Five Interior Design Disasters to Avoid

Five Interior Design Disasters to Avoid
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and that saying rings true for how one chooses to decorate one’s home. Therefore, one person’s love of leopard print could be another person’s decorating disaster. If you are looking to sell your home this year, change up or avoid these top five no-nos.

Wall-to-wall carpeting. Having wall-to-wall carpet is the number one no-no. According to Jonathan Scott of the famed Property Brothers, no one is looking to buy a house with carpet – which can hold many of life’s unsavory side effects like dirt, stains, and hair.

Mirrored walls. In theory, this decorating idea should make a small space appear larger. However, according to Scott, the effect can actually make your room look like an “’80s dance hall.” Let the dance hall die and opt for full-length mirrors instead.

Clutter. When it comes to decorating to sell, less is almost always more. Be particularly picky about the foyer, since this provides the initial impression of the interior. Keep shoes, winterwear, bags, and other daily-use items organized and out of sight. Rearrange or remove furniture and décor throughout the home to make each room appear as spacious and inviting as possible.

Loud wallpaper. Although wallpaper can add that pop of color that a room desperately needs, a loud or dizzying pattern can turn off buyers. If you want to add appealing hues, stick with paint.

White on white. Although beautiful, the color white is not realistic when it comes to life’s many mishaps. Realtor.com recommends that homeowners gravitate toward rich shades such as rust browns, black, and forest green.


Are Robots Really Taking Over Retail?

Since 1977, when R2D2 first showed up in the theater, it seems that robots have become commonplace. They now vacuum our floors, assemble our cars, monitor our homes, and even perform surgery. Indeed, our world is becoming more automated.

But what does this mean to us in our everyday lives? We order pizza from our computers, withdraw cash from an ATM that never sleeps, and push buttons on our phones in the hope of reaching a real person. A recent Vancouver Sun article claims, “Such automation has become so common that Starbucks is taking steps to make sure the process doesn’t feel so, well, robotic.”

When it comes to shopping, robots are becoming an integral part of the experience. Forbes reports that robots make buying groceries a lot easier with on-demand shopping. Lowe’s is testing a “Lowebot” that helps shoppers find what they’re looking for in their cavernous stores, and many companies are actually “training” robots to assume a customer service role.

Best Buy is testing “Chloe,” a robot that retrieves products from the shelves. According to TechEmergence, “Customers can use touch screens in the store to pick out merchandise they want, such as earbuds, movies, video games, or other accessories. Shoppers can then watch the arm navigate the shelves to retrieve their products.”

No, it’s not about reducing staff. The hope is that robots will streamline the customer experience and make us all more efficient and happier shoppers. May the force be with them.


Shopper, Collector, or Hoarder – Which Are You?

With fall comes yearly rituals of back-to-school shopping and purging of unneeded items. Neither activity is bad. But how can you know if your shopping crosses the line? Are you simply adding to your fall wardrobe, building a collection of ties, or becoming a hoarder?

The main differences between hoarding and collecting are emotional. Hoarders gather items out of fear. They want possessions to fill emotional needs. Hoarders get anxious when they think about getting rid of things. They distrust anyone who may try to remove items. Hoarders are often disorganized and may live in unhealthy conditions. They want to hide their hoarding and can become defensive when asked about it.

Collectors may also have lots of things, but their motivations are different. They take pride in what they’re collecting – often only a few, specific items as opposed to the many things hoarders have. They want to show their collections to others, and they keep things organized. Collectors have a budget and are strategic in their purchasing.

Hoarding can be treated through cognitive behavior therapy and support from family and friends. This is particularly true for animal hoarders, who often use animals to fill their need for relationships. Many object hoarders also hoard animals. They take in more animals than they can care for, putting themselves – and the animals – at risk.

If you suspect you or someone you know may be a hoarder, seek professional help.


Wondering How Much Your Home Is Worth?
How has the price of your home changed in today’s market? How much are other homes in your neighborhood selling for?

If you’re wondering what’s happening to prices in your area, or you’re thinking about selling your house, I’ll be able to help.

Click the market report below or select San Antonio Real Estate Market and complete the requested information about your home!


Do You Need a Property Manager?
If you already own a rental property, or you’re looking to get into the business, the idea of having to deal with tenants and managing the property might be daunting.

But that’s where property managers step in.

A credible property manager will take over the responsibilities that rental owners might not want to handle. This could include surveying the market and area to determine a reasonable and competitive rate to charge for rent. Property managers can also help you sell a home by generating solid leads through a variety of channels, including social media, advertising, and the multiple listing service.

Once your property has caught the eye of prospective tenants, the property manager can help you vet the tenants to make sure any potential renters will be responsible and reliable. Once the tenants have been screened and approved and have moved in, property managers will even be able to protect you from potential lawsuits by staying up to date on your city’s laws, rules, and regulations to make sure you’re in the clear.

From there, they’ll be able to take over the less desirable parts of property management, like handling emergency repairs, creating monthly expenditure reports, taking care of important tax filings, and performing home visits. Given the wide range of services that property managers provide, you might now be wondering how much they charge. Fees vary widely depending on where you live, but most managers will charge one month’s rent to secure a tenant and then charge a monthly fee to manage the property.

As with all things related to buying and renting property, you’ll want to make sure you do your research before hiring a property manager. But once you find one that is experienced and dependable, you might be amazed by the peace of mind their services can bring.

Your real estate agent can assist by recommending a reputable company.

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Dijon Chicken Pasta
This simple but delicious dish can easily become a go-to recipe – perfect for fall evenings filled with activities.
Serves 6
1 pound short pasta (such as ziti or penne)
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 shallots, chopped
2 cups heavy cream
3 tablespoons Dijon mustard
2 1/2 cups cooked and diced chicken breast
2 cups quartered mushrooms
2 cups fresh spinach, chopped
1 teaspoon salt
Fresh pepper to taste
Directions
Cook pasta according to package directions and set aside.

In a large skillet, heat oil and sauté shallots until translucent. Lower heat and add cream and mustard, stirring until combined. Add chicken and mushrooms and gently heat through.

Add the cooked pasta and spinach and toss until leaves are just wilted. Add salt and pepper to taste and serve.


Ask the Agent: This Month’s Question
Why hasn’t my home sold?

If you’re in a hot market, and your sign out front still doesn’t bear the much-desired “sold” banner, it’s probably for one of three reasons.

First and foremost is price. Have you priced it realistically? Work with a real estate agent who knows your area and can recommend a reasonable price based on comparable sales and your home’s condition.

The second common reason is condition. Is your kitchen outdated? Does your exterior need a paint job? If your home needs work, you should reflect this in the price or complete the necessary work.

The third factor relates to how you show your home. Remember, you want to make a dazzling first impression. Make sure your home is in top condition for showings. Turn on lights, open blinds, declutter, deodorize and vacate the premises during showings. Present buyers with a bright, clean, and inviting space they’ll fall in love with.

This newsletter and any information contained herein are intended for general informational purposes only and should not be construed as legal, financial or medical advice. The publisher takes great efforts to ensure the accuracy of information contained in this newsletter. However, we will not be responsible at any time for any errors or omissions or any damages, howsoever caused, that result from its use. Seek competent professional advice and/or legal counsel with respect to any matter discussed or published in this newsletter. This newsletter is not intended to solicit properties currently for sale.
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