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First Impressions a Big Part in Selling Your Home

Posted by mandy on September 17th, 2011

If you are in the market to finance and buy a new home and you have an existing home its essential that you get the best possible price for it.  You should put quite a bit of effort into preparing your old home to sell.  This preparation will pay off for you in that you will sell it quickly and get a good price for it. You can put a lot of money into preparing it for sale – but you may not get it back when you sell.

Here are some steps you can take, that will not cost you a lot of money.

First of all prepare to do some yard work.  There’s nothing better you can do to improve the street appeal of your home.  Mow the lawn, clip the bushes, trim the trees, and sweep up.

Next clean your windows on both sides.  This greatly improves the appearance of a home.  Clean up any peeling paintwork around the windows too.  And make sure the doorbell works!

In the house interior clean all rooms including the walls and floors.  If the paint work is in bad repair it is a good idea to put a fresh coat on it.  If any furniture is part of the deal make sure they are spotless too.  Closets should be clean and organized.  Pay particular attention to the kitchen and bathrooms.  If these areas  are dirty it could really be a deal breaker.

Make sure that appliances that are included with the sale work and that faucets are working properly.   Make the house smell good!!  Get an air freshener – or if you are a cook….prepare a nice apple pie before showing the house.  Fresh flowers placed around the house is another good idea.  You can also have some light music playing in the background.

All of these things will play a part in successfully selling your home.  You want the prospective buyer to build an emotional bond with the home.  This will help tp ensure you sell the home quickly – and get the price you are looking for.

Information provided by Refinance Calculators helping provide real estate financial information.

Culture of the Book: Manuals and Artifacts

Posted by mandy on September 17th, 2011

The culture of the book has been in a state of crisis since the age of television, and perhaps goes back even further than that. There are shelves of books and articles by authors who insisted that television would completely take away the joy and pleasure of reading, and the generations growing up with it would become very dull versions of the generation that preceded them. So it isn’t really anything new when contemporary bloggers talk about the internet being the next big criminal when it comes to the printed word.

On many levels, all the charges are correct. Television did indeed have a profound effect on how people perceive, and how they spend their free time, and there’s every reason to suspect the same thing is happening with the web. There are some people certainly who only pick up a book because it is useful, and an automotive repair manual is easier to work with in the garage than an ipad. There are others who will never be entirely disconnected from getting their information in paper form. In the same breath, there are plenty of things to worry about in terms of the future of the book just as there are signs that its next life is already well under way.

The book is an artifact, a physical object that can be opened to reveal a very specific universe, and one that is created by the author with the participation of the reader. As objects, books have a beauty that makes their mystery even more precious. There are as many arguments for their disappearance as there are for the other perspectives. Cultures change, and as cultures change, their relationships to books have also traditionally changed. This is something that also does change the nature of the object itself.

In times where printed matter had an appeal that was limited to those with religious titles and access to religious education, the book was a rare object that had to be bound with materials that could protect it for a very long time. In times when everyone could read on the subway on their way to work, the book became a smaller object on cheaper paper, meant to last only through the space of a few reads. Today, avid readers may very well have only their Jeep Grand Cherokee repair manual in their physical library, but the electronic files might tell a very different story, one that is evolving in new and unexpected directions.

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