Assess your skills: Make sure that you carefully consider which projects you are fully capable of completing. For example, unless you have sufficient experience with electrical, plumbing or construction work, you should probably leave those tasks to the professionals.
Establish priorities: Which projects are most important to you? Which projects will be the most costly? Which is more important: timeliness, quality or cost? Before beginning any do-it-yourself project, it is always wise to determine specific goals and priorities so that you are fully prepared when it comes time to begin.
Create a budget: For each project that you want to complete, make certain that you have a firm budget in place. Allowing for unexpected circumstances (such as errors or the need for additional materials) in your budget will keep you from overspending.
One step at a time: When it’s time to begin, remember to pace yourself! Rome wasn’t built in a day, and your new garden terrace will take time as well. Complete one task at a time, and soon you’ll feel the wonderful sense of satisfaction and accomplishment that doing-it-yourself can bring!by homeandstagers.com with no comments yet
Fill a screw hole that has become too big for the screw. Stuff the hole with steel wool and re-insert the screw. Make an instant pincushion. Stuff an old sock with steel wool and tie tightly for a pincushion that will keep pins and needles rust free. Repel kitchen pests, by placing steel wool around the pipes under the sink.
You can use nail polish remover to:
Remove sticker residue from glass objects. Unstick your fingers after a superglue mishap. Remove marker and ink from appliances, glass, and stainless steel.
You can use olive oil to:
Revitalize leather shoes and baseball gloves. Clean greasy hands. Repel moles in the yard. Soak a cloth in olive oil and stuff it into the mole hole. Moles hate olive oil!
You can use cola to:
Remove grease stains from the garage floor. Clear a sluggish drain. Loosen a bolt that is rusted on. Remove stubborn stains from the toilet. Pour in the cola and wait one hour before scrubbing.by homeandstagers.com with 1 comment
Many buyers love to see home offices in the homes they view. This is because over 50% of homeowners have a home office. Many homeowners actually work out of their home so when they are looking for a home to purchase the presence of a quiet and secluded home office or den is always a plus.
If you have to work in your office while selling your house then start by organizing your desk and boxing up files you will not be using in the next 4 months. This will help clear your drawers and use them for the files and accessories you would normally keep handy on your desk.
Clearing off your desk of everything but your computer monitor and lamp is a great way to look organized and spacious.
A great deal of attention is placed on the interior of a home when it comes to home staging. But think of the first thing a buyer will see as they drive up your street searching for your address. Will what they see get them excited about the tour? Or will they be tempted to drive by and cancel the appointment?
There’s a lot more to curb appeal than cutting the grass. Some studies show that landscaping can increase the value of a home by as much as 20%. Other feature enhancers, such as lighting and paint, can add value and appeal.
Here are some tips….
Home Staging: Curb Appeal—Make The Best First Impression!
Manicure the yard.
Clean the windows, doors, and front entry.
Plant flowers—tastefully, and abundantly!
Pressure clean the exterior.
Enhance and beautify with lighting.
Reseal the driveways.
Paint your house.
Focus on the front door.
Don’t forget the shutters.
This first impression is all-important because it sets the tone for the way the buyer
will view the rest of the house. Within fifteen seconds the buyer will develop an attitude toward your house, either positive or negative that they will be looking to reinforce throughout the rest of the home tour.
The curb appeal is the buyers “first view” of the outside of the house, while the entry
is the buyers first impression of the inside of the house, so BOTH first impressions are critical.
Bathrooms are among the four most critical deciding factors for buyers today. Unfortunately, because of their functionality they usually leave a lot to be desired. It’s very easy for a bathroom to appear cramped and out of date. It’s also very easy to update and change the look of a bathroom without a lot of money. Bathrooms need to convey the luxury of a spa like feel…
You can do so much to decorate a bathroom in such a way that spells luxury without having to spend the money on a remodel. Using key accessories, a new bath curtain, fluffy, new bath towels and some creativity you can focus the attention on the positive aspects while de-emphasizing the negative:
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Let’s face it, toys are unsightly. Toy rooms in a home (especially living rooms used as toy rooms) are huge turn-offs to buyers! Toys in rooms other than bedrooms are deal breakers, so get the children on board by having them keep their special things in their own special place.
I know it’s tough to control the toys when you have very little ones because you want to have an eye on them at all times. An easy solution is to use a floor mat and basket of toys that you can easily tuck away in a closet or cabinet for home showings.
Tip: Having a hard time getting your young children to clean up their toys? I don’t. I provide lots of baskets for my children to easily throw their toys in at the end of the day. I also use the phrase, “In ten minutes Mommy is going to the trash and whatever you want mommy to take to the trash just leave on your floor and I’ll pick it up for you.” I walk into their rooms with a trash bag after the time frame given and lo and behold the room is always clean.
Using this phrase gives my children complete responsibility and control over what they own while making me look like an innocent party who is just trying to help. Make sure to put a time limit on that phrase, so the child knows when they can expect the trash bag. I may sound harsh but I’ve never had to throw away a toy and yet the phrase works like a charm. Children over the age of three are very capable of picking up their own mess and giving them responsibility and boundaries are a valuable life lesson!
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Some of the most beautiful homes can sit on the market for extended periods of time. It’s not because they aren’t priced well, or other factors you might suspect. It’s simply because buyers are turned off by details that are often overlooked.
Yes, one of those details that carry a lot of weight is the way a home smells. Professional home stagers go to great lengths to turn ordinary homes into designer showcases. Their goal is to make a home appeal to all five senses, and when it comes to smells, they recommend attacking the problem at the source.
I thought I’d share some of their best tips with you and hope you’ll find it as helpful as I do. The source of the most common problem odors: pets, smoking, cooking, and mold or mildew.
Boiling an apple, a teaspoon of cinnamon, and a few drops of vanilla on the stove will remove burnt smells in the kitchen. Add orange peels to make a simmering potpourri.
Sprinkle baking soda directly onto carpets, rugs, and sofas to eliminate odors—then let it sit for at least 30 minutes before vacuuming.
A bowl of vinegar placed in a room for a day or two will help neutralize smoke odors.
Small cotton balls with a few drops of your favorite perfume or cologne, tucked discreetly around the home, can freshen a room.
Candles, plug-ins, and home fragrance sprays can work wonders when the scent is well chosen, and not overdone.by homeandstagers.com with no comments yet