Carol-Ann Palmieri & Al Mussi's Blog
As a homeowner you know there is a lot of upkeep that goes into maintaining a nice home. From weekly cleaning to monthly home maintenance, you put in time, money and effort to give yourself the home life experience you desire. The best living environment to come home to is one that is clean and smells fresh. Try these three easy products to help your home on a daily basis.
Maintaining a home that smells good can be tough. Especially if you live with a family or housemates. There are a lot of different scents, messes, cleaning products and more going on at the same time. Scent diffusers come in all different styles and sizes and can be used throughout the house to give your home consistently fresh and odor-free air. Try a refillable spraying deodorizer in areas of high traffic, or in the mudroom where you leave all the shoes. Use melted wax diffusers in living rooms and bedrooms to add a touch of décor while emitting scent.
Finally, use oil diffusers in the bathroom to fight odors.TIP: If you can purchase different styles of diffusers that can support scents by the same brand(s) you can use the same smells throughout the house, or at least in adjacent rooms where two conflicting smells might overlap and combine poorly.
Toilet Tank Tabs
One of the biggest pains in keeping a house clean is the toilet. It is an area that always needs attention, especially if you live with others. While you’ll never be able to skip the weekly bathroom cleaning, using cleaning tabs in the toilet tank will help immensely on a daily basis. These tabs contain chemicals to combat bacteria, hard water and stains.
You can normally buy a small pack that lasts a couple months or get great deals on bulk packs that will last you all year. Simply drop the tab in the back of the tank, and the toilet gets a little extra cleaning help with every flush. This will help keep the bathroom cleaner and smelling better every day.
Robot Vacuum Cleaner
While this purchase can drastically vary in price, it is an excellent investment that saves you time while helping maintain the home. You can spring for an expensive robot vacuum, but there are plenty of affordable options as well. Having a device that cleans the house while you’re gone or working on other projects is a huge help.
If you have children, pets or housemates it cuts down drastically on the dirt, debris and hair floating around the place. With the help of a robot vacuum you can reduce your sweeping, vacuuming and mopping needs without sacrificing cleanliness.
By making smart home purchases, you can increase your quality of living without breaking the budget or your back cleaning. Ask your real estate agent for advice on the best purchases to keep your home beautiful for your next showing.
Like any house hunting wish list, certain items take precedence over others. A lot depends on your lifestyle, the age of your family members, and even your health. If, for example, you need to visit your doctor regularly or pick up prescriptions every other week, living a short distance from a pharmacy and medical offices will make your life a lot easier.
Since grocery shopping is something everyone does at least once a week, finding a home within ten to 15 minutes of a supermarket will save you time and gas money. Your real estate agent or listing agent should be able to give you a good rundown of nearby amenities -- but you'll be better able to evaluate those conveniences if you have a clear idea of what's important to you and your family.
- Transportation: Short commutes to work are high on most people's house-hunting "wish lists." City dwellers often need to be a short walk from bus stops, subway stations, and other modes of public transportation. Frequent travelers prefer a short drive to local airports, train stations, and major highways.
- School district: Whether your children walk to school or take a bus, proximity to schools can be a very desirable feature. That's especially true if they're running late in the morning or participating in after-school programs.
- Daycare: Working couples with babies and preschool children are often dependent on friends, relatives, or commercial daycare facilities to keep a watchful eye on their kids while they're at work. With busy schedules and hectic lifestyles, having a caregiver who's just a short distance away can make your daily routine much less stressful.
- Fitness and recreation: It's all-too-easy to ignore our need for regular exercise when the nearest public park, golf course, or tennis court is 45 minutes away. However, when your home is located just a stone's throw away from walking paths, biking trails, and fitness facilities, you'll have much more of a tendency to stay healthier and more active.
- Houses of Worship: While everyone is different when it comes to religion, proximity to the church, synagogue, or mosque of your choice can be a major convenience factor.
- Banking: Although more and more banking tasks can be done online, having access to a nearby ATM is sometimes a necessity!
Augmented reality, or AR, is available to anyone with a smartphone, which makes it an ideal tool for realtors showing unstaged homes. Why would someone show a home that hasn't yet been staged, you might ask? Depending upon where the home is located, staging can cost thousands of dollars, while an AR app is free to anyone with the technology capable of running it. How's that for incentive?
AR Personalizes the Home-Shopping Experience
Many of today's realtors are already using AR technology -- have actually been using it for awhile, now -- because it's a cheap, convenient way to personalize the home-shopping experience. Prospective buyers are able to view the home while adding in the decor and furnishings that fit with their own tastes and ideas. No expensive goggles are required with AR, as they are in virtual reality (VR) tours. The technology is readily available and non-invasive enough for anyone to use. This makes it appealing to buyers from all age groups.
The AR Experience Is Expected to Grow
While it's fun for potential homeowners to tour a home while adding in virtual tables, chairs and sofas that speak to them, bigger things are on the horizon for the home-show industry and its collaboration with Augmented reality. At least one real estate company is working on exterior for sale signs that allow interested buyers to scan the sign and change the color of the home's exterior on their mobile app. And it's theorized that AR could even become useful to home inspectors, who would view a home's major systems such as electrical wiring and plumbing virtually. No crawling under the house or exploring attics required.
See a House Where No House Exists
Stuck with showing an empty lot? An AR app can set a home on those empty acres, giving a potential buyer the opportunity to envision his dream home up close. Change out front porch styles, trim colors and more at the touch of a screen and give any buyer a full experience that would otherwise exist only in his imagination. It's much easier to sell a home that's seen than once that's only envisioned. With augmented reality, it becomes possible to show a home that's yet to be built -- no model home required.
If you're not using augmented reality in your home showings for both the interior and the exterior of the home, why not? It's a free, high tech and decidedly fabulous way to go.
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