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Although carpeting appeals to many homeowners, more and more people seem to prefer hardwood floors, laminate flooring, and natural stone or tiles.
Carpeting can warm up a room and does offer advantages, such as comfort, sound absorption, and insulation -- especially with a good quality carpet padding underneath.
If you choose the right color, style, and density for your needs, then carpeting can be a choice you'll be pleased with for years. It may have a downside, however.
While carpeting does often look great shortly after it's installed, wear and tear does take its toll on both its appearance and cleanliness. If you're thinking about replacing or covering your existing flooring with wall-to-wall carpeting, you may want to reconsider your choice if you fall into any of the following categories:
Home seller: Although a brand new carpet is going to be less of a turnoff than an old, trampled carpet, many home buyers are expressing a strong preference for hardwood floors and other types of flooring. How long your carpets stay clean and new looking will vary, but time is not on your side! Permanent staining, fading, and wear and tear is almost unavoidable in a few short years. Regular vacuuming and professional steam-cleaning can help keep your carpets looking their best, but sooner or later, they're going to deteriorate and begin to look shabby. For that and a variety of other reasons, today's house buyer tends to look down upon homes that have carpeted flooring -- no pun intended!
Pet owner: It's a toss-up whether pets or young children are the number one enemy of carpeted floors! While there are many products that can remove spots and neutralize odors, some have been known to fade colors and leave you with permanent lighter spots on your carpet. Once that happens, no amount of vacuuming, wiping, or steam cleaning is going to help! Even the best trained pets do have accidents every now and then, and if you don't discover it right away, you'll find yourself dealing with difficult-to-remove stains and odors!
Allergy sufferer: It's no secret that carpeting tends to lock in dirt, dust mites, pet dander, pollen, dust, and other assorted allergens. Using a vacuum cleaner with a HEPA filter (High Efficiency Particulate Air) is one of the most effective ways to temporarily improve air quality in carpeted rooms. Hiring a carpet cleaning service once or twice a year also helps. If you, any member of your family, or frequent visitors have allergies or other respiratory issues, it's very possible that your carpeting may worsen their symptoms.
The good news about carpeting is that there are stain-resistant products that are easier to clean, more durable, and less prone to discoloration. If you are considering buying a stain resistant carpet, it's always a good idea to check the warranty to make sure the manufacturer backs up their claims with a solid customer satisfaction policy.
In theory, a Homeowners Association (HOA) is a great idea. It gives homeowners a say in how their neighborhood or complex is run and maintained and it gives people an opportunity to get to know their neighbors.
But we’ve all heard stories about homeowners associations that range from a small annoyance to a nightmare, and even some that are just plain strange.
On reddit, homeowners were asked to share some of the stories from their homeowners’ associations. Here are the best ones.
Outsmarting the HOA
Reddit user Bundabar tells about the numerous difficulties they’ve had with their homeowners association when it comes to home improvements. In one instance they were told by the HOA that their fence was a few inches too tall. In response, Bundabar appealed their decision and presented new plans for his backyard… plans that included at 40ft HAM radio tower, which incidentally cannot be regulated by a homeowners’ association. The HOA quickly changed they mind and allowed Bundabar’s fence to remain a few inches outside of regulation.
In another strange HOA tale, reddit user Furlessxp shared their experience with a neighbor who loved to tinker. The neighbor began work on a treehouse in his backyard which the HOA disapproved of. A years-long dispute followed, and ultimately the HOA told the neighbor that he would have to have the plans for his treehouse certified by an engineer. At the next meeting, according to Furlessxp, “he handed in the blueprints signed and stamped by no other than himself. That was a great meeting. It turns out that he had a PhD in civil engineering.”
Rooting for the home team
In a different thread, user Viking042900 explains that he liked to fly the flag of the Georgia Bulldogs when the football team was playing. The HOA regulations in his neighborhood state that homeowners are only allowed to fly flags on the day that sports teams are playing. User Viking042900 notes that he accidentally left the flag out a day longer than was allowed, but the HOA was still threatening him with fines.
“Now I was mad. I printed off a schedule of every sporting event the Bulldogs had in every sport, even club sports and then proceeded to fly the flag every single day.”
Since the University of Georgia has some time of sporting event nearly every day, it became impossible for the HOA to enforce this rule. Ultimately, the association gave up and let him fly his flag freely.
We’ll leave you with one last HOA tale from reddit. This time, user Interwebbing was running the show as president of the homeowners association. His policy?
“I was HOA president for 3 years and never enforced anything. Power to the people.”
For those who are planning to list a luxury home in Miami, Orlando or any other Florida city or town, it helps to understand how to price a residence. That way, you can establish a competitive initial asking price for your Sunshine State luxury residence and boost the likelihood of a fast, profitable home selling experience.
Now, let's take a look at three tips to help you price your Florida luxury house.
1. Perform a House Inspection
A house inspection generally is requested by a homebuyer after a seller accepts an offer to purchase. Yet conducting a home inspection prior to listing a Florida luxury residence may prove to be beneficial, particularly for a seller who wants to maximize the value of his or her property.
During a home inspection, a property expert will examine all aspects of a Florida luxury residence. The property expert then will provide a homeowner with an inspection report that details his or her findings.
Ultimately, a home inspection enables a seller to identify any underlying problems with his or her Florida luxury residence. A seller next can use this report to prioritize home improvements. And once these improvements are completed, a seller can enhance his or her Sunshine State luxury home's value before adding this residence to the housing market.
2. Review Housing Market Data
The luxury housing market varies across Florida. For example, a luxury home in Jacksonville may be priced less than a comparable luxury residence in South Beach. Or, a luxury residence in Tampa Bay may prove to be more expensive than a similar luxury house in Gainesville.
As a home seller, you should allocate time and resources to learn about the local real estate market. If you analyze a broad collection of housing market data, you can narrow the price range for luxury houses in your city or town and price your residence accordingly.
3. Hire a Real Estate Agent
If you are unsure about how to price your Florida luxury residence, there is no need to stress. In fact, you can hire a real estate agent who possesses Sunshine State luxury housing market expertise to get plenty of help throughout the property selling journey.
A real estate agent understands that no two Florida luxury houses are exactly alike. He or she first will learn about your Sunshine State luxury residence and find out what makes your house unique. Then, a real estate agent will help you establish a competitive initial asking price for your Florida luxury home and start showcasing your residence to prospective buyers.
Of course, a real estate agent will make it simple to streamline the Florida luxury home selling journey too. He or she will host open house events and home showings, negotiate with a buyer's agent on your behalf and much more. And if you have concerns or questions at any point during the home selling journey, a real estate agent will address them immediately.
Take advantage of the aforementioned tips, and you can set a competitive initial asking price for your Florida luxury house.
Have you ever wondered how rooms in magazines always seem to be pulled together in a way you just can’t seem to replicate? Spoiler alert: the secret sauce is the addition of greenery and fresh cut flowers. But don’t worry you don’t have to run out and buy bouquets of flowers each week to gain the same effect for your home. You can turn your new home into a green paradise all year long with these five easy to care for plants.
Aloe - A plant that’s easy to care for no matter how green your thumb, the aloe is a hearty plant that can survive a little neglect here and there. Note, though, that the aloe does do best in dry areas and while it can go without frequent watering you want to ensure it is in a pot that drains well to avoid root rot. A large aloe plant can add balance to a minimalist room while a row of smaller plants adds whimsical charm to a child’s room.
English ivy - Here’s a plant for the homeowner who wants a plant to add some decorative interest. As a sprawling plant, the English ivy will look beautiful draped along shelves or windows. The ivy is another easy to grow plant that doesn’t require frequent watering and will thrive with lots of light.
Rubber tree - Looking for something to fill a bare corner? Pick up a rubber tree to add life to the room. Its height allows it to make a statement on its own without a corner table to put it at eye level. This tree prefers indirect light and only requires watering about once or twice a month.
Peace lily - Add some beautiful blooms to a room all year with the peace lily. Not only does it boast beautiful white petals, it is also known to greatly improve air quality. This lily is easy to care for and can be coaxed it to bloom all year in a room with low light conditions.
Spider plant - Draw the eye upward in small rooms by hanging the spider plant from the ceiling. With proper care, this plant will eventually offshoot with “babies” that add more visual interest to its foliage with delicate white flowers. Another plant known for its ability for improving air quality the spider plant is easy to care for.
When choosing plants to add to a room don’t be afraid to get creative as you would with decor and take into consideration how well the color and shape of the plant matches the style of your home. Whether you reach for something to sprawl out over a sparsely filled bookshelf with the English ivy or fill an awkward corner with the rubber tree keep the flow of the room in mind. Happy decorating!