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Content writing for House Method, "how to vacuum: the ultimate guide:"

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"Most people don’t put a lot of thought into how—or how often—they vacuum. If you can get in a quick vacuuming session before guests arrive, that probably feels like a win, right? Still, there are some systems and rules of thumb that might make the process a little easier.

First,  how much time should you really be spending vacuuming your home? While Cameron of Fantastic Services admits that the answer to this question can vary widely depending on the area of your home, she did give us some guidelines: “It’s a good idea to vacuum high-traffic areas such as mudrooms, hallways, and corridors a few times a week, especially if you have kids, pets, or both. Bedrooms can be vacuumed once each week.” Not sure how thoroughly you’re vacuuming? Cameron tells us that a two-bedroom apartment should take about 20–30 minutes total. When in doubt, use that estimate as your rule of thumb."

"Be wary, but not timid

Unfortunately, a deal that seems too good to be true usually is. This is true in most markets, not just real estate. To get a great deal, you’ll have to do the legwork and be willing to pay for the quality services that make the deal possible. And though it might sound silly to talk about intuition and real estate, Katzen stresses the importance of trusting your gut. “People are very intuitive,” she says. If a deal just doesn’t feel right, it probably isn’t. On the other hand, if you walk into an apartment and know it’s where you’re meant to be, don’t be afraid to go for it. New York City real estate isn’t for the faint of heart!

When you do finally get that dream apartment, you might find yourself wondering when it makes sense to buy. Be patient. You’ll likely need to rent for a period of time while you save money for a down payment. You’ll also want to wait for the market to turn to the buyer’s advantage. When it does, an investment in NYC real estate will often have a huge pay-off in five to seven years. Of course, you may rent for your entire stay in New York City, and whether that’s five years or 25, you’ll probably consider yourself lucky to have lived in the city of dreams."

Content writing for House Method, "5 Questions for Finding the Perfect Backsplash:" 


"A well-chosen backsplash can be the thread that ties together your kitchen’s design and makes it cohesive. Because the backsplash can have a big impact, it’s important to be thoughtful in your selection.

Here are five questions to help you determine which style is right for you."




"Forgetfulness or dementia can be especially dangerous in the kitchen, where a pot left untended or an oven left on can lead to a fire. Appliances and timers with sensory reminders— like a whistling tea kettle and kitchen timers with both sound and lights—are must-haves for seniors aging in place.

Keep frequently used items within easy reach. This is important throughout the house, but especially in the kitchen, where reaching for objects in high cabinets could lead to falls."