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Posted by Realty Vision on 8/3/2017

Even if youíre not hopping on a jet plane for a getaway anytime soon, you can make your own backyard your very own relaxation spot. There are a variety of ways that you can get your backyard to a place of zen. 


Focus On The Deck


Your deck can become its own destination. If you have room for multiple levels, use each site for different activities like dining and relaxing. You can use plants or other outdoor items to define the designated spaces on the deck. At the same time, the entire landscape of the area will blend in together, looking natural. 


Make Your Yard An Extension Of Your Home


Your yard can become an extension of your homeís interior pretty easily. Whether you have a season room, a deck, or a patio, youíll want to be outdoors as much as possible. You can design any of these spaces to be an extension of your homeís architectural design and interior design. From the way your furniture is laid out to the colors you choose to the overall design of the room or patio space, youíll be able to bring the overall feel you want for your home both indoors and out. 


Create Your Dream Kitchen Outdoors


If you love to eat outdoors and spend a lot of time grilling, an outdoor kitchen could be for you. Any kind of grill will do. To make your outdoor kitchen complete, youíll need a prep space, complete with countertops. Installing a separate burner will bring your outdoor cooking experience to the next level. If you have the resources, add an outdoor refrigerator and sink to make both the preparation of food and the outdoor cleanup process easier.


Keep Your Privacy 


You want to keep your yard private when you create the perfect outdoor space. Enclosing the space will make your yard feel more like a private escape if it has some sort of enclosure. You can use anything from a fence to walls to bushes and trees. Get creative with how you ensure your privacy.


Make Sure You Have Shade


Even if you love the sun, the shade can be welcome on a hot, bright day. Thereís so many ways that you can create shade including using umbrellas, awnings, or natural shade from trees and greenery.  


Define Your Space


You can make your space even more of a pleasant place if you use some sort of structure to define it. Things you can install include a gazebo, pergolas, arbor ways, trellises, or other outdoor structures. If you have a pool, a pool house would add to this division of your yard. Itís not a bad idea to have your entire yard categorized in different spots just like your deck to make your yard an oasis.




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Posted by Realty Vision on 7/27/2017

Moving into a new house can easily become the most challenging part of buying a home. Let a move get too far off track and within four to five short days, you could even regret buying the house that you know meets each of your residence needs.

These small things could ruin the move to your new residence

Lack of organization may be the single most leading factor that turns a house move into a disaster. Stacking moving boxes against the wall doesn't mean that you're organized for a smooth house move. In fact, if you don't do these simple things, it could wind up taking you twice as long to move:

  • Contact your current utility providers and find out exactly what you need to do to transfer utilities to your new address. If you're going with a different utility company, find out when you need to have your current utilities shut off to avoid paying for another month of service.
  • Take a few days to create a move checklist. Add everything that you need to do to the list.
  • Get enough moving boxes to fit all of your belongings inside without having to push or stuff items in the box.
  • Ensure that you have enough furniture coverings and cushions for breakable items like lamps, glasses and dinnerware.
  • Identify books, clothes and other items that you know you're not going to use. Donate these products to charity. You could also host a flea market or garage sale and raise money while letting others take ownership of the products.
  • Schedule time to clean your current home or apartment. This includes setting aside enough time to clean cabinets, floors, bathrooms and kitchens.
  • Drop cable boxes and other leased utility products off with the associated vendors. Just by holding onto some items like cable boxes, you could end up having to pay another month for cable services.
  • Settle outstanding bills with your current landlord.
  • Complete and submit a change of address form with the post office.
  • Let insurance companies, banks and other financial service providers know that you're moving.
  • Communicate your move, including your new address and telephone number to family and friends you trust.

Final notes on a good move

It doesn't take a lot to turn a house move into a disaster. Forgetting to contact a utility provider, return leased products or notify certain people and organizations that you're moving could become more than a nuisance. This forgetfulness could cost you financially.

Lack of other move decisions could require you to load and unload your moving truck double the number of times that you'd have to if you were better organized. Even if you pay professional movers to transport your household belongings to your new address, it only takes a few simple things to make the move time take longer. Let that happen and you could pay $100 or more extra to the professional movers.

Worse still is the fact that simple move mistakes can force you to leave your belongings unattended long enough to return to find the belongings gone. To avoid these and other mishaps, create and use a move checklist. Give yourself time to consider all of the things that you need to transfer, pack, shut off and finalize before you move.




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Posted by Realty Vision on 7/20/2017

Thereís a lot more to interior design than simply picking out the latest trends in home decor. Design principles are also used to make the atmosphere of your home spacious and welcoming, and to make your home livable in a practical way.

 In spite of the fact that most people will own a home someday, no one is ever really taught interior design. So, it comes as little surprise that so many people are missing out on simple techniques that can drastically improve their home.

 In todayís article, weíre going to share with you some of the best interior design and decorating secrets to help you spruce up your home and make it more practical at the same time.

Low ceiling? No problem

Having a low ceiling can make it difficult to decorate and make your home seem spacious. One great workaround is to avoid tall furniture and seek out chairs with low backs, and bookcases that are wide rather than tall.

Omit hanging lights and ceiling fans and used recessed lighting instead to maximize your space and avoid having taller guests having to dodge objects hanging from the ceiling.

Finally, paint the ceiling white and remove crown molding to give the impression of openness.

Making small rooms feel larger

If you have a small home it can feel difficult to keep things uncluttered while still making sure you have everything you need. There are a few ways to make rooms feel more spacious that donít involve throwing out your belongings.

First, add mirrors to give the illusion (literally) of space. A single or group of mirrors can be a nice decorative touch that makes a room seem much larger than it is.

Next, paint and decorate with mainly light colors or white. Dark colors will make a room feel smaller.

Lastly, take advantage of hidden storage space, such as tables with drawers underneath, and avoid putting decorations on too many surfaces. Filling the room up with objects will make it appear smaller.

The size of decorations matter

Thereís a rule in interior decorating called the ďcantaloupe rule.Ē It states that you should avoid using decorations that are smaller than a cantaloupe.

However, that doesnít mean this rule canít be artfully broken. A better description would be that you should omit several small decorations in favor of just a few large ones.  

Create a color palette

When choosing the color of your furniture, walls, and decoration it can be easy to just choose whichever color you like for that object rather than what works well in your home. Try making a color palette to adhere to when shopping for these items.

Create a house-wide palette and a palette for each room. Stick to three or four colors that complement each other well for each room, and make sure they arenít too starkly contrasted from other rooms in your home.

If you arenít sure about how to design a color palette there are several free online tools you can use to help.





Posted by Realty Vision on 6/29/2017

By the year 2030, the last members of the "Baby Boomer" generation will be turning 65 -- a milestone traditionally associated with retirement, senior citizen discounts, and living life at a slower pace. The Institute on Aging is predicting that one out of every five Americans (20%) will be 65 or older by then.

While many people continue working and staying active well into their senior years, adjustments are eventually necessary. To ease the transition into post retirement, some homeowners are making remodeling or home buying decisions based on expected lifestyle changes.

Simple Adjustments Can Go a Long Way

One of the most basic accommodations you can make to improve accessibility is to replace door knobs, especially outside ones, with straight handles. If arthritis or other conditions make it difficult for you or your spouse to grip a round door knob and turn it to the right, a horizontal lever can be much less of a hassle. Water faucets that have handles instead of round knobs can also provide similar benefits. (If you really want to go for ease of use, there's always the option of installing motion-activated sink faucets!) Elderly parents who visit frequently -- or who may even be joining your household -- will also appreciate accommodations that make daily tasks less difficult.

There are a couple sound reasons to replace old, inefficient toilets with taller units, including the fact that they are easier and more comfortable for older people to use. Some of the newer models are a few inches higher and are noticeably more convenient than standard toilets. An additional benefit worth mentioning is that EPA-certified toilets conserve water and can save you money. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, recent advancements in toilet design now allow consumers to use less water and save money on their water bills -- up to $110 a year for the average family. Although a retired couple may not flush that much money down the drain (in the form of wasted water), an updated toilet can still save money on utility bills and conserve natural resources (The "WaterSense" label certifies that it meets EPA standards).

A few other features to keep in mind for more comfortable senior living may include choosing a wall oven instead of a harder-to-reach floor version, and getting other appliances that don't require bending down. Lots of natural light and a sufficient amount of artificial light are also desirable features for a senior-occupied home. For shower safety, grab bars are another modification that can provide extra support without costing a lot of money.

Whether you're planning on buying a new home or doing updates and renovations on your existing home, there are a lot of ideas to consider. Since aging and climbing stairs don't usually go together, many people set their sights on a one-story ranch house for their retirement years. If you now own a multi-story house and want to stay put, there are a variety of stair lifts, elevators, and other mobility aids that may be worth looking into.





Posted by Realty Vision on 6/15/2017

Selling your house in a short amount of time has so many advantages. The sooner you sell your current house, the sooner you can move into your dream home. An early sell also keeps you from taking on additional debt, especially if you are moving to start a better job, gain more space or relocate to a safer neighborhood.

Take these precautions when selling your home to a family member

Selling your home to a family member could be a quick way to a house sell. But, there can be drawbacks. To avoid entering a bad deal with a relative, consider taking the following precautions:

  • Run a credit check on the relative - Don't assume that a family member is financially responsible. Also, don't assume that just because a relative has a high paying job that his credit score is good. If you're selling the house direct, without working through a realtor, accept what the lender says when they tell you that the relative is a high credit risk.
  • Leave the legal aspects of the deal to the lender - Make sure that your relative goes through the entire home loan process with a lender. Avoid creating "outs" for your relative, this includes taking on another mortgage and letting the relative pay you monthly payments.
  • Give your relative a great home - Just as you don't want a relative to buy your house then back out when it comes time to sign the contract, commit to giving your family member the best house. Get the home inspected. Tell your relative about issues with the house. Avoid keeping the fact that the roof or the basement leaks during hard rains a secret.
  • Be honest about the neighborhood - Even if your relative visits during major holidays, they don't live with you. Tell your family member if neighbors play their music loudly on weekends or late at night.
  • Sell your house at a competitive price - This could be one of the trickiest parts of selling your home to a family member. As tempting as it might be, avoid shaving thousands of dollars off the price of your house to make your home more affordable for a relative or to save your family members money.
  • Stay away from the desire to impress - Keep your house in good condition. But, don't pay to add rooms onto your house because you want to impress a family member with the size or style of the house.

Selling your home to a family member can pay off

Selling your home to a family member is an easy way to find a buyer. It can save you advertising and marketing money. It can also keep you from having to take on a realtor and pay commissions. But, there are challenges to look out for when selling your home to a family member. You can avoid or overcome these challenges by setting clear boundaries up front. Let relatives know that they must adhere to the same home buying rules as a non-family member.

This means you pay attention to a relative's credit rating. If you know that a relative is not good at meeting her financial obligations on time, consider walking away from the deal. By making sure that you work with a relative who is not only financially responsible but who also takes full responsibility for themselves and what they own, you could increase the likelihood that the house will betaken care of, which could potentially keep the property in your family for generations.







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