Category: Home Renovation

How To Choose A Realtor For Buying A House?

Are you planning to buy a house but aren’t sure where to start?

Buying your dream house is always a special and sentimental experience. However, it can quickly turn stressful when not planned carefully.

Thus, the first and most crucial step before investing financially in a property is to hire a professional realtor. 

Experienced agents act as guides to help you find a perfect home within a preferred budget. Since they are familiar with the technicalities of the process, they ensure smooth and quick navigation for the clients. 

However, finding a realtor that fits your preferences can seem highly daunting. Therefore, seek the help of online services, ratings, and recommendations to hire a desirable agent.

Get Referrals 

Seeking referrals from a close network of family and friends is an old and proven method of hiring a realtor. 

Since there is a wide range of options available at our disposal, it is natural to feel lost when shortlisting an agent. Thus, it is recommended to get authentic references of potential candidates that fit your budget and requirements.

Furthermore, inquire about their skills, behavior, and client service before interviewing the agents.

Do Background Research

When finding a realtor, it is mandatory to do a preliminary check of their work and credentials. Thus, make sure you explore their website and social media accounts to track past performance.

Also, ensure to look at online reviews to further verify your facts. While an authentic realtor has a mixed set of opinions posted on their website, one-sided reviews are a huge red flag. 

A desirable realtor is a certified and licensed candidate with no record of disciplinary complaints. Therefore, do not forget to ask for license details and references before making a final decision.

Prioritize Local Market Experience

Knowledge of local market trends is an underestimated factor that must be considered when shortlisting a realtor for your home.

A realtor familiar with the nuances of the local real estate market can help you find your dream house in no time. 

Since experienced professionals stay up to date with the newly listed homes and average sale prices, they can further help you get better deals and impressive discounts.

Focus on Communication and Compatibility

Buying a house is a complicated process that can be highly strenuous especially for first-time buyers. 

Thus, it is advisable to opt for a compatible agent you can easily communicate your vision to.

Additionally, finding a realtor who can answer all your queries and ensure you don’t feel overwhelmed is an essential part of the home purchasing journey and shouldn’t be rushed.

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Merry Christmas to All

It’s Christmas Eve Eve! Time for me to finish wrapping the last of the presents and celebrate! I’ve got a light menu planned during the day since we’re going out to eat on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We will be driving around looking at Christmas lights and popping in to see a few friends.

 

I’m feeling extra nostalgic because this is likely the last Christmas we will celebrate in this house. We’ve raised the family here but now we’re ready to move on. My daughter is off to college next year and my family will be looking for a fresh start.

This has been our home for twenty years so it’s bittersweet to be celebrating the season one last time in this space.

I want to say thank you to all of you who visit this blog and remain regular subscribers. You inspire me to keep writing and creating and I’m so grateful for all of you. Even though we’ve never met, you are all very special to me. I appreciate the comments and the encouraging words you share.

For those who celebrate, I wish you the merriest Christmas with your family and friends. I’ll be taking a few days off but I’ll be back next week with a roundup of lessons learned from 2021, it was an interesting year for sure!

Sending much love and feeling so much gratitude for all of you.

xoxo

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Ideas for Gifting Experiences

If you’re still wondering what to give that special person, there’s still time to give someone the gift of an experiences!

Perhaps they’d prefer the gift of a memory instead of a thing. What are they passionate about? What have they mentioned they’d like to try? Below is a list of ideas for gifting a great memory to someone you care about this holiday season.

Tasting Experiences

Consider a culinary or market tour your person may enjoy. Airbnb Experiences and Trip Advisor are great sources for ideas in their area. Look for specialty food gatherings, wine tours, pub crawls, local market tours, and chef led tastings available in their area.

Online Courses

No doubt you’ve seen the ads for Masterclass with all the experts and celebs they’ve rounded up to teach classes. Skillshare and Creative Live are also great sources for anyone who wants to gain more knowledge in their hobby or profession.

Fender teaches guitar to beginners and Flowkey will help them learn piano. If there is a podcaster or mentor they are inspired by, consider one of their courses as a gift too. Airbnb now offers online culinary experiences and tours for anyone who wants to travel to or taste or learn from someone in a different part of the world.

Local Excursions or Tours

I’ve had great success over the years with Get Your Guide. I’ve booked multiple tours and excursions in foreign countries and also right here at home in the Wine Country and San Francisco Bay Area. Day trips by boat, bike, or van allow one to explore different areas even in their own backyard. Each experience has multiple written reviews and a gift card will allow them to book whatever experience they like near or far.

 

Memberships to Museums, Parks, & Gardens

Are there local museums, galleries, parks, academies, or botanical gardens they love to visit? A membership will allow them access anytime they want. Are they off on a road trip next year? Consider the America the Beautiful pass with access to all National Parks.

 

Local Classes

Who are the makers in their neighborhood? Creatives can learn from local artisans, and foodies can learn from local chefs or take cooking classes at Sur La Table. Do they want to learn to dive or paint or become a beekeeper? Getting them started on a new hobby is very thoughtful and they’ll think of you each time they show up for their new class. 🙂

 

Daycations

Perhaps there is somewhere close by where they could relax for a day? Most busy moms would appreciate that, but also anyone with a busy schedule who could use a day off . Check out Resort Pass for local hotels and resorts offering use of their amenities for a day!

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Eco-friendly flooring: Top 8 trends to watch out in 2022

The time has come! 2022 is almost here and it’s time to remodel your home with the hottest flooring solutions. However, if you are environment-savvy, just like me, then you may find it difficult to create the space you have always dreamed of. 

The good news is that you don’t have to worry anymore. This blog post is all about sustainable flooring solutions that are going to rule the flooring industry in 2022 and beyond. Let’s begin:

Eco-friendly is the new flooring trend 

Flooring is often a challenging thing to decide since it comes in different types, forms, shapes, materials and prices. When it comes to sustainable flooring, gone are the days when the options were limited. Thanks to the latest technological advancements, buyers have an array of choices, ranging from engineered wood to natural stone tiles

Sustainable flooring makes use of eco-friendly materials that look ultra-chic. This is an added bonus for environment-conscious people who believe in opting for sustainable solutions. However, it’s not easy to choose the right one from a plethora of eco-friendly options. To assist you in your journey, we have compiled a list of the hottest sustainable flooring solutions for 2022. Some are new, some are old and a few will blow your mind. Have a look: 

Sustainably harvested hardwood 

Hardwood is timeless, classic. It’s all-natural, durable, cosy and eye-pleasing, making it the most sought-after flooring material in the world. But if you want to make sure the flooring product you choose has a positive impact on the environment, then invest in certified hardwood products that are sourced from responsibly managed forests. Be sure to verify your hardwood floor is ethically and sustainably obtained.

Bamboo flooring 

Bamboo is the perfect example of sustainable flooring. Although it often resembles traditional plank wood flooring, bamboo is much harder than oak and maple. On top of that, it expands and contracts less than hardwood, making it extremely durable and tough. 

The best thing about bamboo is that it is a type of grass, not a tree. It is obtained from six to seven years old plants, generally available in a variety of colours, ranging from darker tones to natural light tones. Remember, carbonised bamboo isn’t as long-lasting as stained bamboo. So, try to invest in stained bamboo flooring. 

Cork flooring 

Cork comes from the bark of the Mediterranean oak tree, which regenerates itself in eight to twelve years, making cork flooring a sustainable solution. Some flooring experts even use recycled industrial materials, such as scraps from wine stoppers. 

Cork flooring is available in both tiles and planks and provides nice cushioning and insulation. Also, it’s a great option to reduce noise and maximise comfort in the busy areas of your house, such as bedrooms, dining halls and living rooms. Be sure to keep it away from moisture-prone areas. 

Natural linoleum 

People often think of vinyl when they hear the word linoleum. Yet, the two aren’t relevant to each other. Vinyl is a synthetic material, whereas linoleum is organic. Though natural linoleum isn’t new to the flooring industry, it was left behind after the introduction of vinyl. As manufacturers, engineers, architects and designers are asking for it again, it is going to re-emerge with a great force in 2022. 

Reclaimed hardwood 

If you love rustic and vintage flooring, reclaimed hardwood is your thing. It is a popular choice in all sorts of buildings and decor motifs. Why? Because hardwood isn’t the best choice for people like us, who are environmentally conscious. 

However, reclaimed wood is different. It is obtained from old wood, instead of a new one. It has the same aesthetic appeal as hardwood and can last for years when you take good care of it. In addition to being eco-friendly, reclaimed wood is pocket-friendly too.

Engineered hardwood 

It’s cost-effective, eco-friendly and beautiful; there’s nothing like engineered hardwood. In fact, it’s more sustainable than its hardwood counterpart because of the way it’s manufactured. Engineered wood is produced by attaching a hardwood veneer to a plywood core, leaving more area to use the tree. 

Natural stone tiles

This one is quite an obvious one – natural stone tiles. As the name implies, these floor tiles are totally natural. They are highly durable, extremely comfortable and easy to maintain. Plus, natural stone tiles won’t emit toxic gases, unlike white subway tiles. 

However, their place of origin might become a concern for you. This is because some natural stone materials are mined on a large scale, which can leave a negative impact on the environment. Thus, it’s better to ask your local flooring expert about how they obtained natural stone tiles in Melbourne.

Glass tiles 

Have you ever wondered what happens to the beer and wine bottles that are recycled?  They get converted into glass tiles. Yes, tiles! These bottles are a good renewable source for manufacturing floor tiles that are great for bathroom and kitchen walls. Glass tiles have eco-friendly characteristics and are non-absorptive, stain-resistant and easy to clean. Unlike terrazzo tiles, glass tiles reflect light, adding additional light to the room. Plus, they come in a wide range of colours, patterns and finishes. 

There you have it – a list of eco-friendly flooring solutions for 2020. Which one is your pick and why? Do let us know in the comments below. 

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Botanical Staircase Garlands

I finished decorating my staircase today, I was in the mood to deck the halls. We’ve had a few weeks of sunshine and my yard was so happy so I was inspired to use what I’ve got! I chose non traditional yard clippings to layer over my faux lighted pine garland that I reuse every year.

A few years ago I layered big bunches of eucalyptus, but this year I mixed boxwood clippings from the huge hedge in my front yard with blooms from my Mexican orange flower plant. These stems will stay fresh over a week in small floral tubes.

The blooming florals are unconventional and give it a slight wedding-ish vibe but I love them mixed with boxwood clippings and matte green ornaments.

Both staircases and mantels offer up so much opportunity to get creative with trimmings. I gathered some other ideas I found on the internet for your staircase too. Notice how you can mix in a group of different objects and create a statement staircase!

Bright Ornaments + Pinecones + Eucalyptus + Berry Sprigs

 better homes & gardens

 

Faux Magnolia + Berry Springs + Metal Bells

rambling renovators

 

Shiny Ornament Garland + Striped Ribbon + Paper Tags

liz marie blog

 

Classic Red Berries + Burlap Ribbon

midwest living

 

Eucalyptus + Dried Flowers + Colorful Ornaments

first sense interiors

 

 

Mixed Garland + Stockings + Ribbons

better homes & gardens

 

rtificial Sprays + Dried Citrus

melanie lissak

 

Multicolored Ribbons + Burgundy Leaves

 

Ribbons + Berries + Pinecones

at home in arkansas

 

Twigs + Pinecones + Oversized Bells

pottery barn

 

Juniper + Earth Tone Ornaments

southern living

 

Magnolia + Twigs + Ribbon

hgtv

 

Olive Leaves + Ribbons

the identite collective

 

Simple Swags: Ribbons + Mini Bells

i spy diy

 

White Paper Stars + Star Cutouts

 

layered lounge

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Holiday Gift Guides For Everyone On Your List (With Stuff Under $19 & Even $9)

Every year it feels like we’re the last bloggers in all of blogland to get our gift guide up (is it me or are they coming out earlier and earlier?!), but the deed is done! We just do one post with three categories (adults, kids, and under $25), so here it is. We love including small makers and Black-owned businesses as well as some tried & true items from larger companies that we’ve bought & loved (like a favorite book, family game, etc) so let’s get into it.

Gifts For Grown-Ups

Here’s what we’re loving, either firsthand items that we’ve bought and enjoyed ourselves, things we’re getting for friends & family, or items that we’re hoping to find under the tree ourselves (hint, hint John).

These rose gold birthstone rings feel so special and her reviews are stellar ($50)I want this “Distracted By Plants” shirt & know 7 friends who’d also want it ($14) Oprah put this chic Linen Wireless Charger on her fav.

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Tips To Grow Your Business Leveraging Influencer Marketing

The results of influencer marketing are phenomenal, and many of you even agree with that. The way digital marketing works has evolved in the last few years as the internet has reached almost every corner of the globe. With more and more creators emerging on the digital platform, influencer marketing has reached new heights, and with that, it has become a hot topic of the industry.

Yet, many businesses still lack the right and maximum benefit of influencer marketing. So, below are the recommended tips to grow your business with influencer marketing.

A quick definition of influencer marketing: Influencer marketing is promoting your content/products with influencers across blogging websites and social platforms.

Find Niche-Specific Influencers: Biggest breakthrough you can make with influencers is finding the right and best-match influencers that serve content related to your business. 

FACT: Nearly 82% of people follow the recommendations of micro-influencers.

Build a Walkthrough or Detailed Product Review: With a detailed walkthrough of your product, you can tell people about its compositions alongside its pros and cons. The better they explain your product, the better the audience can understand.

Populate Content: Once influencers share the video/blog on their platform, a new audience will reach your doorstep (website/physical store). It’s equally important to promote the content on your social platforms to get enhanced results.

Boost Your Organic Reach: With the right influencer marketing, you can boost your organic presence and add elevation to the sales count. Furthermore, integrating influencer marketing into your marketing strategy will also help in increased decision-making. 

Now, newbie markets will find different ways influencers can work. Below are the top ideas to work with the influencers. 

Technical Subject Experts: Many influencers have technical expertise, which can be advantageous to companies looking for a technical audience. Numerous technical experts are available that can help you create detailed content on your products and reach new audiences.

Connect with Influencer Bloggers: Undoubtedly, Vloggers are in trend, but bloggers still have a solid user base that makes them an excellent option to connect and populate your business content to new audiences.

Podcast Endorsements: Podcasts are the new way of running successful influencer marketing. According to the study, every third American listens to a podcast, making it another popular marketing tool. Advertisers can consider podcast endorsements to expand their reach.

Social Media Ads: Whatever influencer content you choose for your business promotion, you can leverage social media to enhance its reach and grab a new user base.

Find Influencer on All Social Platforms: Today, numerous social media platforms give birth to numerous influencers. Tiktok, Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, and many more are some of the best examples. You can find influencers from all and turn their audience into customers. 

In short, the options are many, but it entirely depends upon how you take advantage of influencer marketing to boost your sales or organic reach.

So, these are the smart yet trending practices that can provide assured results to your business.

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The Best Ways to Make Your Home Business Look Go

Making your home business look friendly and professional can have a lot of benefits, especially if you are expecting to deal with customers in person on a regular basis. Even if you aren’t, being surrounded by a pleasant working environment is good for your health and mental wellbeing.

Sort Out Your Roofing

One of the first things you should sort out is the appearance of your home from the exterior, such as things like your roofing and the state of the grounds surrounding your home. In fact, you may even want to hire a company such as commercial roofing contractors in Brisbane, Australia. That way, you can ensure that your roof is well looked after and put together professionally.

First Impressions Matter. This is important because the appearance of your building is actually important. The impression you give to your customers when they see it is vital to their impression of your company as a whole. As they say, you only get one chance at a good first impression, so make sure your building doesn’t let you down.

Get Fresh Paint Going

To build on that, so to speak, you can also help to improve the appearance of your home by freshening up the paint on both the outside and in. It is sometimes hard to notice how much of an impact the color of a building can have on your customers, but that impact is there whether you like it or not.

You Want Your Clients in a Good Mood. One of the best things you can do to help your company thrive is to ensure that your clients are in a good mood when they are engaging with your business. This is beneficial for many reasons, and fortunately, there are plenty of ways to make sure that your customers stay happy; the appearance of your business is one of them.

Color Theory is Effective. If you can utilize specific colors to evoke certain emotional responses from your clients, then you want to be sure that you engage with the right colors to bring about that positive mood that can be so beneficial for business. This is why studying color theory might be particularly useful before deciding on the colors you want to paint your walls.

Implement a Dress Code

Finally, something you may not have considered that might help to spruce up your home office a little is to implement a dress code for yourself. By doing so, you can create a more professional atmosphere at ome, and make you feel more motivated and put together.

Your Appearance is Important too. Plus, what you wear has a psychological effect on your productivity. So, by wearing a crisp suit to work, even if you’re just at home, can help to make yourself feel more productive and keep more on top of your responsibilities for the day. This could even end up overall improving your business as a whole, as each of your employees could experience something similar.

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The Wishbone Chair 3D models design

The Wishbone Chair by Hans Wegner came out in 1949, and it has since been hailed as one of the most important chair designs of the 20th century. The design consists of a bentwood frame with no metal screws or nails, making it an ecological marvel.

Wishbone chairs are some of those pieces of furniture that you can’t imagine living without if they fit your style and needs. They come in various styles, from contemporary to industrial to Danish design, with enough variation that you’ll never get bored looking at them again.

Before this chair existed, chairs were often plain, straight lines with nothing to break up the monotony. In contrast, the Wishbone Chair has a unique shape that appeals to both modernist and post-modernists alike. The chair’s shape also creates a sense of motion, making it an ideal piece for offices where people need to get things done quickly.

It is made entirely out of bentwood, and its unique way of having different materials makes it stand out from the rest. Hans Wegner used this design to make his brand known and make people curious and interested in his work and his designs, including the Wishbone chair.

Designers like to create something different from the rest, something with an original twist, making people think about it when they see it.

The Wishbone Chair is known for its simplicity and comfort, two qualities that make it a favorite among those who need to relax. However, this chair doesn’t come cheap as the production costs are high because of the detailed processes involved in its manufacture.

This chair is popular because it provides comfort and because it’s a functional piece of furniture. It can be used as executive chairs or dining chairs, depending on the needs of the individuals within the workplace.

Wishbone chair 3d model design

This article will explore the process of a Wishbone Chair 3d model design similar to https://hum3d.com/3d-models/wishbone-chair/, focusing on the shape, materials, and software involved. It will also explore how 3D modeling can be utilized by industrial designers like architects, industrial designers, product designers, industrial designers and sculptors.

3D modeling can be divided into two main categories – rapid prototyping and high-quality 3d printing. Rapid prototyping is where we might make changes quickly and produce a model in less than an hour, while high-quality 3d printing takes around 10 hours to make a product at scale.

Designers use software to design shapes and materials and generate models in the digital environment. Sometimes they use CAD (Computer-Aided Design) software that allows them to create intricate designs without any physical limitations, or they might use software specializing in 3D modeling such as Autodesk Meshmixer.

3d modeling software has been changing over the years. They have evolved from expensive and complicated software to affordable and easy-to-use applications like Sketchup and Tinkercad that can help you create your models without previous experience.

Designers use these tools to prototype shapes with different materials before producing the final product; it helps them make sure they are on the right track and have enough time to complete their project.

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9 Kitchen Updates That Help Us Make The Most Of Our Small Kitchen

“We just couldn’t figure out why you weren’t tearing out the kitchen.”

That’s what one of our contractor’s guys said to us right as we moved in last year. I understood his confusion. We were redoing floors, moving doors, vaulting ceilings, etc – but we left the small old kitchen relatively untouched – complete with mauve laminate countertops. You can see what I mean in this post.

But to know us is to know that we strongly prefer to live with an expensive-to-renovate room like a kitchen first, just so we don’t rush into spending major money on big permanent changes that we might later regret or wish that we thought through a little longer. So we spent the last 16 months debating various big ideas for this room, all while peppering in some simple smaller updates to get a feel for how they help improve the space and what we might want for our more long-term plan.

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