Tuesday, 16 August 2016
Tuesday, 5 July 2016
People are often skeptical when it comes to superstitions and different ways of securing good luck for certain occasion. But why not take into consideration some interesting ideas that can help you for a successful move to your new home and give you an extra reason to celebrate the new stage of your life. There are plenty of superstitions revolving around moving into a new house, and it is really up to you whether you will take them seriously or as something to laugh at.
But bringing new luck into your new home and life is a natural wish, so here are some very useful and common traditions that one can think of when seeking for a blessing of a new home:
- When you move to a new house, always enter first with a loaf of bread and a new broom. Never bring an old broom into the house.
- The salt should be sprinkled in all the rooms and across the door sills, so evil spirits will never enter.
- Pick your move-in date very carefully. Regardless of contract exchange, escrow or lengthy chains, you should move in when the moon is waxing. Avoid Fridays, Saturdays and rainy days.
- The number of steps on a staircase should not be in multiples of three. Count off the steps as oro (gold), plata (silver), and mata (death). The last step must not fall on mata.
- When moving into a new home, scatter coins in the living room so prosperity will reign.
- Bees found inside the house will bring fortune and good luck to its occupants.
- Number four in an address is bad mojo, especially if it’s written on the letterbox (the word for ‘four’ sounds like the word for death in Cantonese and Mandarin.
- Properties that sit on curved roads or facing a ‘T’ intersection will invite bad fortune.
- Having an eight in the listing or rental price is a sign of good luck and prosperity. $888,888 would be a cosmic goldmine!
- In the Chinese Feng Shui philosophy, your new home must have windows facing the east for the sunrise in order to have good luck.
- One of the biggest superstitions in Spain is their unlucky day: Tuesday. There is old Spanish proverb that goes: ‘En martes, ni te cases, ni te embarques, ni de tu casa te apartes’. Translated means, on Tuesday, don’t get married, embark on a journey, or move away
- If you give anything with a sharp blade or point it could mean a doomed or broken relationship for the people receiving the gift. Note to self: No knife sets as wedding presents.
- This is a strange one but the Spanish would never put a hat on the bed as it brings bad luck.
- Now this could bring you good luck, or at least protect you from evil spirits entering your house. It lies in the ability that the cactus has to absorb moisture from the atmosphere and any other evil spirits that may be lurking around outside.
- It is very bad luck in Spain to walk into a room with your left foot forward. If you accidentally do this then you can counter act it by signing the cross three times!
- Indian tradition holds that boiling milk and rice in a pot until it overflows helps bring purity and long life to the homeowners.
- Bring a cow into your new home and wrap a flower garland around its neck.
- Thursday is the luckiest day to move into a new home. Fridays, Saturdays and rainy days are considered unlucky.
- Never sweep and clean the house vacated as this signifies scooping the wealth off the house.
- According to an age-old Jewish custom, the first items brought into a new home are bread and salt.
- Before moving into a new home, some have the beautiful custom of inviting a group of young children to study some Torah in the house.
- It is recommended to bring some Jewish books and a charity box into the home even before the movers bring in the rest of the boxes. This establishes the Jewish flavor of the home.
- Tuesday is the most propitious day of the week for scheduling the actual move, Mondays and Wednesdays are inauspicious days to plan a move
Tuesday, 7 June 2016
Bringing natural light into your home is both economical and enjoyable. The level of natural light in your rooms can really affect your mood. Those blessed rays, filled with sunlight and vitamin D make you feel positive. So, it’s natural that bright rooms make us feel happier, more alive and vibrant. Plus, you get to save a little cash and reduce your energy usage by increasing your home’s natural light.
There's not a lot you can do to increase the amount of sunlight coming into your home — unless you're planning on a major remodel. But if you're low on natural light, there are a handful of small things you can do to be sure you're using it to your advantage.
Let’s check out some of the ways to increase and maximize the natural light in your own home:
Use mirrors & other reflective surfaces in your décor
Shiny surfaces—especially mirrors—reflect light. Place them strategically to fill your home with new spots of brightness. Mirrors close to your windows amplify natural light by bouncing it into your space, making windows feel bigger and brighter. You can use smaller mirrors to line the backs of bookshelves, or arrange several of them on one wall. Another idea is to buy furniture with glass, chrome, or mirrored accents.
Pay attention to paint
Paint color, and finish have a big effect on how bright your room looks. Lighter colors reflect natural light better than darker tones. If you prefer a darker palette, remember that shinier finishes will help brighten things up. This is especially true for ceiling paint. White ceilings are popular because they reflect ambient light down into the room. Boost this effect by choosing a ceiling paint with a satin or high-gloss finish.
Work with your windows
Some window treatments, such as Roman shades, block sunlight even when they’re open. But sheer draperies hung on rings are easy to open fully to let in light. Hang a single drapery rather than a double set. Venetian blinds are also a good choice. They allow you to control the amount of light that comes in, and you can angle them to direct the light into a particular area.
Keep it Clean!
Keeping your windows clean to allow in the maximum amount of natural light. It may sound simple but cleaning windows, blinds—even lampshades, and bulbs makes a big difference. Tip: wash windows on a cloudy day to minimize streaking.
Move your furniture
Inadvertently blocking windows when arranging your furniture can cut into a room's natural light. Rearrange your space to keep natural light sources free and unobstructed. Keep larger pieces toward the center of the room. Even knick-knacks on a windowsill block a surprising amount of light.
Add a Skylight
This is a pricey option up-front, but because a skylight can help naturally heat a room, it could save you boatloads on your electricity bill over time! If you’re ready to take the plunge and add a skylight to a room, hire a contractor for the job – don’t try this one yourself!
Think outside of your home
For best results, don’t forget to maintain your outdoor spaces. Trim hedges or branches away from the windows. Also, carefully consider the placement of porch swings and other patio furniture. These steps will increase natural light inside your home.
Friday, 20 May 2016
What is the worth of my home? What price shall fetch me good return? Am I making a correct decision to sell my house or was there any inadequacy in evaluation of my property?
If these are some of the queries that are bothering you, you are simply few steps away from knowing your answers. Firstly, you need to understand what is meant by the term Free Home Evaluation, which often pops up on any real estate website. Free home evaluation or Comparative Market Analysis is a comparative report that gives you the price of all the properties similar to yours in a given neighbourhood; this enables you to estimate an approximate figure at which you can close the deal with the proper assistance of a listing agent.
There are indeed some very quick ways over the internet that can give you the results in just few minutes. But BEWARE, as there lays a great deal of suspect and inaccuracy, when it comes to real estate information, and most particularly, the home values. The equity in your home is equivalent to any other investment that you closely follow, then, why not be vigilant and carefully monitor your house property.
There are several important aspects that you need to consider and reconsider while selling your home, one of them is PRICE at which you list your property. It’s true that we want the most for our property. But the most educated decision would be not to list your home at an exorbitant price as it will lead to loss of interest among the prospective buyers even before they see your property. There will be unnecessary delay and ultimately you will be forced to come down on the price. Similarly, it won’t be a sound decision if you list your property very low, this usually happens when one is uninformed and misguided on evaluation of its property.
Other important aspects to ponder upon are legal and tax issues, as there are contracts as well as closings that you need to handle. If you are a layman in this area, it’s better to seek expert’s advice, as the slightest slip on your part can lead to serious consequences. Further, the financing option that you decide on whether to refinance or get a new mortgage; all these are crucial facets of home selling process, which essentially requires expert’s assistance.
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