By Shannon Biszantz on June 25, 2015
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Ways to Increase the Value of Your Home
Simple ways to Increase your Home Value.
List of things that you can do to Increase your Home‘s Value.
At some point in our lives we sell our home and move to a bigger house or our job requires us to move in a different state. Whatever the reason may be, there is always one thing that concerns us and that is “How much is my home’s worth?” The big question that we always have before we decide selling our home. When we sell our home, we always want a little profit from what we originally purchased our home.
So what exactly can we do to maximize or increase the value of our home? Here are some simple ways that you can do to increase the value of your home.
You’ve guessed it right! Painting your exterior and interior walls will boost the value of you home! Plan ahead. Choose the color scheme that can catch attention, the good kind of attention. Choosing the right color for your house can absolutely and dramatically increase your home’s value. Pick the colors on a cloudy day or in an open shade. Click here for more tips on choosing the right color for your exterior. I know that you are worried about the cost, so it’s better if you plan ahead. Click here for an estimate cost for painting your home. Painting the interior you can do it yourself or hire a professional. Always plan ahead so you can do some budgeting.
Repainting your kitchen walls, cabinets and counters with a new fresh and modern scheme will give your kitchen a boost! Also, your appliances should match each other. If you are aiming for a stainless steel door, your oven, dishwasher should match. You can order a new door for your appliances, call the manufacturer or check online if they have a door replacement for your appliances. I think this one of the cheapest and most effective way to give your kitchen a fresh look. Click here for more tips on Updating your kitchen.
A fresh paint will do the trick! Choose the color that is fresh or something now will help to increase the value of your home. Also, don’t forget to change the toilet seat cover and redoing your bathroom grout. Small details count. Fixing or replacing what is broken will ump up the value of your home! Click here for more tips on Updating your bathroom.
No body wants to live in a wasteland, that is if your landscaping is that bad. Landscaping your property can be a bit costly specially if you will be hiring a professional to do it for you. However, a property that is professionally done and with a gorgeous landscape can boost your home or your property value up to 28% and this is according to economist John Harris. A Portland, Ore., study found that trees with a sizable canopy growing within 100 feet of other houses added about $9,000 to their sale price and shaved two days off its time on the market, according to Houselogic.com. You can also visit their website for more information.
We all want to sell our home for a top dollar. However, we need to do our part to fix or replace whatever is broken in our home and throw whatever is not needed to create more space in our home. You can also request for a free Home valuation, click here.
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By Shannon Biszantz on June 18, 2015
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Ways to Conserve Water
Tips on Conserving Water
Changes that we need to save water.
As the summer season can get really warm and hot, and drought is a currently one of the problems that we are constantly dealing with. We need to constantly remind ourselves to conserve water. What exactly is water conservation? Water conservation is an effort to manage fresh water as a sustainable resource, to protect the water environment, to meet current and future demand. Conserving water can help you save money for your monthly utility bills and prevent water pollution in nearby watersheds. Water Conservation is an effort to conserve energy and habitat.
Here are some simple ways to conserve water.
Fixing leaky faucets and pipes can save you 20 gallons of water! Yes! 20 gallons of water because of leaks. Imagine where you can actually use that water and how much you can actually save by fixing that leaky faucet and pipes. You can also opt for a one time conservation effort by changing your pipes to a Low – flow Pipes, and save money in the long run.
According to EPA toilets are by far the main source of water use in the home, accounting for nearly 30 percent of residential indoor water consumption. Toilets also happen to be a major source of wasted water due to leaks and inefficiency. To check for leaks you can put a little dye in the flush tank in if in 15 – 30 minutes the dye appears in the toilet bowl, have it fixed right away. Changing to a Low – Flush toilet can help you save money in the long run as well. If you are building a new home or doing some upgrade, you may want to consider installing a low flush toilet.
Whenever we brush our teeth instead of leaving the faucet open, fill the glass with water for rinsing. This is one of the behaviors that needs to be corrected and once corrected, can save us money in the utility bills. Also, you can change your faucet or just the aerator of your faucet and your sink and still get the same performance. Click here for WaterSense faucets and sink.
4. Shower Heads and Bathtub.
For a 10 minutes shower we approximately use 50 gallons of water and that depends on the pressure and type of shower head we are using. One way to conserve water is by changing our shower heads to a low – flow shower head. There are lots of inexpensive low flow shower head available in the market. I love taking a long shower too, and I believe this will help us conserve water without compromising our long bath. Fill the tub 1/4, instead filling it halfway.
5. The Yard.
Landscaping, the grass, flowers, and the trees! I know that it’s hard to conserve water specially you have a huge yard. There are still ways to conserve water and still maintain your gorgeous yard! It is best to water the lawn between 5-9:00 am. Watering your lawn on a hot and windy part of the day using sprinklers, will only evaporate some of the water before it hits the ground. Also, it is best to have a rain barrel to catch the water that can be used to water your lawn.
Changing the plumbing and fixtures won’t be enough to conserve water. We also need to modify our behaviors and how we use water. Always remember that every drop counts!
Update your Kitchen for a Lesser Cost.
Keep your Kitchen up to date, without breaking your savings.
There’s a saying that the kitchen is the heart of our home. One of the places where we all gather and have a good conversation. For some, the kitchen is where they spent most of their days preparing a good hearty meal, preparing a quick snack, getting a cup of coffee, and baking pastries. Our Kitchen is not just for our families! Our Kitchen is always open to our friends! To keep it simple, the kitchen is the “place to be” in our home. This gives you more reason to update your kitchen. Make it more comfortable and up to date. Make your kitchen more cozy and welcoming! For the husbands make your wife happy and update her kitchen!
Updating your kitchen doesn’t have to cost you your life savings. A simple Kitchen make over will absolutely make a difference.
1. Paint your Walls, Cabinets and your Ceiling.
Give your kitchen a fresh color make over. Somehow, I really like this black paint color. It gives the kitchen a sophisticated look. Feel free to choose the color that you want or new color scheme that you want for your kitchen. You can do some traditional colors or you can choose a more “now’ color for your kitchen. Click here for a DIY for painting kitchen cabinets. Always, check for some designs online before deciding on the color for the walls and cabinets.
2. Stylish Cabinets.
Give your cabinets a much needed personality. I know you want those shiny handles! So, remove those out dated handles, throw away those broken handles and replace your broken hinges. Choose a stylish handle that can compliment well in your newly painted walls. You can still choose a more modern or classic style. As long as in will compliment your kitchen cabinet and walls.
3. Add a Back splash.
Kitchen back splash is like a thing now. It gives that added texture to your plain wall. It doesn’t really have to be the whole wall. You can choose a portion of your kitchen wall that you want to add the back splash. Also, you can be creative with your back splash! But don’t forget, it should always complement the theme that you are aiming for!
Update your counter top that matches your wall or you can match your wall to your countertop. You can choose a modern style for your kitchen countertop, but it can be a bit pricey. Also, natural stones makes a great countertop like granite, slate and soapstone are the most common.
5. Brighten up.
Make your kitchen brighter! It sets an ambiance and mood in your kitchen. the number of fixture depends on the size of your kitchen. A bright kitchen is a happy kitchen. You can also change it to a light fixture that can be dimmed, just in case you want to set the mood for a dinner date.
Low Cost Living Room Make Over
Living room make over without spending too much.
Keep your Living room up to date, fresh and ready to welcome guests!
Keeping your living room up to date can cost you a lot. If we will follow the living room trends that we keep on seeing in the magazines right now, definitely our savings account will go sour. If you know what I mean! A makeover doesn’t have to cost as much… All we need is our creativity, time, effort and help to complete our living room make over! Now,take your time and look at your living room, what changes would you like to make? Is it always cluttered? Is everything in your living room out of date? Or may be walls needs some fixing or in need of new paint? I know! There’s a lot of things that you would like to change in your living room.
Creativity is the key to keep your living room up to date. Let’s have a look at some ways as to how we can keep our living room up to date!
1. Fix the Broken wall.
No body wants to go home and always see the cracks or the broken wall in your living room. A broken wall is an eye sore, and a downer. Also, if we want our living room updated… A broken wall doesn’t count. We don’t really have to change the whole wall and it doesn’t cost much to have the walls in the living room repaired. You can do it your self or by your husband. Click here for steps on fixing a dry wall.
2. Repaint your Living room.
Updating the paint in your wall can give you that fresh and updated look for your living room. You just have to be creative. Check other websites for the new color trend for a living room. But, of course, choose the color that you really like for your living room. We don’t really have to follow the trend. We need the color that your stuff can blend well and what you really like. Click here for a DIY wall painting tutorial.
3. Rearrange Your Furniture.
If you have a fireplace, make it the focal point of your living room. Don’t be scared to move your furniture around! Picture your living room from one stand point. Does it look good or not? If it doesn’t move it again! It’s tiring but rewarding! Also, it’s a good workout! If you have run out of ideas or before you even start… check some websites with cool living room ideas.
4. Declutter and Organize.
I always say this… Less is More! Less stuff gives you more space. If you don’t need it, throw or donate it. I know it’s hard to throw things away. However… Clutter free environment gives you that whole new good vibe of your living room! It makes you feel refreshed and happy! But if you cannot part with your stuff, please… organize it. There some shelves that you can assemble to keep your things organized.
Add some color! Complete the look of your living room. Buy new pillows that can compliment your newly painted walls! Add some art. You can just buy a frame and have your kids do the art work. Get a vase that you are no longer using and clean it. Don’t forget to add an indoor plant. Remember! Keep it simple.
Simple Ways to Update Your Bathroom for Less!
Ways to update your bathroom for a Lesser Cost.
Simple ways to keep our bathroom up to date.
Someone told me that bathrooms can reflect a persons personality. I always see to it that my bathroom is clean, organized and up to date. Bathrooms are tricky… I know it’s hard to maintain. Since, we always use our bathroom and sometimes our guests as well… Here some simple ways to keep your bathroom up to date for a lesser cost.
1. Paint the walls.
Update the color to something light, modern or classic. Keep it simple. A newly painted walls adds to that clean vibe and gives your bathroom a fresh look!
2. Update your Mirror.
Updating your mirror adds to the feel good vibe and cleanliness of your bathroom. You can be creative or just choose the mirror that you look best! This is an easy fix to your bathroom. You can play with the design of your mirror.
3. Redo your Grout.
Overtime, your grout fades, chipped off, and looses the appeal of your bathroom. Redoing the grout gives that fresh and clean vibe. Saves you money from renovating your bathroom. The fun part is you can do it your self or hire a professional to do it for you. Click here for instructions using a Grout Pen.
4. Change the lights.
Assess your bathroom first. IF you think it needs more light, just simply add more light fixtures. You can also update. Updating your light fixture can absolutely change ambiance of your bathroom and to give it a modern feel.
5. Change the Toilet Seat.
Change the old, in with new… Especially if it got cracks or the color has faded. If you are updating your bathroom, include the toilet seat… Change it to something comfortable and preferably the same color of your Toilet bowl.
6. Change the Plumbing Fixture.
You don’t really have to change it if it’s not broken. You can just polish it with some over the counter metal polisher. If it’s broken and needed to be changed then go ahead. You can opt for something modern and elegant or classic.
7. Wall Designs.
If you find your wall boring or you wanted something new to complete the updated look of your bathroom… Check some do it yourself designs. that you can hang on your wall. If you have a bigger budget you can do a one tiled wall.
8. Add a Plant.
Plants can filter air, produce oxygen, relaxes the eyes and it adds to that relaxing, fresh, clean vibe. You can choose from Aloe Vera, Bamboo, Boston Fern, etc… Click here for more information.