Archive for March, 2010
Investing into real estate can be an expensive lesson. Before deciding to attempt this for a business or hobby there is much research that needs to be done. The type of business this requires is hard work, plenty of time and an abundance of money. However, this type of venture can pay off enormously in the end. The thrill of this type of dealing, buying, fixing and selling is a magnificent step.
As with any endeavor knowing as much as you can before you lay out cash is very beneficial. When looking at the prospective home, look for anything that will need to be fixed or updated. Bring a notepad and a pencil when viewing potential real estate and jot down any problems you see or any questions you have. Inspect the house by flushing toilets, turning on lights, examine the floorboards, look for cracks or drooping ceilings, and check the plumbing and water faucets. Explore everything plausible. Once you find a home you’re interested in, hire a house inspector. The house inspector will give you an idea on how much it will cost you to fix up and resell. Make sure to purchase your real estate in the best location you can afford. Is it in a nice neighborhood, close to schools and shopping malls? Is there freeway access nearby? Are homes selling quickly in this neighborhood? Check with the local police department to get local crime rates. Do some research on the housing market. Understanding the type of houses people are looking for will help to have a better experience in what kind of market will sell.
Sentiment is a downfall in any business relationship. Having a poker face at the correct time can save considerably in funds. Remember, the end goal of an investment house is resale. Loving the house personally will not make the house easier to sell. Make very sure you have capital for this deal. Invest the time and expertise of an appraiser. What is the house really worth before and after renovation? How much will renovations cost? Decide before hand by research and word of mouth, which would benefit you the most, resale or renting the home. Inquire the help of professionals in this type of enterprise. Find out their thoughts about problems you are facing.
There may be other types of monies involved that you have not thought of. For one, property tax. Before taking that plunge discover how much the yearly taxes are. Different zones in diverse neighborhoods can be a drastic change in prices. Not only should you check for yourself while overhauling the house but also safeguard the ones who will be buying this place in the future. Some people inquire about taxes before they buy a home. If the amount is extremely high they will pass it up for a more reasonable price.
Do you plan on doing intense maintenance to the estate? If so, you must look into building permits. Will you be doing the renovation yourself, or hiring a reliable company to do it for you. The difference in cost may sway your decision. But be prepared, renovation can be hard work and you may need to hire someone in the end after all. This type of investment requires an ample amount of time and patience. This is a very important fact.
You can receive financial aid to help with the purchase of this investment, just as you would with a home you are purchasing for your family. However, you need to think of the amount you are putting into this and how much you will be taking out. If a loan lasts 30 years, can you pay it off and still have profit from the sale? Maybe it would be wise to enlist the help of an accountant if dealing with figures is not your forte. The whole idea of investing is earnings, so make sure that this will turn out to be a money maker. The last thing you want to happen is to lose money. No one enjoys flopping on an investment. Take time and do research before jumping in to a resale home. Once your first investment home is restored and sold, you will be well on your way to making this a profitable business.
If you have a dog but still want to have a beautiful lawn, you may be facing a few problems. Female dogs seem to burn lawns more frequently than males. This is because females squat to urinate while males lift their leg and urinate on trees, shrubs and fences.
When your pet urinates on your lawn, it can cause the grass to burn out and yellowish dead spots will appear. This causes unsightly patches in your lawn because of the high levels of nitrogen in the urine. Though grass needs nitrogen to grow, your dog?s urine is limited to one small spot. This can cause a concentrated amount of nitrogen to be applied in a small area, which causes burning. The larger your dog, the larger the burnt spot that will subsequently appear.
There are several ways to solve the problem of these unsightly dead spots:
- Take your dog to a park or wooded area where it can urinate.
- Saturate the place where your dog urinates with a large amount of water immediately after it does its duty. This will cause the nitrogen in the urine to be evenly distributed and diluted.
- Over-seed any burnt spots that appear in your lawn. You can also replace burnt spots by applying topsoil and reseeding or digging out the spot and replacing it with a piece of sod.
- Reseed or sod the area with a urine resistant grass, such as fescues or perennial ryegrass. Though these grasses aren’t completely urine resistant, they aren’t as susceptible to dog urine as other types of grass.
- Set aside one particular corner of your yard as your dog?s bathroom and train it to go there when it feels the call of nature. Cover the area with gravel or mulch so it can be easily replaced. This prevents dead spots in your lawn and helps to prevent odor from feces and urine.
- Buy a food additive or supplement that you can place in your dog?s food to neutralize the nitrogen in your dog?s urine. These can be purchased at pet food stores and veterinarians. Be sure to purchase a product that doesn’t alter the ph balance of your dog?s urine, as this can have a serious effect on your dog?s health.
- Be sure to keep your dog well hydrated in order to lower nitrogen levels in its urine naturally. Your dog should always have access to water at all times.
These tips will enable you to enjoy the companionship of a dog and keep your lawn beautiful, green and free of unsightly yellowish spots that are caused by high nitrogen levels in its urine.
The home is an essential part of life, with all its comfort and relaxing atmosphere, providing a good method to balance home and work lifestyles. Unlike in the old times, bathrooms are no longer considered only for their utilitarian purpose. They have started being considered for their comfort and luxury. Naturally then, more focus should be given to bathroom fixtures and other furniture associated with the bathroom like washstands, bathtubs, and cupboards to hold sanitary items.
A variety of bathroom fixtures and furniture are today available in the market that allow anyone to choose the finest and most cost effective bathrooms. Whether one is selecting bathroom fixtures and furniture for a newly purchased property or fixtures for redesigning the bathroom, the choice of fixtures and furniture depends on the layout of the bathroom. Some bathrooms can accommodate a walk in shower while some would necessitate a corner bath. It is always advisable to obtain the advice of experts or professionals before deciding on the bathroom fixtures and furniture.
Normally it is recommended to buy fixtures and furniture for the entire bathroom, both for aesthetic as well as cost-effective purposes. This way, one does not have to shop around for separate pieces to try and see if they are compatible with each other. The furniture can be matched for color as well as aesthetic purposes. The bathroom fixtures available in the suite are usually toilet seat, bath, washstand with taps, handles, showers, and in some cases even a bidet apart from the usual furniture found bathrooms. It is important to assess ones buying capacity and the space restrictions of a bathroom layout before ordering a bath suite.
Bath toilets are available in different shapes and sizes. Great care should be taken to ensure that the distance from the floor to the seat is around forty centimeters and that there is adequate standing room and legroom allowed. It is good to give good consideration for convenience and comfort while choosing toilet seating. Varieties of bath showers ranging from simple mixer showers to electric showers are available. In case the water pressure is less, consider power showers with a pump because they may increase the flow of water. Another bathroom fixture to concentrate on is the bath. Here one can choose between acrylic and steel bath. While the steel bath gives a more traditional look and feel the acrylic bath is comparatively lighter and very easy to maintain.
The other important aspect of bathroom furnishing is the decision on furniture and other accessories for the bathroom like cabinets and mirrors. These have to be fixed to store bathroom items like toiletries and other essential cosmetic things. There are many types of flexible cabinets available with mirrors, shaver sockets and lights.
A very important aspect of choosing bathroom fixtures and furniture is their ease of maintenance, as bathrooms definitely require regular cleaning, which shouldn’t prove to be challenging with well chosen decorative pieces that are simple to maintain.
This is one of the worst jobs in the whole house and no one wants to be the one to do it. There is hairspray all over, toothpaste stuck to the sink, the mirror is all streaky and we won’t even talk about the toilet.
We already know that we aren’t going to like this job and that it takes longer than cleaning an entire other room.
If company stops over, we are going to be totally embarrassed but this isn’t a normal cleaning day and you don’t have the time to spend an hour cleaning this mess up, right?
So, let’s tackle this room the easy way.
You know grandma and great-grandma had some really good ideas when it came to cleaning. I know, I listened a lot when they gave me pointers on how to clean and the shortcuts that they used. My grandma wrote a lot of them down and gave it to me when I was married.
Did you ever wonder why they aren’t the ones that are running out to buy all of the latest things on the market? They always stay true to their way of cleaning and just laugh when you tell them about the latest cleaning agent and the miracle way that it gets everything clean and shiny.
Ask them yourself and they are usually talking about the great way that vinegar and ammonia work and add to this a little baking soda and your house is clean.
Well, that is great for really in depth cleaning and take it from me, it really works better than most chemicals, but let’s come up with a fast-spruce-up cleaning method. You know, the kind that looks like you clean all day, and always looks great when company stops over.
Try this and see for yourself how fast and easy a spruce-up can be:
1.Get a container of glass cleaner wipes to keep in the bathroom cabinet ($1.00 at the Dollar Store)
2.Wipe down the mirror, rinse out the sink and wipe the faucets and the counter top
3.Throw it away and get another one, wipe the back of the toilet, the shower rod and any small counter top items you have setting out
4.Empty the garbage can and put in a fresh scented bag
5.Wipe the toilet seat,now wipe under it and now the inside of the toilet bowl
6. Throw the towelette in the garbage and spray a little room freshener or neutralizer.
You have just cleaned your bathroom the easy way
Everything is disinfected to a certain degree, clean, smells and looks good and took you less than 10 minutes to do. Even though this is a handy little cloth, you have used the same ingredients that grandma and great-grandma do only you didn’t get out the pail and rag to clean it. Now tell me, aren’t you smart and you did it so fast too!