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Spring is the perfect time to give your house a thorough cleaning, but the hardest part is knowing where to begin. For many people, the thought of spring cleaning is so overwhelming that they never get started. However, spring cleaning doesn't have to be a painful task. Here are some tips for a more effective and successful spring cleaning experience:
1. Focus On One Room. If the thought of cleaning the entire house is daunting, break up the project into smaller chunks to make it more manageable. Focus your efforts on a single room, and don't worry about the rest of the house. Then you can tackle another room whenever you have the time or motivation.
2. Choose a Single Task. An alternative way to make your spring cleaning easier is to choose a single task to accomplish. For example, start with washing windows. Once you have washed all the windows in your house, move on to dusting. If you have time, carry out the tasks over a series of days; e.g., vacuum and mop the floors on Monday, wash windows on Tuesday, and organize untidy areas on Wednesday.
3. Say Goodbye to Clutter. If you're like many people, you probably have too much clutter in your house. To reduce clutter, work on one room at a time, focusing on any unorganized areas, such as drawers and closets. An easy way to organize clutter is to sort it into three large bags or boxes. Use one container for things that you want to keep, another container for things you want to give away, and the final container for things that you want to throw away. When you have finished sorting items in a room, move the things to be thrown or given away to an area such as a garage until they can be disposed of. Once the clutter is out of the way, it will be easier to clean and organize the room.
4. Give Yourself a Time Limit. You might start your cleaning project full of energy and good intentions; however, it can be hard to resist the distractions of daily life. If you get distracted easily, try devoting an hour or even half an hour at a time to cleaning. Use that time to focus intensely on a single cleaning project. Then, take a break, and when you're ready, spend another small chunk of time on your cleaning. It's much easier to stay on task for a short period of time rather than forcing yourself to stick with it all day.
5. Throw a Cleaning Party. Spring cleaning doesn't have to be a dull chore. Invite a few friends to help, provide some snacks, upbeat music, and cleaning supplies, and go to town. With the help of your friends, you'll whip through your tasks in a breeze. To show your appreciation for their hard work, treat your friends to pizza or a meal after you've finished cleaning.
Spring cleaning doesn't have to be a nightmare. It can be easy and even fun. These tips will help you accomplish your spring cleaning project in a timely and effective manner.
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Where Are the Home Prices Heading in the Next 5 Years?
by The KCM Crew on February 27, 2017 in For Buyers, For Sellers, Pricing
Today, many real estate conversations center on housing prices and where they may be headed. That is why we like the Home Price Expectation Survey.
Every quarter, Pulsenomics surveys a nationwide panel of over one hundred economists, real estate experts, and investment & market strategists about where they believe prices are headed over the next five years. They then average the projections of all 100+ experts into a single number.
The results of their latest survey:
Home values will appreciate by 4.4% over the course of 2017, 3.4% in 2018, 2.8% in 2019, 2.7% in 2020, and 2.8% in 2021. That means the average annual appreciation will be 3.22% over the next 5 years.
The prediction for cumulative appreciation fell from 21.4% to 17.3% by 2021. The experts making up the most bearish quartile of the survey are projecting a cumulative appreciation of 6.3%.
Individual opinions make headlines. We believe this survey is a fairer depiction of future values.