Bedroom Necessities Part One: Bedroom Theme



Your bedroom is a reflection of who you are. Whether you’re a teenager with posters of your favorite band on your walls, or a parent with lots of pictures of your family, your bedroom has items you want in it. However, there are many items everyone should have in their bedroom—no matter who you are.

Bedroom Theme

Bedroom Theme

This first thing your bedroom needs is a theme. Your bedroom theme needs to show who you are and what you like. If you don’t like the color blue, your room shouldn’t be this color! So, obviously, you should paint your room a color you feel suits you. You should have bed covers, furniture styles, and items that fit your personality. You should have pictures, posters, and/or paintings of things you like and your family/friends. Put items that only make you happy in your room, and you will wake up every morning feeling great and excited to have such a great room that reflects who you are.

How to Create a Bedroom Theme

You can create a theme simply by choosing what you enjoy most or what you’re grateful for. A theme should be an escape, inspirational, a reflection, or fun to you. Here are some great bedroom themes to go with if you need some ideas of where to start:

-Beautiful Paintings

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-Favorite Music


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-Movies/TV Shows


-Country Based (i.e. Japanese, Indian, British, etc.)

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-Night Sky or Day Sky


-Calming River


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-Fairy Tale

-Inspirational Quotes

If you love pictures of your friends and family, print up photographs or Polaroid pictures of them and pick a wall to paste these pictures to. If you like a musical group, hang up posters of them throughout your room. If you love a particular style of painting, hang those paintings on your walls. Just make that the fabric, bed sheets, furniture, and items all look great when next to each other in your room.

Bedroom Theme

Bedroom Colors

If you like a particular group of colors or a color scheme, paint your walls and furniture those colors. However, do not overdo your room with just one dominate color for everything in it; this will drive your eyes and your guests crazy whenever they enter your bedroom.

Colors and Their Meanings

Red: Evokes strong emotions and love.

Green: Tranquility and health.

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Yellow: Brightens a room and even gives you energy.

Pink: Calming and warm.

Blue: Productivity and serenity.

Yellow: Brightens a room and even gives you energy.

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Bedroom Items

The items your bedroom should be necessities and items that make you happy. Some great items everyone should have are:

A Favorite Book(s)—to read whenever you want to feel joyous, inspired, or just to pass time.

A Desk—a desk is great if you work from home. If you don’t have a home office, a desk in your bedroom is useful to have close by if you’re working late at night. Just try not to make it a habit!

Calming Devices—this means any item that you feel calms you and helps you feel relaxed. For some it is meditative music, plants or flowers, plug-in fountains, Zen sand gardens, or scented candles.

Soft Pillows—there’s nothing better than relaxing on a bed with lots of cushy, soft pillows.

Great Lighting—lighting that looks good on you will boost your self-esteem and give you confidence to wear clothes that look great on you!

Television—some people say that a bedroom should be a place to unwind from the day and even technology. However, a television is a great way to lose yourself in a movie or interesting TV series.

You do not have to have all of these items, but they will surely help you feel peaceful and relaxed after a long day of work or school!

Bedroom Organization

Place each object or item in your room carefully. Make sure they are in a place that is accessible and organized. Keeping your room clean ensures that you are organized and your room’s theme is what truly stands out when people see your bedroom—not a pile of dirty laundry in the corner.

Bedroom Theme

There are lots of diagrams and dimensions of how you should decorate the rooms in your home, but you can go about your own theme decorations and sizes as you see fit. However, following what others have designed already is a great way for you to get inspiration and know what has already worked in the past for others.

Planning your bedroom theme is a lot of fun and very rewarding once the process is complete. It may take you some time, but after you’ve finished, be sure to show your friends and family your bedroom theme to make them wish they had a room as awesome as yours!

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Most Common Home Contingencies [Infographic]



Home contingencies can make all the difference in a real estate transaction. A contingency means the seller has accepted an offer on the property, but success of the sale may still depend on certain clauses. These clauses usually fall under three categories: passing a home inspection, securing financing, and the legal ownership of the property. Contract contingencies are often called “a buyer’s best friend,” but there are a few contingencies that help protect the seller as well.

In today’s infographic, we take a look at the most common home contingencies you’ll see in a real estate contract.


Inspection Contingencies

Home inspections are the most common home contingency. Basically, a buyer is freed from their offer contract if the home can’t pass an inspection.

  • First, buyers get to choose the home inspectors. There may be a few different inspectors necessary. For example, the pest inspection is different from the home inspection itself. The buyer (/buying agent) have power to decide who checks these things.
  • It’s smart to include a disclosure contingency. If you move in and find the seller didn’t disclose a pre-existing contingency, it can free you from your contract.
  • If anything doesn’t pass inspection, or if it just isn’t up to the buyer’s standards, s/he can demand repairs.
  • The general home condition can be a contingency. Even if it passes inspection, you may know it needs a fresh coat of paint. The buyer can demand that service, or take off the cost of painting from the price of the home.

Financing Contingencies

No one wants to make (or sell) a big investment if they’re not financially ready. More importantly, sometimes their finances really shouldn’t allow a major transition. Financing clauses protect buyers and sellers from getting ripped off.

  • In a buyer’s market, the buyer may include a contingency that the purchase of the home is dependant upon him/her being able to sell the current residence.
  • The buyer can clarify that the purchase is based upon them being able to secure an acceptable mortgage rate.
  • In a seller’s market, the seller can include a contingency that the purchase of the home is only possibly if they find and secure their next residence.
  • Sometimes a certain amount has to be covered in the down payment. The seller has the right to demand something higher than 20%.
  • The seller can (and absolutely will) retract the offer acceptance if the buyer’s loan isn’t approved. Usually this does not need to happen because the buyer has to be pre-approved.

Ownership Contingencies

Believe it or not, there are a lot of ways ownership of a property can be disputed. The last thing any buyer wants is to make a massive down payment and then learn it was all a scam.

  • Sale of the property depends on buyer’s ability to find homeowner’s insurance.
  • Seller can prove full ownership over the property.
  • The buyer chooses the title company.

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Home Fence Options and Costs



There are many different types of fences you can buy or make to surround your home. They all may look and feel different, but their intentions are the same: to keep your home surrounded at all times. Fences are intended for safety from intruders and for privacy from your neighbors. They will also keep you safe from unwanted animals wandering into your home. Fences also decorate your home: many are ornate and very beautiful.

The different materials used in making a fence usually determine its price. Obviously a more decorative fence is going to cost more than a plain one, so we’re going to share the benefits of many different types of fences to help you choose which will be best for your home.

Home Fences

What Type of Fence Do You Need?

What type of fence you need determines a lot. If you’re looking for a fence to perform its simplest function, to surround your home, then you may want to get the cheapest fence you can find and have professionals install it for a low cost. However, if you want a specific type of fence, there are lots of reasons for different types.

Aluminum Fences:

Aluminum fences are durable and come in many different heights and styles. This inexpensive material provides for great coverage around your home. Many aluminum fences have designs like metal fences, but they are much less expensive because of the material used. They are easy to install and come in many different colors.

Home Fence

Best for: Cost Effectiveness and Ease of Installation                       Average Cost: $10-30 Per Square Foot

Brick Fences:

Brick is expensive, but it provides the most privacy, safety, and security. Intruders are much less likely to scale a brick fence because it is very difficult to climb. Brick can be soundproof and requires almost no maintenance.

Home Fence

Best for: Privacy and Security                     Average Cost: $15-35 Per Square Foot

Metal Fences:

Metal fences are great for protection. They can be difficult to climb and many have spikes or spokes on the end, not just for decorative purposes, but they also serve well in warding off would-be intruders. Aluminum and chain-link fences are not as strong as iron or steel, but they will provide for some safety. If you truly want to feel safe, iron or steel home fences are incredibly strong and can be installed around your home by professionals.

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Best for: Protection and Strength                             Average Cost: $3-100 Per Square Foot

Vinyl Fences:

Vinyl fences are durable, low-maintenance fences that will last for many years. They are neutral in color and come in many different shapes and designs to fit your home. Vinyl fences are great because you do not have to paint them, and they do not rot, rust, flake, or peel.

Home Fence

Best for: Durability and Cleanliness                   Average Cost: $4-30 Per Square Foot

Wood Fences:

Wood fences can be either pickets or wood planks. Wood is great because they can be painted to match the color of your home. Wood can even last up to 20 years or more. Planks provide for great privacy, while picket fences give off a wonderful charm about your home.

Home Fence

Best for: Painting and Life Expectancy                   Average Cost: $3-80 Per Square Foot

Adding a fence to your home can be as inexpensive, costly, plain, or beautiful as you choose it to be. Obviously mixing more ornate designs is going to cost you more than just a fence alone—like adding beautiful, stone walls alongside steel gates. These factors vary, so it is best that you discuss your options with a reputable contractor. So whether you decide to go with aluminum, brick, metal, vinyl, or wood for your home fence is entirely up to you. Make sure your new fence ascents your home, and all of your neighbors will surely compliment you on the new upgrade!

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Why Use a Real Estate Attorney?



A real estate attorney is helpful for a lot of reasons. If you are uncertain about the home buying process, you can talk to an attorney to help you. An attorney will help you understand the paperwork and payments involved in buying a home in a practical way that even your agent may not be able to. If you’re unsure if you will need an attorney to help you, here’s information on real estate attorneys and what they do.

Real Estate Attorney

What Does a Real Estate Attorney Do?

A real estate attorney is an optional attorney, hired by you (the homebuyer) to provide legal opinion and professional advice on your closing documents. If you have bought a home before, you may feel comfortable in not using a lawyer to finalize the process with you. However, if you have never bought a home before, you may want to utilize the knowledge and understanding a lawyer has when it comes to buying your first home.

Attorneys often work with commercial buyers and sellers. Since these purchases are so large and require lots of attention to detail and laws to be followed, lawyers are necessary for these types of sales.

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Why Use an Attorney?

You should use a real estate attorney if you have never bought a home before. It is helpful to use an attorney to guide you through understanding the closing documents. If you do not want to sign anything you don’t understand, a lawyer will explain what exactly the closing documents say in laymen’s terms. Attorneys are great because not only will the help you understand the documents, but they will know where to look to find any potential problems in the documents.

Who Needs a Real Estate Attorney?

A real estate attorney is not a mandatory service needed to buy a home. You can hire an attorney if you are buying a home, and you want the safe feeling of having a professional look over your closing documents with you to make sure everything is in order so you get exactly what you’re paying for.

Even if you’ve read and understood lots of legal documents in the past, you might still want to hire a lawyer to help you with the closing process. Commercial real estate purchases often require a real estate attorney on both sides to ensure the buyer and seller are both getting what they want from the purchase.

Junk Fees

Junk fees are fees that you do not have to pay, or fees that can be reduced, that come with the closing costs. A Good Faith Estimate will be given to you by the agent to show you all of the costs that come with buying a home and fees from their brokerage. With this estimate, you will find many fees that are unnecessary or overpriced. With a real estate attorney, you can have them look over the estimate, and they will get you the lowest price possible to pay for any fees and also get rid of any junk fees that are completely unnecessary.

What Can Happen Without an Attorney?

Lots of things can happen without a real estate attorney. You will not have anyone to look over the closing documents with you to ensure your best interests are being held to the highest standard and not just what the seller wants. Legal issues can also ensue without an attorney. You can be sued by the opposing party if you fail to disclose any information or problems about the property. Filing state or county level documents improperly can result in time wasted and more monetary complications. These fees and complications can all be avoided by hiring a real estate attorney in the first place.

How to Find a Real Estate Attorney

There are lots of companies that you can use to set you up with a real estate attorney. Real estate attorneys can be found online and hired for a reasonable price depending on how much and how long you need their services for. They are here to help you and all of your legal home-buying needs.

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So do yourself a favor, hire an attorney if you need one. If you do, you will see how much they can help you with buying your next home.

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Which Loan is Right for Your Home? [Infographic]



Here are the most popular mortgage options in the United States. See basic qualification information and down payments for these home loan options to see which is best suited for you and your next home.



This is the most common mortgage option and usually has the best interest rates.

Down Payment: 10% minimum, 20% standard

Best For: repeat buyers


Makes ownership more affordable with less down and easier credit requirements.

Down Payment: 3.5% minimum, 20% standard

Best For: first-time buyers


Takes away the need for a down payment without the risk of PMI. Only available to veterans.

Down Payment: no down payment

Best For: military veterans


This mortgage option was developed to promote the purchase of rural land.

Down Payment:  no down payment

Best For: investors; anyone interested in living in a rural atmosphere


These rates start out lower than any other option, but fluctuate with the market (and usually not for the better).

Down Payment: 10% minimum, 20% standard

Best For: anyone interested

Source: Fearless Home Buyer

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