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Sept. 3, 2019

How to Get Rid of Large Items in Your Home

Whether you are refurbishing your home or moving to a new house, knowing how to get rid of large items in your house and unwanted furniture is a real challenge. A damaged car, unwanted furniture, and other large items in the house require a good process. In this list, we have indicated some tips that could help you get rid of old items to create space for newer decor in your house.

1. Find out if your waste removal services company would take old large items

Find out if the local trash removal company will take large items. There is a need to do this since most of the time they don’t. You might be lucky and they will pick up all your large items, but you have to let them know ahead of time. You can get this information on their website, but, you may need to call them so that you can make an accurate decision. You don’t want to drag your old couch to the curb only to have it ignored by the trash collectors; hence, forcing you to drag it back to the basement or garage. Your location also plays a major role in determining whether your waste management company will accept your old large items. At some point, you may have to call and organize for the haul, but remember that could cost you a few bucks.

2. If you are replacing, see if the old item could be hauled away

If you ordered new furniture and modern home appliances, the company you bought from might get rid the old items for you at no cost. However, you need to find this out with them in advance. Usually, they do this for large appliances such as laundry machines, refrigerators, and so on. You can get the right information by checking out the website of the company. Better yet, you can call and confirm what they do with the old stuff once they have delivered the newer ones. Though this might not be the case with most furniture delivery companies, you can make an arrangement with them even at a small cost. The only reason they might consider your offer is so that they can create space for the new items, but still, some companies might want you to create space before they deliver so that they can just come and place the items efficiently.

3. List your old item online

You can list your old items on Craigslist or similar platforms to have them taken off your hands. If you want to get rid of them as soon as possible, you can list the price as free so that someone comes for them right away. Most individuals with a scrap yard like to take such items and sell them cheaply, which means you will have created a business for them. However, even if listing items on Craigslist works, you might still find people who show interest but never show up to pick up the items. Therefore, be sure to have a close conversation with the people who show an interest.

4. Place it on the curb with “free” sign

This is the classic move employed by urban dwellers everywhere. If you drag your items to the curb, and you are unsure if the trash collectors will take them, just put a “free” sign on it. When you do this, your item will be gone by the time you are back in the house. Also, you should know that this method can only work in specific scenarios. You can only employ this trick with modern size items which are ready to move. These could be chairs, small tables, small dishwashers, and so on. If you have anything bigger than that, people driving by can not just stop to pick the item and throw it in their vehicle. Also, you may want to put the item in a high traffic area to increase the chances of the item being picked by someone.

5. Donate it so that it’s picked for free

If your items are still in decent condition, you can donate it to companies that sell used products. Before you consider this option, you need to confirm that the products you are pawning off are in working condition and not too worn-out.

Getting rid of old items might seem like a hard thing to do, but with the right information, you can always employ the proper procedure. If you are moving to a new location, you can talk to the moving company so that they can store some items that you will not need in your new home at a fee. You can donate to increase the chances of your items being accepted. Still, you can find scrap yards to drop your items after informing the person in charge. There are plenty of options for homeowners.


Author bio: Riya is an inspired writer, passionate about traveling, lifestyle and encouraging startups. As a freelancer, she understands the importance of productivity at work. Connect with Riya on twitter, @sanderriya.

Sept. 3, 2019

What to Consider When Renting out Your Home

So, you own a home that isn’t selling, or something else is keeping you from selling it, but you still want to add some extra money to your budget. Renting out is a reasonable option many homeowners who won’t or can’t sell choose. Although renting out your home or a part of your home is a relatively easy way to earn extra cash, not everyone is capable of doing so. There are several things you should take into consideration before putting your home on the market as a rental property.

Determine whether your home is ready to rent

In order to rent out your home and make money out of it, it needs to be appealing to potential tenants. You need to analyze your area and all the other rentals in it. Is the demand in your location low or high? What are the home features tenants are interested in and does your home meet the common criteria? Find an agent who can offer valuable advice on this subject and help you determine whether your property can become a rental. 

Know the law before renting out your home

Renting out property has to be done in accordance with the law. If terms like real estate law, tenancy agreement to inspections, terminations and rent collection don’t sound familiar enough, do your homework. Furthermore, you need to do research on the relevant tax codes, federal, state, and local housing laws, as well as real estate investors’ rights and obligations. A professional can help you do everything in a legal manner, so don’t be shy to ask for legal advice before renting out your home.

Calculate the costs associated with renting out a home

First of all, you need to know the costs of real estate investing in your local market. Advertizing, maintenance, taxes and insurance are just some of the costs of investing in rental real estate. A real estate market analysis can help you estimate the costs of investing in your market with accuracy. This type of analysis will also help you determine how much rent to charge. To get an idea of how much other landlords charge, check online resources and local newspapers. The most important thing when setting your rent is to be realistic. Once you calculate how much you can lose and gain in the process, you’ll know whether renting out your home pays off. 

How to prepare your home for renting

  • First, you need to inspect your home and detect problems that need fixing. Roof leaks and clogged gutters aren’t something potential tenants will ignore for very long. Take safety risks into consideration as well. In case of an accident, the responsibility may be yours.
  • Eliminate all personal belongings, such as family photos, before showing your property. This way, renters won’t feel like they’re intruding someone else’s home. You can find reusable packing supplies for your move to save some money. 
  • Determine whether you want to rent a furnished home or not. Perhaps you want to remove all or some of your furniture.
  • Eliminate everything that is broken or unnecessary. De-cluttering will make your home look neat and spacious.
  • If you have no other place to put your stuff, use specialized bins for storing your belongings and rent a storage unit nearby. 
  • Clean up the entire home, including the appliances and furnishings.

How to find tenants before renting out your home


Having good, responsible tenants is the most important factor in succeeding as a landlord. Renting to family and friends is not something we would recommend. Local newspapers and websites, especially social media, can help you find your tenants. Moreover, no matter how much you need that rental income, you should be very patient when choosing your tenants. Consider to whom you are renting out your property, not only when they can move in. Talk to your applicants’ previous landlords (even employers) and check things like their criminal history and credit reports.

Posted in Home, Investing, Renting, Sellers
Aug. 26, 2019

How Senior Citizens Are Impacting the Housing Market

In a recent report, Freddie Mac compared the homeownership rates of two groups of seniors: the Good Times Cohort (born from 1931-1941) and the previous generations (born in the 1930s). The data shows an increase in the homeownership rate for the Good Times Cohort because seniors are now aging in place, living longer, and maintaining a high quality of life into their later years.

Seniors Are on the Move in the Real Estate Market | MyKCM

This, however, does not mean all seniors are staying in place. Some are actively buying and selling homes. In the 2019 Home Buyers and Sellers Generational Trends Report, the National Association of Realtors® (NAR) showed the percentage of seniors buying and selling:

Highlights from NAR’s report:

  • Buyers ages 54 to 63 had higher median household incomes and were more likely to be married couples.
  • 12% of buyers ages 54 to 63 are first-time homebuyers, 5% (64 to 72), and 4% (73 to 93).
  • Buyers ages 54 to 63 purchased because of an interest in being closer to friends and families, job relocation, and the desire to own a home of their own.
  • Sellers 54 years and older often downsized and purchased a smaller, less expensive home than the one they sold.
  • Sellers ages 64 to 72 lived in their homes for 21 years or more.

Bottom Line

According to NAR’s report, 58% of buyers ages 64 to 72 said they need help from an agent to find the right home. The transition from a current home to a new one is significant to undertake, especially for anyone who has lived in the same house for many years. If you’re a senior thinking about buying or selling a home, call Team Nest Builder’s Lynn Garafola today to help you make the move as smoothly as possible.  

Originally published on tapinto.net. by Lynn Garafola.

Posted in Home
Aug. 23, 2019

Front Entryway Designs to Fit Your Home’s Style

A welcoming and well-organized entrance will make your home feel inviting and set the tone for the rest of the home. But with the need for storage, seating and decor, what design concepts best fit your home entryway?

Open Concept

If you open you door to a large and empty space, it’s a good idea to take advantage of the open space but carve some clearly defined zones meant for specific purposes. Adding a large bench or sofa against your sofa can help define the entrance. Another way to make your own entry is to put a piece of furniture used to hold scarves, jackets or other outdoor accessories next to the door. This way your guests and yourself can enter the home and know what that space is intended for.


Maybe you have the opposite problem of an open concept and your home has a very small space for guests to put their belongings. This is when focusing on efficiency is important. With lack of floor space, use the walls to put up some deep shelves and coat hangers. The shoes can be easily put on the shelves and you make the most room for people standing. Another great tip for making any room feel bigger- add a mirror!

Fun and Funky

Having a place where you can sit and take off your shoes is essential in many homes. This seating is a great way to start showing off your unique style that is carried throughout the rest of your home. A patterned bench, a funky shaped chairs or soft sofa cushions are all fun ways to morph personality and functionality.

Hardworking Floors

Large families or homes with young kids may not get the chance to focus on style and instead need a room that is functional and durable. Installing tile, if your home doesn’t have it already, may be a big investment but it is definitely worth the pay off. Busy households are going to want floors and features that are easy to clean and weather resistant. Another design tip would be to put distressed furniture in the room. This way any nicks or scrapes will escape unnoticed by those coming and going.


No matter the purpose or personal style you want to add to your entryway designs, there are different ways to welcome guests and feel at home the moment you get back from a long day.

Posted in Design, Home
Aug. 12, 2019

The Benefits to Adding an Extension to Your Home

You may have considered moving out to find a bigger house due to the limited space in your house. But why go through all this strenuous and expensive activity? Well, If you are looking for a way to create more space without the upheaval of having to move the house or changing your current lifestyle, then your home builders adding an extension to your home is the ideal way. An extension will simply enhance your living space and add some value to your property. So, here are some of the benefits that an extension will bring to your home. 


Create Space

If you are having trouble finding extra space in the house, the addition of a house extension is the best way to get the extra rooms that would save you such inconveniences. Not only does it create extra space, but it also saves you the trouble of going through the exhausting process of locating a house that is big enough, pack and relocate. 

Having an extension will provide you with enough room to accommodate the growing family, a guest or even arrange your personal stuff. Some people can use the space added as an office especially if you are working from home while others will use it as a gym or an entertaining spot. 

You may be a little creative and design the extension on the outside of the house and have it installed with glass windows to emphasize that feeling of having enough space and allow light into the room. This is beneficial to people who are looking for a conservatory, garden rooms or an orangery. 

Adding Value to your Property 

No matter the house extension cost that you may incur, adding any type of extension will definitely increase your property value. Furthermore, as odd as it may seem, some people upon realizing this particular benefit of an extension have contacted the house builders to have an additional room fitted in before they sell their property. 

If you’re planning to rent your house, adding a high-quality extra room in your current property would maximize the value of the house in the market and further help solve the space problem for the occupants.

Better Alternative to Moving

Many people decide to get a house extension as a way to make changes to the current look of their house. Living in the same house for years and having to look at the same house design each day may be boring. To liven up the interior, some people decide it is time for restructuring the whole house interior and in the process figure out that addition of an extra room would be ideal for a studio, guest room or even an office. Thus, before moving to a new house in search of a new design or an extra space, it is advisable to think of adding an extension as an ideal and easier alternative. 

Saves Money

The house extension cost can be much cheaper than moving into a new house  with the price tag of a bigger home often being higher. Also, there are other costs involved including hiring movers to transport your furniture and other house belongings. Home extensions are an economical way to create more space as opposed to moving. So, why save money to move to your dream spacious home whereas you can simply create one in your house? Plus adding to your home could be a great investment to your home value down the line.

Live in the Same Neighborhood

The chances of getting a bigger house near your neighborhood can be very low. Furthermore, moving means changing your neighborhood and having to deal with an entirely new environment, and people. Your children will have to change schools and make new friends. But, why subject them to such inconveniences that you could have avoided?

No Need for Permits 

 If you aren’t aware, extensions are generally permitted developments and thus you don’t need planning permission to start designing one. Most people who don’t know about this information, fear the prospect of securing planning permission for an extension. However, it is important to pay a visit to the nearest local council and check out the rules and regulations on such ventures in your area. 

So, whether you want to extend your house to create extra space for a growing family or convert it to accommodate some of your personal belongings, an extension is the most ideal and cost-effective way to add that space.


About the author: Riya is an inspired writer, passionate about traveling, lifestyle and encouraging startups. As a freelancer, she understands the importance of productivity at work. Connect with Riya on twitter, @sanderriya.

Aug. 6, 2019

Tips to Overcome the Emotions of Selling Your Home #Hopeforhomesellers

Your home is full of lingering memories. You can literally feel the moments as you walk through the hallways, and they all speak to you. The cackling laughter of kids at your son’s first birthday bash, your daughter racing in to tell you she got accepted into college, your sister’s wedding preparations, your husband’s first job promotion celebration. This house has become more than a simple living space; it holds your precious memories. And this is why it feels so hard to let go.

This article takes you from the point where you are completely confused about how to emotionally detach from the house you’re putting up for sale to the point where you are simply ready to let go, and move to your new adventure.

Dealing with Intense Emotional Components of a House Sale

Here are a few tips to handle the emotional components of parting with your beloved house:

1. Get Started Early

So much adrenaline rushes through your body whenever you think of having to go through with a house sale. You may feel so scared so you keep putting it off till next week, and then the week after that. Ever heard of the saying: the only way to get over something, is to go through it? Can the process be stressful? Yes. But if you don’t start, you will never get to the other side where you are free of emotional attachment. Starting early gives you time to go through all the moments, enjoy every scent, reminisce and simply come out an emotionally richer person.  

2. Build an Emotional Connection with Your Next Home

Your next home will be the place to forge new memories. It would be nice if you started connecting it with super sweet, inspiring thoughts and memories, even before you move out of your old house. This way, you prepare your mind mentally to let go of the old and allow the new take firm hold on your mind.

3. Make the Old House Look Better Before Leaving

One way to let go is by keeping things tidy, before leaving. You could fix up places in the house where your emotional connection is strongest. Perhaps, take off some things and put in new stuff? A good example could be changing the color of paint used to design your bedroom. As your eyes make contact with ‘unfamiliar’ settings, it forces your mind to let go.

4. Spend More Time Outdoors

Spending more time outside is a therapeutic approach to letting go; more like deleting the number of an old flame when going into a new relationship. Explore areas around the home, and other places far away.  

The act of leaving the house to explore other areas reduces the emotional toll which the house sale places on you.

5. Still Not Ready? Wait for a while

After going through the motions and allowing yourself to get over the house with the above steps, you might still not be ready to make the move.

If you find yourself in this state, you might have to wait till you’re ready.

Eventually, the most important thing is to be in a ripe mental state for a move. If you are trying to deal with your emotional connections to the house, know that you can’t force yourself to be ready. You might have to end up waiting for a couple more months to deal with the emotional implications of your move.  


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Posted in Home, Moving, Sellers
July 30, 2019

Adding a Pool: Is It Worth the Investment

Having a pool in your home’s backyard is a dream that so many homeowners share, but only a few end up actually achieving it. While it can seem like a luxury, a pool can actually be a lot of work and ends up costing a lot upfront and over time. There are many pros and cons to adding a pool, and ultimately it’s a big financial decision. Here are a few questions to ask yourself when deciding whether adding a pool to your home is worth the investment.

How much does it really cost?
It’s no secret that adding a pool to your home will cost a lot of money, but do you know how much it really costs? As Houselogic notes, installing, equipping, and filling a 600-sq.-ft. concrete pool will cost a U.S. homeowner an average of $30,000. When you add in all the extra costs of safety fences, aesthetic upgrades like waterfalls and lighting, and even a spa, you’re looking at an upfront price of around $100,000. And as time passes, you’ll be paying operating expenses of filtration, heating, cleaning, and other upkeep necessities, which will only add to your bills every month.

Will it be worth it when it comes time to sell your home?
Another question to ask yourself when deciding whether or not to add a pool to your home is if adding a pool is worth it if you think you will end up selling your home in the future. Dave Ramsey writes that many buyers consider a pool to be a liability rather than a luxury. But on the other hand, a pool could potentially boost your home’s value by up to 7%. According to Ramsey, here are the conditions that would make adding a pool worth it if you’re going to sell your home:
● You live in a higher-end neighborhood and most of your neighbors also have pools.
● You live in a warmer climate like California, Florida, Arizona, or Hawaii and you can enjoy a pool year-round.
● The pool doesn’t take up your entire yard and there’s still room for other features like a swing set, a garden, and outdoor furniture.
● The style of the pool fits with your home and neighborhood, and it’s well maintained.
● You’ve spoken to your real estate agent and you both are confident you can attract a buyer who wants a pool in their new home.

Does it make financial sense for you?
Finally, you shouldn’t add a pool to your home if you cannot afford to do so. Considering the upfront cost and financial upkeep of a pool, it’s important to ask yourself whether or not it makes financial sense for you to invest in one. It isn’t smart to invest in a pool if it will make you go into debt and end up costing you more upfront than you would make from having it as an additional selling point for your home. Calculate your personal costs and figure out if it truly makes sense financially for you to invest in a pool before you move forward.

No matter what, adding a pool should be your decision. If you can afford the investment and upkeep and you and your family truly want a pool, it will likely be worth it for you.


This post is intended for informational purposes only and should not be taken as prhttps://www.realtyexecutives.com/blog/wp-admin/ofessional advice. The point of view and opinions expressed in this post are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of Realty Executives International. This post was written by Bailee Abell. Bailee Abell is a writer born and raised in California. A graduate of University of California, Santa Barbara, she loves reading classic literature, sipping warm beverages, and visiting theme parks every chance she gets. Find her at baileeabell.com.

July 29, 2019

Energy Saving Kitchen Appliances

We’re always trying to support green living, and one of the easiest ways to conserve energy is by ensuring your home appliances are energy-efficient. Energy-efficient appliances  can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, lower your utility bills, use less water and electricity, and overall lead to a cozier, happier, cleaner living space. Here’s how you can ensure that your kitchen appliances are energy-efficient and what to look out for when replacing your current appliances. 

Replacing and Recycling Your Appliances

Of course, you shouldn’t get rid of all of your kitchen appliances if they currently work completely fine. But when it comes time to replace them, here’s what you need to know. First, you should make sure you appropriately recycle your old appliances so that you retire models that aren’t energy efficient, instead of donating them and further contributing to the cycle of greenhouse gas emissions and inefficient energy consumption. You can find an appropriate local recycling site where you can drop off your old appliances (or chances are, they can pick them up for you). Check out the Environmental Protection Agency’s responsible appliance disposal guide here.

Once you’re ready to replace your appliances, make energy-efficient models a priority. They may be more of an investment upfront, but down the line you’ll see lower utility bills (and you’ll be helping the environment in the process).

Energy Star

When the time comes to replace your kitchen appliances for ones that are worth the investment, be sure to look out for the Energy Star label. Energy Star is a voluntary label program aimed at helping consumers find the most energy-efficient products that help protect the environment and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Products labeled with Energy Star meet or exceed the guidelines established by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy, but not all are created equally, so be sure to compare models that are Energy Star-approved.  

Recommended Energy-Saving Kitchen Appliances

There are a variety of energy-saving appliances on the market. But if you’re just getting started with replacing your home appliances with Energy Star-approved ones, here’s an easy guide to some recommended refrigerators and dishwashers to get you started.



Keep in mind that there is no Energy Star rating for microwave ovens at this time. Click here to view a complete list of current products with the Energy Star approval.


This post is intended for informational purposes only and should not be taken as professional advice. The point of view and opinions expressed in this post are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of Realty Executives International. This post was written by Bailee Abell. Bailee Abell is a writer born and raised in California. A graduate of University of California, Santa Barbara, she loves reading classic literature, sipping warm beverages, and visiting theme parks every chance she gets. Find her at baileeabell.com.

July 26, 2019

Realty Executives Agents and Teams Ranks High in “America’s Best Real Estate Professionals”

Realty Executives is thrilled to present that 95 of its agents and 81 of its teams have been featured in the 2019 REAL Trends “America’s Best Real Estate Professionals” rankings. These prestigious rankings list elite agents and teams across the United States, representing less than 15 percent of America’s top real estate agents and their brands. This is REAL Trends’ seventh year producing the ranking. 


“America’s Best Real Estate Professionals” is broken down into four categories, individual and teams separated by both transaction sides and sales volume. More than 14,000 real estate professionals from every state are featured. To qualify, an individual agent must have closed at least 50 transaction sides or $20 million in sales volume in 2018. For real estate agent teams, the minimum is 75 transaction sides or $30 million in closed sales volume.

View the list of the Realty Executives agents and teams featured in the “America’s Best Real Estate Professionals” here

“It is very exciting to once again see the strong showing of Realty Executives agents and teams in this years ranking,” said Patrick van den Bossche, President of Realty Executives International. “Real estate is evolving and moving faster than ever, and our network continues to  find ways to build their own businesses, with Realty Executives support and guidance by their side.” 

“Congratulations to all the agents and teams on this great achievement,” said David Tedesco, CEO of Outlier, the parent company of Realty Executives. “I am extremely proud of the Realty Executives who made this list as they are some of the most successful, highest producing agents in the country, representing our brand with both passion and professionalism.” 

The “America’s Best Real Estate Professionals” rankings are compiled based on surveys from virtually every national branded network, many state and local associations of REALTORS®, multiple listing services, all applicants from past years’ rankings and the 900 largest brokerage firms in the United States. Verification from an independent source is required for all submissions. In addition, REAL Trends senior staff reviews every submission for completeness and accuracy.

Realty Executives is one of the largest and most established and tenured (established 1965) real estate franchise systems, with offices across the globe. Headquartered in Scottsdale, Arizona, the privately held company attracts and retains the most productive, efficient and successful real estate professionals through unparalleled brand, technology, training and concierge services. Learn more about Realty Executives, search home listings or find an agent in your community by visiting www.realtyexecutives.com. Realty Executives is an Outlier company.

July 23, 2019

Easy Ways to Help Secure Your Home

Feeling safe in your home is always the number one priority. Whether you are preparing to be on vacation, don’t want to worry while your out of the home or just want to deter visitors from snooping through personal belongings, there are plenty of easy ways to secure your home for when you aren’t around. Check out these tips below and let the worry disappear.


  1. Alarm Cabinet

Maybe you’re having a party or company is staying with you from out of town. We all have those nosey houseguests that may go through cabinets or drawers, but an easy way to deter them is having cabinet alarms. This way the spaces will be locked and only accessible to the homeowner. This is also a great way to keep kids away from anything dangerous under sinks or in bathroom vanities. 

  1. Break Down Cardboard

In the days of online ordering, many entryways are filled with large boxes. Although some may be small, these boxes can draw attention and advertise that you have brand new items in your home like TVs or technology systems. If you break down the boxes and place them in the back of your vehicle or a covered bin, potential burglars will be less inclined to visit your home because there isn’t an obvious sign of anything new or expensive.

  1. Beware of Dog

You don’t need a dog to put out a “beware of dog” sign. These signs could simply be used to make intruders think twice before entering the home. A home with a dog is a much higher risk for burglars as they will be easily detected and could be attacked.

  1. Reinforce Your Window Locks

Making sure your windows are locked is essential if traveling out of town but also in everyday life. Windows on the first floor are especially easy access points for breaking and entering. Check your locks and to further prevent break-ins, put a dowel rod on the inside of the window slide. This helps ensure that if anyone would try to enter through the window, it won’t be able to open no matter if the lock is latched or not.

Overall, you can never be too careful when it comes to protecting your home. Expensive security alarms or cameras are always an option but if you are looking for more affordable, faster and easier ways, try out these methods.