Here’s How to Spring Clean Your Home for a Fresh Start at Decorating!

Learn how to spring-clean your home by de-cluttering, organizing, and so much more to create a blank canvas for a fresh new décor look this spring!

 

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Spring is upon us, and do you know what that means? It’s time for spring cleaning! While cleaning might not be the first thing that pops into your head when you think of the season best known for pleasant weather and gardening, it is time to dust off your shelves and shed those unnecessary winter layers nevertheless.

If, like most people, you do not find the idea of cleaning to be especially thrilling, you can add a little twist to the process to spice it up a bit. Decluttering is good for the soul, and a tidy home is a happy home. In addition to downsizing your closet and getting rid of the boxes in your garage that have been there since you moved in, spiffing up the place can be an opportunity for you go-getters and do-it-yourselfers. Why not downsize, clean, remake, remodel, and revamp your home this season? This is the ideal opportunity to add those special, personalized touches to your home that you have always wanted but never got around to doing. Don’t think of it as spring cleaning; think of it as a spring home makeover!

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Here are some great ways you can declutter your home through fun DIY projects that can make all the difference this season.

Organize your Cleaning Supplies

 

If you like to have things organized and easily accessible and you are a dirt and grime cleaning machine, this quick DIY project can save you time and keep your cleaning supply arsenal tidy.


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Many people store their cleaning solutions and gear in a closed cabinet – often under the kitchen sink – in one giant leaning tower of cleaning supplies. You can easily declutter your cupboard with one simple tool: a tension rod. Get a rod that extends across the width of your cupboard and make sure it fits snuggly. Now you can hang your cleaning spray bottles along the rod, freeing up the space below for gloves, sponges, and other supplies.

Set up Some Peg Boards

 

This next DIY project is easy and extremely versatile, and all you need is a peg board. Peg boards can clear up tons of space in your home, from organizing your kitchen essentials to making a great spread for your crafts.

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A peg board allows you to hang hooks or pegs in any arrangement for any project. One great use for the peg board is as a drying board. Place the peg board in your kitchen, over the sink, or over a small shelf to catch water, and hang your hand-washed dishes there to dry.

Consider Window Shutters

 

Are you tired of your annoying blinds that let too much light in at night and collect dust that is frustratingly difficult to clean? If so, shutters are the solution! Tremendously popular across the pond, they have not yet caught on here in the States.

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You might think that trading your blinds for shutters would be cumbersome, but with shutters readily available, making the swap is a perfect spring cleaning activity. Installing full height shutters is quick and easy, and it can make future cleaning a breeze!

Downsize Your Closet

 

Do you have clothes you like but rarely touch? Do you think about giving them away, but somehow they clutter your closet year after year? Here’s a fun closet downsizing experiment to try that requires no additional supplies.


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Turn all your hangers backwards in your closet. Once you wear an item, turn the hanger the right way. Give away any clothing item that is still on a backwards hanger one year from now. This is a simple and effective way to say goodbye to those items you never wear anyway!

Repurpose Old Hangers

 

Are you left with any old hangers with pants clips after clearing your closet? If so, take those plastic hangers and reuse them with this simple DIY project. Remove the clip portion of the hanger and use it as a chip clip! You can use these clips for many purposes, but if you like to keep your snacks nice and fresh, this is the perfect little clip to snap onto any bag of tasty treats.

With these helpful hints, you can take charge of your spring cleaning this year. Do not be afraid to get rid of the old and make way for the new. Try some of these projects and any other DIY projects you can think of to declutter and organize your home. Let’s make this year’s home improvement season a home run!

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Living the Miami Dream – How to Buy a Home in the Hottest Property Market

If you are looking to purchase property in Miami Florida, look no further. We have broken down all the necessary steps on how to buy a condo in Miami, get a great deal, and live the dream!

 

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Miami is always at or near the top of the list most years, for hottest property markets. It will always attract retirees, second-home buyers, and investors, but with the national economy stabilized and growing again, this area is attracting high-end condo buyers in large numbers. If you are in the market for a high-end condo purchase in Miami, here are some tips for you, to assist in a smooth purchase.

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Hire a Realtor

 

When you are looking to hire a Miami condo real estate agent, it is best to go with a licensed company that is reputable and has a proven track for smooth transactions and satisfying customers. There are agents who offer discounts on fees and other seemingly attractive perks, and plus they can tell you their best kept secrets to buying your first home  (if you are a first-time homeowner) and what you should expect.

The process of purchasing a condo is detailed and can often take many twists and turns, so having a realtor with knowledge and professionalism is important in helping you get what you want and have a smooth purchase. The realtor will oversee most of the major issues relating to buying the home and all of the important paperwork. This includes:

The Appraisal – The appraisal is an independent valuation of the condo you are purchasing. It is based upon many factors including square footage of the unit, location, amenities and process for comparable units on the market or recently sold in the neighborhood.

Escrow Documents An escrow is a deposit of funds, a deed or other instrument by one party (the seller) for the delivery to another party (you the buyer) upon completion of the sale of the unit.

The Purchase and Sale Agreement – Once your offer has been accepted and your home inspection is complete, you’ll need to have a lawyer draft a Purchase and Sale agreement that will cover all of the key clauses about your condo purchase.

Title Insurance  A title insurance policy protects against losses that may occur if you discover after closing that someone else can claim ownership of the property.

Make an Offer

 

You just saw a condo you love and you know the seller’s offering price. Now it is time for you to make an offer. How do you decide on the price to offer? Are there any home renovations that need to take place? Here you can work with your realtor and do your own homework on prices of similar properties in the neighborhood. If you are buying an existing condo, take a hard look at the appraisal of the property and use it to help you determine your offer. Is it a buyers or seller’s market?

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Check and see how long properties are typically on the market in the neighborhood you are purchasing. Now look at the condo you are seeking to purchase. Is the house in great condition, and has the current owner made upgrades or improvements to the unit? Are there other buyers interested in purchasing the condo? All of these factors will go into determining the price you should offer for the condo. Remember sellers often expect to negotiate, so consider this when making your offer.

Do a Home Inspection

 

If you are buying an existing property, it is paramount you conduct a home inspection. The walk through and inspection is carried out by a professional inspector who once completed, issues a report about the property’s heating and central air conditioning systems, interior plumbing, electrical systems, the roof, attic, visible insulation, walls, ceilings, floors, windows, foundations, and basements, and the condition of appliances and outdoor plumbing.


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With nearly every house, there are issues found by the inspector and this can lead to negotiations between buyer and seller about how to fix or replace anything broken or not functioning at 100%.

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