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How Essential Oils Can Help You Sell Your Home

How Essential Oils Can Help You Sell Your Home

When a potential buyer for your home comes to look at it, you will need to make sure that it smells good. The smell of the home can be a deciding factor for those wanting to purchase a home. If there are bad odors in the home, potential homeowners may be swayed away from purchasing the home. You want to make sure that you remove smells of home appliances, clothing, pets, smoke, mold, and cooked food. A homeowner should immediately address the cause of the odors and rectify the situation.

You want to make sure that your home is clean and that you have not just put out a deodorizing smell. If you put out a bunch of scented candles or plug-ins, a potential buyer might think you are masking a smell or they might not like the scent at all. In some cases, the smell may be so overpowering it distracts the people from being able to make a decision on the home.

Cleaning Your Home

The very first thing you want to do is clean the entire home from top to bottom. Make sure that you get every nook and cranny to ensure that there are no smells. If you hate cleaning, get the whole family involved. Ask them to help you clean the entire house to help you get it ready for sale. If you have trouble getting your family to help, consider using whatever reward necessary to help them get the house clean. Cleaning the house will help the overall smell of the home.

While you are cleaning your home, it is important that you use a simple fragrance. Using more than one fragrance can actually be unpleasant and overpowering. Using a cleaner with an essential oil not only helps to clean your home, but will also help with the smell. Here are some of the essential oils that you should use. Below are some ideas of essential oils that you may want to consider using for your home.

Citrus

Citrus essential oils like lemon essential oil and orange essential create a pleasant smell that will last throughout your house. These oils also have a disinfecting quality that can help rid your home of bacteria that might cause smells.

Herbs.

Essential oils herbs cause an inviting smell in the home. Consider diffusing the essential oils of basil, thyme, and rosemary. This smell will create a warm environment for potential buyers.

Pine and cedar.

Pine and cedar create a warm environment for guests. You can use this essential oil to clean your home as well as diffuse when you have potential buyers looking at your home.

Green tea.

A mix of essential oils from green tea can help to restore harmony in your home and refresh the mind. This scent can give buyers clarity about whether or not they want to purchase your property.

Vanilla.

This essential oil gives your home that warm cozy feel. People will be more attracted to a home that smells cozy and sweet. This fragrance is best to use in a diffuser, and can be mixed with other essential oil to bring in a fresh scent.

Consider adding these essential oils to your cleaning routine as well as diffusing them or using candles created with them throughout your home. You want to make sure that your house is clean and smells nice for when a potential buyer comes to visit. There are many options when it comes to essential oils so make sure that you take your time and find the one that most benefits your home. Remember to make sure that is not too overpowering as overpowering fragrances can make a person not want to purchase your home.

4 Steps for Finding the Perfect Home

4 Steps for Finding the Perfect Home

Moving is one of the most stressful things that you will need to do. It puts pressure on you, your spouse, and your children as you all try to find something that fits with each person’s expectations. You also have to consider the location of the new home, the size of the home, the size of the outdoor area, and the quality of the neighborhood. With all of these things that you need to consider, sometimes finding a house can seem like it’s impossible. The good news is that if you focus on these 4 main things, finding your home will be a whole lot easier.

1. Define Your “Perfect” Home

Get every in your family together and talk about what your perfect home would be. Your kids might want to have a big backyard and you want it to be close to your children’s school. If there’s a room size that you’re looking for, make sure that you write that down as well. You want your list to cover everything that you need. It’s also important to figure out what you need and what you want. For example, if your kids are big swimmers you might want to look at houses that have custom pools. However, this might not be something that you need in the house since a pool can be an easy addition to afterward. You need to realize which things can be compromised and which things cannot. Then, once you’ve defined what your perfect home is, give the list of needed things to your real estate agent and they’ll be able to locate houses that fit the criteria much easier.

2. Stay in the Budget

You might find a home that fits everything that you want, but it’s out of the budget. Now, you have a choice. You can abandon the budget and get the house, or find something that sticks within the price range. This piece of advice comes from years of experience--always choose to stick with the budget. You will only regret spending more than you were planning on spending and it will create financial stress in your future. It might take longer, but you need to find something that actually works with the money that you’ve set aside for buying a house. If you do, you will be a happier family with less financial stress on your shoulders.

3. Think About Remodeling

Remodeling is always an option. Let’s say that you find a house that is perfectly in your budget (maybe even a little cheaper) but it has one fewer room or the layout of the house isn’t what you were hoping for. Don’t just pass up the house. You might want to factor in the cost of remodeling the house and if that’s still in your budget, this might just be your dream house after all. It’s perfectly fine to remodel aspects of your home right after you buy it. Again, just make sure that remodeling isn’t going to push you outside of your budget.

4. Picture Your Family in the Home

Your family is the reason why you’re moving. Maybe your old home was getting too small for a family that’s always growing. Or, maybe you’re moving to a location that has better schools for your children. Sometimes, people move because they were offered a better job that will help them to better care for their family. Most of the time, the move is fueled by the desire to have a better location for the family. Because of that, the family should be at the heart of the home. Can you image your family happily living in the home? If no, then you should keep looking. If yes, then this might be the home for you.

Just make sure that your family is happy with the choice. Encourage your children to be apart of the move as well so that they know that their voices are valued in these big decisions.

 

Top Tips for Repatriation

Top Tips for Repatriation

While some expats find their forever home in a new country, many will repatriate after a period of time. This might be due to the ending of a work assignment, to raise children closer to other family members, or simply because it feels that the adventure is coming to a natural end.

Whether you were hoping to stay or glad to leave, it’s important to try and make repatriation to your point of origin as painless as it can be. With that in mind, here are a few things to consider before you go, from bureaucracy and paperwork to dealing with goodbyes.

Plan your timeline

You’ve already done at least one international relocation, so you know how hectic things can get. Unexpected extras appear in your schedule at the last minute, getting in the way of the things you really wanted or needed to do.

Be prepared for as many eventualities as possible by starting your planning as far ahead as you can, and sitting down to make notes on what needs doing and when. Don’t just think about packing, flights and logistics – be sure to factor in time for your farewells.

Dinners with close friends, farewell drinks and simple emails about your departure for those you aren’t as close to are all things to consider. If you have children in tow, prioritise their wellbeing and make time to organise farewells to their friends too. 

Your repatriation timeline should include everything from check-out days to immunisations, which brings us on to the next point.

Know the protocols

It’s the least fun part of any move, but it’s crucial to understand any paperwork, laws and legislation around your repatriation. How much notice do you need to give at work, if any, and to your landlord? How far ahead do you need to organise the cut-off date for your household bills, and is an international forwarding address enough?

Depending on where you’re heading back to, you may also need proof of certain up-to-date immunisations in order to return easily, and you may no longer be entitled to things like national health insurance if you’ve lived abroad for several years. Find out about any periods for which you will not be entitled to healthcare or other public services, and ensure that your international health insurance plan continues on your return until this period ends.

Other things to watch out for are the weight limits for your flight luggage, or restrictions on shipped items. If you have any pets, they’re going to need a passport of their own – and it’s likely you’ll need to pay substantial fees for their flights and quarantine before they can finish their own journey on the other side.

Be financially ready

On that note, it’s also advisable to be really thorough with checking your finances when committing to a repatriation. The cost of relocation may have increased overall since your initial move, but regardless, the price of necessary services and documents can vary from country to country. The more thorough your research and planning, the less likely you are to be caught out by an unexpected cost.

The cost of living in your home country may well be very different to your expat home, and changes in the economy and inflation can mean that things are more expensive than you remember. If you’re returning to a particular job, or are negotiating a new role for your return, be certain of how far the salary will go and any areas where you need to save or can afford to splurge.

If you still have a bank account open in your point of origin then this is one less thing to take care of, but if your lack of local address has meant that you no longer have a local account, setting one up should be on your to-do list too. If you bank with an international bank like HSBC, transferring your account should be relatively easy.

Capture memories

Something that’s easy to forget in the rush and multi-tasking of an international move, is the simple act of taking photos, or storing other kinds of memories. Once you’ve lived somewhere for a few years, the idea of taking photos of your day to day life might seem a bit odd. But when you’re looking back at your expat experience in another ten years’ time, simple things like photos of your home and of places you’ve visited can become cherished items.

In the run up to leaving, capture everything. Friends and family, favourite spots, local foods, anything that sparks a little joy. One of the sad truths of expat life is that unlike the goodbyes you say when you leave your original home, which are said knowing you will likely see the recipients again, often a goodbye to other expat friends really is a final goodbye.

Living a global lifestyle is an unparalleled way to befriend like-minded people from all over the world, and to share in amazing experiences, highs, lows and everything between. But if and when you, and they, decide to repatriate, accept that any goodbyes you offer may well be the last. For that reason among others, future-proofing your memory bank should definitely be on your repatriation checklist.

Understand what may have changed

Last, but not least, be ready for the things that may have changed since you last lived at your starting point. From people and relationships to local amenities, plenty of everyday details will not be the same on arrival as they have been in your memory.

Just as you will have changed and grown as a result of your time away, know that returning back to where you started from is not the same as having never left. See repatriation as another new chapter in your adventure, only this time in more familiar territory.

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