Real Estate – Long Before The Open House Day

Selling a house is not an easy task. There may be so many events – both uneventful and emotional – taking place during the process. Planning ahead will take away most of the headaches that you will encounter. Planning involves the reason to sell your house. What do you intend to do with the money? What is the major motivator to selling? Do you plan to spend it in the next few years? Are you trying to put a down payment for a bigger, better house? Do you plan to retire or move out of state and the money is your only savings? These are the doubts that are natural to occur. 

The ideal situation is that you answer yes to one of the above questions. But in a not-so-ideal world there are many painful points to explore. What if the house doesn’t get sold for your asking price? What if the buyer walks away a week before closing? As you can see there are many ‘what-ifs’. Then there is the time when you figure out the rock-bottom price you are willing to let the house go for. Remember, to keep this number a secret. Your buyer or real estate agent shouldn’t know how low you will go. Planning also involves preparing the necessary paperwork before the agent or buyer gets to inspect the house inside out. If you are following all these rules religiously, your time and effort will be rewarded in dollars the day of the final sale. 

Now let us move on to the practical aspect of home selling process, away from the paper and notepad version of planning. This means making the house somewhat ready in anticipation that the agent will look at it objectively. Getting your house ready is not exactly an open house but … Read the rest

What are the Pros and Cons of a Pellet Stove?

In this world where natural resources are limited, it is always better to use the least amount of resources over a longer period. The better we manage our own resources, the better we get along with nature. There are products invented for the purpose of lessening the usage of natural resources while getting the best quality of living. One of them is the pellet stove.

A pellet stove is a stove that is designed to burn compressed wood or biomass pellets. its purpose is like in the other heating systems, except the fact that it is designed to use lesser amount of fuel. When using a pellet stove, the efficiency factor can reach as high as 90% or more. With this, you don’t need to gather a lot of firewood for the winter just to keep your heating system running.

Just like all the products available in the market right now, the Stove Pellet also has benefits and disadvantages. Here are the benefits of using a Stove Pellet as a heat source at your home: Environmental friendliness, ease of usability, and cost of fuel.

Environmentally Friendly – This is so far the most important prospect of using a Pellet Stove. By using one, efficient burning is used and the ash from the burnt pellets are just 0.5 to 1%, which means that there is more heat released but lesser carbon dioxide. And since it uses biomass as fuel, it reduces the use of oil and other petroleum products.

Ease of Use – Pellet Stoves are also known for its ease of use. Anyone can control the appliance with just a remote or a room thermostat. You can also program how the machine will work via an app or a text message. This automation feature makes Pellet Stoves heaven-sent for … Read the rest