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Monday, September 17, 2018

Dramatic Decorating on a Budget

When it comes to decorating, it’s usually assumed the more expensive it is, the better it will look and suit your space. The opposite is actually true as some of the best decorating techniques are easy and cheap to implement. Don’t break your bank trying to spice up a room in need of some new decorations. It’s about decorating smart, not expensive. Many expensive decorating ideas can be simplified into DIY crafts or repurposed projects without much cost. Whether you have thousands of dollars to spend renovating a room or, just some spare change, you can decorate it beautifully with these simple money-saving tips.

 

Fresh Paint for a Fresh Look


If you’re sick of the way your room has been looking, an easy way to switch it up is to simply get some fresh paint. Paint an accent wall to give your room the pop of color it needs. If you’re looking to add more depth and design to a room, look at adding wallpaper or stenciling. A fresh layer of paint can highlight and brighten your room, making it feel brand new. You can even paint the ceiling to draw attention upwards and feature your tall ceiling. Give your baseboards a fresh coat of paint so they prominently outline the shape of your room. Paint is usually pretty cheap, so you won’t feel bad about adding an extra touch of color. Pick the right color paint and your room will feel new and bright.

 

Swap Curtains for Drop Cloths

Curtains are a great way to elegantly outline windows and tall ceilings of a room. If curtains are too expensive for your decorating budget, simply use a painter’s drop cloth for a cheaper option. You can buy a painter’s drop cloth for as little as $10 at most home improvement stores.  Their neutral color is a perfect way to add elegance and make a statement. Guests will love this look and never know your secret money saving tip.

 

Mason Jar Lights

Even after the holiday season, they’re a variety of ways you can repurpose your Christmas lights. Old Christmas lights are a cheap and easy way to add accent lights to a dark room. Use mason jars for cute décor at little cost. Use jars of different widths and heights to add variety. Fill them with your old Christmas lights to illuminate the jars. Line shelves, cabinets, or windowsills with your new elegant mason jar lights.

 

New Cabinet Hardware

Change the look of your kitchen cabinets or bedroom dresser simply by changing the cabinet hardware. The new addition instantly renovates your furniture without having to purchase something new. Cabinet hardware comes in a variety of options so you can find something that fits any space. Adding new cabinet hardware is a great way to make something old look new and modern.

 

Even if you don’t have a lot of money to spend on renovating a room, they’re still many ways to decorate without overspending. Adding just a few new decorations can make a room seem refreshed and bright. Get creative, repurpose old furniture or turn something ordinary into a new statement piece. Even with a small budget, they’re endless decorating ideas to turn your space into what you’ve always wanted.

 

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Affordable Updates for Your Home



Updating your home doesn’t have to be an expensive affair, robbing your bank account of money that could be spent on other moving expenses. Thankfully, little makeovers can make a big difference – and won’t break the bank. To add some sophisticated finishing touches to your home before placing it on the market, consider these crafty DIY home improvement tips.

Jazz Up Your Doors  

Entryways and doors are made stylish with just a couple of easy fixes. Your garage door is a good place to start. Not only do you see it every day as you pull into the driveway, but it’s likely a focal part of the front of your home, visible to passerby. Neighbors will turn their heads while strolling the block when they see your new garage door additions. Here’s what we recommend.

 

Add magnetic hinges and handles on the front of the garage door to make it look like a real carriage house garage door. This is a stylish design that’s highly sought after in the design world, so why not slap on a couple of decorative handles to give it a classic, rustic appeal – and for less than $20.

 

Use the same creativity and ingenuity when using mirrors on bedroom doors. They make a room look much bigger than it actually is, and decorating rooms with mirrors before prospective buyers get a tour is strategic. They’ll walk into a space that feels spacious and looks lighter. All you have to do is purchase $10 floor-length mirrors at your local box store and attach them with construction adhesive.

 

Styling and painting over interior doors is another cheap trick that almost effortlessly adds value to your home. Paneled Shaker-style doors are trendy but, unfortunately, cost well over $200. Avoid this expense by designing the doors yourself. Simply attach plywood panels in appropriate places and paint over them with a thick coat of fresh paint. This trendy trick makes hallways appealing and gives your home a crafty yet tasteful feel. 

 

Retreat to a Cozy Kitchen  

For many, a kitchen is one of the centerpieces of the home. It’s a place where celebrations and festivities take place and should look polished and refined for all your get-togethers. Soft lighting will do the trick by creating a warm and inviting space.

 

The correct lighting creates a cozy ambiance and is perfect for post-dinner parties or late-night movie marathons in nearby living rooms. To achieve this effect, place LED puck lights underneath cabinets, giving a soft glow to late-nights spent in or around the kitchen. A pack of lights costs around $20 and they’re easy to install.

 

Adding kitchen backsplash that’s also functional is another worthwhile improvement. New pegboard backsplash hides old blemishes and offers a convenient spot to hang kitchen appliances. To revamp surrounding kitchen cabinets, replace interior cabinet panels with polycarbonate glass to effortlessly brighten up the room.

 

When your kitchen needs a makeover, consider these easy and affordable tricks. Old spaces will look new again, and buyers more easily envision their own kitchen parties in a place that’s clean, stylish, and useful.

A Little Bit of Work Pays Off

Investing in home improvement projects can be fun and affordable. You have room to get creative and, with a bit of research and effort, ordinary spaces become attractive to buyers who are eager to move into a home with personality and charm. These DIY makeover tips may save you time and money when selling your house, and prospective buyers get to enjoy the decorative details you worked hard to bring to life.   

Monday, September 10, 2018

Add Value to Your Home with a Beautiful Pool

Transforming Your Pool


A pool is a wonderful addition to any home, allowing for summertime fun and leisure, and it also adds value to a home that’s about to be put on the market. In higher-end communities and warm climates, a well-kept pool is appealing to buyers who retreat to private pools to escape the heat. Families with children make memories in backyards with pool parties and gatherings. With the right décor and design, a pool is an attractive focal point of any backyard space. Follow these tips and tricks to create a backyard space that’s trendy, chic, and fun to use.

 

Symmetry Is Key

The shape of a pool says a lot about its functionality and design. Modern pools are designed to complement a home’s structure and, if positioned properly, make a property sparkle. To create a space that’s symmetrical and pleasing to the eye, place your pool perpendicular to the house. This draws attention to both the pool and the home and makes for a more open and pleasing space. Adding an elevated spa at the end of the pool is another strategy and feels majestic. The placement of things in a home makes it feel comfortable and easy to live in. Why not opt for the same strategy when designing an outdoor space with a pool?

 

Add a Second Pool

If one pool won’t cut it, add a second one. Turn an outdated and flat space into a layered one that looks sophisticated. Overlapping pools are less two-dimensional when water flows from one level to the next. With this structure, you can wade in shallower waters or swim in a deeper pool below. If you have little ones, they can play in the shallower section, too. This is a convenient setup – and also quite luxurious.

 

Create a Zen Space

Water is tranquil, and you have room to play off its calming vibe. Instead of solely being a place for exercise and fun, turn your backyard pool into a cool oasis by opting for sleek design features. Slate tile is a good option for flooring and surrounding walls if you have an indoor pool. Vanishing edges add a layer of sophistication and make the pool appear endless.

 

As previously mentioned, the shape of a pool also matters. Decide on a clean-cut design, preferably square or rectangular. Frame the pool with geometric slabs and place simple plants and decorations around its perimeter. The result is a pool that’s attractive without too much fluff.

 

In terms of décor, choose natural colors to decorate the pool and surrounding furniture. A pool painted with a calming blue interior gives the illusion of a natural body of water. Stay away from overly bright blues that may be distracting or look tacky. You can complement the body of water with fecund foliage, as long as it’s not overbearing or messy. This means clearing the space of unwanted debris and trimming back undergrowth from years past.

 

Add the Finishing Touches

A backyard isn’t just meant for a pool. If there’s room to spare, consider adding an outdoor fireplace or patio to match your new pool. Now, your backyard is a place to take a dip, roast some marshmallows, or enjoy a barbeque dinner in the company of neighbors.

 

Building a pool with these features in mind not only adds value to your property but lets you enjoy a beautiful backyard before it’s time to move. Next time you’re considering revamping your yard, follow these tips to position your property against other homes for sale in the neighborhood. You get to enjoy the perks of a tastefully designed backyard before prospective buyers more in and do the same – a win-win for all parties.  

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Get Your Garage Organized

Let’s face it, your garage isn’t an easy place to keep things orderly and organized. If you’re like most people, your garage has a wide range of uses. From being a place to store your car, a toolshed, an extra playroom, a bike shop, to a storage space for basically everything, garages have many uses. The versatility of a garage makes it easier for it to be cluttered, rather than clean and tidy. Put these organizational ideas into practice and make your garage a stress-free space for all of your belongings.

 

Hang Things for Helpful Storage

The best way to keep things organized, especially when you don’t have much space, is to hang everything. It’s also helpful to have a spot where everything belongs. If your belongings have a set space where they go, it’ll likely be easier to put them away in an organized fashion. A great idea for your garage is to create hanging racks where things go. Hanging things eliminates having a cluttered floor and creating some extra shelf space will be extremely beneficial.

Installing cabinets actually isn’t as hard as you think. You can buy cabinets that are already assembled. This makes them seamless to install as you only have to hang them on the walls yourself. Hanging extra cabinets is a great way to keep things organized without getting in the way of the rest of your garage. Start thinking vertically to save space in your garage. You can even make a vertical bike rack or hang them from hooks on the ceiling. Hanging things keeps them out of your way and keeps you on the road to an organized garage.

 

Keep Your Toys Tidy

Installing more cabinet space also makes it easier to keep the family’s toys organized. If you’re like most people, you probably have to jump over a few soccer balls or skateboards to find the door. A great idea is to get plastic storage bins and label them. Create a label for each different type of tool or toy. Have bins separated by category: sports balls in one bin, cleats in another, helmets in their own storage space. Place these storage bins on your newly installed shelves or make a space for them somewhere they can stay organized. Stackable drawers are another great space saver to keep your garage clean and clutter-free.

 

Make a Mudroom

A great way to keep the mess out of your house is to make a mudroom in your garage. It’s simple and an easy way to keep the mess outside. Install a beam or hooks to hang jackets and coats on so they are easy to grab as you’re running out of the house. Repurpose an old dresser or cabinet and turn it into the perfect storage space for all of your shoes. You can even create racks and bins for other seasonal items to stay organized, such as gloves and hats. Creating more storage outside your door is a great way to keep your entry way elegantly free from messes.  

 

Get Creative with Storage

When working with a small space like a garage, stay creative to find new ways and spaces for storage. Pegboards are a great way to keep your tools and appliances organized and accounted for. Their helpful holes make it the perfect place to store anything from tape and nails to hammers and drills. It’s even a great way to hang long-handled items such as rakes, brooms, and shovels. Get them out of your way and hanging on the wall, simply by using a pegboard.

If you’re a DIY crafter or a handyman in need of more workspace in your garage, turn to fold up tables. Build or buy a worktable that attaches to your wall and folds down when you need it. This saves space, while still allowing you the workspace you need. Keep your tools handy and organized by creating a caddy or toolbox for them. Craft until your heart’s content in your newly functional garage.

 

Your garage is often one of the most multi-functional places in a house. However, that doesn’t mean it has to be a cluster of chaos every time you try to get in the car. Put these organization tips into practice and be on the fast track to turning your garage into the clean space it can be.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

Rearrange Your Room: Tips to Maximize Space

When working with a small room, you might think it’s hard to decorate or create a functional space. While a small space is more difficult to decorate, it’s still possible to create a comforting and relaxing space with little effort. Use these tips to help to rearrange your space to get the most use and beauty. Become inspired and make any size room a luxurious place to lounge.

 

Have Furniture with a Function

One way to start maximizing the space of a room is to get rid of anything you don’t use daily. Begin rearranging your space by decluttering anything that isn’t essential or functional. This is will likely free up space and allow you to add new furniture and decorations that better suit the style and shape of your room.

When working with a small space, it’s necessary to make every piece of furniture functional. Multi-functional furniture will help open your space up, making it feel less cramped and cluttered. Use furniture that has more than one purpose, such as ottomans that can be used as a footrest, coffee table, and even extra seating. The old myth that you should only use small furniture in small rooms isn't always true. Sometimes using one or two pieces of larger furniture will create dimension and draw attention. Still pick your furniture wisely as you want it to open up your space, not overcrowd it.

 

Get Creative with Color

Adding color to a room is a great way to create intrigue. However, it’s a good idea to stick to one color palette. Usually, a neutral color palette will make your space appear bigger to the eye. You still can get creative and incorporate colors elsewhere in your space. Paint the walls, trim, or baseboards of the room to outline your space and create attention. You can even paint your ceiling to draw guest's eyes upwards and give the illusion of tall ceilings. Pick fun fabrics for walls, rugs, and throw pillows. This will complement your neutral colors and add a pop of fun to your space.

 

Reflect Your Room

Using mirrors is one of the best ways to make a small space look larger. The reflection will give the illusion of the room being bigger than it is. Be bold and pick different shaped mirrors to add depth and interest. Pick mirrors with different colors to brighten your space, while making it look bigger. 

When trying to rearrange a small space to look bigger, lighting is key. Bright lights often make a space feel more open. Use natural light to your advantage and decorate windows by hanging drapes or curtains for effortless elegance. Similar to mirrors, lighting has the ability to make a small room seem larger. Don’t be afraid to make a statement with your lighting fixtures. It’s a great way to brighten your space and add dimension.

 

Get Dramatic with Décor

Just because you’re working with a small space, doesn’t mean it has to be boring. Having a few statement pieces of décor helps to add drama and class to your room. Adding a few large pieces of art or décor can make the room feel chic. Larger art pieces create attention and add depth to the room making it feel larger.

Another helpful tip, when decorating and rearranging a small space, is to think vertically. Think vertically to draw guest’s attention to other areas in the room. Hanging shelves are a great idea when you are lacking space. Hanging shelves are great to stay organized and add a designer look to any room. Adding color-coordinated decorations such as table-top accents or tchotchkes can tie together the vibe of the room making the colors feel cohesive. You can even get creative and repurpose items around the house to add a personal touch.

 

Even when working with a small space, it’s important to stay creative with your decorating. Make sure your furniture isn’t too bulky and works well with the area you have. Don’t be afraid to play with adding colors to liven up the room. Using light fixtures and mirrors are a great way to add interest and make the space appear larger. No matter the size of the space, turn it into the perfect room for relaxation.

Monday, August 27, 2018

How to Find a Home in a New City

Relocating to a new city is a scary and exciting time. If you’re making the move on your own, it’s easier to narrow down your personal wish list. When moving as a family or couple, there’re a few more considerations to account for. It’s smart to have an idea in mind of what kind of home you want and in what kind of area in town. We know relocating to a new city isn't an easy task. We’ve developed the best tips for how to find your dream home and be set for success, even in an unfamiliar place.

 

Start Your Search Online

Once you find out the city you’re relocating to, it’s best to start your research online. Google is sure to become your best friend throughout your home search. Begin by researching the city, neighborhoods, and the location of your work. It’s extremely beneficial to look at a map of the city in order to plan effectively what area you would like to relocate to. You want to be close to work, but probably also value other criteria such as schools, public transportation, parks, dining options and more. Online research helps you narrow down your options of what part of town you want to live in.

Do research online and take notes of what you find, what you like, and what you don’t like. These notes are important once you find a realtor and help start your relationship in the right direction, to the neighborhood of your dreams. You want to become fully knowledgeable about the city you will soon be calling home. Other helpful sites to look at when moving to a new city are their tourism website, the local Chamber of Commerce, and major newspapers published locally. All of these helps give you a better feel of where you’re going and what to expect. The more research you do, the more it will assure you get the results and home you want.   

             

Select a Neighborhood

Narrow down the area you want to live in based on your criteria. It’s a good idea to have a few options of neighborhoods in mind. It’s okay if you don’t have one specific location, that’s expected when relocating to an unexplored city. Try narrowing down your list to a few neighborhoods and it will be beneficial when selecting a realtor

It’s also helpful to take neighborhoods into consideration so you can further research them to know it’s where you want to call home. Another resource is the local police department’s website where you can find crime statistics to ensure the neighborhood is both safe and convenient for your needs. If you are relocating with children, it’s helpful to research schools and universities near your neighborhood. You want to make the smartest choice for both you and your family. Since realtors and agents usually specialize in neighborhoods, it’s helpful to have a few in mind before beginning discussions.

 

Find a Realtor

It’s okay to be picky. You want someone who can be your eyes and ears, especially while you’re not located there. It’s a good idea to ask your new employer, or any friends in the area if they have a recommendation of a realtor or agency. You want to find someone who understands what you want and where. Especially when relocating, find someone you can trust. It’s recommended picking an experienced realtor who has dealt with relocating before.

Interview a few different realtors before making your decision. This person is going to be the most helpful tool in finding your dream home, so don’t rush the process. Wait until you find someone you’re comfortable with and who understands your needs. They quickly become your biggest asset in understanding and moving to a new city.

 

Ask Questions

Ask questions about things you don’t know the answer to. Don’t be embarrassed to say you don’t understand all the terms of the contract, or details from the inspection. Ask about the deposit, or earnest money, as it varies greatly depending on state and location. Take into consideration budgeting and overpaying. Research recent comparable sales to ensure you’re not overpaying and are getting your money’s worth. It’s beneficial to know the average per-square-foot cost and average list-to-sales-price ratios to keep your budget on track. There are tons of questions during this process, speak up and get answers to find the home of your dreams.

Relocating to a new city doesn’t have to be stressful if you’re well-prepared. Do research ahead of time to feel confident in the neighborhood and realtor you select. Be hands-on during the process and ask questions. The more research and knowledge you have about the area, the more successful your search will be from the first step in a new city.

Monday, August 20, 2018

How to Create the Perfect Patio

Creating a relaxing outdoor space is essential to maximize every inch of your patio. You want a space that is inviting, comforting, and welcoming. You want your family and guests to enjoy the outdoors without leaving the warmth of your home.  With the right furniture, rugs, greenery, and accessories you can turn any outdoor space into the patio you’ve always wanted. No matter the size you’re working with, we have tips to turn any patio into an outdoor oasis.


Create a Luxurious Place to Lounge

The right seating turns any space into a welcoming lounge of relaxation. Make sure you include enough seating for guests to feel welcome. Couches can be bulky. If you are lacking space try lounge or Adirondack chairs, a daybed or even a hammock. Anywhere you can put your feet up after a long day will ensure the comfort you are looking for.

Create a comforting look. You want an outdoor space that feels as cozy as it can be, so spice it up with decorations that feel like home. Outdoor rugs are a perfect way to add color and comfort without the hassle of having to paint your patio. Floor pillows can add texture and can be easily tucked away until you need them for extra seating.


Light the Mood

Lighting is everything. It’s no different with your outdoor space. Lighting gives you the ability to set the mood and can create a relaxing vibe from first glance. Don’t be afraid to try something new. Be bold and create a statement with your lighting choices. For an outdoor space, try hanging lights to draw attention vertically. Even as the sun sets, your guests will be impressed by the warm welcoming glow of your patio.

Illuminate your relaxing space and be sure to include lights around your dining area or conversation corner. You want to make sure the party can keep shinning well after dark. Try hanging string lights around the perimeter of your patio to light up your space from every angle. Lanterns are another great addition to any patio, giving it a rustic elegant look with little effort. Be sure to use outdoor cords and light bulbs to ensure safety and long-lasting quality. 


Get Creative with Curtains

Lacking privacy? Hang curtains to create a chic and private look at little cost. If you have neighbors nearby or are renting the space, curtains can help create a relaxing retreat away from the noise. Curtains create a temporary wall without the work of building one. Simply hang and enjoy the flowing fabric that softens any outdoor space. It’s an easy way to create privacy and elegance.

 

Make Your Patio a Party

Make your patio inviting by adding a pop of color. Neutral colors are relaxing but by adding a splash of color you keep things interesting and eye-catching. Add color by using vibrant throw pillows. Even add subtle color by including different rugs and textures to create intrigue from the floor up.

You can even decorate your patio with festive bunting to make every day feel like a party. There are endless options for pennant-style bunting to create a celebratory look or easily make one yourself to add a personal touch. Make sure to add some music to set the mood. Create the perfect playlist to relax as it drowns out the distraction of neighbors and noise.

Whatever the occasion is, make sure your patio is a place everyone can enjoy. Include extra seating, lighting and mood-setting décor to add design to your outdoor space. With these simple tips, your patio is guaranteed to be transformed into an enchanting escape.

 

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Everything You Need to Know About Home Inspections


You May Save Yourself a Major Headache  

Before purchasing a home, it’s wise to go through with an inspection. This prevents unwanted mayhem from occurring after you’ve signed papers, shaken hands, and moved into your new home -- only to find the roof is about to cave in. To ensure everything’s in great shape and you have peace of mind, opt for an inspection by a certified inspector before committing to your move.

 

While the inspection’s not necessary, unless outlined by the loan agreement, you may save yourself a lot of trouble and money. Here’s what you need to know.

 

Interiors and Exteriors Are Covered

A solid home inspection covers both inside and outside spaces, and it’s important that your inspector does a thorough job while looking for possible leaks, cracks, and other problematic issues. While outside, he or she will search for cracks in walls, crumbling brick, issues with roofs, and will inspect the state of attached structures like garages and carports. They should have an understanding of the structural integrity of your soon-to-be home and report all issues back to you.

 

The inside will similarly be investigated to find issues that may cause further damage. The inspector will scout out possible sources of leaks and fire hazards. They’ll inspect heating and air systems and evaluate your water tank. They’ll move on to the plumbing, wiring, ventilation systems, and test all smoke detectors. Appliances may have a looking over, but it’s not mandatory, and homeowners should ask inspectors to see if all washers, dryers, and dishwashers are in tip-top shape.

 

Fixes that require the help of a specialist won’t be included in the inspection. So if you’ve got a termite issue on your hands or a damaged septic tank, seek advice from specialists in those fields. While it’s likely nothing is wrong with your new home, going through with an inspection will make sure everything is working properly, giving you the green light to move forward with the deal. You’ll feel confident knowing you’ve inspected all nooks and crannies before settling in.

 

You’re Responsible for Hiring an Inspector

You are the one responsible for paying for the inspection fee, which is usually around several hundred dollars. If a specialist is needed to investigate other pressing matters, you may have to shovel more money out of your pocket. Sometimes, the seller is willing to negotiate the cost of the inspection fee, which is usually fairly reasonable.

 

Some states also require inspections to be done by a specialist with a certified license, and we recommend doing your research to find a trustworthy source. Realtors are available to recommend inspectors and help move the sale along. You ultimately want to rely on an inspector who won’t miss any minor or major damages.

 

Negotiation is Possible

If large damages are discovered during the process, buyers have several options. They can negotiate the matter with the seller and deduct the cost of repairs from the sale of the house. If that option’s not on the table, buyers can request a cash credit from the cost of the sale to take care of the damages themselves.

 

If you’re dealing with major repairs, it’s important to consider what you’re willing to work with. Understand some projects are too lofty to take on, and it may be worth continuing your search for the perfect home elsewhere. If everything is good to go and only minor issues arise, you can trust you made a responsible decision by investigating beforehand. Now, you’re ready to move into a home you know is structurally safe and sound – all with the help of a handy-dandy home inspection.

 

Monday, August 13, 2018

Easy Updates to Make Before a Sale

Preparing for a Sale  

Prepping your home for a sale makes all the difference. With a little bit of love and hard work, you can easily transform your house into an inviting space for prospective buyers. They’ll appreciate your home’s amazing features and you’ll walk away with a great deal – all with the help of these handy tips.

 

Stay Clear of Clutter

A clean space is calming. Clutter, trash, and scattered objects thrown about the floors and countertops are distracting and prevent buyers from seeing a future in your home. Place all clothes, books, and kid’s toys in their appropriate places, and organize bookcases and closets. Rooms will feel relaxed and organized, and guests won’t be distracted by unseemly messes.

 

Organizing closets is an especially important task. If storage spaces are overflowing with clothes and miscellaneous objects, they’ll appear smaller than they actually are. Ample storage space is attractive to most buyers and making closets neat and tidy shows others they can easily store belongings in the available closets and linen drawers.

 

Alongside clearing your space of unwanted and unused items, make sure all the dust and grime are gone. Clean fireplace mantles, wipe countertops, and polish appliances. You may not have cleaned in a good while – but prospective buyers don’t need to know that!

 

Invest in Small Updates

Making subtle alterations to everyday spaces goes a long way. Slab on a fresh new coat of paint to freshen things up and cover dirty blemishes. Opt for light colors to make rooms feel airy and open, and consider replacing bright accent walls with calm colors. Don’t forget to roll up the blinds and curtains to flood your space with natural light. These cost-effective tricks help buyers see a future in your space, and they won’t feel stuck in any dim corners.  

 

Furniture is another thing to consider. If items are bulky and too big for the space, pack them away before buyers walk into your living room. Replacing old couch cushions with new ones allows for a bright, clean feel. After all, a tidy sofa with cute accent pillows is more inviting than a couch with dirty, soggy cushions.

 

The same strategy applies to kitchens and bathrooms. Updated faucets and fixtures make your space sparkle, and putting in the extra effort in these areas makes for a faster sale.

 

Tell Your Home’s Story  

Many homeowners focus on updating hardware and replacing old, tarnished fixtures with new shiny ones. This is important, but don’t forget buyers ultimately want to know they can make your house a home. This is, perhaps, the most important thing to remember, and it’s important to showcase each room's personality and how it can be used to the buyer's benefit. 

 

Stage your office space to convey an organized and focused space. Turn your bathroom into a calming retreat with matching towels and a candle or two. Include a nice reading chair in your living room with a book by its side to communicate to buyers that this is where the relaxation happens. Leaving rooms barren doesn’t help buyers envision family dinners and movie nights, and it’s important to show passerby how each room can be used.  

 

A home is a place where people want to make memories and grow with friends, family, and community, and creating a welcoming front entranceway leaves an impression on buyers. It’s probably the first part of the house they’ll see (as well as their future guests, in-laws, etc.). Invest in a nice door and some attractive landscaping and you’re already a step ahead of the game.

 

These tips ensure an easy-breezy house-selling experience and excite buyers with the prospect of moving into a home that’s well-kept and inviting. Doing the right prep work pays off, so give your home a little facelift. It'll be worth it when multiple offers come in from a group of excited buyers.

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Selling a House on a Crowded Street



Selling a home on a crowded street has its ups and downs but know it can be done – and very well at that! The first thing to understand is no matter how attractive your home may be, it’s only worth as much as similar homes in the same area. The fact that your house is situated on a busy street automatically decreases its value between 5 and 10%. 

While your home may not sell as well as its counterparts in quieter areas, there are still some strategies you can use to get the most out of your property. Take a look at these tips and tricks to upsell a home situated on a busy street. 

Landscaping is Key

Reduce the sound of traffic and unseemly street views by engineering a beautiful landscape in the front and backyards. Upsell the value of your home by adding lush grass, shrubberies, and flowers in barren places. Vibrant and fresh plants are a nice alternative to stark highway views, and potential buyers will appreciate the appeal of a fecund garden. 

The addition of a water fountain adds pizzazz to any outdoor space and helps eliminate sounds from nearby streets. Installing noise-reducing windows similarly reduces unwanted noise when lounging inside the house. Lining your property with tall, green arborvitaes also helps. They tower above other shrubs and drown out noise from the street. 

For added security, build an attractive fence around your home to combat noisy roads. Sturdy fences are appealing to parents and pet owners who prefer the safety of an enclosed space. Kids and pets can run free in the backyard while parents relax with an iced tea in hand.

Regardless of location, a home with a nice yard adds value to a house, making it a common requirement for buyers looking to soak up some vitamin D in their new backyard.

Add Appeal to Your Backyard Space

Backyard spaces are essential to the American way of life. They’re a common place for families and friends to gather around the barbecue or fire pit. It’s where holidays and birthdays are celebrated, and an attractive backyard adds huge appeal to buyers as they tour your home. 

We’ve already mentioned the benefits of landscaping, but don’t forget about fun backyard décor. Add patio furniture and colorful cushions to showcase your outdoor space and string up lights for a celebratory feel. Staging your backyard with the appropriate pieces sets the tone for prospective buyers, and they’ll more easily envision their own backyard festivities once they’ve seen what you’ve done with the place. 

Be Strategic in the Selling Process

Investing in the appropriate modifications will certainly make your home more attractive but be careful not to over invest. At the end of the day, your home is still only worth as much as the most beautiful properties in the area – and you probably couldn’t move your home away from the busy road. 

Working with a professional realtor is a good idea when determining the value of your home. Find an agent with extensive experience and great marketing skills. With industry knowledge under their belts, they can help you decide on a realistic asking price and work to get you multiple offers. Understand they’ll more easily market your home as a pristine and welcoming space if they have professional photography and copyediting skills. Do your research here – you may walk away with more money. 

Consider your home may be suited for a commercial space. Many properties near busy roads do well when converted into commercial buildings because they attract attention from local passerby. These properties can also be used as live-work spaces if they abide by zoning rules – a prospect worth considering if you’re having trouble selling your house as a residential property. 

Be Patient

It may take time. It may take more time than you want it to take. But with the right strategies in place and with help from a skilled realtor, your property will be occupied in due time by residents who appreciate all your hard work. You’ve lived there yourself and likely loved every minute of it. Someone will see the same charm you once did --- and they’ll love what you’ve done with the place.  

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