New Year’s Resolutions for Your Home

Looking for some ideas for New Year’s Resolutions that don’t have to do with dieting? Making some resolutions for your home improve your health, wealth, and lifestyle all in one!

Here are some examples:

Resolution #1 – Reduce Clutter

The most common thing I see when touring homes is clutter. We all have it, even if it’s just the ‘junk drawer’ or the unorganized shoe shelf. Every time you look at it, it can stress you out! Take a day for yourself to go to the Container Store or Hobby Lobby and pick up some great baskets for organizing the closets and shelves. Target also sells some wonderful drawer dividers so you can see your tools and items more easily and make sure that everything has a place.

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Resolution #2 – Spot Checks

It’s easy to put off that furnace service and fireplace cleaning. They’re those not fun expenditures that no one wants to make. But they’re so important to keeping the home functioning well and avoiding more costly problems later on!

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Resolution #3 Re-fresh 1 room

Tackling a whole house remodel can be daunting. Make a budget (even if it’s tiny), do some browsing on sites like Houzz and Pinterest to get some ideas for your room, and go ‘smart shopping.’ Look on Craigslist, at resale shops, or your favorite stores, if you have the budget for it, and give one room a makeover. It will improve the value of your house and give your Winter blues a kick in the pants!

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3 easy and inexpensive updates for your home

As a real estate broker, I am often asked what updates can bring the most return on your investment? While kitchens and baths will always be the mainstays of home renovation, if your budget doesn’t allow for an entire room makeover these are a few simple updates that can freshen up a home and take a few years off!

1.) Change out the old light fixtures

Large brass chandeliers are particularly outdated. You can sub in a whole new look for just a few hundred dollars.

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After:

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2.) Switch your switches

Changing out your outlets and switches to fresh white makes a bigger impact than you would think. To potential buyers it looks like a younger home.

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3.) Door Knobs and Hinges

You may not have the budget to make your entire home look like new construction but for anywhere from a few hundred dollars to around a thousand, depending on how many doors you have, you can have new looking doors. Hinges in particular are pretty easy to do yourself with a little patience and a drill.

Before look:

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After look:

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Chrome, Nickel, Brushed Nickel- whatever your taste, or you can go through a few new construction open houses in your area and see what’s currently popular.

3 inexpensive staging tips anyone can do

Putting your best foot forward. We’ve always been told in our personal and professional lives this is the best course of action when wanting to impress and create or demonstrate value. How does your house put its ‘best foot forward’ demonstrating its value to buyers? One way is to stage the home. Many of you have heard the typical generic tips of ‘de-personalize’, ‘de-clutter’, ‘organize’. But once that’s done here are some easy ways that you can further impress buyers and set your home apart.

1.) Pillows add pop

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Many people have neutral couches. They’re a great buy. But photography will highlight these pieces and rooms the best if there’s a little color mixed in. In addition, choosing bright, uplifting colors can improve the in person showing as buyers react positively to the warmth. Above are two great examples of very neutral couches with easy pops of colors in the pillows and accessories. These types of pillows can be found at Target or Home Goods 4-5 pillows and a throw blanket could easily be found for an under $100 budget.

2) Baskets for storage

Messy closets make people think the closet is small and the house doesn’t have enough storage for all of your things so how could it possibly fit all of theirs! Baskets are an attractive and easy way to clean up your storage areas.

staging with basketsYou can see from this before and after that the baskets make it seem like there’s still some ‘wiggle’ room and that things can fit neatly and easily into this space. You can even use baskets as a pop of color in the closet or bring it into the room like these turquoise and white chevron storage bins from Joss and Main.

colorful storageThese could add a nice touch to white book shelves and would be great for toys, office storage, towels, lots of different types of items.

3.) Every room has a purpose

Every room in your home needs a purpose. If you want buyers to see a small room as a bedroom because you’ve decided to list it as one, then you need to stage it as one. Otherwise, you will definitely hear in your showing feedback ‘a bed won’t fit in there.’ Same with that room you’re using as a yoga studio- if you want people to know that they could use it as an office you want to stage it as an office. You may be saying ‘well that should be obvious.’ But assuming that buyers can visualize what the office would look like with all of your yoga mats and pilates gear on the floor is a mistake. Most buyers cannot visualize what a room make over would look like when complete. This may sound like a big expense but using craigslist, discount stores, resale stores, or outsourcing from friends are all great ways you can make over a room on your own for less than $500.

IMG_1777Here’s an example of a room that was 8×10 and the seller wanted to list it as a bedroom. The trundle day bed was found at a resale store for $150 and pillows and a quilt were purchased for an additional $100, a dining room chair was borrowed to go next to the existing floor lamp and a home goods rug was added for $70. And Voila! A new functional guest space that looks inviting to any buyer.

staging 1Here’s one more example of easy, inexpensive staging you can do on your own. The before has clutter, distraction, and bulky furniture. The artisan desk, chair, rug, and few pictures, strip this room down to the main function or purpose that is intended and makes the room look larger and more inviting.

With a little time and a little money any space can look staged to sell!