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3 Simple Living Life Hacks

Moving toward a more simple life can be accomplished by doing one of the three things listed below.

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You’ve heard the old adage, “less is more.” You don’t have to throw out all your things and become a minimalist to live more simply. Here are three ways to live a happier, more simple life:

You’ve heard the old adage, “less is more.”

  1. Declutter your most-used spaces. Think of the spaces in your home that you use most often, like the bathroom sink, your beds, and refrigerator. Your fridge can become cluttered quickly and can affect your health if it isn’t cleaned regularly. Make sure all of your food is visible and clearly labeled to make eating a simpler and more enjoyable experience. This concept can be applied to other spaces as well.
  2. Simplify your morning and nighttime routine. If you take a long time to get ready in the morning, you may need to look at your routine. Simplify your day and night by preparing breakfast or picking out your clothes the night before. 
  3. Learn to desire less. Learn to differentiate between wants and needs. In order to have a rich life, you can either acquire more or want less. A rich man who wants more is not as content as a poor man who wants nothing. Being content is about reducing your unnecessary desires, not about fulfilling every one of them.
With these simple tips, we hope you’ll find yourself on the path to living a simpler life. We’re grateful to be your community resource, ready to serve you and your loved ones. If you need anything at all or would like to buy or sell a home, please give us a call. We look forward to being of service.

Avoid These 4 Renovations When Selling Your Home

There are four renovations you should avoid if you plan on selling your house.

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When you put your home on the market, you might look for ways to make it stand out from the competition. Everyone wants to get the most money for their home, and sellers will consider updating certain property features to persuade interested buyers that their home is worth more. 

However, there are a surprising number of renovations that are less likely to recoup value. Here are four projects that you should specifically avoid:

1. Expensive light fixtures: If you’re updating your home for yourself, these can be a great way to make your home your own. If your home will be someone else’s soon, though, you should probably sidestep this renovation.

2. New carpeting: If you need to remove old carpeting from your home, it’s best to replace that carpet with something other than more carpet. For instance: laminate, hardwood, and stone are some options that most buyers find appealing, and they’re also competitive with carpeting prices. The finished look will be very sleek. 

Neutral, calming colors always work best for a new paint job.

3. Bold paint colors: Walls are something every interested buyer will look at. Painting is a good way to bring a fresh look to a space and it’s relatively inexpensive, but it’s important to pick neutral colors when doing so. Bold paint choices may be fun for you, but there is no guarantee that those colors will work for a potential buyer. Neutral, calming colors always work best. 

4. Landscape projects: Or more specifically, overspending on landscape projects. Your home’s curb appeal is very important, as first impressions can make or break a buyer’s interest. You may be tempted to overspend on landscaping, but if you’re thinking of selling soon, your investment in this area won’t get you your money back. 

If you have any questions about home renovations or you’re thinking about buying or selling a home, don’t hesitate to give us a call or shoot us an email. We’d be glad to help.

5 Ways to Spoil Your Dog

Feel like pampering your beloved family pet? These are my five favorite ways.

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Just how much would you say you love your dog? Enough to spoil them? If so, it's your lucky day because I want to share with you a list of five easy low-cost ways to spoil your dog.
  1. Walk a new route: It's vital to walk your dog regularly even if you have a yard. It's not just a way to pass the time for dogs, it's an important exercise for mental stimulation. Try changing routes every few days to keep your dog excited and alert. It will also help teach them about the neighborhood in case they get lost.
  2. Make them a personalized meal: It sounds extravagant, but it's easier than you think and you can find recipes online. Be sure to avoid harmful food like onions, raisins, and chocolate. 
  3. Go for a ride: Dogs absolutely love car rides, and unlike people, the destination rarely matters to them. Talk to them as you ride, too.

  4. Social trips to the vet will make the necessary trips down the road less stressful.

  5. Full-service scratching: It doesn't cost a thing to pamper your dog with one of their favorite things—scratches! Dedicate five or 10 minutes to it, and for that time, your dog will feel like the top dog.
  6. A social vet visit: It may sound torturous, but many people don't realize that you can take your dog to the vet for a social visit. They'll not only enjoy the visit with other animals, it will help them associate the vet's office with good times. This will make future visits less stressful.
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