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Quick Fixes for a Great Looking Kitchen

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The kitchen is the heart of the home. The way to the heart is through the stomach. Cooking with love feeds the soul. From countless catchy phrases, to our own experiences at home, it’s clear that the kitchen is one of the single most important rooms we’ll find ourselves in. With this in mind, remember that it’s important to make sure your kitchen is inviting, warming, and inspiring to those who enter.
Here are some great ways you can help sell your home by reaching the hearts of your prospective buyers through one of their most vulnerable spots: their stomachs!
Cabinet Doors
Damaged or dirty cabinet doors are a big turn-off for buyers. But that’s easy to fix. Most cabinetry can be re-painted after cleaning it and applying a coat of primer. Just check that the materials can take paint; otherwise, you’ll need to give some special preparation to the cabinet doors first. Alternatively, you can just replace the doors. There are companies that provide doors to fit existing kitchen cabinets.
Hardware
Another way to fix up cabinets is to replace the hardware, perhaps swapping out-of-date fixtures for sleek, modern ones. This is a very cheap and easy way to update your kitchen.
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Sinks and faucets
Try trading your faucets for more modern designs and replacing a damaged or very dirty sink.
Appliances
People love modern stainless steel appliances. It could be a good investment to upgrade your appliances to the most modern designs to give your kitchen that ‘wow’ factor.
Backsplash
An easy way to update your kitchen is to replace the backsplash. Subway or mosaic tiles or a sheet of stainless steel are very popular choices right now, and this quick change can really lift the feel of the room.
Flooring
Old, tired linoleum floors will turn off buyers. Try updating with tough laminate flooring or some tiles that tie into the designs choices you’ve made for rest of your kitchen.
Paint
Change the décor easily by repainting in fresh, modern, neutral colors. A coat of paint can be a very cheap way to refresh the look of your kitchen.
Clutter
Just by simply removing the clutter that accumulates on your countertops, you can freshen up your kitchen. Throw out things you don’t need; put away others you use only occasionally.

What A Beautiful Outside Can Do For Your Home’s Inside

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Creating an inviting landscape not only ensures a positive first impression with buyers, but may also increase your home’s value and lead to a quicker sale. You don’t have to spend a lot to make big improvements in your home’s curb appeal. Keeping your lawn manicured – mowed and edged – and trimming bushes and trees is an inexpensive way to make a positive impression on buyers. You’ll also want to remove any dead or diseased plants and ensure beds are weeded and freshly mulched.

Before beginning any landscape project, make a plan. And if you live in a neighborhood with restrictive covenants requiring approval by a landscape committee, be sure to follow proper procedures to avoid spending money on projects that you may be forced to undo later. A project plan will also help ensure that you make wise choices and stay within your budget.
Use color and depth to create visual interest, and select a variety of plants that bloom or change color throughout the year so your yard will be attractive regardless of the season. If your yard is open to your neighbors’ yards, a street, or public areas, consider screening to create a more private space. This can be accomplished naturally with evergreen trees and bushes, or with an attractive fence.

Sometimes what you remove from a yard can be as important as what you put in. If the front of your home is obscured by overgrown trees or bushes, remove them or trim them back to help buyers get a clear view of your home. Remember that the goal is to create a welcoming first impression that says, “Come in!”

Trends in Landscaping:

  • Low maintenance vegetation: less lawn to mow, helps keep weeds in check.
  • More trees: enhance beauty and provide shade.
  • Decks, patios, and terraces: an outdoor living space for entertaining and relaxing.
  • Outdoor lighting: provides enticing views of your home and landscaping at night.
  • Irrigation system: costs more but simplifies lawn care and is attractive to buyers.

How to Save Big Bucks by Refurbishing

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A wooden bookcase can take on new life as a storage bench when turned on its side and a cushion is added to the top. A lampshade can be covered with wallpaper for a designer touch. A solid but unappealing chair can be painted and re-covered to create a unique piece.

These days it’s all about reusing and recycling. With a bit of imagination and some work, finds from thrift stores, garage sales and even Dumpster diving can be refurbished for a great – and environmentally responsible – new look. And the best part? You’ll save money too. Following are some tips for refurbishing:

  • Look for well-built, solid furniture to transform.
  • Check online for great, inexpensive ideas.
  • Don’t forget the Habitat for Humanity store near you for deals that appeal to your social conscience.
  • Good furniture that has been given a new life goes well in any décor.
  • Have fun.

7 Easy, Low-Cost Ways to Transform Your Home

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Searching for easy ways to spruce up your abode? Following are some ways to transform your home for less than $10.

Turn Your TV Into Art: Newer television sets can easily display family portraits, vacation photos or your favorite scenery with the touch of a button. Just upload to the gallery, add music if desired and enjoy.

Paint It Up: Add a splash of color to a boring old chair or bring new life to a table with bold bright colors.

Sign Your Name: Decorations don’t need to be expensive. Use a template or vinyl letters to showcase your favorite quote. Simply select a blank spot on the wall or furniture to instantly apply a thoughtful expression to your daily life.

Stop to Smell the Roses: Bring a little of the outdoors inside with the creative use of flowers, grasses, leaves, pinecones or even rocks. They add interest and color to any décor.

Cover Up: Use old wrapping paper, string and ribbons to transform plain cardboard boxes into ultra-colorful organizers.

Soft Spots: Create soft spots with the help of a semitransparent scarf draped over a lamp, table or armchair. Use different colors to create ambiance.

Create Interest: Re-purpose old jewelry, buttons and other knickknacks by adding interest to throw pillows, pull strings or other ordinary items around the home. Sew on or thread together using ribbons and lace.

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