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Day: April 9, 2018

Save Money And Refinish Your Hardwood Flooring

One of the reasons why people don’t start home improvement projects because of the presumed cost of the project. Refinishing your wood floors doesn’t have to be expensive. As a matter of fact, if you have some time, you can save yourself several dollars over what professionals will charge you.

The first step in refinishing your hardwood floors is removing all furniture, rugs, and mats that are on the floor. It’s also a good idea to wear a dust mask as you are going to be stirring up quite the dust storm as you go about your business.

Your goal in refinishing your hardwood floors is to turn back the hands of time to when your hardwood floors were first installed. In order to achieve this feat, you will need to start by renting a heavy-duty sander to smooth out any rough spots and to remove the current stain that is on your floor. Move the sander in the direction that moves with the lines on your hardwood floor, paying particular attention that you do not apply more pressure anywhere. It’s important to make sure that you apply equal pressure to all parts of your floor as you want to avoid creating ‘pits’ in your hardwood floor, which will require more sanding. Do not move across the hardwood floor lines, especially if you have small grooves or beveled edges.

Once you’ve finished with your initial sanding you must sweep and vacuum the dust from your floor and lightly wash it. This part is often not given the proper care it deserves and is very important when refinishing hardwood floors. The reason it is so important is that the tiniest speck of dirt and dust will show up when you stain the floor. It is also important that you use only a damp mop for washing the floor rather than a wet mop. If there is too much water in the floor that has been sanded it will cause stains.

Once your stripped hardwood floors are dry, its time to stain your floor. Depending on the type of hardwood you have, and taking into consideration the room’s current decor, you can choose either a darker stain, a lighter stain, or go natural. Another popular option that protects and coats your floor is polyurethane

While refinishing hardwood floors is time consuming, you do not have to move out of your home in order to accomplish it. The stains and protective coatings do not have harsh fumes so they are not dangerous to breathe. You do want to take care not to walk on your floor until it is completely dry. If you do not wait you will have wasted all that time and effort and have to either start over or try to hide the footprints.…

How Fear Inhibits Self-Expression and Personal Growth

“The thing I fear most is fear,” said De Montaigne.

This sentiment is echoed by other great writers.

“Nothing is terrible except fear itself,” said Francis Bacon.

“The only thing I am afraid of is fear,” said the Duke of Wellington.

“Nothing is so much to be feared as fear,” said Henry David Thoreau

Fear is the ultimate limiting emotion. It overthrows reason. It paralyzes action.

In very rare times, in an emergency, fear may help us to act to save ourselves or someone else, but for the most part, it ruins all initiative, growth, and spontaneous right action.

Shakespeare commented that “Of all base passions, fear is the most accursed.”

The number one fear most people have is of public speaking. Yet, this fear has no survival value at all. The worst that can happen is that you are not articulate and people disapprove of your ideas or your way of delivering them.

Fear is simply the nauseating sensation in your abdominal area that over-rides any good sense you might have about anything. If allowed to persist, the surge of adrenaline causes your body to break down at a cellular level. We call it stress, but that is only the name we give for a body that is taut with fear.

Yet when you examine the cause of any fear, it is usually nothing more than a highly-charged negative opinion.

Unfortunately, it is in those areas that we must grow that we feel the most fear. In fact, beyond the boundary of your fear is your next greatest opportunity.

The result of this fear is that we stay trapped in limiting realities–poor paying jobs that barely allow us to survive, relationships that whittle our self-esteem to mush, educational opportunities that could expand our perception and massively improve our lives.

The most ironic thing is that those who push themselves to deal with their fear–find nothing there.

Someone, for example, who is afraid to speak up will find when he or she does that nobody is shocked, appalled, or indignant. In fact, things seem to improve because of it.

Fear left unchecked can lead to all kinds of neurosis and inhibitions. An extreme fear, which has no basis in reality, leads to paranoia.

The whole thing about fear is that unless your life is being threatened, it makes things far worse than they need to be.

The aggressions of governments, the escalation of nuclear armaments, express individual fears magnified a thousand-fold.

And the reaction to fear is so extreme that something is actually created to fear.

On an individual level, fear is partially or completely debilitating. It is the misuse of the imagination to create horrible scenarios. As Michael Pritchard once said, “Fear is that little darkroom where negatives are developed.”

Understanding that fear is a False Estimation About Reality is one step toward eliminating it. The final step is to do the thing that you fear, either all at once or through baby steps, and discovering that the monster …

How to Buy Government Foreclosed Properties and Find Unexpected Bargains

Government foreclosed properties for sale are available to the general public. If you are looking for a bargain, buying a government foreclosure could be a very interesting alternative to the regular house market.

Perhaps you dream of owning your own home but do not have enough money saved. In this case, government foreclosed properties could have a profitable operation provided you handle it with extreme care.

Where do government foreclosures come from?

Government foreclosed properties exist because homeowners stopped replying their mortgage or paying taxes and the house was foreclosed upon. As a result, the lender or some government entity claimed and repossessed the foreclosed property and put it up for sale.

Government foreclosed properties sell for amounts that are well below the market price and are there before veryought-after.

How to go about finding government foreclosure homes

There are different places where you can search for government foreclosed properties. Local real estate magazines and newsletters of the conventional sort continue to be a great source for finding foreclosures.

However, you do not need to limit yourself to traditional resources. The Internet can be a treasure trove of government foreclosed properties provided you can keep focused and organized. There are so many foreclosure listings online that you can easily get lost.

Typically, local real estate agents are a very good source for different types of foreclosure listings too.

Something you should never do is rushing to buy a government foreclosure because you think it is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. This is a recipe for disaster.

If you have no experience in buying foreclosures, do not purchase any property until you have comprehensive information about the state of the property and you have pondered it carefully. Engaging a real estate agent or a professional that guides you in this transaction is your best insurance.

Visiting the government foreclosed homes

Foreclosure laws vary from state to state, also regarding what you can do before actually buying the government foreclosed properties. As a general rule, though, you will have to inspect the house you are after and hire specialists that alert you about structural building issues, if any.

Unresolved liens on the property or other legal problems are also something that you need to take into account.

If it is the first time you are buying a house and you do not seek professional advice, you do not know what you can get into. You will find that some government foreclosures are in a reasonably good condition while others are rather run down. …