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Posted by RE/MAX Advantage I on 7/18/2019

A family vacation is great! It's an ideal way for parents and their kids to feel fresh and have fun after the daily grind at the office and the school. A family vacation also creates beautiful memories and strengthens the bond of a family. However, before parents plan out a family vacation, some essential things must tag along with them and failing to pack these things can potentially ruin the whole holiday. Apart from the clothes, do you think you know any other essential things? Take a look below: 

The Basics

- Driving license or tickets for bus, train or plane

- Camera to capture the moments as well as its charger to power up the battery when it gets low

- Mobile phone and charger

- Toothbrushes and paste

- Cash

Medication

- First aid kit

- Painkillers

- Disinfectant

- Mosquito repellent

- Ice spray

- Band-aids

Going Abroad

- Passport and visa document

- EU adapters

- Proof of relationship in case your children have a different surname

- Insurance documents

Beach Items

- Sun hat

- Sunscreen lotion

- Sand toys

- Blanket

- Towel, and wipes

Do You Have a Toddler?

- A bag of snacks is always a great idea. As the saying goes, an apple a day will keep the doctor away. When going on a vacation with a toddler, it is advisable to bring the snacks because a bag full of snacks will keep your kid's boredom away. However, you need to be careful about the kind of meals you bring along. Avoid sugary snacks if you don't want them to have a stomach upset.

- Cartoons: While on vacation with kids, ensure you load up your smartphone with some kids’ cartoons like Dora the Explorer, Peppa Pig, Wonder pets, etc. Kids shows are a lifesaver and would give you some alone time to rest.

- Toys: Even if the vacation is just a couple of days, make sure you bring some toys if you don't want to hear any whining or see any displeased faces.

- Extra diapers: If your kid is still using diapers, ensure you take some extra with you. Just in case things get messy. Kids can get very cranky if their diapers get soiled.

- Extra wipes: It is second nature for babies and toddlers to drop spits. Get a rolled tissue for easy cleanup.

- Garbage bag: Kids are known for creating a mess. With that in mind, make sure you have a garbage bag with you to dispose of the mess your kids will make, for those moments you aren't close to one.

Think about your everyday needs and cross check that with your travel needs to ensure you have everything necessary.




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Posted by RE/MAX Advantage I on 7/11/2019

If you’re looking to make some big updates to make your home more stylish and on trend today I have four of some of the most popular trends on Pinterest right now. Pinterest is a goldmine for finding new and exciting projects but don’t just let them sit on your boards as a “that would be nice” idea. Bring them to life!

These updates aren’t for the faint of heart and definitely more for the trendsetters. If you’re looking for a style that packs a punch and makes jaws drop keep reading.

Herringbone patterns - And not just for wood flooring, though this classic form is certainly finding their way to many people’s Pinterest boards. Give the currently trendy subway tile a fresh take by installing in a herringbone inspire pattern. Another clever placement? Take it outdoors to your paving stones. This will give your yard a chic and very unique touch.

Statement ceiling - Or as some are calling it, the fifth wall. If you’re ready to go bold adding color to your ceiling won’t let you down. The most popular color cropping up on Pinterest boards everywhere is pure black. It might seem counterintuitive but doing so actually creates the illusion your room is larger than it is. The truly eclectic are going, even more, daring and wallpapering their ceilings. And today it’s easier than ever thanks to peel and stick wallpaper. You’ll have any pattern you can dream at your fingertips and far less of a commitment than wallpaper of yore.

Mixed metals - Every rule is made to be broken. Especially when it comes to mixing metals. It’s been in fashion for jewelry for years, now it’s time to bring it into the home. The trick is to balance finishes with each other. Get creative with which metallic elements you bring in. Think picture frames, end tables, coffee tables, brackets, hardware, serving trays, and bar carts. Keep in mind this isn’t to mean mixing up hardware to have different tones and finishes. Instead, look to pieces you can add to the room (and easily take out again) that will add a much welcome contrast.

Terrazzo - And last but not least the trend that has everyone talking is an old favorite. We’re reaching back to the 70’s with this one people! Terrazzo is being used everywhere from walls to flooring to counters to the decor. Which is good news! You don’t have to go all in on this bold trend by replacing those coveted granite countertops. Because hey, they might not be on trend but they are classic for a reason! So instead look for terrazzo ceramic vases and “faux” terrazzo print fabrics. And if you’re especially creative make a weekend project out of creating a statement wall painted to mimic the print and texture of terrazzo.  




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Posted by RE/MAX Advantage I on 7/4/2019

No doubt, there are lots of benefits associated with the use of sliding doors. So, if you have the aim of installing a sliding door in your home or you want to replace your traditional doors with sliding doors, we have here some benefits of your decision. Here are some benefits of using sliding doors: 

Energy efficiency 

One of the benefits of sliding doors is that it keeps indoor air trapped inside the house and keeps temperature constant. Also, you can consider a sliding door that comes with argon glass between the glass panes. The argon gas serves as an insulator, keeping the fresh air within and heat out in the summer. The glass can be glazed or coated to increase efficiency and reduce harmful UV rays. 

Safety

The advantage of having sliding doors is that they prevent anyone from being hit by a swinging door. A sliding door will always remain in its position until someone decides to move it. 

Indoor/Outdoor Traffic Flow

Sliding doors are more extensive than conventional doors. Their large size enables people to move freely in and out of the house. This means people can quickly enter the house and move out whenever there is a get together that involves a large number of people. A sliding door can be twice as wide as a conventional door. 

Security for sliding doors

Generally, sliding doors are safe. There is no easy way to open them when you have locked them from the inside. It has features that make it difficult to open from outside. 

Space-saving

Another advantage of using a sliding door is that it saves space. It comes in an ergonomic design that makes it ideal for saving space. Unlike regular doors that take a sizeable amount of space when they swing, sliding doors do not move back and forth. 

More Natural Light with Sliding Doors

With sliding doors, you can enjoy a great deal of natural light in your home during the day. This saves you energy cost because you do not need to turn on any light during the day. The use of sliding doors does not only help to minimize your lightening bill, but they also make your home look more beautiful and welcoming. 

Superior Air Circulation 

The air circulation in your apartment may be restricted if you have a smaller window. You can fix this issue if you use sliding doors in your home. A sliding door provides a space that is large enough to accommodate large surges of air whenever you desire.

Consider using sliding doors in your home to enjoy all the benefits that it offers you. Contact a general contractor today to help you with your options.




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Posted by RE/MAX Advantage I on 6/27/2019

When it comes to improving the home, most people tend to focus on high-end amenities. While this may make your home look luxurious, it does not boost home value so much. As a homeowner, when improving your home, you should have an eye on increasing its worth. One of the ways to achieve that is by going "Green."

Contrary to popular belief, making your home green won't cost you an arm and a leg, and it is affordable and relatively simple to attain. Having a green home makes it more healthy to live in and also contributes to an eco-friendlier planet. Here are some easy home improvement tips to make your home green and healthy:

Insulate

Adding insulation to your home can improve energy efficiency. Even in a new home, you can cut out the energy cost by boosting up your insulation. One of the most comfortable places to add insulation in the attic; however, loose-fill insulation can be installed on the walls without going for a costly renovation.

Use low flow

Switch the kitchen and bathroom fixtures to low-flow options. Taking this simple step will save a lot on water and heating bills.

Smart flooring

Rather than using carpet, you can use bamboo, cork or recycled woods for your home flooring.

Replace your light bulbs

Switching your incandescent bulb to energy-efficient LED light bulbs will consume 75% less energy and last 25 times longer. 

Add some plants

To complete the list, add some plants to your home. Plants are not just for decoration the will help purify the air in your home.

Seal air leaks

Another easy way to make your home green and healthy is by sealing up crack windows to prevent air from escaping. Sealing can be carried outdone either with weather caulk or stripping.

Filter your tap water

If you drink tap water directly from the sink, it is best you get a water filter to make sure your water is not contaminated. Even though local water companies filter tap water, the water is still not free from contaminants. Attaching a filter to your faucet or fridge will get rid of these contaminants.

More windows

You can add more windows to bring in natural light into your home. This reasonable step will save you a significant sum of money on electrical bulbs. If you have a big budget, you can double glaze the reduce to make it sound proof. 

Making these easy changes will prevent you home efficient as well as prevent you from falling sick. If you want to know which to do first, talk to your real estate agent about the most popular “Green Home” options in your neighborhood.




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Posted by RE/MAX Advantage I on 6/20/2019

If a buyer rescinds his or her offer to purchase your house, there is no need to stress. In fact, there are many things you can do to rebound quickly, such as:

1. Address Any Problems with Your Home

Try to find out why a buyer chose to walk away from your residence. That way, you could receive valuable insights into any problems with your home.

For instance, if a buyer discovered myriad home problems during an inspection, you may want to devote time and resources to address these issues. Or, you may want to reduce your house's initial asking price.

You may want to hire home improvement professionals to perform assorted property upgrades as well. By doing so, you can receive comprehensive assistance with home repairs and ensure any property issues are resolved immediately.

2. Promote Your Home to Buyers

A home deal that falls through is not the end of the world. Thus, you should be ready to re-list your house and promote it to buyers. Because if you reenter the housing market, you can move one step closer to selling your home.

As you promote your home to buyers, you should keep your residence looking great both inside and outside. This will help you boost the likelihood that buyers will fall in love with your residence as soon as they see it.

Don't forget to consider the buyer's perspective, too. If you think about why a buyer might choose your home over other available residences, you may be able to highlight your house's distinct features to the right groups of buyers.

3. Consult with a Real Estate Agent

Let's face it – you may feel disappointed and frustrated if a buyer rescinds his or her offer to purchase your house. But if you work with an expert real estate agent, you can get the help you need to streamline the house selling journey.

A real estate agent understands what it takes to sell a house, and he or she is ready to assist you in any way possible. First, a real estate agent will learn about your home and ensure you can promote your residence to the right groups of buyers. He or she next will showcase your residence to prospective buyers and host home showings and open house events. Finally, if a buyer submits an offer to purchase, a real estate agent will help you review the homebuying proposal so you can make an informed decision.

Best of all, a real estate agent can help you minimize stress as you navigate the home selling journey. If you ever have concerns or questions during this journey, a real estate agent will respond to them immediately.

The home selling journey may be complicated, and ultimately, a buyer may choose to rescind his or her offer to purchase your residence. However, if you take advantage of the aforementioned tips, you can stay calm, cool and collected in the face of adversity. And as a result, you may be better equipped than ever before to seamlessly navigate the home selling cycle.




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