Selling Your Home – Tricks Of The Trade To Help You Get Top Dollar By Jason Phillips

Selling your home is easier than you think. It all comes down to several basic principles: marketability, price, and advertising skills. Hiring a competent realtor to sell your home is equally important; you think you can do it all on your own, but you’re wrong. Here are some cool tricks of the trade to help you get the best deal.
Settle on the right price
Before putting your home up for sale you’d better find out how much is it worth first. After you’ve done that, shave about 15% off that price. You’ll instantly be pelted with bids from multiple buyers; and that will happen even if the market is not strong. They’ll start bidding and the initial price you gave will go up. Your house’s value will increase, although let’s not forget that we’re talking about an investment. You are taking a risk, so it is important that you know what you’re doing.

Pay more attention to half empty closets
Many home buyers crave for storage. If you want to make a good impression on potential investors, you are advised to empty your closets. Take your stuff out and make sure all storage spaces left available are neat and clean. This will create a positive impression. Buyers like to snoop around, so it is fundamental that your cabinets and closets look tidy and organized.

Let your home shine
Light up your home if you want to people to like it. Apart from an ideal location, buyers search for good lighting. This is key to purchasing a home. Nobody would want to invest in a property that’s dark and unappealing, so keep that in mind when putting your house up for sale. Take down all the drapes and curtains, make sure the light bulbs are bright, clean all windows and change the lampshades. Welcome as much natural light as possible and you’ll make your house appear welcoming and sellable.
Hire an informed broker
Believe it or not, hiring an informed broker is easier said than done. There are so many inexperienced realtors out there who claim to be the best. Make sure yours knows what he’s doing. Perform a thorough check on his background before employing his services. He should be able to monitor multiple listing services, know property types that hit the market, as well as neighborhood comp. Go for someone who likes to use technology; a tech savvy broker will have all the tools necessary to help you sell your house at a convenient price.

Avoid over-upgrades
It’s always a good idea to go for quick fixes prior to putting your home up for sale. However, stay away from over-upgrades because you won’t any cash back. Significant improvements don’t pay off. As an alternative, you could stick to updates that are worth it. Painting the walls, cleaning the curtains, or even purchasing new ones, can be a convenient and effective way to make your home appear more welcoming.

Minor décor touches can go a very long way when aiming to sell a home. Replace cabinet hardware, door handles, and it might even be a good idea to place welcome mats at the entrance. Clean the grout too, and be sure to fix leaky faucets.

Depersonalize the home
When trying to sell your home it is important to depersonalize it. If you keep things that are too personal, buyers won’t be able to imagine themselves starting a life there. Put all your personal stuff in storage. Memorabilia collections, family photo and other personal keepsakes should go away. To maximize your home’s potential; you could consider hiring the services of a home stager. A stagger is a professional that will help you arrange the furniture in order to maximize the space available.
All eyes on the kitchen
Many home buyers would say that a house’s most important room is the kitchen. There are endless benefits to remodeling a kitchen prior to making the sale. The best part is that you have 85% chances of getting back the sum invested. The most convenient, fastest kitchen updates are painting and replacing old cabinet hardware. Stick to a neutral color in order to allow the buyer to envision a personal style.

Whether you’re selling a property in Turkey to a foreign investor or you’d rather stick to the US marketplace, it is essential that you abide by several basic principles to get top dollar. And believe it or not, sometimes the most effective upgrades are the simplest.

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FREE GIVEAWAY!!! ~ Product Review: Gadget Grab ~ FREE GIVEAWAY!!!

So, I was given the Gadget Grab to do a review on and couldn’t wait to share what I thought of the product. The product arrived in just three days after I was told I would be getting one to do this review – that’s impressive and immediately wanted to give props to the company and shipper for fast delivery.

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The product comes in a nice tight box and I was a little scared that this is just a gadget with little quality and probably would not last long – I WAS WRONG. The product folds nice and tight which is great because you can take in on the go because it would easily fold in a pocket (small Gadget Grab used for a cell phone) or a briefcase pocket (for the large Gadget Grab used for a tablet).

I first pulled out the larger one and placed my Samsung Tab on it and placed it on my desk to be able to use that while I was working on my laptop. This item does not fold in great fear of the weight of my tablet and can easily be taken off or moved with the stand attached when needed. I usually use my Samsung Tab to look up references when I am writing so this makes this very easy. I was impressed that it was sleek and attractive and could easily go into any environment. It is a charcoal grey color over all and the part that grabs the tablet or cell phone is green.

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Then I wanted to test out the smaller Gadget Grab with my Samsung Galaxy S6 (I am addicted to Samsung products). This is a big cell phone and the Gadget Grabber had not a lick of problems holding it. I put this on my desk as well – I wanted to test its ability to hold the phone for easy access to answer it when I got a phone call (my desk is always messy with file folders, stacks of papers and other items so my cell phone just laying on the desktop isn’t the best of ideas). This eliminates that problem since it kept my phone on up at an angle and did not allow anything to go on top of it.

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I really like this product and have found that I will be using it more than I thought before I received it. It is sleek and clean in design and is very functional. The quality is good and the obviously took a lot of time to develop a product that consumers will be able to use for years to come.

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If you didn’t catch the mention of FREE GIVEAWAY in the title here it is again. You guessed it – Gadget Grab is giving away a free Gadget Grab to one of The Country & Victorian Times viewers through Rafflecopter. Here is the link and best of luck to those who want one.

You can go to to get your Gadget Grab now – an awesome price for an awesome product!

I received the product free of charge from Gadget Grab in return for an unbiased and honest review!!!!

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Halloween Pumpkin Bug

10516728_1449634288645119_7081976378331509369_nthree pumpkins and sticks for legs – then add circle eyes made from Styrofoam plates with circles made from felt or scrap fabric.

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Halloween Monster Mason Jars

1Paint with translucent colored paint and black paint for the facial features and jar lid. Seal with polyurethane.

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Money Saving Home Decorating Ideas By Lubna Ali Khan

1~ You can always go out in your backyard to find beautiful things like cones or flowers and bring them in your home to add a beautiful and natural feel to the room.


2~ A room’s floors can add to its beauty because floors are an important element. Redoing hardwood floors can be very expensive so you can place rugs or carpets instead. They create a sense of warmth and coziness in the room. You can look for amazing overdyed rugs for sale and pick the ones that are the best match for your home.


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3~ Decorate with affordable toss pillows. Toss pillows are relatively affordable and the right pattern and color can really add an impact to your space.


4~ You can look in magazines or on the web to find a room that speaks to you. You can choose picture of a high end room and then mimic that in your space. Look at all the details of the room that you like and recreate those details in your space by going to inexpensive and budget friendly stores. Look at the placement and execute your design.


5~ Make sure that those budget friendly things are not low on quality. The last thing you want for your home is to look like you have designed it with a bunch of second hand items. Plus it won’t come together like you want it to.


6~ Calender’s are an excellent budget friendly way to get artwork in your home. Basically they’re printed on quality paper and they look good when framed. You can get inexpensive frames from yard sales, discount stores or thrift shops. If they look old then you can always paint them a nice color to give them a fresh new look.


7~ Take your time and don’t feel like you have to rush in and design your home all at once. If you do that you won’t be happy with it because you rushed into it.


8~ Take your old furniture pieces that are worn out but are in a great condition and paint them white to make them refresh and new again. Painting anything white totally brightens up the room.


9~ If you don’t have the time and money to spend on curtains then you can take some spare bed sheets and make curtains out of them.


10~ If you keep your eye out then you can get really good deals on furniture. You can go to auctions, yard sales or garage sales to buy inexpensive furniture or decorating items.


11~ You can make your own picture frames by repainting old frames and gluing pearls or beads on them to make them more sparkly and pretty.


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12~ If you’re tired and bored of looking at the same sofas everyday then instead of buying a new sofa set or dining chairs you can simply change the fabric as the trends change over time. This is an inexpensive way to make your home look completely different and better.

Author Bio: This article was written by Lubna Ali Khan. She is passionate about home improvement, beauty, arts, writing, healthy living and entrepreneurship. She blogs at alrug













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4 Ingredient Banana Bread


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31 Days Of Halloween – A To Do List



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Halloween Decorative Jar

11042654_864656033594085_5823515127922453849_nGot to be one of the simplest ways to create a really cool Halloween decoration. Add water to a jar half way. Submerge an old Halloween mask and arrange to make it look as real as possible. Here we used an old lady mask but don’t be afraid to use those demon and monster faces as well. Then fill with water carefully all the way to the ridge. Let sit undisturbed for about an hour to release and air. You can add a tea bag to get a dirty water effect – just don’t make it too dark. Several of these placed on a shelf or table with candles would be really neat.

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Halloween Pumpkin Bowling

1795775_1449634411978440_2338255391631412344_nThis is such a great idea and will be sure to start up laughter and conversation at a party. Felt cut into round circles was glued to the paper rolls to make bowling ball pins and three holes were carved into the pumpkin to make the bowling ball.

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Creative Patterns Of Roman Blinds To Complement & Update Your Home Décor By Jason Phillips

Roman blinds are a design classic – often neater than curtains, and simple, clean and effective. Of course, it’s always easy to fall into the trap of assuming they’re dull, but that’s just because you’re not looking in the right places! Roman blinds are incredibly versatile, and there are tons of creative patterns out there that you can use to complement and update your home decor.

Go Bold

Think big, bold and bright. If you’re finding your room a little dull – perhaps it’s cream, beige or a lovely shade of grey – add some wow in by picking some big bold patterned blinds. Think modern art and geometric patterns. Whether it’s vibrant reds, electric blues or hot pinks, adding a splash of color to your blinds is a great way to bring color into a room without having to repaint the walls. Don’t worry about it clashing either – as long as you’re careful, clashing colors can be just as fun as matching ones. Try this color wheel for which colors you can pair together safely as opposites.

Think Floral

If you’re after a cosy, quaint look, go for a classic floral. Whether it’s tiny little flowers dotted across a pastel background, or big, blocky roses, a good floral is great for adding a homey feel to your room. If you’ve got a particularly large window, you could even get one of the on-trend patterns with some birds worked in too – but be careful with smaller spaces, because you don’t want too heavy a pattern.


Travel Time

If you’re the kind of person who loves to travel – or even just loves the idea of it – why not pick something along those lines? Old-world style maps are in fashion at the moment, and instead of trying to find space for a print of one, why not make use of that blind space you’ve got? Or, for the more modern-thinking among you, go for something particular – whether it’s a map of the world, one continent or even one city. If you can’t find blinds with the map you want in style, it’s always worth seeing if you can get the fabric printed – or for the particularly brave, try it yourself!


Cute isn’t just for kids. If you want elephants following each other trunk-to-tail, pink owls sitting in trees or dinosaurs stomping around, then go for it! Adding some whimsy to your room can add a hint of quirky fun. This is especially good for home offices, or other spaces where you’re starting to feel a little bit too grown up. After all, the only difference between the children’s range and the adult’s range of made to measure blinds is the name – so just ignore it!



You can’t go wrong with stripes. If you liked the sounds of bold colors, but are a bit nervous about having the whole roman blinds that shade, then why not work it in in stripe form? Whether it’s ombre, a gradient or even just harmonious color, stripes let you play around with bright shades without the risk of it becoming too much for the eye. Vertical or horizontal can both work, though we recommend vertical if you want the window to look taller, and horizontal for wider.


If you like the idea of wooden blinds, but prefers the practicality of fabric roman blinds, then why not go for faux-wood style? Enjoy the benefits of blackout fabric and the ease of opening/closing them, with the great aesthetic of wood. From deep mahoganies to fine bamboo, there’s a print out there for everyone.


If none of these appeal to you, you can always DIY things! If you’re especially sure in your sewing skills, take some plain blinds and jazz them up – and if you’re not, you’ll be able to find someone in your area who can. This way you can pick exactly what you want – whether it’s cheeky unicorn print fabrics, classy brocades or even an elegant Japanese silk, you’ll be able to find a fun and creative print to match your decor. You could even get some fabric paint and go to town with a design all of your own invention!

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