Home Ideas and Tips

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Homeowners, Buyers: It’s Either a Teardown or A Remodel

Older homes that served our grandparents and parents well may appear poorly planned for today’s families. They tend to be smaller with narrow lots, closed-off kitchens, and fewer bathrooms and bedrooms. On the other hand, older homes tend to offer character and quality craftsmanship that is unmatched today. So, should you tear down an older … Continue reading Homeowners, Buyers: It’s Either a Teardown or A Remodel

Millennial Must-Haves

Born between 1980 and 1995, the millennial generation is now prime homebuying age. With unemployment just over four percent and lenders touting low-cost loan programs for first-time buyers, more millennials are buying homes. So who are they and what do they want in a home? As the most educated generation in history, millennials trust their … Continue reading Millennial Must-Haves

Remodeling Trend to Rise

According to the Federal Reserve, the primary residence accounts for about one-quarter of all assets held by households, ahead of other financial assets, business interests and retirement accounts. It’s important to protect the value of your home by keeping it repaired and updated. Not only does an update make a home more attractive, it should … Continue reading Remodeling Trend to Rise

Too many Clothes, No Down Payment

Crazy fashion trends do more than strain closet space. They can sometimes send the message that trendiness is more important than building wealth. Here’s to save the money you spend on new clothes for something more rewarding – a down payment on your own home. Reduce your wardrobe. Consign, donate or give away clothes you … Continue reading Too many Clothes, No Down Payment

Consider a Professional Stager

“You never get a second chance to make a great first impression.” A statement that rings true in real estate. Buyers are quick to jump to conclusions about a home after a single glance. That’s why more sellers are turning toward professional home stagers to prepare for a sale. A lot of what staging accomplishes … Continue reading Consider a Professional Stager

The Power of a Deck

The addition of any amount of usable square footage to a property increases its value. Customized decks are a hot trend in home upgrades. A great-looking deck may entice more people to come see your home. Building or updating an existing deck isn’t simply a great investment, it provides unique opportunities to personalize your yard. … Continue reading The Power of a Deck

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

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