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Keeping houseplants can enrich our lives and beautify our homes. Unfortunately, many popular houseplants are toxic if ingested by your pets or fellow humans. To keep your furry friends and family safe it’s important to know which plants are safe to keep in your home. Here we’ll go over some of the best choices of pet-safe houseplants.
Areca palms are a hardy and widely available plant that are easy to care for. They have long, fan-shaped leaf arrangements sprouting from tall fronds that can grow several feet tall. These are great plants to add to sunny rooms in your home to transport yourself to the tropics. The bonus is that they’re completely safe for pets if eaten. You may still want to keep your cat away however, as areca palms are extremely tempting for them to play with.
The peperomia species has a long list of unique and colorful plants that thrive indoors. With such a diverse array of colors and textures, you have a lot of freedom to explore distinct features as part of your decor. No matter the type, every peperomia is safe for cats and dogs. Some varieties are quite delicate but others like the peperomia obtusifolia or baby rubber plant have thick and hearty leaves that can withstand occasional visits from curious pets without harm to either party.
Calathea plants are notorious for being difficult to care for, but they are a simple choice when it comes to safety. These tropical plants come in a wide range of leaf shapes, colors and patterns and love a shady room. No matter what type of calathea you have, you can rest easy knowing that your pets won’t be in danger. The plants themselves, however, can be delicate, so it’s best to keep them out of reach.
Commonly bought as gifts, orchids are stunning flowering plants that can live for years as houseplants. The flowers come in every color of the rainbow and many can bloom more than once per year for weeks at a time. Orchids are totally pet-safe which makes them perfect statement plants to add color to a room. It also makes them a safe choice of a gift for friends or family who might have pets as well.
If you like succulents, the haworthia is your go-to pet safe option. Haworthia make excellent alternatives to the popular aloe plant which are toxic to dogs and cats. These succulents thrive under very little care as long as they have bright sunlight and occasional watering. What’s even better is that haworthia are very diverse in shape and color—while most commonly spikey and star-shaped, some are more rounded and plump like gummy candy.
Whether you want them for aesthetic appeal, air purification or simply for hobby gardening, live plants make excellent additions to any home. Luckily, it’s easy for them to coexist with pets as long as you know which types are safe. These are just some of the most popular options but there are many more available. Information about pet safety and toxicity is easily available, so do a little research before bringing home a specific plant.
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A home selling negotiation may seem like a major hassle, particularly for property sellers who want to find a buyer as soon as possible. Fortunately, a prepared home seller will be able to streamline the property selling cycle as well as get the best price for his or her residence.
What does it take to complete a successful home selling negotiation? Here are three must-haves that will ensure any home seller can finalize a successful negotiation quickly and effortlessly.
1. Housing Market Data
Understanding the ins and outs of the housing market can help an ordinary home seller become an exceptional one. As such, if you allocate the necessary time and resources to collect housing market data, you may be better equipped to enter a negotiation as an informed home seller.
Housing market data is readily available – you just need to know where to look for it.
For example, home sellers can examine the prices of recently sold houses that are similar to their own. By doing so, home sellers can see how their house stacks up against the competition – and whether the price a homebuyer wants for a residence is in line with similar properties.
2. Realistic Expectations
Let's face it – as much as a home seller would like to enjoy a fast, seamless negotiation with a property buyer, many hurdles may delay a home sale. But a home seller who establishes realistic expectations before a negotiation begins may be able to minimize stress.
For home sellers, it is important to understand that a negotiation must meet the needs of both a property buyer and seller. And if you consider the homebuyer's perspective, you may be able to enter a negotiation with an open mind.
Furthermore, a home seller should be unafraid to walk away from a negotiation if necessary. Although exiting a negotiation is far from ideal, it is important to remember that it is always an option. Thus, if a negotiation reaches a point where you start to feel uncomfortable, you can always walk away and relaunch your efforts to sell your house.
3. An Expert Real Estate Agent
No one should be forced to enter a home selling negotiation without expert assistance. Luckily, real estate agents are available in cities and towns nationwide, and these housing market professionals possess the skills and know-how to assist home sellers during negotiations.
An expert real estate agent will serve as a liaison between a home seller and homebuyer. He or she will provide honest, unbiased recommendations throughout each stage of a home selling negotiation, ensuring you can make informed decisions along the way. Perhaps best of all, a real estate agent is happy to respond to any home selling concerns and queries – without exception.
Want to take the guesswork out of negotiating a home sale? Consider the aforementioned factors before you begin a home selling negotiation, and you can improve your chances of securing the best price for your residence.