If you're planning on buying a Florida home or upgrading to a different Florida property, you'll find that there are a lot of architectural styles to choose from. Our real estate agents understand that having so many options can feel overwhelming, especially if you aren't sure exactly what you're searching for in a home.
We recommend learning about the different architectural options so that you feel more comfortable when you're shopping for a home. Here are some of the most popular Florida home styles.
September is officially Happy Cat Month, so take some extra time to appreciate your feline friend. Cats make wonderful pets, but there's one part of cat ownership that everyone dislikes - the litter box. Its appearance isn't attractive, and no one wants to have its odor or the sounds of a cat scratching away in the box invading your home's common areas.
With a few tools, some time, and a little bit of effort, you can hide your cat's litter box while still leaving it easily accessible for them. Check out these tips to help make your cat's litter box out of sight and out of mind.
If you're looking for a new home, one thing you may be thinking about is gardening and landscaping. Many homes have plenty of yard space for growing plants. You may want a home with room for something else, too: a compost pile. If you've never had one before, they're a great tool for anyone with a green thumb. Here's how to start your first compost pile.
If there's one thing we could all take from the lovely people of Denmark, it's the concept of hygge. Pronounced hyoo-ga, hygge encapsulates all that is cozy and comfortable. But beyond the material aspects of hygge, there exists a desire to enjoy life's simple pleasures, to pause and find contentment amidst the chaos of living. What better place to introduce hygge into your life than your house? Here's how to incorporate hygge into your home and create a personal sanctuary.
Bright color schemes might be bold, but they don't exactly align with the goals of hygge. After all, hygge emphasizes the simple pleasures. Keep your space uncluttered and clean and your color scheme neutral. Browns, creams, and similar colors encourage peaceful, relaxing feelings.
Cozy & Comfortable
Life is hard, so we should prioritize coziness at all possible opportunities. In your home, that means lots of cozy blankets, fluffy pillows, and feathery comforters. Another great way to incorporate hygge into your home is by creating a cozy nook or corner to which you can retreat when things get a little hectic.
Further increase the coziness of your space by lighting a few candles. Pick scents that calm you and your candles will serve as a great self-care tool. But it's not just the scent you're after; the soft, radiant light provide the perfect comforting glow.
Casual Dress Code
What you wear at home contributes just as much to hygge as the décor. So leave the jeans and dresses in the closet and opt for your coziest pair of sweatpants and fuzzy socks. If you really want to commit, grab yourself a pair of hyggebuksers.
Let There Be Light
The gentle glow of candlelight sometimes isn't enough. Open up those curtains, lift the blinds, and let as much natural light in as possible. Those soothing pillars of sunlight become invaluable for comfort in the chilly winter.
Bring the Outside Inside
Greenery in the form of plants are a great way to liven up the atmosphere in any room of your home, especially in your cozy nooks. Even if you don't have a great track record of keeping plants alive, you can still capture the ambience of the elements with wood accents in floors, furniture, and other décor pieces.
Light a Fire
If you're lucky enough to have a fireplace, set a fire to create warmth – an essential piece of the hygge mindset. Few things can improve a relaxing night cuddle up on the couch under layers of blankets like a roaring fire.
When buying or selling a house, what's your top priority? Probably to make the most money if you're selling or get the best deal if you're buying. As a result of being money-conscious, you might think you're better off pocketing what you would pay in commission fees for a real estate agent. If you go that route, however, you're likely doing yourself a disservice. The value of a real estate agent comes from the often-overwhelming amount of work they take off your plate when buying or selling your home.
Buying a Home
House-shopping is at once very exciting and exhausting. A real estate agent can help alleviate many of the exhausting factors. They'll comb through new listings – across a wide network you wouldn't otherwise have access to – in search of homes that match your wants and needs, weeding out the pretenders and bringing you the contenders.
The value of a real estate agent becomes even more apparent when it comes time to make an offer. They'll help you prepare a formal offer as well as guide you through any negotiation that may come after to ensure you get a good deal. After the offer, a real estate agent will guide you through inspections and oversee any repairs deemed necessary.
Selling a Home
What do you need an agent to sell your home for – you know it best, right?
Well, when selling, objectivity is your best friend. A real estate agent will value your home with an honest eye, one that accounts for market value and other factors to ensure your asking price isn't too high. They'll also help you stage your home so that it makes the best impression to potential buyers.
Your agent will be invaluable when it comes to marketing your home to those buyers. They can get your home exposure on multiple websites and listing services, as well as use tools like social media to get even more eyes on the property.
Again, you'll truly recognize the value of a real estate agent when you start receiving offers. Your agent will review offers and keep you informed through every step of negotiation, ensuring you don't get caught with a stale deal.
Picking the Right Agent
Ultimately, the real value of a real estate agent comes in finding the right one. Working with an agent you gel with and who understands your wants and needs is critical. But once you secure the right agent, you'll truly understand why it's worth it.
Buying gifts for the person who has it all can be tough, but what about the person who just bought a new house and needs a lot? It can still be tough nailing down the perfect token to celebrate such a major accomplishment, and that's where we come in. Here are 19 gift ideas for new homeowners.
Nothing makes cuddling up on the couch in a new house sweeter than a cozy throw blanket.
Readers will love a new set of stylish bookends to spruce up their bookshelves with.
The new homeowner in your life can control other smart devices throughout their home, organize their schedule, and so much more with a smart speaker like the Amazon Echo or Google Home.
A nice, aromatic candle is a great way to help their new home smell divine.
Tailor these to your homeowner's interests and they make for a fine gift that doubles as reading material and nice décor.
These are perfect for catching all the little knick-knacks like jewelry, keys, and other pocket-fillers that otherwise just create clutter.
A key ring holder is another great way to avoid creating clutter for a new homeowner. Just hang your keys on the wall when you get home!
A new set of bath towels is a perfect way to celebrate an all-new bathroom.
A waterproof shower speaker makes morning routines a little easier with some musical accompaniment.
Moving is stressful, so give your new homeowner an excuse to relax in a rejuvenating bath with a caddy that's perfect for a candle, book, and whatever else they need to kick back.
Even scales have gone high-tech, with the ability to connect to Wi-Fi and track more than just weight. A smart scale is a great idea for the health-minded homeowner.
A set of quality dishware or silverware is not only a thoughtful gift idea, but an incredibly practical one, too!
Whether it's used when entertaining guests or for breakfast in bed, a serving tray is a multifaceted gift.
They just got a brand-new kitchen, so give your new homeowner new recipes to try with a cookbook or two!
Items like, say, an Instant Pot or air fryer are neat additions to a kitchen, and they're practical enough to get used often.
Get a cutting board engraved with a sweet message or even just their name and you've got a one-of-a-kind piece of kitchen décor.
Pamper your new homeowner with a set of cozy sheets for their bed and they'll be forever grateful.
New environments can throw off sleep habits in a big way. A white noise machine is a thoughtful gift to help your new homeowner drift off to sleep in their new bedroom.
It doesn't have to be fancy – a classic analog alarm clock is often all we need to get us up in the morning. Plus it has more benefits than using your phone as an alarm!