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How To Spruce Up The Exterior Of Your Home

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How To Spruce Up The Exterior Of Your Home

Your home’s exterior can have a huge impact on its overall aesthetic, as it’s the first thing that you or your guests see when arriving at your property. If your home’s exterior is drab and dreary, then it may give off the false impression that the inside of your property is unkempt too – even if your home’s interior is as pristine as can be! Fortunately, figuring out how to spruce up your home’s exterior doesn’t have to be as tricky as you might imagine, because there are several simple steps that you can follow to transform it in no time at all:

Revamp Your Windows:

Revamping your windows is an ideal way to spruce up your home’s exterior, as they contribute massively towards the overall aesthetic of your property. Choosing to use old and damaged windows that boast one single pane will detract from the look of your home while also impacting on your energy efficiency too, so it’s best to think about upgrading your windows to double or even triple glazing in an attractive style so that you can boost your curb appeal like never before.

Windows come in so many shapes, sizes, and styles, so you can find an alternative to better suit your property. Finding top quality specialty and custom window installation can put your mind at ease, so make sure you seek out a reputable provider that has lots of positive reviews so that you can put your faith in their products and services. If you don’t have the funds to invest in a whole new set of windows for your home then do not fret! You might be able to get away with a deep clean and a quick lick of paint on any surrounding wood just to help inject a little life into your aging windows.

Gain Control Over Your Garden:

If your front garden is overgrown and unruly, then this could be detracting noticeably from your property’s exterior. Overgrown grass, low hanging trees, and weeds sprouting up between your paving stones can be an eyesore so it’s vital that you gain control over your garden if you want your home to really flourish.

Mow your front lawn regularly and add some pops of color in the form of a few potted plants or even a variety of hanging baskets that boast an array of beautiful flowers to brighten things up. Stay on top of weeding and reward your hard work with some cute lawn decorations to add some fun, quirky touches.

Pressure Wash Brickwork & Paving:

Last but not least, if you want to spruce up your home’s exterior and encourage your property to look as fresh and vibrant as possible, then pressure washing your brickwork and paving will help to achieve total revitalization. Over time your exterior walls and any paving or driveways that sit outside your home can fall victim to wear and tear, whether this means staining, discoloration, or any other unsightly issue that can make your home seem drab.

Investing in a pressure washer or hiring a professional is an option that you should consider exploring, as it’s such an affordable and fast way to transform your home’s exterior without the need for any skills. Just make sure you don’t pressure wash any surfaces which aren’t strong enough to take the power, as you may accidentally blast away the surface layer or even break straight through if the material is particularly weak (such as rotting wood on old decking).

Spring cleaning is out and summer projects are in. Take advantage of the beautiful weather with some outdoor chores – starting with your home’s exterior!

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Six Reasons To Buy A Newly Built Home

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Six Reasons To Buy A Newly Built Home

It can be hard to decide whether to buy a newly built home or an existing one. The decision will depend a lot on your personal tastes and needs for amenities, features, and location. If you’re considering a newly built home, here are some of the best reasons to go for it:

1 – It’s brand new:

When you buy a new property from someone like Harvest Curve Rockford Homes, nobody will have lived there before. Nobody will have ever used the appliances or the shower, left stains on the carpets, or made small holes in the walls. There won’t be anything to clean when you move in, as everything is brand new.

It’s also an empty, blank canvas. You can start from scratch when you decide on decorating or choosing where to put your furniture. Nothing will have been left behind that you need to arrange and there’s nobody’s hideous wallpaper left behind for you to cover up. Because everything is new, you can also just choose to do nothing. All you need to do is unpack.

2 – You can help design the look:

Some builders will offer bespoke packages for upgrades when you buy a new build, which will allow you to choose some of the fixtures and fittings, such as your kitchen cabinets, your appliances, or the bathroom tiles.

3 – Peace of mind:

Most new builds will come with a standard structural guarantee with a house building insurance company, so if anything does go wrong in your first few years of owning your new build, you can get help to put it right at no cost to you. Check if you have a guarantee before making any decisions.

The latest standards will apply too so your security and fire system will be as up to date as possible, and so will your appliances. This is another source of peace of mind in your new home.

4 – The green choice:

A new build is usually more environmentally friendly than an older property and is often much cheaper to run too. Modern houses tend to be better insulated and should have more efficient appliances and boilers. There shouldn’t be any drafts around doors and windows yet, and the heating should be easy to use and efficient. This is all good for your wallet and the planet.

5 – Support for buyers:

Schemes to help first time buyers often apply to new builds, so if you’re buying your first home, it’s well worth seeing what help could be available to you if you choose a newly built property.

6 – Designed for modern living:

New homes tend to have more than one bathroom, often have a basement, and open plan layouts, which work much better for families. They’re also built with modern demands in mind, so should have plenty of power points for all those devices you need to keep charged.

Living in the modern world means that you deserve a modern home too, which is what you will get with a freshly built property!

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Making Your Interior Fabulous With These Ideas

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Making Your Interior Fabulous With These Ideas

If you have just moved into a new house and are wanting to put your own personal stamp on the place, then here are a few ideas to help you. Maybe you don’t know where to start or what to change first. The answer is, whatever you want! It is important to try and match your decor to your furnishings so if you are thinking about changing those, then maybe do that first before reaching for the paintbrush. Or get started with these projects:

Flooring:

The first thing we would like to mention is the floors. In the kitchen and bathroom, you could make use of vinyl sheet flooring rather than actual tiling. If you are wanting to save money while also making your interior look stylish, then good quality vinyl is the way to go. If you opt for cheaper vinyl this can end up bubbling if it gets wet, and you don’t want that.

If you have carpeted floors, you can easily change to hardwood flooring. This is a great idea especially if you have pets or children. The mess that can get into the carpet is astounding, and you don’t notice it until you professionally shampoo them. Cleaning up hardwood floors is much easier!

Coat Of Paint:

Once you know what your interior will look like and you know what furniture you are using, it is time to give the walls a bit more life. If the walls are looking shabby and old, then a fresh coat of paint can brighten up the room once more. Think about what you want on the walls. It doesn’t have to be paint, you could use some funky wallpaper. Paint is somewhat easier, though. If you are looking for a professional paint job, then contact your local interior painting services for help and guidance.

You could also have a feature wall. This is more often than not the wall that contains the television or the fireplace. If you are wondering what a feature wall is, then let us explain. It is a wall in a room that is different to all the other walls. For example, you might opt for a pure black accent wall and the rest be magnolia or white.

Windows & Doors:

One final thing that will really have an impact on the interior of your home is the windows and doors. These get tired looking over time, especially if they are old and worn. It may be worth investing in new ones to give you that new look once more. Occasionally, companies have offers if you buy windows and doors at the same time. You may just want to change the doors within your home. If they don’t match the decor, then you can of course do this. Wooden doors are sleek and contemporary and match with any interior decor.

Not only are renovation projects fun, making you feel like you’re on your own HGTV episode but they will help to boost your property value too!

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Pros & Cons Of Apartment Living

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Pros & Cons Of Apartment Living

Whether moving into an apartment or renting or buying a home, there are pros and cons to each of these choices. It’s important, of course, to consider your budget and lifestyle as well as things like the location of the property in terms of your job or the school district. Today, we are going to look at some pros and cons of apartment living to help with your decision:

Pros – Having Maintenance Workers Available:

One of the huge pros of apartment living is always having maintenance workers available to fix issues with your apartment. Whether this be your air conditioner, appliances, or having a chain lock installed, it is so nice to simply make the call and have the problem fixed immediately. You can count on professionals to fix your Miele appliances. And, I myself, have called on maintenance many a time and have always been pleased with their great and efficient work.

Cons – Loud Neighbors:

In most apartments, unfortunately, the walls are paper thin. If you have loud neighbors on top of this, you are pretty much out of luck. Most apartment communities have a noise regulation after a certain time at night but this, often, doesn’t get followed which can keep you up. If you work from home, this can also be a major issue too and is worth talking to your potential landlord about so that you could be put in a less noisy complex. Once your lease is signed and you then find out you have loud neighbors, you are essentially stuck.

Pros – Neighbors:

On the flip side, you might have awesome neighbors and this is great! Having an endless supply of people you can shoot the breeze with is a fun bonus of apartment living. It’s nice to have a sense of camaraderie with the people that you live by and it makes for a much more pleasant experience. Whether it’s grilling with your downstairs neighbors or a friendly person lending you their shovel in the parking lot, this is a cool perk of being in an apartment.

Cons – Limited Space:

One of the major cons of apartment living is how limited your space is. This is even more so if you are living with a roommate. A two bedroom apartment could be ideal for just you but it could be really cramped if you add another person into the mix! If renting or buying a home is not in your budget, it will be crucial to be smart with your space. Your new digs might look super spacious until you move all of your furniture in and find that you barely have room to walk!

Apartment life is, admittedly, not for everyone. However, if the pros outweigh the cons for you, then it can be a great first step into something bigger and better!

4 Tips For Creating An Eco-Friendly Household   

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4 Tips For Creating An Eco-Friendly Household   

With increasing concerns about the environment, many are finding ways to take action so they can help save mother Earth. This includes looking into ways to be more aware of how they can help, what companies are doing, how to buy, how to better recycle, and being energy-efficient at home. The smallest of changes can make a massive difference if it’s all combined!

Not only are these changes great for the environment, but it’s also good for your wallet too. There is this idea that you need to be rich in order to be sustainable but that’s far from the case. Living a sustainable lifestyle can not only be incredibly cheap, but it can save you a lot of money each year. These are some ways that you can create a more eco-friendly space right at home:

Check to see if there are any cracks that need to be sealed:

You want to make sure that your home is well insulated, especially during the colder months. Right before fall or winter hits, you’ll want to do a thorough inspection at home to see if there are any cracks that need to be sealed up in your doorways, window seals, vents. It’s also best to take a look at your doors and windows to see how energy efficient they are. Something such as a bend window is known for being majorly energy-efficient and those can save you a lot of money each year in electricity. Sealing up your cracks and changing out the doors and windows are also great for boosting your property value as well.

Take a look at energy-efficient swaps at home:

There are plenty of appliances that can be swapped out for something more efficient. This can include checking out bathroom appliances such as low-flow toilets, showers, and sinks but it can go far beyond that as well. Did you know that your light bulbs could save you money? There are plenty of energy-efficient light bulbs on the market that can help you out. Even looking into Star Energy appliances for your kitchen or laundry room can make a massive impact.

Buy secondhand:

One way to avoid getting things thrown into a landfill would be to check the secondhand market first such as visiting flea markets, thrift shops, and going on websites such as Craigslist, eBay, or even Facebook Marketplace. If you’re unable to find a secondhand version of the product you’re looking for, then you can buy it brand new. We all know that the secondhand option will be much cheaper!

Start a garden:

Even modern apartments will have a space to do some gardening. Gardening is not only a way to save on groceries, but improving that green thumb of yours can help offset your carbon footprint. Having a garden is wonderful for bees and other pollinators such as butterflies too. There are so many perks to having a garden, that it can even boost the curb appeal of your property.

But what if you don’t have space for a garden? What if you don’t have a lawn? Even if you don’t have adequate spacing, you can make room for growing some produce or flowers. Many apartments will have balconies or a large table will do too. Your plants don’t necessarily need to be outside in order to thrive. If you have some space next to a window, that will be just as adequate.

Helping the environment and saving some money is the ultimate win/win and there is no better time than the present to get started!

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Safe & Sound – Let’s Talk Home Security

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Safe & Sound – Let’s Talk Home Security

The safety and security of your home should always be at the forefront of your mind for yourselves, family, and pets. With so many amazing options out there, it never hurts to shop around for ways to better improve your home security. You can start with some of the following:

Doors & Windows:

The doors and windows of your home are an excellent place to start, especially if they are a bit worse for the wear. A flimsy front door or obviously broken windows are as good as inviting unwanted guests into your home. Steel doors are sturdy and affordable for homeowners. Not to mention that new and improved doors and windows will give an instant makeover to your home’s exterior to boost its curb appeal significantly.

Get To Know Your Neighbors:

Having neighbors is, of course, great for friendship, cookouts, and get togethers. It’s also nice to have an extra set of eyes on your home if you’re not there. Let your neighbors know if you are going on vacation or a weekend getaway so they can check in on your place while you’re gone. And, as always, you will want to post on social media about your adventures but that puts a big neon sign on your house saying that you’re not home.

Lighting/Landscaping:

A poorly lit home exterior as well as lots of shrubbery or trees on your property are all things that potential burglars look for when scouting houses. To remedy this, consider motion activated lights around your property. If you like the privacy that your current landscaping brings, you could think about getting a fence or gate installed for an added layer of protection.

Security Systems:

You can’t talk about boosting your home security without mentioning security systems, of course. From cameras for your doorbell or by the front door to security alarms, they are all worth discussing with a local security company. A lot of these systems can be accessed and controlled by your smartphone too making it much more convenient.

With the holiday season upon us, we will all be out and about more. Consider your home security so you can celebrate with family and friends worry free.

Home Renovations That Make A Big Difference

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Home Renovations That Make A Big Difference

Boosting your home’s value is something that should be on any home owner’s mind. When it eventually comes time to sell your property, of course you will want to get more than what you originally paid for it! This doesn’t mean to completely gut your home with costly renovations. Rather, just selecting a new project to work on every year or two to boost your home’s value. Like the following:

Start Outside:

When it comes to your home, the first thing people will notice is its exterior. This gives neighbors, strangers, and potential buyers a first impression before even stepping foot into a beautifully decorated home. Let’s make it a good one!

Cracked driveway pavement will simply not do as well as a poorly maintained lawn, and chipping paint. Start with projects like these and work your way inside because nothing is more important than a first impression. You do not want people looking at your home’s exterior and already thinking that they will have a lot of projects to undertake.

Entryway Impressions:

Think about the immediate areas that people will see when they enter your home through the front door or a door that leads inside from the garage. These should be welcoming spaces full of warmth so what can you do to make that happen? Soft rugs, wall art, and warm lighting are great places to start.

Have a durable shoe rack handy in the closet for guests as well as space cleared out for their jackets. What looks better – a pile of dirty shoes in the corner or having them neatly tucked away? These are all small but effective ways in creating the perfect entryway.

Flooring:

One of the best things that my parents did in their home was get rid of the old carpet in the living room and stairway and replace it with laminate flooring. If your carpets are looking threadbare and well trodden on, you might want to consider this renovation. Finding a local flooring store in Ottawa is important for homeowners. Replacing old carpeting can turn a dowdy space into the chicest in a matter of days and will surely boost your property value.

Work With What You Have:

It is not possible to make a smaller room bigger without an expensive expansion but you can use some simple tricks to give the illusion of more space. To fake a more spacious area, you will want to start with the color palette. Bright whites and creams on the walls and furniture will help bounce the light to help make a room look bigger.

And, speaking of lighting – the brighter the better. Making use of natural light is the best way to go so drape your windows in something gauzy and sheer to let the light in. If your room has no windows, go with hanging fixtures and well placed tall lamps to bounce around the space. Don’t forget that mirrors can also make a room look more spacious too!

Boost your curb appeal and property value with well timed projects like the ones above to make a big difference for your property.

3 Ways To Find Your Forever Home

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3 Ways To Find Your Forever Home

Most people hope to settle down in their forever home one day but finding or creating your dream home isn’t as simple as we’d like it to be. However, it’s not impossible. Whether you’re looking for a place to raise a family, to work hard, or simply relax away from the hustle and bustle of life, you can create a haven with a few different methods:

Improve What You Have:

The simplest way to find a forever home is to use what you already have. If you own a house and you’re happy with your current location, you may be able to transform it into your dream home. A property is an investment, so it can take time and money to renovate your house. If you need space, then consider adding an extension or converting the attic or basement for an extra room or two. If you’re lucky enough to have a lot of outside space or if you have some undeveloped land nearby, then you can spruce it up and add it to your property.

Often, you simply need to work through your house on a room-by-room basis and renovate each one. A change of furniture and updated decorations can make everything feel brand new.

Shop Around:

Many people don’t own a home or, if they do, it isn’t where they’d like to live in the long term. If this is the case, then it’s never too early to start looking. Research the areas that you’d like to move to and find out about nearby work and amenities. Spend some time there, but bear in mind that a place might feel very different when you’re on vacation.

Once you’re in a position to make the move, then you should find a reputable real estate agent to help you to find your dream home. By now, you should know what you want and need from the property. While you might see some stunning properties with plenty of potential, be ruled by your head rather than your heart. Something that needs a lot of work before it’s habitable can become a money pit. Also, be flexible and remember that the perfect property might not be available. If you need to, wait a little longer rather than getting tied to a poor investment.

Do It Yourself:

Sometimes, the best way to find your dream home is to build it yourself. Or, more realistically, get someone to build it for you. A company that specializes in custom home building can help you to design and create your ideal house.

Building your own home gives you a great opportunity to be a part of every aspect of the build, so you can better control the layout, materials, and fixtures. If you want something unique, then this may be a better choice than trying to turn an existing home into something completely different.

Consider all of your must haves and would like to haves prior to house hunting to save yourself some time and good luck!

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Mastering 5 Easy Steps To Boost Your House Curb Appeal

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Mastering 5 Easy Steps To Boost Your House Curb Appeal

Some homeowners shy away from home improvement projects because they think it will cost too much or that the gains of doing so are not worth their time. However, there are many things that you can do to increase your home’s value and make it more attractive, regardless of whether you plan to sell your house any time soon. Try out the following:

Install New Doors & Windows:

New doors are an improvement that you can make to your house that will dramatically increase its value. Not only do they give your entryway a new welcoming look, but they also provide better security by increasing resistance to forced entries. Windows are a huge part of how your home looks to others, it is so easy to look shabby when they are dirty or smudged. A lot of issues can happen with windows over time so looking at Renewal by Andersen window replacement and replacing them to look brand new is a great option if it fits in your budget.

The cost is also relatively cheap compared with other projects because all you need are basic tools, wood glue, nails, and screws to install them yourself. If this seems too daunting for your skill level, call in a contractor for your Biogas Treatment since it’s hard work that requires accuracy when measuring dimensions.

Add More Lighting:

A dark porch or driveway sends a message that no one is home, inviting potential burglars to your house. Putting in new light fixtures provides an immediate improvement to your home’s appearance at night and increases your safety too.

Adding outdoor motion sensitive lights also increases the sense of security in the evenings as it automatically turns on as soon as anyone approaches your property and shuts off after they leave. Especially if you add them both in the front and back of the house, so suspicious people entering behind will be caught in their beams.

Paint Your House:

The color you choose speaks volumes about what kind of mood you’re in. So, naturally, you’ll feel better if it matches your disposition, making the outside of your house an extension of how you want visitors to perceive its occupants’ feelings immediately.

A fresh coat of paint is a cost-effective and easy way to shake things up a bit. It’s also an excellent way to update your home’s look. If you take on this task yourself, be sure to bring in a few friends and family members for support.

Plant Some Flowers:

Trees and other plants add value to your property because they increase your house’s curb appeal upon approach. Of course, depending on how big you want your garden area to be, the cost will vary, but even the smallest flower bed is better than nothing.

Ask friends and neighbors if you can have some of their perennials during the spring, so you don’t need to spend anything at all besides any soil amendments required by the soil in your geographic location. For something bigger, check out local nurseries that specialize in growing flowers or check out online forums for yard sales of old flower pots and seeds.

Plant Some Shrubs & Small Trees:

Hedges create privacy, which may satisfy your desire for seclusion but decreases visibility from the road, reducing your property’s curb appeal. Evergreen trees provide maximum privacy but must be planted far enough from the house because their roots can damage your foundation. Shrubs are the best investment because they don’t need as much space and their roots won’t impact your home’s stability.

Boost your curb appeal and property value too with these tips!

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Small Renovations That Make A Big Difference

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Small Renovations That Make A Big Difference

When people think about home renovation projects, they often think big with HGTV worthy remodeling. While this will definitely make a huge impact on your property it is not feasible for everyone as it is a huge expense. Today, we are going to discuss some renovation projects that you might not have ever considered. These ideas might not be as big as a full fledged room makeover but they still pack a punch, all the same. Let’s get to it:

Exterior Projects:

Boosting your property’s curb appeal begins from the outside in because the exterior of your home offers the first impression to friends, neighbors, and strangers. Make their first impression a great one with these projects:

Driveway Repairs:

You might not think much about your driveway but it is subjected to a lot of wear and tear. Cracks and potholes are inconvenient as well as unsightly. Repairing these issues is a definite must for boosting your curb appeal. You might also want to get driveway sealing before winter to better protect the road to your castle.

Porch Perfect:

Your porch, patio, deck, or any other outdoor seating area can be a huge selling point for your house. The front porch is one of the first things people notice about your house so you want to make sure it is putting its best face forward. Replace rotting or splintered wood and don’t forget that a fresh coat of paint can work wonders.

While you are working on your front porch, consider your front door too. A brightly colored door is sure to catch attention. Shades of blue, red, and yellow all look especially charming.

Outdoor Accessories:

Every great outfit is not complete without the right accessories and the same goes for your house! Outdoor accessories are not so much of a renovation as it is placing objects but it sure is a fun way to showcase your personality. Bird baths, fountains, swings, solar lights, and even garden gnomes can offer a playful touch to any home’s exterior.

Interior:

Tile Backsplash:

Creating a tile backsplash in your kitchen or bathroom is an amazing way to add color and patterns into the room. It is relatively cheap and can also be done on your own. It will feel great to see something so pretty in your place and knowing that you did it all by yourself.

Something Extra:

Do you ever feel like a room is missing just that little extra something to make it pop? We’ve got you covered. Although this is a somewhat tedious and minor project, have you ever considered changing out your door knobs and cupboard handles? There are countless different options for you to look into. For a touch of glam, how about diamond handles for your dresser? Or even colorful square knobs for something different? A little change, yes, but swapping out hardware accessories can be a fun way to add something new.

Floating Shelves:

If an area is feeling cramped with a bulky shelving unit or dresser, you could consider having floating shelves installed. These are an awesome way to display all of your favorite treasures while taking up a fraction of the space. Floating shelves will turn your wall into an instant work of art – no painting required!

Mini renovations can still make a huge impact and will help keep the exterior and interior of your home fresh as well as visually appealing!