Home Ideas and Tips

...

Five Tips to Beautify the Bath

Updating a tired-looking bathroom is a great way to increase a home’s resale. The fixes don’t need to be costly or labor intensive: Beautify: Add decorative glass, stone tile or accents to make a bathroom stand out. Extra-wide wall tiles are popular and wood cabinets can be embellished with carved wooden inlays. Lighting: Add more … Continue reading Five Tips to Beautify the Bath

The Four D’s

Keeping your home in show-ready condition can be challenging, especially if you have a houseful of kids and pets. What to do? Follow the Four D’s. Declutter: Most listing agents would agree that clutter confuses buyers. They can’t see the home’s “bones” for all the furniture, toys, and other things. You have to pack up … Continue reading The Four D’s

Best Outdoor Projects for Selling Your Home

As you look at your outdoor living spaces with an eye for upgrades, where will your time and money be best spent? Fresh landscaping? Sprinklers? A new fence? A firepit? Fortunately, 2018 Remodeling Report: Outdoor Features, co-produced by the National Association of REALTORS® and National Association of Landscape Professionals, offers some ideas. First, there are … Continue reading Best Outdoor Projects for Selling Your Home

Before You Paint Your Brick Exterior

The Brick Industry Association touts brick for its strength, energy efficiency and low maintenance, but sometimes brick can just be dated or downright ugly. A fresh new color on your home’s exterior brick can go a long way toward updating your home. Whether you choose to do the work yourself or hire a professional, the … Continue reading Before You Paint Your Brick Exterior

Should you Buy a Home with a Swimming Pool?

It’s the heat of the summer, and you want a home with a swimming pool but before you go off the deep end, make sure the benefits outweigh the drawbacks. Swimming pools are a strong part of the outdoor living trend. They’re fun for all ages, they promote fitness, and they give you a great … Continue reading Should you Buy a Home with a Swimming Pool?

How to Decorate Your Kitchen with White Hues

Kitchens decorated with mostly white hues never seem to go out of style but there’s a fine line between white that’s serene and beautiful and white that’s stark and clinical. If you love the color white, here are some tips to make your kitchen modern and sophisticated: Include a little grey. Choosing a light grey … Continue reading How to Decorate Your Kitchen with White Hues

Three Responsibilities of Homebuyers

Nothing says, “Welcome to Adulthood” like buying a home. You’re taking on very real responsibilities, but you may not realize how far they reach and impact others. Meeting them will reward you and your family for years to come with more equity, happier neighbors and a better living environment for your family. Financial responsibilities: Paying … Continue reading Three Responsibilities of Homebuyers

Portable Gardens for Curb Appeal

To make your home more attractive to homebuyers, you could plant fresh flowers or you could put plants in containers and take your garden with you when you sell your home! Containers can accent your home’s personality – like washtubs for a farmhouse look or colorful fired pottery for a bohemian vibe. They’re the perfect … Continue reading Portable Gardens for Curb Appeal

Five Must-do Improvements For Resale

Most buyers want a move-in ready home that’s clean, updated and functional and they’re willing to pay more to get what they want. Here are just a few improvements you can do that will go a long way with buyers. – Update the finishes. If you’re going to improve a room, update everything, even the … Continue reading Five Must-do Improvements For Resale

Staying on Top of Rugs

Rugs help warm a dreary room, add a splash of color to a dull space, tone down a room with strong, bright colored furniture and create a new look to almost any room. Plus, it’s a quick fix to any floors that may need replacing.  – Persian rugs can cost thousands of dollars, but many … Continue reading Staying on Top of Rugs

Making Color Work in Your Home

Don’t be offended if an agent suggests that you paint before placing your home on the market. They understand “color psychology.” Since people’s reaction to color is immediate, it can have a tremendous influence on their daily choices. You can make your home stand out from the competition, sell more quickly and at a higher … Continue reading Making Color Work in Your Home

Six Easy Low-cost Energy Savers

According to Energystar.gov, the average American household spends more than $2,200 a year on energy bills, with nearly half of that amount spent on heating and cooling. Here are six easy, low-cost ideas to cut those bills down. – Change your air filters. It’s a chore that’s easily forgotten, so put it on your calendar … Continue reading Six Easy Low-cost Energy Savers

12