Home Improvements

Here’s a Checklist of Simple Cosmetic Fixes You Can Make Before Listing

You don’t always need to do a major renovation to get your home ready for market. Beyond a thorough cleaning and decluttering, here’s a checklist of cosmetic updates that can have your home looking its best without a lot of investment: Switch up the hardware. Kitchen and bathroom cabinets can become instantly updated when you switch out their outdated hardware for something more clean and...

Renovation in Your Future? 10 Steps to Keep it on Track

If you’re thinking about a major renovation on your home or planning to buy a fixer-upper, you’re probably not looking forward to the renovation process. But, there are also specific steps you can take that will not only reduce your stress, but also reduce the risk of a major delay or misstep. Here are 10 tips based on advice from San Francisco-based architectural color specialist...

When Trendy Spells Trouble: Little Fixes for Your Best Decorating Efforts

You follow the trends. You have good design sense. Then, why do your best intentions at decorating your house sometimes fall flat? Whether you’re sprucing up your home so you can put it on the market or simply want to keep it looking its best for your family and friends to enjoy, it can be disappointing when the results aren’t what you expected. Here are fixes for four decorating...

Staging on a Dime: Get Your Home Show-Ready Without Busting Your Budget

If you’re thinking about putting your home on the market, you may have given some thought to staging. After all, staged homes sell 88% faster and for an astounding 20% more on average than homes where sellers didn’t give any thought to home staging.The drawback to staging, however, is obvious—it usually isn’t cheap if you’re going to engage the help of a professional home stager.If hiring a...

Odors Could Be Telling You Something About That Home You’re About to Buy

There’s a reason homeowners bake bread or cookies just before a showing or open house. Those pleasant odors stir emotions and make lasting impressions when it comes to buying a home. But when those impressions are made by something far less inviting than fresh-baked goodies, it could spell trouble down the road. When it comes to touring a home you may potentially buy, your nose usually knows....

Simple Staging Tips to Grab Buyer Attention Without Busting Your Budget

Even if your home is in good condition, you’ll want it looking its absolute best when you’re ready to put it on the market. Helping your home make a great first impression can mean the difference between a quick sale at full list price and offers below what you were expecting. It doesn’t need to cost a lot to get great results. Here are 10 some simple staging tips that will add a boost of...

Bang for Your Buck: Which Renovations Are Most Likely to Add Value?

Whether you want to put your home on the market soon or sometime down the road, it makes sense to look at what updates can add the most value if you’re considering renovations. Updates not only appeal to buyers, who are often willing to pay top dollar for a move-in ready property, but they can improve your own enjoyment of your home in the years ahead if you don’t plan to sell soon. Of...

Short on Time? Here are Quick Ways to Spruce up Your Home’s Entryway that Fit Any Schedule

Whether you’re planning to list your home or you are simply thinking about the impact when guests arrive, your foyer or entryway is the first impression visitors get when they come into your home. Ironically, the entryway is often one of the most neglected areas when it comes to your home’s decor. Most are left to a drab existence, though there are some that swing the pendulum too far in the other...

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