How schools impact real estate prices in the neighbourhoods

There is no denying that the quality of nearby schools can impact the price of a home. But while this fact has always been somewhat of a given in the real estate industry, recent statistics now demonstrate just how much of an impact school quality has on real estate. Moving for schools is a common practice for house hunters throughout the world, sometimes even for home buyers without kids. Many home buyers are willing to pay more for good schools and are even willing to trade bigger and better homes for access to quality school systems. Twenty-nine percent of the buyers listed schools quality as a deciding factor in their decision. The influence of school quality on house prices also feeds back into school admissions. Faced with strong evidence on house price effects and in an effort to give poorer children the opportunity to enroll in high performing schools, recent policy has tried to loosen the link between where children live and the schools they attend. The link between schools and house prices also sheds light on the general shortage of what parents perceive as high quality schools, influencing the policy measures to extend competition, choice and the quality and diversity in provision through the academy and “free school” programmed.

Spending on housing is spending on a bundle of goods: structural quality, access to transport, green space, shops, safety from crime, views, environment and so on, alongside school quality. The market price of a house therefore reflects the availability of these attributes and amenities, and buyers’ willingness to give up other forms of consumption to pay for them. Some buyers will actually come to these areas with the specific intention to buy a home there specifically for the excellent school systems. However, there are other kinds of buyers out there that consider schools as part of an overall equation in determining the desirability of a property. Real estate investors buy homes for very different reasons than the average nuclear family – yet they are coming to a similar conclusion on the desirability of homes located near good schools. This is a perfect example of how schools can impact buying decisions.

When discussing why good schools do what they do to property values, it is easy to get into a “chicken and egg” dilemma. On the one hand, it is possible to argue that good schools are responsible for increased property values. After all, we just discussed multiple reasons why buyers will seek out homes located in good school districts and pay a premium for them. The conclusion that good schools drive up prices is an obvious one. The basic procedure is to take the price of a house and its associated local school quality, and compare them with the prices of similar neighboring houses that offer access to a different set of schools. The assumption here is that the close neighbors provide a set of almost identical “twins” with which comparisons can be made.

Ideal Spring Decor Colors

Spring is considered the refreshing season of the year, when most people clean up from the long cold winter months, set out their garden and patio, re-do some decor to give a fresh look and appeal to the house. Spring is that time of the year when the flowers start to bloom and the whole place begins to look more colorful and green with all the natural bloom. It would be perfect decor idea to incorporate some of those colors into  the home decor too. Decor is a generalist terms depending on one person to other.  To a few it may mean adding some pieces here and there to add some new element of attraction. To few others it may mean re-doing some waiting home project which will make the home seems refreshing and new. Whatever the idea maybe, here are some suggestions and new tips on how one can effectively implement the design concept. That being said, colors are also person to person, mood oriented. But the points discussed here merely give a holistic approach to colors and creativity with some personalized touch will make the most impact.

After the gloomy dull winter months, adding some pop of color can be of good help to lift up the mood and get the family prepared for the next couple of months. The outdoorsy feeling can be brought in by incorporating some fun DIY decor on the patio and backyard. Setting up the backyard is a great way of welcoming the family to the outdoor spaces. Incorporating bright colors like Oranges, pink  or red shades, green shades create an outdoorsy mood. Moving to the indoors, the decors can be as simple as changing out the drapes, curtains and pillow covers. Some may even reconsider changing out the rugs or deep cleaning the existing rug and carpet to give it a fresh feeling. Adding blues and patterned blues help create a 3 dimensional cooler appearance. It also creates a good amount of distraction from the bright outside.

Spring days are oriented to rain. People can very much expect surprise rains on these spring days. These surprise showers help plants grow fresh. Adding some potted plants on the window sill and manually watering them can also help create an ambiance for spring. While adding larger plants with colorful pots on the outside of the house also help with gardening and then reap the fruits and flowers planted. Add some elegant fabric throws to the couch to help create a neat feel of the spring decor. Incorporate small and budget friendly DIY show pieces. These make the home look more personalized and help create a personal touch. For a relaxed, country look, decorate with a backdrop of chalky paint on walls, then pick a palette of raspberry and soft green for fabrics. A blend of leaf, floral and check patterns looks fresh and inviting. Start spring off right by embracing bright colors and unique combinations. The more creative one can get, the more unique and customized the decor would get.

How to protest your house from a pest attack

There are many things that can go wrong without the four walls of your apartment. And one of those things is an outright nasty invasion of a pest. Pests come in all sizes and forms. But once they descend on your residence they can only spell trouble. They are not something that should come in contact with your family if you want them safe and healthy.

When pests come to invade your residence it can go to a level where you might have to vacate it for your house for some time. But the point is why do through the entire ordeal when you can prevent an infestation from happening altogether. They don’t say prevention is better than cure for no reason. So here are some ways in which you can prevents pests from spreading the plague in your flats.

You start by not letting them into your house in the first place. You need to be mindful of the all the entry points into your home which pests can use to get inside. These could be things like cracks in the walls and the openings in the wood work. You need to undertake a checkup of your home and ensure that all the entry points into it are sealed.

Pests like a home because it provides them all the ingredients that are needed for them to develop. They get food, warm and shelter from their enemies. The thing is even though they are readily available in your house, you should not make it easy for the vermin to get to them.

It is completely in your control to ensure that your house is clean at all times. This will discourage the pests from taking shelter in your apartments. Vermin usually tend to hide where there is a lot of clutter. So it is really important you de-clutter your living quarters pronto. You should also ensure that you clean your residence every day without thinking twice about it.

Never ever leave any food lying around. It should always be packed away after eating into an airtight container. This is especially true of food items that are sweet in nature. Pests like ants are very attracted to sweet stuff. Cretins like cockroaches are also attracted to food. This means that your kitchen is a prime attraction for these vermin. You need to ensure that your kitchen sink that have any speck of food and undone dishes overnight. Your kitchen needs to be the cleanest part of your residence. You should also be diligent about disposing your garbage. It has to be every day without fail.

Another thing you can do is to get your house checked every season. Seasonal changes can also trigger outbreaks. Expert help does prevent the possibility of an outbreak from even happening. They will check and treat places which you might not have even thought about. So ensure that besides taking all these steps on your own, you get the experts involved periodically.



Storage ideas for small spaces

You might have meticulously planned out your tiny rooms, but somehow, that clutter still manages to creep in. Rather than stack up boxes or use unsightly plastic trays, why not try some of our clever storage ideas to save space. Tiny homes hold the secret to clever storage, with their well-placed shelves and multi-functional furniture. They demonstrate that if you get creative, you can maximize even the most minuscule sliver of space. Make every inch of your home work hard with well-thought out and space-saving storage solutions. Every nook and cranny is crying out for your clutter, so take charge of your belongings and banish them to hidden or well-organised areas. If you are renovating your house, think about building storage space into the walls: Cubbyholes in the bathroom wall will create space for all of your toiletries, without using up valuable room around your bath or shower.

If you aren’t completely redecorating your home, invest in multi-purpose storage units that will only take up a single area in one room, but will store everything you need for the whole house. You need open shelves, perfect for storage boxes, which can sit above a desk consisting of a simple plank of wood. Folding or sliding doors keep all the clutter tucked out of sight. Where space is tight in a small kitchen, it is important not to waste even a millimeter of potential storage space. A thin pull-out cupboard, with multiple shelves or racks, offers the perfect solution and makes food supplies easy to view and reach. A TV can take up valuable space in your living room. Don’t allow it to. Instead, use it as a focal point to build storage around. Simple shelving and movable TV units, like this one on wheels, offer flexible solutions.

Choose a bedside table that can do more than hold a lamp and your phone. Cabinets and shelves keep books, magazines, and e-tablet within arm’s reach. Use a small bowl or plate to hold your jewelry, and baskets to corral medications and toiletries. Drawers are better at providing discreet storage than shelves. Surround the headboard with built-in shelves and cabinets that organize reading materials and other night-time essentials. By installing wall-mounted lights, you can eliminate the need for nightstands. Drawer dividers in your closets can be incorporated into your custom closet design, or you can buy organizers made of plastic, wood or metal. If a guest room or child’s bedroom is short on storage space, put in a built-in berth that doubles as a dresser. Instead of choosing a one-use-only chair, pick a flip-top ottoman that also has cushions to double up in purpose.  Utilize the area under the stairs which invariably is overlooks as just a dump space. Installing proper organisation systems here help with a lot of storage and also avoids vacant unused space that may eventually sore the eye. Be picky and creative while choosing furniture. Consider the main purpose of each furniture would be to multi purpose and this way it will be easier to pick out and create storage for small spaces in a property.

How to pick an area rug perfect for spring and summer

Buying a rug can be kinda overwhelming, there are a lot of factors to consider. How to choose the right rug size for your space is difficult, especially when rugs are notoriously kinda expensive and therefore intimidating. In general people buy rugs that are too small because 5×7 and 6x9s are so much cheaper than 8x10s or 9x12s, but its often going to make the whole space look chopped up and accidental so in a way you’ve just wasted that money. Measure the size of your seating area before shopping and get the closest size up from that. If your budget is tight and your room is small you can have a smaller rug that floats in front of all the furniture this is especially ok if your sofa is backed up against the wall you don’t need to waste the rug real estate under the sofa if you can’t even see that its there. But if your furniture is floating or if your room is big, get a larger rug or else it will make the room look smaller, chopped up and totally out of proportion. One of the main functions of a rug is to pull the room together, not chop it up.

How to pick an area rug perfect for spring and summer

Orient the rug to the room if you have a long rug, orient it length wise. If you have more of a chubby fat room, orient it horizontally.  This is not always the case so its a very nuanced situation. Often if you have a really long and skinny room then you might have two different seating areas and two rugs that are oriented with those seating areas, but the rugs need to cover up a certain amount of real estate on the floor in proportion to the room, so if you are orienting the rug to your sofa, not your room then often you are cutting off huge portions of the room and again, making it look smaller.  So when in doubt, go with the orientation of the room. Square rugs are for square rooms.  That is all.  Round rugs are for foyers/entries or kids room/family rooms that are more playful.

If you have a rug that is too small but you love it, then buy a large sisal that fits the whole seating area and layer your favorite rug on top . Sisal, jutes, seagrass rugs are cheapish so buying a 9×12 is more doable than a 9×12 antique kilim. Make sure that your rug is has at least 6-10″ on either side of the sofa. This is crucial. If the width of the rug is the same as the width of the sofa then you are in trouble – it will look too small and create a bowling alley effect for the property. If you have to choose which legs should be on, then choose the ones that are the least obvious. That is, if your sofa is low and closer to the wall then you are less likely to see under it and reveal the fact that its not fully on the rug.

Maintaining your Garage

Maintaining your garage well can add a lot of value when you are trying to put up your house on market for sale. Regular maintenance can help keep it in good condition in the long run. Maintenance can be as simple as keeping your garage door functional even if you may not use it as often and just be using your front door to go out and come back again. Maintenance could be keeping pests and bugs at bay. This could seem very pittance by has been of great impact when trying to resell the home. Considering these basic maintenance principles regularly could help save some big bucks in later days.

First of all the maintenance of your garage starts with maintaining the garage door. Most home owners face this issue of garage door getting stuck while opening or closing the garage. This could be due to not oiling the hinges enough or could be because of wrong winding. Sometimes when the door drops too hard on the ground or with usual wear and tear the rubber beading in the lower portion of the garage door breaks or gives way. This left un-noticed can cause leaks and pests entry. This can be avoided by monitoring and maintaining the rubber bush. Cleaning the garage floors often is the best way to throw out unwanted stuff from the garage. This will also help the home-owners notice if there are any bug infestation situations. Bug infestation is considered an emergency situation because bugs like carpenter ants and termites can really ruin your flooring and wood work done in the garage. They also pose a threat to the house and neighborhood. So it is advisable to contact a pest control service immediately and exterminate them as quickly as possible.

Keep an eye out for the garage walls and foundation of the home. Check them twice a year, once after winter and once after summer to fix any damage and leaks caused by extreme weather. If a damage or leak is identified, immediately contact your home builder or hire a certified professional contractor to fix it. Cracked walls, receding foundation can be a huge cause of concern when trying to resell the house. These mean that the home is structurally unstable and the whole house may have to be ripped apart to fix such issue. This can mean a lot of money needs to be spent. Hence catch the trouble early and fix the issue soon. Clean out drains and gutter frequently. In most homes drains and gutters leading out of the home pass out via the garage and clogged drains and gutters could be the beginning of a lot of issues.

Polishing and retaining the floor, painting the garage one in couple of years are an effective way to make the garage appear clean and maintained. Using apt storage organizers and storing things efficiently will help reduce clutter in the garage and make it look pleasing and solve the purpose.

How to make your home more liveable

Sometimes we just have really bad feeling when we enter certain spaces. You could feel closed in. breathless or just plain spooked. Whatever it maybe it is something that is real and something you feel. Don’t dismiss such feelings especially if you get this feeling inside your own home. Trust us you don’t want to live feeling uncomfortable under your own roof.

The good news is that this feeling can go away with some effort on your part. It’s actually part logic and part traditional believes that will come to your aid in this situation. So you don’t have to be ruled by these bad vibes anymore if you follow these simple tips.



Your house needs to be clean and neat if you really want to feel at home. So go on that cleaning spree and get rid of all the clutter in your apartments. Hording unwanted items over the years will take up plenty of unwanted space. Keep only the things that you truly need. You can donate the rest. This will bring you a sense of peace in the house and also give you happiness of helping someone else. Also get rid of things that are broken. Keeping broken things in your living quarters will sap away at all the good energy and leave you with a sense of unhappiness. So get rid of things that are not in working order as soon as possible.


Your sense of smell acts as a trigger to both good and bad memories. If your home smells bad that is not actually a healthy environment to live in. It would be a good idea to give your home a good clean. After you do that, you can light up an incense stick or a fragrant candle. It will lift up your mood if you pick the right kind of fragrances. You can also use other products such as room fresheners and sprays that are available in the market in plenty. You can also buy or make potpourri at home and place it at strategic points all around your house. Your apartments will seem more inviting to you and your house guests.

Doors and windows

The doors and windows to your house are important in more than one. They let in light and air into the house. They are also considered to be the gatekeepers of energy. They conduct the flow of energy into your living quarters. So if you ever feel that your home is feeling dingy open out the doors and windows as it will make a huge difference. It also makes sense to keep them extra clean at all times.

These are just some of the ways in which you can keep your flats fresh and liveable. They are simple and effect. Keep these in mind the next time you feel weird in your own house. You feel a whole lot better if you follow them.