The bedroom. It’s where all the magic happens. But all too often, this private space ends up being everything but the peaceful oasis it was meant to be. Do you walk into your bedroom and immediately feel overwhelmed or frustrated because it’s in such disarray? Well, your bedroom is supposed to make you feel the exact opposite. At peace. Calm. Fulfilled.
With TVs, laptops, tablets and phones, most of us are connected 24/7, even in bed. But it’s time to block out all the noise and focus on you and that special someone, even beyond Valentine’s Day. These appealing, magazine-worthy apartment bedrooms might inspire you to focus a bit more on where you get your beauty rest.
The bedroom is the last place you want to feel cramped and disorderly. You cannot expect to have an intimate, restful space if it’s nothing but a cluttered room of shame. Keep things as simple as possible. If you can add color to your bedroom, go beyond the predictable white or neutral colors. In this
Some say winter is the worst time to sell a home. Given the cold and stormy weather we have been experiencing, there are definitely challenges, but don’t be discouraged. First impressions and lasting impressions are key to progress potential buyers into active buyers. Be very wary as the slightest discomfort or issue can sour this experience and turn a buyer away from your home, but by addressing a few key areas, any winter woes can be easily avoided.
Here are five simple tips to maximize the showing potential of your home during the winter months.
1. Don’t Let Winter be an Obstacle
It’s storming or just post-storm, but you have showings booked for your home. (You must have motivated buyers to go out in that weather!) Don’t make it even more of a chore for them, be sure to shovel your drive or walkway so that the first impression is a clean and accessible entry. Buyers have been known to turn away, rather than hike to the doorway in knee deep snow and risk snow in their shoes,
You don’t have to hire a decorator (or break the bank) to give a room a quick update with lots of impact. So whether you’re getting ready to sell, have just moved in or feel like a mini overhaul, these five tips will have you enjoying the room of your dreams in no time.
Change Your Fabrics
Replace your curtains, re-cover your throw pillows, buy a new rug, Any one of these easy fixes can make a big impact; but all three will completely change the entire room! And if it’s a bedroom you’re tired of, same rules apply: Replace the duvet cover, re-cover the headboard, and toss a few new pillows on the bed.
Freshen Up With Paint
Whether you tackle an entire room, or maybe an accent wall or two, a new coat of paint is probably the easiest way to change a room. From light and bright to dark and dramatic, paint can completely alter the mood.
Re-Organize A Bookshelf
Bookshelves are amazing; not only do they keep your books organized, but
Rohan Builders is responsible for developing the grand project called Rohan Leher Phase 3 at Baner, Pune. This group of builders has been credited with a wide range of residential projects in the prominent parts of the city. Pune is at the centre of numerous upcoming projects, IT industries and other commercial undertakings from all around the world. It is continuously being chosen as a major city for new projects and businesses.
Spread over a vast space, this serene complex easily accessible from major commercial points in the city. It is located in a quiet and peaceful neighbourhood yet easily connected to the city through taxis and buses. These residential spaces are designed to meet the needs of the home owners. With a promise of a luxurious life within the city limits, this residential complex is one place to indulge in.
Key features and facilities on offer
2 BHK variants of apartments have been planned to be constructed in this extravagant residential project. These spacious segments of edifices are available in the sizes ranging from 748 square feet to 753 square feet. Spread on a total land area of 1.5 acres, this development is spacious and
When it comes to optimising security outside and inside your home, there are a whole host of security systems that will allow you to protect and secure your property in a way that should deter criminals from trying to break in.
Thanks to advances in technology, there are now a number of state of the art security systems that will provide peace of mind that sufficient measures are in place to protect your property and your belongings whether you’re are at home or away.
fter all, if you invest in high performance security systems, statistically you’ll be less likely to become a victim of burglary.
When it comes to choosing security systems for private homes, it’s important that you find a system that meets your exact requirements, including your budget, preferences, the level protection you need, and the size of your property.
So we’ve created a helpful guide outlining some of the best security systems for private homes…
Wireless Burglar Alarm
If you’re looking for a high-performance burglar alarm that also looks aesthetically pleasing, a wireless burglar alarm is a great option. But that’s not all… wireless burglar alarms are
If you’re entering into the real estate market for the first time, you’ll hear the old adage: location, location, location. That’s three of the key factors… I’m kidding but, location is, indeed, a very important concern.
However, many buyers think location is most important because of the surrounding area. So, if the neighborhood is nice, with parks, good schools, retail stores nearby, and somewhat close to freeways, it’s a good location. But what also makes it a good location is how close it is to your work.
These days many people are telecommuting, which allows them to work from home and save gas. If that’s the case, a 45-minute or hour-plus drive, one-way to the office, might not be too intimidating because you’re not going to have to do it every day. But your long commute could still become a key factor when it comes to getting a mortgage.
Some lenders may factor in your long commute as part of your overall debt-to-income ratio, (DTI) which will directly impact how much money you can borrow. Regardless of whether the lender takes your extended commute into consideration, buyers should. With rising gas
It may seem hard to imagine but, yes, the cycle has spun around and in some markets there are bidding wars leaving buyers wondering, “What can I do to make my offer stand out?”
The real estate market is again heating up and many buyers are trying to get into the market now after taking a long break. For some, it’s a chance to become first-time homeowners. For others, it’s a chance to make a move up to a larger home or to buy a second home. Still others may have owned in previous years and are now getting back into homeownership. Regardless of the situation, making your offer to buy stand out among the others is important.
- Keep your offer simple and straightforward. In a market that has multiple buyers making offers, one of the best things you can do is keep it simple. That doesn’t mean you have to neglect important things that you want in the offer. However, it does mean that you should not get caught up in smaller issues that could become huge issues for no apparent valid reason. For instance, a minor repair might be worth
Liquated Damages Clause Can BE Valuable, But May Be misunderstood
Is a liquidated damages clause a good thing to have in a real estate contract? If so, for whom is it good? The buyer? The seller? Both? Like so many questions in real estate, and life in general, the first answer to such questions is, “It depends.” Before we get into that, though, a word about what a liquidated damages clause is.
A liquidated damages clause sets in advance — at the time of contract formation — what the monetary value of damages shall be in the event of contract breach by one of the parties. Often, a liquidated damages clause (actually, a paragraph or section) will include a recitation that the parties are agreeing ahead of time, because it would likely be difficult to determine the actual damages should a breach occur. But such a statement is not necessary.
A liquidated damages clause could be directed toward both parties. For example, “If either of us fails to perform, he will owe the other $10,000.” But it need not do so. Commonly, a liquidated damages clause will be directed towards
When the temperatures spike, most families crank up the air conditioning to keep their homes cool. While blasting the AC is often viewed as the first step in cooling a home, there are a number of other ways to keep your home comfortable in the summer.
#1 Open Windows at Night
If you live in a region of the country where nighttime temperatures tend to dip into the lower 70s and upper 60s, open your windows at night and turn off the AC. Once the sun is down, that cool air can flow into your home overnight and help maintain a cooler starting point for the next day. Turning on any fans you have around the house will help circulate that cool air.
#2 Leave Interior Doors Open
During the winter months, it’s a good idea to close doors to unused rooms to avoid wasting money heating those spaces. But closed-off rooms can become heat blankets in the summer if you don’t open them up and allow for even airflow throughout your home. To help keep the house cooler, open your interior doors.
#3 Close Blinds During the Day
Buying your first home can be exciting and amazing, and scary. But knowing the common mistakes of first-time buyers will ensure you don’t make the same ones, and can help make the transition to “New Home Owner!” that much smoother.
1) Spending Too Much
It’s important to be realistic about what you can afford. The final sale price isn’t the only cost to take into account when owning a home. Houses come with plenty of bills like heating and property taxes, future renovations and occasional unforeseen costs like burst pipes or city trees needing to be trimmed.
What you can do about it: Take a close look at your finances. Be aware of your current fixed costs and always leave some breathing room. Ask the homeowners what they spend in a year on their bills so there aren’t any surprises. Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation has plenty of useful onlinebudget calculators to help. As a general rule your monthly housing costs (mortgage, property tax and heating expenses) should be no more than 32% of your gross monthly income.
2) Spending Too Little
Yes, this can also be
Figuring out how much work needs to be done to your home before selling it and downsizing is stressful stuff. Add in the costs of relocating, the hassle of culling your possessions and the emotional hardship of saying goodbye to a beloved home, and you’re looking at a recipe for disaster. So, let’s take some of the panic out of moving by outlining what should be done before packing up.
Think the buyers of your home will love the new carpeting as much as you did? Think again. Sellers are often shocked to learn new carpeting was ripped out shortly after selling, in favour of hardwood or laminate.
Sellers need to ask themselves, “Is this to the buyer’s taste? Will I recover the funds spent?” A lot of the time, the decision to do pre-sale renovations is up to how much time, money and disruptions the seller is willing to put up with.
There are certain must-fixes, such as a leaky roof, broken windows or an ineffective septic system. Anything that would cause buyer concern, or be seen as a liability, should be fixed.
For cosmetic fixes, buyers will value different things about the
Renovating your home can be thrilling and when the results are exactly what you wanted, there’s nothing more satisfying. But they can also be stressful and costly, in both time and money. Here are five things to consider before undergoing a renovation, whether the job is big, or small.
Does The Renovation Require Permits?
Generally, small changes can be done on your own, but larger projects involving additions or altering the existing structure, electrical or plumbing may require permits. It’s important to be aware of the rules of your city, as undergoing renos without the required permits can mean timely delays, fines and ultimately stretching your budget. Sites like the Ontario Ministry of Housing and Affairs are a great resource and a good idea to bookmark.
Has Your Contractor Been Vetted?
It’s always smart to get a few quotes for every job, and references are essential. There are too many horror stories out there to make absolute sure that anyone who’s working on your home has been thoroughly vetted. Ask to see a portfolio of their work, or call a referral or two, this could save you a lot of
Whether this is your first home or fourth, really understanding your mortgage and how it works is crucial. After all, it’ll probably be the biggest loan of your life!
What IS A Mortgage?
In the most basic sense a mortgage is a loan to buy a property. The process of securing a mortgage means lender approval based on your income, credit rating and other debt.
Understand Your Fixed Costs
Before you decide what you can—or should—spend on a mortgage it’s important to take stock of your habits and your true fixed costs. Be honest with yourself when putting together your household budget, if you’re going to be miserable without your daily premium cup of coffee, then along with your student debt and car payments, consider that a fixed cost.
Be PITH Safe
According to the CHMC (Canadian Housing & Mortgage Corporation), your monthly housing costs should be less than 32% of your gross monthly income. These are considered your PITH or Principle and Interest (of your mortgage payments), Property Tax, and Heating bills.
Get A Mortgage You Can Afford
If you pass
You don’t have to break the bank to have your house looking as though it was professionally staged. These tips and tricks will have your house sell-ready and gorgeous before you can say “why hasn’t it always looked this way?!”
The first step in getting ready to sell is de-clutter, de-clutter, de-clutter so potential buyers aren’t overwhelmed by your stuff, but rather impressed by your home. Counters and other surfaces should be kept clear and any furniture that isn’t needed stored away. The good news about this tedious task is packing and purging will make moving day that much easier.
2) Lights and Mirrors
Warm lighting and well-placed mirrors can make your home feel bright, inviting and even bigger. Mirrors placed over fireplaces, and along hallway walls will make rooms appear larger than they are. Table lamps, and overhead lighting like chandeliers and sconces will brighten rooms and add some flair to your decor.
3) It’s Nothing Personal
Any personal effects should be packed away; family photos and mementoes, framed degrees, anything that’s a link to the current owner. Buyers want to imagine themselves