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Are you preparing to list your home for sale? You and everyone else. There must be a way to add some extra oomph to your property and differentiate it from the competition, right? Actually, there are many. “Preparing to list a home feels like a daunting process, and to some extent it is,” says mortgage executive Peter Norden. “However, without minimizing all the considerations that go into a successful listing, you can take some straightforward steps to improve your home’s appeal to prospective buyers without paying huge sums out of pocket.” Some of the steps that experts suggest require no…

“My wife and I love condos, both investing in condos and living in condos,” says Geoff Lilienfeld, a real estate agent with The Kay-Grant Group on Arizona. “When we take our clients out to look at purchasing condos we make sure that they’re fully aware of some of the things that can make or break how happy you are with your decision that you purchased that condo.” By no means is a condo a perfect solution, but for some people, it offers distinct advantages over owning a home. Here are a few of those advantages: Low Maintenance Perhaps the biggest…

A home is an important aspect in anyone’s life. It provides us with a place to call our own, a warm bed to sleep in, a kitchen to cook in, storage for our belongings, and most importantly it provides us with a sense of security. Every day, however, that feeling of safety is destroyed for many Americans when a burglary occurs in their homes. You might think it will never happen to you, that it is just something you hear about on the news in far away towns, but the statistics on burglary alone are shocking. Whether it’s getting a…

If you want to have a sauna in your home, you also need a heater. Without that, all you have is a wooden room. Now, a wooden room is not without its charm, but that isn’t the point of a sauna! The problem is, however, that there are so many different sauna heaters to choose from. The four main types you need to consider are: The electric heater. The wood burning heater. The infrared heater. The oil and gas heater. Let’s take a look at these four different heaters and what their pros and cons are. 1. The Electric Sauna…

Having the opportunity to convert your loft into a space that you can make the most of is great. Loft areas are often a space that is either neglected and never used, used only for storing the Christmas decorations and old furniture you can’t bring yourself to throw away, or, used to its full potential and transformed into an additional bedroom, snug or even home gym for you to enjoy! How you use the space in your home is up to you, but introducing a loft conversion is the perfect way to enhance your home, as well as adding value.…

If you’re someone who loves to throw a good dinner party, or host the family Sunday roast every week, then you want to ensure you have a dining room that is warm and welcoming for your guests. Dining room décor is something that can be experimented with, as it’s very similar to the living areas within your home. It’s always good to keep your décor consistent throughout your interiors, but you often find that people like to add a few extra special touches to the dining room, to make it more enjoyable. If you’re struggling to get the right balance…

No Chicagoan will ever forget April 1992, when the aftermath of the Great Chicago Flood resulted in an estimated loss of $1 billion and subsequent business losses, as was reported in this Chicago Tribune article, marking the 25th anniversary of this tragic incident. If history has ever taught us something, it is the ability to learn from our mistakes and be prepared for unforeseen situations. So, if you have a residential or commercial property, in Chicago or Glenview, in particular, you can seek the services of 24 hour plumbers, such as Mike’s Chicago Plumbing, which has been business since 1997…

Your home is your pride and joy, and it is important to treat your home with the respect it deserves to enhance its value and create a cozy environment. Whether you’ve recently moved in or been situated in your house for a while, there are various improvements which can be implemented to enhance the quality of your home and bring personal touches to make it feel your own. Since most of us spend lots of time indoors, it is important to make your dwelling as perfect as possible, whether that’s through creating a walk-in closet or impressive decoration. With creative…

There are a lot of other ways to decorate your windows without the use of curtains. Sometimes, flowing fabrics hanging by the windows just don’t go well with a home’s interior design. For example, a modern theme will look better with a window treatment that is fixed in position, like zebra sheer shades, to go along with the aesthetics. What are zebra sheer shades? Zebra sheer shades are window treatments made of alternating light-filtering fabric and sheer fabric. The alternating fabrics, sometimes in two different colors, bring a unique look to the room with its zebra print appearance. The shades…

Leather sofas have been a popular feature in many modern homes, and for good reason! Not only do they have the ability to complement any type of interior design, but the simple cleaning and maintenance routine of a leather sofa means that they’re easy to look after. If you’re interested in incorporating a leather sofa into your living area, the following steps will ensure that it is kept in perfect condition and will help to avoid the most common leather issues: What are the different types of leather? When it comes to quality leather sofas, you may find it useful…