Category Archives: Home Improvement

Stage the Home Yourself!

Thinking about selling? Inventory is low in and around the Charlotte area, so the market is on FIRE! Now is the time to get your home listed, but there are a few things you might want to consider before listing. Here are a few tips for staging the home yourself:

  1. Make it “Move-In” Ready!
    Neutralize paint, furniture and window coverings. You may love that red kitchen, but not everyone will. Buyers are more likely to put an offer on a home they feel gives them a fresh start and clean canvas.
  2. Declutter and depersonalize
    Potential buyers want to see themselves in your home. Simplify spaces by removing TV remotes, schoolwork, piles of laundry, to-do lists on the fridge, personal photos and excessive amounts of toys. Clean out closets and begin boxing up items… you need to get a head start on packing anyway!
  3. Appeal to the senses
    Deep clean your home or hire a professional cleaning company to make it sparkle – it gives buyers the impression the home has been well cared for! Open the blinds, turn on lights and fans, play some calming instrumental music, and consider a clean plug-in or order neutralizer.
  4. The Devil in the Details
    Look for items in your home that are dated, have harsh patterns or edgy colors, are too small to fill a wall or are too large on a small one. Styles that clash with one another, aged wallpaper, broken items you can’t repair, rusted car parts or clutter in your yard or patios all create eyesores. It’s better to have an empty wall, an empty room or nothing at all than something that doesn’t work for the space or is unappealing. Mirror your space after current styles and trends found in design magazines…. Pinterest is your friend!
  5. Remove Evidence of Pets
    If you have pets, consider confining them to one area of the house while your home is on the market, limiting wear and tear they have on the home. Buyers may be allergic, terrified, or just annoyed by pets and a barking dog will absolutely hurry a showing along.
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Spring Lawn Care Tips!

Whether or not your are planning to sell this spring, consider boosting the curb appeal of your home! Your neighbors will be happy (maybe even jealous), your guests will be impressed, but most of all you will fell like a king pulling up to your very well groomed castle! Here are some tips for a LUSH and HEALTHY lawn:

1. Find out the acid/alkaline levels of your soil with a testing kit from the hardware store before you buy fertilizer and seed. The test will help you determine the right products to help your lawn and garden grow… and it will tell you what color hydrangeas you can expect!

2. Grass and soil can get compacted during the winter, making it difficult for oxygen and nutrients to reach root systems. Aerating, or poking holes in the lawn, helps. You can hire a lawn service to do this, buy a rolling tool, or invite your kid’s baseball team to run around in their cleats!

3. Spring is prime time for seeding sparse areas of your lawn! Just don’t forget to keep those areas well-watered if you want the seed to grow.

4. You have probably noticed weeds and crabgrass popping up all over the place! Now is the time to start applying a natural herbicide to prevent weeds from sprouting. Ask the folks at the hardware store to help you find one that won’t kill any of the surrounding plants.

5.  You instinct may be to mow the lawn as short as possible to avoid mowing again soon. DO NOT DO THIS! NC is famous for summer droughts, and you could end up killing your grass! Set your mower to the tallest setting and cut only about the top third of the grass. Taller blades promote healthier root systems and help shade the ground soil, preventing it from drying out.

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Spring Break = Home Projects!

Charlotte residents are officially enjoying Spring Break! Hopefully you took Monday and Tuesday to sleep in and relax. If you are anything like me, however, you might be getting a little antsy. Add that to the fact that the KIDS are home, and you may need some new family activities. Nothing like a little SPRING CLEANING to give you an amazing sense of accomplishment this week. Here are a few projects to tackle before you go back to work.

  • Clean out those closets. With the change in season comes a change in fashion! Gear up for your summer wardrobe by cleaning out some of those things you’re never going to wear again. Have the kids get rid of items that no longer fit, and make a donation to your local Salvation Army.
  • Get rid of mold and mildew. Take some time to rent a power washer from your local home improvement store, and give the exterior of your home a good once over. Not only will your home look fabulous under our Carolina blue skies, but you will wash away mold and mildew that can build up and cause significant damage to your home.
  • Clear the gutters. Spring time brings with it new life and unfortunately some of that new life is nesting in your gutters! Now is the time to pull out the ladder and do a quick sweep. You can check to make sure all the gutters are secure BEFORE our summer rain, and you can remove buildup for excellent water flow.
  • Schedule a check-up for your AC unit. As temperatures rise, more of us will be turning on our air conditioners. It might be a good idea to have someone come out to make sure your unit is in tip top shape before the summer heat wave. Contractors get busy over the summer as AC units start to go out, so get yours checked now.
  • Refresh the refrigerator. Between cookouts and kids people are in an out of the refrigerator all summer, so give your fridge a nice thorough cleaning. Wipe down shelves and drawers, and use the hose on your vacuum and clear out dust and grime from the refrigerator coils. It takes less energy to keep things cool if the coils are clean, and with the door opening and closing all summer you’ll want to keep everything nice and cold.

For tips on preparing your home to SELL, call Sarah for a free consultation: 704.706.4160

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National Home Warranty Day!

Today is the perfect time to review home warranty protection plans and ensure you have the coverage you need should a major system or appliance break down!

Things you should know:

  1. Know the difference between homeowners insurance and a home warranty. Homeowners insurance generally covers damage due to things like theft, fire, tornadoes or other catastrophic situations. A home warranty is a service contract that helps protect homeowners against the costs of unexpected covered breakdowns or repairs.
  2. Know your options. Not all plans and providers are the same. Be sure you choose a plan that best meets you needs. You may want a home warranty provider that is financially solid, with a proven track record, who is available 24/7.
  3. Know what to ask. Review your contract thoroughly to fully understand what the home warranty covers, what it doesn’t cover, any limitations & exclusions, as well as the amount of their trade call fee!

We recommend:

  • HSA Home Warranty
  • America’s Preferred Home Warranty
  • The Home Service Club

Tips for Creating a Home Gym

It is mid-January, so New Year’s resolutions are in FULL SWING! If you are working to become more active, it might be important to create a space in your home where you can work out. Unfortunately, not everyone has the space for a home gym. Here are some tips for making due with what you already have.

  • Find something you enjoy! That is first and foremost. If you don’t enjoy it, you won’t make a habit of doing it at home.
  • Get a coach! Fortunately for us- coaches come cheap in the way of workout videos. Nowadays there are videos for everything, FREE, and online!
  • Invest in a mirror! Find a comfortable space where you can workout, and purchase a mirror for the area. You’ll be able to correct your form AND watch the inches melt away.
  • Equip yourself! You don’t need major machines. The local sporting good store will have yoga mats, weights, chin-up bars, tension bands, etc. Stock up on simple items- your body weight will do the rest.
  • Create your space! Often the best places in your home to workout are sunny and warm. Pick a corner of your favorite room, then..
    1. Put up the mirror
    2. Find an inspiring quote or picture
    3. Grab something easy to store your equipment
    4. Put your playlist together
    5. Get moving 😉

 

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