Some Natural Ways To Get Rid Of Ants!
As the temperatures start to warm up, the critters also start to wake up and show up. Even in a fairly new house, you'll start to see ants and other insects making theirselves at home in your home. Ants seem to the the most determined to move into a house and take up residence. They can start to came in through an electrical outlet, then move onto the kids bathroom, maybe to drink some water to finish off their meal from the dining room. Is there are simple way to evict this unwanted guests and encourage them to make a home somewhere else?
I've done some research and trying out a couple natural methods to get rid of ants, my house is currently ant-free. Below is a list of some of the methods you can try, and see which method makes that best eviction enforcer for you and your home. This is wonderful, since you can avoid spraying around harmful toxins in your home, I hope you find the list helpful. Let me know if you know of any other remedies.
Keep it Natural and Healthy!
Fill a spray bottle with 2 tablespoons dish soap and 1/2 cup water. It kills ants and destroys the pheromone trail. It only works when wet, so you'll need to reapply for a few days.
Put some distilled white vinegar in a spray bottle and sprayed the entrance points. I also sprayed vinegar along the trail to destroy their pheromone trail. Once the vinegar dried, a few ants came back to check out the situation. After reapplying the vinegar a few more times, they got the hint they weren't welcome and moved on.
Here are some essential oils that ants are known to dislike: eucalyptus, cinnamon, clove, peppermint, and citrus oils. I put about 10 drops of cinnamon essential oil and water into a small squirt bottle. Then I sprayed entrance points and along trails. I had to reapply a few more times after it dried. I thought vinegar worked better, but maybe I needed more essential oil and less water. Amanda at Easy Peasy Organic swears by eucalyptus oil. She used a ratio of 50/50 eucalyptus oil and water. You can find essential oils at health food stores, Amazon, and Mountain Rose Herbs.
Dab lemon juice at entrance points or areas they visit.
In a spray bottle, add 1 part rubbing alcohol or tequila to 1 part water. Spray at entrance points or trails. Reapply for a few days.
Some Other Methods To Try To Remove Ants
Ants won't cross chalk lines. Draw lines with chalk at their entrance points or to block their trails. Amanda at Easy Peasy Organic had good results with this method.
Sprinkle baby powder at entrance points or to block their trails. They won't walk across it.
Citrus or Cucumber Peels
They are toxic to the kind of fungi ants feed on. Leave peels at entrance points. Replace every other day. Or puree peels in a blender, add water, and smear at entrance points or along trails.
If you don't have essential oils, you can sprinkle powdered cinnamon, clove, garlic, cayenne pepper, black pepper, salt, mint or bay leaves at entrance points.
Ants don't like the smell of coffee. Sprinkle used coffee grounds around the perimeter of your house or at entrance points.
Baking Soda & Powdered Sugar
The powdered sugar will attract ants and the baking soda will kill them when they eat it. Mix together 1 part baking soda and 1 part powdered sugar. Leave where you see ants.
Borax & Sugar Mixture
Tip Nut has some different recipes to try. The ants take it back to the nest and it kills the colony. Keep where children and pets can't get to it. You can find Borax at Walmart or Target in the laundry aisle.
Food-Grade Diatomaceous Earth
Doesn't this sound like something from Lord of the Rings? From what I've read, it's an all-natural dust made from tiny fossilized water plants. It is lethal to insects because of its microscopic razor sharp edges. You can sprinkle it around the perimeter of your house and it will kill bugs that touch it. It won't harm warm-blooded animals, birds, or earthworms. You should be able to find it at home and garden stores, nurseries or online.
Have an amazing and ant free day!
Home Buyers Can Face Multiple Offers!
We are moving into the spring market and things are starting to pick up for home sellers and home buyers. There is currently still a lack of inventory on the market, making it more competitive for home buyers to make an offer an the home that they want to purchase. Just this past week, I wrote an offer for my home buyers and within 12 hours, we heard from the seller that there were multiple offers. The seller utlimately went with the highest and best offer.
If you're a home buyer in the $100,000 to $250,000 range, you are already at a handicap, since you will be bidding against investors, who can normally pay cash for homes in this price range. Cash isn't always king, but if your neck and neck in a bidding war, it does give the investor the upper hand.
What Are Some Things Home Buyers Can Do?
Sellers love bidding wars and will welcome them, in hopes that the bids will go over the list price, and they can net more money. As a home buyer they can be frustrating. Especially if you keep getting out bid several times, on homes that you written offers on.
Bidding wars add an extra layer of complexity to an already complex and sometime overwhelming process. As a home buyer this is where hiring an experienced MDREPros Professional Buyers agent with superior negoiation skilles can make all of the difference! Here are some things you can think about when you are making an offer, that might help them stand out and be more appealing to home sellers.
Build A Relationship:
This doesn't always help, but it can't hurt. Sometimes offering the most money isn't the most important thing to the home seller. They might be more concerend with someone taking care of this place that they love and have called home. As a home buyer you can write a personal letter to the seller and explain how much you and your loved ones like their home, and how much it would mean to you all if this was your new home. Sometimes, this can give you a slight edge over the competiton. You could even include a picture of you and your loved ones, so the home seller can see the "faces" behind the bid.
Other Ideas to help home buyers win a bidding war!
We haven't seen a lot of escalation clauses lately, but they will be making a comeback soon. You can have your Maryland Real Estate Professional Realtor add this addendum to the offer you are writing. Let's say you make an offer of $200,000 for a home (But you know that you are willing to go up to $220,000). The esculation clause could be a simple as saying you will go $1,000 over the highest bidder... all the way up to $220,000. So if the highest offer that comes in is $211,000, you would automatically offer $212,000. This could potentially save you $8,000 on your home, and win you the bid. Be aware, not all sellers will accept an escalation clause. (i.e. bank owned properties, short sales, etc...) So be sure and discuss with your Realtor and see if this is a good option for you.
Most offers on homes involve alot of contingencies. Before you ask your Realtor to add every contingency in the book in the offer, see what their expert opinion is on what to include and what can be excluded in writing an offer. Alot of contingencies can be wrapped into the home inspection, it just might take some well timed planning and quick scheduling. Sellers want to see the minimal number of contingencies when they are looking at and comparing offers.
An Experienced Realtor CAn Save Your Thousands
As you can see, there are a lot of things to consider when making an offer on a home. And this is only the tip of the iceberg. As a home buyer want to make sure the Realtor you are using has the experience and knowledge on how to negoiate the best deal on your behalf and to be able to out negoiate the other home buyers realtors.
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Simple Steps To Attract Buyers!
If you are thinking of selling your home, or you are committed and planning to sell your home this spring, there are some simple things that you can do to attract buyers.
The first thing you want to do is think like a home buyer. 99% of all home buyers today, begin on the internet. They go to REMAX.com, Realtor.com, SearchForMarylandHome.com, or one of the other thousands of home searched and start looking for homes. So you want to make sure your home looks amazing online when you are selling your home.
There are some pretty basic things homes buyers start with and look for when starting a home search. Some you can control and some you can't. You want to make sure when selling your home, that you make it as appealing to the buyer as you can, to attract their attention.
1) Area - They search a certain area. It can be a neighborhood, a city or even a county.
2) Price - The buyer will put in the price points that they are looking for. This is normally in $25,000 increments, meaning they would search for homes, priced from $200,000 to $225,000 or maybe from $225,000 to $250,000.
3) Bedrooms and Bath - They will search for a certain number of bedrooms and bathrooms. Normally it will be 3+ bedrooms or 2+ bathrooms.
This is home most home buyers begin their home search. You can control the price when your selling your home, so make sure that you price your home correctly, or the buyers you want, won't see your home.
The Home Search Playing Field Has been leveled!
The reality of the situation is that all search engines (Realtor.com, Zillow, Truilia, REMAX.com, SearchForMarylandHome.com, etc...) all pull from the same source, the Multiple List. So it's critial that everything is entered into the MLS carefully and properly. This means you want to hire a Professional Realtor who will take the care needed to make sure your home looks the best, no matter what search engine a buyer will use. It has to look good online, when your selling your home!
If you want to attract buyers today, you need to do it online!
1) Make sure the first picture is the buyer sees, catches their eyes. You want it to be impressive enough to stop the scroll.
2) Make sure all the pictures are bright and clean (It's amazing how many realtors post dark and cluttered pictures of homes). If your serious about selling your home, then make sure it is clean and decluttered, especially when the photographer is taking the pictures! Remember, a pictures says a thousand words!
3) Make sure the description is well written and easy to understand. There is less and less constrants on how many characters a desciption can have, so make sure your Realtor writes away
4) Make it easy for the buyer. There is no need for vague appreviations these days. Write it out. Show pictures that make it easy for the buyer to see home, and entice them to come and tour the home.
5) Make the home accessible! It's alot harder today to get people out from behind their computer and out touring homes. (I hear it all the time... "I don't "see" anything I like!" So the agents haven't done their job, making your home look good.) So if your serious about selling your home, let the buyers come and look at it!!!
Home Buyers Care ABout the price!
In the age of Uber, Lyft, VRBO, AirBNB, etc... the internet has changed the way people shop. Why are these websites so popular? Because the users are "getting A deal", they feel like they are getting a discount or a substantial savings over the traditional ways of renting a car, getting a hotel, etc. However there are still cab companies, they are still building hotels.
Travelocity, HotWire, Expedia have all changed the way that travel is done. However, there are still travel agents and they are still helping people plan trips.
When you are selling your home, your most valuable asset, do you really want a discount Realtor, usually an agent with no experience... representing and negoiating for you? I am always stunned by some of the blunders that I see agents make that can cost home sellers thousands of dollars.
The internet has made it easy to see all the homes on the market. I think that this is amazing. But you still want an experienced Realtor to help you market your home with a powerful description, stunning pictures, and the ability to negoiation and the experience to know how to get you the most money possible for your home.
Contact Maryland Real Estate Professionals when you want to discuss selling your home, we have the experience, we have the negoiation skills, we have the marketing experience and knowlegde to make your home stand out from the rest. Go to www.MDHomesValues.com and sign up for a FREE home valuation.
We also offer FREE drone footage and pictures with our the homes that we represent. We also create FREE marketing videos, that make your home stand out from the standard "slide show".
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Should You Wait For Values To Go Up, Before You Sell Your Home?
THAT'S A GREAT IDEA, IF YOU HAVE NO INTENTION OF EVER OWNING ANOTHER HOUSE
If you want to move up to a larger, more expensive home, but are waiting for the value of your current property to increase before initiating the move, you may be making a mistake. Please keep in mind that as the value of your present home increases so does the cost of the one you want to buy. In fact, more expensive homes increase in cost at a greater rate than do lesser expensive houses.
As you can see from the above comparisons, a homeowner who currently chooses to sell a $200,000 home and purchase a $400,000 property would pay a differential cost of $200,000. If that same homeowner waits until values inflate 30% before selling, he would sell his current residence at $260,000 and would then have to pay $520,000 for his new house, a difference of $260,000. By waiting for the value of his present home to increase, he has, in essence, cost himself an extra $60,000 to make the move.
IF YOUR GOAL IS TO OWN A LARGER, MORE VALUABLE HOME, YOU MAY SAVE THOUSANDS OF DOLLARS BY MAKING THE MOVE RIGHT NOW!
Simple Advice For Buying A HOme
There are some very simple things you should pay attention to and rules to follow as you prepare to buy a home. It will make getting a mortgage easier to help you buy a home, and they will give you more options to financing when you want to buy a home.
The first and should be the most obvious rule would be to pay your bills on time. This is the best and easiest way to boost your credit score. And as we all know the better your credit score the better your options to finding a solid loan.
The next step you should think about when you want to buy a home is what are your loan options? Again, the better your credit score the better you loan options. Keep in mind however, you don't have to have perfect credit. Even though you might get the best interest rate, buying a home still might be a better investment then paying rent. So research your options.
Watch Your Purchases When Buying A Home!
Another important thing to keep in mind when buying a home is to avoid big purchases. You want to throw off your debt to income ratio. Get your mortage first when you buy a home, and then, after that make your big purchases. That includes appliances for the house! Wait until after settlement to make those purchases on credit.
Keep at least 3 lines of credit open, but all paid up. Lenders want to see that you can balance multiple payments and keep everything up to date. Could be 3 credit cards with small or zero balances. Or a car loan, student loan, etc...
You can buy a home with as little a $0 dollars down, however on the norm these days is about 3.5 % down. However, if you can save more than that for a downpayment, it will be easier to get the mortgage (loan) for your home.
Save Money When Buying A HOme!
Talk to your lender about credit card usage when you are thinking of buying a home. I have had some lenders tell me that people should stop checking their credit score 6 months before the home purchase and stop using the credit cards 2 months before you buy a home. Not all lenders agree. So make sure you are on the same page with your lender.
At Maryland Real Estate Professionals, we have several excellent lenders that we work with. If you need help with finding an excellent lender so you can buy a home, let us know and we can connect you with the lenders so you can talk to them.
At Maryland Real Estate Professionals (MDREPros) we have helped hundreds of home sellers and home buyers with their most valuable negoiations, their homes. We look forward to earning your trust as well.
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Simple Tips To Stage Your Home
As we start to move into the spring market for 2019, you may be thinking of selling your home. I came across these simple and affordable staging tips to help you make your home stand out and shine a little more than the competition. I hope you find these staging tips helpful, we have more where they come from with our complete room by room home audit.
Some Interesting Staging Statistics
Some interesting staging statistics that I read recently...
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Welcome to the Maryland Real Estate Blog page. We will be sharing helpful tips, advice, articles and videos to help you become better prepared when it's time for you to buy or sell real estate. We know that there is a lot of confusion and misinformation when it comes to real estate. We are here to help clear the air and answer any questions that you might have.
You have a lot of choices when it comes to picking a realtor. If you pick the wrong realtor, it could cost you hundreds even thousands of dollars. Did they include the right contingencies, did they make the correct offer, did they do a market analysis, to make sure that you know exactly what the home is worth. Do they know how to negotiate? Are they a busy realtor, or are they desperate and willing to do anything to get the deal. You want to make sure that you hire a Professional Realtor who is looking out for your best interest and not theirs.
Family And Friends Can Create A Problem.
Just because you have a family or friend who is a realtor, doesn't mean that they are the best realtor for you. They may be intimidated by you, they may be trying to impress you, they may be a part time realtor, they may not have the experience necessary to negotiate the best deal possible for you. When you’re buying or selling a house, you’re are having someone else negotiate your most valuable transaction. If they aren't experienced or don't have the wear with all to negotiate, if could cost you a bundle of money.
When you work with Maryland Real Estate Professionals, you are working with the agents that know how to negotiate and they know how to save and make your money.
You'll see this a lot from me, because it's very important. You don't make money when you sell your home. You make money when you buy it.
Hundreds of Maryland home sellers and home buyers have trusted Maryland Real Estate Professionals with their most valuable negotiations, their homes. We look forward to earning your trust as well.
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