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Posted by Jill Finkelstein on 10/22/2017

You may take your front door for granted. Maybe you only use your front door occasionally when company comes or you have a gathering at your home. Itís amazing how much more curb appeal you can give to your home with a properly lit front door. Below, youíll find some tips to help you brighten your front door and the overall appeal of your home. 


Make Your Front Door Shine Through The Night


If you want your home to have curb appeal, you may think of the daylight hours. Sure, you want your home to look good during the day, but there are 24 hours! You can find plenty of ways that you can add nighttime curb appeal to your home with correct types of landscape lighting. Some ideas to help you highlight your front door can be found below:


Put a spotlight on the entryway


Using bold lighting like this can help you to enhance the features that are already present on the front of your home.     


Use sconce lighting

This type of lighting is easily mounted onto the side of walls or the side of your home. You can use these types of lights to add to the style of your home as they come in many different kinds from the stately to the fun and whimsical. These lights also provide quite a welcoming touch to the home.


Consider Lighting Your House Number


Wherever your house number is present, you should try to light it. This way, after daylight hours, guests can clearly see what house number is yours. You can do this with a lamp post or a spotlight depending on where you have your house numbers mounted. 


Use Lighting Variations


Just as you would on the inside of your home, the outside of your home should use variations of lighting. Use sconces for overhead lighting. Think of the lighting on the outside of your home based on the main types of lighting: task, decorative, ambient, and accent lighting. Using these basic design principles can help you to find where the need for light is in your yard.


Highlight Your Landscape


Your hard efforts at landscaping arenít just for the daylight hours. Use lighting in your yard as a way to highlight the beauty of your yard the whole day and night through. If you have particularly unique trees or bushes, or a nice statue in your yard, use lights to brighten the space and show off the best features that your yard has to offer.

When thinking of lighting your yard keep safety as your first priority and design as your second for a great outdoor lighting scheme.    





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Posted by Jill Finkelstein on 10/15/2017

When you buy a home, you may wonder what the benefits of having your own realtor to represent you are. If youíre a first-time homebuyer, you probably will have a lot of questions. If youíre a second-time homebuyer you may still have a lot of questions! Buying a home can be a long, tedious process. Itís very helpful to know that you have a knowledgable realtor by your side to represent you and help you through the home buying process. If youíre looking to buy a home in a tough market, hiring your own realtor to represent you as a buyer is especially important. 


First, you should consider interviewing some prospective buyers agents in your area. Maybe you can get recommendations from friends and family as well. Learn what you can expect from a top realtor who will represent you as a buyer. 


Honesty Is The Best Policy


Your agent should be completely honest with you. While they canít tell you what you personally want in a home, they should give you every last disclosure. No agent should put a home value or their own commission above their clients. This means that thereís strict documentation that realtors must follow including a code of ethics and standards for practice. A realtor must uphold these promises.  


Judging honesty in a realtor can be difficult. An honest real estate agent will help you through the home search process, for example. This is a good place to start. If the realtor points out some of the potential issues that you may have as a buyer in a home, you can see that honesty is one of their main policies.


Good Communicator


A realtor should be in frequent communication with you. Even if your home search isnít active, they will check in, and see where youíre at in the process and if your needs have changed. 

Your realtor should alert you if offers have been made on properties that youíre interested in as well. Your buyerís agent should reply to texts, e-mails, or calls within a short time frame of receiving them. Having a realtor thatís on top of things for you is important when it comes to buying a home since, without their help and information, the perfect home could slip through the cracks for you.                  


Knowledge Of Rules, Regulations, And Best Practices


Your buyerís agent should have extensive knowledge of the real estate rules and regulations that are within your state. Each state has different practices when it comes to buying a home. Hiring a buyerís agent is especially helpful if you are unfamiliar with a state or city. Your agent will be well-informed on all of your responsibilities as a buyer, as well as how and when you should complete these tasks and signings throughout the entire home buying process.





Posted by Jill Finkelstein on 10/10/2017

BEST OF ALL WORLDS! A SINGLE FAMILY DETACHED HOME WITH FIRST FLOOR MASTER BEDROOM, A NEW MASTER BATH PLUS A TWO CAR GARAGE!! Featuring a two story foyer, skylights and floor to ceiling stone fireplace, this grand home has a very spacious living room, gracious dining room with a bay window, a cathedral ceiling family room that adjoins a well-equipped stainless steel kitchen with double ovens, countertop range, compactor, French door refrigerator and an adjacent dining area. Sliders open to a wonderful private deck overlooking the backyard and woods. The second floor offers three more bedrooms, including a Jack and Jill layout, and another family bath.The finished walkout lower level has a huge playroom/great room and walk-in cedar closet. Amenities include hardwood floors, central AC, central vacuum, alarm, and NEW WINDOWS! There is an HOA and Board managed by a professional company and the monthly fee includes landscaping, snow and trash removal and the irrigation system.

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Posted by Jill Finkelstein on 10/8/2017

If you have hired a realtor to help you sell your home, you have already taken care of a good amount of the job that needs to be done to get the home sold at the right price. There is one important thing that you need to tend to as a seller- thatís getting your home ready to be shown. Once the home is on the market, your realtor will work with you to schedule open houses and times for the home to be shown privately. Whether you only have a few hours or a day or two to prepare for a home showing, there are a few certain areas that you need to tend to in order to help your home appear clean and tidy to impress buyers. 


Sweep Up


It doesnít take very long to sweep down your hardwood and tile floors. After you do this, run over the floors with a mop to remove any stains that may be present on the floor. 


The Dust Rag Is Your Friend


If you have time, you can do a deep clean of your home. It also doesnít take a long time to go over the surfaces of your home with a duster. Getting up the dust will not only make your home smell fresher, but it will appear cleaner as well. 


Make The Beds


Your mother told you for years that you need to make your bed in the mornings. She was right. Beds that have been made look much more presentable and homey than rooms with bedding strewn around. If your bedding is looking less than inviting and you have some time before your showing, you may want to pick up some new bedding. The small details are so important when it comes to selling your home, and making the home look inviting is one of them.       


Clear The Clutter Out


Whether itís piles of clothes on the floor, dirty dishes in the sink, or papers on the counters, clean it up! While you want to give prospective home buyers an idea of what itís like to live in a place, the home doesnít need to look ďlived in.Ē Try and get rid of the personal traces that you leave behind as you prepare to sell your home. As a bonus, you should also make sure the trash is empty and fresh. 


Vacuum The Rugs


Running a vacuum over your rugs can really help to freshen the home. If you have pets, this will help remove the odor that animals leave behind. It will also provide a fresh surface for anyone who is touring your home to walk on. 


Turn On The Lights


When you leave the house for a showing or open house, definitely make sure that all of the shades are open and the lights are on. A bright home is an inviting home.      


 




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Posted by Jill Finkelstein on 9/24/2017

Sleep helps to keep brain cells healthy. A good night of sleep helps with weight loss, mood and energetic balance. If you've ever struggled to get or stay asleep, then woke groggy and lethargic, you know just how much sleep impacts your day.

What's keeping you away from a good night sleep?

Willpower alone may not always lead you into restful sleep. Relaxation is too much a key to healthy sleep, especially deep and REM sleep for willpower to be enough to keep you in a restful sleep night after night.

Another thing that isn't enough to get you to fall and stay asleep every night is the desire to experience a good night sleep. Just wanting to sleep isn't enough. It won't do the trick. In fact, desire for sleep, combined with willpower and wakefulness can easily create frustration, more wakefulness and insomnia.

If it isn't desire for better sleep and willpower that's keeping you up at night, maybe staring at the ceiling, what's keeping you up? Here are a few things that could be keeping you away from enjoying better sleep at home:

  • Outside light - If your bedroom is located near an outdoor porch light, that porch light might be keeping you awake.
  • Indoor light - Bathroom safety lights prevents slips and falls. They can also keep homeowners up at night. Consider turning down your bathroom safety lights or installing a dimmer light bulb in the light holder. See if you don't start to sleep better.
  • Television noise - Your favorite television show might come up around the same time that you head to bed. Be sleepy enough and you might drift into sleep while the show is still on. After an hour or so of sleeping, light emitting from your bedroom television could awaken you.
  • Unresolved issues - Incomplete work projects, unfinished school assignments and relationship challenges can keep you up at night. Instead of falling and staying asleep, you might lay in bed trying to figure out how to close loose ends on these open items. Do yourself a favor and close out important issues during the day. Make a list of items that you are going to focus on in the morning and let them go. You really do need to get a good night of sleep.
  • Temperature - If it's too hot or too cold, you might only sleep lightly or not at all.
  • Bedtime schedule - An erratic bedtime schedule can make it hard for your brain to get accustomed to drifting into sleep at a certain time.
  • Health - Sleep apnea, a cold, the flu and other health issues can make it tough to get and stay asleep. So too can medications.

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Change what's keeping you up at night and you just might start to sleep better and longer. For example, you might have to change the lighting in your bedroom or above the window outside your bedroom. Reducing noise is another step that you may have to take.

Altering your daily routine may also be in order. Before you take this step, review your schedule. Pay attention to how suggestions listed in this article influence your sleep. Be open to continuing to change your bedroom and your lifestyle until it gets easier for you to fall and stay asleep.




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