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Posted by Maureen Giuliano on 6/14/2019

If you don’t have a dedicated playroom space in your home, you may feel as though toys and children have taken over. Toys, games, stuffed animals, coloring books, and crayons may be all over the house if children don’t have their own space to play. 


It doesn’t have to be this way. There are a few options that you can use to let your kids have their space, and the adults have theirs. You don’t need to move just to find a home that has an area for kids to play. Read on for some ideas to help you stay stylish yet kid-friendly in your home.    


Versatile Furniture


Buying furniture that has a couple of purposes can be handy when you have kids. A coffee table with storage drawers can turn into a great place to store board games. An ottoman that has a storage component built in is a fantastic place to fantastic place to keep stuffed animals or action figures. When you have kids, finding ways to keep your style but allow children to play freely can be done easily with these types of furniture.   


Turn An Ordinary Shed Into A Magical Place


No matter what part of the country you live in, you can buy a small outdoor storage shed and turn it into a playroom. You can install portable heaters or fans in the shed for comfort. This space can become your child’s playroom detached from the house with all the comforts of home. You might even consider a treehouse, but that may afford slightly less storage or possibilities than a storage shed.    


Use The Corner Of A Room


Kids don’t have to take up the whole of a room. Consider giving little ones a corner of a room dedicated to their stuff. A small chair with a bookshelf and a few baskets of toys is all they need for a play space without fuss. Depending on the size of the room, you can even put a toy chest there for the playroom effect without the space.   


Use Baskets


Baskets are the next best things to furniture that has hidden storage. Baskets look pretty, and the contents are colorful, fun toys. There’s not too much wrong with this solution! You can even give the dog a basket for his toys.   


Find Ways To Incorporate Kids Into The Rooms Of Your Home


You can get creative when it comes to living with children. Chalkboard walls. Tiny furniture and more items are available to make your kids comfortable yet creative and keep your home stylish. Consider a chalkboard wall that allows kids to change their artwork on the daily.

With a little creativity, your kids can feel at home without a playroom and without taking over the whole house.  




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Posted by Maureen Giuliano on 6/7/2019

For home sellers, getting the best price for your residence likely will require you to upgrade your house's curb appeal. If you dedicate time and resources to bolster your home's curb appeal, you may be better equipped than ever before to enjoy a successful property selling experience.

Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you improve your home's curb appeal.

1. Fix Damaged Home Siding

Cracked or chipped home siding is unlikely to do you any favors. In fact, damaged home siding may prove to be an instant turn-off to prospective buyers.

Fortunately, repairing cracked or chipped siding can be fast and simple. If you fill in any cracks or holes in your home siding, you can eliminate these eyesores without delay.

If you want expert help with house siding repairs, home improvement professionals are available in cities and towns nationwide. These professionals are happy to work with you so you can quickly fix damaged home siding and boost your house's curb appeal.

2. Perform Lawn Care Tasks

Mowing the lawn, trimming the hedges and performing other lawn care tasks is key for home sellers. If you maintain a neat, tidy lawn, you could help buyers see your home's full potential.

Of course, you should continue to perform various lawn care tasks regularly until your residence sells. You never know when a potential buyer may pass your home, and as such, a pristine lawn is paramount to help your residence make a positive first impression.

3. Eliminate Clutter

If you have plastic flamingoes, lawn gnomes and other decorations scattered across your home's front lawn, you may want to remove these items for the time being. Otherwise, it may be tough for buyers to envision what life may be like if they purchase your residence.

To cut down on clutter, you can always host a yard sale or list any unwanted items online. You also can donate any items you no longer need to a local charity or give them to family members or friends.

As you prepare to sell your house, you may want to collaborate with a real estate agent as well. A real estate agent can offer plenty of tips so you can upgrade your house's curb appeal, along with recommendations to help you streamline the home selling process.

Let's not forget about the assistance a real estate agent can provide as you evaluate an offer to purchase, either. A real estate agent can help you weigh the pros and cons of accepting a homebuying proposal. He or she is ready to respond to any house selling concerns or questions you may have, too.

When it comes to selling a home, it generally is a good idea to improve your house's curb appeal as much as you can. Thanks to the aforementioned tips, you can enhance your home's curb appeal in no time at all. And as a result, you can make your home an attractive option to prospective buyers.





Posted by Maureen Giuliano on 5/31/2019

Although buying your first house can be a little bit frightening, it should not be if you have a clear plan to get the funds you need. Aside from the mortgage process that may be confusing, every other thing is irrelevant because all you want is to ensure that the house is your choice and that it readily fits your needs.

Many of the things that homeowners keep worrying about are not worth the stress. Here are five things that you should not worry about when you buy your first house: 

1. Poorly fitting furniture

You can replace furniture that doesn't fit into your new home or give it away to some charity. You can also resell furniture items still in good condition. However, if you continue to like it, you can decide to keep it and put it in storage. After all, this is just your first house. If it doesn't fit in here, it will work in the next one you buy.

2. Wall paints

You have every right to pick the color of your new home. First-time homeowners, however, are found guilty of expecting things to look a certain way and get disappointed when they are not. If you don't like the paint, you can always change it to your taste. If you love the color, but it looks worn out, you can still have it repainted when you can afford the cost.

3. Decorations are worn out

There's no doubting the fact that some homes may look outdated and worn-out already, but you need to understand that upon acquiring your new home, there will be plenty of time to bring it up to your standard. Sometimes, kitchen and bathroom remodeling are the only areas that’ll cost you some cash. Other times, there’s a lot more to do to bring it up to your style. Check and confirm before buying to know where you will be spending money.

4. Outdated kitchen

The kitchen may not be entirely what you want. What's more important is how you evaluate the house in terms of infrastructure. Take a look at the roof, plumbing, and the electrical systems; make sure they all are in place. If everything looks and works perfectly, then you can prepare for a kitchen remodeling when you can afford it.

5. No children, no problem!

If you do not have children, then you should not worry too much about space, the quality of schools in the area, and the nursery facilities. While you may be tempted to worry about where your future children will go to school and where you can drop them off when you are going to work, the reality is that when children come, you will likely be in another phase of your life, getting ready to move to a larger home perfect for children.

Have a clear set of goals and objectives when buying a home for the first time and discuss them with an experienced, local realtor to help you make the right decisions.




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Posted by Maureen Giuliano on 5/24/2019

Every industry has its specific vocabulary. Real estate is no exception. If you are new to the home-buying market, you may find yourself stumped by the abbreviations, lingo, acronyms, and unfamiliar jargon commonly used in real estate sales materials, online listings, contracts, and the like. Do not be confused. Learn the terms so you can read that paperwork with ease. Abatement is a real estate term with which you need to become familiar.

Abatement

In standard legal terms, abatement means the removal or diminishment of something. In residential real estate, this term usually refers to property tax in the form of a property tax abatement. Since property taxes become ongoing annual homeowner expenses even after you entirely pay off a mortgage, being able to access a property tax abatement is an asset. For example, if a municipality such as a city, county, state, or other property-tax entity offers you a tax reduction, it could reduce the monthly housing costs by up to five percent during the period of abatement.

Property tax abatement programs can make it easier to qualify for a larger mortgage by reducing your income/debt to housing cost ratio. Also, while the reduction is effective, it adds value to your home when you're ready to put it on the market. 

Certain tax abatements are for one-time improvements to an existing property. These could be for upgrades such as:

- Converting non-residential buildings to residential use
- Installing environmentally friendly additions
- Renovations that increase property value

Typically, these improvements must conform to the requirements, and follow building codes and permitting processes. If you've planned to purchase a home for renovation purposes, make sure that your agent knows so that you get advice on any reductions in effect for the houses you consider.

Along with state or local abatements, there are some federal tax incentives for restoration and preservation of homes designated as historical or with public value. Other abatements may be for qualified newly constructed homes.

Some municipalities have property tax abatements that are effective for several years. Most often these are in place to attract buyers to redeveloping neighborhoods or areas that are under renewal, in the process of revitalization, or are in lower demand. The specific qualification requirements for tax abatements differ, so be sure to talk with your agent about access to potential abatements when house-hunting.

Asbestos and Lead-Paint

Other uses for the term abatement relating to real estate include some expenses associated with buying an older property or a property's repurposing from commercial to residential. For example, when purchasing a home built prior to 1978, any renovations or improvements might need to conform to lead paint abatement requirements. A potential abatement cost is for asbestos removal. Before the 1970s, asbestos featured regularly as insulation in ducts and pipes, concrete exterior siding, floor tiles, as vermiculite attic insulation, in wall or ceiling acoustical tiles. The Environmental Protection Agency oversees asbestos removal, so if you plan to make changes to a property older than the 70s, your realtor can help you navigate all the requirements of asbestos abatement and may recommend qualified professional asbestos removal contractors. Certain older homes might be eligible for asbestos or lead paint removal grants. 

Your agent can help you determine for which programs the home you are considering buying might qualify. Be sure to ask them about both tax abatements and asbestos or lead paint abatement grant programs.





Posted by Maureen Giuliano on 5/17/2019

When many people think of the local library, they recall the strict institution of bygone days. They imagine the librarian who doesn’t allow speaking, and the only thing that they have are books, so why go—especially now with books so readily available online? The simple answer is fun and the connections that you can make there. 

Long gone are the days of the strict institution 

Today's libraries have so much more to offer users. If you are new to a neighborhood, it should be one of the first places that you find and check out. In addition to the traditional books, they also offer movies, music, computer and internet usage, and printing and faxing services—to name a few.

During tax time the library can be one of your go-to places for finding the forms necessary for filing, and sometimes assistance in learning which ones you may need. When you are new to an area, libraries provide invaluable information about the area and keep you posted on upcoming events. Local publications such as the city update paper and local parenting magazine, usually found for free at the library, often contain announcements ranging from local events to road closures and even services provided by doctors and other trusted local professionals in the area. Knowing about local services makes the neighborhood feel less strange and gives you a little more comfort. 

Connections that can last a lifetime 

One of the best endeavors that contemporary libraries undertake is to provide classes and programs for the community. These can range from storytimes and playgroups to yoga and meditation to arts and crafts classes, and so much more. Of course, there are also book clubs and GED classes hosted, along with various technology classes available as well. In these environments, you can connect with folks that may have similar interests and desires, or people who have greater knowledge in something that you may want to grow in yourself. These are the types of connections that may very well last far longer than your participation in whatever class or program you started in. 

Find your local library today

If you might be one of those people that couldn't think of the library without hearing “Shhhhhh!” maybe it is time to give it a try again. You may find that you can’t live without it once you do. So find your local library and see what they have available for you!




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