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Staging Your Home and Curb Appeal 2.0

Posted by on Mar 12, 2015

This blog is more in depth about staging and curb appeal. Also, time and budget is not in mind! You can refer to my budget and time friendly blog “Tips for a Curb Appealing Home” (http://debraburgessrealty.com/10-tips-curb-appealing-home/) In this blog, I will be talking about painting, decorating, fireplaces and more! I know this is a bit long, hopefully you will find a topic that applies to your home. PAINTING To give your kitchen a crisp, clean look; you want to replace your cabinet doors and drawers. Then paint everything to match and add hardware. If you do not want to buy a new dishwasher, I suggest checking with your manufacturer to see if you can get a new front panel for your model. There is an alternative, laminate paper can be used to re-cover the existing panel. Bathrooms are a huge part in selling a house. A low-cost alternative to replacing the tile is to use paint. You need to buy a high-adhesion primer and a ceramic epoxy covering. DO NOT forget to clean your tile before applying any chemical! After you have cleaned the floor, coat the tiles with the primer. Next, brush on the covering. This alternative is a fraction of the cost of new tiles. You will have an up-to-date bathroom that will bring in the big money. DECORATING Always remember, if you have the right mix/variety of accessories can make a room more inviting. Odd number accessories are eye-pleasing, especially the number three. For example, placing three vases in a triangle rather than a straight row. Make sure you keep the scale in mind, in a group of accessories you want various height and width. Keep the tallest in the back and the smaller ones up front. For a dramatic look, consider grouping accessories by color, shape, texture and design. SMALL TO BIG To make a small room look bigger, paint the small room the same color as the adjacent room. If you have two small rooms, you want a seamless look which will make both rooms feel like a big space. Another trick, if you want the illusion of more space, paint the walls the same color as your drapery. If you have a lot of  windows, bring nature into the room by painting the walls a soft green. FIREPLACE If you have an overpowering fireplace, here are a few ways to tone down the brick. Again, using a...

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Tips for a Curb Appealing Home

Posted by on Jan 23, 2015

These are a few tips to make your home look updated and crisp! Dress up your mailbox  Plant eye-popping flowers around your mailbox. I would suggest a flower or plant that can be in the sun for several hours such as: Purple Coneflower, Blanket Flower, Daylily, Asters, Shasta Daisy and Coreposis.     Pictures from: pinterest.com                            plantguide.lowes.com Pick a fun color to paint your door. Changing the color of your door will give your porch an enthusiastic new look. This project is ideal for a budget and takes a few hours to accomplish. For instance, painting a white door (balance, neutral, calm) to a shade of blue (trust, dependable, strength) adds fun and a BIG pop of color in an unexpected way. You can find your color match at the following website: blog.builddirect.com Update windows and shutters. Repainting your shutters using the same paint as you used on your door. This is another great money saving project and is done in one afternoon! Replacing windows can be costly but yet effective. In the long run, they will make your home more energy efficient. Picture from: pinterest.com Stain a cement walkway. Staining your concrete makes your yard look polished. This task is somewhat time consuming. First, you must prep the area by removing all furniture, plants and other items. Scrap and sweep all trash off concrete. After cleaning, allow to dry for 24 hours. Apply the stain of your choice. It is better to do this on a cloudy day. If you choose to do this on a sunny day, the stain will dry fast and you will not have time to blend your strokes. More instructions should be on the can of stain. Stain should be dry to the touch in four hours. Take care of the stain by lifting objects instead of scooting across the concrete. (Stain will scratch off) Lastly, replace all your furniture and plants! Picture from: concretemiracles.com   Make the front door your focal point. Draw people to your front door by boardering your walkway with flower and bushes. Solar lights are another great way to save energy and lead family and guests safely to the door . Use Accessories. There are tons of outdoor accessories. Don’t be afraid to decorate your porch. Putting a wreath on your door adds personalization to...

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Interior Paint Colors That Help Sell Your Home

Posted by on Dec 3, 2013

    When selling your home it is important to know that some of the minutest details to the seller can make all the difference in the world to the buyer. Whether the sockets in the wall are upside down, does a shower curtain sit properly in the tub, does the cable outlet face the window or away from it, all of these. One of the simplest ways to make someone feel like your house could be their home is a simple paint job. http://realestate.aol.com/ has an article on how to properly paint or repaint your home to be more buyer friendly. Outlining which colors in which rooms are more appealing to your potential buyers.  You will be amazed by what a difference it makes to buyers and what a payout it can be for your return on the investment. By Josie Gulliksen | Posted Jul 15th 2010 4:48PM   Maggie Hernandez recalls a Realtor telling her sister-in-law that she had to get rid of many of her personal items in order to sell her home. But the realtor was even more adamant that the sister-in-law update the interior paint colors throughout her house. In fact 94 percent of all agents recommend a fresh coat of paint for their clients’ homes. And why is painting your house in order to sell your home so important? How about a major return on investment! According to HomeGain’s Prepare to Sell 2009 national survey, the average price to paint interior walls is $500 to $750, but that increases a home price by an average of $1,500 to $2,000 — which can be a 250 percent return on investment. The Basic Rule of Thumb It’s necessary to remove all the personal touches you’ve made within your home in an effort to make the place as impersonal as possible when staging your home for sale. A neutral-colored palette, without all the clutter, helps potential buyers envision how their personal taste can be implemented into the house. A bright red accent wall, or your teenager’s black-walled bedroom, needs to be painted over in order to sell. “Beiges, warm beiges and yellows are great choices for wall color and making a space look more impersonal,” says Maggie Hernandez, a seasoned home stager and realtor with RPI International, Inc. “Wallpaper is a deal-breaker, paint is your ally. Neutralize the color palette throughout the home and neutral doesn’t...

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Winterizing Your Home

Posted by on Dec 3, 2013

The winter months can be beautiful in Tennessee with all the snow and icicles it’s a real winter wonderland. With all this beauty come the cold temperatures and the potential for high energy bills and busted pipes. If you take some time to look over these winterization tips you can prepare your home for the cold weather, while cutting you energy bill. 10 ways to winterize your home — now You’ll get a season’s worth of savings and peace of mind by taking a few steps in the fall to get your home ready for cold weather. By Christopher Solomon of MSN Real Estate So you’ve pulled your sweaters out of mothballs and found your mittens at the bottom of the coat closet. But what about your house — is it prepared for the cold months ahead? You’ll be a lot less comfortable in the coming months if you haven’t girded Home Sweet Home for Old Man Winter. With the help of several experts, we’ve boiled down your autumn to-do list to 10 easy tips: 1. Clean those gutters   Once the leaves fall, remove them and other debris from your home’s gutters — by hand, by scraper or spatula, and finally by a good hose rinse — so that winter’s rain and melting snow can drain. Clogged drains can form ice dams, in which water backs up, freezes and causes water to seep into the house, the Insurance Information Institute says. As you’re hosing out your gutters, look for leaks and misaligned pipes. Also, make sure the downspouts are carrying water away from the house’s foundation, where it could cause flooding or other water damage. “The rule of thumb is that water should be at least 10 feet away from the house,” says Michael Broili, the director of the Well Home Program for the Phinney Neighborhood Association, a nationally recognized neighborhood group in Seattle. 2. Block those leaks One of the best ways to winterize your home is to simply block obvious leaks around your house, both inside and out, experts say. The average American home has leaks that amount to a nine-square-foot hole in the wall, according to EarthWorks Group. Professional Services Top of Form Find local plumbers, electricians, contractors and more. Bottom of Form First, find the leaks: On a breezy day, walk around inside holding a lit incense stick to the most common drafty areas: recessed lighting, window...

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