One thing on your long summer to-do list may be cleaning out the old garage. For most, this sounds easier than it actually is. Garages tend to house years of accumulated and forgotten items, especially if you have a large family. On top of that, there is years of dirt and grime on the floors from car tires and engines, bikes, lawnmowers, etc.
Buying a new home can be a complicated process. Despite the ease of finding multiple listings online these days, there’s still a lot to consider. Is the asking price in line with current market values? Are you confident about negotiating a deal, or know what to look for during an escrow closing? Below are four advantages of using a buyer’s agent to help you navigate the complexities of purchasing a home. Continue reading
Although modern homes and new construction builds have rooms with at least one natural light source (yes, even closets!), some rooms are just dim and difficult to light. The room may be windowless, or in a dark wing of your home, or it may contain characteristics like wood panel walls and ceilings that make the room feel unbearably bleak. Luckily, there are techniques that can brighten a dim room and creative ways to bring more light into your space. Say goodbye to cave living! Continue reading
Classic planters will never go out of style, but there are so many ways to get creative and give your plant and flower pots a unique twist. DIY doesn’t have to be difficult, even for those of us who are less than crafty. Transforming the way you showcase your flowers and plants is much easier than you may think, and it’s a great way to bring some personality to your living space. Continue reading
Every house has plumbing issues here and there, but calling a plumber isn’t always the best bang for your buck. Here are 7 ways to eliminate plumbing problems on your own. Continue reading
The home buying process can be an overwhelming one. At the end of the day, the right thing to do is to protect what is most likely your biggest investment. This is where home insurance and home warranties come in. These two items accomplish similar goals, but in varied ways. Continue reading
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to spend a fortune or go to design school to revamp your home. “It’s all about simplicity,” says Susan Yoder, interior design expert for builder Clayton Homes. “A little goes a long way when it comes to home décor and living spaces. Only a few simple changes can make a big difference and allow you to create a room you’ll be itching to show off to friends and family.” Continue reading
Whether you have a pet or not, there is dust-free light at the end of the tunnel! You’re not alone, either – allergies affect more than 20% of Americans. In this post, we’ll go over specific ways to free your home of allergens so you and your family can finally breathe cleaner air. Here are some trusty guidelines to get you started. Continue reading
Choosing a new bathroom color doesn’t have to be an intimidating task. In fact, simple changes in wall or accent colors can make a drastic difference with minimum impact on your wallet. Here are some quick tips and ideas on how to select the color that’s perfect for your palette! Continue reading
Creating a charming book nook in your home is much easier than you might think. You don’t need wall-to-wall shelving or an overstuffed chair next to a roaring fire (although if that’s what you’re working with, great!). All you really need to create your reading nook is a comfy place to sit, some soft light, and a warm blanket. Follow these tips for setting up your perfect reading escape.
Modern kitchen islands are exceptionally versatile and useful additions to your home! They are also incredibly popular and top the kitchen renovation list for most homeowners. Yet, designing the perfect kitchen island takes both careful planning and proper execution. While this addition can transform your kitchen into an absolute dream, a poorly constructed kitchen island can create a whole new set of problems. Whether you are remodeling your kitchen or looking to add a brand new kitchen island, these design tips should steer you in the direction towards form and function! Continue reading
You have decided to take the plunge and finally remodel your home’s interior to match your mind’s eye. The dreaming, the planning, and the picking out of paint colors have all been completed, but now you need someone to help you accomplish your project. Selecting a home contractor can be overwhelming, so where do you start? What do you need to look for? Better yet, which aspects do you want to avoid? To get you started, we have compiled some do’s and don’ts for hiring a home contractor. Continue reading
Having an air conditioning unit that’s running at peak efficiency can decrease energy costs by as much as 20 percent. However, if the unit is not properly maintained, your bills and runtimes will likely skyrocket. By taking the proper precautions during the months leading up to summer, you’ll lower your energy bills and turn your house into a more comfortable home environment with healthier surroundings. Continue reading
Springtime is right around the corner, but not to worry, if your lawn isn’t ready there’s still time. Once you’re finished, you’ll have the best curb appeal on the block! Continue reading
Are you selling a smart home? When marketing this type of residence, it’s important that you focus less on every tiny detail and focus more on the home’s features that will attract a larger audience. How do you know which features are most appealing to homebuyers? Believe it or not, the most popular features are not the newest and most technologically advanced. Rather, they are basic necessities like security, heating, cooling, and lighting.
Proper lighting can dramatically transform the way your home looks and feels in all the right places. The key is to use the right lighting and fixtures so that your guests feel relaxed and comfortable, but have no idea why. It’s actually a good sign if the lighting goes unnoticed as guests walk through your home.
The excitement bubbles up inside as you make your dream home list. Everything from the kitchen’s layout to the backyard patio have been perfected in your mind’s eye. But before you jump to decorating the house you long for, there is some leg work that needs to be done and some things to keep in mind at the outset of this house hunting journey. Buying a home is the largest investment of your life, so step lightly and follow this ultimate checklist to avoid snags along the way. Continue reading
Do you have a New Year’s resolution? No matter what your long-term or short-term goals are for 2017, one thing is for certain: nothing gives you that “fresh start” feeling like a newly remodeled home. Based on home renovations and designs that have gained popularity in 2016, here are some remodeling trends that are here to stay. Continue reading