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About Andi Perullo de Ledesma

I am Andi Perullo de Ledesma, a Chinese Medicine Doctor and Travel Photojournalist in Charlotte, NC. I am also wife to Lucas and mother to Joaquín. Follow us as we explore life and the world one beautiful adventure at a time.


Wait, Where Has Your Home Buyer Gone?

Selling a home can be stressful and you might need to be patient when waiting for someone to take an interest in your home. That is why when someone finally does come to check out your property it can be a massive relief. You start hoping and praying that they will down an offer and that your home will soon be off the market. Unfortunately, that offer never comes and instead the buyer disappears. You might not even get any feedback on what they liked and loathed about your property. This can be even more frustrating than no bites at all. It suggests that someone has seen your property and there is been an issue that stopped them from buying. You do not know what that issue is so you cannot fix it.

Now, it is worth pointing out that some buyers will not get back, because they do not feel obligated too. Maybe the house is fine, but it is just not what they are looking for. They do not have any real feedback to give and so never get back in touch. It is possible, but it is also fair to say that if your home makes a potential buyer ghost you there is probably a serious turn off that you are overlooking. So, let us look at a few of the issues that make homebuyers disappear:

It Is A Mess, A Monster Mess

There is a common misunderstanding about selling homes. Sellers often assume that buyers are only interested in the four walls or the real estate rather than what is inside it. But, this is not true at all. Some reports suggest that a mess in your home can cut as much as 20% of the offer a buyer might put forward. Why is this? It is all about the perception it creates. Ultimately, it suggests that you have not cared for the property. This could either be a room in your home, a place outside or even your entire property. Even letting the grass grow too long can make a buyer think twice about putting down an offer.

It is absolutely amazing how many sellers don’t realize that cleanliness is a concern for buyers. The big mistake is tidying the home up for the pictures and then letting it fall back into a state over time. If your home takes months to sell it can be difficult to constantly keep it tidy, particularly if you have kids. But you should try. Otherwise, you might turn away a buyer who may have otherwise put forward the exact offer you had been hoping for.

Signs Of Infestation

Does your home have an infestation? This is quite common in older homes with termites burrowing into the wood. You may also have issues with larger animals or birds in your attic, basement or other unused areas of your home. Infestations can even be a cause of panic in the garden as they could lead to the damage of your property.

Now, you might think that infestations are nothing to worry about. After all, the typical buyer won’t know the signs that you have an infestation right? Wrong, most homebuyers are far more in tune and aware of issues than you think. They will be looking for the tiny holes that termites leave in your wood. They’ll ask to see inside your attic for signs that you have nests up there and they will explore every nook and cranny of your home before they even think about putting down an offer. This should not be too surprising, as these days all the information is online and easy to find. It is even common for some homebuyers to check out a property with an expert in tow. Even if you can hide the signs of an infestation, there is really no point. A survey will show up all the issues with your home anyway. If there is a problem with an infestation, a buyer will almost certainly pull out of the sale.

As such, you need to make sure that you are dealing with the issue before you put your home on the market. Dealing with an infestation will depend on the type you have. For instance, you might have an opossum living on your premises. While these critters are quite cute, they can carry disease and are one of the last things someone wants to see when buying a family home.

An opossum removal service will help you handle this effectively and perhaps more importantly humanely. Other issues can be dealt with more rapidly, because you do not need to worry about a humane solution. For instance, an exterminator can eliminate a bug problem in your house completely. You do need to make sure they do a thorough job however, as if they leave a few alive, the problem can quickly build up again.

Of course, you also need to think about what caused the infestation. If you do not address the cause, it could again become a recurring issue. One of the main causes would be mess. Only this time, we’re talking about food mess. Leaving crumbs and food particles on the floor is a good way to attract insects into your home.

It Is A Cat-Astrophe

You do need to think about pets when you sell your home. While it’s true that a lot of people are pet-friendly, that does not mean they want to live in a home where one has been. Again, they start to wonder about the actual state of your property. Pay particular attention to the smell of your home. If your house smells like wet dog, do not expect buyers to put an offer in.

The easiest way to tackle the issue of smell is with some plugin air fresheners. You can put these all over your property and make sure that you are covering any unpleasant odors. You might also want to think about getting rid of your pet while you are showing your home to buyers. Pass them off to a neighbor, a family friend, or a relative. Do be aware though that if a home buyer directly asks about whether you have a pet, you must tell the truth.

This should shine a light on some of the issues that can make a homebuyer disappear after viewing on your property

Bookshelves That Make You Look Sophisticated And Smart

A bookshelf adds a compelling dimension to any living room. It is a place where you can show off your taste, style, and collections. They are not just made for books, either. You can easily turn any bookshelf into the perfect place to display family photos, seasonal decorations, collections, and more. Decorating your bookshelf should be an exercise is expressing your personality and sophistication. Do not be afraid to let your sense of style shine when you are picking out a bookshelf and deciding how to accentuate it.

There are plenty of ways you can decorate a bookshelf to match your personality and your living room. One trick you can use to make sure any bookshelf fits your living is to paint it to match the color of your walls, giving it all a unified look. Color-coded books are another way to create a stunning visual effect in your living room. If you usually place your TV on a bookshelf, you can also use a panel to hide it when you are not watching. At dinner parties, a blank TV screen can turn into a black hole of attention that is easily covered up with a tasteful panel.

For book lovers, finding a way to organize your bookshelves and contain the chaos is the only way to bring some peace and order to your living room. Arranging books by color is always visually attractive but not for everyone. If you are struggling to find room, stop doubling up books or stacking them on top of each other. It is time to get a new bookshelf to store your bookstore finds. You can also separate books you bought old and new to give your shelves a more appealing look.

Where do you start when it is time to bring in a new bookshelf? There are more styles than you might expect and it all depends on what you want to do.

For the collector with a million decorations to show off, a barrister bookcase puts everything safely behind glass doors. They are also solidly built, so they are great if you have kids or pets who could knock everything to the floor with one wrong move. If you are not worried about things getting bumped or broken, an etagere bookcase is an elegant and unique design that will really make a statement in your living room. An etagere is designed for displaying pictures, vases, collectibles, and other decorations. It is all open, though, so it is not ideal if you have young kids, rambunctious dogs, or a cat who is not worried about what she breaks when she finds a new place sit.

In a similar vein, leaning bookcases can be used for both storage and display, as some come with drawers at the bottom. Others have a ladder-like look that adds movement and dynamism to your living room furniture. Ideal for plants, throw pillows, and pictures.

For the booklover, nothing is better than a classic wood bookshelf to store all your literary treasures. There are so many different finish options, including cherry, oak, and espresso, you can find the one that fits your mood.

A bookshelf speaks volumes about your tastes and personality. Get one that is an accurate reflection of your style and design it to your heart’s delight.


Four Things To Do And See When Visiting Bryce Canyon City

Utah is a state that attracts a large number of tourists each and every year, from around the United States and abroad. In the year 2016 alone, visitor spending totaled $8.4 billion. The state is popular with singles, couples, families, and even seniors are who looking to experience some of the most beautiful natural scenery the country has to offer.

One of the more popular cities in the state to visit is Bryce Canyon City since it sits at the entrance to Bryce Canyon National Park. But there is more to the city than just its close proximity to the park, which means you will find plenty to do and see. Here is a look at four things you will not want to miss out on when visiting Bryce Canyon City:

Sample The Cuisine

Utah is known for its very unique and distinct take on a variety of cuisines, some of which date back to the early farmers and pioneers. It is common for chefs to use local ingredients and then put their own spin on classic recipes. One restaurant well worth the visit is Bryce Canyon Restaurant, which serves up “cowboy food” and incredible old-fashioned western music, fun, and entertainment. This is the kind of restaurant that provides you with a whole experience and will have you feeling like you stepped back in time.

Book An ATV Tour And Experience Nature Up Close

Bryce Canyon City and Bryce Canyon National Park are the ideal venues for exploring by ATV. Thanks to the various terrains, these vehicles are the perfect mode of transportation since they can handle whatever is thrown at them. Not only is it fun to drive the ATV, but the sightseeing opportunities are second to none. Be sure to take it slow and take a moment to snap photos along the way.

A Visit To Historic Cedar City

A trip to Cedar City can also be a fun thing to do. This city sits in Iron County (south western Utah) and was originally founded in 1851. It has been dubbed the Festival City, since it is home to 17 huge events and festivals throughout the year. It is also very close to Las Vegas. Cedar City is just 75 miles from Bryce Canyon City.

Cedar Breaks National Monument

A little closer to Bryce Canyon City is Cedar Breaks National Monument, which is 54 miles away. Described as a natural amphitheater, it spans across three miles with the rim of the theatre reaching more than 10,000 feet. The depth of the theatre is 2,000 feet making for an incredible and awe-inspiring sight to see.

Well Worth Experiencing

Utah is the kind of state that just beckons to tourists and really draws them in thanks to the natural beauty, outdoor adventures, and the rich history of the land and the people. It can offer a unique and memorable kind of vacation that is hard to come across and is sure to provide you with once-in-a-lifetime experiences.

Nine Household Uses For Vaseline

Petroleum jelly is a great topical ointment for skin, but there is much more to it than that. Do you not just love it when you can find household uses for coconut oilor other household items you already have on hand for something else? Petroleum jelly, such as Vaseline, is one of those jack-of-all-trades products. So, what are the home uses for Vaseline?

The home uses for petroleum jelly run the gamut from helping with DIY projects to controlling pests. Here are nine helpful ways you can use Vaseline around the house:

  1. Silence Squeaky Doors

Do you have a squeaky door? Instead of buying a specialty oil to lubricate a hinge, reach for the petroleum jelly. Just a spread a little dab of it along the length of the hinge. Open and close the door a few times to let the oil work into the hinge, and your squeak should be gone.

  1. Fix Squeaky Faucets

Speaking of squeaks, you can also silent a squeaky faucet with petroleum jelly. Just unscrew the faucet handles. Coat both the handle threads and the stem threads with a bit of petroleum jelly. When you reassemble the faucet, the handles should now be silent when you turn them.

  1. Open Windows Easily

Do you have a hard-to-open window? Over time, windows can start to stick and become a bear to open. Even if you keep the window edges and their sliding grooves as clean as possible, you can have this problem. Try this: using a small paint brush or foam brush, apply a thin layer of petroleum jelly to the sliding grooves of your stubborn window. You will find your window will open much more easily.

  1. Unstick A Lock

Dealing with a sticky lock is usually a problematic DIY projectthat can require a locksmith. But before you make that locksmith call, try using petroleum jelly on your key. Just coat the business end of your key with a thin layer of petroleum jelly. It should then slide into the lock easily.

  1. Help Your Drawers Glide

You know how frustrating it is when a drawer refuses to budge. Whether it is a refrigerator bin drawer or a cabinet or furniture drawer, one of life’s little annoyances is a drawer going in cockeyed, because it jams up, or worse, refuses to open. Here is how to fix a sticky drawer: simply use a little petroleum jelly. Coat the bottom edges of your drawers with a thin layer of petroleum jelly to ensure that your drawers will always open and close smoothly.

  1. Prevent Stuck Light Bulbs

Have you ever tried to unscrew a lightbulb only to have the bulb break in your hand because its base is too firmly attached to the lamp or fixture it is in? Not only is this annoying, it can cause injury. To avoid this potential mishap, always coat the threads of a new lightbulb with a bit of petroleum jelly before you screw it in. When you go to remove it later, it will unscrew easily and safely.

  1. Trap Flies

Are you having a problem with flies? Don’t spray dangerous chemicals or spend the money on fly traps. You can make your own “fly paper” with a little Vaseline. Melt 1 or 2 tablespoons of petroleum jelly and pour it into a little dish or jar lid. Then leave it in the areas where flies are buzzing about. The flies will land in the petroleum jelly and get stuck.

  1. Help Shower Curtains Glide

Shower curtain hooks have a way of getting bunched up and sometimes hung up on their rod so you cannot move them easily. If you want to avoid this inconvenience, rub a thin coating of Vaseline along the top of your shower curtain rod so your shower curtain hooks skim along the rod the way you want them to.

  1. Make Painting Easier

The next time you paint, do not bother buying painter’s tape. You can use petroleum jelly instead. With your finger, a small brush, or a narrow foam brush, put a thin coating of petroleum jelly at the edges of where you’re going to paint. You can do this on molding, bare floors, door knobs, or other door hardware, as well as on window glass. Now paint as usual. When you are done painting, use a wet rag to wipe up the paint-smeared petroleum jelly. I like using petroleum jelly better than using painter’s tape because I never seem to be able to pull off painter’s tape in on long strip, and I end up having scrape off little bits of tape at a time.

Vaseline will help with your creative wall paintingas well. Instead of using painter’s tape to tape off stripes or designs before you paint, use a coating of petroleum jelly. The paint will not stick to the jelly. When the new paint is thoroughly dry, just clean off the jelly with a wet rag.

As you can see, petroleum jelly can be a handy household and DIY helper. Have you found any uses for Vaseline around the house? Please share what is working for you in the comments below.

Niagara Falls: Discover The Eighth Wonder

Are you ready for a change of scenery that is perhaps a little further afield than a full tank of gas could take you? Something that has style, grit, and celebrity, but also something that is a little different from the typical destination suggestions featured in just about every must-see Bucket List (we are looking at you Paris and New York)? Great! We are on the same wavelength.

There are many answers, of course. The world is a genuinely sprawling globe of see-it-to-believe-it treats and wonders. But if it is awe you seek, with natural grandeur beyond description and all the trappings of modern convenience on hand at the end of a day spent broadening your horizons, then we say sit back and let the serene beauty and jaw-dropping magnitude of the world-famous Niagara Falls enchant and refresh you.

Top Five Things To Do In Niagara Falls

  1. Stay. This sounds like an obvious one to begin with, but just like you famously cannot see all that Rome or London have to offer in one day, do not assume Niagara Falls is a sight to be seen briefly before hopping back on the coach. It is so much more. We recommend a room with a view and a few days to take it all in — remember, Niagara Falls has three separate waterfalls and unmissable daily excursions (which we will get into shortly). You are going to need time. For example, check out this Niagara Falls Hotel for fantastic views, indoor whirl pools, and on-site spas.
  2. Maid of the Mist. The jewel in the crown of any trip to Niagara Falls is a thrilling boat trip aboard the Maid of the Mist. You are going to get wet, sure, but what better way to experience the roar of 600,000 cascading gallons of water than cruising into the heart of the crashing waves for a breath-taking experience to last a lifetime.
  3. Niagara Falls also sports a range of land-based family-friendly attractions. Old Fort Niagara is located on the banks of both Lake Ontario and the Niagara River. There is a free shuttle bus during the summer months. The Old Fort offers a hands-on entertaining look at history, with reenactors performing short stories, musket demonstrations, and much more. There is even an optional audio tour if you wish to wander unguided.
  4. Take a relaxing walk in the woods. Another land-based attraction that is fun for solo hikers, adventurous couples, and families looking to get out of the city and take in some fresh air. The Glen Nature Reserve is free and offers the perfect escape from the crowds. The reserve sports over two miles of well-kept trails, featuring a natural whirlpool as its star attraction.
  5. Take a tour behind the falls. Yes, you can safely stand behind a sheet of roaring water as it crashes over the cliff edge and smashes deafeningly into the river below. This is by far one of the top Niagara attractions, so expect queues at peak times. The attraction opens at 9AM and many visitors advise arriving early to avoid too much queuing.