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Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Paint Your House in Dollars

Article Written and Prepared by: Neoli Marcos

We all know how color can affect us without our knowing. Red flares us up, cerulean blue calms, while yellow is contagiously happy. People in the real estate business as a matter of fact use this knowledge not just to up the value of properties, but to convince their buyers to close the deal as well.

Repainting is the easiest and often cheapest way to renovate your house. And it sure is fun. However, don't get carried away with the whole painting business by buying gallons of paint in unpronounceable colors. "Blazing Avocado" or "Magenta Surprise" may initially seem like exciting colors to choose, but keep in mind that you will have to put up with them for a long time and you may not seem so excited after all by then. It's wise then to stick with color schemes that are classic and safe but elegant, and which won't clash with the neighborhood. You can never go wrong with white, cream, pale blue, and other subdued tones. If prospective buyers feel soothed by your house's color, then it's more likely that they'll be in a “buying mood”.

Browse books about home design to have an idea of just how colors and their combination can give a dramatic effect to your house. The basics, of course, are: Light colors make a room seem large while dark ones make it small. Reds and oranges are warm, while blues and greens are cool. As much as possible, strive for harmony when choosing a color scheme; although don't let us stop you from experimenting. That is, as long as you know the effect you want to achieve.

So do your homework. Don’t tire looking at swatches of colors and combining them. Make friends with your local hardware store. Invest on a good set of brushes and rollers, buy only quality paint, and have fun coloring! In the end, it all pays, and you’ll be glad you did!

Neoli write articles and press releases for - this piece he made served as an article exclusive for - which offers a comprehensive list of office & commercial real estates, homes for rent or sell and an apartment finder to thousands of properties in Australia.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Moving Out the No-Tears Way

Article Written and Prepared by: Neoli Marcos

Leaving a home can be emotional. As the rooms gradually empty out its contents into packing boxes, you can’t help but feel a sense of sadness. It’s not just some roof over walls you’re leaving but countless, un-exchangeable memories with your loved ones that took years to build

Cry all you want, but make sure it’s because of nostalgia, and not because of stress. Yes, stress. Here are a few tips then to make house moves as no-tears as possible

Discard like a devil. So you’re sentimental and you don’t want to ever throw away that wooden rocking horse. Consider if you’ve got space for it in the new house you’re moving in. If you think it’ll just remain in the basement anyway, and then discard it right now. Or you might want to hold a garage sale. Get rid of junk and make fast buck at the same time.

Pack like a care bear. You’ll need lots of newspapers and bubble wrap for this. (Remember, never a dull moment with bubble wrap) Wrap and stuff glasses with newspapers. It’s good if you had saved your appliances’ original boxes because that’s where they’re safest. You can also wrap breakables in towels or sheets. The thing to remember here is that if you want your things to survive the trip to the new house, go the extra mile in packing them.

Label like a vandal. You’ll need markers for this and a patient wrist. Ideally, you should label boxes (on top and sides) with names of where they’re going in the new house to make it easier for the movers. To make it easier on your part, label the boxes with their original location in the old house as well. That way you know where you can get anything.

Prepare like a true boy scout/girl scout. Make lists of things to do, and plan ahead. Don’t scrimp on the moving company that you’ll hire. They’ve got hardy and friendly folks who’ll save you from the backache. But if you’re up for the challenge, and you want to get real intimate with the process, you can also rent a moving truck and do the hard work yourself.

Neoli write articles and press releases for - this piece he made served as an article exclusive for - which offers a comprehensive list of office & commercial real estates, homes for rent or sell and an apartment finder to thousands of properties in Australia.

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

5 Useful Tips in Selling Your House

Selling a house is a very serious matter. These days, it has been a dilemma whether or not to sell your house, either no one will buy it or someone will but the transaction will not be favorable to you. Any how, you will not be satisfied with the probable outcome. It is a challenge to look for someone who will buy your house since houses today are very expensive.

You must have some guidelines to help you decide how to sell your house. Here are some:

1. Know your target buyers

If the house you’re selling is big, then your target buyers should be families. But if it’s just a small space, then don’t sell it to someone who has 4 kids. They will not feel comfortable in the house, and the tendency is that they will not stay there for good and will be looking for another house big enough for them.

2. Check all the damaged parts of your house

Don’t trick your buyers by hiding all the damaged parts of your home. If something needs to be repaired or replaced, then you have to do something about it. Don’t lie and pretend that the house is in good condition when it is not. Also, be prepared to accomplish everything on your own. If we’re talking about major renovation, then ask help from someone. Carpenters will be a big help in this situation. But if the damages are few and stunted, then you can do it alone because it will save you lots of money.

3. Be informed of the things that will sell your house quickly

Where is the house situated? Is it near the mall? Is it near the school? Is it near the park? Is it in the city or in the suburb area? What colour is your house? Is it pleasing to the eyes? Is it very dark? You have to consider all these questions so that you can sell your house quickly.

4. Inquire services from a professional home inspector

Get the opinion of a professional home inspector so that they can give you an idea if the house is already okay to sell. Inspectors will give you reports on the over-all structure of the house you’re selling and give you possible risks or hazards.

5. Let a professional Realtor guide you

This will be much better if you have a friend who is in the field of real estate. If you’re not trained to sell houses, then might as well ask a professional realtor to guide you so that you will not be on the losing end. Ask some tips regarding marketing, negotiating, and convincing buyers in buying houses.

Selling your house can be the worst nightmare you will ever have since this is not an easy job. But if you know how to do it right and you have a guide to follow, then everything will be manageable. After a good transaction, you will be very pleased with the outcome because everything turns out smooth, favorable to you, and of course the family who bought your house has a beautiful place to live and stay in.

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