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It doesn't matter if you're staging your home to sell, or you simply want to get the most out of your living space. It's easy to rework your existing set up to make your home feel more spacious. The best part is, you don't need to spend a fortune on home remodeling projects to get that roomier feel. Here are a few tips to help your home feel more spacious with minimal effort. Declutter The first thing you should do is declutter your spaces. This should be done before you spend a penny on new decor or start looking at paint samples. A cluttered space is synonymous with a cramped, uncomfortable, stressed-out feeling. Even naturally large spaces can come across as small when they're disheveled. Go through your current belongings and do the following: Identify what is important and put it where it belongs. Identify what is garbage and either throw it away or recycle it. Identify what has value but just not for you, and either sell it online or donate it. As a side note, you can also take advantage of this time to finally go through your closet and dig up any extra stuff you may want to liquidate. Lighter is Better It's no secret that darker colors make a space feel small. It's part of the reason that dusky greens and warm browns are so popular with the cozy hygge style. If you're looking to make your home feel larger and more grand, however, you want to steer away from those darker hues and aim for something a bit lighter. Whites and light grays wo...
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It's impossible to avoid the talks about climate change and other environmental issues that are sweeping the globe right now. More than ever, people are drawing attention to serious problems our planet could be facing if changes aren't made on a global scale. While there's plenty of back-and-forth about whether individuals can make a difference, or if it will take large corporations and governmental organizations to do something, the fact is, everyone needs to pitch in. It's not an either/or situation when it comes to the sustainability of our planet and our future. If you have children, making changes in your own home and teaching them how to do the same will help to encourage an environment of sustainability. It's important for kids to know that everything they do can either have a positive or negative impact on the planet. So what can you do around your home to keep things running smoothly for years to come? How can you teach your children the skills they need for basic home maintenance? Ditching the Disposable Mindset There are a lot of things you can do in your home to live a more sustainable lifestyle, from recycling to using energy-efficient appliances. But it's also important to make sure you maintain your home and repair things properly so your devices keep running efficiently and effectively. We tend to have a disposable ideology when it comes to the things we own or the things we use on a regular basis. But the reality is that most things are...
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When buying or selling a home, landscaping can be a major factor in the decision-making process. Depending on location, irrigation may be the only method of procuring the water necessary to properly engage in landscaping. Even more, understanding how irrigation impacts landscaping and what rights regarding water are extended to property owners is essential. Not all properties rely on irrigation, but for those that do, it is important to do some homework on how irrigation works in relation to landscaping. Water Rights Planning out a well-irrigated landscaping design can be a pain. Not only does the design have to be aesthetically pleasing and functional as an outdoor space, concessions often have to be made in order to implement irrigation properly. Certain species of plant can be quite finicky when it comes to how much or how little water they get, after all, and knowing what water rights a property has can help to avoid plants wilting due to the fact that they just aren't able to get the right amount of water when they need it. Water rights can vary depending on what side of the United States any given property is on. In the eastern parts of the US where surface water is more plentiful, for example, the Riparian Doctrine is used wherein landowners whose property forms the banks of the water have the right to make reasonable use of the water as it flows across and through their property. Further west the Doctrine of Prior Appropriation is used, where water rights ar...
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Remember this chart from macroeconomics? The details don't matter. The key is the conclusion. When a tax is assessed, the buyer pays a higher price, the seller receives a lower revenue, both relative to equilibrium. Both the buyer and the seller end up incurring a portion of this cost, irrespective of who pays the government. What portion each party incurs depends on something else you might remember called elasticity. Let us consider this first-year economics theory in light of the recent "Broker Fee Ban." Who pays broker fees? Is it the landlord? Is it the tenant? Does it matter who writes out the check to the broker at closing? For those that are not aware, here is a quick primer on recent events: 1/31/20: The Department of State issues guidance stating that a Landlord's Agent (an agent representing the interests of the landlord) can no longer collect a broker fee from a tenant. A Landlord's Agent can still collect a fee from the landlord, and a Tenant's Agent can still collect a fee from tenants. 2/5/20: Even though the focus of the guidance is narrow, multiple publications pick up on this guidance and lead with headlines reading "Broker Fees are Banned in NYC", leading to tenant, landlord, and broker confusion. 2/10/20: After a lawsuit is brought on by various real estate groups, a judge issues a temporary restraining order on this guidance, bringing us back to square one, for now. Why do broker fees exist? When a landlord has a vacancy in their ...