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8 Easy Changes to Make Before Selling Your Home

8 Easy Changes to Make Before Selling Your Home

If you’re selling your home, you’ll want to do everything you can to make sure that you get the best possible selling price on the house. Fortunately, there are some easy renovations and improvements you can do before you list your home for sale that can boost your home’s value in the eyes of potential buyers.

Many of these renovations are cosmetic and simply make your home look better to buyers. You’ll want to make sure that you’re putting yourself in the shoes of buyers and think about what you’d like to see if you were considering buying.

Paint or Replace Your Front Door

Yellow front door

Because your front door is one of the first things a potential buyer sees, it’s an essential part of their first impression. Replacing your front door with a brand new one can help. If replacing the door isn’t an option, a fresh coat of paint can make it seem like new.

Get Rid of Clutter

Many people end up with clutter in their homes. While this can be part of what makes it feel lived in, it’s also not something that potential buyers want to see. In fact, clutter can detract from the features of the home that you really want to sell potential buyers on. If you can, pack up what you can live without and store it elsewhere.

Keep Closets Neat

Cleaned up closet

While it may be tempting to store your clutter in closets, potential buyers do look there. They want to see how much storage space they would get if they bought your house and too much clutter in the closets make them look smaller than they actually are. To optimize your closets, remove everything from the closet. Look for opportunities to add closet systems, such as shelves and bars for hanging. Then, replace only what you need to for your closet to look organized. Anything more than that will just look cluttered. Anything that doesn’t fit back into the closet should be stored elsewhere.

Paint the Walls a Neutral Color

Painting wall neutral color

A fresh coat of paint can do wonders to spruce up your home. If you have walls that are brightly colored, it may be a good idea to replace the color with a more neutral tone. The idea is to allow potential buyers to see themselves living in your home. Neutrals are better than bold colors for that because they go with just about everything, including a potential buyer’s furniture and decor. That neutral tone doesn’t have to be white, however. The following neutral colors are popular options:

  • Light blue
  • Beige
  • White
  • Gray
  • Charcoal

Spruce up Your Windows

Freshen up your windows by replacing the blinds. This is especially important if you have young children or pets that have broken any of the slats on your existing blinds. If the curtains are old and outdated, you can simply remove them so long as the blinds look good.

Show Off Hardwood Flooring

While worn-out carpeting can be a turnoff to potential buyers, hardwood floors have the exact opposite effect. If there are hardwood floors under your carpet, you can increase your home’s appeal by ripping up the carpet to show off those nice hardwood floors.

Remodel Your Kitchen and Bathrooms

backsplash on kitchen wall

The rooms that potential buyers pay the most attention to are the kitchen and bathrooms. Even if you don’t have the budget to completely renovate these rooms, there are small things you can do to make these rooms look better to potential buyers. New wallpaper in the bathroom or a new backsplash in the kitchen, for example, can go a long way. Whatever you’re able to do to spruce up these rooms can only help make your home more appealing to buyers.

Improve Energy-Efficiency

Energy efficiency is becoming increasingly important to homeowners. Anything that you can do to make your home more energy-efficient can only help you sell your home. This can include improving insulation or updating appliances in the kitchen.

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Finding the Right Flooring for Your Hobby Room

Finding the Right Flooring for Your Hobby Room

For those who are dedicated to one or more hobbies, it’s essential to have a space in the house where you can go to focus, be inspired, and get creative. From oil painting to ballet to playing the drums, your space should be built to facilitate and nurture your craft while keeping you safe and making sure you’re creating the best version of what you came to do. Take a look at some flooring considerations for different types of hobby rooms.

Art Room Flooring

If you’re the artistic type, you’re probably well aware of the headache that can come from having carpet in a room where lots of water, liquids, and other messy substances are involved. Generally speaking, artists will have an easier time with harder surfaces that aren’t susceptible to being damaged by art supplies.

For example, hardwood is easy to clean, but may warp if it’s exposed to spills. Laminate can be a great option, as it’s cost-effective, durable, and easy to install. Tile is also a good option. However, keep in mind that tile can become more slippery when wet, which can present some hidden dangers in a messy space.

Music Room Flooring

One of the top considerations for a music room is how the design, structure, and surfaces of the room transmit sound. Musicians who use their space as a recording studio will typically want to stay away from surfaces that are too hard. These surfaces typically cause excess reverberation, allowing echoes of sound to carry farther and louder than desired.

Many musicians consider carpet to be the best option, as it absorbs excess sound and enhances acoustics. For those who want a firmer surface, cork is also a good option. It’s best to stay away from wood and other harder surfaces; however, strategic lying of rugs and carpet sections can help absorb sound in problem areas.

Dance Room Flooring

If you’re a dancer, you’ll need a type of flooring that’s smooth enough to allow a free flow of movement while being gentle enough to absorb some of the impact of your movement. Sprung floors are common in professional dance studios, which use hardwood or plywood with rubber or foam underneath to provide a “spring” mechanism for shock absorption. However, this can be pricey for a home dance room.

Many home dance studios use vinyl or laminate flooring, often laid on insulation. These options can be much more cost effective for the initial investment, and prove acceptable when it comes to being easy on the feet and knees while still being durable enough to stand the wear and tear.

If you’re ready to install flooring in your new hobby room, call us today at (407) 262-7979.

5 Ways New Flooring Can Improve Your Life

5 Ways New Flooring Can Improve Your Life

When you go to pick out new flooring and start visualizing how your home will look when you put new flooring down, you may not realize what a big impact it will have on your daily life. By taking the time to select the perfect flooring for your space, you may find that your life improves in several subtle and not-so-subtle ways. When considering the different flooring options, think about whether the flooring helps accomplish the following.

1. Makes Rooms More User Friendly

By putting tile or vinyl in rooms that often get wet or messy, you may make the room more user-friendly by reducing the amount of time it takes to clean up. You may also make it possible to more thoroughly clean the floor each time, which may increase the shelf life of the flooring. Clean-up is not the only consideration, though. By putting carpet in rooms that are used for relaxing, you may improve the comfort level of the room, which will also improve its user-friendliness.

2. Enhances Your Home Décor

New flooring might match your paint scheme and belongings better than old flooring, since you are able to choose the colors and style. New flooring will look sharp and will likely be replacing flooring that is worn out, so your home will look more polished after the flooring is installed. Your new flooring may be a point of pride in your home.

3. May Improve Your Air Quality

Older flooring often contains materials that have a harmful impact on indoor air quality. Many modern flooring manufacturers now have standards in place regarding the safety of materials. Be sure to select materials that have low levels of chemical off-gassing, especially if you or someone in your family is sensitive to poor air quality. This small change could dramatically improve your comfort and quality of life.

4. Helps You to Relax While at Home

New flooring may change the ambience and feel of a room, making it easier for you to relax while at home. Being able to let go of daily stresses and sleep easily can improve your life and health in many ways. Simply feeling accomplished for taking action to improve your home may also help you to relax whenever you see the new flooring.

5. Could Better Cushion Feet and Legs

Switching to flooring with more give, such as cork, linoleum, or rubber in rooms like the kitchen is better for the feet, ankles, and legs than harder flooring materials. This holds true not just for the kitchen, but for any room where individuals will be standing or performing activities for hours. It is important to consider durability when selecting flooring for these areas as well, however, as these tend to be some of the most traversed areas.  The right selection will improve your daily comfort while lasting you for years.

If you are ready to improve your flooring, give us a call today at (407) 262-7979.

 

Basics for Choosing the Right Kitchen Flooring

Basics for Choosing the Right Kitchen Flooring

When many people think about the most significant, high-traffic areas in their home, the kitchen will often be excluded. But when you think about it, the kitchen is one of the most important areas of our domain! It plays a central role in the home for the whole family, especially if your family is keen to making home-cooked meals and hosting guests.

So if you’re working on designing a new home or looking for a kitchen renovation, don’t take this power-room for granted. Take a look at some considerations for choosing the right kitchen flooring based on style, durability, and the nature of use.

First Considerations

Before you begin to search for the perfect kitchen flooring, you’ll need to take in mind some basic considerations. For many, one of the top considerations will be cost. It’s important to stay within your budget, but to also make sure you’re getting flooring that delivers a high ROI and will last to create a strong bang for your buck.

You’ll also want to consider your lifestyle and the nature of use. Do you have a big family, with kids running and dogs jumping and silverware dropping when the whole family is over for dinner every week? If you have a high-traffic kitchen with a lot of use, you’ll also want to consider durability and ease of cleaning/maintenance.

Top Floors to Balance Style and Budget

We could go on and on about each type of flooring – the pros and cons, their durability, the variety in which they’re offered. Frankly, this would take much more than a blog post! So here’s a very abridged version of some of the most popular types of flooring that offer a great balance of style and cost.

Ceramic Tile

Ceramic tile is one of the best, safest best for suiting most types of style and budget. Ceramic is available in a virtually endless combination of colors, sizes, shapes, and patterns, and it’s durable to boot (pun intended).

Hardwood

Hardwood takes the cake in style – it can make any room look clean, warm, inviting, and sophisticated. If it’s properly cared for and treated, it can also last your family a long time to come. For example, you’ll need to clean spills right away, and regularly refinish to polish away scratches and dents.

Vinyl

Some view vinyl as a bit of a taboo, as it wasn’t quite well known as being the most sophisticated type of flooring. But that’s changed! Vinyl is one of the least expensive flooring types on the market, and can be made to resemble wood, stone, ceramic, and more.

If you’re looking for help with the kitchen you’ve always dreamed of, call us at (407) 262-7979 to get started today!

Tips for Choosing Multiple Flooring Surfaces

They say “bigger is better,” but is that always the case?

Everything is super-sized these days, including the size of materials we choose for our floors.  Consider your choices in hardwood and tile.  It used to be that wood flooring came in strips, anything less than 3 inches in width, and a typical strip was about 2.25 inches.  Today, you can purchase wood in strips, or planks – anything over 3 inches in width.  In fact, planks are now available in widths up to 7 inches.

The size of tile has also increased over the years.  A typical tile size several years ago was 12 inches squared.  However, tiles can be purchased in squares up to 24 inches.

Reviews are mixed as to whether it is best to use a larger size material in a larger room, or if it’s more appropriate for a smaller room.  Some say that big tile and wide wood planks make smaller rooms appear larger, while others say that smaller size of tiles or floorboards require more tiles or boards to be used, which gives the illusion of more space in a tiny room.

We say, the way you install flooring can make a big difference in the apparent size of a room.  Clever installation can trick the eye into seeing more space than exists.  So whether you prefer the look of wider planks and larger tiles or more narrow strips and smaller tiles, follow a couple of basic installation tricks to make your small room appear larger:
 

  • Set tile or floorboards diagonally across a room.  The diagonal is the longest dimension across any floor, so emphasizing it makes a room seem larger.
  • Choose a monochromatic theme.  Blanketing an entire room in a single color (walls, floors, ceiling, furniture) disguises the dimensions of the room, because it becomes difficult to see where the wall ends and the floor begins.
  • Generally, a lighter color is a better choice as it will help reflect light, making your room seem brighter and bigger.
  • Run flooring materials over the baseboard in the room, or use the same material for the floor and the baseboards. For example, if you are using tile, add a row of tile along the wall where it meets the floor. The eye will perceive the baseboard or tile as part of the floor and assume the room is larger than it is.

Using Wide Wood Planks and Large Tiles in a Small Room

They say “bigger is better,” but is that always the case?

Everything is super-sized these days, including the size of materials we choose for our floors.  Consider your choices in hardwood and tile.  It used to be that wood flooring came in strips, anything less than 3 inches in width, and a typical strip was about 2.25 inches.  Today, you can purchase wood in strips, or planks – anything over 3 inches in width.  In fact, planks are now available in widths up to 7 inches.

The size of tile has also increased over the years.  A typical tile size several years ago was 12 inches squared.  However, tiles can be purchased in squares up to 24 inches.

Reviews are mixed as to whether it is best to use a larger size material in a larger room, or if it’s more appropriate for a smaller room.  Some say that big tile and wide wood planks make smaller rooms appear larger, while others say that smaller size of tiles or floorboards require more tiles or boards to be used, which gives the illusion of more space in a tiny room.

We say, the way you install flooring can make a big difference in the apparent size of a room.  Clever installation can trick the eye into seeing more space than exists.  So whether you prefer the look of wider planks and larger tiles or more narrow strips and smaller tiles, follow a couple of basic installation tricks to make your small room appear larger:
 

  • Set tile or floorboards diagonally across a room.  The diagonal is the longest dimension across any floor, so emphasizing it makes a room seem larger.
  • Choose a monochromatic theme.  Blanketing an entire room in a single color (walls, floors, ceiling, furniture) disguises the dimensions of the room, because it becomes difficult to see where the wall ends and the floor begins.
  • Generally, a lighter color is a better choice as it will help reflect light, making your room seem brighter and bigger.
  • Run flooring materials over the baseboard in the room, or use the same material for the floor and the baseboards. For example, if you are using tile, add a row of tile along the wall where it meets the floor. The eye will perceive the baseboard or tile as part of the floor and assume the room is larger than it is.