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Home improvement has reached new technological heights with the introduction of the Numi 2.0 intelligent toilet from Kohler. The Consumer Electronics Show recently held in Las Vegas, Nevada, saw the debut of the trapezoidal-shaped unit under the control of Amazon Alexa. When offered such a staggering variety of personalization choices, some folks might never leave the bathroom.
Not content to merely flush away waste, the Numi 2.0 connects via Bluetooth® to sync your favorite music into your early morning experience. If relaxing on the throne is your ideal, Numi 2.0's got your err … backside. On the other hand, if you prefer productivity during your morning go, the embedded Alexa will check traffic, weather, stock prices, or breaking news for you. Ask Alexa to access your personalized playlists to make your experience truly personal.
Set your environment with Numi 2.0’s mood lighting too. Choose from a solid glow surrounding the base and back panel to dynamic light changes progressing from color to color. And don’t forget temperature control. The Numi 2.0’s heated seat also responds to Alexa so no more shivering on cold winter mornings, while the lid raises and closes on your command.
Best of all, the Kohler app, called KOHLER Konnect®, lets you personalize your experience and preset it for you and other users so that upon your return, your voice brings you (or your family member's) preferences back to life. Download your KOHLER Konnect® app from the App Store or get it on Google Play.
Not just for the going functions, the Numi 2.0 changes the cleaning experience as well. With warm-water cleansing and adjustable water pressure, spray, and temperature options, the toilet’s self-cleaning wand, precision air dryer, and deodorizing filter practically do all the work for you.
The little extras
- Eco-friendly dual-flush gives you a choice of either 0.6 gallons or 1.28 gallons per each flush.
- Motion-activated and touch-free opening and closing of both the lid and the seat provide hands-free operation.
- Chair-height seating offers ease of sitting and standing.
- Another economy option is the power saving option that detects usage and changes the settings of the heated seat to save you energy.
- Support in emergency power outages with up to 100 flushes.
- Best of all, it fits into standard plumbing with only the addition of power access.
If you want to add some luxury to your lifestyle, this $7,000 (for white) or $8,000 (for black) toilet suits your needs. In high-end housing, a fantastic specialty product like this one can be a difference-maker. Talk to your luxury real estate professional about how it can increase your home's value.
If you recently sold your house, you may have only a short amount of time to sell some of your large, heavy belongings before moving day. Among these items likely are the couches, chairs and other furniture that you have collected over the years.
Ultimately, selling furniture prior to your move can be quick and simple – here are three tips to help you find furniture buyers and maximize the value of your furniture.
1. Establish a Competitive Price
A competitive price for a dining room table, bed or other home furniture can make a world of difference. If you establish an aggressive price from the get-go, you should have no trouble stirring up interest in your furniture from many potential buyers.
Consider the age and condition of your furniture before you set a price for it. If your furniture is only a few years old and remains in great shape, you may be able to fetch a lofty sum for it. Comparatively, if your furniture shows signs of wear and tear, you may need to lower your pricing expectations.
It often helps to be flexible with the price of your furniture as well. And if a furniture buyer makes an offer that falls below your initial asking price, you may want to consider all of your options closely to determine whether to accept, reject or counter this proposal.
2. List Your Furniture Online
Craigslist and other online marketplaces make it simple to list your furniture on the web in just seconds. Then, you can sit back and await responses from potential furniture buyers.
If you decide to list your furniture online, be sure to include high-resolution photos. If your online posting includes photos that show off the quality of your furniture, you can increase the likelihood of a quick, profitable sale.
Furthermore, incorporate plenty of details about your furniture into your web posting. With an informative and engaging furniture description, you can make it easy for a potential buyer to determine whether your chair, ottoman or other furniture is the right choice.
3. Host a Yard Sale
A yard sale offers a valuable opportunity to sell furniture, as well as a variety of other big and small items. If you allocate the necessary time and resources to plan ahead for a yard sale, you can improve your chances of optimizing your profits.
You also may want to post flyers to highlight your furniture to neighbors. These flyers can help you showcase your furniture to individuals who won't have to travel too far to pick it up.
Don't forget to share information about your furniture with family members and friends too. These loved ones may even be able to share details about your furniture – along with other items that you plan to sell – with their friends on social media.
Lastly, when it comes to selling furniture, it usually helps to collaborate with a real estate agent. In addition to helping you sell your home, a real estate agent can provide expert recommendations to help you get rid of furniture prior to moving day.
After you buy a house, it may be only a few weeks before your closing date arrives. At this point, you and the home seller will finalize your transaction. And if everything goes according to plan, you'll own a new home.
Getting to closing day, however, sometimes can be difficult. Lucky for you, we're here to help ensure you can enjoy a quick, seamless home closing.
Now, let's take a look at three steps to close on a home.
1. Complete Your Mortgage Application
A mortgage is a must-have for a homebuyer to close on a residence. Fortunately, it often can be simple to obtain a mortgage that matches or exceeds your expectations.
Consult with several local banks and credit unions. By doing so, you can learn about all of your mortgage options and select a mortgage that corresponds to your finances.
After you complete a mortgage application, a bank or credit union can provide you with mortgage options. Then, you can make an informed decision about which mortgage suits you perfectly.
2. Perform a Home Inspection and Appraisal
A home inspection is paramount, as this assessment will enable you to identify any underlying home problems and address them before closing day arrives.
During a home inspection, a property expert will assess your residence both inside and out. This expert also will provide an inspection report that details his or her findings.
Review the results of a home inspection report closely – you'll be glad you did. If you assess a home inspection report, you can review a home inspector's findings and determine whether you still want to purchase a house.
If you accept the inspection results and decide to move forward with a home purchase, an appraisal may follow.
Like a home inspection, an appraisal requires a property expert to visit your home. This expert will evaluate your home's interior and exterior, as well as comparable houses in your city or town. Following a home appraisal, you will receive a property valuation.
Oftentimes, a property valuation may match or exceed the price that you intend to pay for a house. If it does not, there may be instances in which you can still walk away from a home sale or ask the seller to lower a house's asking price.
3. Buy Home Insurance
Home insurance safeguards your residence and personal belongings against loss, damage or destruction. As such, it is essential to purchase home insurance before you close on a house. Because with home insurance in place, you'll be good to go to protect your house and personal belongings against myriad disasters.
The closing process can be long and complicated. But if you work with a real estate agent, you can receive plenty of support leading up to closing day. In fact, this housing market professional is happy to provide tips to ensure you can streamline the closing process.
Get ready for closing day – follow the aforementioned steps, and you can speed up the process of acquiring your dream house.