Plants can help personalize a home and enhance the interior. Plants can also help sell a home. According to a survey by Costa Farms and Alloy Research, one third of plant owners feel that plants “make a house feel like a home and that they make any home seem more welcoming.” The question is: Fake plants or real plants? Here are some pointers to help you decide.
If you’re a frequent traveler, leaving live plants alone to fend for themselves may not be a good idea. Unless you have someone to check your home and to water and feed your plants in your absence, having live plants is probably not a good idea.
Consider your pets. Curious cats and dogs can destroy your natural indoor garden by nibbling on leaves or digging in the soil.
Whether your plants are real or fake, you’ll need to decide what level of maintenance you want to deal with. If you enjoy nurturing your plants with trimming, feeding and watering, then live plants will likely work for you. On the other hand, faux plants are dust collectors and require regular tedious cleaning.
If you have your home on the market and are having it staged, then fake plants may be the way to go. With the availability of a huge variety of faux plants, great marketing backdrops can be created. Staging is usually short-term, so these décor items seem to make the most sense. There are also companies that rent real plants for staging and will provide the required care.
When it comes to real or fake plants, call or email us, and we can help guide you in the right direction and provide you with supplier recommendations.
No matter what made you decide to buy your current home, sometimes it’s hard to know if you are ready to head back to the market.
You’re Outgrown Your House – Whether you have expanded your family or have empty nest syndrome, your needs might not be there in your current home.
It’s a Seller’s Market – Inventory in the real estate industry is low and so are the current interest rates. This is perfect for someone selling their home, where they are typically going to get more than their asking price with little to no buyer demand for changes.
You Are In a Good Place Financially – If you have all your ducks in a row and your debt is low, selling your house is natural to get the most out of your good fortune. This is emphasized if you already have enough money saved for a down payment.
Your Location Is No Longer Fitting Your Lifestyle – The community and amenities near your current house always feel like they are missing your favorite gym or you wish you can be 15 minutes from the beach, finding a new home where you can have all you want with the space you need is a natural next step.
Have you ever walked into your friend’s home and were jealous at how tidy and clean it is? There are a lot of people in our shoes. When you work hard with a lot of responsibilities, sometimes it’s hard to maintain an orderly space.
The most effective way to keep your home spotless is developing habits in your daily routine that complete the necessary maintenance.
As you move through your day-to-day in your house, make sure you think flat and empty. Keeping drawers shut and surfaces clearmakes your space read as clean and tidy with a first impression. Once you’re in the habit of these two simple actions, you will be surprised at the difference.
If you happen to add anything to your home, make sure that you get rid of an item too. Decluttering is the biggest step towards having a house easy to maintain.
If you have been on the hunt for tips on good housekeeping, it would be no surprise that you have heard of Marie Kondo. Follow the KonMari method and set aside a time to really sort through all the objects and furniture in your house that don’t quite have a place in your space to determine what sparks you joy.
With your home sorted and decluttered, giving everything its own distinct place to go back to after use will make cleaning easier. Having a place for everything takes away the added stress of figuring out where things go when you start cleaning.
Let us know your best cleaning habits in the comments below!
When you finally decide to move, there is a flood of questions that come immediately after. Where, when, what?
The best way to start narrowing down your broad search for a home is to determine what kind of neighborhood you want to move to.
Choosing a neighborhood is crucial to making sure that not just the home is perfect for you but everything you are surrounded by is comfortable and enjoyable to you.
Here are a few things you must consider to start investigating the right neighborhood for you.
Create a Neighborhood Profile:
Do you have children or are you planning on having children? This will decide whether you should consider school systems, safety levels, and surrounding parks and amenities.
How far are you willing to commute? How are you planning on getting to work? Do you need access to major highways to drive or backroads to bike?
What is your current neighborhood lacking? Consider sound level, the community, if the surrounding area/nature is living up to your expectations and anything else that has been bothering you with your current area.
Select an Area:
Choose neighborhoods that best match your list of wants. A good place to start is with your commute to work!
Do the Research:
Based off your neighborhood profile, find out the information that is most important for you to know before you move. This could also include a general list of:
No one is ever too old for a time capsule, are they?
We say, “No way!”
While there certainly are very many creative ways to capture all the ups and many downs that 2020 seems to be offering us. This one seemed too good not to share. It’s a downloadable time capsule workbook in which you and your family can come together, document and really try grab hold of some of the year’s most important elements.
Without doubt 2020, will be remembered for some pretty unpredictable and truly tough times. Just think, you will be sharing how you got through it with your own children, their children, your great children and so on. What’s important to remember and pass on for the generations to come is how you persevered, carried on and how you, your family and friends worked together to move ahead and make good of a bad situation. Those are the life lessons that can’t be forgotten.
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