Mashing Up Styles
Mashing up different styles adds a unique look to what would be an ordinary room. Too many patterns may be too much but think of mixing a white wall with brightly patterned pillows and an eccentric lamp to suit your taste. Textured fabrics are a must.
The Connected Home
We can all agree that we live in a technology world. If you fall too far behind, it’s hard to catch up. But imagine living in a home that connects all your devices togethers to become more efficient. Look for options that accelerate your flexibility, convenience, and affordability such as linking your fridge when you are low on milk or a iphone reminder that your carbon dioxide detectors batteries need to be replaced. How cool is that?
Becoming Eco-Friendly and Energy-Efficient
Not only is an eco-friendly home a more efficient way to live, it’s fastly becoming trendy. Construction of new homes are now using low-impact waste materials such as bamboo and wood to create beautiful earthy spaces. Steel recycling material and concrete are becoming more popular energy-efficient ways to insulate homes as well. Upgrading your home in different ways will save you money in the long-run.
We’ve said it before, metal is HUGE now! Accenting metal pieces adds a focus element especially when blended with wood to add texture. Very trend forward, people!
Kitchens are truly the new living rooms. They have become the place to gather, eat over a feast, have conversations, and connect with your family and friend. New constructions are influenced by open kitchens that allow space and convenience. If you are trying to narrow down which room is most important to renovate, we highly suggest this space!
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The enjoyable days of winter are dwindling to an end. It’s time to do some spring clean-up before the desert heat sets in! In order to make your home efficient and keep your utility bills down, here are a few things to make sure your home is running the way it should:
Clean Those Dirty Gutters!
Debris and water can collect in your gutters and create a host of headaches (wood rot and foundation damage to name a few) if you aren’t paying attention! If you’re a little iff-y about climbing onto the roof yourself, hire a professional to clean every six months.
De-Bug and De-Pest
Terminates and other insect can wreck havoc on a home. Hire an exterminator (if the problem is mild, bug bombs can also do the trick) to thoroughly inspect your home for problem.
Check the Roof
Your roof is literally what hangs over your family’s head every night. Make sure it’s in proper order to make sure there are no missing shingles, loose pipes, or cracks. Similar to the gutters, if you don’t feel comfortable checking out the scenarios yourself, hire a pro. Preventive roof work is a must for good home maintenance!
Get A/C Tune Up
If you have ever had your A/C unit give out on you in the heat of summer, you know how expensive it can be to get it serviced or replace the entire thing! You may want to invest in a good A/C maintenance package that includes condenser and blower unit cleaning, coolant level check and refill, electrical connection securing, duct work inspection, and temperature difference measurement between supply and return. It may save you lots of money in the long run!
Change A/C Filters
A clean system will help preserve the life of your unit and keep your utility bills in check. Set reminders to change them out every two months.
Check Irrigation System
If you have ever had a busted pipe, you know how you dread the next water bill! Irrigation lines are apt to deteriorate in extreme heat, which may result in broken pipes. Make sure your system is running through the proper channels and watering your lawn (and not the street!).
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You probably had to read the headline twice. Today? You mean, today. Yes, we mean TODAY. Why the urgency? The 2017 housing market shows that now is the time to sell. January unveiled great numbers which paths the way for a strong housing market for this year.
Lawrence Yun, Chief Economist for the National Association of Realtors, said:
“Much of the country saw robust sales activity last month as strong hiring and improved consumer confidence at the end of last year appear to have sparked considerable interest in buying a home. Market challenges remain, but the housing market is off to a prosperous start as homebuyers staved off inventory levels that are far from adequate…”
And CNBC says consumer confidence in the economy is fueling the market:
“U.S. home resales surged to a 10-year high in January as buyers shrugged off higher prices and mortgage rates, a sign of growing confidence in the economy.”
A depleting inventory leaves a challenging market. In order for a balanced market of homes for sale and interested buyers, the inventory would require a full six-month supply of homes. The current situation is that there is less than a four-month inventory which means a 7.1% decrease from last year.
Admit it. These statistics are make you look a little more closely about selling. The increasing demand and low home supply provides the perfect climate for selling your home for the best price. I’m more than happy to help you in this process to see if the market is hot in your neighborhood.
You may not even realize it but it’s possible that you are making your home look messy. It’s easy to overlook decorating mistakes that can make your home look unorganized. If you are staging your house to woo potential buyers or you want to impress weekend guests, make sure that you are avoiding these to create an organized and clean space.
An Unbalanced Room
Think of it like this: You would never place large furniture in small quarters. It can become overwhelming and greatly affects the flow of the room. Allow the furniture (and the larger objects in the room) to naturally float opposed to lining them against a wall. Most importantly, find pieces that balance the room nicely.
High Maintenance Fabrics
High maintenance comforters or cheap slipcovers are easy to wrinkle and have the potential to create a rumpled effect . Well-ironed fabrics present a more polished look for guests as they enter a room. A carefully folded throw blanket and properly placed pillows are important, too.
Ignoring Your Foyer
Most guests enter your home through the front door so naturally, you must pay special attention to keeping the floors clean and avoiding the area as a place for backpacks, junk mail, and sports equipment. Keep the area reserved for representing your home. A great tip: find a functional rug for wiping dirty shoes at the front door.
Exposed Wires and Cords
In this age of laptops, TVs, gaming systems, and Roku boxes, you are bound to have a tangle of cords and wires lying around the busiest room. At times, you have to creatively think of way to hide them behind a couch or under the carpet. Out of sight, out of mind.
Skimping on Furnishings
Invest money in furnishing specifically rugs. A rule of thumb to remember is that a better quality rug in a bigger size (appropriate to the room) will save you in the long haul. Rugs are often trampled and cheap rugs don’t hold up as well. Pairing strategic furniture placement along with a good rug will present a clean, well-maintained room for all to enjoy.
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