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7 Easy Ways to Dress up an Entryway

The entryway or foyer of your home conveys an important first impression to your guests. For homeowners bent on making it a great first impression, designers at ElleDecor.com suggest seven easy ways to make an entryway look larger, brighter, and more welcoming: Use the power of mirrors — A well placed mirror can instantly open up a space and add a luxurious feel.... (more)

Striving to Host an Environmentally Friendly Summer Celebration?

  Handy tips for environmentally friendly summer celebrations:  • If you use disposable plates or napkins, look for those made from recycled content. Avoid polystyrene foam products. “Compostable” utensils and plates are only “greener” if you have made arrangements for composting them. • For light snacks, try to serve “finger... (more)

Top 10 Ways to Prep for a Remodel

Proper planning is essential before beginning a remodel, and may be the most critical step in the process, says the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). To prepare for the project, NARI shares the top 10 steps you should take before breaking ground on your next remodel. 1. Research your project. Taking time to research projects will provide... (more)

Selling Your Home in Summer: Top Tips for Seasonal Sales

By John Voket With Summer upon us, I tapped a couple of experts for tips to help home sellers present their homes with maximum effectiveness this season. Here are some seasonal selling tips for summer from frontdoor.com:  • Highlight outdoor areas. Clean the deck, porch, patio or outdoor kitchen, and repaint or make repairs if necessary. • No deck? Arrange chairs... (more)

7 Ways to Wow Buyers with Outdoor Staging

As one of the busier times of year for real estate activity, summertime is ideal for sellers hoping to unload their homes for top dollar. If your home is on the market this summer, stand out from the pack with these outdoor staging tips, courtesy of the experts at Point2.com. 1. Invite Buyers In It’s no secret curb appeal matters to buyers, but too often, minor... (more)

Replacing the Roof? Add This Energy-Efficient Feature

Did you know a roof replacement can return nearly three-quarters of its cost when the home is sold? Homeowners can reap even more benefits by completing other roof work simultaneously, say the experts at VeluxUSA.com. If you’re planning to reroof your home, consider installing new — or replacing existing — skylights. This energy-efficient measure can not... (more)

Small Space, Big Impression: Using Space Wisely Key to Making Rooms Appear Larger

The latest report from the National Association of REALTORS® shows that members of the millennial generation are buying smaller homes than their parents did. In fact, for homebuyers 33 and under, 48 percent of all buyers purchased a home with 2,000 square feet or less last year. And for all buyers, the median home size was 1,900 square feet. While some buyers... (more)

Colors Jump from Fashion Runways to Your Hallways, Furniture

It’s lights, camera and time for action when it comes to freshening up your interior spaces this spring and summer. I was intrigued by a recent blog from Koket founder Janet Morais (bykoket.com) who among many creative projects—recently provided exquisite interior design ideas for the film, “Fifty Shades of Gray.” Morais conveyed how a lot of... (more)

Hot Trends in Outdoor Spaces and Which Ones to Retire

Want to punch up your patio this year? Set your sights higher with a vertical garden, light the night with a hurricane candle, add a splash of lime on seat cushions or table linens, and you’ll be right on trend with the most popular outdoor picks named by a recent Zillow Digs Home Trend Forecast. Here’s how to incorporate them: Vertical Gardens – Vertical or... (more)

Should You Replace Your Roof? 5 Signs

Most homeowners don’t think about their roofs until leaky ceilings and puddles form inside their home. Why think about your roof if there isn’t a problem? According to Metal Roofing Alliance Executive Director Bill Hippard, “Roofers are most in demand following severe weather such as heavy rain or high winds. If you put off doing repairs or... (more)

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