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2D and 3D floor plans

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Today, I would like to talk to you about 2D and 3D house plans. Because there is more and more software that offers 3D house plans and, curiously, the number of people who use 2D house plan software is always as important.

If you want to create your 2D plan, you need house building software as a free archiplain. You may consider downloading archiplain or other software.

But I think the explanation is elsewhere.

2D house plan

Imagine that I want to create floor plans. I will probably first draw my plans online. Create plan sounds easy, but not that much. And making modern house plans, farm house plans or custom house plans is quite difficult. This requires special skills related to the particular type of house. I’m not even talking about ranch house plans, country house plans or farm which are very specific.
No, the real reason is different.

The real reason is this: we all have a greater or lesser difficulty in having a 3D representation of objects.

You all know examples of amusement parks that represent houses upside down, that is to say that the ceiling is on the floor and the floor on the ceiling. In general, after the first laughs to move around, one quickly becomes very disturbed. This is because our visual cues are in trouble. The same goes for 3D house plans. We can make a 2D house plan and with imagination, see 3D. But if the plan is in 3D, we are quickly lost.

Finally, you may prefer 2D or 3D to make your house plans. But the 2 will always exist. It’s like paper books and electronic books.

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Drone to sell a property

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More and more, we use drones to make virtual tours of real estate for sale. This makes it possible to move inside the house or to fly over it to see it as a whole.

But we rarely think of using a drone as a means of control.

What are the controls that can be done?

  • Control of the roof. You can look at the roof, gutters, vents, fireplaces, TV antennas, solar panels.
  • Control granaries in which we can not move. We can see the state of insulation, framing, ventilation systems, electrical installations.
  • Field control. At a certain height, we can see if the vegetation grows homogeneously, if the tops of the hedges are in good condition. We can also see if there are nests of Asian hornets.
  • Control of the surroundings. Better than with Google Map, because it is done immediately, we can see if there is nuisance in the surroundings: presence of a railway line, a highway, a factory of breeding of pigs or poultry, a treatment plant, a dam.

As we can see, there are many ways to control a real estate asset. From our point of view, it would be necessary for computer companies to make image processing software from the views of drones and offer this type of service to real estate agencies. Thus, it would bring a real plus to real estate sales.

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Provider of business in real estate

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Real estate is a market that drains very important financial flows. For many people, it’s the biggest purchase of a lifetime.

For a real estate agent, the most important thing is to have real estate for sale. For this, it is necessary that owners agree to entrust their property to this real estate agent through a contract. That’s why real estate agents spend a lot of time looking for properties for sale.

On the other hand, it is sometimes difficult for a retiree, an unemployed person or a young person to earn enough money to live. An elegant way to solve these difficulties is to become a business provider for real estate.

If you know a property for sale, or if you know people who will soon sell a property, you can talk to a real estate agent, of course respecting the discretion of the people who gave you this information.
How to access this information? These people who will sell their property are grouped into different categories, the main ones being:

  • Divorce proceedings. In some countries, one-third of couples divorce. It can be up to half. And the house or apartment must be sold for everyone to get money back.
  • Job transfer. Either the owner changes responsibility and has to move to another area, his plant has to close and he has to find work elsewhere.

Once we know this information, and with the agreement of the owner, just see the real estate agent and offer to sell this property. If the sale takes place, the provider of business can recover a certain amount of money that can range from a few hundred euros to a few thousand.

In conclusion, it is a good way to make money for people who need it to live without making it a real job.

Attention, in some countries, the regulation imposes a maximum of gains to this not exceed. Beyond, you have to declare yourself as a real estate agent.

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Make a kitchen plan

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There are several possibilities to build your kitchen, more precisely to equip your kitchen:

  • Buy the furniture and the rest like the oven, the sink, the refrigerator, the hood in a department store like Ikea
  • Order a custom furniture specialist and assemble the furniture yourself
  • Order everything from a specialist and let him do everything alone
  • Another possibility: build the furniture yourself and install them

In any case, you will have to plan the kitchen first. Of course, we recommend our online archiplain software but you can choose the one that interests you. Why do that? Because the dimensions of a house are rarely accurate. It is not uncommon to see deviations of one inch, or 2 to 3 centimeters, between theory and reality.

Once this kitchen plan is complete, you need the furniture. Never forget one thing: there is never enough room to store everything you need. So do not hesitate to install high furniture. Also take advantage of some tips for example to integrate the dishwasher in a piece of furniture. Do not forget also that it is important to be able to move easily in the kitchen which remains a place in which one moves a lot to make dishes.

Last thing: install a ventilation in the kitchen to allow the burned gases to be able to evacuate easily and to avoid intoxication. And install an evacuation above the hood that is connected to the outside. A big problem in kitchens is the accumulation of traces of oil on walls and furniture. These traces are very difficult to remove.

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5 ideas for selling your house

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Looking for what can make the difference to sell your house or apartment?

Of course, we can say that what makes the difference is the price of the living space, the size of the property, its cleanliness, the white walls, its insulation, the absence of noise, etc … You will find these arguments in all blogs that talk about real estate.

But selling or not selling often depends on small details.
Here are the 5 criteria that will make a good sale:

  1. Leisure around the house: all that is of interest in the region should be described, hiking, skiing, cinema, theater, games, remarkable landscape, castles, bike, etc …
  2. Seasonal Activities: If your house is in a ski resort, you may think that the winter (for skiing) and summer (for hiking) periods will be profitable, but the inter seasons like spring or summer autumn can take place in the rain …
  3. Special house: anything that can make your home different from the others: the morning sun in the kitchen, the movie room, the gym, the ceilings where you can hang ropes to play sports, the bed that enter a wall, …
  4. The equipment of the house: the washing machine with a large volume, the special oven pizza, home automation, security alarm, …
  5. The catering: all the places where one can eat well around the house, restaurant, pizzerias, creperie, etc … and their opening hours. I know a couple of people who bought a rather expensive house, first because it has beautiful finishes, but also because they can take their little black coffee on foot every morning not far away.

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Aquarium of humans

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I wanted to talk to you about this fashion of immersing homes for many reasons:

  • Enjoy the beauty of the seabed
  • Protect yourself from aerial attacks
  • Enjoy a constant temperature
  • Increase the living space

Here we present you a luxury holiday home with walls and fully transparent ceiling. The light and the view are beautiful. But no doubt that Mr Photoshop has been there.

See aquarium 1

Because we must not forget that special glass walls can get dirty. It is therefore necessary to regularly clean these windows of the mosses and algae that are deposited there. More annoyingly, shellfish have the bad habit of sticking to it and are more difficult to remove.

But on arrival, we can enjoy the show.

See aquarium 2

Be careful though: the sea is not always a world of peace and happiness. You could attend a shark’s meal that shreds a sea lion at the time of your coffee. I remember a natural park in which a glass tunnel was installed in the middle of a lion pen. As we were crossing this tunnel, the park feeders threw chickens to feed these lions. The sight of these lions with the blood-covered jaws just above us was unpleasant.

By ignoring these unpleasant situations, the spectacle of the sea is often exhilarating. Just look at the slow movement of a starfish or jellyfish to gain some serenity.

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Open space or not?

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Open space started in the 50s in the United States and in the 80s in Europe. The concept is to offer workers large trays of open work. The idea is to allow exchanges between employees and not to leave people alone in their office. To be a little more precise, we can also suspect that it prevents workers from doing nothing during their working hours …

What are the benefits for the company?

  • Cohesion between people
  • Reduce the area needed to accommodate the same number of people
  • Modularity of spacing

But if these benefits to the business are so interesting, why some are critical. Let’s go through all this:

  • Permanent contact between the employees and the line manager
  • Feeling of being watched which leads to stress
  • Too noisy which prevents some from focusing

How to have an open space in your company while allowing its employees to work in good conditions? Let’s explore some solutions:

  • Install a break room for breaks to leave the noisy space
  • Make a meeting room outside the open space
  • Define rules of living in common
  • Add touches of nature like plants that give a pleasant appearance and allow to filter the noises

Finally, open space provides an indisputable advantage to companies but it must be done to respect the good quality of work otherwise the economy on one side will be lost by the poor efficiency of workers.

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Make a house cellar

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I will tell you a little story.

My neighbors had long wanted to have a cellar to store their collection of fine wines. When they decided to build their house, they asked the architect to design a cellar with the plan of the house. And then their house was completed, they moved in, and they stored their bottles of wine in the cellar. And then one day they went on vacation for a week. And it rained a lot in the area where their house is. Back from vacation, they found their cellar completely filled with water. And the bottles had all lost their label.

All this to tell you that we do not build a cellar without some precautions:

  • First of all, do you want a buried cellar or cellar with access to the outside?
  • Is there water in the soil?
  • What is the nature of the soil (clay that prevents water from flowing, or sandstone, sand, limestone)?
  • Should we drain all around the cellar to eliminate water?
  • Can drainage be connected to the water flow system in the city?
  • Is there a stream like a stream or a river to drain the drainage water?
  • Is the ground of the house sloping to let the water drain?
  • Is the land in a bowl?
  • Is your land in a flood zone (normally, no, but in practice it is possible)?

There are several types of materials to build the walls and the floor of your cellar. But if you need to insulate your cellar against rising water, do not forget that it is much more efficient to insulate your cellar from the outside. Do it when the house is being built. Once the house is built, it will be impossible to do or very expensive.

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Beautify your home

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You are at home, sitting comfortably in your chair, and you say that life is beautiful. However, you say to yourself: my house is very beautiful but it lacks a little personality. What can I do to make it more attractive?

We will give you some ideas for beautification.

First of all, you have to do all the little renovations, such as electricity, plumbing, small holes in the walls, water leaks.

Then, here are some suggestions:

  • An original door
  • Joinery with colors
  • A garage door in color
  • Blue shutters pastel type
  • All frames of the same color different from the walls
  • A colored chimney
  • Add stones, or slates, or wood on the walls
  • Put slates on the roof instead of brick tiles (be careful, depending on where you live, there may be obligations)
  • Wooden fences to demarcate vote ground
  • Wooden fences for your vegetable garden
  • Small light terminals
  • Cut trees type “Bonsai”
  • Small jets of water

It’s up to you to test all these suggestions. If you have other proposals, or achievements, do not hesitate to send us your comments / photos.

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How to fight against mosquitoes

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Mosquitoes are distributed in 3500 species and are found around the world.

They do not all sting but when they bite, it is the female who does it.

The mosquito egg gives birth to an aquatic larva, then to a nymph, and finally to a winged adult.
The mosquito is often considered as a nuisance, but it should not be forgotten that this insect pollinates the flowers by foraging them and thus contributes to the propagation of flowering plants such as bees.

But it must be said that mosquitoes carry many diseases and are considered in some countries as a real scourge.

For example, the tiger mosquito appeared in France only a few years ago and has invaded all of southern France. If you plan to go on holiday in France, take your precautions.

What can you do to protect yourself from mosquitoes without using chemicals?
Here are some ways you can exploit:

  • Limit nesting sites, especially stagnant water (beware, tiger mosquito larvae can develop simply in a wet area such as mud or compost)
  • Protect yourself with covering clothes, mosquito nets, especially in the morning and evening (be careful, the tiger mosquito can sting all day)
  • Put cobwebs everywhere (I do not know if you prefer mosquitoes or spiders …)
  • Sleeping under a mosquito net (be careful, the mesh should be very thin and the mosquito net should go under the mattress)
  • Use a fan (the mosquito’s flight is quite unstable and can not stand wind)

In conclusion, no ideal solution. Keep this rule to eliminate all kinds of stagnant water and avoid dark places. I know people who decided to cut the hedges around their homes: the effect was spectacular.

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Unsaleable house, what to do?

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A house can become unsaleable for a lot of reasons:

  • Half of the houses in the village are empty
  • There are no economic activities
  • No access road
  • No shops
  • Terraced house with a ruin
  • Termite problem
  • Lead problem

Of course, we can find many other reasons.

First of all, it is primarily a price problem. Indeed, if the price is low enough, we always find someone who is interested.

And then we can do a home staging job to make the house attractive:

  • Empty all furniture and decorations
  • Repaint all in white
  • Beautify the garden
  • Do minor repairs: electricity, plumbing, window cleaning

Finally, prepare a speech to attract potential buyers. The important thing is to make people understand the interest they can have in living in this house. Do not stay too factual, play on feelings.

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Nuisance at home

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When you want to buy or build a house, you want to have all the necessary comfort. But it is also useful to think of the nuisances that one can have.

There is a lot of nuisance. For example :

  • Bad orientation of the house compared to the sun
  • Leakage of water, of pipe
  • Bad smells
  • Cracks in the walls
  • Presence of rodents in the attic or walls

But if you do a search on Google, you will find by typing the word “nuisance” that the results mainly concern noise. And it is true that noise is considered by a majority of people as nuisance number 1.
What kinds of noise generate nuisances?

Some of the most common are:

  • Car or truck noises, train noise
  • Neighbors’ noises, above, below or beside
  • Aircraft noise
  • Factory sounds
  • Wind noise
  • School sounds
  • Construction noise
  • Sounds of bar or restaurant

I cited only some noise. If we had to quote them all, this post would not be enough.

In conclusion, and considering that the noise nuisance is the first disadvantage cited by the people, it would be useful if the people who have a project of purchase or construction of house make use of a specialist consultant to avoid this type of problem.

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Methods to make the mice fly away

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The mice are cute but can cause problems in your home.

They can circulate in the insulation of the walls of your house. As they are rather nocturnal, they make noise and can prevent you from sleeping.

They can also enter your home through a crack in a wall or simply by the electrical ducts and move the electrical outlet.

Once inside the house, their goal is to find food. And they are so agile that they can sneak everywhere, in a closet, in a bedside, or climb on furniture. And here, if you left bread, candy or chocolate, it is the feast assured. Do not think that chocolate packaging will withstand them.
How do you find a way to get rid of them without killing them?

Many solutions :

  • Put cat litter on the mouse passages
  • Put repellent plants like mint, bay leaf or sage
  • Put cloth soaked in repellent plant extract
  • Try ultrasound

In conclusion, the idea is not to eliminate mice, which is almost impossible. But to reduce their number. And do not do like this friend who set traps to catch the living mice. He was releasing them just outside the house …

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Technology in architecture

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Technology has always been present in architecture. Of course, we do not talk about electronics or computers.

For example, the pyramids of Giseh or the buildings built by the Incas: huge blocks of stone are sealed together without using mortar. We can think that it took a lot of know-how, and probably technology, to build these buildings.

Much research is being done to understand how the ancients could move such blocks of stone, how they carved them, and how they adjusted them.

Closer to home, we can only be amazed by Gustave Eiffel who built a huge tower with iron bars and bolts.

Nowadays, technology has taken a leading role in architecture.

For example, we can build houses with 3D printers. Thanks to this technique, it is possible to create forms impossible to achieve with bricks or blocks.

Drones can also bring a lot to the architecture, for example by making it possible to carry out controls on buildings already built, with software that allows to ensure quality monitoring.

Home automation has come a long way and makes it possible to have smart homes.

It is also possible to design fully mobile houses that orient themselves in relation to the sun.

In the future, we can imagine that the construction techniques by 3D printing will still progress, the machines will be less and less expensive. Thus, poorer people will be able to access homes at affordable prices.

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Architectural Schools in the United States

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We present in this article the best schools of architecture in the USA:

  • Yale, School of Architecture
  • Harvard Graduate School of Design
  • University of Pennsylvania, School of Design
  • University Cornell, College of Architecture, Art and Planning
  • University of Cincinnati, Design, Architecture, Art and Planning
  • Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, College of Architecture and Environmental Design
  • University of Michigan, Taubman College, Architecture and Urban Planning
  • University of Syracuse, Syracuse (New York), Syracuse University School of Architecture
  • University of Texas, Austin, School of Architecture
  • University of Kansas, College of Architecture, Planning and Design
  • Florida International University, Miami, FIU School of Architecture
  • University of Columbia, New York, Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

But this ranking is necessarily arbitrary because it includes many criteria. Indeed, for a student living in New York, a nearby school but less prestigious will be preferable to a school in Los Angeles more prestigious. The criterion of employability can also be considered essential. Leaving a school with a degree is not enough. You have to be able to find an interesting and well paid job. But it also depends on the reputation of the school, for example internationally. To make a big project in Asia or Europe, we will rely on the reputation of the school in addition to the CV of the candidate.

Finally, the most important criterion is the following: whatever the level of school, it is the motivation of the student that is important. Being first in school, even if it’s average, will sometimes be better than being the last of a prestigious school.

We will return regularly to this post to modify it and take into account the evolution of the reputation of these schools.

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Facebook or Google?

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We present today the list of the most visited websites in the world :

  1. Google.com
  2. YouTube.com
  3. Facebook.com
  4. Baidu
  5. Wikipedia.org
  6. reddit.com
  7. Yahoo.com
  8. QQ.com
  9. Amazon.com
  10. Taobao.com
  11. Twitter.com
  12. tmall.com
  13. vk.com
  14. instagram.com
  15. Live.com
  16. sohu.com
  17. sina.com.cn
  18. jd.com
  19. weibo.com
  20. 360.cn

Unsurprisingly, the most popular site is Google. But be careful, the numbers do not always have the value that is expected of them. For example, in this list, numbers 1 and 2 are Google and Youtube. But these two companies are part of the same company: Google LLC. So, Facebook has to be compared to Youtube and Google together, the first place in the ranking, far ahead of others.

Beware of Wikipedia which is in 5th position, but most of the traffic comes from questions asked on Google.

Interestingly, we can also note that US companies dominate this ranking. But the Chinese are not absent, even if they do not occupy the first places.

The first site is Baidu, a Chinese search engine in 4th position. But we also have QQ in 9th position, and plenty others companies. Note that the second social network after Facebook is Twitter in just 11th position, and the third is Instagram, in just 14th position.

We will regularly resume this article to make it evolve based on news.

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What is estate planning?

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The estate planning is for everyone.

In fact, you have an estate. Why ? Because it concerns everything you own. Your home, of course, but also your car, your bank accounts, investments, insurance, and even your electric bike. You want to have control over all these properties, especially who you want to give them to or from whom you want to receive them, and of course by paying the least taxes and taxes possible.

Home as part of your estate plannig

Estate planning is the act of controlling all your assets as part of a plan. Almost no one does this, and yet it concerns a lot of money. Imagine that a company does not do this, it is bankruptcy assured.

What does it take to have a good estate planning? We have some recommendations. Attention, this list is not exhaustive:

  1. Take out life insurance that will allow your loved ones to have no trouble if you die.
  2. Take into consideration the consequences if you become disabled or dependent on others
  3. Take a lawyer to minimize taxes, including inheritance
  4. Predict the succession of your business in case of retirement, disability or death
  5. Plan who can take care of your minor children in case of problems
  6. Predict the divorce

And more generally, do the estate planning regularly over time and not just once or twice.

As you can see, there are many topics for discussion and I am sure most of you have not done this work. As a result, the best time to start this job is now!

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Do drones replace fireworks?

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One can really ask the question, as the drone technology has made a lot of progress in recent years.
First of all, drones can do a lot of things that were not possible thanks to the miniaturization of electronic components. They are often equipped with high definition cameras. But they can do many other things. They can :

  • send flames
  • send insecticide to destroy Asian wasp or hornet nests
  • carry packages as for the Amazon company
  • carry people like Airbus
  • and lots of other properties
Firework 1

They can also simply be equipped with light of all colors.
Another property is very interesting: the flight of drones can be controlled by distance, and directed through a computer program. As a result, they can very accurately coordinate their flight not related to each other and perform an overall flight.
So we begin to see shows of hundreds, and sometimes thousands of drones with fairies of color and movement in the dark sky.

Firework 2

What are the benefits of these shows compared to conventional fireworks?

  • Less noise, even if the flight of drones is not perfectly silent.
  • Indeed, fireworks often frighten birds and some die
  • An infinity of figures in the sky, computer programs being unlimited
  • Better environmental protection because more particles are released into nature with fireworks

On the other hand, it is necessary to regulate the risk of falling of a drone on spectators. The obvious solution is to make these shows over risk-free areas: lake, river, mountain, …

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Real estate for sale

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The magic expression that one seeks when one walks in a city is: real estate for sale, or real estate homes for sale, or homes for sale.
Real estate agents have many ways to communicate when they want to offer a house for sale:

  • Put posters on the window of their shop
  • Put house ads for sale in specialized magazines
  • More and more, put ads on social networks like Twitter or Instagram
  • The most classic way: put a poster on the front of the house for sale.

And it is true that this last possibility is effective. Indeed, many people want to buy a house in a city or a particular neighborhood. While walking, they can see what are the houses for sale, the advantages of this house as the appearance, the garden, the proximity of shops, public transport and potential nuisances such as noise, power lines, exposure to the sun, noisy neighborhood.

Chrysler Building

That’s why real estate agents give a special importance to the sales panels that are installed on the properties.
But these agents sometimes face the reluctance of the owner of the house.
What are the reasons ?
Sometimes the owner does not want to indicate that his house is for sale, by discretion. Indeed, if this person is often on a business trip, it may indicate to thieves that his house is empty at this time.
Other owners consider that a sales sign on a property is not aesthetic. Moreover, we advise real estate agents to work on the aesthetics of their sales panels to counter this difficulty.

Jean Nouvel building

Finally, a sales sign can tell other real estate agents that this house is for sale. As a result, the landlord may be beset by phone calls from real estate agents who also wish to sell this home.

In conclusion, a sales sign bearing the mention “real estate for sale” is very useful for a house sale but it is careful that this panel does not cause difficulties for the home owner.

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Home renovation

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Renovate or buy a house, what is the best strategy?
I will not tell you what the answer is to this question, because it is not easy.
First of all, what is the point of having a new house built? We can cite several:

  • Choose the number of rooms you want, rooms, bathroom, kitchen
  • Choose the surface of the pieces you want
  • Choose the orientation in relation to the sun and the wind
  • Choose the number of windows, the size, and all those kinds of things
  • Have insurance in case of poor workmanship
New house

But there are several disadvantages:

  • Seeking land to build
  • Check that this land is well located
  • Choosing a good home builder
  • Well check all connections, water, electricity, phone

We see, build your house is not necessarily very simple. And we can make many mistakes that we will see once the construction done.

And there is a saying that says it’s the third house build that gets the perfect home.
So, why not buy a house already built? This is indeed a solution for people who have already built a house and do not want it anymore.
The benefits are many:

  • No work to do (beware, there are sometimes bad surprises …)
  • Faster availability
Renovated house

But there are also disadvantages:

  • Work to do in case of unpleasant surprises
  • A profitability not necessarily good: the cost of buying the house plus renovation costs may cost more than a new house
  • Standards not updated: if the house is relatively old, you may have to redo the electricity or plumbing.

So what is the solution ?
It’s hard to make the right choice. In my opinion, the first step is to get help from professionals, either home builders, real estate agents, or architects, to help you with your problem. And to interview people who have already bought or had a house built before you. And, importantly, if you have spotted a land to buy or a house, do a neighborhood survey: the neighbors will help you.

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