Sandra Tessier - RE/MAX Property Spec. Grp. Inc.


No matter how you look at it, decluttering a home is a big job, yet the rewards are very promising. For some people, however, the challenge is not knowing what to do. Here a few easy ways that you can start getting rid of clutter in your own home.

Your medicine drawer is probably one of the most natural places to begin decluttering. Throw away all expired drugs, skin care products, toiletries and every other thing that you don't use any longer. Keep the most frequently used items directly in front, and at eye level, so you quickly access them next time. 

Now you can move to your bedroom. Look for items that you no longer use, such as bad chargers, pens that no longer write or even old shoelaces. Arrange your bed and fold all articles of clothing strewn about. Go through your cabinets and dressers, one drawer after the other. Take out clothes that you no longer wear and bag them for donation. Tackle your dressing table and go through the items there, some things are probably not going to be used anymore, so you should discard them. The goal decluttering is to make your home as light as possible. 

If you have a reading table, you want to put back your books in their proper places on your bookshelf. Do away with irrelevant papers like old brochures, newsletters, and pamphlets. If you think that you may need some information there, take a picture of it and save it to the cloud.

Having earned some momentum, you can move to your kitchen, which is often harder to declutter as it is the center of so many activities. Thoroughly assess each area of the kitchen and put everything back where it belongs. That includes items like knives, work boards and so on.

Open up your drawers and cabinets and do away with all unusable items. Look for things that you don't use but keep for some sentimental reasons and pack them up to donate if you don't feel comfortable about throwing them out. Keep things that you don't need in storage.

Finally, you are ready to move to the living room. Your living room will probably require more regular decluttering than any other part of your home. Put away things that you don’t need, such as magazines and phone chargers. Assess the electronic and sound system too, store away some of the things you don’t use and donate what you don’t need. If you need ideas on where to donate, run a web search of charities in your locality to find out too for options.


Home woodwork is not for everyone as it requires a minimum amount of safety. Furthermore, you could get really hurt when working with wood because of the power tools involved. It is for this reason that not everyone should work with wood at home. Here are some specific safety measures that are advisable for home woodwork:

Protect your body

When working with wood, you have to take into account the number of particles that fly off, some in flames (sparks), and the enormous speed at which the automatic sanding blades move. The saw, meanwhile, can be dangerous without proper use, like the hammer and nails.

Eye protection

Consider something unthinkable to cut wood without protective glasses, and the consequence is sawdust spilling to your eyes. This can leave you blind in a matter of seconds. With transparent glasses, unless you have to use a metal torch, you are protected from sawdust and small particles that may be very disastrous.

Ear protection

Another sense to keep in mind is one of the ears, something that already you will have noticed if they have done works at home or near. The continuous screech emitted by the radial saws can end your eardrums and your sanity, so you should put on some soundproofing helmets, or some plugs, that prevent the loud noise from affecting your ears.

Protection of fingers and skin

Unfortunately, the most common accidents in the work of wood, are produced with electrical appliances such as radial saws or electric sanders. Although there is no specific material to avoid accidents altogether, wearing gloves and appropriate clothing will probably mitigate any disaster you may have on your hands or the rest of your body.

Breathing during woodwork

As we have already noticed before, when cutting wood, millions of particles fly out into the air, which can enter almost any hole in the body. Sawdust easily gets stuck in the airways and does not allow breathing, so you should always cover your mouth and nose with some mask. Above all, if you work in closed areas, where there is not much air, try to maintain proper ventilation and low temperature, because working with wood can be very hot.

Organization

As in any job, you must keep your space well organized to have everything at hand. However, it is an essential element in home woodworking because it works with dangerous instruments, and a mistake can have terrible consequences. So keep the place where you're going to work the wood clean and organized.


If you want to sell your house, you may want to take a close look at your home's interior. That way, you can identify any potential home interior issues and address them as quickly as possible.

Determining the best ways to transform your home's interior from drab to fab may seem difficult, particularly for a first-time home seller. Fortunately, there are several proven ways to enhance your residence's interior, and these include:

1. Cleaning

If it has been several weeks or months since you last cleaned your house, there is no time like the present to perform extensive home interior cleaning.

Wipe down countertops, mop the floors and clean every room of your house. By doing so, you can make your house look clean and pristine.

Also, if you need extra help cleaning your home, you may want to hire a cleaning company. With a team of home cleaning professionals at your side, you can speed up the process of improving your house's interior.

2. Decluttering

Clutter is an eyesore that home sellers should try to eliminate. Luckily, there are many quick, easy ways to remove clutter from your house.

Oftentimes, one person's clutter is another's treasure, and you may be able to sell excess items at a garage sale or online. Set competitive prices for your excess items, and you should have no trouble stirring up interest in these items.

You also can donate excess items to charities in your city or town. Reach out to local charities, and you may be able to get excess items picked up from your house.

3. Interior Upgrades

If you notice home interior lights are no longer working, cracks or dents in your walls or other minor home interior issues, you should spend some time performing various upgrades and repairs.

In most instances, minor home interior upgrades and repairs may require just a few minutes to complete. Meanwhile, these home interior improvements can make a world of difference in the eyes of homebuyers and can help your home stand out to potential buyers.

Clearly, there are many ways to improve a house's interior in no time at all. But if you require additional assistance, you can always hire a real estate agent to help you generate interest in your residence.

A real estate agent knows exactly what it takes to bolster a house's interior. He or she can help you assess your home's interior and prioritize assorted home interior improvements.

Furthermore, a real estate agent will make it easy to navigate all stages of the home selling process. This housing market professional will help you list your house and promote it to large groups of potential buyers. Plus, if you receive offers on your house, a real estate agent can help you evaluate these proposals and make an informed decision.

Don't hesitate to enhance your home's interior. Instead, consider the aforementioned options, and you can take the first step to improve your house's interior.


Many laws govern land ownership, and it is vital to know about the processes and rights of landowners so that you can avoid the risk of partaking in an illegal sale or getting involved in a scam. Before you can transfer the rights to a property, it is critical to know some facts about land titles.

What is a ‘Land Title’?

A land title is a formal document that shows what rights a person or group of people have over a piece of property. A land title is generally used to prove ownership of the property. It can also help a potential buyer to know what exactly is going on with their land such as the usage rights, natural resource rights, easements, existing liens and other rights that may not be obvious at a glance. If a property title does not bear the name of the seller, there is a chance that it may belong to another party.

Most local courthouses keep property records of a county and record all forms of land transfers that happen in that region. Whenever there is a dispute over a piece of land, a land title will provide clarity regarding ownership and other usage rights.

When considering land titles, here are some essential facts to know:

A Title is Not the Same as a Deed

A deed is a document that is used to transfer a land title from one person to another. The deed states all the terms of the land transfer and all the people involved. The local country office must have a notarized copy of a deed agreement before the title can reflect the changes in ownership. 

A Title Proves Ownership

During a legal argument, the key document that the court refers to when determining the real ownership of a property is the land title. The absence of a title means that the court will not acknowledge any contract or deed related to the property.

Property Owners Should Secure Their Land Titles

If you lose your original land title, it will cause a lot of complications for you in the future. It is best to store land titles and other property ownership documents in a safe place like a bank safety deposit box or fireproof home safe. Having quick access to your land title will help to make land negotiations easier.

Title Searches Help to Reveal Potential Problems

During a title search, the investigator will peruse many years of documentation to make sure that everything is right with the property. A title search can protect a potential buyer from paying the wrong party for a property, buying a property with unresolved tax payments or liens that can invalidate land ownership transactions.

If you’re looking to purchase land in your area, talk to your real estate agent about the best property for your needs.


Credit plays an important role in your ability to secure a home loan and to qualify for a low-interest mortgage. However, many first-time homebuyers aren’t aren’t sure about the exact relationship between credit scores and mortgages.

This doesn’t come as much of a surprise considering the many factors that go into your credit score and into your lender’s decision to approve you for a mortgage. So, in this article, we’re going to cover three commonly asked questions that homebuyers have about credit scores and how they’re used by mortgage lenders to determine your eligibility for a home loan.

Will my credit score go down if I check my credit report?

If you’re thinking of buying a home in the near future, one of the first things you’ll want to do is check your credit. However, if you’ve heard that some credit inquiries briefly lower your credit score you might be hesitant to find out.


This common misconception stems from the fact that taking out new lines of credit results in a temporary decrease in your credit score. The difference between checking your credit and a credit inquiry is simple: a credit check you can access for free online through a service like Credit Karma, whereas a credit inquiry is performed by a lender or creditor with whom you’ve applied for credit.

In short, checking your credit score online won’t affect your score. In fact, the major credit bureaus are required to allow you to check your credit for free once per year.

Can I get a loan with low credit?

Increasing your credit score is a lengthy process that requires careful financial management. Many people who have had difficulties paying off bills, loans, and credit cards will have to rebuild their credit. Or, if you’re young and don’t have a diverse history of credit payments, you’ll be starting from scratch to build your score.

If you’re hoping to get an FHA (first-time homeowner loan), the lowest your score can be is 580. However, that doesn’t mean you should always take a loan with a low credit score. When you don’t have a good credit history, lenders will seek other ways to guarantees their investment. This comes in the form of higher interest rates or PMI (private mortgage insurance) which you’ll have to pay on top of your monthly home insurance and mortgage payments.

Will applying for a home loan affect my credit?

Simply stated, yes. However, applying for a loan or get preapproved is considered a credit inquiry and won’t leave any lasting negative on your credit score. Making several inquiries within a short period of time, however, can significantly lower your score, so choose your inquiries wisely. And, be sure to monitor your credit score on a monthly basis so you have an idea of where you stand along the road to applying for a home loan.




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