If sell, sell, sell has now become your mantra regarding your home and you’re having trouble getting serious buyers, it might be time to consider some easy and affordable staging ideas. Here are ten tips that might factor into you getting that much desired offer. Some require more effort than others, but in total they are very easy on the budget.
Absurd as it may sound, your first task is to extensively clean every room from top to bottom. In short, make Mr. Clean proud!
Assess which rooms could use a new coat of paint, and choose colors that are warm and inviting. Avoid colors that are too bold or dark. Hint: don’t make it feel like a cave!
Rearrange your living room furniture in a non-conventional way, and maybe even remove the TV–just like those darned designers do. (I know, we’re all going, “Oh come on, get real, where is the TV?”)
Remove ALL clutter from every room and put in a storage area that perspective buyers won’t see.
Assess the lighting in the living room and master bedroom, if it seems gloomy; buy some affordable lamps at Wal-Mart.
If you have old pillows on your couch, remove them and buy two that bring warmth into the room.
Remove any wall art that is cute, family oriented, theme oriented, etc. (i.e., sports, animals, collectibles). After fresh paint goes on, the walls can either be left blank or have one large piece of art put on each one. Something that most people would find appealing, like flowers or scenery.
Replace hardware on your kitchen cupboards if it’s old or looks dated.
Remove all spider webs anywhere on the property, and if you have ants or other bugs, spray.
Assess the curb appeal of your house as though you don’t live there. If there is anything in the yard that detracts from the look remove the items completely and put in storage. Here are just a few things that might be decorating (and I use the term loosely) the view: toys, tricycles, birdbaths that are officially “green with envy,” old broken gnomes, furniture that has seen better days, etc. Exchange those decorations for a few colorful plants.
Now it’s time to go make a list and roll-up-your-sleeves—let the work begin and the home sold!
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If you are selling your home, most likely your realtor has talked to you about the importance of curb appeal. The first impression a buyer has of your home is the same as a first impression when meeting you. How likely is it that someone will take you seriously at a job interview if you arrive in dirty clothes, hair that isn’t brushed or wrinkled clothes. Not the best impression. If the lawn isn’t mowed, toys, tree branches or weeds growing out in the lawn … same bad fist impression for your home.
Here are a few things to keep in mind for your checklist:
Make sure large bushes are pruned or removed to showcase all of your home
Check to make sure your driveway looks good
Kill weeds and grass in those sidewalk cracks and driveway cracks
Add a new layer of mulch in those flower beds
Install lighting (some lighting is solar powered for easy installing) for your pathways and spotlights for focal points
Make sure the front door is freshly painted, hand print free and looking clean
It’s getting close to the weekend and you might be thinking of all those home improvement projects you want to do. Where do you start? Do you have the time and the expertise to do a project on your own?
We at Coldwell Banker Bullard Realty decided to put a list of our 5 favorite home improvement books for you. So without further ado, we give you our 5 favorite home improvement books from Amazon.com:
2. Make It Right: Expert Advice on Home Renovations by Mike Holmes. Who doesn’t love watching Holmes on Homes come in and save the day from homeowners who have employed bad contractors. It’s a great show and you can learn some great tips in each show too. Now you can have Mike Holmes great advice in a book!
4. Treehouses and other Cool Stuff: 50 Projects You Can Build - by Jeanie and David Stiles. If only dad had this book when we were kids, imagine the treehouse we’d have then! This book has it all; the tree house, accessories like a tarzan swing and even a list of activities to do in your new tree house. The other cool projects in this book? … a lemonade stand, cootie catcher and a recycled raft – it’s all there! A fun weekend project list for you and the kids for sure.
There you have it! Our 5 favorite home improvement books. We know Georgia homeowners are always looking for ways to improve their homes, make changes and maybe … add a fun lemonade stand on this hot summer!
What was your favorite home remodel project?
Note: Links point to Amazon.com of which we are an affiliate.
As we move forward and try to find ways we can recycle, reuse and be more eco-friendly, we found the following 5 unique ideas to share with you. These are great ideas to bring into your new Georgia home!
#1:Wine Barrels: How about using wood from wine barrels?: French and American oak, reclaimed from the winemaking process, gets all it’s color from the wine, no stain. It can be used for furniture, shelves wall panels and doors. We’ve seen these woods used in floors of private wine cellars. Would also look great in your kitchen area! Cliff Spencer has outstanding collections from Wine Oak and reclaimed wood. Check out his site for more design options for the home.
(Cliff Spencer Collections )
#2:Granite: So do we, but what about scrap granite counter tops as patio pavers? That’s what Denali Stoneworks is doing. We think that’s a pretty clever idea!
Utilizing scrape pieces of granite to create fantastic patios and driveways. Patterned designs and always a unique look since its made from scrap pieces, you’ll have a one-of-a-kind look! You can read more about their reclaim project here on Designer Pages.
#3:Leather belts: Think again, Ting of London has created leather rugs and floor tiles out of old leather belts. This company has set out to minimize their environmental impact in their products and with their employees. The leather belt tiles are just a sample of their creations, they also design seatbelt hammocks and bags! Visit their site to see their process for recycled tiles for the home. (How they recycle leather belts into tiles)
#4:Newspapers: Love reading the newspaper and simply recycle the ones you’ve read? How about weaving it into an armchair? Of course we realize that project may take some time and experience, so you could always purchase one from VivaTerra who offer a number of reclaim ideas you can purchase.
#5:Plastic Bags: Lastly, what to do with all those plastic bags from the store? Why not try weaving them into a floor mat? This is a project you can do yourself and maybe a little project for older kids. The design ideas for this are limitless. For a quick “how to” on this check out this eHow article: How to use recycled plastic for mats.
We think these are just a few great ideas for the home. Do you have some projects or ideas of your own to share? Thinking of using these ideas in a new home? Check out Georgia Real Estate Listings with us!
Always trying new and unique ways to be sustainable and green? We found the following video from Shawna Coronado – The Casual Gardner talking about using glass very interesting. Easy, green and from what we can see … pretty chic!
For more ways on using glass for your landscaping, we found the company EnviroGlas doing some amazing things. Check out their site when you have time!
If you are buying a home, selling a home or just thinking about updating your home – we are all looking for great ways to update on a budget. The following list is our favorite sites to check in with for home design or do-it-yourself tips.
photo from lifehacker.com
1. Lifehacker.com – One of our favorite sites to go back to on a regular basis. There are easy projects for those with limited time to projects for the more advanced; everyone can benefit from this site. Our favorite project is the Wine Bottle Torches. It’s a great and chic way to recycle those bottles and add some style to your patio.
2. Home Depot - Who better to get home improvement tips from then a home improvement company. Home Depot as some great “how-to” videos. Not only can you watch and learn with a video, but Home Depot also offers in store home clinics. You can find out if there is one by you by clicking here for Home Depot Home Clinics.
3. Debbie Travis – perhaps one of the best flea market, quick fix people out there (in our humble opinion) Debbie’s site has some great tips on fixing and beautifying those trouble items in your home. From foiling, glazing wood cabinets and creating faux finishes.
4. Georgia Interior Design – Great place to find out what’s new and hot for the home. Not only are there great tips for decorating, but the site carries some useful tips for purchasing the right furniture. Our favorite category is “tricks of the trade” where they share some great tips you can take home to your design creations.
5. Coldwell Banker YouTube Channel - You know we would have to share with you our presence in the home staging tip category. Coldwell Banker’s YouTube channel offers some great tips from experts and agents on “how to repairs” and “Home Staging” ideas. It even showcases some ways to make your moving experience a little easier.
We hope this helps and gives you some great ideas for your home. Do you have a site that you like that you can share with us? Leave it in the comment section below!
At times some people will choose for various reasons to sell their home on their own without the assistance of a real estate agent. While we at Coldwell Banker would like to list every home – we understand personal choices.
Even though you do not have your home listed with a Coldwell Banker Bullard agent, we can still help. Coldwell Banker Bullard is connected worldwide to other Coldwell Banker branches; what does this mean for you? This means we can help you in your next location! Coldwell Banker Bullard can connect you to a specialist in your next neighborhood or city. We’ll help you get information on your new location; maps, school information, dining and real estate information.
Not only can Coldwell Banker Bullard help with your next out of the area purchase – we can assist with helping you find that second vacation home! Think a home in the Carribbean might suit your needs? We’ll find the right agent to help you based on your search criteria.
So even though you may not be listed with Coldwell Banker Bullard, we can still help. Give our Director of Relocation, Freda Stephens a call or email to help you find information on your next location. You can email Freda your request at Freda@coldwellbanker.com or call her at (800) 563-1656. To find out more about the relocation services we offer, stop by our Relocation Services page on our website!
Looking for a way to make your small space a little larger? Eliminating clutter in your home and a few other quick fix changes can allow you to enjoy more space. Here are our 5 ways to add space to your home:
1. Walls: Do you have a room or area that could use a little more space? Try looking to the walls to help. Today there are so many different choices for shelving – it’s a great way to add some new style to your home and get that clutter off the floor. Shelves can be a great way to utilize space to showcase your books and some knick knacks that may not be getting enough eye attention.
2. Dual used spaces: Utilizing a space for two uses? When using a room as an office and workout area for example – try using a screen to separate both locations. Not only does this help in concentration and focus of the two activities, but it will hopefully keep clutter to each area or promote a more organized lifestyle!
3. Use furniture for organizing: We all know of those “dust bunnies” that hide under our beds… instead of dust bunnies – why not use that space for storage. Take some of your seasonally or rarely used clothing, store them in containers that fit underneath your bed. It’s also a great place to store extra blankets! Utilizing ottomans that contain storage inside of them can also help to store family games, game consoles, DVD’s and magazines.
4. Curtains: A simple adjustment of your curtains can create the illusion of height and more space. Hang your curtains higher then the window frame and wider then the window frame. By over emphazisng the actual window size – it can make your space seem larger.
5. Technology: With so many different storage solutions out there and the advancement of making technology smaller – this is another way to reduce clutter in your home. Flat screen TV’s, transferring DVD’s and CD’s to your laptop – these uses of technology can help reduce clutter.