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One of the biggest trends you hear about today is getting into the gig economy. Having a side hustle can be a great opportunity, but another trend for making extra money is to sell old household items through the second-hand economy. Participating in the second-hand economy has numerous benefits. Besides turning your old stuff into cash, reselling is also more sustainable for the planet. After all, those old clothes you no longer wear are doing more good in someone else's closet than sitting in a landfill. What Can You Sell? You can resell just about anything, but some items are easier to sell and command a better price than others. One of the main benefits of the second-hand economy (besides the cash) is that it helps clear out space in your home. So, if you aren't sure where to start, think about where in your home you can declutter. Go through closets, storage boxes, and shelves with a critical eye to decide what you no longer need. According to Gumtree, some of the most common items to sell include clothing, books, music, games, toys, and electronics. Many people focus on larger things such as furniture when they think about resale, but don't discount smaller items. Selling little things like clothing and books adds up when you stick with it. How Much Can You Make? The amount you make will vary depending on how much you have to sell and the value of the items. Pricing your items right is one of the trickiest parts of selling. With resale, unless an item is ...
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Congratulations - you're about to move into your new home! However, there is a critical step before moving in completely: you have to make sure that it is thoroughly cleaned. Even if it has been given a full cleaning before the sale, you should still take care to get your new home sparkling before you move in, as this will calm your emotions about the move and can even keep you mentally and physically healthier. While sweeping and mopping are important steps, focus on your new home's air quality first to make it a happy, breathable space. Here are some ways you can get started immediately. Causes of Poor Air Quality While the floors might be the first task you think of when you consider cleaning your house, it would behoove you to begin with a task that affects the entire house but is commonly forgotten. Air quality is a critical part of a clean home. Some of the most common causes of poor air quality are secondhand cigarette smoke, mildew and mold, certain chemicals and paints, pests, improper ventilation, and even outdoor pollution. The effects vary - respiratory effects like breathing issues, itchy eyes and throat, headaches, and fatigue can often be misattributed to the common cold. Eliminate Allergens in Your Home Even if you don't suffer from seasonal allergies, you may still be affected by the presence of allergens in your home. Start by checking for mold and dust in areas that are often forgotten, such as the draperies and any houseplants. (It's recomm...
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There are many joys to running a home-based business, from setting your own hours to being able to work in your pajamas. Thanks, in part, to the recent rise of the gig economy, more and more people are launching their own businesses and enjoying the freedoms of freelancing from home. Of course, as your home-based business grows, it may require additional inventory, employees and room in your home. It's certainly a good problem to have but when your business reaches a point where it outgrows the size of your home, working from home can become a little tricky. Now, this doesn't mean you'll need to give up the freedom of working from home. It does, however, mean that you'll need to explore your options. One of these options includes looking into whether you might be able to upsize your home in order to better accommodate your growing business. Read on for some advice on how to budget for your new home, as well as what to look for in one. What to look for Start by considering your current situation and evaluate what you might need in a new home. How many bedrooms? What type of neighborhood? Urban or rural? What city? These are just a few questions to ask yourself. Obviously, the key thing to look for as a home-based business owner is a home that is big enough for you to live and work in, not just today but for years to come. Consider business growth as well as any possible family growth or cohabiting that may occur. The biggest consideration, according to HGTV, is yo...
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Tips for Buying a Fixer-Upper Home Whether you’re looking for your next residence or hoping to turn a tidy profit, a fixer-upper home might be perfect for you. Buying a fixer-upper is often one way to get more house than you might otherwise be able to afford. For an investor, a fixer-upper can often generate quite a profit. The trick, however, is to spend less on repairs and renovations than you save on the initial purchase. The secret to buying the right fixer-upper is knowing how to pick the right home to purchase. Here are six important steps you need to take when scouting properties. Check Location Look for a home in a popular neighborhood. Homes in popular areas often sell for more money and quicker than in areas not on peoples radar. In addition, since location is a driver of marketability, it's usually best to avoid fixer-uppers next to busy streets or freeways or across the road from a factory or airport. If the goal if a fixer-upper is to buy, fix and then sell, it's best to think of where most potential buyers may or may not want to live, though of course there are always exceptions. Evaluate the Floor Plan In addition to curb appeal, you’re looking for a home with a good floor plan. The homes configuration should flow naturally from one room into the next. For resale value, look for a property that has at least three bedrooms and more than a single bath. Avoid a layout with bedrooms at opposite ends of the house, a kitchen with only one entran...