If Houses Had #Hashtags

Hashtags have become a part of our everyday life. For people who are unfamiliar, a hashtag is used on social media as a way for people to designate and find specific categories of content.

Have you ever thought about what your home’s hashtag would be? We’ll help you find it! #dontsaywenevergaveyouanything

Colonial Homes: #AreTheKennedysHome #BowTiesAndHairBows #PreppyLife #PrinceOfATownCalledBelAir

Brownstones: #HipsterHomes #CarrieBradshawIsWritingFromHerWindow #BachelorPad #NoNeedForAGymMembership

Mansions: #PrivatePoolParties #FourCarGarage #16Bathrooms #RingTheButler #MansionCrushMonday  #RichKidsofBeverlyHills

Tudor Homes: #EnglandsFinest #TheTudors #DowntonAbbey #TeaTime

Castles: #WillandKate #WatchingFromMyTower #IsThatHogwarts #Rapunzel #GlassSlipper

Contemporary: #Artsy #WeLoveTheEnvironment #ModernFamily #StraightEdge #WallofWindows

Cottages: #WhereIsSnowWhiteHiding #FairytalesLiveHere #Whimsical #HappilyEverAfter #NotYourHobbitHouse

Your home deserves its own unique hashtag. Get creative and think about the essence of what makes your home distinct.

 

Recommended Reading:

-Modern Homes for Your Modern Family

-What’s the Difference?

-8 Things You May Have Thought When Your In-Laws Stayed Over

 

Syndicated via Century 21 Blog. Source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/century21/wAvv/~3/cvN0Ba7B4aA/

If Houses Had #Hashtags

Hashtags have become a part of our everyday life. For people who are unfamiliar, a hashtag is used on social media as a way for people to designate and find specific categories of content.

Have you ever thought about what your home’s hashtag would be? We’ll help you find it! #dontsaywenevergaveyouanything

Colonial Homes: #AreTheKennedysHome #BowTiesAndHairBows #PreppyLife #PrinceOfATownCalledBelAir

Brownstones: #HipsterHomes #CarrieBradshawIsWritingFromHerWindow #BachelorPad #NoNeedForAGymMembership

Mansions: #PrivatePoolParties #FourCarGarage #16Bathrooms #RingTheButler #MansionCrushMonday  #RichKidsofBeverlyHills

Tudor Homes: #EnglandsFinest #TheTudors #DowntonAbbey #TeaTime

Castles: #WillandKate #WatchingFromMyTower #IsThatHogwarts #Rapunzel #GlassSlipper

Contemporary: #Artsy #WeLoveTheEnvironment #ModernFamily #StraightEdge #WallofWindows

Cottages: #WhereIsSnowWhiteHiding #FairytalesLiveHere #Whimsical #HappilyEverAfter #NotYourHobbitHouse

Your home deserves its own unique hashtag. Get creative and think about the essence of what makes your home distinct.

 

Recommended Reading:

-Modern Homes for Your Modern Family

-What’s the Difference?

-8 Things You May Have Thought When Your In-Laws Stayed Over

 

Syndicated via Century 21 Blog. Source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/century21/wAvv/~3/cvN0Ba7B4aA/

5 Creative DIY Projects You Can Do with Wallpaper

Don’t throw out your extra wallpaper. Use it for creative DIY projects around your home. If you’ve never applied wallpaper before, it can be a daunting task but won’t be an issue if you follow these directions.

Here are five easy DIY wallpaper projects that will transform your home.

1. Colored closet: Wallpapering the inside of a closet will make it appear bigger and brighter, adding color to an otherwise ordinary space. The best wallpaper for closets and small spaces is foiled wallpaper to give off extra reflection and bring light to small, dark corners.

2. Dress up your drawers: Your drawers can be drab and boring. Give your dresser and cabinet drawers a little polish. Wallpaper the inside and outside of your drawers but you don’t need to stop there. Take the wallpaper outside the bedroom drawers and DIY your kitchen and bathroom drawers as well.

3. Wallpapered ceiling: Give any room a dramatic upgrade when you paste a patterned or colored wallpaper on the ceiling. If you have a low ceiling, this is a great time to try out dip-dyed wallpaper that fades from intense color to white or neutrals. This type of wallpaper gives the illusion of taller walls.  Attention will immediately be drawn upward and can change the look and feel of the room.

4. Sized up staircases: Glue decorative wallpaper to each stair for a delightful new design. If you’re using patterned wallpaper, keep the placement consistent so there is a more symmetrical, even look.

5. Wallpaper Photos: Turn your leftover wallpaper into art!

What are you waiting for? Start decorating!

 

Recommended Reading:

-3 Things to Do With an Abundance of Autumn Leaves

-Just DIY It: 5 Natural Cleaning Products

-How to Style a Coffee Table

 

Syndicated via Century 21 Blog. Source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/century21/wAvv/~3/iwBC4P8uCD8/

Home Safety Tips for the Elderly

Creating a safe home for the elderly people in your life is crucial. Household places and items that used to pose no problem may now be difficult or, worse, dangerous. These tips will help you ensure that your home is as safe as possible.

1. Fall-proof your home: Falls are the number one cause of injury among the elderly, so preventing falls should be the first priority. Install non-slip strips on floors, steps, and showers or tubs. Arrange your furniture in a way that will open up walkways, and make sure staircases have handrails on both sides.

2. Intercoms and alert systems: Having a medical alert system along and intercoms around the home will ensure a higher degree of safety. Having access to other forms of communication is valuable If there is an emergency and someone can’t get to the phone.

3. Double locked doors: Having doors that lock both from the inside and outside is very smart, especially on bathroom doors. If someone falls while in the bathroom or bedroom, and the door is locked, it can pose a dangerous situation. When you have a door that can be opened from the outside as well other people can come in to help.

4. Well-lit areas: It’s important to keep your home as well-lit as possible. Having light in areas such as staircases, hallways, and on the front porch is essential to safety. Being able to see exactly where you’re walking and what you’re doing can prevent falls and other injuries. Additionally, make sure bedrooms and bathrooms have automatic night lights.

5. Shower chairs: Install shower chairs, bath benches, and grab handles in the bathroom. Unfortunately, bathing increases the risk of slipping and falling but this precaution greatly minimizes the potential for injury.

6. Prevent accidental scalding: People over age 65 are four to five times greater to experience a fatal injury from a burn or scald. Turn back the water heater to 120 degrees F to help ensure that there is no way anyone can get burned.

These small changes can make a big difference in creating a safe and comfortable environment for elders.

 

Recommended Reading:

-What’s the Difference

-Small Changes, Big Differences: 5 Low-Cost Ways to Give Your Home a New Look

-How to Make a House a Home: Creating Memories

 

Syndicated via Century 21 Blog. Source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/century21/wAvv/~3/WOv-tixSaBU/

5 Essential Networking Tips for Real Estate Agents

Networking is important for any career, but it’s especially important for people in the real estate industry. A crucial component of a successful real estate career is the ability to make connections and form strong, authentic relationships. People are trusting you to help them with one of the biggest decisions they’ll make. You need to be able to make connections (and keep them).

1. Attend networking events: Going to a networking event is an easy way to meet potential clients and professionals in your industry. Bring your business cards and don’t be afraid to introduce yourself to as many people as possible.

2. Engage in meaningful conversations: When it comes to networking events, quality is better than quantity. You may feel compelled to talk to as many people as possible, but it is actually more beneficial to talk to fewer people but have meaningful conversations with them. It’s much easier to follow up and create relationships when you can reference the conversations you’ve had.

3. Prepare in advance: Prepare your elevator pitch in advance. Know how to describe where you work, what you do, and any hobbies or interests that make you unique. Think about a few questions to ask if you run out of things to talk about. People love talking about themselves and it will show that you are interested in getting to know them.

4. Follow up: After meeting someone, immediately follow up by email to keep the conversation going. If you stay in touch, it’s more likely that you’ll be the first person they think of when they’re in need of buying or selling a home.

5. Participate in your community: Whether it’s joining your REALTORS® association or going to a town meeting, it is good to be active and engaged in your community. Getting out there and making face to face connections will be beneficial your career. This will also allow you to become more familiar with your community, giving you an advantage when it comes to buying and selling in the area.

There is always room to improve how you network. Practice makes perfect. The more your network and make actual, in person connections, the better real estate agent you will be.

Recommended Reading:
-Facebook Tips for Real Estate Agents
-Benefits of Working with a Real Estate Agent
-Tech Talk: 5 Apps for Real Estate Agents

 

Syndicated via Century 21 Blog. Source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/century21/wAvv/~3/O-XwpGItSCk/

Keeping Up with the Joneses How to Make the Most of Your Small Backyard

Keep up with the Joneses. Make your backyard feel much larger and turn it into a place where you and your family want to spend time. From BBQs and family dinners to gardening and playing hide-and-go seek, you’ll love living large in your “bigger” backyard.

1. Decrease clutter: Decreasing clutter will make your backyard feel larger. One way to decrease clutter is to purchase pieces that serve multiple purposes. Keep toys, gardening tools, and more in a shed or in the garage instead of outside.

2. Evaluate what you need: Think about how you want to use your backyard, and only buy what you will use. Don’t put something in your backyard because you feel like you should. If you know you won’t be entertaining outdoors, don’t buy a large table.

3. Add elevation: Create levels in your yard to give the illusion of a larger space. Add a few steps or platforms to create different sections. Go the extra mile and change the flooring on the different sections to create visual separation.

4. Create a focal point: Even the smallest of spaces needs a focal point. Whether it’s a sculpture, fire pit, or table, creating a focal point will bring the entire landscape together. Choose your focal point early in the design process so that you can decorate the rest of the yard around it.

5. Delight in the details: While it is best to keep small areas minimally cluttered, you can still have fun with the details! Add accessories like a chic lantern, outdoor lighting, and painted terra cotta flower pots.

Follow these tips to infuse personality into your yard, make it feel larger, and turn it into a place where you and your family want to relax, play, and entertain. Now just call the Joneses and invite them over for dinner!

Recommended Reading:
-5 Ways to Create a Beautiful Backyard
-How to Style a Patio
-10 Secrets for Making Your Bedroom Feel Larger

 

Syndicated via Century 21 Blog. Source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/century21/wAvv/~3/GvpL_EJ5O5Q/

Fall Flowers: 5 Flowers to Plant this Fall

Love gardening? Don’t put the shovel and gardening gloves away just yet. You’re in luck because there are beautiful flowers that will bloom in the fall.

1. Turtleheads: These perennial flowers are named for their shape which resembles the head of a snapping turtle. Turtleheads are low maintenance, grow up to three feet tall, and can blossom in blue, pink, or white. Learn more about how to care for turtleheads from Fine Gardening.

2. Aster: Asters are small, daisy like flowers that can grow up to three feet. Some are relatively smaller, only growing four inches. Depending on the kind of aster, they can be blue, red, white, or pink. Almanac has more information on how to properly care and grow asters.

3. Mums: Mums the word! Mums are a classic fall and winter plant that are seen in many gardens. They’re a perfect flower for planting in large batches and can be either perennial or annual. More information on planting mums can be found at HGTV Gardens.

4. Marigolds: Marigolds bloom any time of the year, including the fall. They can grow up to five feet tall and have daisy or carnation-like flower heads. Learn more about the proper care of marigolds from The Flower Expert.

5. Sneezeweed: These strangely named, large yellow flowers bear a striking resemblance to sunflowers. Best grown in moist, rich soil, they can sprout anywhere from three to five feet tall. Learn more about planting sneezeweed from About.com.

These perennials flowers will make your garden look beautiful during any season and they’ll give your garden some color during the fall. Get ready to fall for these gorgeous flowers!

Recommended Reading:
-Landscaping 101: Great Grass Alternatives
-Everything’s Coming Up Roses: 10 Popular Spring Flowers
-How to Style a Centerpiece

 

Syndicated via Century 21 Blog. Source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/century21/wAvv/~3/UhgUPkalr54/

Open House Oops: Don’t Make These Mistakes

An open house is a crucial component of the home selling process. In fact, 45% of buyers have said that they purchased a home after going to the open house. When hosting an open house, it’s important to avoid errors that can make the presentation of the home less effective. Don’t make these common mistakes.

1. Don’t stay: According to Bankrate.com , it’s important, as the home seller, that you don’t hang around the open house. This includes children and pets as well, which can cause a disruption. Buyers are less likely to say how they feel if the seller is present, and it may make them uncomfortable. Let your licensed real estate agent handle the open house, they know best.

2. Remove all personal items: Fox News suggests before the open house begins, remove pictures and other personal items so that potential buyers can envision themselves living in your home.

3. Cleanliness: Make sure your home is at its cleanest and neatest during your open house, says Fox Business. Buyers are likely to want to see areas that you may forget to make presentable like cabinets, your “junk drawer” and the closet where you stashed, well, everything.

4. Don’t play music: Some home sellers choose to play music in the background to make buyers more comfortable and create a livelier atmosphere, but this can actually work against you, according to USA Today. Music is very subjective and people may not like the music you play. Music could also be distracting.

5. Manage temperature and smells: Take the Goldilocks approach, and try to find a temperature that is just right. Your home should not be too cold or too warm – you want your guests to be comfortable. Parade.com advises to not overpower your home with air fresheners or cleaning products. It makes sense to stick to smells that are simple and clean.

Open houses are an essential part of the home selling process. Make your potential buyers feel right at home.

Recommended Reading:
-5 Mistakes that Could Decrease the Value of Your Home
-Benefits of Working with a Real Estate Agent
-5 Biggest Seller Mistakes

 

Syndicated via Century 21 Blog. Source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/century21/wAvv/~3/cPrcrbDvk6k/

First Impressions: Door Decor for Fall

Make a great first impression for trick-or-treaters and guests this season by decorating your door with festive flair. Incorporate wreaths, pumpkins, and other symbols of the season.

1. Wreaths: Buy or DIY a wreath made of leaves, fruit, and fall flowers. Hang your wreath on the front door to create a colorful, welcoming, and engaging entrance.

2. Pumpkins: Pumpkins are practically the mascots for fall. Aside from a classic wreath, there is no better way to decorate than using pumpkins. Carving or painting pumpkins can be a fun activity for you and your family. Gather together to decorate the pumpkins and place them on your steps. (Don’t forget to roast the seeds for a delicious snack.)

3. Fall flowers: Plant or display fall flowers such as perennial sunflowers and chrysanthemums. They’ll add a colorful and fragrant touch to your doorway.

4. Farm stand baskets: Place a farm stand basket filled with colorful fruit, leaves, and dried corn stalks on your front porch to show your love for fall. If you’re skeptical about leaving perishables such as pumpkins or gourds outside, this is a great alternative. You can use fake fruit and leaves that still give off a natural, autumn look.

5. Spooky elements: Delight neighborhood trick-or-treaters by transforming your door so that it looks like an entrance to a haunted house. Buy fake cobwebs, plastic spiders, witches hats, and other frightening finds.

Get into the fall spirit by adding color, texture, natural elements, and a spooky surprise to your front door. Now just grab a pumpkin spice latte, your favorite cozy sweater, and get started.

Recommended Reading:
-Fall Into Fall: 5 Ways to Get Your Home Ready for Fall
-How to Style a Patio
-The Ultimate Home Personality Quiz

 

Syndicated via Century 21 Blog. Source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/century21/wAvv/~3/WTDL40GuZRA/

3 Things to Do With an Abundance of Autumn Leaves

Fall is officially here and that means the trees will be filled with brown, yellow, and red leaves. Although the leaves look beautiful in the trees they look less than beautiful scattered throughout your lawn. Luckily, there are beneficial things that you can do with your leaves (after you jump in the big pile).

1. Mulch: Use leaves to make mulch. Rake the leaves into a pile and spread them across and around your garden. This gives the garden more depth. The leaves also eventually break down and provide your garden with natural protection and nutrients, helping it stay healthy through the cold winter months.

2. Insulation: You may have not realized it, but fallen leaves are a great source of insulation. Pack the leaves into garbage bags and then place the bags around an exposed exterior, such as a crawlspace or basement window. The leaves provide natural insulation which may help decrease your heating bills this season.

3. Craft: There are countless crafts that you can do with leaves. Spend the day working on arts and crafts projects with your family. Make a decorative pillow by placing the leaves in ink then pressing them on the outside of a pillow. Spray paint the leaves and use them as name cards for a dinner party or make a festive fall wreath for your door. You can also make art for around your home. Make a collage or a rubbing then frame it and hang it up. The possibilities are endless!

There is no need to throw away all the fallen leaves in your yard. Get creative and upcycle them. Your garden, your home, and your family will thank you!

Recommended Reading:
-Summer Savings: 5 Ways to Decrease Your Energy Bill
-How to Make a House a Home: Creating Memories
-Landscaping 101: Great Grass Alternatives

 

Syndicated via Century 21 Blog. Source: http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/century21/wAvv/~3/FRWFaaL68vo/