Thursday, 25 September 2014

How To Save At The Grocery Store

Grocery shopping can be a huge expense these days but it doesn’t have to be. Having a plan and putting a little more thought into purchases can save money on grocery shopping.


Be prepared

Being unprepared when visiting the grocery store can lead to impulse buying, which means people tend to buy a product without putting much though into it. Many times these items are left unused and wasted.

Preparing a shopping list before leaving for the grocery store is a great way to avoid impulse purchases. Make a plan of meals for the upcoming week and note down ingredients which need to be bought. Could coupons be used when purchasing certain items? Place coupons with the list so they are not left behind.

Don’t go to the store hungry. A growling stomach will encourage a shopper to buy to satisfy hunger rather than items which may be more practical.

At the store

It’s a great idea to have a good look around the store rather than rushing through and missing the bargains. Saving small amounts by comparing prices carefully can add up to big savings. Beware of specials, products on special are usually a little cheaper than usual but not necessarily the best value for money.

Often, grocery stores will place specials at the end of the aisle to entice customers and discourage them from walking down the aisle to a cheaper product. Or the store may simply have an excess of a certain product and decrease the price to remove stock. Also, buying in bulk is not always the cheapest way. Sometimes buying two items separately will be cheaper than buying the bigger size.
Try to stick to the items on the list as much as practical and have coupons ready at the check out. Check the items on the list to the items on the receipt before leaving the store in case any errors have been made at the checkout.

At home

Planting a small vegetable garden or growing vegetables and herbs in pots will have a small start up cost but save money in the long run.

Using left overs to make soups, sauces, stews and extra meals will contribute towards saving money on grocery shopping.

Dining out can be saved for special occasions. When eating out, many people order food which is over priced and over portioned. Therefore, eating and spending a lot more than at home.

Grocery shopping is an activity people must do but following these simple steps on a regular basis can contribute towards big savings at the grocery store.


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Friday, 19 September 2014

How To Be Stress Free

Stress is a part of every day life, but there are steps which can be taken to reduce stress and work towards a stress-free life.

Running late is a sure way to start the day in a stressful way. Being as prepared as possible for the following day the night before, encourages a less stressful start to the day. Allowing adequate time to prepare to leave the house, preparing lunch, laying out clothes and ensuring keys and mobile phones are within easy reach, is a stress-free way to start the day.

When the body and mind are stressed, hormones are released into the bloodstream and tension builds up in the muscles. A great way to combat this is to exercise. Physically engaging the body, releases feel good hormones which reduce symptoms of stress. Simply taking a 10 minute walk can ease stress quickly. Walking with a friend or loved one can provide added stress reducing benefits. Exercising on a regular basis can minimize the build up of stress.

Sleep restores and repairs mind and body, but people who are stressed often suffer from a lack of sleep. Going to bed feeling stressed can lead to tossing and turning all night so it’s a good idea to deal with problems before bedtime. A good way to ease problems is to talk to a trusted friend, loved one or therapist about them. Another easy problem solver is to write issues down in a journal. Talking about or writing down problems, can put situations into perspective and make them easier to solve. If stressful thoughts still occur during the night, they can be written down on a notepad to be dealt with the following day.

Individuals who suffer from too much stress, are often doing so much for others, that they don’t have enough time for themselves. Alone time is important for healthy adults and renews body and mind. Soaking in a warm bath, listening to relaxing music, cooking a meal, reading a magazine or sitting in a sunny spot are relaxing ways to spend time alone and reduce stress.

A messy environment can compound feelings of stress. Taking a few minutes each day to clear clutter can quickly reduce stress. Stressed people tend to over scheduled. Taking a little time to plan the day and confirm appointments is a helpful way to start the day.

Stress doesn’t have to interfere with daily life, being prepared, exercising, getting enough sleep, spending time alone, clearing clutter and having a plan, can reduce stress and lead to a happier, healthier life. If symptoms of stress continue to cause problems, a medical professional should be contacted.  

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Thursday, 18 September 2014

Healthy Living Guidelines

Being healthy can be challenging in today’s busy environment, but following a few simple guidelines can make it easier to live in a healthy way.


Exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle as it is a natural way to uplift mood, improve fitness and relieve stress. Experts recommend 30 minutes or more of exercise each day. The exercise doesn’t need to be completed in one season, incorporating it throughout the day will work too. Walking 10,000 steps a day is an easy way to achieve this.  

Sleep is an important part of life for everyone. Lack of sleep may cause irritability, moodiness and lack of concentration for even the simplest of tasks. Healthy bodies thrive on a sleep routine. Going to bed and rising at a regular time each day, can programme the body to sleep and wake at certain times. Even after a late night. it is important to get out of bed at the usual time the next day.

Stress can take a toll on mental and physical health. Talking to a trusted loved one or friend is a great stress reliever. A problem can often be blown out of proportion when kept inside. A problem shared is a problem halved. Another way to find a solution is to write thoughts down in a journal. This is helpful to people who are unsure of why they are stressed in the first place and also a great way to work through a solution to a stress creating problem.

An hour or two of alone time can do wonders. Many individuals say life is too busy for this but it is so important. It is not possible for an individual to give their best to others if they don’t take care of themselves first. Alone time is a way to connect with self and rejuvenate. There are so many ways to do this including, taking a bath with essential oils, going for a walk, reading a book, anything that can be done alone.

Human bodies contain a high percentage of water, so it’s important to keep water levels topped up.Dehydration can cause a lack of energy and tendency to overeat. Keeping a cup of water, herbal tea or decaffeinated beverage handy at all times to sip during the day can help. It’s important to drink more fluids when the weather is hot and before and after exercising. It’s a good idea to stay away from caffeinated and sugary beverages, these will give an initial boost of energy, but as the caffeine and sugar wear off, a person can feel more drained than before.

Following the above helpful guidelines can make it easier to live in a healthy way on a daily basis and provide health benefits for the years to come.

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Wednesday, 17 September 2014

Best Ways to Stay Healthy

Staying healthy involves taking care of body and mind and there are many effective ways to do this. Listed below are some of the best ways to stay healthy.

Health organisations around the world recommend healthy adults aim to walk around 10,000 steps per day, to remain in good health.  Children and adolescents should be taking between 12,000, to 14,000 steps and seniors just a little under 10,000.  The days may be busy and full, but due to a reliance on convenience and technology, many people are walking under 3,000 steps per day without realizing they are relatively inactive. A pedometer is an easy, inexpensive tool to count the number of steps taken each day and improve health.

Sleep is important for everyone. Many people look forward to sleeping while others dread bed time. Most people will at some time suffer from minor sleep problems, while others will experience more serious sleep issues. Regardless of which category a person falls into, going to bed and waking at approximately the same time each day and night, can help an individual develop a healthy sleep schedule and promote a better night’s sleep.

Being in a positive mood can be beneficial to mind and body. Being surrounded by positive people creates a positive environment. An individual could be in a fantastic mood, spend five minutes with a negative person and then feel totally depressed. Spending time with people in a positive mood can make a person feel better and stay healthy.



Too much stress can have a huge impact on physical and mental health. When under stress blood pressure rises and heart rate increases. This can be caused by taking shallow breaths rather than deep breaths. If an individual can take a few minutes to focus on breathing, they will become calmer and less stressed. This is achieved by breathing through the nose for a count of four, holding the breath for a count of two and slowly exhaling through the mouth for six counts. If an individual is breathing deeply, the abdomen will rise as they breathe in. This is a fast and effective way to reduce stress and can be done in almost any situation.

Eating a balanced diet may appear difficult, but it’s really quite straightforward.  Including more servings of fruits and vegetables into the diet is a great way to start. Studies have shown that fruits such as blueberries, vegetables such as broccoli, drinks such as coffee and even dark chocolate may have health benefits, so eating a variety of different foods is the key to staying healthy.

Staying healthy is a process and taking steps to take care of body and mind is achievable for most people.

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Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Healthy Living Guidelines

Being healthy can be challenging in today’s busy environment, but following a few simple guidelines can make it easier to live in a healthy way.

Exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle as it is a natural way to uplift mood, improve fitness and relieve stress. Experts recommend 30 minutes or more of exercise each day. The exercise doesn’t need to be completed in one season, incorporating it throughout the day will work too. Walking 10,000 steps a day is an easy way to achieve this.  

Sleep is an important part of life for everyone. Lack of sleep may cause irritability, moodiness and lack of concentration for even the simplest of tasks. Healthy bodies thrive on a sleep routine. Going to bed and rising at a regular time each day, can programme the body to sleep and wake at certain times. Even after a late night. it is important to get out of bed at the usual time the next day.

Stress can take a toll on mental and physical health. Talking to a trusted loved one or friend is a great stress reliever. A problem can often be blown out of proportion when kept inside. A problem shared is a problem halved. Another way to find a solution is to write thoughts down in a journal. This is helpful to people who are unsure of why they are stressed in the first place and also a great way to work through a solution to a stress creating problem.

An hour or two of alone time can do wonders. Many individuals say life is too busy for this but it is so important. It is not possible for an individual to give their best to others if they don’t take care of themselves first. Alone time is a way to connect with self and rejuvenate. There are so many ways to do this including, taking a bath with essential oils, going for a walk, reading a book, anything that can be done alone.

Human bodies contain a high percentage of water, so it’s important to keep water levels topped up.Dehydration can cause a lack of energy and tendency to overeat. Keeping a cup of water, herbal tea or decaffeinated beverage handy at all times to sip during the day can help. It’s important to drink more fluids when the weather is hot and before and after exercising. It’s a good idea to stay away from caffeinated and sugary beverages, these will give an initial boost of energy, but as the caffeine and sugar wear off, a person can feel more drained than before.

Following the above helpful guidelines can make it easier to live in a healthy way on a daily basis and provide health benefits for the years to come.

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Monday, 15 September 2014

Fast Ways to Reduce Stress

Stress has an important role in daily life; it can provide mental clarity, extra energy and the impulse to avoid danger. There are many techniques to reduce stress such as yoga, regular exercise and deep breathing techniques, but most stressful situations don’t allow a person to simply pull up a mat and begin practicing yoga. The key to quick stress relief is knowing what causes stress and how to combat it at any given moment.



Many people don’t recognise the symptoms of stress until it’s quite significant. Each person reacts to stress differently but in most cases, the muscles become tense, breathing becomes more rapid and the mind begins to race. If an individual knows which symptoms the exhibit when feeling stressed and notices when they begin, they have a better chance of dealing with the stress quickly. Recording stressors in a journal or a notebook for a short period of time is a good way to establish how a person exhibits stress signals.

Stress affects the body and mind. When the body is stressed, it builds up excess energy and adrenalin. A fast way to combat this type of stress is through physical activity. A fast paced walk around the office, vigorous housework, a run around the block and if an individual is stuck at the office, a few jumping jacks in the bathroom may do the trick.

When the mind begins to race, talking to a trusted friend, loved one or co-worker can often quickly reduce stress. If there is nobody around to talk to, writing in a journal or notepad can calm the mind. Another technique for calming the mind is to involve it in a task such as a puzzle, counting or repeating a calming phrase or song.

Deep breathing is a technique which is simple to learn and can be done anywhere.  This technique involves taking a deep breath from the abdomen for a count of 4, holding the breath for a count of 2, and slowly letting it out for a count of 6. Repeating until the person feels calmer. This technique focuses the mind and calms the body. The key to successful deep breathing is to practice the technique before it needs to be used.

Stress doesn’t need to be a downfall. Simple techniques such as deep breathing and talking to a friend can rapidly relieve stress and stop it from building. However, if stress persists, contact a medical professional.

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Friday, 12 September 2014

Easy Ways to Stay Healthy

Staying healthy is important at any stage of life, but many people can’t find the motivation to do so. Luckily, it’s never too late to begin making healthy changes and the following select ways are a good place to start.  



Exercising is one of the most beneficial activities to take part in to stay healthy. Experts recommend healthy adults exercise for 30 minutes for a minimum of 5 days per week. It’s advisable to check with a doctor before beginning any exercise programme, especially if an individual is over 40. The 30 minutes can be broken down into smaller 10 minute sessions to be easier to achieve. There is no need to join an expensive gym; walking the dog, taking the stairs rather than the elevator, parking the car further away from the intended destination and walking the rest of the way or vigorously doing household chores are all acceptable forms of exercise. Being more active, rather than less active is the goal.

Being healthier can be as easy as getting a good night’s sleep. Sleep is a time of rest, renewal and rejuvenation and provides energy, clarity of mind and motivation for the following day. If an individual needs to wake to an alarm and feels sluggish and tired during the day, they are probably not getting enough sleep. Going to bed a little earlier each night until the alarm is not needed, is an effective way of measuring how much sleep is needed.

Being social is a fun way to stay healthy. Spending time with positive people, boosts mood, eases stress and can put problems into perspective. Being with loved ones, volunteering or joining a club are some of the many ways to be more social.

Dehydration can contribute to a bad mood, poor concentration and lack of energy. As the human body consists of a large percentage of water, it’s important to keep levels high to stay healthy. If an individual is thirsty, they are probably already dehydrated so it’s important to sip water, healthy juices or herbal teas during the day. Caffeinated beverages and alcohol should be limited or avoided if dehydration is an issue as these substances can contribute to dehydration.

A balanced diet including lean meats, fruits, vegetables, whole grains and nuts, is an essential part of a healthy lifestyle. Changing unhealthy eating habits can be overwhelming if attempted all at once, an easier way to accomplish this is by making small substitutions each week. For example, a sweet treat can be substituted with a piece of fruit, vegetables can be added to soups and nuts can be eaten as a snack instead of a packet of chips.

Staying healthy is a journey, regular exercise, restful sleep, socializing, staying hydrated and eating a balanced diet and are great ways to start.

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Thursday, 11 September 2014

Easy Ways to Reduce Stress

Feeling stressed in certain situations such as before an important meeting, leading up to a big event or even while planning a holiday is quite normal. When stress builds and begins to interfere with every day life, it can lead to health problems. Here are a few easy ways to reduce stress levels and enjoy a calmer lifestyle.

Stress reduction can be difficult when reasons for the stressful feelings are unknown. A good way to discover the reasons for feelings of stress is to talk to another person about it. Talking about problems, help individuals get to the bottom of what the problems are and possible solutions. Often, just talking about feeling stressed will reduce the stress quite substantially. Another way to connect with stressful feelings is to write problems down in a notebook. Seeing difficulties written down can lead to solutions and therefore a reduction of stress levels.

Human minds cannot be stressed and relaxed at the same time, so it’s important to spend some time during each day relaxing. Relaxation activities such as sitting in front of the TV or computer screen can stimulate rather than relax the mind so it can be more beneficial to relax in solitude, somewhere quiet. A stroll along the beach, listening to relaxing music, soaking in a warm bath, yoga, meditation and deep breathing exercises are activities which can relax mind and body.

Exercise is a solid way to reduce stress levels. A short walk around the block can clear the head and work off stress. Regular exercise (30-60 minutes most days of the week), will be even more beneficial for stress reduction.

Sleep is essential for the human body but during times of stress, a good night’s sleep can become elusive. Retiring for the night and waking around the same time each day can reprogramme the mind and body to a regular sleep pattern. Partaking in a relaxing activity before bed such as listening to relaxing music, taking a hot shower or reading a book can inform the mind and body that it’s time to prepare for sleep.

Eating a well balanced diet promotes a less stressful mind and body.  Fatty foods, sugary drinks, alcohol and caffeine can keep the body on high alert; cutting back on these can lead to less stress.
Incorporating these techniques into everyday life can lead to reduced stress but if symptoms persist, consult a medical professional.

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Tuesday, 9 September 2014

De stress Solutions

Stress is part of life but if left to build, it can cause serious health issues. Read on for a few simple de-stress solutions.

Stress causes the body to go into high alert mood, heightening feelings and body sensations. One of the quickest and most effective ways to reduce these sensations is to engage the body in physical activity. A short walk around the block or the office or tackling household chores with intensity, can reduce physical symptoms of stress in as little as five minutes. Practicing physical activity on a daily basis can ease a build up of stress.



It is difficult to be stressed and relaxed at the same time, so taking part in a form of relaxation such as deep breathing, or yoga can quickly reduce stress.  Another way to relax quickly is to engage in a fun activity. Talking to a friend on the phone, watching a funny DVD or remembering a funny joke, can change the mindset and release stress.

Feelings of stress can build if kept inside. Sharing with a friend or family member about problems can reduce feelings of stress and often lead to a solution. Another handy way to address stressful emotions is to record feelings in a journal. This can lessen problems by putting them into perspective and making them easier to understand.

When an individual is feeling stressed, the mind may process certain problems continually, contributing to even more stress. Engaging the mind by reading a magazine or working on a crossword puzzle can change focus and de-stress the mind. Talking to another person, whether a friend or a stranger, can be beneficial in changing the mind’s focus and de-stressing.

Sitting at home alone stewing over a stressful situation is more likely to increase feelings of stress. Socializing is a much better way to de-stress. Whether it be with family and friends, a social club or working out at the gym, sharing with others is a great way to de-stress.

A good night’s sleep is an effective way to de-stress, but many individuals who are stressed have difficulty falling asleep. A helpful solution to tossing and turning is to keep a notebook by the bed to record problems that lead to worrying during the night. Writing issues down and committing to addressing them the next day, can often encourage a good night’s rest.

These simple solutions are helpful ways to de-stress and enjoy life to the fullest. However, if symptoms of stress continue, a medical professional should be consulted.

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Monday, 8 September 2014

Daily Habits for a Healthy Lifestyle

Taking care of body and mind is important at any stage of life and there are several daily habits to follow to ensure a healthy lifestyle.

Human bodies consist of a large percentage of water and water levels need to be replenished to stop dehydration from occurring. Dehydration can contribute to poor concentration, lack of energy and in severe cases it can be life threatening. Sipping water, herbal teas and healthy juices during the day can guard against dehydration. It’s also important to remember to drink more fluids during hot temperatures and before and after exercising. Alcohol and caffeinated beverages can rob the body of water so it’s important to reduce or eliminate these substances if dehydration is a concern.



Sleep is an important part of a healthy lifestyle as it is a time of repair and rejuvenation. Lack of sleep can contribute to bad moods, lack of energy and poor concentration. Each person requires a different amount of sleep and if an individual needs to wake to an alarm and feels tired and sluggish during the day, they are probably not getting enough sleep. If this is the case, the person should go to bed a little earlier each night until they no longer need the assistance of an alarm to wake. Once an individual is getting enough sleep, going to bed and waking at approximately the same time each day and night ensures a sleep schedule is set and makes it easier to fall asleep and wake up refreshed in the future.

Exercise is an essential habit to incorporate into a healthy lifestyle. Regular exercise can increase longevity, boost mood, reduce stress, increase energy levels and reduce the risk of serious illness. The American Heart Association recommends 30 minutes of moderate exercise, 5 times per week for healthy adults. It’s important to check with a doctor before beginning any new exercise programme and beginners should start slowly and gradually build up the amount of exercise. The exercise can be broken down into smaller sections to fit into a busy day.

Socializing with positive people is a fun way to achieve a healthy outlook on life. Spending time with friends, family and like minded individuals can boost immunity, improve mood and put life’s problems into perspective. Adults should aim to spend time with at least one person each day. Chatting on the phone or internet are acceptable ways to keep in touch, but face-to-face time is more beneficial.

A healthy lifestyle is possible for most people, staying hydrated, sleeping well, exercising on a regular basis and socializing are daily habits to follow to make this goal achievable.

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Sunday, 7 September 2014

Ways to Reduce Stress

Stress can arise from many sources; a negative environment, a hectic schedule, an unhealthy lifestyle or even the way a person manages a busy day.  The good news is that stress can be minimized by taking a few, simple steps.

The first step to reduce stress is to consider the origin of the stress. Keeping a stress journal is a good place to connect with feelings and stresses during the day. Set aside some time each day to study the journal and assess what is causing problems. Often, writing problems down, relieves stress and enables a conclusion to be arrived at sooner. Talking to a trusted friend, family member or therapist is another solution to minimizing stress. A stressful situation can often appear bigger than it actually is until shared with another.  

Over scheduling is a huge problem for many people. Having too much to do in the day, can lead to a build up of stress. Learn to say, “No”. In an ideal world everyone would be able to help out everyone else when asked but unfortunately this is not the case. Start an appointment diary and check it before starting the day.  Don’t forget to allow for down time in the diary too.

An untidy home or work environment can cause stress. Simply setting aside a little time each day to put things away and organise the place will provide a calmer home and work environment.

Daily exercise is a must for reducing stress. Setting aside 30 to 60 minutes each day for exercise can bring down stress levels. If doing the exercise in one block is unrealistic, there are many other ways to combine exercise into a busy day. Consider walking to work, taking the children to play in the park, using the stairs rather than the elevator or parking the car further away than the intended destination and walking the rest of the way. Being more active rather than less active will ensure lower stress levels.



Relying on sugary drinks, cigarettes and junk food can stimulate the body and mind, increase stressful feelings and get in the way of a good night's sleep. Consider munching on healthy snacks such as fruit, vegetables and nuts and drink herbal tea to calm a stressed mind.

A good way to reduce stress is to step away from the problem (if practicable) and take a break. Have some fun with friends or family, take the dog for a walk or spend some time with a new hobby. This can renew energy and give a new perspective on a stressful situation.

Identifying stress, taking better care of body and mind and enjoying life can minimize stress but if problems persist, consult a medical profession.

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Wednesday, 3 September 2014

A Guide to Healthy Living

Being healthy can provide many benefits, including an extended lifespan, improved mood, a boosted immunity system and a decreased risk of contracting serious illnesses. The following guide explains the best ways of staying healthy.

A great place to start is visiting a doctor. The doctor can assess an individual’s level or fitness and give advice on measures that need be taken regarding any health issues. Visiting the doctor annually for a check up is a good way to measure progress.



One of the most important aspects of a healthy lifestyle is regular exercise. Walking is an easy and affordable exercise which is suitable for most adults. According to the American Heart Association, walking for as little as thirty minutes each day can benefit an individual’s overall health and fitness.

Sleeping is how the body and mind repair and rejuvenate. Therefore, getting enough good quality sleep is crucial to remain in good health. Each individual needs a different amount of sleep to function efficiently. If an individual needs an alarm to wake, does not feel refreshed on waking or feels sluggish during the day, they are probably not getting enough sleep. Going to bed a little earlier each night until the individual no longer needs to wake to an alarm and following this up by going to bed and rising approximately the same time each day and night, will ensure an individual continues to get enough sleep.

Following a healthy diet gives the body energy and keeps the mind focused. Substances such as alcohol, cigarettes, caffeine, salt and fast foods can have the opposite affect. Alcohol and caffeine can interrupt sleep patterns, cigarettes can increase the chances of suffering from cancer and salt and fast foods can increase blood pressure.  These substances should be reduced, or in some cases eliminated, in order for an individual to remain healthy.

Human beings are social creatures and being social rather than a loner, decreases the chances of suffering from diseases such as stroke and heart disease and can boost mood and confidence. Spending time with family and friends, signing up for a new skill or playing with the children at the park, are fun ways of being more social.

The above measures are a good guide to the best ways to stay healthy. Being monitored by a doctor, exercising, following a healthy diet, getting enough sleep and being social can lead to a happier, healthier life.

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Tuesday, 2 September 2014

Tips for Preparing Your House for Sale

Selling a home can be a slow and stressful process. Investing a little time and thought into preparing the house for sale, can improve the chances of selling it faster and for a better price.
 
First impressions

The first impression of a home is from the outside. Buyers may be put off if the home doesn’t look inviting from the street and may not even enter the front door. The garden and front of the house need to be clean and tidy. Pulling up weeds, mowing the lawn and adding a few colourful flowers to a garden will spruce it up nicely. Cobwebs and dirt on the outside of the house can be removed with a water blaster or scrubbed away with a broom. A coat of colourful paint on the front door and mailbox will make the home appear more welcoming.

Inside the home

The more obvious way to make a home look more appealing is to clean it but this is often overlooked. When living in a house, dusty surfaces, dirty windows and clutter can become the usual but a potential buyer will notice these things. Clean the house before an inspection and keep the surfaces clear of clutter. Having too many personal items in the home will make the place feel too much like the owner’s and the buyer may find it difficult to envision living there.




A welcoming home invigorates the senses, as well as looking good, it must smell good.  Investing in and burning essential oils are a great way to make the place smell good. Placing a couple of drops of lavender oil in the vacuum bag will ensure the carpets smell great too. The smell of home made bread or cookies can make the buyer feel more at home.

A potential buyer may take into account work that needs to be done around the home, so it’s a good idea to fix as many items as practical. A hole in the fence, a leaky tap, a crack in a window, or missing tile, are items which draw bad attention to the property but are easy and cheap to fix.
If the budget allows, clean curtains and give rooms a fresh coat of paint. Rooms which are outdated don’t look as appealing. Investing in a couple of bright pillows for the bedroom, new doorknobs and a few indoor plants, will make rooms look more inviting. Rugs are great for sprucing up a room and don’t need to be expensive. Rugs add warmth to a cold floor and cover up flaws.

Preparing a home for sale can be fun and needn’t be expensive. With a little imagination and flare, it can look ten years younger and be much more appealing to potential buyers.

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