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Tips on How to Make Your House Feel Like a Home

(Published on - 8/18/2019 12:48:15 PM)

There’s a big difference between living in a house and living in a home.

A house is a physical shelter that protects you from the elements. Sure, you come back to it when you need to, but it’s a place that you don’t have any lingering attachments to other than as a place to sleep in.

A home, on the other hand, has a warmer connotation to it. It’s a feeling associated with a place. It’s a whole bunch of memories weaved into the walls of a house.

If you want your house to feel more like a home, then you need to make more of an effort in its upkeep. With that said, below are some simple changes you can make that is sure to make your house feel like an actual home for you.

Keep your home clean

clean home is always a nice place to come back to, and it may be a small reason your house just isn’t clicking as home yet for you.

If you haven’t been as consistent in cleaning it as you should and you’ve covered the home with all sorts of mess and clutter, then you should try and rectify that.

If you have a cleaner house, it makes it that much easier to settle into it and see yourself reflected in it better.

Create an inviting entrance

A home should feel like a big sigh of relief upon entry. That’s why you should make more of an effort into sprucing up the entranceway of your house.

The impression that your house gives you before you enter it can shift your whole mood for the better.

You can try adding more light in your entranceway. A gloomy entrance can make you feel gloomy as well. The right plants by the doorway is also a nice touch.

Change the window treatments

If you’re conscious about your privacy, then blinds and curtains are understandable.

However, some types of house blinds can make a home feel cold and sterile. Aside from that, there are not much style changes you can make with blinds.

Instead, invest in some attractive curtains that fit with the aesthetics of your home, and it can brighten up your home in more ways than you would have thought.

Leave out family photos

They say that home is where the heart is so you should make sure that your loved ones are in your home, one way or another.

This is the reason you should put up photos of your loved ones around the home and display them in attractive frames.

Commemorate memorable family moments and hang them up in frames. Pictures of pets are also an option and an adorable one too. It will make your home that much more personal.

Pick an aroma you love

A lot of us tend to associate scents with a memory.

How many times have you caught a whiff of something that seems to tickle a memory out of you?

With that said, you should make your house more of a home by picking out scents that you love and adorning your house with these scents.

Scented candles are always a nice touch. Essential oils with your favorite scents in a diffuser is also an option.

Bring plants into your home

One reason a place may feel lifeless is that there is actually no life in them, like plants.

Plants are always a nice touch in any place because not only does it look attractive, fresh, and full of life, but it also helps improve the quality of indoor air.

There are plenty of low-maintenance plants that you can try out if you can’t trust your green thumb at all. Also, you can do your research on which types of plants you want to keep around in your home and learn how to care for them properly.

Decorate your walls with art

Don’t leave your walls bare because these may make your house feel that much more empty, which is why you can’t view it as a home.

Decorate it with all sorts of art pieces.

If a wall is in front of a window, then install a decorative mirror on it so that natural light reflects around the room and makes the space much bigger than it is.

Place pillows and throws on your furniture

Plain furniture will show that you haven’t really made an effort into making your home as lived in and warm as it can be.

Make sure that you have some pillows and throws that match with the furniture. Nothing says comfort and a home more than pillows after all.

Some people even put on throw blankets for their sofa, which is a nice way of warming up your living room. It makes it more attractive to stay in and cuddle upon.

Light up some scented candles

Candles aren’t just unused displays on your coffee table. Don’t forget to light them up.

There are scented candles, too, which can bring out all sorts of smells. Find the one that you like the most and occasionally light one up in certain areas of the room to make it that much more inviting to stay in.

Wrap up

Just because you have a new home doesn’t mean that you need to wait years upon years to make it a true home for you. With these simple changes, your house is sure to become a home for you in no time.

About the Author – Jacky Xu is the Chief Operating Officer for, a provider of cleaning services in NYC. Maid Sailors take pride in providing unparalleled cleaning services at affordable prices. Maid Sailors help transform your house into a home.

Tips to Overcome the Emotions of Selling Your Home

(Published on - 8/2/2019 1:20:36 PM)


Your home is full of lingering memories. You can literally feel the moments as you walk through the hallways, and they all speak to you. The cackling laughter of kids at your son’s first birthday bash, your daughter racing in to tell you she got accepted into college, your sister’s wedding preparations, your husband’s first job promotion celebration. This house has become more than a simple living space; it holds your precious memories. And this is why it feels so hard to let go.

This article takes you from the point where you are completely confused about how to emotionally detach from the house you’re putting up for sale to the point where you are simply ready to let go, and move to your new adventure.

Dealing with Intense Emotional Components of a House Sale

Here are a few tips to handle the emotional components of parting with your beloved house:

1. Get Started Early

So much adrenaline rushes through your body whenever you think of having to go through with a house sale. You may feel so scared so you keep putting it off till next week, and then the week after that. Ever heard of the saying: the only way to get over something, is to go through it? Can the process be stressful? Yes. But if you don’t start, you will never get to the other side where you are free of emotional attachment. Starting early gives you time to go through all the moments, enjoy every scent, reminisce and simply come out an emotionally richer person.  

2. Build an Emotional Connection with Your Next Home

Your next home will be the place to forge new memories. It would be nice if you started connecting it with super sweet, inspiring thoughts and memories, even before you move out of your old house. This way, you prepare your mind mentally to let go of the old and allow the new take firm hold on your mind.

3. Make the Old House Look Better Before Leaving

One way to let go is by keeping things tidy, before leaving. You could fix up places in the house where your emotional connection is strongest. Perhaps, take off some things and put in new stuff? A good example could be changing the color of paint used to design your bedroom. As your eyes make contact with ‘unfamiliar’ settings, it forces your mind to let go.

4. Spend More Time Outdoors

Spending more time outside is a therapeutic approach to letting go; more like deleting the number of an old flame when going into a new relationship. Explore areas around the home, and other places far away.  

The act of leaving the house to explore other areas reduces the emotional toll which the house sale places on you.

5. Still Not Ready? Wait for a while

After going through the motions and allowing yourself to get over the house with the above steps, you might still not be ready to make the move.

If you find yourself in this state, you might have to wait till you’re ready.

Eventually, the most important thing is to be in a ripe mental state for a move. If you are trying to deal with your emotional connections to the house, know that you can’t force yourself to be ready. You might have to end up waiting for a couple more months to deal with the emotional implications of your move.  


Energy Saving Kitchen Appliances

(Published on - 8/2/2019 1:18:48 PM)


We’re always trying to support green living, and one of the easiest ways to conserve energy is by ensuring your home appliances are energy-efficient. Energy-efficient appliances  can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, lower your utility bills, use less water and electricity, and overall lead to a cozier, happier, cleaner living space. Here’s how you can ensure that your kitchen appliances are energy-efficient and what to look out for when replacing your current appliances. 

Replacing and Recycling Your Appliances

Of course, you shouldn’t get rid of all of your kitchen appliances if they currently work completely fine. But when it comes time to replace them, here’s what you need to know. First, you should make sure you appropriately recycle your old appliances so that you retire models that aren’t energy efficient, instead of donating them and further contributing to the cycle of greenhouse gas emissions and inefficient energy consumption. You can find an appropriate local recycling site where you can drop off your old appliances (or chances are, they can pick them up for you). Check out the Environmental Protection Agency’s responsible appliance disposal guide here.

Once you’re ready to replace your appliances, make energy-efficient models a priority. They may be more of an investment upfront, but down the line you’ll see lower utility bills (and you’ll be helping the environment in the process).

Energy Star

When the time comes to replace your kitchen appliances for ones that are worth the investment, be sure to look out for the Energy Star label. Energy Star is a voluntary label program aimed at helping consumers find the most energy-efficient products that help protect the environment and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Products labeled with Energy Star meet or exceed the guidelines established by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy, but not all are created equally, so be sure to compare models that are Energy Star-approved.  

Recommended Energy-Saving Kitchen Appliances

There are a variety of energy-saving appliances on the market. But if you’re just getting started with replacing your home appliances with Energy Star-approved ones, here’s an easy guide to some recommended refrigerators and dishwashers to get you started.



Keep in mind that there is no Energy Star rating for microwave ovens at this time. Click here to view a complete list of current products with the Energy Star approval.

This post is intended for informational purposes only and should not be taken as professional advice. The point of view and opinions expressed in this post are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of Realty Executives International. This post was written by Bailee Abell. Bailee Abell is a writer born and raised in California. A graduate of University of California, Santa Barbara, she loves reading classic literature, sipping warm beverages, and visiting theme parks every chance she gets. Find her at 


Adding a Pool: Is it Worth the Investment?

(Published on - 8/2/2019 1:11:32 PM)


Having a pool in your home’s backyard is a dream that so many homeowners share, but only a few end up actually achieving it. While it can seem like a luxury, a pool can actually be a lot of work and ends up costing a lot upfront and over time. There are many pros and cons to adding a pool, and ultimately it’s a big financial decision. Here are a few questions to ask yourself when deciding whether adding a pool to your home is worth the investment.

How much does it really cost?
It’s no secret that adding a pool to your home will cost a lot of money, but do you know how much it really costs? As Houselogic notes, installing, equipping, and filling a 600-sq.-ft. concrete pool will cost a U.S. homeowner an average of $30,000. When you add in all the extra costs of safety fences, aesthetic upgrades like waterfalls and lighting, and even a spa, you’re looking at an upfront price of around $100,000. And as time passes, you’ll be paying operating expenses of filtration, heating, cleaning, and other upkeep necessities, which will only add to your bills every month.

Will it be worth it when it comes time to sell your home?

Another question to ask yourself when deciding whether or not to add a pool to your home is if adding a pool is worth it if you think you will end up selling your home in the future. Dave Ramsey writes that many buyers consider a pool to be a liability rather than a luxury. But on the other hand, a pool could potentially boost your home’s value by up to 7%. According to Ramsey, here are the conditions that would make adding a pool worth it if you’re going to sell your home:

  1. You live in a higher-end neighborhood and most of your neighbors also have pools.
  2. You live in a warmer climate like California, Florida, Arizona, or Hawaii and you can enjoy a pool year-round.
  3. The pool doesn’t take up your entire yard and there’s still room for other features like a swing set, a garden, and outdoor furniture.
  4. The style of the pool fits with your home and neighborhood, and it’s well maintained.
  5. You’ve spoken to your real estate agent and you both are confident you can attract a buyer who wants a pool in their new home.

Does it make financial sense for you?
Finally, you shouldn’t add a pool to your home if you cannot afford to do so. Considering the upfront cost and financial upkeep of a pool, it’s important to ask yourself whether or not it makes financial sense for you to invest in one. It isn’t smart to invest in a pool if it will make you go into debt and end up costing you more upfront than you would make from having it as an additional selling point for your home. Calculate your personal costs and figure out if it truly makes sense financially for you to invest in a pool before you move forward.

No matter what, adding a pool should be your decision. If you can afford the investment and upkeep and you and your family truly want a pool, it will likely be worth it for you.

This post is intended for informational purposes only and should not be taken as pr advice. The point of view and opinions expressed in this post are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the position of Realty Executives International. This post was written by Bailee Abell. Bailee Abell is a writer born and raised in California. A graduate of University of California, Santa Barbara, she loves reading classic literature, sipping warm beverages, and visiting theme parks every chance she gets. Find her at



Easy Ways to Help Secure Your Home

(Published on - 8/2/2019 1:06:57 PM)


Feeling safe in your home is always the number one priority. Whether you are preparing to be on vacation, don’t want to worry while your out of the home or just want to deter visitors from snooping through personal belongings, there are plenty of easy ways to secure your home for when you aren’t around. Check out these tips below and let the worry disappear.

  1. Alarm Cabinet

Maybe you’re having a party or company is staying with you from out of town. We all have those nosey houseguests that may go through cabinets or drawers, but an easy way to deter them is having cabinet alarms. This way the spaces will be locked and only accessible to the homeowner. This is also a great way to keep kids away from anything dangerous under sinks or in bathroom vanities. 

  1. Break Down Cardboard

In the days of online ordering, many entryways are filled with large boxes. Although some may be small, these boxes can draw attention and advertise that you have brand new items in your home like TVs or technology systems. If you break down the boxes and place them in the back of your vehicle or a covered bin, potential burglars will be less inclined to visit your home because there isn’t an obvious sign of anything new or expensive.

  1. Beware of Dog

You don’t need a dog to put out a “beware of dog” sign. These signs could simply be used to make intruders think twice before entering the home. A home with a dog is a much higher risk for burglars as they will be easily detected and could be attacked.

  1. Reinforce Your Window Locks

Making sure your windows are locked is essential if traveling out of town but also in everyday life. Windows on the first floor are especially easy access points for breaking and entering. Check your locks and to further prevent break-ins, put a dowel rod on the inside of the window slide. This helps ensure that if anyone would try to enter through the window, it won’t be able to open no matter if the lock is latched or not.

Overall, you can never be too careful when it comes to protecting your home. Expensive security alarms or cameras are always an option but if you are looking for more affordable, faster and easier ways, try out these methods.




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