If you are looking at purchasing a new house, then you will want to consider several areas. You will want to consider the style, size, neighborhood, and cost of the homes for sale where you are looking. These are the normal areas that you would want to think about when looking for the right house.
The style of a house is something that everyone thinks about even if they do not realize it. You may not realize that you care about it being a craftsman home or a cape cod but the reality is that everyone probably has a preference for a certain style of home. Some styles may be more accessible accessible than others, so it may take some work to find certain styles. Another consideration with the style will be whether or not you have any family members with special needs. If this is the case, then you may look for houses that only have one main floor.
The size of a house is another consideration if you are looking at homes for sale. If you have a family, then you might want a certain amount of space to accommodate your whole family. You might want to have an extra space for guests or even an entire apartment area for them. You may want to have a lot of storage space, so you may choose to have a full basement dedicated to mostly storage.
The neighborhood is something else that you need to think about if you are looking at homes for sale. A lot will depend on your reason for having a house where you want it. If you are single and work downtown, then you might look for a loft close to work. If you have children, then you may want a home close to the school and in a safe neighborhood. If you are retired, then you might choose a sufficient area of homes that would be too expensive for a young family.
Cost is something else to look into as you look at homes for sale. You will need to look at your budget to decide if you can afford the mortgage on the home that you would like to have for yourself and / or for your family.
After looking at several areas, you will hopefully find the homes for sale that will meet the needs that you have for you and your family. It will take some research, but you should be able to get all the information that you need if you work at it.
Source by Alfred Ardis
When painting your home for resale, choosing the right colors can make a huge difference in your paycheck at closing. For instance, did you know that the exterior color of houses selling most quickly is a certain shade of yellow, but that choosing the wrong shade of yellow can kill a sale?
You'll find many brochures in paint stores, showing various combinations of exterior paint colors. But most people do not realize that most of those combinations actually include three colors, and not just two. Limiting your exterior paint scheme to just two colors also limits your income potential.
For a fast sale, think fun colors and go for a third, or even a fourth, exterior color. Think "Disneyland Main Street," where every shop is painted in glorious multi-colors. Adding more colors will also add definition to the various architectural details of your home. Use gloss or semi-gloss paint on wood trim.
The Psychology of Exterior Colors
When choosing exterior colors, take the sales price of your home into account. Certain colors, especially muted, complex shades, attract wealthy or highly-educated buyers, whereas buyers with less income or less education generally prefer simpler colors. A complex color contains tints of gray or brown, and usually requires more than one word to describe, such as "sage green," as opposed to "green."
On the other hand, simple colors are straightforward and pure. Usually, houses in the lower price range sell faster and for higher prices when painted in simple colors like yellow or tan, accented by white, blue, or green trim.
The Psychology of Interior Colors
Using colored, rather than bland, white walls will increase your profit potential. Lynette Jennings tested the perception of room size and color, and discovered that a room painted white appeared only appeared larger to a few people when compared to an identical room painted in color – and the perceived difference was only about six inches! Most people also look better when surrounded by color, and feel happier, and since buyers pick homes that make them feel happy, that knowledge can put dollars in your pocket at closing!
Entryways should bring the exterior colors into the house. Repeating shades of the exterior through your home will make the entire home seem to be in harmony. Living and family rooms painted in a slightly lighter shade of the exterior color will ensure that you've picked a color your buyers like, because if they did not like your exterior colors, they would not have bothered to look inside. If they loved the exterior colors, they'll love the interior, too.
When choosing interior colors, consider the use of each room. For instance, kitchen and dining areas that are painted in "food colors," such as coffee browns, celery greens, and scrambled egg yellows, feel natural.
Since, deer shades of color implying intelligence and serenity, I like to paint master bedrooms a medium shade of green or blue for warm selling seasons, and rouge red for cooler weather. Other bedrooms can be painted in creamy tones of green, blue, or a pale shell pink. (See the chapter on the Psychology of Color in my book "Joy to the Home: Secrets of Interior Design Psychology" for further information.)
Always consider your selling season (the time of year you'll be marketing your home) and climate when choosing colors. Estimate the amount of time you'll need to get your home ready for sale, and then add on extra days for unexpected promises. Use cool colors, such as blues, greens, and grains, to sell during spring and summer, and warm colors, such as yellows, reds, and maroons, when selling in the fall and winter.
My husband and I usually use lighter colors when painting the exiors of our investment dollhouses, because it makes them appear larger. On the other hand, our cabin in the woods looks richer when painted a darker color. When we decided to have it painted, I considered the usual cabin colors of dark brown and barn red, but fell in love with Olympic's gorgeous "Gooseberry" plum color.
When getting ready to paint your house, look at the colors of neighboring homes and choose colors that harmonize, yet stand out from the crowd. Colors that clash poorly with other houses will detract from the overall neighborhood.
At the beginning of the article, I told you that homes with yellow exteriors sell the quickest. But which shade of yellow sells best? First, the yellows to avoid: yellows with green undertones look sickly to most buyers, and yellows with orange undertones give buyers an impression of cheapness.
The best-selling yellow exterior color is actually a pale, sunny yellow, especially when complimented with one or more carefully-chosen accent colors. For instance, a semi-gloss white trim will give your home a clean and fresh look, and adding a third color, such as green, can make your home even more attractive to prospective buyers.
Colors affect human beings in many ways, and by using the principles of Color Psychology, you can make your home stand out from the competition, sell more quickly, and at a higher price.
(C) Copyright 2014, Jeanette J. Fisher. All rights reserved.
Source by Jeanette Joy Fisher
Homeowners, especially those with small children, often ask me how to get rid of paint odors. It's such a big concern for some folks that they'll ask me about potential odor control before they even book the painting estimate.
The good news is that the evolution of house paint has come a long way with low-odor and even odorless lines for some applications. The bad news is there are still so many reasons to use the smelly stuff, especially if you're repainting an older home. Alkyd (oil-based) and shellac or alcohol primers are especially effective in sealing water damage and old oil painted surfaces to upgrade them to Latex top coats. But they're also very smelly with potentially long-lasting vapors. Even the most common low-odor alkyd paints often used today to repaint wood work can have a lingering odor for days under the most ventilated conditions.
So how do you get rid of the smell?
I've just received an email from a mother asking me that very question. Her young child's room was painted almost two weeks ago and she's left the windows open and the fan on ever since. Still, the paint smell is strong enough that she's concerned about letting the child sleep in the room. The painting of this room involved a lot of priming to cover the dark brown oil paint used by the previous home owner. Since the color needed to be lightened up and the surfaces converted to a far more Eco-friendly Acrylic Latex, a common top brand Alkyd primer was used to give the whole room a fresh start. And although it had "Low Odor" printed on the can, it obviously was not odorless. To compound matters, all the woodwork had to be finished in a leading "Low Odor" brand of Alkyd semi gloss which produced a smooth lustrous finish as well as a migraine inducing vapor.
So what can you do? Well, there are a few ways you can overcome these situations beyond obvious ventilation to control, eliminate and even prevent odors from lingering.
"An ounce of prevention" … Before there was such a thing as "low odor paint" we used to add a splash of vanilla extract to every gallon of oil paint to make it "low-odor". It was cheap, easy to do and had no effect on the color. Now that low-odor alkyd paints are commonplace on the market, adding about a tablespoon of vanilla extract makes them essentially odorless.
Or, as in the case above, the painting is already done. It's too late for vanilla and the smell will not go away as quickly they'd like. What's happening here is that the odors are being trapped in the walls while the paint cures and probably in all the fabrics and rugs in the room as well. They need something else to absorb them for good. So, here's what I advised her to do. Cut up a few angles and place them in a couple of bowls of cold water. Put one of the bowls in the room and the other in the closet. As simple and crazy as it sounds, the onions absorb and actually eliminate the paint fumes and odors … sometimes as quickly as overnight!
I first learned this trick while creating a baby's room about 17 years ago. I had spent about 5 weeks converting a nasty crumbling and dusty old attic room into a nursery bending the baby's birth. And as it turned out, the baby was born about two weeks early and was ready to come home just as I was finishing the project. The job required a lot of smelly primers and sealers to bury decades of neglect and water damage. As was customary in those days, I added vanilla extract to minimize the paintings' odor (and damage to my brain cells) but the smell was not clear up fast enough to bring the newborn in. The homeowner's Nanny, who was moving into the bedroom next door (and who was also troubled by the smell) used a couple of bowls of cut onions in cold water over night and the smell was gone the next day. I could not believe it!
I've recommended this technique ever since with great results. But it should be noted here that this example was in an empty room. In the case of a fully furnished room, as in our case above, you should consider airing out clothing, drapery, rugs or anything else which might be trapping the odors and giving them a shot or two of Febreeeze to do the trick nowdays.
Now sometimes, there are extreme cases where odors are simply not an option. Some people are highly allergic to the VOCs (volatile organic compounds) contained in paints and the tints used to color them. Some can become quite ill with even short term intervention of the fumes. In these cases, you have to resort to the whole gamut of tricks:
- Before you paint, empty the room completely to make sure there is nothing that will trap the odors.
- Open all the windows before you open the paint cans and keep them open through the entire painting process.
- Add vanilla extract to your Alkyd, Alcohol or Shellac based paints. (Latex paints do not usually need this step as they're relatively low-odor to begin with).
- Place several bowls of onions around the room (as above) while you paint to absorb the fumes as they escape.
- When the painting is finished, seal and remove all paint cans, bag your drop sheets in plastic before taking them out through the rest of the house (or throw them out of the window if possible) to keep from spreading the fumes they've trapped Indoors.
- Refresh your supply of onions in water as the old ones will have had their fill of vapors by the time your finished the painting.
- Keep the windows open and wait until the paint has fully discharged and the odors have gone before you replace the furniture and other belongings.
Of course, these tips are offered in connection with interior painting but you should also try adding some vanilla to your paint when painting the exterior in Alkyd coatings as well. It saves the painter a lot headaches … literally. But wherever inside or out, these simple ideas combined with some good old fashioned common sense should produce a fresh new look with clean, breathable air you can live with.
Source by Dee L. Potter
Performing home inspection before buying or selling the property is good both the parties involved in the deal. Having a good assessment of home can consider expedite its sale. Presenting the buyer a pre-listing report of home inspection can boost their confidence in the person selling and also in the house for sale. If you have a house to sell, then you must recognize the significance of such inspections, as these can probably sway their final decision in your favor.
The idea behind such inspections is to identify various potential problems, which you might not be aware of. Having your house inspected, before putting it for sale in the market, is that a great idea. Almost every property has some or the other issue, which needs to be addressed. Discovering all the imperfections, before listing your property, gives you the needed time for making necessary repairs. It provides the seller more time for pursuing estimates and looking for reliable companies, to ensure that the repair work can be completed as quickly as possible. If the faults are noticed after any buyer expresses some interest in your house, then the chance to compare the estimates and select a good company would all be gone.
Once you decide to put your house on market, most likely you would want a quick and easy sale. However, without a good home inspection, many issues can arise, which may hold the sale for too long. Even if both the parties reach an agreement concerning the repairs, the whole negotiating process would be pretty time-consuming, causing further delays. On the other hand are the numerous benefits of getting a home inspection conducted by the professionals. Getting awed by a home's outer beauty is easy, but it is critical to seriously consider the various aspects, which are less perceptible. Today, the buyers are smarter than ever before and have the eye for immediately noticing the imperfections in a house.
An expert and well-trained professional exactly knows what all to rummage around for. They immediately spot the potential hazards and substandard workmanship from the past repairs. The potential buyers may not really climb up the roof space to examine damages over there or inspect the gutters. But usually they do check if the plumbing, appliances and electrical systems work fine. And not any buyer would like to spend on these expenses, straight away after becomingiable for the mortgage payments plus homeowner's insurance. Thus, it is indeed a good idea to get a home inspection done, before putting it for sale.
Even if you are a buyer and looking for a good buy, make sure to check for every possible thing, be it the plumbing fittings, electrical systems, landscaping or any other. Not paying attention to such details may sway you towards a wrong decision. If some imperfections are disclosed in the home inspection reports, but you really like the house otherwise, then you can always negotiate, regarding the expected repair cost and the house's asking price. In short, irrespective of whether you are a buyer or a seller, a thorough home inspection may extremely save a great deal of your money, time and also prevent the undue frustration and stress.
Source by Malini S Sharma
Have you ever felt that a home just did not feel good? Or that it had bad vibes? Sometimes the signs of good and bad Feng Shui are not so obvious. The following outlines what makes for good and bad Feng Shui in a home. You can use these as a general guideline when shopping for a home.
Even when it comes to Feng Shui, it's still location, location, location. Why? Because you can not change it! You can change price and condition but not location. SO that is where we will start:
1. Preowned? Good Feng Shui if the previous owners are moving to a larger house, job promotion and are moving away or won the lottery – this would all be good energy.
2. Lot: wider in the back or square is good Feng Shui. Reverse pie lots are not. Square or rectangular shaped lots are considered ideal.
3. Cul-de-sac: be sure not to be at the T intersection of the cul-de-sac to the road – this considered bad Feng Shui. You will end up getting the glare of headlights into the front of your house in the evenings.
4. Fire Hydrants: can not have those in front of the house: bad Feng Shui as it represents your wealth being 'washed' away.
5. Bedrooms: should not be located over the garage, kitchen or laundry room. In addition beds should not share a common wall with a toilet. Master bedrooms should ideally be north facing and the bed should back onto the south wall facing north. In addition there should be no mirrors across or around the bed.
6. No bathrooms over a dining room or kitchen. (This would seem obvious – no leaking toilets over my Turkey dinner!)
7. Home office: should be in the southeast part of the home. Morning sun brings good energy and the south sun provides daytime sunshine to keep you energized through the day.
8. Homes facing south and backing north are ideal.
9. The flow of the home is important. The front door should not open up directly to the up or down stairwells. Nor should the front door 'see' the back door (have direct line from front door to back door). This allows the chi or energy to walk right on through the back door. The energy should be allowed to meander back and forth through the home. You also do not want to see the fireplace from the front door.
10. The kitchen, nor the stove should be in the center of the home. Nor should the kitchen face a toilet door (bathroom). This door should be closed at all times.
11. Office desks should back onto a solid wall – not a window. Nor should a desk or bed face an angled wall.
12. Living too close to a cemetery brings grief into the air – not a good thing.
Feng Shui's aim is to balance to all aspects of our lives by creating an environment that has good chi or energy. You can do this by firstly looking for a home that fits the local aspects. The interior of the home can always be changed. But the more you know up front about good energy – or Feng SHui the sooner you will be able to recognize it in your next home.
Happy House Hunting!
Source by Jennifer Perdicaris Kennedy
Having a home with the design that we really want is something that would really make us feel good. Although most homes built these days have general designs, it would be better if we could come up with our own design to give our homes a more personalized touch. We all certainly would want everything in our house to be perfect as much as possible. Designing our own houses is very practical, fun to do, and is not really hard to do. We do not really need to hire an interior decorator or any home design experts if we want to save money since we can also do it on our own. We just need to be creative and have fun while we do it.
Take your time and think what kind of design that you really want to incorporate in your house. If you want more references, you can just search the internet for a wide variety of design options. It is important that you make a final decision since it may cost you more instead of saving money if the design is already completed and you change your mind and have it redone. After you make the final decision, you can start searching all the materials that you would need. You also do not need to rush this part since you would want to compare different rates from different stores first. It would also be a great idea to ask for recommendations from your family, friends, and other people you know who could help you.
After thorough considerations and preparations, you may start designing either the interior or the exterior part of the house wherever you are comfortable with. Choosing the right colors could help you set the ambiance.
You may also want to consider Feng Shui for good luck but only if you believe in that practice. Aside from using common furniture such as sofas, chairs, and tables, you may also want to add other components inside your house. Consider putting paintings, wall mounted fountains, and other extra fixtures to add more life to the interior design. For outdoors, putting sectional patio furniture may just do the trick to liven up the atmosphere outside of your house. Wooden, metal, or plastic chairs are also ideal outdoors. Whatever design you want for your own house, it is best to start at larger places down to the smaller ones which require more detail.
Depending on your preferences, you may want to have a minimal or simple design. Not only that you can save money but you can also save space. When you are designing in your house, keep in mind that this is a place where you would spend much of your time so you should consider putting emphasis to comfort and functionality. Designing a house also does not need to be complicated. As long as you are creative, you are resourceful, and you know what you want, it should just be a breeze. Just do not rush things so you will not have regrets in the future.
Source by Patti Smith
As technology advances, our lives become more convenient. This pertains to many daily activities. Traveling, for instance, has become significantly more efficient, allowing for cross-country travels in a matter of hours. Within the business world, the need for paper is starting to become scarce.
The Paperless Project reports that approximately 70% -80% of organization processes still see management through paper. This denotes to a large sum of money being spent on paper to supplement these processes alone. There is also the issue of ink costs as well as distribution costs. With the introduction and manufacturing of digital (or electronic) documentation, however, we can mitigate these costs substantially. Furthermore, we would be doing the environment a grand favor.
Let's begin by defining what digital documenting is. Digital (or electronic) documentation is the means of managing documents via the Cloud, Internet, or other electronic means. With this, you can transfer, receive, upload, download, and edit documents without the need of paper. This also eliminates much of the necessity for ink and a distributor.
The best digital documentation software allows for its users to automatically sort and organize documents sent and received. As these documents are stored digitally, the amount of space available for storage is incredibly vast, perfect for companies dealing with a substantial amount of paper such as law firms. In regards to its organization feature, company workers will no longer have to go through the arduous task of manually sorting and finding documents. Actions taken with these documents, be it sending or receiving, occurred almost instantaneously. This further supplements its appeal as speed is severely ever an issue with digital documents.
So how, then, do companies actually benefit by going paperless? Well, for starters, the need to purchase ink and paper is significantly reduced, cutting costs. Majestic Invites, an e-commerce invitation design company, saves roughly $ 50,000 per year by going paperless. According to Alina Uzilov , president of Majestic Invites, the company saves this amount on paper, printing, mailing, document storage, and other various expenses. Her company has eliminated paper from nearly all processes, including design mock-ups, vendor and client contracts, purchase orders, and in-voicing.
Paper service companies are not the only types of businesses to reap the rewards. The 370-employee Suncoast Medical Clinic estimates that it will save about $ 1 million by using electronic health records (EHR), eliminating 80 percent of its paper-based medical records budget and most of its transcription services. While most of the cost cutting stems from reducing the amount of resource purchases, this shows that digital documents can also reduce the cost spent on other services and labor relating to physical documents.
But away from reducing costs, what other benefit can you hope to gain from switching to a paperless track? Let's take a look at Staged to Sell , a design service company located in Scottsdale, Arizona. This company specializes in home staging and designing. With the plethora of clients they receive, it becomes imperative that the company is capable of responding in a timely manner.
Even without digital documentation, this was possible. However, the effort put in to maintain quality service proved to be quite straightforward. It was when Staged to Sell decided to integrate a digital documentation software system that circumstances finally began to shine gently. Throughout this new system, Staged to Sell was able to process an exponentially larger amount of client orders and transactions.
A similar scenario occurs daily at the Suncoast Medical Clinic . At Suncoast Medical Clinic , doctors review patient lab results, radiology interpretations, and progress reports in real-time over the network from their office, their home, or a hospital. Electronic Health Records let primary care physicians and specialists, of which are treating the same patient, review and contribute to a single shared patient record. The process saves a bountiful amount of time, helps avoid errors, and reduces duplication of tests.
The benefits offered to companies of various shapes and sizes is highly similar with the switch to paperless. This implemented through the reduction in costs as well as the increasing efficiency. With the use of digital documentation, not only will the environment benefit, but so will you and your company. Make the switch now.
Source by Jack R Nguyen
The house was the place of the gathered and protected family from various conflicts that came from nature and from the disturbance of the bad hands.
Because of that so so we feel at home remained at home, then was needed by the atmosphere of the pleasant house.
Several characteristics of the Ideal House:
- His atmosphere interior enjoyable.
- The exterior had the environment that beautiful
- The clean kitchen part
- The clean TOILET part
In the house, the values of the family and humanity was invested in a manner for generations to the individual.
As main means of a family, the existence of the house must become main attention.
Four conditions must be met to be able to be said as the ideal and healthy house.
- The house interior must be sufficient to be available the room for parents, the child and the guest. For the tropical area, better the attic was rather high, so as the volume of air in the room was enough. Air ventilation must be good, likewise room information must be enough.
- The house exterior in order to have the area of the yard that was enough so as to be able to be planed the reforestation crop, the fruit, vegetables and the flower. The environment might not around the house be dirtiest pollution. Was available water facilities, electricity and continuity of the telephone. Had the road that could be passed through car to head means of the public's service like the market, the hospital, the school and the place of religious duties.
- The part or the kitchen of the processor of domestic food must meet the condition for the cleanliness. In this place food was processed. When the dirty kitchen, then food that was cooked dirty also and this was dangerous for the health of the member of this house of occupants's family.
- The condition for the four healthy homes was the existence of the clean TOILET.
Source by Mas Ars
Furniture stores have developed a reputation for marketing strategy-a sale for every holiday imaginable, no payments for 90 days, or no interest for 3 years are commonly-used promotional tools to drive sales. These certainly work, but they're not exactly unique. If you're new to the furniture market or you're looking for a way to stand out from the crowd, you'll want to choose something that does not involve Uncle Sam or Santa Claus. Here are some great options.
- Online classifieds -Websites like Craigslist and eBay have made the online classified ad sales process very easy. Customers turn to these places to check out merchandise before entering a store, so list your product here to reach them! Hire a part-time employee to photograph your franchise and list it on these sites, or you can even subcontract the work to business specifically-designed for the task.
- In-store training -Hosting in-store training classes or seminars is a great way to reach out to the home-improvement market. Bring in interior decorators to discuss home staging, décor selection, or even remodeling tips using your merchandise. These types of classes add value to your store, and the customers see you as more than just a transaction-based business-you're part of their lifestyle. Promote these events by hanging a vinyl banner outside your store listing the dates and times for each class.
- Trade-in -Consider adding a customer trade-in program to your store, where the customer brings in their old furniture and receives a credit towards new merchandise. If the furniture's in good enough shape, you can create a used section in your store for great bargains. If it's not in resalable condition, you can donate the furniture or at the very least dispose of it for your customer. This is again a way to make your store a convenience provider and encourage customers to remain loyal to you. List this service in your store windows using vinyl decals.
- New homes -Create a partnership with a local real estate agent, broker, or homebuilder. Since homes always sell better with furniture in them, offer to stage their new homes with your franchise in exchange for referrals. You can also add a sign in each home letting customers know where the furniture came from in-case they'd like to purchase it with the house or at least shop your store for a different selection. Some real estate agents may even want to purchase a piece of furniture directly from you as a house-warming gift for their new homeowners!
- Try before you buy -This bold strategy offers customers a chance to "test-drive" your furniture, so to speak. Selected customers are able to try furniture in their home for a preset amount of time to determine if they want to purchase it. Although this should not be offered for all of your products as it could become a logistic nightmare, it can be an effective way to boost sales. After all, if it's up to the customer to take the furniture home and bring it back, odds are they're going to keep it. Make sure you have a vinyl decal at your cash register clearly explaining the rules of the program so there are no issues.
Source by Michael K Allen
Shanty towns or squatter communities known as “Hooverville’s” during President Hoover’s term as President (or back in the day as my son might say) began to sprout up all over the United States because of the fallout from the Great Depression. These ragtag “communities” were composed of people who had been evicted from their homes or their farms. These individuals, labeled hobos, were forced to live a degrading existence among grotesque piles of accumulated trash, made of discarded public scraps of food they had to eat or of various items of value that they could sell. The poor and disposed would cook their meager portions of food in tin cans over open fires, covering themselves with old newspapers while wearing Hoover shoes with holes in the soles. The only scenery was blurred by dust in the summer and mud in the winter as they inhaled the stench from all of the trash and the extremely unsanitary dilapidated outhouses. These poor Depression era hobos, though, are no comparison to today’s modern freeloaders, lazy, selfish people who are calculating in their tactics, and who by no means suffer as much as those displaced victims of the Great Depression.
Yes we’re suffering, and indeed the times, they are a changing, but eating banana peels and wearing newspapers is not the same as eating all of your family or friends potato chips while you watch a re-run of Friends on their cable TV. With today’s economic crisis, many people have had to depend on family, friends and relatives to help them out until they get over their financial set back. However, the thing is, too many find this life of “luxury” very accommodating, and so they remain as permanent guests taking advantage of a loved one’s hospitality. This is no new occurrence, it’s just happening more often today thanks to our lovely crumbling economy, but I, for one, think free-loading is wrong, and it must be stopped. There’s a difference between visiting a loved one and commandeering their home.
Here’s, an example. Several years ago my husband and I moved to Florida. Every year we would come back to New Jersey to visit family and friends. Well, my husband was always inviting everyone to come down to Florida and stay at our house, so they didn’t have to spend money on a hotel, forgetting that we were only renting a small 2 bedroom apartment. Naturally everyone jumped at the opportunity, including his drinking buddies, who came in a car loaded with suitcases and booze. I was working the graveyard shift at the Post Office and needed to sleep during the day. Well, one time, it seems that our bedroom was offered to his drinking buddy and his buddy’s wife, while I had to make do crammed into my two little kids’ room. These moochers came empty-handed and ate as there was no tomorrow. One week turned into two weeks, which looked as if it would be extending to more. I told my husband to kick them out which he refused to do saying that they were his guests, and that would be rude on his part. I was furious, working nights, and not getting proper sleep. During the day, they went down to the beach or explored the area, having a grand old time. The woman did nothing to help me. I couldn’t take it anymore. I called around to hotels in the area and asked what their prices were, and when the couple returned that afternoon, I told them that they had to leave, it was two weeks already, and I needed my room back. The man said he was paying my husband $20.00 a week for the room, which was ridiculous… Imagine thinking that $20.00 a week was going to cover the cost of 3 square meals a day plus my room for two people. No way Jose, has he had to be out of his mind. Well I must say after they saw how mad I was, they got the message loud and clear immediately calling a nephew who lived in the area. That annoyed me even more, knowing that they had a nephew that lived nearby, and I had to be inconvenienced by this pair of moochers. So instead of going to a hotel where they had to pay, they ended up in their nephew’s house. Good riddance, finally, but that still didn’t stop the flow of guests coming and going and free-loading off of us. This created a lot of hostility between my husband and me. Finally, after 7 years of acting like a drunken bed and breakfast, we moved back to New Jersey. That stopped the family and friends from visiting.
The thing is, all of the moochers and freeloaders acted in the same rude, selfish manner. No one understood why I’d get irritated, working, sacrificing living space, cooking, doing all the shopping and being imposed upon for far too long. I suppose there’s a moocher’s guide out there that they all swear by.
The Moocher’s Guidebook:
Law Number 1: Find a nice, giving, trusting friend or relative and arrange a “short” but indefinite visit.
Law Number 2: Convince these marks to become your personal ATM.
Law Number 3: Always manipulate others to get out of paying your fair share, stiff drinking buddies with the check, bum rides, sponge cigarettes, meals and so forth.
Law Number 4: Never, under any circumstances, clean up after yourself. This sets a dangerous precedent.
Law Number 5: Always raid any unattended refrigerator. Leave nothing.
Law Number 6: Never be courteous. Assume it is yours by natural law, consume and destroy.
Law Number 7: Have fun while the marks are working. What are vacations for?
Law Number 8: Make yourself scarce when chore time arises.
Frankly, freeloaders are a menace to society. People that have freeloader problems rightly become depressed and angry. To make the situation worse, moochers often don’t bathe, don’t flush the toilet or wipe the seat when finished or don’t wash their own clothes. What moochers do in fact is use the phone all night, leaving it off the hook when they’re done. They leave the TV on all night and are loud while you try and get some sleep to avoid them. If subtle hints and veiled insinuation won’t work, then throw all their belongings outside and change the locks. The following is my own handbook, listing problems with moochers and ways to deal with them.
PROBLEM: A friend or loved one shows up uninvited, looking for sympathy and a place to stay.
SOLUTION: If someone shows up uninvited, you can tell the person in a courteous way that you were just leaving and don’t have time to chit-chat. The strongest weapon that a freeloader has is using guilt to get what they want from you. Be prepared for this. Don’t feel guilty. Always be leery of those who love to tag along but who always seem to forget to bring their wallet. Always mention before you go anywhere involving a cost, that if the other person has his or her wallet with them. Or you can simply say its best that you go Dutch. If the person then says they don’t have any money, you tell them, ‘I’m sorry I don’t have enough, to pay for you too so we will have to skip it.’
PROBLEM: A friend or loved one always wants to visit you but doesn’t invite you to visit them. Always try to interchange home visits.
SOLUTION: If someone was at your house this week watching the game and eating all your goodies and drinking your beer, then you recommend doing it at their house the following week. If they are uncooperative, don’t bother with them. If they are taking advantage of you, begin to control your dealings with them or stop it altogether. You want to tell them that you are not a money tree nor are you their restaurant, hotel or maid service. You have to nip this behavior in the bud, because the longer you wait, the more tensed you will get, and the more difficult it will be to get rid of these people. Then it becomes squatter’s rights. They have all the rights and you get squat.
PROBLEM: Your relative wants to stay with you until they get ‘back on their feet.’ If they live with you, you have to give them some time frame to get out of your house.
SOLUTION: One way to prevent moochers from staying in your home is to keep the fridge or the cabinets as bare as possible. Hide your supplies somewhere; give them a list of chores to do. If they complain then tell them to buy their own food or they can leave.
PROBLEM: You feel like a maid with all the mess left behind and get sick of things like your guest leaving dirty linens, damp towels on the bed or the bathroom counter.
SOLUTION: House-guests should clean up after themselves. If they are there for one week or so, then they should offer to take the host out to dinner for their trouble. If they plan to return, then tell them that you already have plans for that time and that no one will be home. Try to make your apology seem sincere and convincing as best as you can.
PROBLEM: Relatives will come to your house and stay as long as they want, in order to save on hotel expenses. So the longer they stay, the more resentment builds, which will eventually damage family relations.
SOLUTION: Relatives don’t have the right to barge in because they are family, they must first call or write. If they happen to show up unexpectedly, then take them to a hotel or give them a ride to the nearest transportation. Do not let moochers have the run of the house; they need to help by cooking, doing their own laundry and throwing in some cash. They have no right to take advantage of you to save on expenses because somewhere up the family tree, you inherited some of their blood or your spouse did.
PROBLEM: The guests who won’t leave when it’s getting late.
SOLUTION: If you feel your eyelids are starting to get heavy or like you have a severe case of the hives, start yawning, scratch and get up quietly and in a polite way; mention that you had a lovely evening, that you must repeat the visit at ANOTHER, more convenient time. If you continue to stand, they will get up, at least you hope so, then start walking to the door. If they don’t take the hint, then come right out and tell them that you have to go to work the next day and that you are tired and want to go to bed. My mother swears by the broom. She said when you wanted the company who were over-staying their welcome to leave turn the broom upside down by the door, and you will see that it works. Yeah, right mom, like in your dream, that’s not going to happen.
PROBLEM: The friend or relative who always sponges money off of you and never pays it back or who considers you their personal, unpaid taxi service.
SOLUTION: Just say you don’t mind taking them where they are going, but that you don’t have gas in your car or money to pay for gas to get there and NEVER lend anyone who has stiffed you money twice.
Follow these simple tips and you’ll soon be free of freeloaders. Good luck!
Source by Miriam B Medina