C21 Commonwealth Blog http://www.commonmoves.com/blog/ http://www.rssboard.org/rss-specification BlogEngine.NET 2.5.0.6 en-US C21 Commonwealth Blog 0.000000 0.000000 Top Tasks Not to Forget Before Selling Your Home <p><img style="vertical-align: middle;" src="http://media.e-net.com/c21commonwealth/blog/prod/c21commonweath_ldowling/images/Tasks%20selling.jpg" alt="" height="450" /></p> <p>Getting ready to put your house on the market while simultaneously finding a new home, usually consists of many different projects that need to get taken care of. It&rsquo;s easy to put all your effort into searching for a new perfect place to call home. However, that doesn&rsquo;t mean you can ignore routine maintenance tasks your current home desperately needs. In order to impress potential buyers and increase profits, it&rsquo;s important to have the house you&rsquo;re selling in tip-top shape. To prevent small issues from getting bigger and costlier, be sure these aspects are ready for inspection beforehand.</p> <h2><strong>Re-check the Roof</strong></h2> <h2><strong><img src="http://media.e-net.com/c21commonwealth/blog/prod/c21commonweath_ldowling/images/tasks%20selling%20roof.jpg" alt="" height="450" /></strong></h2> <p>Even though its right above your head, the roof of your house can be easy to forget about and its important functions can be overlooked. Your roof is one thing you want to be sure is undoubtedly in good shape as it&rsquo;s sure to come up during inspections. It&rsquo;s a good investment to check before getting too far into the selling process to make sure your roof and gutters are working as they should and will be sustainable even after the sale. Water deterioration, molding, and even structural damage can all be consequences of a dangerous domino effect of your roof and gutters not working well.&nbsp;</p> <h2><strong>Analyze Your Air Systems</strong></h2> <p>Heating and cooling are essential to any livable space. Make sure everything is working properly with your air systems before its time to move out. Fire up your furnace to ensure to works properly without any odd smells, so it won&rsquo;t be something to worry about later on during open houses. Similarly, its good to check that your air filters are cleaned and swapped out. Little things like that can go a long way when trying to impress a potential buyer. You&rsquo;ll be thankful to know your HVAC systems have been professionally serviced previously to inspection.</p> <h2><strong>Wash Windows and Secure Locks</strong></h2> <p>Squeaky windows help give off the best and cleanest impression of your house. You want to make sure potential buyers can see all you have to offer inside. That means, take out any torn window screens and replace them to have the best view possible. After living in a house for a few years, it&rsquo;s not uncommon to run into sticky doors or locks that just won&rsquo;t latch correctly. For you it might not be a monumental problem, however, when trying to sell, a malfunctioning lock can be seen as a major safety issue. Especially on exterior doors, it&rsquo;s important to fix locks and bolts to ensure security before its noticed by others.</p> <p><img src="http://media.e-net.com/c21commonwealth/blog/prod/c21commonweath_ldowling/images/tasks%20selling%20locks.jpg" alt="" height="450" /></p> <p>Even with the excitement that comes with buying a new home, it's important to still show you care about the property you are selling. Making a few small improvements and renovations can be vastly rewarding and lucrative when it comes time to sell. Be sure to put your best foot forward ahead of inspections by ensuring the routine maintenance tasks are not overlooked.</p> http://www.commonmoves.com/blog/Top-Tasks-Not-to-Forget-Before-Selling-Your-Home http://www.commonmoves.com/blog/Top-Tasks-Not-to-Forget-Before-Selling-Your-Home#comment http://www.commonmoves.com/blog/?id=69566bb1-9aa4-4418-afb9-d0c4c07470c6 Wed, 14 Nov 2018 10:51:00 -0500 c21commonweath_ldowling How to Find a Pet-Friendly Place <p><img src="http://media.e-net.com/c21commonwealth/blog/prod/c21commonweath_ldowling/images/pet-friendly%20cover%202.jpg" alt="" height="450" /></p> <p>Let&rsquo;s be honest, pets are a part of the family. A place that welcomes a man&rsquo;s best friend must be included on the criteria list when searching for new housing. Finding a pet-friendly apartment or rental can sometimes be tricky, especially with big animals. Follow these tips to help your search to find the best place that fits the needs of you and your pet.</p> <h2><strong>Start the Search Soon </strong></h2> <p><img src="http://media.e-net.com/c21commonwealth/blog/prod/c21commonweath_ldowling/images/Pet%20Friendly%20-%20Search.jpg" alt="" height="450" /></p> <p>Moving to a new place is a big enough hassle on its own. When searching for a pet-friendly place, it&rsquo;s imperative to give yourself as much time as possible. The more time you have, the more likely you will be able to find a new home that accommodates all your wants and your pets. Start the search before it&rsquo;s too late and ensure that the places you have in mind are welcoming of your furry friends. It can also be helpful to ask available resources. Your veterinarian or local animal shelter is a great place to start, as they&rsquo;re sure to have recommendations of pet-friendly places.</p> <h2><strong>Document Your Dog</strong></h2> <p>Another way to guarantee your pet is welcome at your new place is to have up-to-date documentation of your animal. Be able to provide a record of its shots and vaccinations, which can be easily obtained from the vet. A letter or certification that your dog has completed a training class might also be helpful to justify its demeanor or behavior. If possible, even a recommendation letter from your current landlord stating that you are a responsible pet owner and currently adhere to all pet-guidelines can be great evidence to have when trying to find a new place.</p> <h2><strong>Honesty Is the Best Paw-licy </strong></h2> <p><img src="http://media.e-net.com/c21commonwealth/blog/prod/c21commonweath_ldowling/images/Pet-friendly%20pawlicy.jpg" alt="" height="450" /></p> <p>State your case and be able to prove that you are a responsible and considerate pet-owner. You will make a great resident, even with the addition of your dog. Be honest, don&rsquo;t try to sneak around the rules or live in a community that doesn&rsquo;t allow pets. It&rsquo;s likely the property manager will find out eventually and with eviction a possible consequence, you&rsquo;ll be stuck in an even bigger mess. If a prospective landlord is wary about letting your dog live in the community, offer to set up a time to meet. A cleanly-groomed and well-behaved dog speaks volumes about the kind of owner it has and what the landlord can expect of you and your pets&rsquo; personalities once moved in.</p> <h2><strong>Be Prepared to Pay </strong></h2> <p>It&rsquo;s not unlikely that you will have to pay extra for pet-fees. Be sure to talk about the possible pet-deposit or any pet-related fees in advance of signing the lease. You&rsquo;ll want to know ahead of time the additional cost for your pets, so you can budget accordingly beforehand. Make sure you have the agreed upon pet-policy in writing stating you are allowed to have your pet. This will ensure no surprise fees or change-of-mind once you&rsquo;re all settled.</p> <p><img src="http://media.e-net.com/c21commonwealth/blog/prod/c21commonweath_ldowling/images/pet-friendly%20cover.jpg" alt="" height="450" /></p> <p>Finding a pet-friendly place doesn&rsquo;t have to be difficult if you are prepared and give yourself adequate time to find an arrangement that fits your needs. Be honest and open with prospective landlords. Provide as much documentation as possible proving you are a responsible and respectful pet-owner. By taking these extra steps beforehand, you and your pooch will find the perfect place in no time.</p> http://www.commonmoves.com/blog/How-to-Find-a-Pet-Friendly-Place http://www.commonmoves.com/blog/How-to-Find-a-Pet-Friendly-Place#comment http://www.commonmoves.com/blog/?id=0e8fc10f-1aa7-4cfc-b48d-b2d6b39646d6 Mon, 12 Nov 2018 10:41:00 -0500 c21commonweath_ldowling Choosing the Right Design Theme for Your Home <h2><img src="http://media.e-net.com/c21commonwealth/blog/prod/c21commonweath_ldowling/images/20181105%201%20Design%20Theme.PNG" alt="" height="450" /><br />Do Your Research</h2> <p>The process of transforming your home into your own personal paradise starts with research. Before painting the entire house or purchasing expensive love seats and lamps, shop around a little. By exploring your options, you&rsquo;ll feel more confident with your final design decisions. During the investigation phase, you may also find your taste in things has changed.</p> <p>Allow yourself time here to figure out what styles and accent piece accurately reflect your personality. Waking up to a room you love matters and contributes to your overall well-being. So, research different styles to best understand what inspires your inner designer. Home sites like Houzz or HGTV may be a good place to start.</p> <h2>Marry Design with Function</h2> <p>After you&rsquo;re through researching and looking for design inspiration, you probably have a good idea of the kind of home d&eacute;cor that will fill your space. Just make sure all design elements reflect your taste and are functional.</p> <p>Functionality is especially key: Furniture, lighting, and accessories should strategically be placed throughout the house to make everyday activities easy &ndash; and even mindless. No one wants to stumble over pieces placed inconveniently in front of walkways or alongside beds and sofas, making your climb out of bed a little more irksome.</p> <p>The right furniture placed in appropriate places also offers inspiration. If you&rsquo;re a writer and need a quiet place to focus, invest in a large desk to be placed in an office or bedroom, and use neutral-colored paints to evoke a sense of serenity. If you consider yourself to be minimalist at heart, opt for less furniture and clutter and more organization. Subtle paint and simple d&eacute;cor will also work well here &ndash; you won&rsquo;t be distracted by the many colors and decorations others find necessary for creating the perfect space.</p> <p>Ultimately, if a piece of furniture, artwork, or d&eacute;cor doesn&rsquo;t serve a unique function or inspire you, there&rsquo;s no need to keep it in your home. Pick and choose your things wisely &ndash; you&rsquo;ll feel more content residing in a space that&rsquo;s fine-tuned to your lifestyle and personality.</p> <h2>Invest in Quality Pieces</h2> <p>Sometimes, the best pieces are ones that are long-lasting. It&rsquo;s important to use home d&eacute;cor items you love but that will last a long time too. When shopping for new pieces make sure to keep in mind price points and quality. You don&rsquo;t have to spend all your savings to find something nice &ndash; just make sure you&rsquo;re getting what you pay for. If you want to save money with DIY projects, visit local thrift stores. They house more affordable brand-name pieces and can be refurbished to your liking.</p> <h2>Take Your Time</h2> <p>Don&rsquo;t rush into things. You&rsquo;ll likely have your home for a while longer and can afford to let your ideas soak in a while. This way, you won&rsquo;t regret any decisions and you can more confidently see what will and will not work in your space as you continue to make every nook and cranny your own. Plus, decorating is fun and rewarding &ndash; why not make the process last longer for your own amusement? Whatever approach you take just remember this: Deciding on design elements that suit your unique personality and everyday activities ensure your comfort and happiness.</p> <p><img src="http://media.e-net.com/c21commonwealth/blog/prod/c21commonweath_ldowling/images/20181105%202%20Design%20Theme.PNG" alt="" height="450" /></p> http://www.commonmoves.com/blog/choosing-the-right-design-theme-for-your-home http://www.commonmoves.com/blog/choosing-the-right-design-theme-for-your-home#comment http://www.commonmoves.com/blog/?id=2f0d25c6-357a-4285-a072-575e7b5314c6 Wed, 07 Nov 2018 11:20:00 -0500 c21commonweath_ldowling House-Hunting Tips for Parents <h2><img src="http://media.e-net.com/c21commonwealth/blog/prod/c21commonweath_ldowling/images/20181105.PNG" alt="" height="450" /><br />Searching for a Kid-Friendly Home</h2> <p>There are many things to consider when looking for the perfect home for your family (little ones included). When on the hunt for a kid-friendly house think about everyday activities that will occur in your new space and the potential for growth as your kids get older. After all, kiddos grow up fast and you&rsquo;ll want a home that&rsquo;s appropriate for kids of all ages. Here&rsquo;s what you need to know when shopping for the ultimate kid-friendly home.</p> <h2>The Layout of Your Home Matters</h2> <p>Consider more than how much space is available when shopping around for a home. The placement of the master bedroom, for example, is key to feeling comfortable in a new house with small kids. For ultimate security and peace of mind, opt for a home with the master bedroom situated close to nursing rooms and small bedrooms. This way you can easily make middle-of-the-night visits to your little one&rsquo;s room if they can&rsquo;t sleep or had a bad dream.</p> <p>Consider the safety benefits of one-story homes, too. Little ones won&rsquo;t make any scary tumbles down the stairs and can easily find their way to parents&rsquo; bedrooms down the hall. A single-story split floor plan is an ideal option. This layout allows for both intimacy and privacy for parents and kiddos &ndash; a solid option for families with kids quickly growing into their pre-teen and teen years.</p> <p>Open floor plans also provide the security you seek for raising a healthy, happy family. If you&rsquo;re in the kitchen, you can supervise children as they play with toys or friends. No unwanted mishaps will occur with an open floor plan allowing for adult supervision.</p> <p>Lastly, invest in a home with ample space. As your children grow, so will the amount of stuff. Little kid tables, toys, walkers, and swings will have to be stored in living rooms or kitchens if you don&rsquo;t have a designated playroom. Look for homes equipped with convenient alcoves, handy nooks, or extra large living rooms.</p> <h2>Make Safety a Priority</h2> <p>As previously mentioned, one-story homes have several advantages ensuring your kids&rsquo; safety. Toddlers won&rsquo;t accidentally find themselves attempting the long ascent up the stairs, and parents can rest soundly in master bedrooms conveniently positioned next to nurseries and kids&rsquo; bedrooms.</p> <p>Another important thing to consider is the height of kitchen countertops. Kids are naturally curious and will be tempted to scale cabinets, banisters, and anything else asking to be climbed by curious kiddos. So, look for kitchens with tall countertops. They prevent little ones from reaching for hot objects or knocking fragile glassware off surfaces. You&rsquo;ll be glad you found a home with a safe kitchen that prevents unwanted boo-boos.</p> <h2>Make Room for Fun</h2> <p>Alongside safety and spaciousness, you&rsquo;ll want to prioritize fun. After all, a house becomes a home when memories are made at the breakfast table, in the backyard, or in living room forts. When searching for your new home, consider what features will contribute to your family&rsquo;s happiness. A spacious backyard, for example, with plenty of room for outdoor playdates may be on your list of requirements. If possible, don&rsquo;t sacrifice these desired amenities because they&rsquo;re the things that make a house a home. Your kids will thank you for raising them in such a cozy, fun, and memorable place.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p><img src="http://media.e-net.com/c21commonwealth/blog/prod/c21commonweath_ldowling/images/20101107%201spacious.PNG" alt="" height="450" /></p> http://www.commonmoves.com/blog/house-hunting-tips-for-parents http://www.commonmoves.com/blog/house-hunting-tips-for-parents#comment http://www.commonmoves.com/blog/?id=cad63338-e3ca-4a49-8dd4-d3da73737810 Mon, 05 Nov 2018 10:27:00 -0500 c21commonweath_ldowling How to Clean Your Closet of Clutter <p><img src="http://media.e-net.com/c21commonwealth/blog/prod/c21commonweath_ldowling/images/clean%20closet%20-%20clutter.jpg" alt="" height="450" /></p> <p>Your closet can be a difficult place to keep clean and tidy. Tripping over shoes or being late to work because your blazer was hidden underneath piles of clothes is never fun. Between dirty laundry and clean clothes ready to be put away, it&rsquo;s easy for it to get messy quick. Make your closet a functional and clean space to transform your wardrobe into an organized utopia.</p> <h2><strong>Get Rid of Unused Items</strong></h2> <p>Cleaning your closet can be an intimidating task. A good place to start is to get rid of anything you don&rsquo;t use. It might seem obvious, but it can be hard to hold on to things even when you don&rsquo;t need them. If you haven&rsquo;t worn something in the past year, it's likely you won&rsquo;t again anytime soon. Make a pile of what clothes you still need and make a pile of what you can donate. This way you are organizing and giving back at the same time. You&rsquo;ll be thankful for the extra space you gain from giving away unused items in your closet.</p> <h2><strong>Separate by Season </strong></h2> <p>A simple way to make clothes easy to find is to separate them by category. Some prefer to have clothes organized by color but organizing by season can also be very helpful with less of a hassle. Have winter clothes in one section of your closet and summer in another. You&rsquo;ll know without hesitation where your winter coat is when the cold weather creeps up. It makes it effortless to get ready when you have the clothing you&rsquo;ll be wearing during that time of year ready to grab-and-go.</p> <h2><strong>Fold for Maximum Space</strong></h2> <p><img src="http://media.e-net.com/c21commonwealth/blog/prod/c21commonweath_ldowling/images/clean%20closet-folded%20clothes.jpg" alt="" height="450" /></p> <p>Folding your clothes is a great way to keep your closet looking and feeling organized. You&rsquo;ll be able to find your favorite shirt easier when it&rsquo;s neatly folded. Put things away after you&rsquo;ve washed them. It&rsquo;ll save time and space when you know what&rsquo;s clean and what&rsquo;s not. Folding the clothes you don&rsquo;t have hanging makes all your other clothing accessible and in order. With everything put away cleanly, you&rsquo;ll be able to see exactly the spot every outfit is located.</p> <h2><strong>Utilize Smart Storage</strong></h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>If your closet is missing structural organization, its simple to make it yourself. Add hanging racks simply by using a curtain rod and adjusting the size to fit a place to hang clothes. You&rsquo;ll maximize space for everything you need to hang. Plastic bins are helpful to use for the bulky clothing. Heavy sweatshirts, sweaters, and jackets can be kept organized in a plastic bin until they are ready to be used. Don&rsquo;t sweat over losing another pair of shoes. Keep your kicks organized on a&nbsp;</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Your closet is easy to get messy, fast. However, if you use these few tips to keep things organized, you&rsquo;ll have a stress-free time when it comes to getting ready. Utilize the space you have and keep it tidy by creating a section for every category of clothing. You&rsquo;ll be thankful for clearing out the things you don&rsquo;t use and, in the process, create a clutter-free closet.</p> http://www.commonmoves.com/blog/How-to-Clean-Your-Closet-of-Clutter http://www.commonmoves.com/blog/How-to-Clean-Your-Closet-of-Clutter#comment http://www.commonmoves.com/blog/?id=fb7f1645-3fd6-4d0c-95f5-39d01628dfa4 Wed, 31 Oct 2018 10:59:00 -0500 c21commonweath_ldowling Reasons Co-Living Is on the Rise <p><img src="http://media.e-net.com/c21commonwealth/blog/prod/c21commonweath_ldowling/images/20181029%20co-living.png" alt="" /><br /><br />The combination of individuals moving to cities by themselves and the rising prices of single-space living options rationalizes the recent trend of co-living spaces. Residents living in a co-living space still have the option to rent a private room but share common areas such as kitchens, bathrooms, and dining spaces. Especially among millennials, the idea of living with other&rsquo;s is an attractive option. It&rsquo;s the opportunity to meet new people, feel included and immersed in a new city while lowering the rent budget that has the new market of co-living spaces booming. Especially in big cities, this trend has skyrocketed in reaction to the outrageous single-bedroom apartment prices. High rent prices, unknown knowledge of the market, and the option to interact with others are all reasons contributing to the appealing option of living in a shared space.</p> <h2><strong>Say Goodbye to Seclusion </strong></h2> <p><img src="http://media.e-net.com/c21commonwealth/blog/prod/c21commonweath_ldowling/images/20181029%20co-living%202.png" alt="" /></p> <p>People who crave community have the option to feel included in a housing situation that is less lonely than individual housing. Co-living spaces are a great opportunity for young adults who are looking to balance both privacy and interaction. It is the perfect way to still have your own private bedroom but enjoy mingling with housemates during meal time and gatherings. Not knowing anyone in a city can make you feel lonely and unincluded, while a co-living space is a great transition while you get your feet under the ground. Enjoy the perfect combination of privacy and socialization with co-living space that better fits your budget.</p> <h2><strong>Take the Hassle out of Housing </strong></h2> <p>No chores, no buying bulky furniture, no maintenance issues &ndash;sounds like a dream come true for most people. Many co-living spaces offer the option to rent bedroom furniture if needed and with the rest of the house fully-furnished, it saves effort and money you&rsquo;d spend shopping to decorate a whole apartment. Another upside is only having to be responsible for your privately rented bedroom. While you might still have to help with some clean-up, most of the upkeep is taken care of. Most co-living spaces boast a plethora of amenities including free Wi-Fi, housekeeping, parking, linens and towels, and most importantly, coffee. Co-living gives individuals the option to begin balancing and budgeting life on their own while still interacting in an all-inclusive space.</p> <h2><strong>Realistic Prices </strong></h2> <p>Especially in big cities, co-living spaces are in high demand with new facilities being built rapidly. Manhattan, San Francisco, Chicago, and Washington D.C. are all cities where the launch of co-living is in full force. In some of those cities, co-living spaces can average $500-$1,000 cheaper than the rent of a single-bedroom apartment or studio. Especially for young adults just starting out, big cities have better job opportunities, but the price of rent is crushing to people who are just beginning their careers. Co-living spaces offer an opportunity to make dreams of big-city living come true with a price point that is more realistic and affordable for most individuals.</p> <p>Co-living can be a great option for young adults looking for social opportunities and can also be an ideal way to save money when moving to a city with high rent prices. A place that fosters communication, collaboration and a sense of community is attractive for those who thrive on new experiences and new people. Co-living is a great way to get the best of both a private room and social interaction.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> http://www.commonmoves.com/blog/reasons-co-living-is-on-the-rise http://www.commonmoves.com/blog/reasons-co-living-is-on-the-rise#comment http://www.commonmoves.com/blog/?id=c063425f-8622-4f2d-ab3f-66ffe2001759 Mon, 29 Oct 2018 12:06:00 -0500 c21commonweath_ldowling Will You Buy a One or Two-Story Home? Here's What You Need to Know <p><img src="http://media.e-net.com/c21commonwealth/blog/prod/c21commonweath_ldowling/images/20181024%20homes.PNG" alt="" /></p> <h2>There&rsquo;s More to Consider than Curb Appeal</h2> <p>When hunting for the perfect home aesthetics may be high on your list. You want your future house to be attractive &ndash; a home people pass by and think, &ldquo;Wow, what a good-looking place.&rdquo; Alongside attractiveness, you&rsquo;ll likely consider functionality. Is this a good home for a family? For elderly relatives? Is its layout conducive to your lifestyle?</p> <p>These are just a few of the questions you will ask yourself while embarking on your house hunt. But there&rsquo;s one more question you should seriously consider &ndash; should you buy a one or two-story home?</p> <p>Perhaps overlooked, this question is worth pondering, as there are several important pros and cons associated with each building type. When making this decision, consider the following factors.</p> <h2>One-Story Homes Are Easy to Design and Maintain</h2> <p>Building a dream house is easier if you&rsquo;re settling for one story. They are more simple to design and cost-effective &ndash; two major brownie points. Because they&rsquo;re structurally easier to engineer, they can be built with prefab components, making your life and your contractor&rsquo;s life a bit easier during the building process. Plus, you won&rsquo;t drain your pocketbook.</p> <p>One-story homes are also easier to maintain because everything resides on the same level. You don&rsquo;t have to carry the vacuum or haul any bulky objects upstairs to check off your chore list. Laundry can be done downstairs without it having to be carried upstairs to bedrooms, and power-washing windows is a breeze while accessing all windows from the ground floor. If easy maintenance is important to you, opting for a one-story home may be the best option.</p> <p>Along with this train of thought, one-story homes are also easy to navigate. They&rsquo;re a safe option for individuals who prefer not to use stairs &ndash; or for clumsy toddlers. They&rsquo;re also easier to navigate in case of unanticipated emergencies, an important factor worth considering if you live in an earthquake zone or are raising a family.</p> <h2>One-Story Homes Are Expensive to Build and Don&rsquo;t Offer Privacy</h2> <p>One-story homes will likely sprawl out a bit and, for this reason, require more materials for the foundation, roofing, and windows. Plumbing and HVAC lines must be longer to reach all parts of the house. More power is required to support bigger systems that run far throughout the house.</p> <p>One common reason buyers shy away from one-story homes is that they offer less privacy. People are more likely to peer through ground-level windows, and parts of the home are more exposed to neighbors and passerby. If you prefer to be tucked away in a secluded space, a two-<img style="float: right;" src="http://media.e-net.com/c21commonwealth/blog/prod/c21commonweath_ldowling/images/20181024%20consider.PNG" alt="" />story home may be the better option &ndash; which brings us to our next point.</p> <h2>Two-Story Homes Provide Ample Privacy and Great Views</h2> <p>Perch above the neighborhood in a two-story home. With a second story, you get the perks of added privacy, a common selling point for many buyers. You can more easily separate yourself from the public &ndash; as well as your own family if you need. In-laws reside in guestrooms downstairs while you retreat to your master bedroom. Kids can also be tucked away in upstairs playrooms or bedrooms during dinner parties and important business or family meetings. Plus, owning a two-story home means you&rsquo;ll probably get some pretty good views of the neighborhood or be surrounded by tall trees and foliage.</p> <h2>Two-Story Homes Are Safe and Elegant &nbsp;</h2> <p>It may be obvious, but two-story homes are quite safe. It takes more effort for a thief to scale a wall and climb through a second-story window. If you happen to leave a window open upstairs, you're less likely to experience theft than if you left a downstairs window open. Safety, alongside privacy, may be something to consider when deciding between a one-story and two-story floorplan.</p> <p>Two-story homes are also pretty and fun to look at. Not only will you enjoy the functionality and space the place has to offer, but you&rsquo;ll get a kick out of living in a home that&rsquo;s mature and prominently stands out in the neighborhood. You also have more options for design work when there&rsquo;s more space to work with. If aesthetics are your thing, let a two-story house be your muse.</p> <h2>Two-Story Homes Are Accident-Prone and Difficult to Heat</h2> <p>Stairs, stairs, stairs. They can be dangerous for little ones to navigate and require parent supervision while toddlers attempt an ascent. Baby-proof gates may be necessary to keep children or pets from climbing up the stairs without an adult supervising their efforts. Stairs can also be difficult to adopt for disabilities, costing upward of $20,000 to make accessible.</p> <p>Heating and cooling down rooms is another issue. Upstairs bedrooms, offices, and game rooms are often warmer because, well, hot air rises. When the upstairs is hot while downstairs rooms are cool, you&rsquo;ll have to devise strategies for adjusting the temperature &ndash; and this can get quite costly.</p> <h2>Your Needs Matter</h2> <p>Your home is your sanctuary. When you return from work you want to retreat to a space that accommodates your lifestyle and the needs of your family. Consider the pros and cons of each option carefully before signing any papers. You&rsquo;ll be glad you examined your options before making any moves. Having reviewed some logistical and personal factors, you&rsquo;re ready to make an informed decision for yourself and your family.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> http://www.commonmoves.com/blog/will-you-buy-a-one-or-two-story-home http://www.commonmoves.com/blog/will-you-buy-a-one-or-two-story-home#comment http://www.commonmoves.com/blog/?id=c2c9e8d7-9829-436d-9777-a424adf553c1 Wed, 24 Oct 2018 12:39:00 -0500 c21commonweath_ldowling Use These Paint Colors When Selling Your Home <h2><img src="http://media.e-net.com/c21commonwealth/blog/prod/c21commonweath_ldowling/images/20181022%20paint%20time%202.PNG" alt="" /><br />Keep in Mind that First Impressions Matter</h2> <p>First impressions go a long way in real estate, which is why sellers should properly prepare their homes before prospective buyers get a tour of the place. Buyers will first notice the outside of the home when entering the property. For this reason, it&rsquo;s especially important to make sure the exterior looks well-kept and attractive.</p> <p>Weather-beaten walls or signs of mold may turn a buyer off from even entering your home, so make sure outside walls are in tip-top shape. If you decide the outside of your home does, in fact, need a new coat of paint, we recommend using paint colors that complement other homes in the neighborhood as well as the trees and plants that surround your home. This way, your home won&rsquo;t stick out like a sore thumb. Instead, it will subtly attract buyers with cleanly painted walls that look nice and neat.</p> <p>White is an especially popular color, followed by brown, tan, and beige &ndash; all are neutral colors that safely decorate exterior walls. However, you will want to consider the structural design before deciding on a neutral paint color. Homes with unique architectural details wear brighter colors well and benefit from paint colors with brighter hues.</p> <h2>Aim for Warm, Inviting, and Relaxing</h2> <p>Keep in mind that you&rsquo;re painting your home for future residents, and it&rsquo;s smart to keep your personal touches to yourself. Opting for colors that are flat and muted won&rsquo;t overwhelm buyers, and these colors are also quite relaxing.</p> <p>Earth tones, like shades of brown, green, blue, orange, and red are naturally warm and inviting. They reflect colors in nature and have a soothing effect. They also complement many materials commonly found in households like wood, stone, metal, and glass. Darker earth tones like coffee work well in small spaces and on accent walls.&nbsp;</p> <p>More neutral colors are, perhaps, your safest bet. Creams and off-whites are perfect for large spaces, brightening up rooms and giving the interior of your home a light, airy feel. Buyers look for spaces that feel pleasant to be in, and painting living and dining rooms with these colors creates a welcoming space for all to enjoy.</p> <p>Smaller spaces, however, benefit from paints with a little more punch to them. Bathrooms and cubby holes can be accented with fun, whimsical colors without being too obnoxious. Plus, it&rsquo;s nice to show buyers there&rsquo;s room for creativity and personality in the space they may soon call their home.</p> <h2>When in Doubt, Use Brown</h2> <p>If you&rsquo;re stuck scratching your head because you find the right color, consider using brown. When used in its lightest shade, brown is warm and inviting. Medium-hued browns make rooms glow and look great with white mantle pieces and baseboards. Dark browns are especially cozy, slightly rustic, and keep rooms from feeling too big.</p> <h2>Paint Wisely</h2> <p>Now that you have a better idea of how to approach your painting project, you can begin! Remember that opting for neutral colors is best when painting interior and exterior walls. With these handy tips, your home is well on its way to looking polished &ndash; and it will feel especially inviting to buyers who notice its clean look.&nbsp; <br /><img src="http://media.e-net.com/c21commonwealth/blog/prod/c21commonweath_ldowling/images/20181022%20paint%20home.PNG" alt="" />&nbsp;</p> http://www.commonmoves.com/blog/use-these-paint-colors-when-selling-your-home http://www.commonmoves.com/blog/use-these-paint-colors-when-selling-your-home#comment http://www.commonmoves.com/blog/?id=f0bbe4e6-4e22-4502-a541-d6f28563d0d5 Mon, 22 Oct 2018 13:11:00 -0500 c21commonweath_ldowling How You’ll Know It’s Time to Sell Your Home <p><img src="http://media.e-net.com/c21commonwealth/blog/prod/c21commonweath_ldowling/images/time%20to%20sell%20cover.jpg" alt="" height="450" /></p> <p>Even when you don&rsquo;t plan on staying in the same home forever, it can still be a tough decision to decide when it&rsquo;s time to sell your home. It&rsquo;s a big decision but is an exciting time when you are confident you are ready. Before making this leap, it&rsquo;s important to analyze the factors that contribute to selling and buying a new home. Make the decision knowing it&rsquo;s right for you and your family with these tips to know when it&rsquo;s time.</p> <h2><strong>Its Size Doesn&rsquo;t Suit You</strong></h2> <h2><strong><img src="http://media.e-net.com/c21commonwealth/blog/prod/c21commonweath_ldowling/images/time%20to%20sell%20size.jpg" alt="" height="450" /></strong></h2> <p>One of the most common reasons to sell a home is because you&rsquo;ve outgrown it, or its outgrown you. Life moves fast and with it comes changes, sometimes warranting a need for a new house on the horizon. Whether you are in a house you bought before having children and now feel crammed in its corners, or, you are a new empty-nester with more house than you need, these might be signs it&rsquo;s time to consider selling. Ideally, your house&rsquo;s increased value and financial situation will ease the transition in your ability to look for a house with a size that suits you. The longer you live in the uncomfortable conditions of a house that no longer fits your needs, the more stressful it often becomes. It&rsquo;s ideal to make note of what you are currently lacking in order to help fuel your search for a more suitable style that fits your needs.</p> <h2><strong>The Market Will Make You Money</strong></h2> <h2><strong><img src="http://media.e-net.com/c21commonwealth/blog/prod/c21commonweath_ldowling/images/time%20to%20sell%20money.jpg" alt="" height="450" /></strong></h2> <p>The most fitting and optimal time to sell your house is when it&rsquo;s a seller&rsquo;s market. The ability to afford the costs that come with buying, selling, and moving is a big contingent on how ready you really are. If you&rsquo;ve been contemplating selling your home, your ability to make a profit on it can be a great reason to initiate the process. A good way to tell if the market trends are in your favor is to keep an eye on the timeline that properties in your area are on the market for. If the time is decreasing, meaning houses are selling fast, it&rsquo;s a good sign that the market is in its prime. It&rsquo;s also helpful to know the worth of the price per square footage in your area. When the price per square foot increase, it&rsquo;s the best time to make money on every inch you own. Slowly start analyzing the selling rate in the areas around you. If houses are selling quicker and at a higher price than you&rsquo;d expect, it&rsquo;s an indication the timing might help you get the most bang for your buck.</p> <h2><strong>The Neighborhood Doesn&rsquo;t Fit Your Needs </strong></h2> <p>What once was the perfect place to call home, might not be benefitting your current lifestyle. Maybe it&rsquo;s a change of jobs and you&rsquo;re tired of the lengthy commute you once didn&rsquo;t have. It could be the need to be near better schools as your children&rsquo;s ages require a new level of commitment to their education. Problematic neighbors or simply outgrowing the area may be an indication it&rsquo;s time to start searching elsewhere. Whatever the reason may be, where and what you live close to is an important determinant on if it&rsquo;s the right spot. Consider what you currently dislike about the neighborhood you are in to make sure your move is somewhere that is a better fit.</p> <p>It is likely you consider selling your home when you enter a new stage of your life. To know you are ready to sell it&rsquo;s good to make sure the benefits of your new home outweigh the process of selling it to ensure you are happy with your decision. Sell when the market price is right and you&rsquo;ll be thankful for the extra expenses you saved.</p> http://www.commonmoves.com/blog/how-youll-know-its-time-to-sell-your-home http://www.commonmoves.com/blog/how-youll-know-its-time-to-sell-your-home#comment http://www.commonmoves.com/blog/?id=be4e2f18-fd9b-4b39-a478-6d9907453127 Wed, 17 Oct 2018 11:00:00 -0500 c21commonweath_ldowling How to Make a Small Bathroom Appear Bigger <p><img src="http://media.e-net.com/c21commonwealth/blog/prod/c21commonweath_ldowling/images/bathroom%20header.jpg" alt="" height="450" /></p> <p>Your bathroom is a room in the house that not everyone notices, until its needed. However, its uses are imperative, making it a space that needs to be functional. Don&rsquo;t let a small bathroom space cramp your style and needs. By choosing the right paint, accessories, fixtures, and cabinetry you can make even your small bathroom the spa you&rsquo;ve always dreamed of. Maximize the space you have by these tips to trick the room into feeling bigger.</p> <h2><strong>Brighten Your Bathroom</strong></h2> <h2><strong><img src="http://media.e-net.com/c21commonwealth/blog/prod/c21commonweath_ldowling/images/bathroom%20lighting%20.jpg" alt="" height="450" /></strong></h2> <p>In any room that feels small, an easy way to brighten it up is to add as much light as possible. In a bathroom, try to use as much natural light obtainable. If there&rsquo;s a window, keep the shades open and use sheer window curtains to maximize the natural light. The organic sunlight automatically brightens up the room, making it shine brighter and look happier.</p> <p>You can also brighten up your bathroom by picking the right color paint. Stick to light color tones on the walls and accents. Light colors reflect the light instead of soaking it in. If you can, stick to white for your bathroom as its chic, clean, and classy. Most bathrooms already contain large amounts of white, such as tubs, toilets, and sinks, making this an easy color to stick to.&nbsp; Don&rsquo;t think neutral color tones means it has to be boring. Use different textures, tiles, molding, and metallics to add a pop of intrigue, while still using the light to liven up the room.</p> <h2><strong>Reflect the Room </strong></h2> <p>Especially in the bathroom, mirrors are your best friend. Not only are the useful for freshening up your look, but also reflect the room. Mirrors are a great way to give the illusion the room is bigger than it is. Mirrors, in combination with neutral color tones brilliantly makes a small space feel like a sunny getaway. Additionally, adding more mirrors is a great way to have a space that feels functional for you and your guest&rsquo;s restroom needs. Put your lipstick on in confidence in a bright, big mirror that dazzles the room and your fresh look.</p> <h2><strong>Savvy Storage Space</strong></h2> <p><strong><img src="http://media.e-net.com/c21commonwealth/blog/prod/c21commonweath_ldowling/images/bathroom%20organization.jpg" alt="" height="450" /></strong></p> <p>A helpful rule for decluttering a small space is getting rid of any items you don&rsquo;t use daily. Only the essentials should be kept in the bathroom to amplify available counter and storage space. In a small bathroom, less is more. Try using a smaller vanity or pedestal sink to exaggerate the open space, instead of filling it with bulky furniture. Keep storage and shelving simple, as anything that sticks out will chop up the look of the room. Even add a medicine cabinet to keep your personal products hidden and the walls looking neat. Keep the clutter to a minimum and use space-saving storage to increase available space.</p> <p>Your bathroom is a room that most people will likely end up in at some point. Make the most of a small bathroom by using color choices and lightning to your advantage. Create a space that feels comfortable for you and your guests, rather than cramped. Remember to keep only the things you need in a small room. Use mirrors, light, and organization to turn your small bathroom into a big space suitable for your needs.</p> http://www.commonmoves.com/blog/How-to-Make-a-Small-Bathroom-Appear-Bigger http://www.commonmoves.com/blog/How-to-Make-a-Small-Bathroom-Appear-Bigger#comment http://www.commonmoves.com/blog/?id=579c1321-23d1-4b24-a3be-376700235331 Mon, 15 Oct 2018 11:03:00 -0500 c21commonweath_ldowling Get Your Home Ready for Halloween <p><img src="http://media.e-net.com/c21commonwealth/blog/prod/c21commonweath_ldowling/images/20181011%20halloween.png" alt="" /></p> <p>It&rsquo;s that time of year again &ndash; pumpkins line the streets and spooky ghouls hang in dimly lit windows. The crisp fall air and scary decorations remind us Halloween is just around the corner. One of the most festive holidays, Halloween is the opportune time to transform your house into a spooky place where only the bravest trick-or-treaters enter.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>If Halloween&rsquo;s one of your favorite holidays too, amuse yourself with these fun, affordable, and highly spooky decorations &ndash; if you dare!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2>Disguise Your Drinks</h2> <p>Some of the best hosts serve drinks made from carefully concocted potions (we may have let our imagination run wild here). But seriously, dressing up your drinks is a great way to amuse all the witches, ghosts, and cats who attend your annual monster mash. Simply attach Halloween-themed labels to all handles and bottles. Maybe they say &lsquo;toxic&rsquo; or &lsquo;drink at your own risk&rsquo;. This simple trick goes a long way. Purchase labels online, in a party store, or make them yourself!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>We&rsquo;re not done with the drinks just yet. Place spider web coasters under glasses to add some creepiness to your bar. They can also be placed on coffee tables or at your buffet. Put skull-themed swivel sticks underneath cocktails for a nice little deathly touch. With these tricks, guests will surely be amused beyond belief &ndash; and maybe even a little spooked!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2>Take Advantage of the Creatures</h2> <p>Halloween is a time when spiders, rats, crows, ghosts, witches, and all their creepy friends come out to party! Why not join them and shop for nocturnal animals and rodents to turn your home into a haunted house?&nbsp;<img style="float: right;" src="http://media.e-net.com/c21commonwealth/blog/prod/c21commonweath_ldowling/images/Screen%20Shot%202018-10-11%20at%201.54.43%20PM.png" alt="" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Hang glow in the dark spider webs up in corners and around doorways to automatically add spook appeal. They&rsquo;re visible in the day and extra spooky at night when they glow behind spiders of all sizes. Consider placing black crows in and around glowing webs. As they perch from up high, they stare down at guests who realize they&rsquo;re being watched by black-feathered creatures &ndash; how spooky!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>And let&rsquo;s not forget about the rats. These big hairy creatures can be hidden in cupboards, bathrooms, or buffet tables, scaring guests as they pop out from unassuming places. While other make-believe creatures are scary enough, animals like these possess a creepy realism perfect for spooking guests. Plus, these creatures can be purchased online or at party stores for less than $5.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2>Tap into Your Dark Side</h2> <p>Halloween parties generally happen in the evening and continue into the dead of night. This is not a time for sunshine and flowers. Oh, no. Guests want to be spooked, and dimming lights helps create a spooky ambiance for all party creatures to enjoy. Invest in black light bulbs, skeleton pillow covers, and cauldron punch bowls.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Don&rsquo;t be afraid to unleash your dark side. After all, this is the one day of the year when it&rsquo;s acceptable to release your inner witch or ghoul. Apply the same logic to your home. It&rsquo;s time to spook things up with decorations that inspire imagination and suspense. Your house will be remembered, in part, for its spooky appeal by family, friends, and neighbors alike.&nbsp;</p> http://www.commonmoves.com/blog/get-your-home-ready-for-halloween http://www.commonmoves.com/blog/get-your-home-ready-for-halloween#comment http://www.commonmoves.com/blog/?id=2817bcc4-2fba-43bb-9e2f-a6d941e23401 Thu, 11 Oct 2018 14:44:00 -0500 c21commonweath_ldowling