Tips to Sell Your Home Relatively Fast

Tips to Sell Your Home Relatively FastOn Rightmove so far, 28% of available houses have been on the market for more than 6 months. At least 8% of homes have been listed for over 12 months. In 2018, 26% of homes had been up for sale longer than half a year and in 2017, the figure was 27%.

However, these numbers are a significant improvement from 2012, when over 40% of houses had not secured a buyer after 6 months and 29% of homes had still not secured a buyer after a year.

Property expert at Rightmove, Miles Shipside, said that if you did not find a buyer after a few months of marketing, then the overall demand in your region is low as a result of the local housing market conditions. However, if other houses are selling but not yours, then the price is either too high, or you have a home with a limited appeal. If you are unlucky it could be both.

Well, instead of lowering the price, if you have the money, you should consider improving its appeal. This may mean refitting the bathroom and kitchen, which are the most impactful rooms when it comes to selling. You can rearrange the layout or install an extension that makes an ensuite bathroom or an open plan kitchen.

It can also be as simple as giving the property a proper cleaning, a garden makeover or putting on a fresh coat of neutral colours. If there are more expensive works needed like heating, wiring, installing a new roof, etc. Then, you may want to consider reducing the price to allow for those things. However, get your real estate agent to make it clear on the listing that you’ve priced it accordingly so that buyers don’t try to negotiate for an even lower price. Also, detailed feedback from viewers and taking your agents advice can help you choose the best course of action.

That being said, here are a few tips that can help you sell your property relatively fast:

Do Not Rush to List Your Home if Everything is Not Ready

Most houses get about 70% of their interest in the first few weeks. As such, it not advisable to launch with placeholder photographs, descriptions or even without a floor plan as you will only blow your chances of impressing keen homebuyers. Ideal listings have at least 5 photos, a well-written description and a floor plan.

Declutter

Potential homebuyers need to picture themselves living in the house and it can be hard to do so when your personal items are in the way. Remove those family pictures and any other unnecessary items to make the space as neutral as possible.

Kerb Appeal

People form an impression the second they see your property. So, to make a good first impression, it’s imperative to give your property kerb appeal. So, tidy the garden and paint the front door. An appealing front yard will make the buyer interested in seeing the inside.

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Extend the Life of Your Roses With Simple Rose Bush Care

Roses can be the perfect addition to any garden as it adds beauty and delight. Rose bushes can be quite rewarding if grown properly. The key with rose gardening is understanding how to properly care for them. With the proper rose bush care, your garden can flourish with warm colors and a pleasant scent.

The great thing about roses is that there is a different color and style to satisfy everyone. With so many varieties of rose bushes to choose from, you can find the right color, shape and taste that suit your garden right. As long as you take care of it correctly, your rose bushes can last for a great deal of time.

Fortunately, rose bush care is fairly easy. The key is determining the right amount of sunlight for your particular bushes. Roses prefer sun and do require at least six hours of unfiltered sunlight per day. While there are some kinds of roses that do well in the shade, even these species need four to six hours of direct sunlight.

On top of sunlight, you will also want to focus on the soil used. Quality soil is crucial to help rose bushes grow efficiently. You may need to add some compost from time to time to help the roses flourish.

As to be expected, there is always the chance of having to deal with pests with your rose bush care. Some of the different kinds of pests that rose bushes attract include rose midge larva, rose cane borer, rose slugs, mites, caterpillars, scale insects and rose chafers. The good news is there are a number of ways to go about handling the problem you are faced with.

It is important you remove the entire leaf the pests have taken over as eggs may have been laid. Everyone has different preferences for how they treat the problem. Synthetic or natural chemicals are always an option, but many prefer organic chemicals as they are less toxic and can still get the job done.

Outside of pests, another concern with rose bush care is deadheading. This is typically referred to as pruning, which will help encourage the roses to bloom. What will happen is the rose will set seed and stop producing new flowering shoots if the bloom is given the opportunity to fade. This is precisely why you need to include deadheading into the process. It will also help get rid of dead twigs.

Adding rose bushes to the equation can be just the kind of finishing touch you need to complete the garden. With the proper rose bush care you can have gorgeous flowers blooming from June until the first site of frost. Take into consideration the tips listed in this article to properly care for your roses today.…

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Why Starting Your Own Herb Garden Is Essential To Any Hobby Farm

In the debate on whether you should grow your own garden, rear farm animals or possibly do both, a useful crop to consider in making your choice are herbs. There are several important reasons for this.

Firstly, if you decide to rear animals, especially if they are for personal consumption, having an herb garden will ensure that there are always interesting dishes on your table.

Consequently, if one decides to rear chickens, there are several new options available to you when preparing a dish. An herb garden has suddenly opened up a myriad of fine dining possibilities to its owner.

Moreover, there are several herbs that may be grown in your garden. These range from common herbs such as mint, sage, parsley, basil, bay leaf and dill to rare exotic ones such as Japanese wild parsley, chervil and sweet cicely.

Importantly, these may be grown either indoors or outdoors which is an added benefit. In either case, know that your choice to plant an herb garden is always the correct one. Thus, once you plant your own herb garden you will always have fresh herbs that you can pick. This eliminates having to run to the store to get that rare ingredient that best complements that special dish as it will be either right outside or just inside and thus easily picked.

There are also has added health benefits as herbs are of great nutritious value and in order for you to tend to it you will have to exercise. Importantly, you will save money for two main reasons.

Firstly, a small jar of herbs can be expensive. Moreover, if you decide to purchase herbs that are fresh, taste better and are of greater value to your health, you will pay even more. Growing your own will result in instant savings.

Secondly, stores may not sell some rare herbs. However, if you grow rare herbs such as those mentioned earlier in this piece, they will always be a few steps away. What is more, planting your own herbs, especially those that are rare, presents you with the opportunity to sell some of these and to make a profit

Having decided to start your own hobby farm, a step that is just as important to its success is deciding what crops you should grow or the type of livestock one should rare. Hence, your own herb garden is an essential component of any successful hobby farm.…

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Great Low Light Plants For Indoors

There are many reasons why one would be interested in low light plants. They may be limited in usable square footage for a garden. Some may be fans of them, or they may just be unfortunate enough to live under a very large Oak tree. I actually like them because there are a surprisingly wide amount of low light plants that look marvelous.

I’m also guilty of being fond of them because we too have a very large canopy over our home. This has its pros and its cons, buts for a different article. Contrary to popular belief, not all flowers require sustained light for success. Some would actually prefer a few hours, and there are those that do best in no direct light at all. In this article I will fill you in on which low light plants that work best for us.

I’ll begin with one of our favorite low light plants; the Spider plant, or Chlorophytum. It is called the Spider plant for very obvious reasons and that is because how it looks. One glance at its cascading narrow leaves and you would swear that it was an oversized insect. It comes in a variegated version, meaning that each blade-like leaf has a white stripe down the center. The “regular” version I find rather boring because its only green, as it should be. While it comes with aesthetic splendor, the Spider plant is well known for its indoor air purification.

A NASA study actually proved that it is the best indoor plant to eliminate indoor pollution such as smoke, mold, and pet dust. We hang them from our bathroom ceiling with no problems because they thrive in humidity. As a matter of fact, you should never allow the soil of the Chlorophytum to dry out. Keep it moist for a deep contrast with the variegated type and lush growth.

Speaking of growth, this species propagates very easily. Your first Spider plant may even have little “babies” hanging from the mother plant. Not hard to notice, the babies will spring out like its coming off a rappelling tower. Very fun and simple to grow.

If variegation isn’t enough and you desire more color, go with the Kalanchoe. These low light plants come in a variety of colors and mine happen to be the scarlet one. Each year I get at least three bloom periods from these succulents. If you know anything about succulents, you’re aware that these too are easy to propagate. Unlike some plants where you have to pinch off a stem to propagate, all you need is one Kalanchoe leaf and lightly press it into the soil.

Be careful not to overwater Kalanchoes because you will be sure to rot the shallow roots. Its somewhat of a delicate plant but it looks superb when trained to bush out. A great place for these low light plants is at the base of a tree, where the dark scarlet red creates and amazing contrast. If you …

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Getting Ready to Garden!

Spring has finally showed itself, the snow has melted and you can see the hint of daffodils and crocuses peeking their heads up through the soil. Your garden is looking messy and you don’t know where to begin to get it cleaned up. Well help is here, keep reading to get some great gardening tips.

Cleaning your flower bed:

Take a rake and gently clean out all the debris from the garden, the leaves that didn’t decompose and twigs and sticks that may have dropped during those winter storms. Just cleaning this out will make a huge difference.

Next you want to edge your garden and pull the grass and weeds back creating a nice outline once more. With all that done you can see what you have left to deal with. Much of it will be weeds and grasses that you can just pull out.

What’s in my Garden?

Now if you can’t remember what you had growing where, here is a great simple tip. In the fall when you are cutting down the old growth, place a bamboo stick in the spot where you know your plants are. Also place sticks in spots where you have annuals like marigolds and carnations, as many times these will come back the following year.

So when cleaning the following spring, you know everywhere that you can possibly have a plant growing and not have to worry about pulling the wrong thing out.

Where you want to be careful is with all the new shoots that are growing. If you have lily bulbs or flowers that have reseeded themselves, clear the area around them so they have room for growth and loosen up the soil. Feeding with a perennial fertilizer is recommended at this time of your, to provide food and nourishment while they are in the growth stage.

Time to Enjoy:

Once you have done all the weeding and cleaning your garden really only requires maintenance for the remainder of the summer. Don’t let the weeds get the better of you. After it rains and the soil is soft go and pull the weeds.

Once the danger of the last frost is gone you can now add in instant color with an assortment of annuals. Everything ranging from Marigolds to petunias are available at your local garden centre. Take into account how much sun your garden gets and purchase accordingly.

A beautiful garden can be easy to have and will be admired by your friends and family.…

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