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Posted by Jane Cheetham on 2/19/2019

The time has come to go through and clear what has become clutter in your own home. Hopefully, you can give the items more life and someone else the opportunity to have the use of these items. After all one manís trash is another manís treasure right? The answer is maybe not. There are some things that donation centers are unable to accept. Here are a few of those items and some ideas.

Mattresses and box springs 

Due to the issue of sanitation most donation places are not able to accept mattresses and box springs because they cannot guarantee that they are free from bed bugs, mites, or any other undesirable extras hidden away inside. Thankfully when you purchase a new mattress if you have it delivered the option may be available for them to haul away your old one for you. 

Large appliances 

Nowadays more often than not when someone is looking to purchase large appliances, they would instead get new products and ensure the use of their purchase for years to come. With cheaper choices available and the option to finance becoming open to more and more consumers donation centers are not as willing to accepting these donations. Other opportunities to purge them from your house are to put it in a garage sale or want ads of your choice. If you are purchasing a new appliance, many large stores will offer to haul away your old ones for you. Something that you may consider for your large appliances is your local scrap metal yard as they usually purchase these types of items for their metal value. 

Old, worn, stained or broken items 

Needless to say, if an article is any of the above, it is beyond going to a donation center. These are items that just need to go into the recycle or trash bin. 

Additional considerations

Things that have been left over from garage sales, items that you received for free or for participation, anything with the potential to grow mold and anything vulgar or offensive are good things to put on the curb instead of the donation pile. Check around to see if any places around you are willing to accept large and/or unwieldy items since some organizations just donít have the room for these. 

To sum it up 

Try to make sure that what you are donating isnít actually a trash item and if you cannot find a donation center that is willing or able to accept what you have to offer then make sure that you follow your cityís ordinances for disposal or recycling. Enjoy your clutter free home with the assurance that you have given a second chance to items that you can and helped give back to your community. Ask your real estate agent to recommend the best donation locations.




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Posted by Jane Cheetham on 2/12/2019

Buying a new home is a commitment. Not just to a mortgage but to the house itself, the neighborhood and your local community. And for many, this is part of what makes purchasing a new home so rewarding. To have a place to truly settle into and call their own. Part of that settling in includes crafting a timeless interior that will welcome you home for years to come.

But going about creating a timeless home can feel intimidating. Magazines and television shows focus on the trends and how to keep up with whatís current. Following these cues will only leave you with a home that will become quickly outdated.  

The key is to mix a variety of styles both old and new. Resist settling for one particular style for a home that seamlessly transcends the decades to come. And while you donít want to fully jump into any one trend, adding a few accent pieces will keep your home fresh and modern. Art, throw pillows, and small details are the perfect decor pieces to take advantage of trends with. Large investment pieces, however, are best kept neutral and in a style that has already proven itself to be classic.

Styles that earn the title of classic are usually simple with just one element that reflects the era of its inspiration. Think a couch with tufting but in a warm beige or a table with ornate millwork that boasts its natural wood coloring. Whereas a tufted couch in a print or ornate millwork painted a color from a trend that has come and gone will date the look of your whole room.

Neutral colors are best used for the majority of your color palette, leaving color for your accent pieces. That doesnít mean your home needs to lack depth, however. Choose different tones for your paint swatches and reach for a variety of textures when adding fabrics. Having a diverse range of tones and textures will add visual interest without depending on color to do the job.

Natural elements such as wood, stone, and glass also help to bring depth to your neutral color palette and maintain a timeless look. Wood flooring is well worth the cost in the long run both in terms of maintenance and style. An exposed brick wall makes a statement without becoming dated. A leather couch or armchair adds warmth and sophistication. While cotton, linen and wool textiles add natural texture to your furnishings.

Homebuyers often dream about the decades to come spent in their new homeís rooms. They want to spend time living lifeís moments to the fullest and not fussing over decor every ten years. Creating a timeless look for your home doesnít have to be difficult or expensive. Keeping to a neutral color palette and natural elements guarantee a classic home that you will love coming home to for years to come.  




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Posted by Jane Cheetham on 2/5/2019

You have finally found what you believe to be the perfect home. Then, something rings off in your gut. Maybe it was poor communication with the seller. Maybe a big change happened in your own life in a short period of time. All you know is that you really want to back out of the deal. You might have a lot of questions. Is this possible? Are there consequences? 


The short answers to these questions are yes, and yes. There is a possibility that you could be sued by your backing out of a deal. Itís rare that buyers are actually mandated to buy a home that they donít actually want to buy. Sellers will, however, be able to keep any money that has already been paid as a deposit after a certain point in the dealings on a home sale. Sellers may also be awarded damages in some cases. 


Legally Backing Out Of The Contract


There are a few circumstances where buyers may have a legitimate right to back out of a contract on a home. If certain contingencies werenít met, as a buyer, youíre free and clear to walk away. These circumstances include:


  • Financing falls through
  • You couldnít sell your former home
  • Flaws in the home have not been disclosed
  • Property boundary line issues exist
  • Liens are against a homeís title
  • The seller does not meet the terms for improvement
  • Undisclosed uses exist for the land such as a pathway


If none of these reasons apply to you and you still have reservations about buying the home, you may need to sacrifice a huge chunk of money. The way that you exit the deal will all depend upon the contracts that were signed previously.


Other Buyers Are Waiting For The Home


If you are in a tight market and decide to back out of buying a home, you could be in luck. Often, if thereís a backup offer, itís enough to satisfy a seller that at least the home will be sold promptly. However, donít hold you breath when it comes to getting your deposits back. If you have already ďpromisedĒ to buy a home, you can kiss the deposit goodbye, unfortunately. 


Always Hire A Real Estate Attorney


Whether your state requires it or not, you should always hire a real estate attorney. These professionals can help you to read each and every line of the contracts that youíre signing when buying a home. They will make suggestions as to how you can protect yourself through the process along the way. Itís a good investment to hire a lawyer when youíre buying a home.





Posted by Jane Cheetham on 1/29/2019

You've sold your home, and moving day is almost here. As such, now may be the perfect time to pack an overnight bag; that way, you're ready to survive with only limited supplies until you get settled into your new house.

Ultimately, there are several essential items to include in an overnight bag, such as:

1. Clothing

It is important to pack enough clothing to ensure that you can dress comfortably until you get unpacked. Thus, you'll want to consider how long that it will take you to get settled into a new house as you prep your overnight bag.

For example, if you plan to take several days to unpack, you'll want to pack your overnight bag clothing accordingly. In this scenario, you'll likely need work clothes for the days that you're in the office, along with pajamas and other comfortable clothing that you can wear around the house.

2. Cash

If you know that you're going to be living outside a traditional home environment for a few days, it never hurts to pack cash in your overnight bag. By doing so, you'll have money available to buy food, beverages and other items as needed.

Consider how much money that you'll need to survive even a few days outside of a traditional home setting. Also, be sure to keep extra cash close to reduce the risk of losing this money while you relocate to a new address.

3. Toiletries

Shampoo, toothpaste and other toiletries should be included in your overnight bag. These items ensure that you can maintain a clean, neat appearance, regardless of where you're staying.

Many convenience stores and supermarkets sell travel-size versions of popular toiletries. Therefore, you may want to purchase travel-size toiletries to limit the chance that assorted toiletries will take up too much space in your overnight bag.

Furthermore, you can pack only the toiletries that you know you'll need for a set period of time to conserve additional space in your overnight bag.

4. Smartphone Charger

Let's face it Ė no one want to lose access to his or her smartphone for any length of time. Fortunately, if you pack a smartphone charger in your overnight bag, you can recharge your smartphone at any time.

Include a smartphone charger and any smartphone cords or wires in your overnight bag. In addition, don't forget to test your smartphone charger and accessories to ensure they work properly.

Packing an overnight bag can be quick and simple, particularly for those who plan ahead. And if you include the aforementioned items in your overnight bag, you should have no trouble surviving outside a traditional home setting.

Lastly, if you need help as you get ready to vacate your house, a real estate agent may be able to provide assistance. A real estate agent serves as an expert guide along the home selling journey and will do everything possible to guarantee that you are fully prepared for an upcoming move.




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Posted by Jane Cheetham on 1/22/2019

Home improvements are a great way to add value to your home if youíre hoping to sell in the near future. The problem is, however, that many home improvements are costly and time-consuming. And, if you donít plan carefully, they could even cost more than the amount of value you add to the home.

The good news is that there are several home improvement projects that will cost you less than $100 and wonít uproot your life in the meantime.

In this article, weíre going to give you five home improvements, all under $100, that can add value to your home. That way when you do decide to sell, you wonít have to scramble to make updates. Read on for the list.

1. Add a fresh coat of paint to your trim and baseboards (Cost: $75 - $100)

Trim and baseboards fall prey to getting kicked and covered in dust and cobwebs over the years. Adding a fresh coat of white paint will make an entire room feel new.

2. Improve your lighting (Cost: ~$50)

Bright lights help to make the rooms of your home feel more spacious. If you canít increase the natural light of a room, bright, LEDs are the next best alternative.

The cost of LEDs is constantly decreasing, and theyíre becoming more energy-efficient as well. To really get the most value out of your budget, use different color temperatures depending on the mood of the room (warm for bedrooms, bright white for bathrooms, etc.).

3. Add a burst of color to your front door (Cost: ~$20)

It can be difficult to increase curb appeal on a tight budget. One way to do so is to repaint your door a bright color that stands out but still fits with the style of your home.

4.Install a new shower head (Cost: $80 - $100)

Adding a new shower head to the main bathroom is a great way to add a bit of luxury to the room. While many stainless steel shower heads cost around $200, there are several chrome options that look just as nice and cost half the price.

5.Upgrade your hardware (Cost: $50 - $80)

Replacing your kitchen cabinets is an expensive endeavor. However, you can easily revamp your existing cabinets by replacing their hardware. Add a fresh coat of paint and theyíll look brand new.

Outside the kitchen, you can also update towel racks, bathroom drawer knobs, coat hooks, and other outdated hardware. Using a consisted, dark color throughout the home is a good way to give your house a theme and a sense of continuity.


With these five simple upgrades, you can increase the value of your home, boost your curb appeal, and avoid breaking the bank at the same time.




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