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Simple Sprucing Tips For Your Home

11/9/2018

You don't need thousands of dollars to fully refurbish your home to make it feel like new again. Instead, you can DIY a lot of features in your house to help spruce it up for the upcoming season. Whether you plan to sell your home, have guests over, or are just tired of how drab it's been feeling lately, here are a few tips and tricks you can use to refresh your space:

CLEAN + DECLUTTER
Throw out all of the junk taking up space! You'd be surprised by how much more you'll fall back in love with your home when you take out the collection of accumulated stuff that has piled up over the years and finally get to see your home's features for what they are. Store what you don't need/use in either the attic, basement, or in a storage unit. After you've decluttered, be sure to finish it off by cleaning your home. Clean windows, walls, and the floors for the best results. 

BRING IN NATURAL LIGHT
Do you have heavy curtains covering your windows? Bring them down! Not only will this make your space feel bigger by removing stuff off the walls, it'll also feel alive again with all of the natural light that pours in. 

ADD FRESH PAINT
Nothing refreshes a home like a new coat of paint. If you have dark dull colors, opt for lighter tones. Covering up stains on the walls, or drab old paint, can help your house feel brand new all over again. 

ADD TILE
Consider adding a tile backsplash in your kitchen or bathroom. You don't have to spend a lot of money to get beautiful results. Be sure you get tiles that compliment the colors in the space, so it doesn't clash and look unappealing.

ADD COLOR
Although neutral colors are always recommended as the base of any home decor, don't be afraid to compliment your neutrals with a pop of color. You can add it throughout the home by using flowers, pillows, decor, or even light curtains that are staged on the sides of your windows. 

CHANGE OUT FIXTURES + HARDWARE
You'd be surprised by how much more a kitchen can look different just by replacing the hardware on the cabinets. A bathroom or living room can come alive again by installing a brand new light fixture. If you moved into a place that still has the same stock hardware or fixtures, replace them and add a little creativity with the new pieces you have installed. 

REARRANGE FURNITURE
Head to Pinterest and get inspired for new living room, bedroom, or dining room arrangements. Most homeowners decorate "incorrectly" when it comes to standard staging rules. View a variety of furniture set-ups on social media and let it motivate you to rearrange your space. You don't have to buy a bunch of new furniture to make a drastic change.

How to Achieve Feng Shui in your Home

2/7/2018

If you take the time to dig into the philosophy around feng shui, you'll understand that it doesn't come off as esoteric as one my think. It's based around the simple practices to make a home feel healthier and a lot more organized. It also helps you to connect to your home, in a way that can affect your mood and well being. Feng shui is as common as "spring-cleaning," or decorating to make a home feel much more comfortable.

This ancient Chinese tradition can be incorporated into your own home. It can be done in a modern holistic approach, while still honoring the age-old traditions that come with feng shui. It's not about transforming the structure of your home, but instead making it to evolve into a space that refreshes your home - and in turn your health. The following feng shui tips will do a little more than just bring some harmony into your home, they can potentially increase the value of your home's selling price.

Let's get into to the best feng shui decorating tips for your house below!

1. Slow Down Your Home's Energy Flow:

The the back door and the front door have a direct line of sight, that means the energy in the home, or the chi, will flow through the home too fast. Instead of it going straight out of the back door, you want it to undulate throughout the whole home in a graceful and even manner. The best way to slow down this flow is to place a patteren rug on the floor in front of the front door, add artwork on the walls, or add a round entry table to the foyer space. 

2. De-Clutter Your House:

Decluttering your home may seem like an obvious enough solution,  we can all be guilty of letting our content accumulate in our home, that may not have a specific function. Clutter is more than just unappealing visually, it's an anchor for the energy in a home. An excessive amount of clutter can stop you from having clarity of thought, and even weigh you down emotionally. Feng shui isn't focused on having a perfectly styled home, but instead, provide a happier and healthier environment. Be sure to have the correction organization throughout your home. From paying bills, to recycling content, and even something as simple as a designated spot for your keys. It'll help you feel less frazzled and feel more efficient in your day to day routine.

3. Front Door Path Must Be Kept Clear:

The front door in a home is an important factor to feng shui. It's the main portal through which the energy from outside will enter into your home. You want to make sure the energy flows uninterrupted through the front door, without "metaphorically" running into a wall. Keep your front door area free of clutter and consider installing a mirror near the front door. This can hold the meaning that you are expanding the energy in the space, which in turn expands the opportunities within your life - and prevents you from feeling limited.

4. Balancing The Five Elements

Whether present physically, or symbolically, the five elements you can find in a home are earth, fire, wood, metal, and water. The fire element can be brought into a home with warmer tones, or physically through a fireplace and burning candle. You want to ensure there is a balance between all of the elements. People can easily be drawn to an element that can cause an imbalance in their life. For example, if a person were to find themselves rather aggressive, they'd want to avoid a large amount of fire elements - such as a bright red wall. If a person is lacking motivation in their life, it'd best suit them to add more fire elements. Look at the elements within your home in a symbolic manner, and see what you need to change to create a more balanced emotional life. 

5. Remove Any Negative Symbolism:

From books to traffic signs, symbolism bombards us daily. In every day life, we are guided by the symbolism that surrounds us, which is enhanced even more so within our homes. An intimate environment represents an individual's fears and challenges. If you have trouble finding clarity, see if you have a lot of stuff cluttered in your home. If you have low self esteem, check to see if mirrors are hung too high, which equates to you never measuring up. If you find yourself unable to get out of the single life, do you surround yourself with single decor? I.e. single vases, single chairs, single person in pictures/art. Figure out the challenges you face on a daily basis in your life and look at the symbols the content in your home hold, to understand what changes need to be made.  

6. Maximize The Natural Light: 

Natural light can make a person much happier and more positive. You want to enhance as much natural light in a home as possible, which can be done by placing mirrors directly across from windows to help reflect the light throughout your space. 

Appraisals Part 1

12/29/2015

Who Appraises the Appraiser?

Did you ever wonder why an appraiser can walk into a house that has been priced at the Fair Market Value and give it a valuation much lower?  There can be many reasons for this, one of the main ones being that no two houses are alike. More specifically, the appraisal is an estimate of the value that the property could or should fetch on the open market  It is kind of like snowflakes even if two fall in the same area at the same time it doesn't mean they themselves are the same, just certain aspects of them are alike.  So even though an appraiser takes certain standard items, like neighborhood, size, rooms etc... into account it is the little items and the way they are seen that can affect final price.  

Appraisers differ in determining the relative value they place on certain features. Trying to compare the "curb appeal" of two houses may be like trying to decide whether St. Patrick's Cathedral  or the White House is a more aesthetically pleasing building; it is more a matter of opinion than of fact. They are also held to certain a standard by the company they work for.  This especially holds true with bank appraisers, whose guidelines on valuation is usually much stricter than an independent appraisers would be.  It is for this reason it is important for your Realtor to price your house correctly or you could lose a potential buyer and have an appraisal you don't agree with attached to your home for the next 120 days.

Come back next week and I will tell you how you can respond to an appraisal you are not satisfied with...

Should you buy a home during the Holidays

11/28/2015

Even though it may not seem like it buying a home during the holidays can be a good idea.  

For one thing there are typically not as many  buyers looking, so if you see a home you like you will have less competition which will give you better leverage while negotiating.

Many sellers are anxious to sell during the holidays because they would like to get their home sold before the end of the year in order to claim tax breaks.  This makes sellers much more open to price reductions, which of course works to your advantage

Closing time frames can be much quicker since all parties involved want to get the sale completed by the end of the year. 

Interest rates are generally lower this time of year, due to the slow market and competitors fighting for your business.

so however you look at it the Holidays can be a great time to look for a house and if your lucky enough to find your dream home it will be just one more thing to knock off your christmas list.

Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Good To Know Campaign

4/13/2015

In case you haven't noticed Berkshire Hathaway Home Services has started a new campaign for 2015 and I think it's brilliant.  They have launched a commercial called "Calls" that appears on The Food Network Channel, ESPN, Home and Garden TV (HGTV), CNN and FOX along with many local stations.  Click below to watch:

Calls

What I think sets this commercial aside from other Real Estate Commercials is the way it shows the end result of the sales transaction.  Reinforcing that when you work with myself or another BHHS Agent we bring a happy end result to you in a professional and quick manner.  The commercial also shows how much we understand about the diversity of all of our clients, respecting any and all of our clients life choices enabling us to find the perfect home for any lifestyle. 

They are also advertising in National Newspapers including the Wall Street Journal, on Social Media including digital advertising and by sponsoring the Show Fixer Upper on HGTV.  

It looks like we are off to a good start this year and all this advertising really helps you as my client know that we are working constantly to succeed for you.  I think this is a great campaign and I hope you do too.  Watch for it on TV and let me know what you think

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