Home Buying and Selling Superstitions

Home Buying and Selling Superstitions

As soon as my husband and I signed the papers for our new home, we were given more unsolicited advice about moving than when we told people we were having a baby. There’s something about moving – either buying or selling a home – that brings out the superstition in people. My mom would not let us step foot into the home without first putting a pinch of salt in all of the corners of every room. She said this kept away bad luck and only invited in the good. While she was doing this, my grandma was busy burying onion halves on each side of my door to keep out ‘bad news.’ Because bad luck apparently hates salt and onions! Good to know! The whole process got me thinking about the things people to do ensure that they can either sell their home quickly and effortlessly or move into a home with a new “worry free” start. I asked around and got some of the best, and most quirky, tips ever. Hopefully if you’re trying to sell a home, or if you’re buying a new one, these old wives tales I’ve collected can help you. Feng Shui Tips to Sell Put fresh yellow flowers in the living room, hall or dining room.Turn a light on each empty room for at least 3 hours a day. Hang a small brass bell on a red ribbon outside the front door. In the south and southwest areas of the home, place yellow…

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Benefits of Owning a Pool

Benefits of Owning a Pool

As you sat fanning yourself in your back yard, sweaty and hot, weighed down by the heat and the steam of the mid-day sun, did you vow that next year would be the year to get a pool? Did you finally get a pool, hoping that it would not only provide your family with summertime fun but would also help increase your home’s value when you decided to sell or refinance your home? Well, certainly a pool can help with family fun, health and to chase away the heat of the day. But a surprising misconception is that adding a pool will help increase the value of your home. While it may make it easier to sell because many people are attracted to the thought of having a pool, recovering the cost and investment of the addition of a pool is not something you should expect. If you’re looking to invest in your home for resale value, the first place to tackle is the kitchen or bathroom. The average return-on-investment for improvements to the kitchen ranges from about 80 percent to 93 percent and bathroom renovations can yield a return of between 85 percent to 90 percent. However, just because you might not recover the cost of adding a pool doesn’t mean the benefits to owning one aren’t there.  The three benefits to owning a pool improve your health, your happiness and the overall look of your home. Health The health benefits alone are worth owning a pool. Swimming works your…

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Top Alternatives to Having a Lawn

Top Alternatives to Having a Lawn

We all love the picturesque image of a manicured green lawn, but unfortunately that comes at a high maintenance cost. Chances are that if you have a decent sized yard - you're probably spending quite a few hours a week mowing, trimming, watering, and fertilizing your lawn to keep it healthy and green. Well good news homeowners, if you decide to be done with all that work - there are alternatives to having a lawn.

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