10 Easy but Essential Steps for Home Selling Success

Written by Rhiannon Williamson

They say thatrepparttar whole process of selling up, buying new and moving on is one ofrepparttar 136183 most stressful series of events any of us goes through in a lifetime: and yet with careful planning, attention to detail and a clear focus,repparttar 136184 whole process can be relatively stress free.

While there will always be factors outsiderepparttar 136185 control of any home seller, those factors that fall within their control sphere can proceed fluidly and smoothly when they takerepparttar 136186 time to plan and think one step ahead.

By following these 10 easy but essential steps I can guarantee you home selling success!

1. Get free valuations and priceless advice.

Real estate agents will give you a home valuation for free because ultimately they hope you’ll engage their services when it comes to selling your home. Therefore userepparttar 136187 experience of a handful of local and trusted agents who are renowned for their selling success and invite them to come and value your home. Then, ask them their opinion on what if anything can be done to raiserepparttar 136188 value of your property torepparttar 136189 maximum.

Real estate agents spend their entire professional lives examining properties, they know what attracts a buyer, what turns a buyer away and what can and should be done to a property to enablerepparttar 136190 seller to get maximum returns from his property – request advice based onrepparttar 136191 benefit of their experience. Most real estate agents will be happy to give you any tips they feel are applicable to your home because if you can increaserepparttar 136192 value of it, they can raiserepparttar 136193 price of it and if they are asked to represent you they will ultimately make more fromrepparttar 136194 sale! It is a symbiotic process!

This whole first step will arm you with two priceless facts – firstly you will know how much money you can work with when budgeting and planning for your next home. Secondly you will have a fair idea of what action you should and can take to ensure you getrepparttar 136195 maximum price for your home thus allowing you to begin planningrepparttar 136196 work that needs to be done.

2. Speak to your current mortgage lender.

You need to contact your current mortgage lender and ask them what penalties and fees you will incur for early repayment. Inform them that you are intending to sell your home and they will give you an up to date statement ofrepparttar 136197 amount remaining and exactly how much selling up is going to cost you in real terms.

3. Work out total selling, buying and moving costs.

To assist you with this step ask one of your valuation real estate agents to give you a break down of allrepparttar 136198 local fees, taxes and costs you will likely incur when selling and buying. These will most likely includerepparttar 136199 real estate agent’s fees, a lawyer’s fees, surveyor’s costs, potential gain taxation and also consider factoring inrepparttar 136200 percentage of any annual taxes or charges on your home that you will have to pay.

Add to these expensesrepparttar 136201 costs you will incur when buying a new home and remember to include any deposit, mortgage arrangement fees, survey costs and insurances.

And last but not least, get a rough quotation for removal costs which are easy to gauge based onrepparttar 136202 size of your home andrepparttar 136203 distance you are likely to move.

4. Work out your budget.

By takingrepparttar 136204 original valuation sum given to you byrepparttar 136205 real estate agent and then deducting all ofrepparttar 136206 totals from step 3 you will (hopefully) be left with a positive number! This is your clear profit, this is what you can then use towards your new home.

At this stage, if you have additional sums saved and you wish to add them torepparttar 136207 above to increase your purchasing power you should do so. You will be left with an amount you can use as a down payment on your new home.

Custom Knife Care (Blades&Handles)

Written by Rhonda Erline

Custom Knife Care (Blades and Handles)

By Rhonda Erline

I own and sell custom made knives by Marvin Poole and I’ve learned good knife care is important to keep them looking and performing at their best.

Whether you are a collector who likes to admire your knives for their sheer design and beauty or a person who usesrepparttar knife, taking proper care of your knife will ensure it will last many years to come.

Knife Use

Your knife was designed for a specific task and purpose. Do not userepparttar 136031 knife blade for something it was not designed for, by doing so, you could damagerepparttar 136032 tip of blade which isrepparttar 136033 weakest part and possibly damagerepparttar 136034 knife edge, beyond repair. Most knife warranties will not cover knife repair due to misuse and abuse.

Knife Care

Regardless of what metalrepparttar 136035 blade is made from it will rust if not properly cleaned. Stainless steel blades are more rust and stain resistant than other metals and need less care, but are not completely rustproof. The fastest way to corrode a high quality 440-C stainless steel blade is by leaving it exposed to sea water for a long period of time 24-48 hours or longer.

To prevent rust from forming onrepparttar 136036 blade take time to clean your knife after every use with mild non abrasive soap in lukewarm water. The knife should then be thoroughly rinsed and dried from handle toward blade edge. If you still see stains onrepparttar 136037 blade, you can spray a small amount of Windex on a clean soft cloth and wiperepparttar 136038 blade making sure to completely wipe or rinse it off. Marvin Poole uses Windex on his knives and finds thatrepparttar 136039 ammonia inrepparttar 136040 Windex is an excellent cleaner, as well as acts as a disinfectant. A good metal polish such as Simichrome or Flitz will also easily remove stains.


The handle is an important part of knife and needs to be taken care of as well. With years of use, Stag will dry out and crack.

Ram horn has a tendency to dry out and crack in extreme heat. Do not leave it in a hot vehicle. It is best stored at room temperature.

Ivory cannot take extreme temperature changes. If you haverepparttar 136041 knife stored in room temperature then take it out to use it in extreme cold or hot weather it will dry and crack. The only care needed for bone handles is to keep it clean.

Marvin Poole, a knife maker, who works with these types of handle materials suggestsrepparttar 136042 following care forrepparttar 136043 above handle types:

The most important thing is to keeprepparttar 136044 handles clean and store at room temperature. Apply a small amount of baby oil with a q tip to a Ram horn handle every 3 months, for Ivory handles every 6 months (small amount of baby oil will not hurt scrimshaw on handle) and on Stag handles every 8-12months could help to prolongrepparttar 136045 stag. Always make sure you wipe off any excess oil.


Most knife makers when making handles from exotic hardwoods (woods from outsiderepparttar 136046 U.S. such as Cocobolo, Ironwood, Bocote, Ebony and Olivewood, etc) will stabilizedrepparttar 136047 wood which strengthens and protectsrepparttar 136048 wood. These types of wood handles need little care other than keeping them clean.

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