Monday, June 18, 2018

This Is the Worst Storage Mistake You Can Make

I have friends who renovated their home recently, and they put together this gorgeous, open-plan kitchen with The Works: white marble countertops on top of crisp black base cabinets with pull-out drawers, floating open shelves instead of upper cabinets, and an enormous farmhouse sink. Basically everything I’ve ever pinned. Not surprisingly, it looked amazing when it was finished! The upper shelves had beautiful jars artfully filled with dry goods, and a few tasteful cookbooks interspersed with tchotchkes.

But when they first starting using the kitchen post-renovation, the dishes were stored in the dining area. So every time they unloaded the dishwasher, they walked 30 feet to a lovely glass-front cabinet that they had to open with a little key to put the dishes away. Talk about a time suck!

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6 Repairs Longtime Homeowners Wish They Did Sooner

You’ve just moved into your home and you have a to-do list a mile long. So should you take on each and every project that eventually needs to be done right now, or is ok to let some simmer on the back burner? We asked longtime homeowners to share the home fix-ups they regret not conquering right away—before life got in the way.

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7 Cleaning Products You Should be Buying at Trader Joes

If you weren’t already hip to Trader Joe’s impressive assortment of cleaning supplies, then now’s the time to smarten up. Sure we all know and love the store’s awesome—and super budget-friendly—grocery offerings, but who knew they’d mastered the art of cleaning products, too?

To prove our point, we rounded up some of the savviest cleaning products you can buy at Trader Joe’s. From specially formulated fruit and veggie wash to dishwasher detergent pods with a cult following, here are seven cleaning items to pick up the next time you stop by your neighborhood T.J.’s.

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Selling With Pets? What You Need to Know to Prepare for Showings

Pets may be family to a lot of us, but they also come with some added considerations. This is especially true when trying to sell your home. Selling with pets may take a bit more forethought, but it’s far from impossible. We’ve broken down the most important things you need to know about this process. Read on to learn what you can do to make your home appeal to buyers, Fido and all.

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Take the time to fix any signs of pet damage. Image: Rawpixel

Repair any damage

Before you even think about selling your home, make sure it’s in tip-top condition. This means catching up on those home maintenance tasks that have been piling up. Every future seller should take the time to fix that leaky sink and squeaky hinge, but pet owners may have a few extra items on their list.

In particular, keep an eye out for obvious signs of pet damage. You know your pet and its habits the best, however, it’s common to need to buffer floors to remove signs of nail scratches and replace door jams to get rid of chew marks. When in doubt, hire a professional to repair or replace the item in need. Your goal should be to have the house looking as though it’s pet-free.

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Make sure your agent knows there are pets at home. Image: Rawpixel

Talk to your agent

Once you’ve gotten your home in tip-top shape, it’s time to bring in your real estate agent. As you discuss putting your home on the market, be sure to mention you have pets in the home. Believe it or not, this is crucial information that will affect how your agent markets your home.

On the one hand, before even putting your home up for sale, your agent will act as a fresh set eyes. He or she will likely give you feedback about how potential buyers may view your home and how to put it in the best light. Some of this feedback will probably pertain to your pet. We suggest you take it in stride. After all, your agent has probably sold many houses where pets have lived. It’s worth listening to the advice.

On the other hand, there are logistics to consider. Once your agent is aware that you have pets, he or she will take steps to make showings a little easier on everyone. Whether it’s giving you a little more time to get out of the house or including a note in the listing so potential buyers will know pets will be present, everyone will appreciate the heads up.

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Get rid of pet odors. Image: Rawpixel

Clean and deodorize

Cleaning is also an essential part of any seller’s pre-showing regimen. This goes double when you have pets in the house. Most pets come with hair and odors, which can be a huge turnoff to some potential buyers and trigger allergy attacks for others. In order to appeal to the biggest pool of buyers — and increase your chances for an offer — it’s crucial to keep your home as clean and free from odors as possible.

The first step is to deep clean. If you’ve had your pet for a while, you may need to go a little further than a standard scrubbing. At the very least, we recommend bringing in a company to deep clean carpets. That said, if any odors still linger, you may want to consider ripping up the flooring entirely and/or repainting to leave your home smelling fresh.

Keep in mind, this cleaning is an ongoing process. You need to keep your home clean to keep hair and odors at bay. Make giving your home a good scrub down part of your weekly schedule (at least until you receive an offer). Then, before each showing, do a quick staging check to see if any part of your home needs a touch-up.

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Bring pets with you when you have a showing scheduled. Image: Mel Elías

Have a plan for showings

When it’s finally time to show the house to potential buyers, have a plan in place regarding how to handle your pet. Ideally, you take your pet with you when you leave the house. This removes any potential liability of your pet reacting poorly to seeing a stranger in the house or accidentally being let out of the house during the showing.

However, if for some reason that can’t happen, the next best thing is to crate them. Leave your pet — and all of their belongings — in a lesser-used area of the house, like the laundry room or garage. Then, be sure to tell your agent, so he or she can let the buyer’s agent know what to expect.

Have you sold a home as a pet owner recently? What advice can you share from your experience? Put it in the comments below.

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Sunday, June 17, 2018

This NYC Loft Is Filled With *Actually* Affordable Decor — House Call

Name: Jessie Ruane, boyfriend Ryan, and Dusty the pup
Location: Prospect Heights — Brooklyn, NY
Size: 1000 square feet
Years lived in: 1 year, renting

I share my Prospect Heights loft with my boyfriend, Ryan and our puppy, Dusty (@simply.dusty). When we moved in, we quickly realized filling a 1,000 square foot (estimated) loft was going to be expensive. Since I don’t have the luxury of filling my apartment with West Elm (ahh I wish!) I started researching elsewhere. A little over a year later, I’ve filled my home with affordable finds, Ikea hacks, and hand-me-downs. The only thing in my apartment that I can think of as a “splurge” would be our Crate & Barrel Sectional, which we found on Craigslist for 1/5 of the price.

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This App Lets You Design Your Own Custom Rug

Rug shopping can be such a hassle. Rugs are important because they can tie together a room perfectly. However, just having one color that is slightly off in your rug will totally throw the entire room out of whack. If you are very detailed-oriented and want colors to match perfectly, rug shopping can really get you down.

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10 Plant Paradises You Should be Following on Instagram

There’s no shortage of plant-obsessed accounts to follow on Instagram. The hashtag #plantsofinstagram alone produces more than 1 million posts, most of which come straight from the hands of plant parents across the globe.

And if you’re anything like us, you depend on Instagram posts to help inspire and inform all of your gardening endeavors. So to ensure that your feed is always filled with helpful plant info, we rounded up 10 of the coolest plant accounts to follow on IG. Read ahead for a few of our favorite plant-friendly accounts on the ‘gram.

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