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The Importance Of Curb Appeal

The Importance Of Curb Appeal

One of the most important aspects of your property is curb appeal. Curb appeal means how your property looks from the street, including the look of the house, front entrance and landscaping. If you are considering selling your home, it’s always a good idea to increase your property’s curb appeal so that it can attract potential homebuyers. Here are some simple ways to improve your home’s curb appeal.

Look Fresh

Make sure the front yard and entrance to your property looks clean, tidy and fresh. Some ways to accomplish this are by fixing any obvious repairs (such as broken steps or fences) and adding fresh paint to your front door, trim or siding. It’s also a good idea to keep your front yard tidy by cutting the grass, trimming any shrubs and putting away any extra toys and equipment.

Clean It Up

The best way to attract potential homebuyers is to make sure your property looks clean. To help increase your home’s curb appeal, this can include cleaning up the front yard, washing the driveway and cleaning out the gutters.

Update Lighting

If you have any outdoor lighting, such as lamps, fairy lights or spotlights, make sure they are in working order by replacing old lightbulbs and cleaning them thoroughly.

Add Thoughtful Touches

To make your property look as welcoming as possible, it’s best to add some stylish touches. This can include a new welcome mat, freshly painted mailbox, and even bright potted plants and flowers.

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How To Organize Your Home Office

How To Organize Your Home Office

A home office can be a great idea for your house, especially if you or your partner work from home. It’s important to keep your office welcoming, organized and clutter-free. Here are some tips to keep your productivity flowing and your home office organized.

Sort Paper

Clear your work space and keep it de-cluttered by sorting through the papers currently on your desk. Separate your papers into three piles: toss, file and to-do. Review the papers in your file pile to see if you can scan and store them digitally. If not, label a file folder and store them physically in an organized manner. For your toss pile, make sure to shred any papers containing sensitive information. For the papers in your to-do pile, make sure they are orderly and within easy reach.

Organize Your Bookshelf

Take inventory of all your books, returning any you borrowed from the library or from friends. Take this chance to decide which books you wish to keep and which ones you can give away or donate. For an attractive design look, try sorting your books by colour.

Create A Colour-Coded Filing System

It’s a good idea to adopt a colour-coded filing system for all the papers you can’t digitize. Some useful filing categories are financial, medical, personal, insurance, pet, auto, home and manuals. On your computer, sort your files using the same categories and colours to keep things simple.

Get Creative

Some home offices have limited space, so it’s important to use every inch. For extra space, look above and behind items. Use wall space to hang calendars, whiteboards and shelves. Hang a rack behind the door for extra filing space.

Try Wireless

Too many cables can become challenging, so try wireless electronics whenever possible. This can include a wireless printer, mouse and keyboard. This means you can also put these electronics anywhere in the room, giving your office more flexibility.

Functional Furniture

Another way to maximize space and efficiency is to have functional furniture. Tables, chairs and filing cabinets with wheels provide lots of flexibility. Try and think about what furniture appeals to you and can keep you organized every day.

Keep It Labelled

Labelling files, boxes and containers is key to office organization. Also remember to keep it specific, as this will make sure you remember the information. For example, when labelling a box, if possible include a name, date and location.

Keep Your Desk De-Cluttered

A cluttered desk can hurt creativity and keep you from finding what you need. Make sure there is space on your desk and everything is put away in a neat fashion, including papers, books and office supplies.

Stay Cozy

Although your home office may be a practical and professional space, it’s important to keep it styled to your tastes. You want to feel comfortable in your office, and making it look its best is a good step. Choose neutral colors that are soothing, such as blue or white, and add decorative items that inspire. This can include framed photos, stylish wicker baskets, or textured pillows and throws.

Set Aside Some Time  

One way to keep your office organized is setting aside ten minutes at the end of each day to straighten things out. Take this time to recycle paper, update your schedule and to-do list and tidy your desk. Keeping this small commitment to yourself is an easy way to maintain an organized home office and set yourself up for success tomorrow.

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How To Decorate Your Outdoor Space For Summer

How To Decorate Your Outdoor Space For Summer

With the season of patio time and outdoor barbeques coming soon, it’s a good idea to refresh your outdoor living space. Whether you have a backyard, garden, patio or porch, here are some ideas of how to decorate and update your outdoor space for summer.

Grow Your Own

No outdoor area is too small to enjoy nature. Whether you are interested in cultivating your own produce or simply growing some beautiful flowers, summer is the perfect time to experiment with gardening. Some good ideas to try could be vegetables like tomatoes or a herb garden with plants you can use for cooking, such as rosemary.

New Greenery

Plants are always a fresh idea for outdoor design. Shrubs, hanging flowerpots and potted plants look great in any outdoor space. Arborvitae and hydrangeas are excellent low maintenance shrubs for suburban yards.

Try Natural Materials

Natural materials like wood, wicker, rattan, teak and terra cotta create more visual interest, as well as adding a more comfortable feel than other materials, such as concrete. For a bold look, try outdoor furniture in these materials painted in bright colours. For example, a wicker chair painted green or a wooden stump painted white that serves as a side table.

Don’t be Afraid To Accessorize

This can include anything you want to use to give your outdoor space some personality and charm. Art, sculptures, rock gardens, birdhouses and even wind chimes can add a whimsical feel to any outdoor space.

Remember Some Shade

With the hot summer sun, remember to have some areas of shade for rest and relaxation. This can include a table umbrella or even a separate covered area.

Outdoor Lighting

Outdoor lighting not only illuminates your outdoor area in the evening, it also adds an attractive element to the style of your property. Some simple lighting ideas can include rustic lamp posts, lanterns, positioned spotlights or fairy lights.

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5 Budget-Friendly Remodeling Ideas

5 Budget-Friendly Remodeling Ideas

Whether you are trying to remodel a new home you just bought or prepare your house for sale, remodelling can be a great plan. Massive remodeling can take a lot of time and money, but there are always smaller steps to take that can also benefit your home. Below are some more budget-friendly remodeling ideas for your home.

The Bathtub

If you have a porcelain bathtub, an alternative to buying a new bathtub is refinishing your current one. This can be a long process, but it’s more cost effective than a brand-new bathtub. The refinishing process involves cleaning and then sanding the bathtub, before putting on new layers of paint and primer. This process will leave your bathtub looking almost new, if you have the right tools and the time to do it.

Wood Flooring

Instead of replacing wood flooring, one option is to simply refinish it. Wood flooring can often get scratched and worn down, especially in kitchens, living rooms and hallways. While replacing parts of the whole wood floor is an option, refinishing the wood is also a good idea. The most common approach to refinishing is to sand down the wood floor and then re-stain it, which requires a lot of effort and time to complete. If you want to have a flooring professional do the work, the price will depend on the square footage.

Paint

Whether you are painting walls, cabinets, doors, window sills, or appliances, a fresh coat of paint in an updated colour can make a huge difference in the appearance of a room. Make sure you carefully paint over, or fill in, any scratches or chips. It is also a smart idea to use good quality paint and primer, so your remodeling will last longer.

Update Lighting

One way to update the appearance of your home is to update your lighting. This could include adding new light fixtures or simply changing them, such as switching hanging lights to recessed lighting. Another way is to replace old light bulbs or add lamps and other lighting décor.

Replace Handles

One easier remodeling option, instead of replacing whole cabinets and drawers, is to replace the handles. If the handles and hinges are worn or squeaking, simply replace them with new, more stylish options.

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How To Brighten Up Your Home

How To Brighten Up Your Home

No one likes to live in a dark home, especially during the colder winter months. By brightening up your home, you make it more inviting and comfortable for your family and any guests who might stop by. Below are some tips on how to brighten up your home.

Try New Paint

New paint can definitely add some brightness and colour to the interior of your home. The best option is to use lighter colours and hues, such as white, yellow or pale blue. White will be the best choice to illuminate your surroundings, but any lighter colour will work.

Add Windows

If it’s in the budget, adding more windows is an excellent way to create more light in your home. This can also work well if you have a lovely view you want to see more of. Another option is adding a skylight, which creates additional brightness for larger rooms.

Hang Up Artwork & Photos

Another way to add brightness to your home is hanging up large-scale artwork and photos on your walls. This is an easy way to add colour to your home, as well as adding personality to every room. An additional tip is having photos framed and matted with white so that they seem even brighter.

Mirror, Mirror

Using a mirror as part of your room décor is both stylish and practical. Mirrors bounce around the light in a room, as well as making the room seem bigger and more open. This also makes it even easier to check your outfit on the way out of the house!

Light Bulbs

Do a regular check to make sure none of your light bulbs have burned out and replace them when necessary. Another way to enhance light is making sure you have light bulbs that give off white light, instead of a slightly darker, yellow light.

Bright & Light Décor

Choose furniture and décor that is light in colour and has clean lines for less shadows. This can include décor such as colourful throw rugs, white curtains, and pale-coloured wood furniture.

Add More Light

If your home still feels dark, try adding more light sources. This can include lamps, recessed lighting, and pendant lights. If you’re looking for a different approach to more lighting, try salt lamps, night lights or even an electric fireplace.

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Spring Into Action: Household Advice

Spring Into Action: Household Advice

Did someone say spring cleaning? This season is often known for its high ambitions of cleaning, decluttering and organizing. Are you preparing to move? Need to get ready for an open house? Have to show your house to potential buyers? Perhaps you’ve just moved into a new home and don’t know where to start? Now is the right time to get your house in order, one step at a time. Below is some advice on spring cleaning for anyone deciding to take the plunge.

Take It Slow

Your house does not need to be perfect immediately. Give yourself enough time before a deadline (such as a moving date) to clean, declutter and pack. Going through the house one room at a time to clean and decide what to keep, donate and throw away is a good strategy.

Get Inspired

Spring cleaning feels much easier if you feel inspired and energized. Try not to burn yourself out all at once, leaving time to take the cleaning and decluttering at a manageable pace. Find some inspiration to keep you going, whether that’s the image of a spotless kitchen or someone you know who will help you reach your cleaning goals. A good inspiration is Marie Kondo, Japanese organizing consultant and author. Check out her book The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up and her new Netflix show, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo.

Remember To Deep Clean

Although it may be easier to just clean the surface of your home, making sure you thoroughly clean is very important. Cleaning every nook and cranny can be a challenge but a beautifully clean home is the perfect reward. Deep cleaning can include washing carpets and upholstery as well as cleaning walls, doors, cabinets, windows, lighting fixtures, fridges and ovens.

Update Your Décor

Sometimes all your home needs is a little update to feel fresh and re-energized. This can include anything from new furniture to little touches like new doorknobs, cabinet handles, lamps, throw rugs or welcome mats.

Finishing Touches

To keep your home from looking tired and worn, sometimes it only takes a little effort. Some tips include paint retouches, fixing broken steps and rails, or even replacing old lightbulbs.

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How To Make The Most Out Of Your Yard This Summer

How To Make The Most Out Of Your Yard This Summer

During the winter, your yard can often get ignored due to the weather. But spring and summer are the perfect times to start on some home improvement and have a yard that’s perfect for fun and relaxation. Below are some ideas of how to make your yard ready for summer.

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8 Ways to Brighten Up Your New Home

8 Ways to Brighten Up Your New Home

Looking to refresh your living space? Update and style your home? Sometimes new décor and style comes with a heavy price tag but not always. With planning, inspiration and a little effort, every home can get a fresh look. Below is a list of ideas on how to update your home’s style, without breaking the bank.

Fresh Paint

A fresh coat of paint can transform a space, for both interior rooms and the exterior of the house. Choose a colour that blends with your furniture and other décor or try white paint for a classic, clean look.

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3 Tips to Help Improve Your Home’s Curb Appeal

3 Tips to Help Improve Your Home’s Curb Appeal

When listing your home, it’s important to show all the best features of the property. One of the main factors that contributes to selling potential is curb appeal. Curb appeal can mean anything from the view of the house from the street to landscaping and overall appearance. Below are 3 tips to help improve any home’s curb appeal for when you’re ready to sell.

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