The Musts & Lusts of Home

It’s a real virtue to know the difference between ‘must’ and ‘lust.’ Just because you walk into an open house and feel like Cinderella at the ball, doesn’t mean all that you are lusting over is a ‘must.’ If you’re anything like most new homeowners, you’ve already budgeted for spending a pretty penny on your new investment, so it’s key to know what, in this new investment, you really need it to have. Many of these tips are important to consider in the home search process and can help you prioritize and weed out necessities vs. desires in both a home and in what you may need to fill it after you move in. Get your lusts and musts straight before diving into the search process to avoid getting overwhelmed and distracted when finding the home of your dreams.

Your Renovation on Your Budget

There are lots of reasons why homeowners choose to renovate or remodel parts or all of their home. Whether you’re looking for a return on your investment, a change in scenery, or an upgrade to certain functions in your home, a home renovation can be a rewarding, but sometimes costly event. But hey, there’s good news! Most renovations don’t require a huge budget or even a lengthy time frame to complete! Renovations ranging from the kitchen, to the bathroom, and even to the exterior, can be successfully completed on a budget. Here’s how.

Do you have an inspiring budget-friendly home renovation story to share? Let us know!


The Cause of Clutter

New Year’s resolutions are often about improving the quality of one’s life – whether on a larger scale or on a daily basis. If you’re a homeowner, you know the responsibility and task of maintaining your home. If, like me, your New Year’s resolution is to keep your home more organized and get rid of unnecessary clutter, the first step is to determine what exactly is causing the clutter in your home. Decluttering is important for every homeowner, but if you plan on moving and selling your home this year, it’s even more critical to ensure the absence of clutter. Reducing clutter not only provides more square footage in a room, but helps show off the home’s positive features, while allowing buyers to visualize living in the space. It starts with finding a home for everything, learning to let go, and scheduling a time to actually get it all done. But reducing the amount of clutter in our home this year, is totally doable and will make your daily life that much more manageable – giving you time to do fun things with your year!

Hide and Seek

I don’t know about you but it seems like I am often trying to find clever ways to hide the unsightly in my home. And I don’t mean the occasional piles of laundry in the bedrooms or laundry room, the layer of dust that often coats my coffee table, or the artistic spiderwebs decorating the corners of the ceiling. I am talking about the unsightly that we don’t have much control over – those light switches, electrical outlets, and toilet roll holders that are placed where they are often times due to building codes or spacial limitations. Luckily, there are ways you can hide these eyesores that not only increase aesthetic value but make both logical and functional sense. These hacks will leave you with plenty of time to focus on, say, dusting the console table or that load of whites that’s been there since last Friday…

A Walk in the Park

A property’s “Walkability” rating has become quite a talking point. For many home shoppers, whether or not a home is in a walkable area is a new important factor when checking off the pros and cons of a listing. Walkability is essentially a measure of how friendly a property or an area is to walking. Factors include location, the presence or absence of quality sidewalks, proximity to local stores, cafés, and restaurants, and the safety of the neighborhood. Not only is walkability generally considered a positive due to notion of an area’s vitality but also due to the major health benefits that come from an active lifestyle. How important is walkability to you?

Stay Fresh in the Kitchen

It’s only human to get tired of things, activities, environmental surroundings, people…(half-kidding) but when it comes to your home, it’s important to note what you can do and change for a reasonable cost and effort versus what is better left alone. Keeping this in mind before purchasing or building a home is the best strategy, but often, our tastes change so frequently or with every season, that even the smallest changes to spaces we see every day in our home, like our kitchen, can make a huge difference. A little pop of color, a change to the backsplash, or changes in lighting can make just the impact you’re craving without causing a huge mess, costing a fortune, or giving you a headache.




Fall Into Home Decor

Fall is a busy season. Back-to-School, holiday after holiday, and for those of us in the real estate business, the market doesn’t necessarily cool down either. So, when it comes to the transition of my own home from a breezy Summer ‘hotel’ to a cozy Fall residence, I could use a little help. This guide makes decorating your home for Fall a cake walk. Start with color and let your imagination run wild. Take ideas for tabletop decorating and incorporate them into the entry or around the fireplace. All of us are suckers for a cozy Fall home that looks staged yet totally lived-in. This guide is a good start to getting you on your booted feet just in time for the season!

And if you’re into this sort of thing – and want to do it right, here’s a great guide on Halloween decor!

What’s Your Lucky Number?

Okay, while there are a multitude of reasons for whether or not a home might be for you, the science behind the numbers is something we’ve never fully considered. A home’s address, listing price, number of bedrooms, or floor level, may often have a considerable impact on a potential buyers’ decision to purchase. The role of numerology in our decision-making can have a dramatic impact on home buyers’ and sellers’ actions. The number 8 is considered lucky in Chinese culture and many Chinese buyers will snatch up properties where the number 8 is prevalent. In Jewish culture, the number 18 holds the same weight, while in America, the number 13 is considered unlucky and often seen as an omen of bad luck to come. Whether or not numerology is your thing, it’s important to consider the weight of numbers on your home’s listing price, a home’s address, and numbers associated with a potential buy. Has numerology ever played a role in your real estate decision-making?


The One-Year Countdown

Timelines can be helpful, worrisome, or tedious…or perhaps all of the above! When it comes to buying a home, it’s helpful to have a timeline on which you can base your progress on. If you’re a first-time homebuyer, this year-out timeline may be even more helpful, giving you suggestions on down payment plans, budgeting, creating a priority list in a potential home, and researching Realtors and Loan Officers to help you get the job done efficiently and properly. Thinking ahead can ensure that you don’t miss anything along the way like effectively researching neighborhoods and budgeting for new miscellaneous home expenses. Being prepared in an organized and stress-free manner by using a timeline can make the homebuying and homesearching process much more fun and ultimately, successful.

The Great Outdoors

Remodeling is quite the buzz these days. Everyone seems to be giving their home a little facelift, whether it’s in the kitchen, the guest bath, or in the Master bedroom. While staying on top of home maintenance and preserving your home’s value with indoor remodeling updates is certainly a worthwhile investment, it’s important to consider the updates you can do on the exterior of your home, too. According to the 2016 Remodeling Impact Report, outdoor remodeling projects not only offer some of the highest returns at resale, but they can also increase the happiness of home owners who are staying put in their homes. Projects like upgrading your landscape, adding an outdoor fireplace, or replacing or re-staining your wood deck can all add value while keeping you, as the homeowner, happy on a daily basis.