Selling Up? Don’t Forget These Essentials When You Do!


Selling a house is a stressful process, so it’s no wonder things go under the radar. After all, it’s understandable as you have to sell a property and buy another at the same time. The problem is that some of the small things homeowners forget often make the biggest difference. It might not seem this way, especially when you struggle to remember them in the first place, but it’s true. Yep, the fine print is often what sells a house, and sells it quick.

Therefore, it is your job to keep your finger on the pulse throughout the selling process. Then, the odds of finding a buyer and getting the ball rolling should increase. Of course, novices won’t know where to start, yet there is no reason to worry. Below you can find the essentials that people forget when their property is up for sale.

All you have to do is read the following and make sure not to fall into the same trap. Good luck.

Google Your House

Why would you Google the address? It’s not like you haven’t lived there for years! But, living in the house and knowing what people are saying are two different things. You see, the industry has changed over the years thanks to the World Wide Web. Nowadays, studies show that more than three-quarters of searchers use the internet as their primary tool. As a result, the online listing has to be perfect to stand out from the crowd. Those that aren’t won’t garner any attention and will stay on the market for an eternity. Also, people talk online to find out more about the property. By Googling your address, you can see what buyers are saying and use the info to make tweaks. Homeowners think they know it all, but search engines know more.

And Your Realtor

Regardless of the dominance of the internet, people still use brokers. In fact, you will have one because they bring a lot to the table. At least they do when they are legitimate. Sadly, not every agent is up to the job, and that will lengthen the process. Because you are in charge of hiring, it is your duty to ensure they are a high-quality partner. Of course, most people do research before they hire a realtor, but they don’t do thorough research. Regardless of the circumstances, it is vital to review their history, speak to customers and check references. The last one is a good tip to keep in mind because recommendations can skew your mind set.

Make Repairs

Making repairs sounds obvious, yet it is amazing how many homes have flaws. For the most part, it isn’t because the sellers don’t care – it is because they are unaware. When people view a property, they look under every nook and cranny in the house. As such, they are going to find any flaws if they exist. Of course, even the smallest issues put buyers off making a bid, so covering every base is essential. To do it, you have to think like a person that views a house. That means looking under the carpets, behind fittings, and anywhere else you wouldn’t normally. As soon as you find a problem, take care of it as soon as possible.

And Don’t Keep Them A Secret

Homeowners are in a tricky position when it comes to disclosing information. On the one hand, you want to sell the house for as much money as possible. Plus, it is always nice it isn’t a long and drawn out process. But, it is also imperative that you are truthful throughout. The reason for this is a lawsuit. People that invest thousands in a new home aren’t shy when it comes to filing suit. This is particularly true if they think you have been disingenuous. At least by disclosing the information, your conscience will be clear. As long as you document all the repairs and pass them onto the buyer, you shouldn’t be liable in the future.

Spruce Up The Exterior

There is a lot of emphasis on the interior, and with good reason. Still, that doesn’t mean you can leave the outside untouched. Why? It’s because prospective buyers are human beings, and like all of their kind, they make quick judgments. As a result, people will critique a new house for sale as soon as they park on the driveway. Now, this can be beneficial, but only if the exterior has curb appeal. The ones that appear standard or downtrodden tend to get rejected within the first five minutes of the viewing. The key is to keep the outside nice and tidy and free of clutter. That means mowing the lawn and putting tools back in the shed. It also requires you to make the building pop. Houses with old paint feel tired and dilapidated because they don’t age well. A new coat of paint gives a shine and a gloss that adds the wow factor it has been missing.

And Make The Interior Bare

Lots of sellers like to provide the picture of a perfect home when they put a property up for sale. The problem with this way of thinking is that it is your home and not the buyer’s home. Although some people might find it appealing, the majority will struggle to see behind the curtain. Instead of picturing living in their house, they just see themselves living in someone else’s home. To prevent this from happening, you have to clear the fixtures and leave the space bare. Of course, certain elements need to stay the same, such as the walls. But, all the furniture and things that make it a home in your image should go. Hopefully, then they will be able to see the whole family calling it home. If you want to keep the fittings for viewing purposes, make sure they know what is included and what isn’t. Sometimes, a piece of non-inclusive furniture can sway their decision.

Research The Market

The biggest decision you have to make is how to value the property. Most people ask and their realtor or get an independent evaluator and leave it at that. But, that isn’t the only way to find the right price. What you also have to do is research the current state of the market. By doing this, you get a better indication of the asking prices and what sells and what doesn’t. Yes, the evaluator and the agent have experience, which means you should take their advice to heart. However, it doesn’t say that they are infallible because people make mistakes. Anyway, it is your house and you set the price. When you understand the local market, it is much easier to increase or lower the value. Remember that an accurate estimate is essential if you want to sell because people won’t pay over the odds.

And Market The Property

Once the house is in prime shape, it is time to find interested parties. A major error sellers make is waiting for the buyers to come to them. The problem is the competition: there are too many rivals. As such, lots of properties don’t stand out from the crowd, and others don’t even get noticed. The solution is to advertise the property like you would any other valuable asset. To start off with, use social media to post the online link to potential buyers. Then, ensure that the online listing uses SEO techniques to increase traffic to the page.

Finally, don’t forget the retro methods like listings in papers and store windows. After all, sometimes there is no school like the old school.

How To Improve Your Business Presentation Skills


If you’ve ever had to give a business presentation to a roomful of watching eyes, chances are you’ve felt the accompanying anxiety, the sweaty palms and awkward speaking pace. Precious few of us are born performers, gifted with the natural ability to communicate perfectly, and so it’s necessary to treat public speech like any other aspect of our working life: we have to view it as a learning experience.

We can do this by breaking down exactly what’s going on when we give a business presentation. There are three main perspectives when breaking down a business presentation – Business, Psychology and Speech Therapy – and learning about each can provide us with the proper tools to become effective and clear communicators.

When looking at a presentation from a business perspective, it’s important to understand your audience. Are you trying to sell a potential client on your company’s business model? Make eye contact to establish trust, decide in advance where to put your hands, and most importantly believe in what you’re saying. A lack of confidence in your speech is something that will become very apparent, so this is one aspect where masking and acting won’t cut the mustard; you have to tell yourself before you even enter the room that you have the utmost faith in what you’re about to say.

When looking at a presentation from a psychology perspective, it’s important to convey authority with both your verbal and non-verbal communicative cues. Are you breaking down a budget to a conference room full of artists? Find the easiest access points and let those guide your presentation into more complicated territory. When faced with new information, your audience will inherently crave structure, so it’s in your best interest to try and think like them, guess what they know and don’t know, and work from the bottom up.

When looking at a presentation from a speech therapy perspective, pay attention to the clarity of your voice, the rate at which you’re speaking, and the volume at which you’re projecting. I know it might feel a little silly, but place your phone on a surface about five feet away, hit record on the microphone app, start talking and then listen back to your voice. Repeat the process as many times as you need to in order to feel comfortable with the pace, clarity and volume of your speech. As with most things in life, this will be a work in progress, so don’t stress out if you fail to nail it the first few times around. If you’d prefer a more direct approach, consider consulting with a speech therapist at a Toronto-area clinic like The Therapy Spot — where a one-time class or series of classes might help you build your confidence.

With those three perspectives in mind, you should be well equipped to face the boardroom with confidence and aplomb. Corporate speaking classes are a good way to further your learning in the company of professionals, but the first step to successfully giving a presentation is to admit that it is a learning experience. No one has ever hopped on a bicycle for the first time and rode it like the wind, and the same goes for giving a business presentation – take time to learn before you hit the open road.

A Helpful Rant About Body Image Problems


Body image problems need to be tackled; they can make you miserable and lead you to unhealthy behavior. But how do you actually go about tackling body image problems? And why do these problems crop up in the first place?

There are two mains ways that the media can end up affecting your body image in a negative way; one is spoken of a lot, but the other is a bit more subtle and pernicious. The first relates to the plethora of media images that contribute to an idea about a very limited “ideal” of beauty. For women, this may mean images of slim women with big breasts. For men, it may be super-tall, muscular, ultra-macho images. When these become the standard by which you define beauty, then this can have negative effects on your body image.

The second and less obvious problem relates to the response to these images. Many critics would condemn these ‘models’ as not being representative of “real women/men”, or label such looks as “unrealistic and unattainable”. This is a problem unto itself; the fact is that there are plenty of people out there who do look like that (obviously!), and that those sorts of bodies are, by and large, attainable with hard work. This can have a negative effect on those who do look like this and people who want to look like this (something you shouldn’t feel bad about!).

In any case, these outlooks are too limited in their own ways. You shouldn’t let media images shame you or control you, but you should be careful when listening to overzealous critics, who often do their own sort of body shaming by condemning those who are slim or muscular. Many would label being overweight as “realistic” and condemn those who say that being overweight is unhealthy; this, of course, is taking things too far. If you want to improve yourself by losing or gaining weight, or putting on more muscle, then go for it. Don’t let yourself feel inadequate if you don’t look equal to the models often used in commercials; they get paid to look that way and maintain that image, after all!

Even looking into options like cosmetic surgery isn’t something that should be condemned off-hand, the way a lot of critics would have you believe. Again, it’s your body. It’s certainly something you should research if you feel unconfident about something; for example, there’s no harm in checking out FAQ’s on fat transfer for breast augmentation if you’re interested. It really depends on how badly your body image problem is affecting you, and what the root of that problem stems from. If you’re listening to others and taking action based solely on their opinions, then you could end up making a big mistake.

A problem with your body image doesn’t mean you’ve been manipulated by the media. It could relate in a serious way to your health or severe and understandable problems with self-confidence that stem from irregularities during natural body development. At the end of the day, you should only consider a body image problem unhealthy if you’re not listening to yourself while all these opinions are circling around you.

Getting Out Of That Weight-Loss Rut!

There’s nothing worse than spending time honing your healthy eating and fitness regime, only for it to stop working. There is a lot of hard work that goes into losing weight and it’s not just how many times you visit the gym. You likely would have completely changed the way you eat, the way you drink and even the times of day you eat. It’s a huge overhaul on how you view your food mentally as well, so when you get caught in the weight loss rut, it can feel like running straight into a brick wall.


The one thing to remember is that losing weight has its pitfalls. While you’re resetting your entire system, and cranking up that metabolism, your body can get used to the change. Getting into a plateau tells you that your body is entirely too comfortable with the changes you’ve made, so it’s time to shake things up a little. It can be tempting to cut your calories further and work out harder than before, but this isn’t the healthiest way to get those last pounds off. If you find after a few weeks you are stuck in a rut with your weight loss and have stopped making progress, then check out our tips to overcoming a weight loss plateau.

Adjust your calories. Your metabolism drops as you lose weight, so the calorie level you started out eating wouldn’t be appropriate as you get smaller – there’s less of you to fuel, you see! As you lose weight, adjust the number of calories you take in to keep up.

Eat quality food. When you’re counting calories to lose weight, it’s easy to fill up on junk food just because it’s within calories. Stop doing this and focus more on whole, healthy foods so that you can fill your calorie quota with foods that boost your metabolism and energy.

Change your workout. You may have been doing the same running program on the treadmill for weeks now, and while running is a great way to tone up and lose fat, it can get pretty tedious. Speak to a trainer at the gym and get a new workout program mocked up so you can follow something different.

Sleep is so important for weight loss. Sleep deprivation can lead to emotional eating and stress. If you are sleeping a decent length of time at night, your hormones are reset and you can manage the day. You can still enjoy a Skinnytea detox tea the next day to help boost that metabolism and wake you up but ideally, try to get a full night. Your sleep will also affect your energy for a workout – make those hours count!

Don’t graze on the kid’s food! It’s a tempting thing, to clear up that last half of a sandwich off the plate and into your stomach, but no! A nibble here, a nibble there and bam, you’ve just added an extra couple of hundred calories to burn off.

6 Ways Women Over 60 Can Stay Strong

As your sixties arrive, you may be wondering how you can stay strong and healthy for as long as possible. After all, you still have a lot of living to do and a lot of plans to fulfil. While you may be feeling the odd effect of becoming older, there are plenty of things you can do to make sure you function at your best. Here are a few tips for staying strong in your sixties.


Fresh Air

Getting outside and getting a lung full of fresh air is important. Maximal intake measures the function of your lung and heart. It’s usually two thirds less than the average twenty five year old, so it’s important to breathe in fresh lung-fulls of oxygen every day to keep your organs functioning properly.

Leaky Gut Syndrome

Women over the age of 60 are more prone to having gut problems. When you reach this age, diverticulosis is more common, as are complaints of constipation. Thankfully, there are lots of ways you can improve the function of your gut. Looking after your gut will usually result in your overall health improving, being as there are so many health conditions linked to the gut. You can find out more about leaky gut syndrome and how to fix it here –

The Right Supplements

It’s often impossible to get all the vitamins and nutrients you need from your diet alone. Taking supplements is a great solution and can help you to avoid health problems. For instance, you can find out more about calcium supplements by viewing AlgaeCal reviews on Amazon. Women over sixty are also at risk of a vitamin B12 deficiency. The acid that normally resides in stomach lowers as we get older and allows bacteria to settle and feed on the vitamin B12 that’s present.


Yoga not only relaxes the mind but it keeps the body strong too. You may start to feel like your joints and muscles aren’t what they used to be. Participating in a Yoga twice to three times a week could help you to keep active and deal with any aches and pains. For women, it’s brilliant for strengthening pelvic muscles, which can help with incontinence issues as you get older.

Stay Zen

As you get older, you have much less time for drama. Keep it that way. Getting involved in other people’s issues will only lead to stress, and the less stress in old age, the better. The brilliant thing about getting older is that you learn to go with the flow, so chaos and stress doesn’t take as much of a toll on you. Find things you love to do that also stimulate your mind, so you’re able to stay sharp for as long as possible.

Learn to Like Your Doctor

There’s no shame in having to spend more time in the doctor’s office. As you get older, you may have more health concerns and your doctor will be able to advise you accordingly. Get advice on how to stay strong and what supplements you should be taking. That’s what they’re there for!

Building A Home Gym? Read This First!


If you’ve got the space and the money, and you’re dead-set on creating your own home gym, then some congratulations are in order! Even if it’s rooted in not wanting to go to a public gym, taking this step shows great dedication to your fitness goals. Here, we’ve listed a few handy tips for making sure you get the most from your home gym…

Fitness Feng-Shui

The environment we’re in when we work out makes a big difference to how effective our exercises are. To keep yourself nice and energised during your workouts, try to make the space you’ll be using for your home gym as airy and light as possible. The best gyms have a huge amount of natural light streaming through the windows. While installing a new window in the room you’re going to use may not be practical, you can still add a few more light sources to your home gym. It’s also a good idea to get some plants for the space to boost the oxygen levels. Bamboo palms, ferns, and spider plants are all great for purifying the air in a room. Read more at  Most importantly of all, make sure the space you’re going to use is completely free of distractions and clutter. All your little gadgets and devices, work papers, and similar things that will divert your attention, should all be moved somewhere else.

Stock It Up

You don’t need to spend a small fortune on fitness equipment to make sure it’s going to suit your needs. In fact, a lot of the best home gym equipment you can ask for is relatively cheap. Sure, if you’re making cardio a priority, you may want to some sites like this: and see what’s on the market. Generally though, stocking your home gym doesn’t need to cost a small fortune. Foam rollers, for example, are incredibly versatile, and can be used for kneading out your muscles, strengthening your core, and supporting your yoga poses. Rather than buying cable and weight machines, you can pick up a set of dumbbells that you can adjust the weight on. The other important thing to remember is that there’s usually no need to buy all the equipment you want to use at once. Start with a few necessities, and then build up gradually from there.

Keep it Organised

As you build up your stock of equipment, you’ll need somewhere to keep it all. This is especially true if your home gym is doubling as another space. Try dedicating some storage bins or shelves to your equipment, and keep it arranged in a way that’s fairly conducive to your workout routine. There are countless ways to get creative with the way you store your equipment. As long as your system keeps everything neat, free of dust, and out of reach for your children, you can be confident that it’s working. Corner shelf units and storage benches can both be exceedingly useful storage solutions in a home gym.

The Top Reasons You’re Not Reaching Your Weight Loss Goals


Losing weight is an extremely common goal and a popular New Year’s resolution. Many people aren’t happy with their weight and want to slim down for a healthier life and to change their appearance. When you start trying to reach your goal, though, you might find that you’re not getting anywhere. Maybe you lose a few pounds at first, but then things seem to grind to a halt. Why isn’t your plan working? There could be a number of reasons you’re not losing the weight you want to. You need to think about what you’ve been doing so far and consider whether any of the following reasons could be the culprit.

You Haven’t Changed Your Diet

Exercising is a great idea to help you lose weight, especially if you want to get fit at the same time. However, you can’t outrun a bad diet. If you’re exercising all the time but still eating unhealthily, you might be getting fit, but you’re not necessarily going to lose the weight. You need to adjust your diet if you want to burn off the fat too. You should think about how many calories you’re eating versus how many you’re burning, as well as the specifics of the nutrients you’re getting. Everyone has different dietary needs according to their size and fitness goals. It might be worth speaking to an expert to work out yours.

You’re Not Doing Any Strength Training

Focusing on cardio exercise is a common mistake for people who want to lose weight. It is a good form of exercise, and it can offer some low-impact options. For example, if you need to go gentle on your joints, swimming is a great option. However, you’re missing out if you’re not adding any strength training into your workout routine. It can help to give your weight loss a boost. It’s easy to get started, even if you’ve never done it before. If you want to work out at home, look here for an adjustable dumbbell that will meet your needs. You can also go to your nearest gym. Make sure you do the orientation or induction, so you know how to use the equipment.

You’re Not As Disciplined As You Think

You might be surprised by how easy it is to trick yourself into thinking that you’re doing all the right things. You convince yourself that you’re following your plan to lose weight, perhaps with just one or two slip ups here and there. But if you think hard about your habits over the past few weeks, are you really being truthful with yourself? How many times did you manage to get to the gym? How many times have you given in and had a frozen meal for dinner?

You’re Not Doing What Works for You

Everyone is an individual and has a body and mind that work differently to other people’s. The basic principles of losing weight might be the same for everyone, but that doesn’t mean it’s a one-size-fits-all game. You have to find what works for you, both in relation to diet and exercise and what you can put your mind to. If you hate running, find another form of cardio to do instead. If cardio isn’t helping you lose weight, try some strength training.

It’s not always easy to work out why you’re not losing weight. It can be tough to do but experimenting with different things can help.

Important Things To Consider When Going Camping

There’s something majestic about the great outdoors and living among nature is something that is deep-seated in human beings. We all came from the wilderness, where once cavemen harbored their settlements around cave complexes, during the Masonic Stone Age Period, communities began to form around structures made from wood. Camping out in the woods or mountainous regions is a welcome escape from the urban and suburban lifestyle. Being totally self-reliant among the trees, wild animals, the harshness of the elements, is incredibly therapeutic. It’s also a mark of competence and pride, to embark on a rugged adventure, and prove to yourself; you can unplug from the world and leave your smartphone and central heating behind and still survive.


Before you set off

There’s some key survival preparations you need to make before you set off on your adventure of a lifetime. You need to know how much room you need in your main accommodation. If you’re going in a small posse, it’s best to buy small tents that provide room for two. However, if you’re going on an ambitious trip with family or with a group of friends, a large tent are the only sensible choice. Both sizes are about to be fitted onto the top of a car, and contrary to popular comedy sketches that lament the chore of erecting a tent, high-quality large tents don’t have to be difficult to set up. Modern materials and designs are incorporated into products to limit the difficulty for the average person, which also combats the hesitation novices may have which stops them from going camping. Travel light, only take the things you need, and leave behind the unnecessary things like portable gaming consoles.

Taking compact, energy-rich food

MREs are packs of food which have been pre-cooked, dried and vacuum sealed. They’re surprisingly compact and take up very little space in your rucksack. Short for meals-ready-to-eat, MRE packs were purpose made for militaries out in the field who need, energy-rich food while taking up a minimal amount of space in their backpacks. Almost no utensils are needed as everything from the heating equipment, spoons, knives, and forks are included in the packs; all except a cup of coffee and energy drinks.

However, as you’ll be hiking and enjoying some of the mountain ranges and awesome views from towering heights, you also need nuts, berries, and chocolate for stimulation. If you’re going camping in a large group, you could take with you a freezer with some meat in. Alternatively, you could bring along cured and smoked meats such as beef jerky, bacon, sausages such as chorizo as they won’t go bad without refrigeration.

Taking the proper tools

Crucially think about the night time, and what you’ll need to function and keep yourself safe. Hanging a lantern from the center pole in your tent will provide ample lighting for a tent of two, but you’ll need many to place on the floor beside roll-up beds in a larger family-sized tent. Take with you a reliable flare gun, hand flares to wave for signaling, and smoke bombs in case you get lost. The unnatural color of the smoke bombs can alert aircraft above and direct them to your location. Always, take a first aid kit as the first line of defense against an injury or wound.

Three Coping Strategies For Unexpected Life Events

In our everyday lives, we will come across some unexpected events or some small surprises (both good and bad), that we weren’t expecting to happen. A lot of them can be quite small and don’t impact our lives in any particular big way. But on some occasions, there are some big unexpected events or circumstances that do impact our lives. With things in the world as they are today, then it could easily be something that is unpleasant, and that does lead to difficulties and problems in our life.

So can we cope with these unexpected and surprise things that can happen in our life at any moment? Are you someone that will start to pain, perhaps resulting in a panic attack or anxiety? Do you get angry and stressed? All of these reactions are immediate and natural. However, they can all have even more of a detrimental effect. A loved one might pass away, or you might get a life-changing injury in a car accident, for instance. But adding anger, stress or anxiety on top of it all will only make things worse, especially for your mental and physical health. So here are some coping strategies for when things in your life happen that are unexpected. You want to be able to cope with them well, and not impact your life more than they should.



The key to any situation in life is your attitude towards it. You can just get bitter and angry and spend your life like that, but to what end? If you can live life with a positive outlook, then unexpected or surprise things don’t always have to be a negative. You never know, something like getting fired from work might give you that boost that you’ve needed to get your own business started, for example. A failure or a loss can make you reevaluate and change things if you let it.

Make Backup Plans

If you don’t want to have too many unexpected or surprise events in your life, then having a backup plan is a good way to deal with it. You might have one plan or idea of how things will turn out. But thinking of a few more eventualities will help to you cope with anything that might come your way. It can help you to prepare, both mentally and physically. So have a backup plan in mind. The ideal thing is ever needing to use it. But as long as you have it, it eliminates the element of surprise and stress from unexpected events.


If you can learn and practice meditation, then it can be a good habit to get into. Just doing it for ten minutes each day can make a big difference in your life and your approach to things. It can help you to feel calm and relaxed. Plus, it gives you a coping strategy when something unexpected happens, as you can immediately go into yourself and start this practice. Is meditation something you have considered before?

Don’t Let Your Home Leave You Bankrupt, Sick, And Miserable!

For a lot of people, there are no places where they feel more comfortable than their home. However, there are also plenty of reason why your home can be something of a problem from time to time. One of the most common ways in which your home can cause problems is financial. After all, your home is probably the most expensive thing that you’ll ever buy. But the cost of a home doesn’t begin and end when you put in your mortgage application. The money that you spend on your home can often cause serious issues for your overall financial position. To avoid letting this become a serious problem, here are some of the most common ways your home can drain your finances, and how to avoid them.



Everyone reaches the point when their home starts to feel a little cramped, or just plain boring. When that happens, it’s pretty understandable to want to do something different with it. Extensions, changes, and renovations to your home are some of the best ways to breathe new life into it. Of course, those kinds of significant structural changes aren’t going to come cheap. Not only that but everyone has heard horror stories about getting a crew in to renovate their home who left the job half finished or ended up trying to extort them for more and more money. Make sure that you do as much research as possible in order to avoid falling into this trap. Not only does this leave you in financial trouble, but the stress involved can have a serious impact on your health as well. Find builders who are well reviews from multiple sources and get a definite quote from the very beginning. Even if it’s not a cheap job, at least you won’t end up spending more than you thought you were going to.

Health problems

It might not be all that likely, but there’s a chance that your home is actually going to end up causing serious problems for your health. Sometimes these problems are relatively minor, like allergic reactions caused by mold, to serious issues like cancer caused by asbestos in the structural elements of your home. Not only are you going to have to pay a fair amount to deal with causes of these health problems but for the treatment of these kinds of problems as well. Sites like offer plenty of advice on how to avoid letting the costs of dealing with asbestos-related health problems cripple you financially. Of course, the best thing to do is to get your home checked over for these kinds of things before your health suffers in the first place.

Running costs

Sometimes it doesn’t need to be something sudden or significant to cause your home to be a drain on your finances. There are times when it’s simply a matter of the cost of running and living in the house itself. Gas, water, and electricity are the kinds of things that can increase the amount you’re spending each month by far more than you would otherwise expect. Make sure that you’re always keeping close track of how much power you’re using every month so that you don’t end up dealing with bills that are much larger than you can handle.