Prepare to Buy a Loft in 2019

7 Dec 2018 · by Virtual Results PubSub

Prepare to Buy a Home in 2019Is buying a Loft your New Years resolution for 2019? Are you unsure where to start? While buying a Loft can be a complex process, there are steps you can take now so that you’re more prepared when the time comes. Here’s how to get yourself ready (and excited!) to find your dream Loft in 2019.

Check your credit report

If you’re planning to finance your new Loft, then you’re going to need to apply for a mortgage. Mortgage lenders rely on your credit report to establish the terms and interest rates for your loan. For this reason, it is imperative that you request a copy of your credit report well before you apply for a loan. You can find out your credit score and take steps to improve it over the coming months. You’ll also see if there are any errors on your report, which will give you time to have them removed.

Pay down your debt

Taking on a mortgage is a big financial responsibility. As much as possible, you should begin paying down your other debt, including car loans and credit card balances. The fewer monthly bills you have to worry about once you’re a Loft owner, the better. Decreasing your debt will also improve your credit score, which will net you a better deal on your Loft loan. In addition, avoid taking out any new debt as you prepare to buy a Loft.

Save for a down payment

Depending on the type of Loft loan you qualify for, you’ll need to have anywhere from three to 20 percent of the purchase price of the Loft saved for a down payment. In addition, you’ll need money for closing costs so it’s best to start saving as early as possible. The larger the down payment you have, the more you’ll be able to spend on a Loft. Create a savings plan and stick to it.

Determine your budget

Now is also a good time to set a realistic budget for the Loft you’d like to buy in the New Year. While we all have champagne wishes and caviar dreams, it’s essential that you buy a Loft you can reasonably afford. There’s nothing worse than stressing out each month about having enough for your mortgage payment. A good rule of thumb is to have approximately 30 percent of your monthly income set aside for housing costs. This includes insurance, taxes, and maintenance so budget accordingly.

Start researching Lofts

Finally, once you’ve determined how much you can spend on a Loft, make a list of your needs and wants. Then begin researching neighborhoods and browsing listings. You’ll get a feel for what the market is like in each area and narrow down where you’d like to conduct your search. Get clear on what’s important to you – whether it’s location, number of bedrooms, or whether or not you’ll consider a fixer-upper. The clearer you can be going into the process, the less likely you’ll feel overwhelmed by all your options. The bonus is that it’s fun to begin looking at Lofts that are available and envisioning what your life will look like as a new Loft owner. So have some fun and enjoy the process!




Finding Gratitude in Times of Transition

30 Nov 2018 · by Virtual Results PubSub

Finding Gratitude in Times of Transition

Buying or selling a Loft can be an emotional transition. Packing up and leaving one Loft and then getting settled into another is often disorienting. This can be especially tough during the holidays, which is traditionally a time we associate with enjoying the comforts and familiarity of Loft. If you’re experiencing a transition this holiday season, take heart. There are many reasons to be thankful for this phase in your life. Here are some tips to help you find your gratitude during your transition.

Resist making comparisons

Teddy Roosevelt said, “Comparison is the thief of joy,” and nothing could be truer. It’s tempting to compare how this holiday is different from those in the past, but try to resist that urge. Comparison robs you of your happiness and will make your transition more challenging. Focus on the present and find the small joys in each day.

Get out of the Loft

When you’re in the process of moving, it can get chaotic inside your Loft. When you get a little too stressed out, give yourself a time out. Get out of the Loft and do something fun. Go see a movie or have a delicious lunch. If you’re leaving town, drop in on a friend and let them know how much their friendship has meant to you. If you’re getting settled in a new place, take some time to explore your new neighborhood. Everyone deserves a breather, even when there’s work to do. Those boxes will still be there for you to tackle tomorrow.

Appreciate a fresh start

Everyone has different reasons for moving, and they can be both positive and negative. If you’re feeling conflicted or blue about saying goodbye, practice having a positive mindset. Remind yourself that this is an opportunity for a fresh start. Declutter and purge items that no longer serve you. It can be healthy and productive to work through your emotions and appreciate the possibilities that lie ahead.

Stay organized

One of the toughest parts of moving is not knowing where anything is. Whether you’re packing or unpacking, it’s frustrating to not know where basic items are hiding. Be kind to yourself and stay organized. Make sure you have all the supplies you need, and keep them in a central location. Label boxes once they’re packed. Pack an overnight bag that has some comfort items in it so you’ll feel more at Loft on your first few nights in the new place.

Practice mindfulness

Finally, one of the best ways to stay grounded during a stressful transition is to practice mindfulness. When you’re worried or anxious about what happens next, you rob yourself of the ability to feel joy right now. Mindfulness is a great way to deal with those uncomfortable emotions. Close your eyes and take a few moments to take some deep breaths. Observe your emotions without judgment. Acknowledge something that you’re grateful for at that very moment. It could be your health, the way the light is coming through the window, or your favorite cat resting at your feet.

Although transitions are often stressful – especially during the holidays – you can and will get through them. Try some of the techniques above if you’re facing a tough transition this holiday season.




Should You List your Loft in the Winter?

23 Nov 2018 · by Virtual Results PubSub

Should You List in Winter?

The nights are getting longer, temperatures are dropping and the holidays are approaching. That means you should wait to list your Loft for sale until next year, right? That isn’t necessarily true. While spring and summer tend to be the hottest seasons in the real estate market, there are arguments to be made in favor of selling in winter.

Buyers are motivated

It’s not uncommon for people to relocate for work at the beginning of the year. That means those folks will be looking for a place to live. Since they’ll need to be in a new location by a specific date, they’re more motivated to buy a Loft. In winter, you’ll get fewer people who are “just looking” and more who are serious about a Loft purchase.

Buyers have more free time

Chances are the buyers who are looking at Lofts in winter will also have more free time to browse. Since many people take time off over the holidays, they’ll often use it to do their Loft searching.

Less competition

Some Loft sellers aren’t locked into a timeframe. They’ll be more likely to postpone their listing until the holidays are over and schedules are less hectic. With fewer Lofts on the market, there’s less competition for those motivated buyers you’ll see in winter.

Your Loft will look cozy

It’s easier in the colder months to make your Loft look cozy and inviting to potential buyers. Build a fire in the fireplace and light some candles around your Loft. There’s nothing quite like the soft glow of the fire to make a Loft feel and look warm and appealing.

Curb appeal is easier

Unless you live in a climate that is temperate year round, you won’t need to go out of your way to plant flowers and create curb appeal. Just make sure the driveway and walkways are clear and clean the yard of fallen leaves and other debris. Consider hanging some twinkle lights and a simple, tasteful wreath on your front door.

Timing is better

If you’re a seller who will also need to be buying a Loft in a new location, the timing can work in your favor. By listing and selling in the winter, you’re free to begin your Loft search in early spring without the stress of trying to sell at the same time.

More agent attention

Winter is generally a slower time, even in an active market. Chances are your real estate agent won’t be as busy as they are at other times of the year. This means less stress for them and more time to focus on finding you the right buyers. The same holds true for mortgage brokers and anyone else involved in the closing process. You’re more likely to have a relaxed closing day than if you were to sell in the middle of summer.

Don’t let “conventional wisdom” keep you from listing your Loft in the winter or during the holiday season. Now can be the perfect time to sell!




Getting Rid of Tobacco Smoke Residue

16 Nov 2018 · by Virtual Results PubSub

Getting Rid of Tobacco Smoke ResidueYou’ve probably heard of second hand smoke. But did you know there is such a thing as third hand smoke?  It’s the chemical residue that lingers on indoor surfaces as a result of tobacco smoke. If you’ve just purchased a Loft from a smoker (or you’re a smoker and you’re selling your Loft), then you’ll want to take steps remove this residue and the smell that it causes. Here’s what you need to know.

The dangers of third-hand smoke

While the smell of tobacco smoke can be unpleasant, it’s the residue that’s left behind that can cause serious problems. You can become exposed to these chemicals through touch or by breathing them in, and they can be a health hazard to children, adults, and even pets. Unfortunately, this residue can remain even after the smoking has stopped. A study conducted by San Diego State University discovered that even after a Loft had been cleaned and stood vacant for two months, it still contained the pollutants found in thirdhand smoke.

Smoking affects resale value

Did you know that smoking inside a Loft can have a negative effect on its value? In fact, Realtor.com concluded that smoking can reduce a Loft’s resale value by up to 29 percent. Although sellers are not required to disclose if there was smoking in the Loft, you may be able to detect an odor. You can also ask your Loft inspector whether they think there was smoking in the Loft. And if you are genuinely concerned, then ask the seller’s agent. If they’re reputable, then they will give you an honest answer. It’s important to know that getting rid of thirdhand smoke for good may take time, muscle, and considerable expense.

Start with the HVAC system

Unfortunately, spraying some air freshener and opening the windows isn’t going to eradicate the problem. The smoke has been repeatedly filtered through the Loft’s HVAC system, which will require a thorough cleaning. Hire a professional to clean the air ducts and replace the filter on the HVAC unit. In fact, consider replacing the air filter once a month until the problem is under control. You should also clean the evaporator coil. If these steps don’t help with the smell, you may need to replace the whole system.

Thoroughly clean the whole Loft

When battling thirdhand smoke, it’s essential to thoroughly clean the entire Loft. This includes:

  • Changing light bulbs, since the polluted dust on them will be activated with heat.
  • Washing the smoky film off of windows and blinds.
  • Washing walls and especially ceilings where the smoke tends to stick the most.
  • Painting over walls and ceilings once they are clean. Be sure to use a primer that will seal in the odor so it does not seep through the new layers of paint.
  • Professionally steam-cleaning carpets, or replacing them entirely.
  • Thoroughly cleaning all wood and tile floors, being sure to vacuum up all the dust in the corners.
  • Washing all drapes and curtains, or replacing them.
  • Using a dehumidifier during muggy weather.
  • Using an air purifier in the Loft.

Although you shouldn’t necessarily rule out buying a smoker’s Loft, you do need to be aware of the issues that it can cause. Weigh the health risks and consider the time and money that you’ll need to spend to get rid of the odor and residue for good. Only then will you be able to make an informed decision.

 




Everything You Need To Know About Renting An apartment in Canada

13 Nov 2018 · by ChrisSampaio

Whether you are moving to Canada or you already live there, you need to plan your apartment search process. Just like in the US, you need to have time to check out apartments before deciding on the one to rent. There are many rental accommodations in Canada ranging from apartments to condominiums and main houses. An apartment may be available for rent entirely while in other cases it may be divided into units. A house that is divided into units may require sharing resources such as bathrooms and the kitchen. Most importantly, utilities such as water and electricity may not be part of the rent. You need to clarify such factors with your agent before paying for the house. 

How To Find Rental Apartments in Canada

There are several options to use when looking for an apartment. You can decide to look for an apartment manually. This is a tiring process but also one of the most effective. Identify the neighborhood you want to live in and take a walk around looking for vacant properties. You can also use the services of an agency to find vacant properties within the given locality. 

 The other option is to use classifieds in magazines, local newspapers, libraries, and classified ads websites such as Craigslist and HomeAds. Other online platforms include social media sites such as Facebook and Instagram. Facebook groups are effective in tracking down apartment buildings for rent. You can check out https://www.homeads.ca/apartment-building-barrie for the latest rental apartments listings in Barrie and Ontario at large. 

Requirements When Renting An Apartment In Canada

If you are looking for an apartment to rent in Canada, there are important documents that you must produce. The requirements may vary from one apartment to another. For instance, to rent an apartment building Barrie, you must produce a letter from your current employer. Other documents you may be asked include a bank statement, a reference letter from recent landlords, driving license, among others. Obtaining such documents may be difficult for those arriving in the country from abroad.

Canadian Lease Agreements

 There are many factors that go into the lease agreement. If you are looking to rent an apartment, you need to find it a few weeks in advance. Most rental properties in Canada start on the 1st of the month. There are a few Landlords who offer rentals starting on the 15th of each month. 

If you are looking to rent a house within a busy city, you must be ready to pay at least half a month’s rent as a security deposit. You should also make inquiries before moving into a house on whether it is furnished or not. Most houses in Canada are not furnished; therefore, you should have a budget for house furnishing too. 

Unless otherwise, you will have to sign a lease agreement for at least one year. Once the lease period expires, you may renew it for a similar period or switch to a monthly payment plan. You should discuss such factors with your landlord before signing the lease agreement. 

Local Authority Rules

There are other factors that do not depend on state laws. For example, rules on rent increases vary depending on the province. In certain places, the rent is subject to annual increase at a certain percentage. For example, if you rent an apartment building Barrie, in Ontario, you must be ready to pay an increase in monthly rent after 12 months. Landlords are expected to give the tenants a 3 months notice before increasing monthly rent. However, the increases are usually marginal. The increase for this year is estimated to be between 1 and 2 percent. The maximum allowed increase in most states is 4 percent. 

Large cities also have various policies on water usage and waste disposal among other factors. When you are looking for a rental apartment, find out the locality you are going to live in. Make inquiries in advance so that you know what to expect. 

Conclusion

 For you to get the best rental apartment anywhere in Canada, you need to plan in advance. Start by finding out the basic information about your preferred locality. Once you are certain about where you want to live, start the search process. Make sure you have the necessary documents and plan your move some week early to carter for inconveniences.




Breaking Up With Your Loft

9 Nov 2018 · by Virtual Results PubSub

Breaking Up With Your HomeYou know how it goes. In the beginning, it was all sunshine and heart emojis. You fell in love, and it was hard to imagine ever feeling differently. But time marches on, and sometimes you grow apart or fall out of love – with your Loft. Buying a Loft is just as much of an emotional decision as a practical one. And when it comes time to break things off and move forward, it can be tough. Here’s how to break up with your Loft gracefully.

Understand that your Loft no longer suits your needs

As we get older, our needs change. The Loft that you bought as you started your family may no longer suit your needs once those kids are grown and move out. Perhaps you’ve gotten a new job and the commute is too long and is making you unhappy. Maybe you or your spouse have mobility issues that make climbing stairs difficult. Or maybe it’s time to care for an elderly parent and you don’t have the room you need. Whatever the reasons, it’s smart to reassess your current needs to see how your Loft is no longer the right one for you. Although it can still make breaking up tough, you’ll at least know that you’re doing the right thing.

Admit that the neighborhood doesn’t feel right anymore

As with people, neighborhoods change, too. As cities and towns grow or shrink, the character of its neighborhoods can change over time. What was once a forest preserve is now a sprawling subdivision. Maybe a new shopping center has been constructed nearby that is sending much more traffic down your street. Perhaps being within walking distance of a school was great when you had kids, but is now more of a nuisance during the school year. Or maybe all your favorite neighbors have left and it just doesn’t have the same sense of community. It’s okay to fall out of love with your neighborhood. But it’s also important to understand why you’ve fallen out of love, so that you can find a new neighborhood that is better for your lifestyle and taste.

Celebrate the time spent there

Just because you’re breaking up with your Loft doesn’t mean the relationship was all bad. This is the place where you’ve made lasting memories, and moving out can sting. Take some time to celebrate your time spent there. Throw a family gathering or invite the neighbors over for coffee. Give people time to reminisce and say goodbye. It will be healing for both you and the people who visited you in this Loft. They made memories there, too, and the break up can also be difficult for them.

Enlist the help of a professional

Finally, it can be helpful to enlist the help of a professional real estate agent when you’re breaking up with your Loft. Just like a married couple that may seek the advice of a counselor, it can ease the burden when you know that you’re getting assistance from someone who understands. An experienced agent can give you expert advice on your Loft’s value, how to market your Loft to new owners, and how to find a new Loft that’s better suited to your needs and lifestyle. All it takes is a phone call to get started.

Compliments of Virtual Results




Is Fall a Good Time to Sell?

2 Nov 2018 · by Virtual Results PubSub

Is Fall a Good Time to Sell?

There are so many questions to ask when you’re selling your Loft. The one that may be at the top of your mind right now is whether or not it’s a good time. While most people tend to think that spring is the ideal season to put your Loft up for sale, that isn’t true for everyone. In fact, fall can be an excellent time to list your Loft. Here are some of the reasons why fall is a good time to sell.

Fewer sellers

Now that the school year is in full swing, there are fewer Lofts on the market. Families with children will often have their big move coincide with the school year to make the transition easier on the kids. By September, most of those Lofts have closed. If you’re putting your Loft on the market now, you’ll have less competition to worry about. This can really work in your favor when negotiating. It can also be a great asset if you’re hoping to close before the end of the year.

Motivated buyers

Remember – people buy and sell Lofts every day of the year. Not all buyers limit their search to the warm spring and summer months. In fact, the buyers you’ll encounter right now tend to be more motivated. While less serious buyers may decide to postpone their search until next year, those who are eager to buy are still looking. That means that even if you’re scheduling fewer showings, the potential buyers who are attending them are more serious.

Shorter sales process

As mentioned above, listing your Loft now can result in a quicker sales process. Since there are generally more transactions happening in the spring in the summer, that can slow down the timeline. However, in the fall, all the professionals you rely on to complete the process aren’t as busy. Your loan can be processed more quickly, the inspection can happen sooner, and you can get to the closing table in a shorter amount of time.

Great atmosphere

Is there anything more comforting than a warm and cozy Loft on a cold and rainy afternoon? Of course, there isn’t! That’s why it can be such an advantage to sell your Loft during the fall. This is a great time for staging. Now is the time to play up all your Loft’s features and show potential buyers how wonderful it will be to live there. If you have a fireplace, use it during your showings. Entice visitors with delicious autumn treats, like hot apple cider or pumpkin bread. Have a pot of simmering potpourri on the stove to infuse the Loft with that wonderful fall scent. Add some decorative touches inside, such as cozy throw blankets and pillows. Buyers will have an easy time imagining themselves in the Loft when you demonstrate just how inviting it can be.

If you’re on the fence about listing in the fall, then know that now is a great time! There are many benefits to selling during this season, and a trusted real estate agent can help you through the process step by step.




4 Prosperity Practices for Loft buyers

19 Oct 2018 · by Virtual Results PubSub

4 Prosperity Practices for Homebuyers

If Loftownership is in your future, then you’re no doubt saving for a down payment. While the Internet is full of practical advice about how to save money for a Loft, how do you cultivate a mindset that makes your financial goals possible? Do you let your own thoughts deter you, thinking that you’ll never save enough? Changing this way of thinking is an integral part of realizing your dreams. Here are four ways to invite prosperity into your life when you’re saving for a Loft.

Keep track of your money

Online banking and automatic bill pay make it easy to lose track of where your money is coming from and going to. The first step in realizing your financial goals is to rack your income. Instead of seeing personal money management as a chore that must be endured, think of it as a reward for your hard work. Be intentional about how much you’re putting away for a down payment, and let yourself enjoy watching it grow. Instead of thinking that you still don’t have enough saved, learn to see each increase as getting one step closer to your goal.

Visualize prosperity

Another important step in practicing prosperity is to spend time each day visualizing what prosperity looks like to you. Imagine finding your ideal Loft, purchasing it, and moving in. What does your new Loft look like? How does it make you feel? Spend time looking through online listings and driving through neighborhoods with beautiful Lofts. Instead of seeing these places as out of reach, what if you instead silently congratulated the Loft owners for creating that reality for themselves? Visualizing prosperity for yourself and celebrating it for others can be a powerful motivator.

Choose your words carefully

One of the most crucial ways to create prosperity is to really pay attention to your words. Focusing on the negative will attract more of the same into your life. Instead of bemoaning your debt, think of that debt as past expenses that allowed you to get something you needed, like an education or even a medical treatment. Instead of telling friends you can’t join them for a night out because you can’t afford it, reframe your response in the affirmative. Tell them you can’t join them because you’re saving for a Loft. Small daily changes in the words you choose to describe your life are incredibly impactful.

Celebrate every dollar

Finally, you will welcome more prosperity into your life if you are grateful for all that you have and receive. Don’t think of it as “just a dollar.” Celebrate that dollar and each dollar that comes your way. For some, wealth comes like an avalanche, like getting a big inheritance or winning the lottery. For others, wealth comes slowly, built one dollar at a time. If you begin to recognize and be grateful every day for what you already have, you will become more empowered to continue.

While these methods can’t substitute for a solid and actionable plan to reach your financial goals, they can be a wonderful compliment. Use these four practices to increase your prosperity and realize your dreams of Loftownership.




The Final Walk-Through

12 Oct 2018 · by Virtual Results PubSub

The Final Walk-Through

You’re so close to closing day, you can practically feel the keys to your new Loft in your hand. But not so fast! There’s one important step that should be completed before you start signing all that paperwork. The final walk-through is your last chance to have a look at the loft and make sure it’s in the condition that has been agreed upon in the contract. While you may be tempted to opt out of the final walk-through, it’s an essential part of the process that should not be overlooked. Here’s what you need to know.

It’s not an inspection

Let’s be perfectly clear – a final walk-through is not an inspection. The loft inspection happens earlier in the process and helps to reveal issues that need to be addressed before closing. The final walk-through is your chance to ensure that all the agreed-upon repairs have been made. It generally occurs anywhere from a few days to 24 hours before the closing and takes about 30 minutes. Your real estate agent should accompany you for the final walk-through.

Bring your contract

There’s going to be quite a bit to take in during the walk-through, and it’s possible you’ll be excited or nervous. Take your contract with you so you can refer to it. That’s your guide to help you remember what was agreed to so you can check to make sure everything is in the appropriate condition.

Check these items

In addition to bringing your contract with you, bring a checklist of things you’ll want to examine so nothing is forgotten. Your list should include:

  • Turn all lights on and off to verify that they are functional.
  • Check to see if any fixtures have been removed that are supposed to stay with the house, like a chandelier.
  • Check the heating and air conditioning to make sure they work.
  • Check all the major appliances.
  • Check all water faucets to make sure they run and that there aren’t any leaks.
  • Flush all the toilets.
  • Open and close all the doors and windows and make sure they all lock.
  • Check storage areas to be sure nothing is being left behind by the seller that wasn’t agreed upon.
  • Visually inspect ceilings, walls, and floors to make sure there are no new leaks, cracks, or other damage.
  • Check garage door openers.
  • Turn on garbage disposal and exhaust fans.

What if there are problems?

So what happens if you discover a problem during the walk-through? Typically, it could delay the closing until those problems are addressed. Another option is for the seller to make financial concessions to the buyer instead of fixing the issue. If those choices don’t pan out, a portion of the proceeds can be held in the escrow account until all the problems have been resolved.

 




Limewashing Exterior Brick

5 Oct 2018 · by Virtual Results PubSub

Limewashing Exterior Brick

Is your Loft’s brick exterior or interior need of a makeover? Try limewashing! This tried and true technique has been used on brick exteriors for hundreds of years, and the finished product gives your home antique curb appeal. Here’s a look at the basics and some information about tackling this as a DIY project.

Limewash basics

The term “limewashing” is often used interchangeably with “whitewashing”, but the two techniques have one key difference. Whitewashing is a process that uses watered down paint to achieve that old world feel. Limewashing, on the other hand, actually uses powdered limestone to create the same effect. Limewashing has been used for centuries to add an extra layer of protection to brick structures, which is why it can add a historical appeal to your home.

Environmentally sound

One of the best reasons to choose limewashing over other techniques is that it’s environmentally safe. Traditional paint can be toxic and produce fumes. Limewashing, however, is free of solvents and petrochemicals. It’s made of natural lime and pigments and has a high pH level, so it’s great for resisting fungal growth and damage from insects.

Inexpensive

Another great reason to choose limewashing when sprucing up your brick exterior is the low cost. You can make your own limewash by mixing hydrated lime with water. A 50-pound bag of hydrated lime can cost as little as $8 from your local home improvement store. You can also purchase limewashing kits that contain everything you need to get started and even specially formulated paints. These will cost you a little more, but if you’re looking for convenience they can’t be beaten.

Easy application

Although nobody is going to tell you that painting the exterior or interior of your loft is an easy job, limewashing is about as simple as it gets. If you’re mixing your own limewash, use an 80/20 ratio of water to lime. Stir until you get a consistency like milk. First, hose down a section of the brick to clean it. The bricks should be clean and wet before applying the limewash. Then apply the limewash with a paintbrush, paint roller or paint sprayer, depending on your preference. The best part is that you can achieve the look you’re going for with only one coat. It’s best to apply limewash on overcast days; otherwise, it can dry too quickly. A slow drying time is key to setting it properly.

Easy maintenance

While limewash will erode over time, it can add to the historic look of a building. If limewash gets dirty, it can’t be cleaned. However, you can easily apply another coat of limewash over the existing coat. Depending on how weathered you’d like the exterior of your home to look, you can expect to apply a fresh coat of limewash every 5-7 years or longer.

Simple to remove

Unlike paint, which can be very difficult to remove from brick, limewash is something that can be removed with relative ease. If you grow tired of the look, the limewash can be removed with a pressure-washer or even with a stiff brush if you don’t mind using a little elbow grease.

So there you have it. If you’re looking to give your brick exterior a facelift, why not try limewashing? This historic technique will produce modern results that you’re sure to love.

 




Make Your Bed Like a Pro

28 Sep 2018 · by Virtual Results PubSub

Make Your Bed Like a Pro

Whether you’ve just bought a new Loft or are staging your Loft to sell, having a beautiful bed makes a big difference. But how do you make it look like the ones in your favorite luxury hotel? While it may take a bit of effort, the results are worth it. Here’s what you need to know to make your bed like a pro.

Quality linens

While it’s natural to want to save money, especially if you’re in the process of buying or selling a Loft, one place you don’t want to skimp is on your bed linens. If the average person gets eight hours of sleep in a night, that’s one-third of your life you spend in bed. Paying a little extra for quality sheets and linens is a gift to yourself that can result in a better night’s sleep.

Mattress topper

To start making your bed like a pro, smooth out the mattress topper so that it doesn’t have any lumps. If you leave in any wrinkles or bumps, it could make your bed uncomfortable and impact the quality of your sleep. If you have problems keeping your topper in place, you can purchase corner fasteners at most major Loft retail shops. In a pinch, use safety pins to keep it from shifting while you sleep.

Sheets

Once you’ve got the topper smoothed, it’s time to add the fitted sheet. Start at an upper corner and pull the elastic down. Then move to the other upper corner. Once the upper corners are in place, move to the lower corners, pulling the sheet tightly into place. Smooth out all the wrinkles and make sure the entire mattress is covered. Place the flat sheet on top so that the upper hem meets the top edge of the mattress. Center it on the bed, smooth out the creases, and tuck the bottom edges under the mattress.

Comforter

Next, choose a topper that complements the décor of your bedroom. You can use a comforter, duvet, or even an heirloom family quilt. Lay the topper over the bed so that it drapes evenly over each side. Leave a space about a foot long at the top of the bed for the pillows.

Pillows

When pulling cases over your pillows, be sure to insert the ends with the tags first. Make sure the pillow is aligned with the seams on the cases. Fluff them up and place them on the bed with the openings towards the sides of the bed. If you use pillows with shams, place these in front of your sleeping pillows. Throw pillows are then placed in front of the shams. A good rule of thumb is to use a couple of square pillows and one round bolster.

Blanket

Finally, give your bed the finishing touch with a pretty throw or blanket. Fold it and place it at the foot of the bed. Choose one with a luxurious texture in a matching color or pattern to give your bed an elegant look. Once you’ve finished, resist the urge to go to bed immediately, if possible. After that – enjoy!

Most lofts are open so your bed can be seen most of the time, keeping it neat and stylish is a must.




Light and your Loft

26 Sep 2018 · by ChrisSampaio

Lighting Hacks to Help Sell Your Loft

Quality of light is very important when trying to sell a property. Lofts often have lots of lighting potential, because of their high ceilings, tall windows, and open floor space. Owners who want to sell their loft can boost the sale price and may even be able to speed up the sale of the property by improving the quality of light in the living space. These lighting hacks make it easy to make a loft space seem bright and spacious.

Hang Loose Cotton Curtains Strategically

Heavy curtains block light before it enters the home and darkens the space to make the loft seem drab or even gloomy. Loosely woven cotton fabric makes it easier to let light into the loft. For maximum effect, loft owners must leave the curtains wide open throughout the day.

Angle Recessed Lighting

Recessed lighting is wonderfully flexible. Some fixtures distribute ambient lighting throughout the room, others deliver focused beams of light to the parts of the room where the homeowner would like to draw attention. Installation of recessed lighting in dark areas of the home can help make the space look larger and airier.

Lofts are known to have tall ceilings. Those high up places in the loft can get dark if they’re not properly lit. Recessed lighting can help with brightening up the area around the ceiling. In small rooms like the bathroom, recessed lighting angled toward the walls can bounce light around the room to eliminate any shadowy areas.

Pendant Lighting

Pendant lighting is a popular trend in the home improvement and interior design worlds. Pendant lighting hangs from the ceiling and points downward into the room, usually ending with an attractive light shade. The long length of cord that hangs from the ceiling can emphasize the height and grandeur of the loft. Pendant lights are also effective in lofts because they can be lowered to such a height that they provide focused illumination in areas where it’s needed.

Lofts are often open spaces where the living room, kitchen and dining area are all connected to one another. Sometimes the good use of pendant lighting can help distinguish which parts of the room are the dining room or kitchen, as pendant lighting is commonly used to light dining areas. However, you don’t have to let common uses stifle your creativity!

Firelight

Firelight helps illuminate parts of the loft that are low to the ground. Firelight also creates a feeling of intimacy in big loft spaces. Loft owners that have a fireplace can capitalize on this by building a fire during showings. This is only advised if the real estate professional or someone else can be present during the entire showing, as a fire should never be left unattended during a showing.

Candles are another form of firelight that can make the loft appear warm, cozy and intimate. Candles can also be a fire danger and thus must be monitored carefully. The safest candlelight to use in a loft before selling is a battery powered candle. There are many forms of very realistic and attractive battery powered candles now, so loft owners have their choice of different products when trying to decide what to put in their home.

Floor Lamps

Floor lamps are another wonderful tool that can help make the loft space more intimate and friendly. Floor lamps create “zones” of light that make living room areas feel like cozy, comfortable spaces for curling up in front of the television. Floor lamps also help bedroom spaces feel more intimate. In a loft, which can feel cavernous at certain times of day, floor lamps are an excellent tool for making the space seem more like a home for potential buyers.

All in all, the purpose of maximizing lighting in the loft before showing it to buyers is to create a sense of homeyness that could tempt a buyer to put down an offer. Remember when installing your lighting that brighter is better! If you do your best to create a sense of lightness in your loft, you’ll improve your chances of getting a good offer when the time comes to sell your loft.


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