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- Decide on your budget and schedule. You’ll need to know exactly how much money you have available for your remodeling projects and how much time you want to dedicate to it. You absolutely need to have these figures decided before starting anything!
- Make a list of what needs to be done and what would be nice to have done. It may turn out that your budget and schedule can only accommodate half your needs, or maybe you’ll find you have the time and money to cover your needs and at least one “want.” Look at your list, prioritize and decide which projects to tackle now.
- Don’t let Pinterest get the better of you; just like a celebrity hairstyle, what looks good in a photo might not work for your space (or your head.) Be realistic about what can be achieved in your home, based on its current “bones” and your budget.
- For financial reasons, it can be tempting to try to Do It Yourself. But unless you’re extra handy, turn to the experts to make your project dreams come true. An experienced, reputable contractor will find any flaws in your plans, make suggestions and produce a final product that not only looks good, but is secure, safe and strong.
It’s hard to put a value on landscaping projects. A study by realestate.com indicates the return on investment for landscaping and/or man-made garden architecture can be as high as 150%, while others suggest a more reasonable 15% to 20%.
The bottom line, however, is that everyone wants a front yard with curb appeal and a secondary living space in the back. And while it may increase the value of your home, it also improves your quality of life. Particularly for those in cooler climates, summer is short, and a landscaped outdoors can be, well, priceless.
That said, landscaping can prove a very costly proposition indeed. The generally recommended figure for a landscaping budget is 10% of your home’s value, although that varies according to your local area. The majority of projects reported in a study of landscaping by houzz.com cost from $1,000 to $5,000 for minor planting or mulching, and $50,000 or more for “complete overhauls.”
Remember, time is also money, and even small projects can take longer than you think. According to the Houzz survey, smaller projects averaged approximately three months of planning and three months of work to complete. Having spent time and money on landscaping, there are ways to reduce future costs:
- Lawn care alone can cost upwards of $100 a month, so do as much of the maintenance as possible yourself.
- Construct decks, stairs, and pergolas of maintenance-free materials such as composite decking.
- Artificial grass can be a big expense up front, but it saves on maintenance (mainly the cost of water) in the long run.
- Consider using recycled bricks instead of expensive rocks in your landscaping plan.
- Perennials are a great choice, as they reduce the need to buy new plants every year.
- Edible gardens can be lovely as well as a good source of delicious vegetables and herbs.
Now, step away from the lawn mower, take a break, and enjoy your newly landscaped property.
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.
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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One thing that most buyers are looking for is space. They want to know they’re going to have room for everything (and everyone) and they’re not going to grow out of their house too quickly. So here are some ways to make your house seem bigger than it really is.
Get rid of clutter
This is probably the most important secret to increasing the illusion of space. Remove items you don’t need from surfaces, particularly in the kitchen. Keep shelves tidy and not stuffed with books and ornaments.
Paint the walls
Use white or neutral colors to make rooms appear light and spacious. Use tones of a neutral color such as brown or gray to avoid visual clutter and make your décor feel more harmonious.
Consider off-site storage
If you’re running out of room for your possessions, move some of them into a storage unit while your house is on the market. Alternatively, have a yard sale to get rid of unwanted items — or donate them to charity. Otherwise, your house might look as if it’s not spacious enough for a family.
Remove some furniture
Potential buyers need to be able to walk around your house without bumping into chairs and tables. Put some furniture into storage until you move. Leave a path through your rooms that buyers can walk through.
Make sure you’ve tidied your closets. Invest in an organizing system, if necessary. Remove clothing that you’re not likely to wear from your closets.
Clean up the garage
People want to know they can fit a car (or two) in the garage and still have room for storing their possessions. So clear out your garage and neatly organize everything that must stay in there.
Mirrors and drapes
Place mirrors in strategic places and remove fussy window treatments to enhance the illusion of space.
Small space doesn’t mean you have to be cramped. So, if you want to make your home appear much bigger, get some free advice from Guidance Realty Homes’ real estate agents. Luckily, they’ll be able to connect you with home improvement specialists and qualified stagers to make your living space look and feel larger than life. Did we mention that it’s Free? Connect with our listing specialists and make the most of every square foot of your home to captivate homebuyers.