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You may have looked up what the estimate of your home’s value is online. This is purely a number based on what other homes in the neighborhood are selling for. There are some obvious factors that you need to know to calculate your home’s value. These include: how many bedrooms, how much square footage and how much land the home resides on. There are some not so obvious factors that are included in calculating the value of a home. Here’s some things that typically affect a home’s value:
The Street Name
As bizarre as this sounds, it’s true. Whatever suffix that your street name ends in can have an impact on the price of a home. “Street” is less expensive than Boulevard, Road or others. You may even be lucky enough to live on Park Place or Boardwalk!
Your House Number
People have superstitions and varying beliefs. Whether it’s numerology or the fact that you live at an infamously unlucky number house, buyers will be less attracted to your place. This is another one of the stranger factors you must keep in mind when it comes to valuing your home.
If you live close to any neighbors, they will play a factor in how much you can get for your home. If your next door neighbor has strange taste in paint color or has built an eccentric shrine in his front yard, potential buyers may be turned off. You can’t pick your family. However, if you’re moving you do have a say as to what kind of neighbors you’ll surround yourself with. Be prepared for this to affcet your home value if this is the case.
Did you know that trees increase the value of your property? When properties are being built, trees are often cleared away. If you have trees around your property that have grown, you’ll find that you can get a bit more for your home. Want to add value to your home? Get planting!
Crown Moldings Are King
People love crown molding. You can put in crown molding as an easy way to add value to your home and be more attractive to buyers. While buyers look for high ceilings, crown molding can certainly be a deal breaker.
Your Hobbies Are A Buyer’s Hobby
If you have anything in your home that buyers love, they’re more likely to want to buy the home. If you’re a huge football fan, and a buyer comes along with matching interest, you could add some more attention to your home. The reason is that buyers can easily see themselves there due to the shared interest. But, this also has a reverse effect. Not everyone is a football fan. If you want to appeal to a larger pool of buyers, (which you probably do) you may want to get the extensive hobby paraphernalia out of your home before it’s shown.
A Crime On The Property
If there was a death on the property or a significant crime, people will be turned off. This will significantly affect the value of your property. You’ll most likely have to reveal the death or the crime in the buyer’s disclosure as well based on legal requirements.
Whatever is nearby could have a significant effect on your home’s value. Whichever kind of grocery store or restaurants are nearby can really help the value of your home. People love their daily coffee! If there’s a unique coffee shop down the street, or a popular grocery chain, you could be looking at potential gains on the value of your home.
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The road to a good night's sleep starts in your home. Proper lighting, comfortable temperatures and a clutter free house can put you at ease. This applies whether you had a tough day at work or spent the day playing with and running after young children.
Fortunately, there are other actions that you can take to improve your sleep. Each step is worth is, especially considering that millions of Americans struggle to get a good night of sleep. The struggle becoming too burdensome, many people turn to prescription sleeping pills. It sounds like a win, but all is not on the upside when it comes to taking sleeping pills.
Negative consequences of relying on external sleep aids
Dependency on sleeping pills is just one of the downsides. It's possible to get addicted to sleeping pills within months. Start depending on sleeping pills, and even after you sleep for seven to eight hours, you might wake feeling groggy.
Your balance may feel off, tempting you not to venture outdoors for a walk or a jog. To ward off the groggy feeling, you may crawl back into bed. Lack of a clear head also makes it dangerous to operate machinery. This includes driving your vehicle.
Over time,relying on sleeping aids could find you withdrawing from social experiences.You could start spending less time with your family. At work, your performance could suffer. The same applies to school.
Alternatives to external sleep aids
Instead of relying on sleeping pills, focus on your house and your habits. To begin, pay attention to how your mattress feels against your body. Replacing your mattress could help you to sleep better, especially if metal springs are poking your back.
A mattress that's too hard or too soggy can also hamper your sleep. Other ways that your mattress could hamper your sleep include agitating your allergies and treating you to smelly odors. Regularly washing your sheets and pillow cases helps keep your bed smelling fresh too.
Following are other things that you could do to get a good night's sleep:
- Turn the heat on when it's cold outside
- Raising the temperature on your air conditioner before you climb into bed
- Drinking your last glass of water at least two hours before you head for bed
- Meditating half an hour before bed
- Soaking in a warm bubble bath
- Journaling about events of the day that caused you to feel stress
- Counting your blessings
- Finishing projects before you go to bed and letting other projects wait until the following day or later in the week (If you set a deadline for when you will complete projects, you can have the confidence that you'll get important work done. This can help you sleep better at night.)
- Eating a healthy diet
- Exercising during the day
- Getting outdoors in natural sunlight for at least an hour a day
Turning off your television and closing your window treatments are other good alternatives to using external sleep aids. You could also set a time of night that you will regularly head for bed, potentially training your brain to fall asleep at a certain time.