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Posted by Homes of New Hampshire Realty on 11/1/2017

Maximizing space in a smaller bedroom and making that room look and feel larger isn’t impossible. These tips wont break the bank or drain months of your time. Here are a few tips to make your small bedroom feel larger: Paint: Use paint colors to your advantage. Light, cool colors and light, cool toned colors are the best for making your room look larger. Use vertical stripes to make your room feel tall. Paint your ceiling a dark color to enhance its larger, taller feel. Furniture: Some pieces of furniture can make your room feel small. Avoid bulky bedframes and instead choose smaller, more delicate looking bedframes. The smaller bedframe will also take up less space in your room. For added perception of extra square footage, leave a few inches of space between your furniture and the wall. It will create the illusion of spaciousness as it makes the room look more open. Wall-Mounted Nightstand: Instead of having bedside tables on each side of the bed, use floating shelves or wall mounted nightstands. It will make the room feel and look more open since more floor space will be seen. Multipurpose Furniture: Storage beds work wonders. They create additional storage without adding any additional furniture. There are storage beds with under the bed storage and headboard storage. Mirrors: Mirrors create the illusion of more space. This could be just by having a larger wall-mounted mirror in the room or adding floor to ceiling mirrors, which will dramatically increase the perception of a larger space. Wall-Mounted Lighting: Having wall-mounted lighting aids in avoiding the issue of clutter on tables and shelves. It will draw the eye up instead of down at cluttered areas. With just a few simple updates and some new furniture you can create the illusion of a larger bedroom. If you are looking to make some smaller updates then start with the cosmetic tips and move onto the larger ones when the time comes. Implementing just one tip will get you on your way to a bedroom with a grander feel.




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Posted by Homes of New Hampshire Realty on 10/25/2017

Stressed out and wishing you had room in the budget for a trip to Hawaii? Take a vacation whenever you want from the comfort of your home by creating a home sanctuary. When you have a peaceful refuge just a few footsteps down the hall you can easily take 15 minutes to yourself to relax and take the edge off whenever you like.

Start by selecting your space. You can turn a spare room or unused corner of the home into your sanctuary. When choosing a place take the foot traffic and lighting of the area into consideration. For example, you may find it distracting of your new sanctuary is across from the bathroom your family uses frequently or if there is a harsh glare at sunrise or sunset.

Decide on how you’ll spend time in this area. While you may hear sanctuary and immediately assume it’s a space for meditation or prayer this can be a quiet place for you to do any activity you find soothing. This may be reading, painting, writing or even putting a puzzle together. Once you know how you would like to utilize the room you can add furniture that will easily allow you to immerse yourself in an activity. Consider soft lighting, a desk, rug,  large chair, and any tools necessary for your chosen activity. This could mean adding anything from a meditation pillow to an easel.

Handy hint: keep what you do add to the room intentional and functional. To maintain a calming environment that is easy to relax in avoid clutter from finding it’s way into this room and taking over. Add plants to bring a touch of peaceful nature to the room and purify the air. Choose soft, neutral colors to decorate with. If you are using a corner of a room for your sanctuary you can section the area off for privacy with a room divider or bookshelf.

If you don’t have space in your home for a dedicated sanctuary you can easily turn any space into a peaceful area by turning on some relaxing music and lighting some candles whose smells you find soothing. If you’re open to redecorating you can take the above tips and apply them to your living room or family den. You can even get your whole family to join in by limiting tv time and scheduling a “calm hour” for everyone to take a break and just chill.

Don’t wait all year for a two-week vacation to relax. Bring the elements that soothe your soul to your everyday routine into your home whether with a hobby like building a puzzle or setting dedicated quiet time for the whole family. When you make it simple to take a timeout from the day it’s harder to put off taking the time to relax. Your health will thank you!




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Posted by Homes of New Hampshire Realty on 10/18/2017

There’s many theories about when the best time of year to buy a home is. It’s spring, right? Not necessarily. Spring is one of the busiest times of the year for real estate but it’s not always the best time of year to buy a home. The emphasis on home buying in spring tends to be rooted in the fact that spring is associated with all things “new.” However, these misperceptions about the housing market can be detrimental to homebuyers. 


Spring And Summer Are Top Times To Sell


Many people get the urge to sell their properties in the spring and summer simply because they get new perspective after being cooped up in the house all winter long. People are ready for a change after the long winter. Moving close to the summertime works well with traditional school calendars. For some people, selling in the warmer months of the year is the best time, but it doesn’t hold true for everyone. 


Seasons Change


Others suggest that the best time to sell a home is in fall or winter. People who are looking to buy in the end of the year are often buying for a purpose. Their need to move is much greater. It could be due to family issues, home repair needs or other crucial factors, but these buyers are motivated. On the flip side, there’s less homes to look at since inventory tends to be lower at this time of the year.


In the spring, while many people are looking, their need to buy is much less urgent, so the demand is less. There’s a potential for more competition in the spring if you are a serious buyer just because of the high volume of shoppers. 


Remember one key fact: spring starts in January when we talk about real estate! The number of listings will continue to ramp up until about mid-May. Buyers will be looking throughout the summer months. Then, the number of buyers starts to drop off in September. 


The Bottom Line


There is really no “right” time to buy or sell real estate. The right time has to do with what works best for you. If you’re starting your search, it’s best to begin in the spring, but you may very well land the best deal in the fall when there’s less competition. When you start a serious home search, you get a better idea of what you want. You also don’t want to let the perfect house pass you by because you were waiting for “just the right time.” 


Some Additional Tips:


  • Avoid Closing Around Christmastime 
  • Know Your Moving Timetable
  • Consider How Long It May Take You To Find A Home
  • Remember That Closings Take At Least 30 Days


Whenever you buy a home, choosing a knowledgeable real estate agent can help you to close a great deal on your home whether you’re buying or selling. By planning ahead, the process will go much smoother.  




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Posted by Homes of New Hampshire Realty on 10/11/2017

As a minimalist, you only fill your home with furniture and household goods that you need, items that add value to your home, not items that stroke your ego. More living space at home is, admittedly, a large advantage gained from entering the minimalist lifestyle. But, more living space at home isn't the only benefit that you can receive after you embrace a minimalist home lifestyle.

Less may truly be more at home

Less clutter, ease with finding important documents and household items and improved natural light flow are other benefits that come with a minimalist lifestyle. Remove excess items from your home and you can also get rid of outdated food and unused clothing, shoes and yard equipment.

Your inner energy may also shift. For example, after you embrace a minimalist lifestyle at home, you might feel more vibrant, engaged with your life and open to positive changes. Pets that you own can play and rest easier, as they may no longer have to climb over, around or beneath furniture or boxes that you haven't used in months. More benefits of embracing a minimalist lifestyle at home include:

  • Better air flow
  • Improved natural light - Sun rays don't get blocked by tall furniture pieces, boxes and clutter
  • Fewer accidents - More open space presents less chances to trip over cords, furniture legs or decor
  • Fresher food - Because a minimalist home lifestyle means that you'll ride your house of unused and unnecessary items, you won't hold onto outdated food items, including old canned food that's only been taking up space in your kitchen cabinets.
  • More time spent focusing on life goals
  • Better budgeting habits
  • Personal financial growth

Moving toward an advantageous minimalist home lifestyle

Additionally, if you struggled with fear in the past, ideas on actions that you could take to remove the fear, replacing it with confidence, faith and love, might spring to mind. This may happen because a more spacious house could open your mind and make room for innovative thoughts to surface in your conscious mind. Great ideas could spring up seemingly out of nowhere. In a nutshell, there is something to be shared as it regards giving yourself more space.

If you find yourself struggling to let go of the unnecessary, select two to four items a week that you will donate to charity. Take your time letting go of items that are merely taking up space at your house. Also, catch yourself if you start trying to convince yourself that letting go of an item you don't use will cause you to somehow mysteriously need the item after you remove it from your home.

Minimalist home lifestyle can create major positive life shifts

For years, Eastern cultures have known about the benefits of living clutter free. Fortunately, more Western interior designers are starting to realize and embrace the benefits of living with less. When you live a minimalist lifestyle at home, you let go of the notion that filling your house with material goods makes you feel good.

Another habit that you let go of is buying more household items as a way to convince yourself that you are more than someone else. Living a minimalist lifestyle at home could help to free you from the need to compete with others, an erroneous habit that has driven more than a few people into financial debt.




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Posted by Homes of New Hampshire Realty on 10/4/2017

Price isn't the only major factor that stops people from buying houses. In fact, there are adults who qualify for good fixed mortgage rates who opt not to buy a house. Part of the reason for this is history. As with any other life choice, past experiences living or owning a house matter.

What's keeping you from exiting rentals?

For example, if someone grew up watching his parents struggle to pay the mortgage to the point where his parents worked long hours, rarely spending time with him when he was a child, that person might attach home ownership to hard work, struggle and lack of work life balance. Avoiding poor work life balance for this guy could mean never buying a house.

In addition to price and past experiences, below are four other reasons why people choose to keep renting instead of buying a house. Although these four reasons are not all inclusive, they are major stalling agents:

  • Changing economies can create the fear that causes you to think that even if you could afford a house right now, a significant economic shift would easily put you in over your financial head
  • Adjustable rate mortgages can wreck as much damage on your ability to pay your mortgage as can a significant downward economic shift. With an adjustable rate mortgage, your monthly mortgage payment could start at $900 and shift upward to more than $1,200. A workaround for this is a fixed rate mortgage.
  • Job insecurity could be the result of a person going through two or more layoffs in less than 10 years. It goes without saying that a job layoff can put a person at great risk of not being able to afford a mortgage. To offset this fear, buy a house that requires no more than a third of your income. That way you could pay your mortgage if you took on part-time work until you found a permanent job.
  • Relationship changes like a divorce can also cause you to be cautious about owning a house, especially if you lost a previous house as part of a divorce.

Don't let fears keep you renting

You're right to think that owning a home will change your life. Where you might be wrong is in thinking that owning a house will drive you into prolonged debt or push you out of work life balance. You also might be surprised to discover that owning a house doesn't mean that you absolutely must take on unexpected repair expenses.

Should you buy a new house, you might enjoy seven years of repair free living. Regularly perform maintenance on your house from the first year that you own the home and decades  might pass before you have to deal with a major house repair.

If you're still afraid of potential repair expenses, engage in conversations with workers at your local home goods store. These workers could offer you free tips and advice on steps that you could take to deal with minor house repairs. Additionally, some home goods stores perform interior design work, saving you the time of finding an interior designer should you decide to upgrade your house.

Just don't talk yourself out of owning a house if that's what you really want to do. There are home ownership options that let you ease in owning a house. For instance, your pathway to home ownership could start with renting a house for a year through rent to own agreement.







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