Архив автора: Caroline Biggs

The Second Most Important Homebuying Decision You’ll Make: Tips for Finding the Best Agent for You

The wrong real estate agent—or just one who doesn’t jibe with your vibe—can cast a shadow on your whole home buying experience. That’s why it pays to know what things to look for (and the right kinds of questions to ask) when searching for a reliable real estate agent. So to help make your search a little easier, we called on William E Brown, President of the National Association of Realtors (NAR), for advice on how to find the best agent for your unique homebuying needs. Read ahead for six ways to score a stellar real estate agent and hopefully, your dream home. (далее…)

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8 Things You Should Never Buy Used

We’re all about finding great deals on stuff, but sometimes drawing the line between secondhand and spoiled can be tricky. Some items — like tables, art, and gym equipment — are more than worthy of a second (or third or fourth) life, while others are best left alone after use. That’s why it pays to know what kinds of goods are okay to purchase pre-owned, and which ones are best bought brand new. From worn out shoes to vacuum cleaners, here are nine items you should never buy used. (далее…)

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The Secret to Selling Your Home Faster and For More Money

A well-staged listing is a many-splendored thing. Not only does it give potential buyers a chance to visualize your home’s design potential, it turns out that staging your space (aka showcasing your home with furnishings) might very well help your home sell faster—and for more money. According to the «Staged to Sell» study released by UpNest, a free website service that allows you to compare multiple agents and real estate quotes, home staging is also a powerful tactic; one that can give you a competitive advantage in today’s cutthroat housing market. Still not convinced? (далее…)

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Your Home is Working Against You, And Here’s What to Do About It

Housekeeping is rarely fun or easy. But what if we told you that you could improve the overall efficiency of your housework, without actually spending any additional time, money, or energy? Believe it or not, with a little imagination and planning, you’ll find there are tons of tiny ways you can boost the productivity of your place—ones that truly don’t require any extra work. From dryer sheets in the trash bin to paper towels in the microwave, read on for ten small but effective ways to make your home work better for you. (далее…)

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Genius Small Space Solutions: 10 Modern Murphy Beds

Murphy beds—also known as wall beds—have long been popular with small space dwellers and it’s not difficult to see why. Not only do they fold up nicely when not in use, a good wall bed can make a cramped studio apartment feel like a true two-bedroom in a matter of seconds. (далее…)

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Think NYC Real Estate is Scary? This City Might Be Worse

Lately, social media is abuzz with Toronto’s insane real estate offerings: undesirable homes (in serious need of renovation and lacking ordinary amenities) selling at unbelievably high prices. Properties lacking everything from parking spaces to proper bathrooms have been selling at double and triple the asking price—with no signs of the area’s inflated costs slowing down anytime soon. (далее…)

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Smart Apartment Hunting: Know the Perks that Drive Rent Up the Most

No matter where you live, everyone dreams of scoring an affordable apartment with awesome amenities. Whether it’s a proper doorman or a shared laundry room, for many of us, the communal comforts offered in an apartment building is what makes or breaks the decsion on whether or not we’ll live there. (далее…)

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The Small Safety Risk Too Many People Are Taking at Home: Some Quick Facts About Home Burglaries

Many homeowners will tell you that securing their home is a top priority, however, that doesn’t mean home invasions aren’t a very real threat for Americans. According to a new survey by Eyewitness Surveillance—a commercial surveillance company based in Maryland—a burglary occurs every 13 seconds in the United States, resulting in a startling 2.5 million home intrusions reported every year. Yet what’s more startling is how many of those burglaries were actually preventable, had homeowners simply remembered to lock their door. And the surprising discoveries don’t stop there. The company surveyed 1,000 Americans about the steps they take to secure their homes, and their findings might surprise you. (далее…)

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Real Estate Experts On: Why Are Buyers So Freaked Out By Paint Colors?

It’s an old real estate trope, but it seems to be true: Paint color can heavily sway a prospective buyer’s opinion of a home. While a seller might think throwing a fresh coat of paint on the walls will boost the value of their property, in reality, doing so might actually leave a bad impression on buyers; depending on their individual tastes and styles. (далее…)

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The Best Sources for Inexpensive Hardware to Revamp Your Cabinets and Furniture — Cheap Thrills

When it comes to updating your old furniture, a little change goes a long way. Case in point: upgraded knobs and pulls. Even though most handles are well, hand-sized, these petite fixtures still manage to offer a ton of design potential no matter where you use them. Working with a colorless kitchen but can’t afford to paint? Switch out all of your standard cabinet knobs with splashier ones and see what happens. Sick of looking at your dated bedroom dresser but desperate for the storage? Nothing a couple of cool new drawer pulls can’t fix. (далее…)

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Zippered Sheets: For Anyone Who Can’t Stand Changing Fitted Sheets (AKA «Everyone Ever»)

There are two kinds of people in the world: people who think changing sheets is NBD and the rest of us, aka anyone who doesn’t have their bed floating in the middle of a vast room. The truth is, changing a fitted sheet can be a real chore if your bed is positioned sideways up against a wall or placed in an awkward nook or corner, or if you have a particularly involved bedframe. But fret not my friends, there’s a product out there designed to make switching out your bed sheets a bit more of a breeze. (далее…)

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3 Things Keeping You from an Ultra-Clean Bathroom

An immaculate bathroom is hard to find. Considering how much time you spend in your bathroom everyday, keeping it clean and fresh can have a real impact on how you feel. Unfortunately, even after you spend hours cleaning, bathrooms have a tendency to get grimy fast. However, once you look past all the dusty makeup drawers and toothpaste-soiled sinks, it’s clear the real problem isn’t just your messy toiletries; it’s the unsightly buildup that’s embedded in your grout, bathtub, and fixtures. (далее…)

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The Best-Looking Bathroom Trash Cans Under $15

A good-looking bathroom trash bin is hard to find. That’s why most of them wind up stashed near the toilet or under the sink. Sure you can invest in a fancy one that looks great, but who wants to drop serious cash on something as small and well, trashy as a garbage can? Lucky for you, we did our research and it turns out the web is filled with some surprisingly sleek and inexpensive bathroom receptacles. Here are nine super stylish, bathroom-sized bins that won’t set you back more than fifteen bucks. (далее…)

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Guess the Decade Decor Quiz: Living Rooms of the ’50s, ’60s and ’70s

Most decades have a signature style (both in fashion and interior design), but that doesn’t always mean a room follows that aesthetic to a T. At times, it can be tricky to date a space just by looking at a photo, though there are usually telltale signs here and there. What’s that you say? You could spot a 1960s living room with one eye closed? We encourage you to put those eagle eyes to the test. All the spaces here are either from the 1950s, ’60s or ’70s. Read, set, guess! (далее…)

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The Catalogs We Actually LOVE to Flip Through

While some decor catalogs might seem like mail clutter, truth be told, many are still a ripe source of inspiration—if you know which ones to look for. Filled with beautifully styled rooms and up-and-coming design trends, these catalogs are actually worth a look, unlike much of what hits our mailboxes. (далее…)

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Study Reveals The Most Common Items that Go Missing at Home

Forgetting stuff is easy. We’ve all spent mornings frantically searching for our keys or worse, left our phones or wallets behind somewhere. But what’s the real cost of being forgetful? According to the «Lost & Found» survey released by Pixie, a location app for iPhones, Americans collectively spend a whopping $2.7 billion dollars every year—two thirds of us spending up to $50 yearly—simply replacing the items they can’t find. And that’s not all, the everyday items we often misplace and more importantly, the amount of time we spend searching for them is pretty startling, too. Read ahead for a breakdown of Pixie’s more interesting discoveries. (далее…)

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10 Storage Sacrifices You Have to Make When You Live Solo in a Small Apartment

Although scoring your first solo apartment can be a wonderful thing, you still have to prepare yourself for the daunting task of packing—and fitting into—a presumably much smaller place than you once shared with your roomies. The fine line between «holding onto» and «hoarding» means it’s finally time to decide which of your housewares are truly worth keeping—a process that can be almost as exhausting as moving itself. (далее…)

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Guess the Decade Decor Quiz: Kitchens from the ’30s to ’80s

Trends in home decor can be short lived. Your typical en vogue item will be passé within a year or three (sometimes, even within months), but kitchens are a bit of an exception. Hardwired to a home, swapping out the style of your kitchen takes a much firmer commitment and, as a result, the aesthetics are slower to evolve. That being said, a 1950s kitchen looked like a 1950s kitchen for the majority of the decade and sometimes into the next. The question is, can you match the decade to the kitchen? Some are pretty easy (hey, we like to hand out a few freebies) but others are tricky. Ready to test your design eye? (далее…)

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9 Doable Ways to Use Less Water

Decreasing the amount of water you use at home isn’t just good for the environment—it can be good for your bank account, too. Although research estimates that the average person only needs to use about 20 gallons of water per day, according to United States Geological Survey (USGS), most individuals are using closer to 80-100 gallons of H2O instead. And considering water bills can average anywhere from $15-$30 every month (and even more in bigger cities), those wasteful numbers aren’t just bad for the Earth—they’re not so great for your monthly budget either. (далее…)

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You’re One Click Away From Never Forgetting Anything Again

The art of forgetting isn’t hard to master. No matter how organized and prepared we attempt to be, sometimes well, it happens. We forget stuff. But what if there was an iPhone app designed to ensure you don’t ever walk out the door without everything you need? Don’t Leave It! is a location-based reminder app that helps you keep track of your everyday necessities, so you always remember to take them with you when you leave. And best of all: it’s free. (далее…)

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Ask a Pro Organizer: What Organizing Products Are Worth Buying?

Staying organized from day to day is no easy feat. Throw a small, storage-deprived apartment and, you know, life into the mix—and suddenly keeping your sh*t together becomes daunting, if not darn near impossible. And while the web is brimming with promising organizational products, deciding which ones are actually worth your money is a whole different story. (далее…)

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Expert Advice for Breaking Out of the Paycheck-to-Paycheck Cycle

The Great Recession might be over but make no mistake about it: Americans are still in financial turmoil. According to a recent study released by GoBankingRates, 49 percent of Americans live paycheck-to-paycheck. This means nearly half of the country is barely scraping by with their income —struggling to cover monthly expenses, let alone contribute to a savings fund. (далее…)

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The Easiest Way to a Decluttered Home: The Power of One

Decluttering a home is never easy. The thought of organizing a packed hallway closet or a stuffed storage room can be exhausting enough to make you put it off for another year. But what if we told you there was an easy, foolproof way to finally get your clutter under control that won’t take more than a few minutes of your day? (далее…)

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So, You Want to Grow an Indoor Garden…A Guide to Getting Started

A well-kept indoor garden is a gift that keeps on giving. Not only can a good group of houseplants improve your mood and your home’s air quality, they make a stylish addition to just about any space. To help make your indoor gardening endeavors a whole lot easier, we’ve rounded up some practical products and expert tips to channel your inner green thumb. From grow lights to terrariums — including some advice from a pro — here’s how to turn your home into a greenhouse, in no time. (далее…)

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Kindergartners Have Life Figured Out: Life-Changing Lessons from the 5-and-Under Set

Everything we ever need to know we learned in kindergarten. Sure it’s a popular adage but does that really ring true in adulthood? Turns out that a lot of those elementary lessons—think: the golden rule and the importance of nap time—are still pretty on point for how we should be acting as grownups. Read on for why you should find the nearest five-year old the next time you need some life-changing advice. (далее…)

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These Are the Most Common Places People Hide Their Keys

While we all have a fear of locking ourselves out of our homes, how many of us actually do something about it? According to a recent survey of 1,000 homeowners by Eyewitness Surveillance—a home security company based in Hanover, Maryland—18% of American households have a physical key hidden outside of their home. Whether this is for the sake of a forgetful resident or a visiting houseguest remains unclear, however it does suggest that nearly 20 percent of the population is comfortable stashing a spare key somewhere out-of-door. Any guesses where they hide them? (далее…)

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How To Organize Your Pantry for $49 and One Trip to the Store

Not working with a ton of pantry storage in your kitchen? No problem. Turns out there are tons of clever ways to score a super organized cupboard; even if you’re lacking in cabinet space. All you need is around fifty bucks and internet access—or a trip to your local superstore. Whether you just try one of these foolproof DIYS or all five, you’ll wind up with a significantly better pantry than you started with and enough money left in your monthly budget to go grocery shopping afterwards. (далее…)

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