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How To Sell Your House In A Hurry

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There are so many worries when it comes to selling your house. From finding your dream home to move into, to trying to maximise the number of offers, you have a lot to think about. And if you really need to sell in a hurry? You can double those worries. Needing to achieve a quick sale can happen for many reasons- you may be battling with a change in circumstances such as a divorce or you may be acting quickly to secure another property you’ve fallen in love with, or just need to liquidate an asset. No matter the cause, being up against the clock adds a whole new dimension to selling your house. If you need to shift it fast, get started with these top tips…

 

Set The Stage

 

Many of us forget that selling a house is a process in itself – one that needs careful positioning. We are so used to our own home environment we no longer ‘see’ our surroundings. But if you want to sell, fast? Then you need to take a long, hard look at your property with critical eyes. Your first job is to draw as many prospective buyers as possible in for a viewing – it’s a numbers game, and the more viewers, the more potential offers, and the better your final sale price is likely to be. Buy some interiors magazines and take note of the trends, then spruce up your space – repaint the skirting boards, deep clean the carpets, get some inexpensive new cushions to dress tired sofas and have a ruthless declutter. If you desperately need to shift the house, consider hiring a home staging firm, who will take care of the details. Photographs are also key to get buyers over the threshold – a skilled company like RoomToPhoto.com can bring out the best in your property and get those viewings flooding in.

 

Be Accomodating

 

If you want to sell fast, be prepared to accommodate short-notice viewings – you never know who will make an offer. This does mean keeping the house in a viewable state so you’re ready to show people round. If buyers see other potential buyers leaving, so much the better. Timing is also key- spring is a peak time for families to buy due to an expectation of moving in the school summer holidays, while Friday is the best day to set your listing live – buyers begin to plan their viewings for the weekend, and your property will top the search results as most recently listed.

 

Tread Carefully With Valuations

 

If one agent values the property at a much higher price than others, think twice. Tempting though it may be to go for the highest figure, pricing your property at top whack means there’s more chance of it sitting unsold. Too low, however, and buyers may become suspicious. You need to hit the middleground – a skilled estate agency with a good track record of local sales should be able to advise on exactly where this sweet spot lies.

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Gaining Clarity From The Struggle: Mentally Recovering From A Conflict

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When we are working hard at improving our outlook on life, there are going to be times when we will suffer some form of knockback. As we are increasing our confidence, in the wake of anxiety or depression there will be conflict. But it can be something that severely affects us, especially for those used to shying away from any sort of conflict in life. So, with this in mind, are there any tips to help you recover your mental outlook from a conflict?

Piecing The Puzzle Together

We can walk away from conflict feeling incredibly confused about the situation, and everything can go by in a blur. But it’s important for us to step away from the situation, but also to piece the puzzle together about what actually happened. If there was a conflict, and it was between you and the stranger, and you never see them again, it’s very easy to feel that we’ve been hurt by the situation, and it can put us off going to that place where the incident occurred. This is why it’s important to piece it together. For example, if you had an argument with a stranger, was that person showing signs of stress and anxiety and you were merely on the receiving end? It’s important to get a good idea of each side of the conflict.

Understand Your Own Perception

Just as important as understanding it from their point of view is understanding if you were not feeling your best self. Remember, when we are in the middle of conflict, stress and anxiety comes to the fore, and we can spend a lot of time beating ourselves up about it later on, but rather than focusing on the negative aspects, it’s better for you to understand your own perception of the situation of the time. For example, you might have been in the wrong, or it may not have been your fault at all. However you look at it, getting an idea of how you perceive the situation, and if you were to go through the situation again, if would you do it differently or not, gives you a sense of empowerment.

Devising A Coping Strategy For The Future

Yes, conflict is a part of life, and sometimes things happen where we lose our sense of power or ability to cope. If we were involved in a physical altercation, or if we were mugged, these things can impinge on our sense of safety and confidence. But it’s important to remember that there are ways and means to get justice, whether through a personal injury lawyer, or by going through the police procedure to get justice. But these moments in life impact everybody’s confidence. What’s important is how you recover from it. Justifying the situation and gaining a perspective is a very important part of recovering from any sort of conflict. But when you are in the midst of depression, it can feel like a major step back. Don’t feel this way, because it’s these challenges in life that will help us to increase our emotional strength.

 

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Feeling The Chill? Warm Up A Cold Home Now

Even though it may not be all that cold right now and you might be busy enjoying the fantastic summer weather we’ve been having lately, now is the perfect time to think about how your home will be during the winter.After all, it’s a good idea to make any improvements that could make your home warmer right now, before it’s too late. Plus, some of the jobs you might need to do could require you to carry out some work outside – you certainly won’t feel like doing that once the temperatures drop!

 

So, do you have some time on your hands now to make sure your home will stop you and your family feeling the chill this winter? Here are a few things you can do.

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Prevent Condensation

 

When it’s cold outside, not many of us will be happy about opening the windows. That’s fine, as it will keep all the warm air inside your house, however, it does mean that there is an increased risk of condensation developing. This will greatly increase the risk of damp growing on the walls in the property. So, even though it may be chilly, make sure the windows are opened in rooms that create a lot of steam, like the bathroom and kitchen. Believe me, it’s better to be slightly cold for ten minutes than to have to deal with damp!

 

Stop Drafts

 

You also need to target any drafts that are bringing down the temperature of your house. It’s important that air circulates through your home, as it will keep the air fresh, but too much circulation will lead to the temperature dropping. One way to beat a draft is to hang a thick curtain over any interior doors. Adding on brushes to the bottom of doors and your letterbox will also prevent the chilly air blowing in.

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Change Your Windows

 

If you don’t have double-glazed windows right now, you should really consider switching to them. Not only will they significantly reduce the risk of drafts developing through the windows, but they also improve the house’s insulation by quite a bit. That means that your home will be quicker to heat up, and it will also retain its warm air for a lot longer. As you won’t need to rely on your heating so much, you can look forward to your monthly utility bills coming down in cost too! Get in touch with Paramount Builders for a quote for switching to double glazing. It might not be quite as expensive as you expect.

 

 


Prevent Water Damage

 

Once the temperatures start to dip by quite a bit, there is an increased chance of suffering water damage in a property. One reason for this is that there’s a chance the standing water in the pipes will freeze and expand, causing the pipes to burst. Unfortunately, that’s one of the main causes of property flooding during the winter months!

 

Make sure you follow all the tips above, and the chill shouldn’t bother you too much this winter.

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Make Your Garden Both Fun and Stylish

 

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One of the great joys of childhood is being able to play and use your imagination to create adventure. And as a parent, if you can encourage your kids to go out into your garden on a more regular basis, you have the extra advantage of ensuring that they stay safe while still enjoying themselves. There are plenty of ways that you can make your garden an environment which is full of fun, and this doesn’t mean compromising the style which you have worked hard to create. We will be talking about some of them in this article. Of course, everything comes back to how much space that you have available and your budget, but hopefully, you will find something that suits you within this article. So, let’s dive right in!

 

Make the Toys a Design Feature

 

One of the main problems that people have when it comes to comes to kids toys in the garden is that they do not look attractive and they are not in keeping with the environment. You can get around this by buying wooden versions of the same toys – or if you are particularly handy – making them yourself. Tree swings, seesaws, and jungle gyms can provide hours of fun for your kids without destroying the aesthetic environment that you have worked hard to create.

 

Child-Friendly Water Features

 

Though having a pond in your garden is a nice water feature which can attract a host of wildlife, you may well not be comfortable having an exposed body of water when you have young kids running around. But you could have some fountains and other running water features which provide some light and movement, as well a place to splash each other during the warmer months of the year. And something as simple as putting a sprinkler in your garden can provide plenty of fun during the summer.

 

Make Use of Vertical Space

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If you don’t have all that much space to work with in your garden, it makes sense that you use the vertical room which you have available. There are plenty of things which can be hung up high such as chalkboards, climbing walls, and buckets of toys. Again, it all comes back to aesthetics and ensuring that your garden still looks at its best, while also providing a fantastic environment for your kids to play in.

 

Fun for Older Kids

 

As your kids start to get older, it can end up getting harder and harder to lure them outside. However, there are some things which are fantastic for people of all ages. Trampolines offer an ideal way to stay active. Take a look at some of the top models that this post lists. Another great option is an outdoor table tennis table. Another alternative is offering a place where your kids can relax with friends including comfortable seating and a fire pit.

 

Build in Storage for Toys

 

As a parent, you will already be only too aware how much stuff that your kids can accumulate. Instead of having is strewn all over the garden, you should try to come up with some storage systems so that your garden doesn’t lose that minimalist look. Bench storage is always a nice option as it has the practicality of giving you some additional seating which is always going to be handy when you are having friends and family over to enjoy the garden.

 

Create a Vegetable Garden

 

There is a great sense of pleasure in gardening together as a family, and if you plant some fruit and vegetables, this gives you the added bonus of saving you money on your household food shopping bills. It is worth creating a plan before getting started, and beginning with some vegetables which are seasonal and thrive in the conditions which you have available in your garden. Also, don’t attempt to grow anything which is too difficult to maintain if you don’t have a huge amount of time to devote to looking after them. Planting a vegetable garden helps to teach your kids some valuable life skills centred on caregiving and the value of working to complete a project.

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As you can see from the advice in this article, there is no reason why your garden can’t be both fun and stylish. A garden is always going to be a work in progress in which you can make gradual additions over time to improve the space which you have available.

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A Little On Bit On The Side… 4 Ways To Boost Your Income

We live in a competitive world, where jobs can be hard to come by, and salaries don’t always match what we desire. While it’s easy to whine about it, there are people out there who are taking action and seeking their own fortunes. So what’s stopping you?

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If your income isn’t what you hoped it would be, it doesn’t hurt to earn a bit on the side. Learn to grow your money with these four income-boosting tips.

1. Freelance

Plenty of people are taking on freelance work in addition to their full-time jobs. You can freelance doing something you already do, or work at something completely different such as writing or proofreading. By offering freelance services, you can develop your skills and expertise that makes you a sought-after individual, while also giving you the freedom to work as you please. Many people turn their freelance work into their careers, so who knows where you could end up if you choose this path?

2. Start a small business

Running a small business in addition to your job can be a great way to add to your income and help you afford to do more of the things you love. If you’re wondering how to start a small business, you might find that it’s easier than you think. Your small business could take many forms, from running an Etsy store or selling ebooks on your blog – and can be something fun and exciting to do alongside your job or when you’re looking for a new challenge. Your business might start out small, but it doesn’t hurt to dream big to see where it could take you!

3. Start a blog

Blogging has become an easy way for people to make money, and if you have a subject that you’re interested in or know a lot about, you could find yourself with a valuable new hobby. Starting a blog is easier than you think, so if you’ve got some tips to share about making your home sparkle or you love to review products – start writing it down and see where it leads. Bloggers make their income in a lot of ways such as advertising and sponsored posts, so you could stand to make a healthy income from your blog that can be used for savings or for luxuries like vacations or shopping.

4. Do surveys for money

If you’ve got some time to spare and don’t mind sharing information about yourself, then getting paid to do surveys can be a good way to earn some additional income. While you won’t be able to give up your day job by doing surveys, there are a lot of rewards you could benefit from such as cash and gift cards that make it worthwhile. Check out the top paid survey sites and start boosting your income in a few clicks.

Side hustles are a great way to boost your income and increase your savings. Start looking at ways to make more money today and help your money stretch further.

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