Are you making something for Mom on Mother’s Day? We think an Up-Cycled Glass Vases will put a smile on her face.

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Whatever glass containers you have on hand would be perfect for creating these great little vases. Mason jars, wine bottles or just about any other glass jar is great and you just have to paint them to make them really stand out. You can also add decorative embellishments if you want but they look really elegant when they are painted white and with nothing else added. You could even put some wildflowers into the vase when you give it to her so Mom will be getting a very special gift and one that she can use over and over again.

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Sandra Macaron’s newest innovation: Oh my darling, what if you fly?

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Creating, manufacturing and selling her own furniture and homeware designs are her thing. Story telling is how you would define her creations. Behind every collection is a tale, either to revive social awareness or to convey nostalgic sentiments. Drawn to the vintage world, each design constantly re-invents traditions with a fresh new contemporary technique, and the result is a wonderful mélange of contrasts. Meet Sandra Macaron, a conceptual designer and interior architect behind a host of venues and creations. The designer speaks to Nayla Kurd about ‘technology in design’ and introduces her captivating Bird Cage line to our readers.

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After award winning Peelight in 2008, neON neOFF in 2009 and Wej Mreye in 2012, comes Bird Cage, one of Sandra Macaron’s many contradictory and story-telling works.

“Between guilt’s levity and weight, the cage as a prison and a promise. A design between Zen and discomfort, that is delicate, volatile and poetic. The idea behind the collection is a free Bird symbolizing us individuals, locked up in a Cage implying the imprisoned world we live in. The work is a metaphorical representation of the oppressed individuals living in a system of barriers, which mould people.”

Ekaruna: Creating bespoke 3D printed furniture sounds very futuristic to us. Could you talk us through the process?

Sandra Macaron: 3D printing is the process of making a three-dimensional object, in which successive layers of material are laid down under computer control. In theory, any solid object can be printed. 3D printing can turn computerised visions into reality; imagine any shape or form realised meticulously and in no time, it’s surreal.

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Ekaruna: 3D printers are an exciting technology, but another hot new tool known as laser cutters may have just as significant of an impact in real-world projects. Could you give us more information about this technology?

Sandra Macaron: Laser cutters were invented some 50 years ago, but only became part of the home workshop in the past few years. These 2D cutters bring an impressive flexibility to a wide range of applications. For instance, if manufacturers want to experiment with creative ideas that need to be produced with engineering-grade plastics, wood, leather, and metal, to name a few, laser cutters are often the only fitting tool. And so, similarly to the 3D printing technology, laser cutting is becoming so common in creating precise perforations, patterns, engravings, etchings and so on, and is used to a greater extent in all aspects of design, specifically furniture and interior design. A good illustration of the laser-cutting trend in furniture would be the mashrabiya – a type of projecting oriel window enclosed with carved wood latticework, typically found in Arabic architecture.

Ekaruna: What’s the main difference between the laser cut and 3D printed techniques (in terms of time, costs, adaptability etc)

Sandra Macaron: Both technologies stem from computerised machines, but have different techniques and visual effects. One is more about three-dimensional feel, the other about perforation, engraving, etching et al. They are both relatively quick to manufacture and cost effective compared to traditional techniques in view of the fact that they need lower tooling costs. But, laser cutters can produce much larger objects than standard 3D prints in a much shorter time, and usually for a significantly lower cost.

Ekaruna: What about computer-programmed CNC milling? Could you help us paint a clearer image of the process?

Sandra Macaron: CNC milling is a computer-controlled machine that is used for cutting hard material such as wood, aluminium, steel, plastic, and corian. It is mainly used for the production of door carvings, interior and exterior decorations, wood panels, signboards, wooden frames, mouldings, musical instruments and furniture.

Ekaruna: Say a piece of furniture needs repair or replacement parts? Is it easy and cost friendly to deal with such concerns when dealing with such technologies?

Sandra Macaron: It actually all depends on the technology used. If the piece is 3D printed, then the object can’t be repaired and should be replaced. As for the other technologies, they are not totally machine made; parts are cut and moulded by technology then combined by hand, and so repairing is possible.

Ekaruna: These technologies are still not very extensively used though. Do you think that there is a fear that 3D printed, computer-programmed and laser cut furniture will not be as sturdy or as well made as traditionally produced furniture?

Sandra Macaron: The technique is not necessarily the main factor affecting the life span or stability of the piece. Generally, it depends on the material and design of the object. But, the design process is the most important aspect in ensuring the best final result. The advantages of these new technologies though, are the ability to create impossible features from traditional techniques whilst using less material, all the while creating lightweight products.

Ekaruna: These futuristic concepts were perceived in an attempt to give customers the freedom to design their own furniture. How are designers adapting to the idea? Does that conflict with designers’ work in any way?

Sandra Macaron: Imagine printing your own chair at the nearest stationers. That would be cool, right? You still need to design the shape and form of your piece though, so there’s no conflict with the designer’s work. The design process is still indispensable, and not to forget, you still need to buy the right to print that specific design.

Ekaruna: New tech advancements in furniture design are all about creating new ways of living. Could you expand on that?

Sandra Macaron: It’s all about combining an everyday object with another utility, such as merging a lamp with a table. Creating a ‘new’ object that bears more than a single use, and so creating new ways of living.

Ekaruna: Do you think these technologies suggest the demise of mass-production in furniture design?

Sandra Macaron: On the contrary, these technologies are proof of an industrial revolution, the affirmation of mass production, eas2y accessibility, fast production and globalization. They offer incredible advantages and opportunities to the design community.

Ekaruna: Crafting such precisely and carefully put furniture by hand is nearly impossible. Given the fact that these technologies combine craft, art, design and technology, do you think they’ll replace the work of artists in any way?

True, but I personally still have a weakness for handmade pieces and products, and I, like many others, think they’re irreplaceable. Though full of imperfections, mixed with a loss of control, all the while allowing the materials to make some of the decisions, leaving things to chance and improvising in the final stages of production, these aspects of the handmade process make for the most interesting results. The problem with craft though, is that it’s expensive, but some people still yearn for that.

 

Source: EKARUNA Luxury Real Estate Magazine
Link: http://www.Ekaruna.com

Are you heading out?

Samsung Smart Home  Service
Smart Homes by Samsung are here, and the brand is ready to transform everyday life forever. The new service will be available in Korea and the United States at first, with more countries around the globe being added to the list throughout the year. The service is available through a single app that allows you to connect and control home appliances, TVs and mobile devices. Whether at home or at work, users can check the status of their home appliances and do things like selecting wash settings to have their laundry ready for when they arrive back home. Samsung plans to expand by adding other smart products to their revolutionary line-up, such as the smart bulb, robot vacuum cleaner and Samsung Gear Fit.

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Source: EKARUNA Luxury Real Estate Magazine
Link: http://www.Ekaruna.com

Have Fun with Art

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Even if you can’t paint or are working on a shoestring budget, a framed poster or another piece of affordable art can have a big color impact.

DIY It: We made our fabulous felines by adhering strips of colored masking tape to the back boards of large picture frames. Next we traced cat silhouettes onto large white paper, cut out the shapes, set them over the taped boards, and placed them in the frames.

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Link: http://www.bhg.com/rooms/living-room/makeovers/bold-living-room-makeover/#page=6

A Novel Real Estate Trend for 2015

Mireille Korab Abi Nasr, Head of Business Development at FFA Real Estate, comments on the increase in demand towards smaller, more affordable homes.
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Every decade or so, Lebanon’s real estate market witnesses a shift in demand; investors and realtors unhurriedly adapt to changes, making for a somewhat stable market. Or at least, that was the case. Today, investors’ buying moods and needs change practically every couple of years, bringing about confusion and perplexity to a “habituated” real estate market.
The increase in prices along with a diminishing purchasing power has resulted in people settling for much smaller apartments in order to live within the capital, or choosing to relocate to the suburbs to afford more spacious homes.
The new generation is also having an impact on housing in Lebanon, as more and more young people are opting to move into their own places, usually after completing their college studies. The result of this change in housing requirements and the target market’s new approach towards a more practical lifestyle, means smaller one bedroom apartments or studios are now very much in demand. This, in theory, should allow them to live in the heart of the city and enjoy the vibrant lifestyle while being in close proximity to their work and home addresses.
The rapid change in consumer’s wants and needs has predominantly affected the ‘older generation of developers’, whom were used to building bigger units – of an average to 250 square meters in the city’s capital, Beirut. As a result, the mounting demand for smaller apartments – ranging from 50 square meters studios to 120 square meters two bedroom apartments – has dramatically influenced the way in which these developers do business.
Also, in recent years, house prices have risen dramatically, essentially due to the law of scarcity that governs the expense of plots of land. In this way, the prices of plots either increase or remain stable – they do not decrease, however. This is especially true in Beirut where there are very few plots of land available to build upon, and even these are becoming lesser and lesser.
In my opinion, the key to buying a plot of land and planning a development at this point is carrying out sufficient market research beforehand – a practice that wasn’t always so common among local developers. In order to keep up with the ever-changing industry, we too must change and adapt accordingly.

Source: EKARUNA Luxury Real Estate Magazine
Link: http://www.Ekaruna.com

THE ARTIST: EpS

Here’s a character whose work you must have seen dozens of times, most likely without even realising it. His name, along with a handful of others, can be found almost everywhere in Beirut—on walls, abandoned buildings and other sometimes unappealing areas. For Alfred Badr, mainly known as EpS, is not merely a graffiti artist, but also one of the main actors in the Lebanese street art’s professional arena. “I consider myself so lucky to make a living out of my passion,” the 29-year-old says, while painting a huge Indian chief’s face on a friend’s home wall. “One project after the other, I gather skills, techniques, ideas through new challenges…It doesn’t get any better than that.” The streets of Beirut have become his and his peers’ business cards, thanks to a largely positive public opinion of their art. “People appreciate what we do most of the time, youngsters and elderly people alike. There are no political or religious slogans; we aren’t affiliated with anyone although we often write messages about the current social situation of our country, amongst other personal ones. Lebanese people seem to be relieved that we paint in the streets for free and without an agenda, and sometime potential job offers from them occur while we are painting in broad daylight.”im1

Bringing graffiti to the public 

EpS himself has clearly benefited from that kind of advertisement, and he has been taking on several graffiti-related projects with firms, collectives and individuals. One of them is through his workshop at the Color Academy, near Tayouneh, where he initiates kids and adults in graffiti and art as a whole, teaching them about the history of street art, the different styles and the few techniques that will be needed, after a week’s time, to paint their own graffiti. “I fully know that most people who come to my workshop won’t proceed to become legends in the streets, buying material and covering neighborhoods with their names,” he admits, “but it’s always interesting to meet them and give them tools to better understand what they read on the streets of their city. As graffiti artists, we impose our art on others; it’s the nature of what we do. So explaining to them why and how we do it is something I find crucial.”

Last summer, as another example of the bridge that now exists between the graffiti world and the general public, EpS painted the entirety of the huge kids’ playground at ABC Ashrafieh, to the delight of visitors and children. His highest achievement to date, it is also one of the biggest projects of its kind done entirely by a Lebanese. It took some time to achieve such goals and success in living from his art, but as the saying goes “the journey is more important than the destination,” and his background and travels had a great influence on his work. “I grew up in Ivory Coast, and as a child I would mostly draw characters with African features, since I take inspiration in what I see around me. I arrived in Lebanon and sure enough, the Arabic culture strongly impacted my art. Characters are my specialty, and I ended up mixing the traditional b-boy style (that originated in New York in the early 1980s, at the dawn of graffiti history) with features, clothes and details that are associated with Lebanon and the Arab world.”

A unique kind of graffiti

Lebanon’s cultural diversity and the very history of Lebanese graffiti are what distinguish it from any other country. “It started really recently here,” EpS recalls, “during the 2006 war. And there are few of us ‘writers’ (i.e. graffiti artists) yet, maybe 10 to 15 active ones. This led to a graffiti culture that is until today exempt of most flaws you might encounter in Paris or New York. There is no violence, only healthy competition. Most of us are friends; at worst we are acquaintances, and we paint together on a pretty regular basis. We learn a lot from each other. I’m a latecomer to the scene, and from the beginning my friend Phat 2, who is one of the most prolific writer here, has taught me a lot. Since then, I have mostly been working with M3alim, since our styles mix really well, and we share the same vision and understanding of time constraints, material and organization. Overall, I think it’s the best atmosphere we could hope for, and if we keep making Beirut more beautiful while respecting other artists, there is no reason for this to change.”

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Even though in the past year work has been taking most of his time, along with surfing and freelance graphic design, EpS does not intend to leave the streets any time soon, and he and his fellow writers seem dedicated to turning Beirut into a major street art city. “I’m confident that the future holds only good news for us, if we keep working hard. On a personal level, I have recently developed a few characters that are both aesthetic and really quick to paint. My guess is you will soon know what I’m talking about…Watch out for the monkey!”

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Source: EKARUNA Luxury Real Estate Magazine
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4 Home Staging tips

By now you’ve already read the 15 Tips To Sell Your House Faster and For More Money and you already know your home needs to be clean, uncluttered, and in good condition; but you can further distinguish your home from the competition by staging it.

What is Home Staging?

Home staging is the process of preparing a home for sale, with the goal of getting the most money in the shortest amount of time possible. Home staging is proven to work; it works for occupied and vacant properties, for small and palatial homes, at all price points, in all markets; and in a soft market with lots of competition, you really need to do all you can to distinguish your property from them.

  1. FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Most buyers decide in the first 30 seconds whether a house is right for them. That is the time a seller has to capture their interest. Staging your home will help maximize the impact of those seconds to ensure a quick sale! It’s crucial to stage your house before you list, so you can impress buyers the first time they visit. Otherwise, there may not be a second time.

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  1. DE-CLUTTERING

Clutter eats equity, it’s that simple; the longer you live in a home, the more cluttered it becomes. So remember, you’re about to move anyway, so pack up and store the unnecessary items out of the sight of your buyers. A good, thorough cleaning is also a must to make your home sparkle! Hire a cleaning service if that works best for you and it’s within your budget. You want that bathroom and kitchen to shine like no ones ever been in them!

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  1. NEUTRALIZING

It can be difficult for buyers to envision themselves living in your home if they can’t picture their own belongings fitting in to the surroundings. Sometimes that impossible to do because you have so many personal items stuffed into the room, the buyer can’t mentally remove them from the picture. The wall that is covered with family pictures from the last twenty years only looks good to you! Remove many of your personal items, including family photos, collections and anything else that might reflect too much of your own taste and keep the buyer from mentally “moving in” to your home.

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  1. VACANT PROPERTIES

Vacant houses present special problems for the seller and agent, because the rooms are empty and cold looking, it is often difficult for buyers to envision how they would look with furniture. Sometimes it is impossible to figure out the purpose of a particular space. In vacant properties, buyers tend to focus on every imperfection. I’ve been asked many times: “what in the world would you put in that odd little space?” Staging helps eliminate such curiosities. Funny as it might seem, empty rooms actually feel smaller than furnished rooms, leaving buyers to wonder whether their things will even fit. Furniture gives the room scale and proportion. Staging vacant houses solves these problems for the buyer, and can also make a bleak, barren room feel warm, comfortable, and a bit like home.

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Regardless of whether you hire a pro or choose to do it alone, one thing is certain; you must be prepared for that. When the curtains open, it’s Showtime.

5 things to do when buying a house.

Can’t Find a Suitable Home Regardless Of Your Budget?

The odds are very good that you will find a home that suits your needs only if you know them.

To help you out we came up with 5 things to do when buying a house.

  1. Identify your budget (Get a Pre-approval)

7027596629_e957edefb5_kBefore house hunting, get pre-approved.

Getting pre-approved will you save yourself the grief of looking at houses you can’t afford and put you in a better position to make a serious offer when you do find the right house. Pre-approval from a bank is based on your actual income, debt and credit history.

If you can’t put down the usual 25 percent, you may still qualify for a loan.

There are a variety of banks that, if you qualify, offer mortgages that require a small down payment.

Aim for a home you can really afford.

Work out the true cost of buying. It’s not as easy as get a mortgage, grab the keys and, you’re in. Buying a home’s almost guaranteed to cost more than you think. Here’s what to factor in.

Registration Fees:

The Registration fees will cost you around 5.7% from the contract value.

Removal costs:

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Unless you can pile your belongings into the back of a car, than you should consider checking how much it will cost you to move your furniture and belonging. The cost might vary but it is a necessary step that you should cover.

Home repairs:

From flaky paintwork to leaky sinks, put aside some cash for unexpected property maintenance. “If it’s an old house, expect to undo everything and do 10 other things you didn’t expect to do before you start a job.”

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Furniture and extras:

Remember you’ll need to buy everything from beds and sofas to carpets, then there are the boring but essential extras: light bulbs, lamp shades, toilet brush, washing up bowl, door mats, hooks and extension leads and the list will never end. Unless you’re moving them with you then again you have to consider the removal cost.

Utilities:

Subscription fees such as water, Generator, Common Expenses, Generator, Electricity, Cable etc.

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  1. Identify Needs & Wants:

Just because you may feel restricted by price ranges especially if this is your first home purchase don’t let anybody tell you that you can’t afford to be choosy when looking for a home to buy! You are unique. You have desires and needs, hopes and dreams for your new home that are different from your parent’s, friend’s or coworker’s.

Make a list of items to check:

Home buying is an emotional process. Ideally, you should set aside all your emotions when evaluating a house. Practically, that is impossible. Instead, make a checklist of your must haves, nice-to-haves and other essentials. Then print copies of this checklist. Every time you visit a house, take the checklist along with you; take photographs so you can cross each item off your list. If you fall in love with the house and your checklist shows that the house has none of your must-haves, it will at least make you pause and think.

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  • Write down every amenity you want and find out if those types of homes are in your price range.
  • Weigh the benefits of desired amenities, wants and needs, over location. If you want a three bedroom but can realistically afford a two bedroom in the neighborhood you want, are you willing to move into a smaller home? Or would you rather look in a different neighborhood of three bedroom homes, offered at a price you prefer?
  • Rate the importance of each specific and figure out which you will compromise on and which you will not. For example, are you willing to give up a garage to live in an urban area where garages are scarce?
  • Put together a list of home types you definitely do not want to look at.

After all, wouldn’t you rather look at 10 homes that are nearly perfect for you instead of 50 you can’t even remember?

It’s your agent’s job to help you find the right home, but it doesn’t mean you have to do all the legwork yourself. Consider putting your agent to work instead.

  1. Find an Agent:

Buying a home appliance that you saw in a newspaper ad could turn out to be a disappointment if the appliance doesn’t work correctly. Buying a home without proper help could have disastrous consequences.

We believe that you should consider hiring a buyer’s agent first. But you don’t have to if you prefer to go through a mumbo jumbo of homes online. Mostly, an agent will go beyond the actual job of finding the right property for you, buyer rep performs additional tasks such as negotiating the price, estimating the market value, checking legal aspects, help coordinate property inspections, facilitating the registration procedures, provide financial support, etc. All these processes are necessary for home ownership, whether a buyer rep/broker is involved or not.

It makes sense that if you want to buy and your agent wants to sell, the agent should show you homes that you actually would buy. By skipping homes that don’t fit your parameters, you have more time to look at homes that do fit your specifics.

 

  1. Looking:

Looking-for-a-HomeBuying a home can be an overwhelming process and emotionally draining. Finding the right home is not always an easy task. Most buyers conduct a lot of research online before ever stepping foot in a home trying to figure out where they want to live. But once the neighborhood is selected, most buyers end up buying a home after 2 or 3 home tours. I advise buyers to schedule a maximum of 4 homes tour at a time because any more than that will make a buyer’s head spin.

When a buyer is ready to look at homes, real estate agents are eager to show them. Most often, the buyer will select one or two homes to look at and the agent will pull up a supplemental list of similarly priced homes to show. But price isn’t everything. The problem

Serious home buyers do not have endless amounts of time to spend looking at unsuitable homes in buyer’s markets, due to the amount of excess inventory, it is virtually impossible to look at every home for sale.

 Determine Your Specific Home Parameters:

First-time home buyers are often limited by home pricing, but a real estate agent should be able to suggest alternative areas if a buyer is unwilling to compromise.

  1. Buying:

Be sure to read your contract before you sign it: A house is probably the largest purchase you will ever make in your life, so make sure you understand the terms of your contract. If you don’t understand any of the terms, ask your real estate agent and lawyer’s advice. If they won’t explain the terms clearly to you, fire them; there are enough people who will be more than happy to help you and work for your business.

Finally don’t buy the perfect house. If the house is livable and you have a good life, then you will be happy with whatever home you end up buying. If you spend more money on a “better” house, then you will quickly get used to it and will be no happier than if you had bought an “average” house. To me, a house is just a house. The people inside are what make it special.

Learn as much as you can about real estate, your budget, and your local housing market, but realize that buying a house is all about compromise, incomplete information, and a lot of doubt! However, the odds are very good that you will find a home that suits your needs if you know them.

 

15 Tips To Sell Your House Faster and For More Money

Some people choose to sell their house privately, without the help of a real estate agent. For others, the skills, resources and experience of a real estate agent are worth the price they pay in commission. You should weigh up the pros and cons of selling your house privately before making a decision. The main advantage of selling your house privately is to save on the cost of a real estate agent’s commission.

On the other hand, real estate agents are experienced in selling houses. They know the market conditions, prices and have marketing and negotiating skills. They also have access to print publications and specialist websites used to market homes for sale.

Selling your house yourself may not be as simple as you think, and may take a lot of time and effort. You should also consider whether you would be happy presenting yourself and your house to strangers.

Below are some tips that will help you Sell Your House Faster and For More Money.

  1. Price it right

 

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Nothing beats doing your research and setting the right price. More often than not, you may need an expert to help you calculate what that perfect price is so don’t be afraid of speaking with real estate agents.

  1. Fresh paint

You can’t go wrong with fresh paint on trims, doors, or windows. You’d be surprised at how new you can make a house look with just fresh paint. Choose sophisticated neutral colors. It doesn’t mean that you need to go all white. Rich mid tone neutrals like mocha and “gray” create a sophisticated backdrop that can make everything look pulled together and modern.

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  1. Replace light bulbs

Make sure that darker rooms have higher wattage bulbs to brighten them up. It’s good for presentation and they’re very affordable to replace.

Bright rooms = Happy rooms.

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  1. Have all windows cleaned

Do the cleaning inside and out. It gives better lighting and view to the outside.

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  1. Clean and paint the closets

Women buyers always look at closets and visualize their clothes or shoes in them. Since typically closets are for women, and women often have the final say when it comes to buying a home, you can understand the importance of not neglecting the closet.

  1. A new mat at the front door

It’s cheap and it shows the home is fresh. Check out discounts stores for nice, inexpensive mats.

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  1. Do a quick clean on everything

If you have kids you know how tough it is to keep their stuff organized and clean. Help convince your buyer that this house will do just that by organizing your own kids’ toys neatly. Sometimes, right before a showing, you just need a “quick clean” if time is limited. Things you may want to consider first are the bedrooms, bathrooms, and kitchen sink.

  1. Spray and plug-in air fresheners

I’m sure you’ve heard the claims before the human sense of smell can trigger powerful emotions in a potential buyer. A fresh scent signifies “new” which everyone loves! Additionally, a good smell can hide the old smell of the house, if there was any.

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  1. Turn on lights

Makes a good presentation by turning on all the lights in the home when having a showing. It’s a simple trick but it works.

10.  Open blinds

This is great for letting the light in. It also gives buyers an idea on how they can set the mood of the room with your blinds. If your windows don’t have blinds or curtains, consider staging the home with some to add softness and dimension to the room but keep them open!

11.  Remove pet bowls, toys, and beds before showing

This is usually missed out if you have pets. Although you might love your little cat or dog the next buyer might not want to be reminded that you have pets.

12.  Beware of nasty pet odors

You may be used to the smell of your pets, but your potential buyers are not. If you have pets, get all rugs steam cleaned and be extra vigilant about vacuuming and washing surfaces. Try to keep pets outside.

13.  Appeal to a woman first!

Again, it’s usually a woman that makes the final decision to buy, or not buy, a home. Even single guys house shopping tends to look at it from a perspective of “I’ve made enough to afford this place, but would I bring a date here?” If you are a man, you might want to ask help from the women in your life to check out your home and make sure it appeals to women.

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14.  Fresh flowers on tables

Fresh flowers are great to include on a table. Just having this simple piece of art can brighten an entire room.

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15.  Never over-upgrade

Only do updates that will pay off and get you top dollar. Overdoing the repairs won’t always raise the total price of the property but it might just make you owe more than it’s worth. Look at the competition and seek to be slightly better than them but don’t over do it.

 

10 Coolest 2015 Bunk beds

Redesigning your room? Check out these 10 cool bunk beds that will make your room look spacious no matter how small it is.

  • The living Cube

This is not just a bed, it is your comfort zone. Weather you’re reading a book or just listening to your favorite music, the living cube is where you’ll be spending most of your time.

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  • Bed in the Air

When love is in the air it calls for this! Style it up with your partner and make that room as hip and cool as you really are.

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  • Library Beds

It simply cannot get any cozier than this.

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  • The Closet Bed

Space economy much?

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  • The Hidden Bed

Do you fancy surprises? This is one bed that will totally surprise your visitors if they ever get the chance to see it.

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  • The minimal bed

For the ones with a very simple and minimalistic taste, this one’s for you.

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  • The Funky Bed

This bed will make you feel like Blondie and take you to “funky town”.

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  • The writer’s Den

More than a bed this is a writer’s den, just put that “Contessa” typewriter there and see how the words just flow.

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  • The “too cool for school” bed

For the cool kids, you just gotta have this in your room. Mom, Dad, it’s totally worth it!

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  • The Yin Yang Bed

For the peeps with a peculiar taste, you cannot get anymore unique than having this Yin Yang bed.

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Still feel you have very little space to have the room of your dreams?