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Have you ever driven through a neighborhood or down a country road, seen a cobbled-together add-on and done a double-take? Historically, home additions tend to stick out like the proverbial sore thumb, with each new add-on displaying the most recent design trend without regard for the original style. Thus, you'll see a typical ranch-style home with a mansard or hipped-roof add-on or a modern sunroom from an entirely different era appearing as if by magic from the side of a craftsman bungalow.
Failing to match a home’s original style is not new. Castles dotting the English hillsides or lining European rivers have jumbled wings from even different centuries, and palaces and cathedrals bear the stamp of each successive architect’s desire to make a name for himself. But when it comes to your home, mixing styles and eras could be a losing proposition when the time comes to sell.
Hire a professional
Before you begin an addition, hire a licensed design contractor to discuss your home's current style and how your renovation or addition might enhance its curb appeal and carry the same theme through the complete interior and exterior of the house.
New structures should be in balance with the existing building, and although it might not have symmetry, the combination of new and old should have unity. To achieve this, bear these things in mind:
- Windows: if the new windows are double-hung with multiple lights (several small panes or a grid), then change out the old windows to match. Don’t mix aluminum sliders with wood casements (those with crank mechanisms). In other words, add some extra money into the renovation to match up the window types.
- Exterior materials: a lovely mix of brick, stone, and stucco (or plank siding) gives a home that coveted old-world feel, but a random mash-up looks, well, like a random mash-up. If possible, extend the existing outside material to the new addition. Where that isn’t possible because, for example, a brick color or style no longer is available, consider painting everything to match to give continuity.
- Rooflines and materials: adding a gambrel roof to hipped roof or a mansard to a ranch probably won’t earn you any design awards. If the existing roofline is not what you want, have your contractor update it to match the addition. A mix of roofline styles is disconcerting and screams “add-on” rather than professional addition. And watch the mix-up of roofing materials too. A lovely new metal roof on the new part with a dated three-tab asphalt shingle on your existing roof gives your home a discordant aspect — either roof the latest addition to mimic the old, or re-roof the whole thing.
If you genuinely want to add a different style, consider modifying the existing home to match the new style for a unified impression. And, if you're considering an addition to increase your home's value for a quick sale, check with your real estate professional first. There's nothing worse for your renovation's bottom line than an addition that nets a loss rather than a gain to your resale value.
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Many homeowners spend so much time trying to preserve the life of their furniture, carpet, and flooring with careful and regular cleaning that they often forget to maintain the vacuum cleaner. So how can you care for your vacuum cleaner? With a bit of maintenance, it is easy for you to enjoy your vacuum cleaner for many years.
Check out these simple maintenance tips to extend the life of your vacuum cleaner.
Change the dust bag and other parts
Many vacuum cleaner comes with a dust bag. If you notice the bag is almost full change it immediately. Changing the bag will prevent it from overflowing, which may cause severe damages. Also, changing the dust bag will provide more space, thus making it work more efficiently. Apart from the dust bug, replace the vacuum filter, vacuum cleaner bag and other belts at least every six months.
Choose products that fit your machine
When a product doesn't fit, it won't be able to pick up dirt and dust effectively and may even cause wear and tear to other parts of your machine. You can find several products that will fit most vacuum cleaners but ensure you choose the products that are specifically designed to suit only your model to prevent any damage.
Check the area properly before you start your machine
Before you begin to run your tool on a surface, make sure you have a good look over the surface. Small items like coins, parts from your kid's toys, paper clips, and bobby pins can cause serious problem to your vacuum cleaner.
Clean your vacuum cleaner
It is not only your home that needs cleaning. Give you Vacuum cleaner a good scrub with a damp sponge to get rid of clogged up dirt and dust. Neglecting to clean your vacuum cleaner will allow dirt accumulate on it thus clogging some parts which may shorten the life span of your vacuum cleaner. Begin by checking every part and wipe off any dirt from the Vacuum hose, head, filter, etc.
By following these useful tips, you can increase the life of your vacuum cleaner and keep it in tip-top shape. Do not try to open you vacuum cleaner If you don't know where the belts, filters, or bag of your vacuum cleaner are located, meet a vacuum cleaner expert for assistance.
Want to sell your home? Like many home sellers, you're probably on the lookout for a real estate agent who can help you get the best price for your house.
Choosing the right real estate agent usually will require you to perform comprehensive research. You'll need to examine the credentials and skills of many real estate agents in your area. Plus, you may want to sit down and chat with various real estate agents to find one who can simplify the home selling process.
Ultimately, there are several questions you should ask a real estate agent before you hire him or her to sell your house, including:
1. What is your home selling experience?
No two homes are identical, and much in the same way, no two real estate agents are exactly alike. As such, you should learn about a real estate agent's experience to ensure he or she possesses the expertise necessary to sell your house.
For example, if you're selling a condo, you may want to hire a real estate professional with condo experience. Or, if you're looking to sell your home as quickly as possible, you should find a real estate agent who knows how to promote a home across social media and other platforms.
2. How will you keep in touch?
What good is a real estate agent if this professional fails to keep you informed throughout the home selling journey?
With the right real estate agent at your side, you'll be able to stay up to date along each stage of the home selling process. In fact, this professional will provide you with updates about offers on your home, requests to view your residence and much more.
Furthermore, your real estate agent should be easily accessible via phone and email. This means if you need support at any point during the home selling journey, your real estate agent will be able to assist you.
3. Can you provide references?
An expert real estate agent should have no trouble connecting you with past clients. That way, you can find out how this real estate professional has helped previous home sellers accomplish their goals.
If you connect with a real estate agent's past clients, you can get a better idea about how this real estate professional responds to various home selling challenges. As a result, you'll be better equipped to determine if this real estate agent is the right person to help you sell your house.
4. How will you market my house?
A real estate agent should go above and beyond the call of duty to market your house to the right groups of homebuyers. This professional typically will allocate extensive time and resources to learn about you and your home selling needs and help you plan accordingly.
Finding out how a real estate agent will promote your home is essential. With this information, you can understand whether a real estate agent will do everything possible to showcase your residence to potential homebuyers.
Use the aforementioned questions, and you can select the right real estate agent to help you sell your home.