lot of buyers have already checked your home and refused to make you an offer. Unfortunately, if you have lived in your home for a significant amount of time, picking out an odd smell can be rather difficult—impossible even given that you are already accustomed to the smell. Pervasive smells such as urine from a pet can be very off-putting. With this in mind, have a thorough cleanup of your place. Better yet, hire professional cleaners to do that job for you—it will be a worthy investment!

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