To stage or not to stage

To stage or not to stage

It’s a question that many real estate agents are asked at the listing appointment. Should we stage our house for potential buyers? As a homeowner one of the main focuses is to sell the house quickly and for top dollar. Of course, that means when selling a house the importance of staging for home buyers comes to mind. When it comes to home staging, should…

Fixer-uppers cost less but are they worth it?

Fixer-uppers cost less but are they worth it?

With all the renovation and fix-it and flip-it shows on HGTV, you might begin to wonder if people actually buy fixer-uppers to live in nowadays. Yes, they do and picking the right one could bring a sense of satisfaction for years to come. But how do you know if you have a good fixer-upper or if you should pass? The biggest attraction to fixer-uppers is…

Budget Friendly Kitchen Makeovers

Budget Friendly Kitchen Makeovers

Ask any homeowner, if you could remodel any part of your house, what would you like to remodel? Mostly likely, a large number of them would reply the kitchen. Why? From food preparation, cooking, eating meals and entertaining guests the kitchen is a home’s hub. It makes sense that most would prefer this room to be functional as well as aesthetically pleasing. However, a full…

Transform your deck or patio into a summer entertainment spot

Transform your deck or patio into a summer entertainment spot

Whether you get to celebrate the change of seasons four times a year or just twice, there may be a majority of us who love to entertain outdoors when the weather is just right. Is your backyard ready? Everyone has their own idea of the perfect backyard entertainment area. Depending on your lifestyle and hobbies you enjoy, you may prefer your backyard to be more…

Space saving ideas when you don’t have a walk-in closet

Space saving ideas when you don’t have a walk-in closet

Let’s face it. Not all homes have a walk-in closet. A lot of us wish we could have a large walk-in closet to arrange all our shoes, clothes and other belongings. For those of us who don’t, there is still hope. With some ingenuity your closet and surrounding space can contain all the storage you need in such a fashionable way, your friends may be…

Tips for downsizing like a pro

Tips for downsizing like a pro

Downsizing – just the word can cause anxiety in the most organized person. There are many reasons for downsizing.  Seniors often do it to have a smaller home to maintain in their retirement years. Larger families may start to do so as the children start leaving the nest. Transitions from suburban life to urban life can also be a reason to downsize. There may be…

Top Amenities buyers are looking for in 2017

Top Amenities buyers are looking for in 2017

As a home owner, features such as location, walkability rating, school district and the number of parks in the area are not necessarily in your control. However, if you are ready to put your home on the market, how can you make it more appealing to today’s buyer? As generations change so do the home buyer trends and desired home amenities. As you are thinking…

Ways to spend your tax refund on home improvements

Ways to spend your tax refund on home improvements

When it comes to deciding what to do with your tax refund, there are so many options. What about funding those home improvements you have been thinking about all year? Think a tax refund is not enough to make a difference? Think again, the average refund noted by the IRS through mid-April is $2,815. We’ve come up with some ideas for you. How far can…

Make your guest room more inviting year round

Make your guest room more inviting year round

Expecting to host some guests this summer or in the coming year?  Let’s face it. We don’t all have Martha Stewarts’ skills when it comes to entertaining guests. However, we do want our guests to feel comfortable and welcomed in our home. There are simple ways to do so that do not involve taking a class on interior design or watching hours of HGTV. Making…

How to make your small space seem bigger

How to make your small space seem bigger

Small spaces seem to be growing in popularity nowadays. The thought of living with just the essentials can be very appealing to some. Whether you have a small house or apartment or simply a small room, designing the space for both appeal and functionality can be challenging. Tiny houses have quite an attraction these days. Many tune into HGTV’s Tiny House and Big Living for…