Not everyone may have the space, time, or resources to grow a lush outdoor garden, but most people, with the right tools and knowledge, can grow a successful herb garden from inside their home. Not only will this provide you with some creative and delicious flavors to your home cooking, it can also provide a fresher environment and more calming atmosphere to your indoor space. Here are some important factors to consider when growing your own indoor herb garden.



Sunlight


Not only is sunlight required for the growth of your herb garden, it also has a direct effect on the herb's flavors and intensity. Try to find a large, south-facing window to place your herbs in front of that will get about 6-8 hours of full sunlight. Consider getting a table or suction-cup shelf to hold a larger garden that won't fit on the window sill. If you don't have a usable window, you can always use ways of artificial sunlight with a CFL bulb from your local hardware store, or just borrow one from that neighbor with...

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We've all seen them, that dark dungeon of a basement that seems almost moist to the touch and reflects less light then a black whole. A forgotten about room that that serves no other purpose then hiding that one strange child from company. A windowless room.


Windowless rooms tend to find themselves in basements or bathrooms. They leave out any option for natural lighting, and when not considered properly, regular light fixtures can tend to cast big or unattractive shadows leaving the space feeling glum. If not chosen correctly for the space, colors may come out over saturated. Although you may need to get a bit more creative with these spaces, there is no reason why you can't make it feel as open and cozy as any other room in your home.


Lighting


Lighting is going to be one of the most important things to consider to help brighten up the space. Consider layering the lights, don't just rely on your ceiling fixtures in the middle of the room. Do find a nice center fixture that sheds light across...

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     Saving money is tough, but crucial to anyone's financial stability or future. Whether you are saving up for a down payment on a house, your Child's college fund or your retirement you must learn how to create a savings strategy and develop proper savings habits for both short and long term goals. Here are some tips or ideas to help you get started.

 


     Audit Yourself, Review Expenses and Cut Spending.


     The first step is to understand where your money is going and how much money you actually make. Take a look at your past months (or even years) spending and sort them into essential and non-essential spending. There are lots of apps that can connect to your banking accounts and credit cards to help with this like Quickbooks or even your personal bank might have their own technology or app that calculates your spending into one spot. Create a budget for each type of spending and make sure you follow it. Review your monthly...

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If you are considering listing your home for sale this Spring one of our Sage Executive Group Realtors will be happy to help you start the process.  You might consider a home staging company to get your property looking its absolute best but there’s a lot of things you can do yourself.   Here are some ideas to get you started.


De-Clutter

This is so important.  Buyers want to see how spacious your place is.  By starting now you will have time to go through those drawers and cupboards that you will need to empty when you move anyway.  Why not save yourself moving stuff you  don’t use? Clothes, shoes, books, toys, extra pots and pans can all go, or, at least be boxed up and stored until after the sale. You might not realize that buyers have a tendency to open closets and cupboards! If they look crowded buyers will assume storage will be tight for them as well.

Too much furniture can also make a space look cluttered. Your home will look bigger...

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Gathering a Trusted Home Buying TEAM!

These are the people that will look after your interests in the biggest transaction of your life.  Spend some time to search out the best fit for you.

Real Estate Agent
That’s easy – pick up the phone and call us at Sage Executive Group.  Chances are – if you’re reading this blog  - that you’ve already made that step.  Congratulations! Your team is starting to form up!

Mortgage Rep
Odds are you’ll need a mortgage to finance this operation. Shop around a little and explore your options. Remember to ask about the flexibility of the product you are considering. Start with these important questions.

• Is the mortgage portable? (transferrable to another property if you move before the term is up)
• What are the penalties if I sell and don’t buy another property before the term is up?
• Can I make lump sum payments throughout the term?

The rate is important, flexibility is too. Decide...

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