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Home Staging Mistakes You Don’t Want to Make

Monday, November 26, 2018

If you are preparing your home for the real estate market in Florida, you must create a welcoming and inviting atmosphere. You want potential homebuyers to walk through your home and envision themselves living in the space. To do this, you need to properly stage your home. By skipping this step or by making a few simple mistakes, you can hinder the sale of your property and drive potential buyers away. Here are a few home staging mistakes that you want to avoid.

You Only Complete Light Cleaning

Properly staging your home includes deep cleaning it. When your home shines, it gives off the impression that it has been well-maintained and the buyers will have fewer worries. Don’t just wipe off counters and sweep the floors either. Ideally, you want to scrub every inch of your home. Wipe down baseboards, dust light fixtures, clean out closets, etc. This is also an ideal time to focus on decluttering and removing unnecessary items from your home that are taking up space.

You Store Too Many Items on Counters

You may use your kitchen and bathroom counters to store appliances and items that you use on a daily basis. However, when you store these products on the counters, they create a space that looks cluttered and messy. In the kitchen, your goal should be to store fewer than five items on all your counters. Items you may store could include the microwave, a set of knives, etc. For bathrooms, remove all items off the counters except for essential handwashing items like a towel and soap.

You Forget the Closed Spaces

Staging your home isn’t just about focusing on what the eye can immediately see. It involves every area including those that are hidden. This means you want to spend time cleaning and decluttering every closet and cupboard in your home. Many homebuyers will look in these areas to get an idea of their size and storage capabilities. By cleaning out these spaces, they will look larger and more attractive to buyers.

The Home is Too Personal

Your goal is to make potential buyers envision themselves living in the space. By making the space too personal, such as including too many family photos, knick-knacks, and other family heirlooms, it makes it much harder to picture living in the home. As you prepare for your showings, remove many of these items and any unusual décor items that may be considered an eyesore.

If you are ready to place your home on the real estate market in Florida, Carla at Global Life Realty should be your first call. She can help you properly prepare for your showings and receive a deal that you will love.


Purchasing a Foreign Property

Monday, November 19, 2018

When it comes to purchasing property, many people purchase for their own use, while others purchase property with the plan to have it as a long-term investment or as a second property for holidays or renting. In many cases, this also means that people choose to purchase a property outside of their normal place or country of residence. Buying a foreign property has a lot of advantages, but there are some things to keep in mind as you go through the process.

Find the Right One

Given that you won’t likely see the property, finding the right onerequires extra attention. Don’t be lured in by nice pictures online or promises on advertising sites. Instead, do your research and start with the end goal in mind: what do you need in a property, and what type of home or location is ideal for you? Everyone has different needs when it comes to a second home. Whether that is location, size, or price, put in some time to make sure you can find the most suitable property for you and ensure it is one you are happy with.

Understanding Finances

Holding onto the property often requires a deposit. This is held by an agent or vendor and is to secure the property while the sale completes. It is important for future owners to be prepared to pay this amount in advance of the full property cost. Also take into account tax considerations. In some places, there may be a tax incentive, while in others you may need to pay additional tax based on your country of residence. Work with an accountant to ensure you are able to understand this part efficiently and that it isn’t going to be a costly tax burden for you.

Consider Citizen Status

Purchasing property as a foreign citizen has implications in addition to tax. Those who are not a citizen of the country where the property is located will likely require specific permits. A country may have stipulations regarding ownership in this regard. The conditions may also be different should the individual be planning to purchase the property as a second home, versus rental property, versus holiday house that they will visit infrequently. Work with an agent to understand all of these conditions and to make sure the property will work for your needs. Giving special consideration to these formalities is important to ensure a smooth purchasing experience.

Whether you live abroad and are looking to buy in Florida, or you are a Florida resident hoping to buy property overseas, Carla at Global Life is the perfect person to talk to. Reach out today to ask questions, get the right answers, and receive the expert advice you need.


3 Easy Tips to Help You Minimize and Downsize

Monday, November 12, 2018

Whether you are planning on moving into a smaller home soon, are actively pursuing the desire to downsize, or you just like the idea of a more minimalist lifestyle, the theme remains the same: it’s time to get rid of some stuff! Good for the environment, good for your state of mind, and good for your bank account, owning and purchasing less stuff has many benefits that you can take advantage of. But taking the first steps to get there may seem daunting and a classic case of “I don’t know where to start!” We’ve got you covered: start right here with these three simple tips!

1. Start With What you Have

The first step towards owning less and having less, is getting rid of some of what you already have. And it may sound harsh to say you need to go on a cleaning and donating spree, but doing this sets you up for the right mindset forward so that you aren’t tempted to continue to buy excessive items and hold on to too much stuff.

You can start with your closet, going through and getting rid of clothes you haven’t worn in the last six months, or that made it through their preferred season untouched. If you’re not sure, turn all your hangers to face the same direction and then when you wear the item, flip the hanger. In two months, clothes on un-flipped hangers can likely be given to charity.

Next, go through each room of the house and take out things that you don’t use. Donate them or throw them out, or if you aren’t sure, put them in a bag or box and store them away for a month or two. If you don’t miss them in that time, chances are, they’re good to go!

2. Set a Budget

Once you’ve done your initial clean out, have a look at your current expenditures and see how much you spend on items such as homewares, clothes, furniture, and other material items. Commit to cutting this back by at least 50%, especially if most of the spending is on non-essential items.

3. Set a Timeline

In addition to setting a budget, set a timeline for the minimizing and decluttering process. Give yourself 4-6 weeks to complete the clean-up of your home, downsize the number of items you own, and adopt a more minimalist attitude towards spending and ownership. Alternatively, if you were able to do all the purging right away, going on a complete home clean up, set a maintenance goal: check in with your progress in 4-6 weeks to make sure you haven’t gone backwards and reverted to old ways!

Are you ready to find a smaller house to match your new, minimalist lifestyle? Reach out to Global Realty and we’ll set you up with exactly what you need.


Meeting the Neighbors: How to get Settled in Your New Home

Monday, November 05, 2018

When it comes to moving house, there is no question, it’s a stressful event. From the selling and buying contracts and negotiations to packing up, to unpacking in a new location, at the end of it all, you’re forgiven if all you want to do is hibernate in your home for a while. But moving into a new place and unpacking physically is only the first step: next up, you need to meet the neighbors and get to know your new area. Don’t be intimidated by the need to introduce yourself and meet new people, and instead, try out these helpful tips:

Invite Them Over

One of the best ways to get to know your neighbors and your area, is to have a neighborhood party! Everyone loves a good time, especially when it involves sharing food and drinks and having a chance to socialize. Choose a Saturday afternoon, and plan to host a neighborhood gathering. You can invite everyone through word of mouth, by putting up posters, making an event through Facebook, or simply talking to people that you see and inviting them to tell their local friends. From there, plan a few games for the kids (and adults!), set up some chairs and get ready to have a great time with your new neighbors!

Get Out in the Community

Unfortunately, sitting at home on the sofa doesn’t help you out much when it comes time to meet the neighbors or get to know the area around your home. The best way to do this is to get out there! Go for a walk, visit the local trails, take the kids to the community playground or walk down the street to the store. When you start to become more present in the neighborhood, not only will you get to know the area better and start seeing the people who live there, but they will also get to see you and start to recognize you as a new face in the community.

Participate in Events

While it is important to head out in the community to the park or for a walk, it is equally as important to take part in community events. Things such as local fairs and festivals, weekend markets, or special fundraiser events in the area all present a great chance for you to get involved, meet new people and better understand the heart and culture of the neighborhood where you are now living. Look up events on the community page online, or look for community boards such as at the library, corner store or even at the local supermarket.

Moving to a new place can be hard, and it is normal at first to feel like you don’t know anyone. But doing these things to put yourself out there, as well as speaking to an agent to make sure you find the right neighbourhood, is the best way to make your move easy and enjoyable.


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