Jeannette Myles' Blog
You don't need to be a real estate market expert to find and acquire a great house at a budget-friendly price. In fact, if you use common sense during your home search, you should have no trouble achieving your desired homebuying results.
Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you discover your dream home.
1. Consider Your Home Must-Haves
You know you want to purchase a house, but you still have no idea what defines your ideal residence. However, if you devote time and resources to establish home must-haves, you could speed up your house search.
Think about what will make you happy and what you need from a house. For example, if you want to own a home that is close to your office in the city, you can narrow your home search to residences in or near the city itself. On the other hand, if you require a home that offers multiple bedrooms, you can explore residences that match your needs.
2. Create a Budget
A budget often plays a key role in the homebuying journey. And if you fail to create a budget before you start a house search, you risk checking out residences that fall outside your price range.
To establish a homebuying budget, you should consider your current and future expenses. It may be helpful to make a list of your expenses and compare them against your income. Then, you can determine exactly how much you can afford to pay for a home.
You may want to get pre-approved for a mortgage, too. If you enter the housing market with a mortgage in hand, you can search exclusively for houses that you can afford.
3. Work with a Real Estate Agent
There is no reason to search for your dream home on your own. If you hire a real estate agent, you can receive comprehensive guidance as you explore houses in your preferred cities and towns.
Typically, a real estate agent is willing to go the extra mile to help you achieve the best-possible results. If you want to purchase a home near a beach, for example, a real estate agent can help you do just that. Conversely, if you want to acquire a top-notch house as quickly as possible, a real estate agent will help you accelerate the homebuying cycle.
Let's not forget about the assistance that a real estate agent can provide as you weigh the pros and cons of submitting an offer to purchase a home, either. If you find a home you may want to buy, a real estate agent can help you determine the best course of action. And if you decide to submit a homebuying proposal, a real estate agent will help you craft a competitive offer to purchase.
Want to acquire your dream home? Take advantage of the aforementioned tips, and you can use common sense throughout the homebuying journey and make your homeownership dream come true.
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Having a bird in your home is almost similar to having a toddler around – they love to check new things out by putting them in their mouths. Birds are also very social creatures that seem to enjoy sharing meal times with their companions, wither other birds or human owners. And while you may not necessarily have what you consider to be poisonous around you, some common foods that are safe for you may be toxic for your winged pets.
- Apple Seeds - Seeds from apples, cherries, peaches, and pears contain elements of cyanide in them which may be harmful to the human digestive system but are very toxic for birds. This residue is in addition to any pesticides that may be present on the fruit's skin. Always make sure you wash any fruits you want to feed them with while keeping them away from the seeds.
- Alcohol - No responsible bird owner would ever attempt to give their birds alcohol. However, birds have been known to take a sip from unattended alcohol drinks. Alcohol intake is fatal for birds as it can cause a loss of functions in their organs.
- Chocolate - Chocolate causes vomiting and diarrhea in birds, as it reacts terribly with their digestive system, leading to seizures of the central nervous system that may often result in death. Always make sure to keep your birds in their cages when opened chocolate bars are available in your home.
- Avocado - The leaves of avocados contain a fatty substance that is very toxic for birds, and when ingested in significant measures, causes heart failure and respiratory damage. However, it is not entirely possible to know what amount is safe enough for consumption and so makes sense that avocados and foods that contain avocados be off-limits for your birds.
- Salt - Salt should be kept far from the reach of your birds as much as possible because it can significantly upset the electrolytes balance in their system and lead to dehydration, excessive thirst, kidney damage and ultimately death. Always avoid feeding your birds chips or pretzels that contain salt and opt for unsalted foods instead.
- Onions and Garlic - While these vegetables may be healthy for humans like you, they are toxic for many animals including birds. Onions and garlic contain deadly compounds that can cause inflammations of the lining of the mouth and esophagus of a bird causing ulcers.
If it's possible your bird may have ingested a substance that may be poisonous for them, then you should seek out a vet as soon as possible.
The standard automatic coffee maker can give you a decent cup of coffee with a decent bean and a clean filter. But there are many other ways to get your cup of joe that make the process a bit of a ritual and bring out the flavor of the bean.
Taking the Plunge with the French Press
The French Press method involves using a glass pitcher with a mesh filter attached to a plunger type lid. Course grind your roasted beans and place them in the bottom of the French Press container. Then pour hot, just under boiling water, to fill the pitcher. Place your lid on top with the plunger handle fully extended where the mesh filter seats atop of the coffee grounds. Set a timer for 4 minutes and after the timer goes off, push the plunger down to the bottom of the pitcher. Pour and enjoy your fresh cup of coffee.
Perfecting the Pour Over Method
Another way to give some ceremony to preparing your coffee is the pour over. This may look like a simple method, but there really is a bit of science to it. First, you need to have a pour over filter holder that is easy to find on today's market. Next grinding your beans is a bit of an art. Too small and you will be drinking the grinds and too coarse and you will get the water just passing over your beans. This may take a couple of tries. Next, your water temp is pretty crucial. As with the French-press, you want just under boiling water. You will want to rinse the paper filter in hot water quickly before placing it in your pour over filter holder which you place on top of your mug. Now put your grounds into the filter and pour just enough water to get the grounds wet and let it stand for about 30 seconds. This step allows the beans to "bloom." Bloom is where the CO2 is released from the beans and keeps the taste optimal. Now slowly pour the rest of your water over the grounds and let your mug be filled with a hand-poured pour-over cup of coffee. The pour-over method is time-consuming but for those of you who savor your coffee drinking experience, this process may be the best part of your day.
Next time you want to enjoy coffee consider branching out and trying one or both of the above methods.
Something that can cause anxiety when packing fragile items for a move is the fear of them being shattered in transit. Fragile items can be so delicate that just a simple shake will end up getting them cracked, or entirely broken.
Your Great-Aunt Mildred's Heirloom China is too cherished to be toyed with, while your wedding day champagne flutes are also precious to you, and you'll go any length to prevent them from breaking. These are some reasons why you should put considerable thought into packing your fragile items when moving homes. Here are some tips packing to help you get all your fragile belongings to your new home safely:
Don't overpack each box and ensure you apply extra packing tape to keep fragile items covered. It's imperative to place fragile items into individual boxes after packing them carefully and wrapping them with soft materials like foam or bubble wrap. Also, label boxes with fragile items accordingly so that movers can be extra careful with them. Cardboard boxes containing fragile items should be stuffed in-between to keep them tight and make it less likely to suffer huge impacts from collisions or unwanted bumps.
Mix them all up
You may think that it is best to purchase boxes that are of the same sizes. Matching sizes works well as stacking is easier with boxes of the same size. However, some fragile items may not fit into the standard box size you are using. Picking up a couple of sizes is your best bet so that you have options for objects of different dimensions - from shoebox small to ottoman large - that can conveniently carry anything more significant than two square feet. Place heavy items in little boxes and fill the big ones with lighter things.
Packing it the Pillow-Top way
When there are certain items with irregular shapes, a designated box is dedicated entirely for them. In this technique, a blanket is placed at the base and then the carefully wrapped item before putting a pillow at the top. Seal the box and put a label marked 'FRAGILE' on all sides.
Glasses, cups, and mugs do not necessarily need to be placed inside a box-insert to get them separated. Instead, it's advisable to get them wrapped up entirely while using two sets of packing papers for materials that are extra-fragile and sensitive. You should make sure that everything is well and tightly packed to prevent the items from getting roughly shaken which may at the end of the day cause some unwanted loss.
Hire professional movers and let them have a full inventory of your moving items to help them plan appropriately for your move.