Helpful Ways to Save for a Home: Every Cent Counts

Making easy money is one of the many benefits of the Internet today. Whether you’re looking to get rid of books, clothes, mobile devices, or anything else you’re no longer in need of, there’s most likely a place for it. The World Wide Web has come so far, and if you’re underestimating its ability to help make you some money, this list will help change that. Take a look into each and every one of these resources to see which fits your needs best.


GoodCellas is a mobile device trade-in website, providing the best value for your old iPhones, iPads and cell phones. Many of us have junk drawers with at least one device inside that we no longer have use for, and trading it in for cash seems like the best option for that. It’s as easy as visiting, selecting “sell for more” and following through with choosing the correct model and condition of your device. GoodCellas will then give you an estimated value that’s subject to evaluation. Luckily, this company is known for honest evaluations and sending you the amount that’s deserved in a timely fashion. With the user-friendly process and outstanding reviews, this is the best option for mobile device selling!


Whether in school or not, we all have books that we’ve already read (some more than once), and we’re ready to get rid of them. If they’re textbooks, it’s likely you spent a pretty penny on them, passed the class and now don’t know what to do with them. BookScouter will take care of this situation for you. By going to, you’ll find an ISBN toolbar. BookScouter will take the the ISBN number and scout the web for various buyback vendors – it’s in the name! Then it’s time to compare prices, choose the best one and ship your book for free from your local shipping vendor. The final step? Enjoy your payment!



Is your closet stuffed with clothes that no longer fit or have any use to you? Then “tradesy” them in for some cash. The same goes for bags, accessories and shoes. The way Tradesy works is a little different, but it has the same outcome. On Tradesy’s website, there’s a “start selling” option. This will lead to you the instructions: 1. Pick your items 2. Take a few photos of these items 3. View the suggested price 4. Ship with the free box and label. The photos are not only important for determining the price, they’re used on the website itself. Parts of the photo are slightly edited, such as the background. Tradesy will list your item/s and get you the best price.

DK Oldies

Like many other items that were once highly popular, the popularity eventually dies down, even if it’s slight. An example of this is video games. DK Oldies will buy your old games and consoles from you and provide you with a quote. Through, you’ll have access to an updated price list, featuring the price list for Nintendo, GameCube, Wii, Game Boy, Sega, PlayStation, and more. Your payment will be provided in one of three forms – check, PayPal or trade.

Now that you’re aware of the multiple options you have when it comes to selling old items on the Internet, get to it. There’s money to be made and organization to be had. Don’t forget that getting rid of the clutter is another benefit for selling old items, especially when you don’t want to bring it with you to your new home. Plus, depending on the website, you may be providing an item for somebody else in need for a cheaper price. Use this list as inspiration when going through your items, and check out these websites today!

This entry was posted on September 15, 2016, in Home Buying.

Home Lighting Tips for Your Open House

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Awhile back, I posted an article with advice on how to best prepare your home for an open house. While I was satisfied at the time, I recently realized I didn’t comment on a crucial element of interior design: your home’s lighting. To make up for that, here’s a small list of home lighting tips that should help put the finishing touches on your interior design.

List of Home Lighting Tips:

  • Plan around the natural light in your home: Emphasize the natural sunlight that filters in through the windows, if you can. This can mean arranging the lights in a room in such a way that they don’t clash, but still manage to stand out.
  • Find ways to best accent specific rooms in your house.
  • Get a second opinion! If you have another person to ask for ideas, you may as well go for it. The more ideas you can talk through with someone means you’ll have that many more ideas that are well-thought out before you start changing things up.
  • Search the internet! This blog is just one of many places to find useful lighting tips. For example, I found this cool list after a 2 minute google search.
  • On the flip-side, be careful about what you find out there, because it’s up to you to find what’s best for your specific arrangement.
  • Find a reliable source for any new lighting fixtures you purchase. One such source I found is a company called Valley Lighting. They have many categories and collections that vary by room and style.
  • Aside from the selection, buying from a company like Valley also includes another resource of service and advice from professionals.

Ultimately, some of what you do here may be undone by the new buyer’s you’re selling to. However, the lighting, along with everything else in the home, portrays that very particular theme or lifestyle that you feel the house can best represent. People strive for the best option (obviously) and the better your house can look, the better your odds of closing a deal.

Lastly, here’s a short video I found that can help explain some additional points!


Amenities to Look for When Buying a Home

Whether this is your first home or fifth, there are amenities that you should keep an eye out for when looking to buy a home. While many people can stage and make a house look good, remember once their belongings are taken with them, the house will remain. Therefore, look at these amenities when considering buying a home, to help assure a worthwhile investment.


Kitchen Appliances

It is important that you notice the care and condition of the kitchen appliances. You do not want to waste too much money right away in your kitchen!


Touring a home, most potential buyers usually notice the big things in a home and don’t pay enough attention to detail. You should look at the molding, counter tops and plumbing to make sure there isn’t damage to those finishes that could cause problems in the future.

Know the Neighborhood

Your house is important, but so is the safety and location of the home. Many people like to take in consideration of how far they are from work or if they have children, how close schools are. Overall it is key to feel comfortable in the area you are living in.

Style/Floor Plan

You should really look for a home that suits how you want to live in it. That depends on whether you want an open floor plan or closed. You also need to be aware of what kind of style you enjoy. This can be contemporary, modern, art deco, country, traditional, etc. It makes it easier when decorating and saves money on decorations.


Many people like to enjoy a great space in their backyard for a pool, entertain guests, play set, or an area for pets to run around! However, backyards can be a lot to maintain so make sure it is a good size for you if you don’t want to do much work with it.


If you can’t afford a home that doesn’t have many walk in closets, there are always basements and attics that would fit any kind of storage! Basements are helpful because you can add extra room space and attics are useful for memorabilia and holiday decorations.

Setting Up Your Open House

When you’re selling your home, you want to make sure your open house gives off an amazing impression. If you’ve ever been to an open house, I’m sure you walked into a clean and organized home with some great furniture and decorations. The goal is to not have it empty or cluttered. You want a happy medium. When people walk around your home, you want them to see how the home looks with furniture in it, but you also want them to be able to focus their attention on the details of the actual house. You also don’t want to make it look as though you’re hiding anything, and too much furniture and decor can be distracting. You’re selling the home, not what’s inside.


There was one time when I hosted an open house and we baked cookies right before visitors came. This was a smart move. We had baked goods to offer to our guests, as well as the smell of fresh baked cookies.

Here are some more smart moves when it comes to setting up your open house:

1. Greet all guests at the door personally. The best thing to do is keep the door locked so that they have to ring the bell. This set up is less confusing than having people constantly walking in and out. It allows you to see who is coming in and allows you to give an introduction. They’ll also feel comfortable approaching you if they have any questions throughout the open house.

2. Have additional information placed in appropriate spots, for example, placing additional information packets on the coffee table or right next to the fresh baked cookies. Guests will naturally gravitate towards those areas and will learn more about the listing, such as school district information and community information.

3. Have signs and balloons. This is a friendly gesture and will get people’s attention.

4. When you stage the furniture and decor, avoid using your personal items. You wan’t your decor to appeal to everyone. If you don’t have great furniture and decor, look into a store like, one with a wide selection of decor with different styles. Find what goes best with your home.

5. Clean and new is key! Outdated tiles or grimy bathroom walls are an immediate turn off. These can usually be easy fixes. Cleaning and/or a fresh coat of paint over the tiles is the way to go.

6. If you have an outdated fireplace, clean it and use heat-resistant spray paint to give it a fresh look.

7. New kitchen appliances make the kitchen look newer! Investing in some is worth it.

I find these tips to be among the best, but there’s still so much more to learn.

Tips for Buyers


Know the Importance of Location

Choosing the location of the home you buy is crucial for reselling. I know you’re only in the buying phase, but you’ll be glad you considered this in the future. While you may think it’s important to have a larger house, it means nothing unless it’s in an area that people can thrive in. A smaller house in a great location will usually win. Try to go for a home near businesses that are doing well, as well as a good school district.

Be Smart With Your Money

Be smart with your money when buying a new home, especially within the three to six months before actually buying it. You’ll be more eligible for the best loan possible when it’s seen that you’re good with saving money. Lenders don’t want to see a bunch of new credit cards and large transactions.

Realize When Your Emotions are Getting the Best of You

I know, this sounds a little funny when it’s in regards to a home, but it makes sense. You can truly think that the first home you look at is the one for you, but you must weigh your options. It’s better to go with instincts over feelings. Don’t lose sight of the deal and the value of each home you look at, that’s what is important in the long run. Of course, you wan’t to be happy and comfortable in your home, but sometimes patience is needed. Stick with this advice and you’ll end up with the home you love AND a deal you love.

How to Bid

Bid based on your budget and what you believe the worth of the house actually is. What good is winning a bid if you truly can’t afford it? Yes, you may win the house, but you’ll really be putting yourself in a bad starting place. Bidding for what you think the house is worth will give you peace of mind and a fair chance at being able to express what you think should be paid for the house. This price has to be a reasonable one, but it’s better to start off confident than giving full power to the seller.

These tips will truly help you in the home buying process and I hope you take advantage of them. Here’s even more!

Using Social Media to Help Sell Your Home

Are you trying to sell your home? Did you know that an easy way for people to see the home you’re selling is through social media? It’s true, and here’s why!


1. Setting up a Facebook page with information, a map and photos of your home, inside and out, is a beneficial way to allow potential buyers to see what your home looks like before they even come by to see it for themselves. You can set up the settings so that your photos can be kept private if preferred and invite people in. Your followers could invite friends or family who are in the process of looking, or they can simply share it on their own pages if your settings allow. Staying with the theme of Facebook, a different idea for a page is setting one up with all homes for sale in the area, for example, “Homes in Boston” could be the name of this page. People looking in the Boston area could like this page to see their options, and yours will be on the list!

2. Create a blog! People love content and people love personal stories! Share some stories about your home and provide links to helpful sources. You can use your blog to further post photos, videos and information. Add your blog link to your Facebook page, or go one step further and create a whole website for it. You can have your website created by a Long Island web design company or you can find templates on WordPress to get started. This website can have everything on it all at once, links to Facebook, a link to your blog, a photo gallery, and more!

3. YouTube video tours are a great way to give your followers a run down on each room of the house. With a video, it’s easier to get into full detail. I find that many people enjoy hearing the facts rather than just have them listed. Although, it’s still important to have documents that state all the numbers, prices, measurements, etc. From the yard to all the rooms, a video tour should show it all!

Like I said, people like videos, so here is a video with more interesting advice. Enjoy!!

Mechanical HVAC Services NY:What to Look Out For

The BP Group: Mechanical HVAC Services NY

mechanical HVAC services NYHey everyone, it’s time for more advice, but this time we’ll be taking a bit of a left turn. This post won’t be aimed directly at prospective home owners, but rather, prospective business owners. Of course, the reasons presented here should still largely apply to your own home-search as well. Anyway, business owner-hopefuls, if you’re looking to purchase a commercial space, I’m sure you’re already doing your homework. One thing you might not have considered, however, would be your building’s HVAC system. If you live in New York, (or the Tri-State area) then you could visit the site of a company called the BP Group. They specialize in mechanical HVAC services NY.

But what makes a good HVAC system so important? Well, aside from air conditioning and heating, having your HVAC system properly maintained can affect your building in a number of ways. The most prominent factor in this regard is the actual air quality within your building. A faulty HVAC system will impede the building’s ability to properly filter contaminants from the air. Ultimately, a building’s HVAC system is essential to maintaining air quality within the building that is acceptable.

So, when you’re looking to buy a commercial building, the HVAC system should be a high priority. The BP group covers a wide array of needs you might have, especially their mechanical HVAC services NY. Even if you think you’re getting a good system included with the rest of your potential office space, it would be a good idea to have your regular maintenance plan.

At this point, I’ve kind of deviated from my original “first-time home buyers” mission statement, but I think the principles applied there can typically be applied to any kind of real estate dealing. For example, a central air system in your home, or some equivalent thereof, should follow the same process simply outlined above. A company that follows standards like the BP Group should be held as the ideal as you search, if they can’t solve your needs specifically. In the end, it comes down to your health and financial safety–you shouldn’t compromise either one.

For a little more about HVAC systems, watch this relatively short video:

Introduction Post – My Life and Career

Hi first home buyers and everyone else! Even if you’re not a first home buyer, you may find something helpful within my posts. Before getting down to the home purchasing tips and all that fun stuff, I want to share a little about myself. I grew up in New Jersey and I’m still living here today. I wouldn’t say I always had an interest in realty, I’m not so sure I even understood it until I was in my junior year of high school when it was introduced to me in a college business class, those were the days. That business class is where I got the insight I needed to figure out what it was I wanted to do with my life.

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I live with the support of my husband and my 3 year old son, they truly put the light in my life. I also enjoy doing anything creative, like scrap-booking and DIY crafts. Maybe I’ll sneak a few of those posts in here every once in a while. Some of the crafts I do can be used as home decor if you’re looking to dress up your new home. Speaking of DIY, I would love to order one of these decorative ceilings from Archways and Ceilings with my husband. He knows how long I’ve wanted something new and exciting in our home. I find that a large majority of the time, first home buyers have some fixing up to do within the home. I’ll continue to share more ideas like that, ones that could even increase the value of your home.

For my first official post, I’d love to share a video with you introducing real estate as a whole. This will give you some background information about becoming a real estate agent. This may give my readers some insight into why I do what I do. Stay on the look out for examples, tips and stories about home buying along the way. Enjoy!