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A Resilient You: Practicing an Effective Continuity Culture at Home & Work

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A Resilient You: Practicing an Effective Continuity Culture at Home & Work

Join me Thursday, Sep 1/22, at 1pm EST!

I talk with award-winning IT, Continuity, Resilience, Risk and Security professional and noted resilience expert, Modebola Olowu. Modebola talks about personal resilience and how we can cultivate a practice the will work effectively at home and in the workplace.

We touch on subjects such as:

1. What is resilience and the difference between the workplace and home,

2. Characteristics of personal resilience?

3. The art of Kintsugi? (This is a great analogy for resilience and I urge everyone to go find your gold!!),

4. Cultivating Resilience,

5. The Me Strategy,

6. The Proactive Strategy,

7. The Community Strategy,

8. Crises and their Opportunities, and

2020-10-29 - YOUTUBE - Banner.jpg9. Way’s to identify opportunities in crisis (e.g., change your perspective, find the ‘loophole’ etc.).

It’s clear that Modebola is quite passionate about personal resilience, and it comes across during our discussion. With allot of resilience talk focusing on technology, processes, and systems, Modebola teaches us how to take a step back and look at ourselves…our gold.

Enjoy!

7 Pro Tips to Increase the Value of Your Home

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7 Pro Tips to Increase the Value of Your Home

Increasing the value of your property is an excellent way to further your investment. Even if housing prices naturally go up as your neighborhood develops, improving the look and functionality of your property will boost its value even more. Whether you want a better-looking home, or simply want a boost in value, this read from Doorsteps will share a few simple and straightforward tips to get there.

  1.  Renovate the Kitchen

The kitchen is arguably the most important part of a house. However, your kitchen might be looking dull after years of use. Kitchen styles and like fashion trends, they come and go. If you have owned the house for a while now, chances are its current state is outdated and could use a spruce up. When looking to improve your property’s value, you’ll want to renovate it with timelessness in mind. A successful spruce-up can substantially boost the value of your house. However, ensure stay within your budget so that you can recoup the investment when you sell.

  1. Renovate the Bathroom

A modern bathroom can look out of this world and make you feel like you have your own spa at home. In addition, a good bathroom remodel can substantially increase the value of your house. Bathroom renovations are one of the top demands for both homeowners and homebuyers. Thanks to innovation in design, now is a better time than ever to give your bathroom a new look.

  1. Add a Bedroom

A room extension will instantly put your house at the next price level. A two-bedroom house will never be in the same price bracket as a 3-bedroom one. If you have a sizeable loft, this is the best time to transform it. For an even higher value, consider adding an en suite.

Note that adding a playroom or home office can just be just as profitable as a bedroom extension and can be done at a far much lower price. So, unless you have a new family member and need an extra bedroom, adding a rear extension and using that space to make room for a child-friendly play zone or home office can be one of the best ways to add value to your house. This is in addition to the fact that more and more people prefer working remotely nowadays. All this makes your property more appealing to current homebuyers.

  1. Keep the Home in Good Condition

It’s important to stay on top of any damp, mold, and dirt. Clean and fix any problems as they arise. This will ensure the property is always in optimal condition, thus helping you spread out the maintenance cost. In return, you will not have to aggressively negotiate the price when it comes to selling or even risk it being unsellable due to structural issues that were overlooked when repair was needed.

  1. Install and Maintain Front and Back Yards

Front and back yards are an excellent way to boost the overall look of your home. In addition, 20% of house buyers ask for these features. As a plus, you will have a project that will benefit you in a number of ways from keeping fit, to enjoying the beautiful outdoors and even hosting guests.

Nowadays, most people want to live more sustainably. Having an appealing yard is an excellent way to start as it provides a breath of fresh air even if you are living in a city. In order to appeal to most buyers, however, consider installing a kitchen garden. Planting wall herbs and the like calls for little maintenance and can really help sell your house.

  1. Improve the Property’s Energy Efficiency

When it comes to saving on utility bills and adding value to your home, energy efficiency is vital. This means insulating your home, changing the main doors for better insulation, and replacing the windows with the double glazed type. Also, it could mean purchasing a new heating system, especially if your house is old. Central heating is one popular option, but there are many other options to make the house and the life you lead even more energy-efficient. If you make these changes early enough, you will not only boost the value of your house but lower the cost of your utilities as well.

  1. Add Character Features

 Consider replacing your flooring to add hardwood, fittings and fixtures with options that are quirky or characterful. You can even add mouldings, a log burner, or even an open fire. These features improve the look of your home and can become a selling point in the future. Character features help your home stand out, making it easier to sell to those with the same tastes as you.

Any of the above will increase the value of Core Real Estate Funds.

5 Tips for Moving Out Safely During Pandemic

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5 Tips for Moving Out Safely During Pandemic

Some of us had our move-outs planned way before the pandemic. Some of us were awaiting the upcoming weekend to begin the process, while the others were waiting for the summers to start.

But, of course, the pandemic did not permit us so. Those of us who could delay the move altogether (i.e., owned the property) opted to do so. But those who couldn’t came face to face with a grave issue: how to move out safely during this deadly pandemic?

Our post today is particularly for you guys, i.e., those who found themselves dealing with safety concerns while moving out. Here are five handy tips and reminders to help you get through the process without contracting the virus.

 #1. Disinfect Thoroughly 

Firstly, you need to eliminate and eradicate all germs in both places, i.e., your former home and your new home. Doing this will make the process safer for you and all other people involved.

For DIY cleaning, we recommend allocating at least 3-4 days. You can use EPA-registered cleaning agents like CleanSmart, Lysol Disinfecting Wipes, Germ Away, etc. Or if these aren’t available, you can opt for alcohol, bleaching agents, soaps, as well as supporting equipment like gloves, mop, paper towels, clean rags, etc. Make sure you frequently use hand sanitizer while you clean and keep a mask on.

If office work has you occupied, you could hire a professional cleaning crew to get the job done. Just make sure you let the cleaned house rest or ventilate for 3-4 days after they clean it. For your former house, ask the cleaning crew to pay a visit once you’ve left the place. In this way, you will come into contact with them.

 #2. Hire a reliable Moving company

Back when the world was free of corona virus, it would’ve been up to you whether you would like to get some professional assistance while you move out or not. You were to decide whether it is convenient or not.

Today, things are a bit different. The process of moving things will expose you to the external environment extensively. If you choose to do it all on your own, it might take you weeks, which would mean days of exposure to the unsafe air. The burden of handling it all alone may have you frustrated at points, and you may lack in following the standard SOPs.

For that very reason, it is highly recommendable that you hire reliable movers. They will get your things packed and moved in minimal time with complete safety and without risking your health or theirs. To assess their reliability, you can read the reviews of their clientele online.

 #3. Acquire a Moving Quote Virtually

Along with reliability, you will need to assess whether the company’s service charges fit your budget or not. For that, you will need to get an estimate. Naturally, an estimator will need to visit your place for this. And this, in turn, will put both you and the estimator in danger because you never know who carries what kind of germs.

To cut out the whole trouble, we recommend getting a virtual quote. Discuss the idea with your estimator, settle for a suitable platform like Zoom or Skype, and then give a virtual room-to-room survey of your house to the estimator on a video call. You may need a tape to measure stuff that the estimator asks for.

 #4. Make Use of Fresh Packaging

Whether you’re moving out on your own and hiring professional movers to help you out, we recommend using fresh packaging. Do not buy old cardboard boxes from stores or warehouses. They could be carrying the COVID-19 germs or microbes that could weaken your immune system.

Instead, contact reliable and reputable companies like VerdeTrader and get yourself spacious and sturdy boxes for packing stuff. You could even tell the hired company about your packaging preferences. So, they do not reuse their old cardboard boxes.

 #5. Practice Standard Safety Protocols

Again, here’s one of the most important tips of all: do not forget to wear the mask, use hand sanitizer, and continuously disinfect moved goods with a spray of disinfectant liquid.

Greet and interact with the movers at a distance. Avoid handshakes or any other form of physical contact. Since corona virus is airborne, maintaining a distance of six feet is a must.

During the whole process, avoid touching your face. Do not share food and schedule regular reminders of washing hands and disinfecting surfaces.

Final Words

Lastly, keep a close check on yourself and others. If you feel a little sick or see someone coughing, halt the process there and then. Get yourself tested for the virus and continue only when tested negative. Even if it’s not COVID, we’d suggest you prioritize rest. You know, the invested time and money are important, but nothing’s more important than the lives involved. So, be careful, be human. Good luck!

Drones in the Home of the Future By Jessica Stoner

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Drones in the Home of the Future By Jessica Stoner

“Drones in the Home of the Future” – this weeks episode of The Future of Real Estate radio show with Real Estate Futurist Jessica Stoner.

How fun are Drones!? Now that we’re finally embarking on the future with the exponential growth of drones and drone technology, what can we expect from these little guys, in and around our homes, neighborhoods and cities? As we are very much on the precipice of the drone revolution, it’s difficult to really grasp the uses we can put them towards. Just like we could not guess the sheer number of apps and the many uses we put them towards on our mobile device when the iPhone first came out, similarly we can’t yet get the full picture of how many ways we’ll use these newly opened up 3 dimensions now available to us. Today’s show is going to be an exploration of where we know we are going with Drone technology, where we think and where we hope it will go, and how all it may affect your home and community of the future.

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