July 16, 2016

Want to Renovate Your Home? Get the True Costs vs. Resale Value

Whether you’re an avid fan of home improvement shows or not, you likely have an inkling that fresh updates and renovations can entice homebuyers. But how much will a certain remodel run you? And perhaps more importantly, will it really help you come resale time? The Remodeling 2016 Cost vs. Value Report, produced by Remodeling, details estimated costs for 27 home-improvement projects from roofing to basement details to kitchen and bath remodels. The report also includes an estimated value homeowners can expect to recover from a specific renovation or addition when they sell their home. Bigger and more expensive projects, rising new-home prices, curb appeal, and energy efficiency all contributed to a slight gain in remodeling projects’ payback at resale, according to the report. The figures in this infographic by eReplacementParts creates a helpful guide below organized by region as well as the national average.  Source: eReplacementParts.com   To learn more and […]
July 14, 2016

Virtual Staging: A Unique Way to Showcase Properties for Sale

Virtual staging has been remaking empty rooms into furnished, staged ones for nearly a decade. The technology can help clients visualize what otherwise would be a blank canvas and help better understand furniture placement and making the overall home more inviting. Virtual staging also allows the seller to show potential buyers what the home could look like by swapping out colors or making upgrades. But, there is more to virtual staging than just a pretty picture.   Up until now, virtual staging mostly benefited vacant spaces, which can be quite exhausting for a buyer who doesn’t have that creative touch. A vacant home not only looks smaller and colder, but as little as, 10% of home buyers can visualize the potential of a vacant space, which can make this a hard sell for any real estate agent.  Virtual Staging vs. Home Staging There are a few ways to go about […]
July 11, 2016

5 Tips to Simplify Your Home and Lifestyle

In our fast paced, busy lifestyles, it’s important to take a step back and begin to simplify your home and lifestyle. National Simplicity Day is observed on July 12th in honor of Henry David Thoreau an author, naturalist and philosopher among other things an advocate for living a life of simplicity. So, how can you make your home simpler?   Owning a home and maintaining it can be time consuming, especially if you run into complicated tasks that need your attention. Believe me, I’m an expert at living a simpler life after Superstorm Sandy destroyed the first floor of our home in October 2012. We were forced to slow down, tune into our wants and needs to rebuild and enjoy those simple things in life. Being simplistic doesn’t mean you have to give away all your possessions or move to the suburbs —try these five tips to keep a more balanced home that […]
July 9, 2016

Relocation Ideas before you Move into a New Home

Moving is a pretty stressful process for most, so you will likely need to find a peaceful way to handle this. One of the more important things you need to keep in mind is that this is something being done all the time, all over the world so it is hardly a real problem if you put your mind to it.   Here are some tips you may want to consider before you start packing and calling a moving company to get you on your way: Relocation Ideas Tip # 1: Know What You Can Live With and Without Learn to compromise, as not every home will be perfect and exactly what you expected it to be. Sometimes it will be a good idea to draw up a good list of the qualities you’re looking for in a home. It will be hard to find a perfect home that suits […]
June 30, 2016

4th of July Decorating Ideas for the Home

Are you ready to show off your stars and stripes this 4th of July? Our house is infamous for it’s birthday parties for America. July 4, 1776, is a day that represents the Declaration of Independence and the birth of the United States of America as an independent nation. So, why not throw an awesome party for the land that you love?   Rather than the standard red, white & blue themed decor, try these 7 unique ways to mix those colors into your current decor to stay on budget and show off your patriotism without throwing the average party. First, ask yourself what does America mean to you? Maybe take a cue from America, The Beautiful lyrics: O beautiful for spacious skies,For amber waves of grain,For purple mountain majestiesAbove the fruited plain!America! America! God shed His grace on thee,And crown thy good with brotherhoodFrom sea to shining sea! Then try and […]