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Bringing home your newly adopted dog is always an adjustment for everyone involved. Here are 3 important tips to welcome your new family member.
Bringing home your newly adopted dog is always an adjustment for everyone involved. It’s exciting and it’s only normal for you to have concerns about your new pet’s transition into life at home. Here are 3 important tips to help you welcome your new family member into your home.
1. Do Your Research
Prior to your new dog arriving at your home, plan out how you will train your pet and make sure all of your family members are on the same page. Providing positive reinforcement techniques is a great way to help your dog learn.
Do your research on the various food options for your new dog and how many times a day he or she should eat. Having these decisions made in advance will help make the transition easier on everyone involved.
2. Show Compassion
Your newly adopted dog may display signs of anxiety in the first few days or weeks of being at your home. It may be hard for you to experience, because you’ll be so excited about your new furry family member and wonder if the feeling isn’t mutual. Don’t worry–this adjustment period is totally normal and only temporary! Speak in a gentle, soothing voice to your dog and make sure to show lots of love. Once your pet understands you are there to love and protect, he’ll feel much more comfortable and start to see how great his new home (and family) really is!
3. Health First
Soon after adopting your dog, take a trip to the vet’s office and have your new buddy examined. Bringing along any past medical records for the doctor to look at is always helpful. Your doctor will perform a full examination and give your dog the necessary shots he needs.
Ready to adopt right now? Visit Adopt-a-Pet.com to find a lovable critter in your area who is looking for a home like you. I’m just a click away http://lesliesellshouses.com/ or a phone call away cell 253.312.0447
What does it take to sell a home in a competitive market – a fresh coat of paint or a kitchen overhaul? Lowering the asking price or offering incentives?
What does it take to sell a home in a competitive market – a fresh coat of paint or a kitchen overhaul? Lowering the asking price or offering incentives? From cosmetic to strategic, smart sellers can take advantage of a few simple tips to get the most out of their properties. Here are five suggestions on how to help secure a “sold” sign:
Price Point is Most Important When getting ready to put a home on the market, determining the right listing price is the number one most important element in the home selling process. After you have carefully chosen an agent, the trust you have established will come into play immediately. Have those tough discussions with your agent about where to price your home. Make certain you understand how the agent has arrived at the price, including how previous sales and current homes on the market make an impact. If necessary, jump in the car with your agent and see some of the homes on the market in the area. This will provide first hand knowledge on homes that are available in your neighborhood.
Appeal to Your Audience Work with your agent to determine how to get your home to stand out. Providing incentives is a great way to draw in potential home buyers, and monetary bonuses don’t just have to come from negotiation of the listing price. Sellers can also choose to contribute to closing costs, or conduct pre-home inspections, which can comfort potential home buyers in knowing that the property is in top shape.
Leave a Great First Impression Everyone talks about curb appeal, but a first impression is truly lasting. Remember, your agent is your trusted advisor. They will know the necessary updates and upkeep you should make to get the home ready for showings. But some of this is fairly easy and the front door is particularly important. This is the area where a buyer will first step up to a home – and likely wait for a moment providing time to look around. Do this ahead of time, stand directly in the front door and look up and around at the home from all angles – cobwebs that have not been noticed in years could be the first thing greeting a potential home buyer, so it’s important for this area to give a great first impression.
Everything is in the Visual Don’t underestimate the power of visuals in marketing your home. The National Association of Realtors found that, more than 90 percent of home buyers begin their search online. Your agent may push hard for you to have the home prepared for vivid pictures and video of the property that can be posted on websites such as lesliesellshouses.com
Hit the Right Note with all Five Senses When a buyer comes to look at a home they want the full experience. To help a home stand out, your agent may ask you to focus on appealing to all five senses. Small and inexpensive upgrades to the home such as getting the walls painted, de-cluttering and making minor improvements to the outdoor landscape. In terms of “touch,” remember that buyers aren’t just going to look – they’ll be turning on your faucets and opening closets, so make sure closets are clean and organized. When it comes to making a home smell good, many agents prefer the smell of baked goods rather than fresh flowers or air fresheners which can be overwhelming. All of this is being done to allow the buyer to properly visualize living in the home.
For more tips on selling your home, visit Leslie’s Real Estate page
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Summer is (unofficially) here!! And I am loving every second of it. With the warm weather, long evenings, and laid back vibe we have been taking advantage and spending more time together outside. But even with the array of recreation activities available, it’s easy to get stuck in a rut. So if you need some inspiration for a fun date night outdoors, look no further.
Hit the Road
Remember the fun and nostalgia of a road trip? You don’t have to leave town to get the feeling. Roll down the windows, crank up the music, and find your road. One of our favorites is Chuckanut Drive. Between the scenery and the winding route, it’s a winner every time.
You can go for hours and discover a new favorite spot, or take a quick spin to clear your mind. Either way, the time together will be well spent laughing, singing, and feeling free.
Take a Hike
Whether you live downtown or out in the country, you can get out for a hike or a walk. There is a beauty in the simplicity and ease of access. Maybe your style is more of an urban hike with some stops at shops and a coffee house. If you’re a bit more adventurous, you may want to visit one of the State or National parks and hit a trail.
Whatever mood you’re in or timeframe you have, there is a hike for you. And it’s an excellent excuse for holding hands with your sweetie.
Go Fly a Kite
Last week I was lucky enough to spend a few days at the ocean. And while I was indoors for a good portion of it, the time I spent on the beach was magical. It also reintroduced me to kite flying, which was a blast.
Living near the water gives us the benefit of having a decent breeze most days – enough to keep the kite up without being overwhelming. And one of the best things about it is that you don’t need to be perfect; you just need to let it all go… kind of a good metaphor for life!
Jump In a Lake
Okay, maybe you don’t have a lake nearby. But I bet there is some water somewhere! What better way to cool down on these hot days than getting into or near the water? I haven’t tried it yet, but I am intrigued by stand-up paddle boarding. There are rentals on the weekends at a lake near my house, and it’s on our To Try list.
If you’re not confident on the water, hit up one of the spray parks – they’re NOT just for kids! Still not convinced? Try running through the sprinkler at home. Maybe even have a popsicle for good measure.
Having fun, letting loose, and feeling joy are for everyone – and we all need these breaks from the everyday hustle and bustle. It’s also a fantastic way to reconnect with those most important to you. Take advantage of the moments whenever possible, and make the most of your Pacific Northwest summer. And check back soon for Date Night In!!