Selling January 17, 2023

Professional Photography, Does it Matter?

So today with the entire world on the internet, professional photography is the cornerstone to the entire marketing program.  Over 93% of all buyers start their search for a new home on the internet. So, basically everyone starts on the internet and then those buyers will engage a Real Estate Agent help with the purchase of the property 86% of the time.

In the day or the internet, fantastic pictures get the attention of prospective buyers and make a significant impact on my marketing activities.  If you are not getting professional photography chances are your marketing activity will have demished returns. When you list your home with me you get professional photography and the great pictures are the beginning of the process to getting your home marketed and sold.  There is so much more that goes in the process of selling a property, so pick up the phone and “let’s talk “.

Thank You and please, Enjoy your day.

Selling January 17, 2023

Property Marketing that Works

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When it comes to ” Exclusive Property Marketing” many of companies claim they can do many great things, but Coldwell Banker Realty knocks it out of the park with it’s “Listing Concierge Services”.  It all starts with professional photography. Our fantastic photographers get over to the property right away and get these incredible pictures needed to garner the attention to the property.  Usually my photoshoots take about three hours and then the next day they process the pictures in a photoshop process and deliver the finished product within 24 hours. After the pictures get input to the system the Coldwell Banker Listing Concierge network gets into the action with graphic designers and copywriters and project managers from coast to coast that begin producing marketing materials for your property.

The property website is the cornerstone to the marketing as it is accessible by the “Dot Signal” sign rider that is in front of the house. So when potential buyers drive by the house, they can text a code to a number and bingo, the the virtual tour pops up on their phone and the potential buyers can see all the information about the property including pictures while sitting in the car. When this happens I gets a text telling me they are looking at the house and guess what? I have their phone number and it gives me an opportunity to talk with them.

When I have an “Open House” I like to have high end brochures and with the Concierge Services, that is what you get. Once approved by me, they arrive the next day in the mail ready to go.  We also alert the neighborhood the property is for sale with  our Just Listed Flyer to email out to the sphere of influence, and our Just Listed postcard that is mailed out to 100 addresses around the property. It’s all about exposure and our Concierge Services continue with more advertising. We have our own Television show on the CW Network called ” At Home in Arizona” where your property is broadcast on Sunday morning at 11:00.  Of course the properties are part of the online property syndication where your property is displayed on hundreds of property websites like Zillow, Trulia, and

Did I mention we have our own Magazine?  The “VIEW Magazine” which is direct mailed and inserted into the areas prime print publications. The magazine along with all our first class marketing materials have a longer than normal shelf life and creates an outstanding real estate service.

It’s “Property Marketing that Works”. When you want to sell your property, you want the services that gives the most exposure possible. With our Listing Concierge Services you get it all. From concept to completion, your home will be uniquely cared for and expertly marketed. To learn more, feel free to call me at 520-401-3625 for an in-depth look at the services I provide.

Selling January 17, 2023

Staging Tips to Sell Your Home This Spring

Before listing your property, consider that proper staging is one of the most important factors in enhancing your home’s appeal and most flattering features.

Whether on television, at an open house or on the pages of a magazine, we’ve all seen stunningly outfitted estates that deliver a true wow factor – and listing price – that properties without staging just cannot match. Buyers quickly fall in love with homes that have a strong character while wordlessly conveying the lifestyle they would enjoy if they lived there. Before listing your property, consider that proper staging is one of the most important factors in enhancing your home’s appeal and most flattering features.

First Things First

 In order to entice potential buyers, you must think outside the box – but to start, examine what needs to be done to get your home in showplace shape. Check under older carpets for lovely hardwood, survey the ceiling for cracks or leaks to seal, consider having the pool or tennis court resurfaced and focus on boosting your curb appeal. Once your home is a clean slate, you are ready to begin.

 Neutral Rules

When using achromatic tones on painted walls and furniture, ensure that the staging pieces do not distract from the form of the home. When staging for luxury, color psychology can signal buyers that they’re working with a discerning seller who has elevated the home to its full, indulgent potential.

In the world of interior design, fashion and luxury vehicles, neutral colors have always made a recognizable statement of power, sophistication and confidence. Once you’re prepared to stage your home, you’ll want to highlight those qualities with the crème de la crème of design – blacks, grays and whites.

While buyers will always notice houses with splashy displays, that doesn’t necessarily mean they will find them appropriate for their tastes. Staging experts often use furniture, rugs and paint in neutral hues (also consider beige and pale, cool colors) to help buyers overlay their own creations onto the scene and more easily discover the home could be the perfect fit.

Character Is King

Often, a seamless introduction to the home involves pairing décor with architectural personality. Envision how Old-World pillars and stonework are beautifully complemented by gold-framed art and Turkish rugs, and contemporary interiors effortlessly show off leather, wool or velvet furnishings and unique accents as statement pieces. When hiring an interior designer to get the job done, seek out a professional with not only expertise, but also an imaginative mindset.

Now to address spatial issues. For smaller sitting rooms, offices or charming nooks, instead of cluttering the area to make it appear as if much can be done with the layout, take a more minimalist approach to ensue that each individual piece has room to breathe and directs attention to the space itself.

On the other hand, if you have a cavernous room, think about creative ways to section it off and separate it into more manageable areas with rugs or furniture in unique arrangements. The same approach can be applied to unusually shaped rooms.

Attractive Accents

While a visually busy room is an easily avoided faux pas, keep in mind that going completely neutral is not the answer either. In order to strike that oh-so-delicate balance between sensible furnishings and handsome décor, decorate with stylish accents that lend a perfect finish to any lifestyle.

Any artwork on display should be minimal and tasteful, so buyers can easily picture how they will customize the space on their own, and personal items like family pictures, sports memorabilia and other personal items should be stored.

When a buyer enters your front door and explores the home room by room, they’ll be thinking about how they will personalize it with their own touches, and how much of a transformation might be needed to get it suited for them. With beautiful furnishings in place and just the right level of flair, they won’t have to work very hard to visualize their new life – and that gets them one step closer to making your house their new home.


Selling January 17, 2023

Tips for First-Time Home Sellers Directly from the Experts

Coldwell Banker-affiliated agents offer their best tips to first-time home sellers

We know that selling a home can be stressful, especially for first-time home sellers, so we gathered five Coldwell Banker-affiliated agents from across the country to offer their best tips for getting the most out of selling your home.

Our “Guiding You Home Since 1906” ad, re-launched this week during the NCAA Men’s College Basketball Tournament and on streaming platforms, showcases how Coldwell Banker-affiliated agents are a vital aspect in any home selling experience – especially in this fast-paced seller’s market, in which sellers need the most trusted guidance in the industry to help them navigate this new normal. Trust our agents to help YOU navigate the home selling process and receive the best offers on your home!

Be Informed: Know Your Market

Being informed and knowing your local market results in successfully selling your home. It’s important to do your own research to have an understanding of the market, but don’t feel like you need to know everything about real estate prior to meeting with an agent.

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Britney Kensmoe

Britney Kensmoe with Coldwell Banker Howard Perry & Walston in Holly Springs, NC, loves making sure clients are well informed from start to finish in order to make the process less overwhelming. Our network of agents can help you understand terminology, local trends, pricing and what buyers are looking for.

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Megan Vaden

Megan Vaden with Coldwell Banker The Brokers in Billings, MT, stresses the importance of knowing the local buyers, noting that buyers can often tell when a home listing is overpriced, which can lead to little or no offers on a home. Instead, if a home is priced fairly the first time it hits the market, there’s a better chance of getting an offer of equal or greater value to the listed asking price.




Closing costs – should you cover them? According to Ant Stroud with Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty in Jacksonville, FL, it depends. Before immediately rejecting a buyer’s request to cover closing costs, he advises considering if you received assistance from the previous seller during your buying process, plus asking your agent if it’s common in your market for closing costs to be covered by the seller.

Prepare Your Home for Listing

The most important thing to do when you’re ready to sell your current home is to prepare it for listing. Take a step back and look at it from the eyes of a potential buyer.

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Ed Feijo

Ed Feijo with Coldwell Banker Realty in Cambridge, MA, understands that preparing the home for showing can be the biggest hurdle to overcome when selling and that the process is made more difficult because of COVID-19 – if your whole family is always home, when do you clean, organize and do minor repairs? For this reason, he tries to help sellers overcome any anxieties by doing what he can to maximize the sell.

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Jessie Simmons

“The days and weeks leading up to listing are what’s really important,” echoes Jessie Simmons with Coldwell Banker Lake Chelan Properties in Lake Chelan, WA. The effort placed into organizing, staging and marketing the home in those weeks [is] essential and will be what sets the home apart for a successful listing on the market.



Kensmoe is big on helping sellers set up their homes for success on the market and shares that, as a seller, “you only get one first impression.” For this reason, she properly prepares clients by setting up staging, professional photography/videography and creating a website for the listing so that the home is able to “shine like the star it’s meant to be.”



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Ant Stroud

Stroud has two key terms he shares with customers: buyer value and return value.

“Buyer value is when you improve your property, but it might not show you any signs of financial return,” he says. He shares the example of curb appeal, which cannot be added to a listing price but helps buyers fall in love with the property upon driving up to it and can ultimately influence their decision to purchase the home.

On the other hand, Stroud explains that return value means “upgrades we can actually add to your listing [to] improve the listing price.” Renovated kitchens or bathrooms are a perfect example of return value as they can be included in the listing and can help raise the price of a home on the market.



Trust Your Agent and Take Advantage of the Current Market

Real estate agents are always available to help you along the home selling process, and Coldwell Banker-affiliated agents in particular are the best prepared and have the most experience to answer any questions you may have.

Stroud’s most important tip? Understand the value of your real estate agent because an agent’s job starts way before the offers roll in. They help you understand the process, help with inspections, negotiate repair requests, communicate with the lender for loan approval and coordinate with the title officer to make sure a closing date is set.

Trust your agent’s guidance and advice but know that ultimately, you will be the one making decisions. Once the home is listed, you can relax and trust that your agent will handle the process while keeping you informed and finding the best offers for your home!

As for finding the right time to sell, Feijo advises that right now is “a great time to take advantage of selling [since] you’ve got low inventory and low interest rates out there.” With limited inventory in most markets, finding a new home after the sale is a pain point that may keep many want-to-be sellers on the sidelines. “There are options and strategies to help you jump that hurdle,” remarks Feijo. “Don’t let fear keep you from having the home of your dreams. Trust your agent to work for you.”

Home Improvement/Design January 17, 2023

4 Investments Worth Making in Your First Home

You’ve just bought your first home – congratulations! Now it’s time to make your home feel like, well, home by undertaking some long-term investments that will not only look beautiful, but will also last you for years to come.

The following is a guest post by Suhayl Laher

In today’s post, we’re offering some advice for first-time homeowners on areas where spending a little bit more is likely to pay off in the long-run. From valuable aesthetic updates in key areas such as the kitchen, bathroom and living room to installing smart heating systems and insulation to prioritize energy efficiency, our tips will leave you inspired to make the most out of your first home update.

Replace flooring

Flooring has the power to change a room entirely, so it should go without saying that this is an essential aspect of the home where you should consider spending a little extra. Since flooring in areas such as the hallway, kitchen and bathroom is likely to undergo high footfall traffic, your material choice should always look to combine durability with that visual wow-factor where possible.

When it comes to updating your flooring, choose neutral colors to create a luxe look that goes the distance. Generally, neutral colors offer you the freedom to change your furniture or accessories without updating all the fixtures and fittings in the process, and will even allow you to keep up with trends as they change.

Whether you’re opting for some stylish, large format floor tiles which offer a contemporary touch in the kitchen or some hardwood flooring which adds warmth to your living room, quality flooring is a great way to add personality to a new space from the off – meaning showing your floors a little TLC should be high up on your list of investment priorities.

Update key areas of the home

As the hub of the home where friends and family alike come together to relax, the living room is the best place to start when it comes to fixtures and fittings. Lighting can have a huge impact on the overall aesthetic in your living room – so it’s worth spending a little bit more on lamps or downlighters to add that cozy, homely touch to the lounge.

Additionally, art is a great way to change the ambiance in your living room, so choosing pieces with comfort and calmness in mind is a great way to add a tranquil theme that makes you feel right at home from the get-go.

Naturally, ensuring your bathroom looks fresh, well maintained and hygienic is important when moving into any new home. Modern or high tech touches are an effective way to add an extra luxe appeal, so consider investing in a rain shower or waterfall taps to create a relaxing oasis that washes away the stresses of moving and unpacking.

Elsewhere in the home, high-end fittings such as granite or quartz worktops are practical choices that will go the distance. Though these may be a high investment initially, investing in durable, hard-wearing and practical materials in areas of frequent use ensures longevity and, as such, a great return on your investment in the long-run. 

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Invest in quality furniture

Nothing makes a house feel like home quite like furniture – after all, furniture is the most effective way of adding character to any space. When opting for your style, try to prioritize items that will stand the test of time, as this will ensure your first few years in your new home isn’t spent constantly renovating in-line with the latest trends.

When choosing timeless furniture, wood is often the first material which springs to mind. While solid wood is often more expensive than other types, it boasts a distinctive aesthetic and durability that will look great year after year. Whether you’re purchasing an oak cabinet for the living room or some luxury walnut bedroom cabinets, solid wood is an effective way to add a high-end, comforting appeal to your home.

Prioritize energy efficiency

Energy efficiency is now one of the highest priorities for homeowners as it can make a significant difference in the cost of utility bills. While adding energy-efficient features may be a large initial investment, the sooner you start making the changes, the greater your savings will be – so we recommend optimizing your new home right away.

Some essential areas to evaluate energy efficiency are the boiler and the loft. Poorly insulated lofts can be a major cause of energy wastage, even if all of your other appliances are in premium condition. If appliances such as your boiler aren’t in a premium condition, however, this could only add more costs to your energy bills, particularly if it breaks down during the winter months.

To keep track of your heating usage and spot issues early, a smart heating system is a great way to monitor your spending. Smart heaters allow you to add more thermostats and controls to different rooms, including hot water and heating – making this a logical investment for any first home.

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It’s easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of moving house, but with our tips, we hope you’ll be on your way to making worthwhile investments in your first home. If you’re still in search of that dream first house, contact your local Coldwell Banker Real Estate affiliated office to help make the process of buying a house trouble-free.

Buying January 17, 2023

How Much Home Can You Afford?

One of the most important things first-time homebuyers should explore – how much home can they afford?

You’ve been dreaming day and night about it: Buying your first home. It’s a thrilling prospect for everyone, especially first-time homeowners. With countless properties available online at your fingertips, it’s easy to begin house hunting as soon as the idea strikes. But it’s critical to determine your budget as a homebuyer before you start shopping seriously.

Determining your creditworthiness can help you learn what size mortgage you’ll qualify for and lead you to a realistic homebuying budget. When you obtain a pre-approval from a mortgage lender, you’ll know exactly what you can afford. Having a pre-approval letter will also make your offer more appealing to sellers. To ensure you are set for success for the homebuying journey, contact your Coldwell Banker-affiliated agent, who can connect you with a trusted loan officer.

Prior to any significant purchase, it’s important to set a realistic budget, and buying a home is no exception. Do a reality check on your personal finances. Scrutinize your monthly income, expenses and debt-to-income ratio, so you can assess what funds you’ll have available for a down payment and a monthly payment once you move into your new home.

Another important piece of this puzzle is your credit history. Check your current credit report for any debts you need to pay off so you’re in a stronger position when it comes time to apply for a loan. The higher your credit score is, the more access you’ll have to loans and lower interest rates.

Refer to a handy, online mortgage calculator to study property purchase prices. Do a quick search online and you’ll find a variety of free options. In fact, many allow you to figure in important, relevant factors such as property taxes, down payment amounts, interest rates and home insurance to provide a detailed breakdown of what your monthly payments would look like.

To be really savvy, factor in related expenses such as upfront costs, closing costs and other fees you’ll have prior to closing on a home. Also, budget for standard property maintenance expenses such as homeowner’s insurance, taxes and repairs that may be needed in the short term after closing.

Comfort and joy in your first home start with setting realistic financial expectations ahead of time. Buying a home will likely be the biggest purchase of your life, after all.

Buying January 17, 2023

Two-Month Moving Checklist

Follow this two-month checklist to keep your move on track.

The following is a guest post by Laura McHolm, Chief of Organized Living & NorthStar Moving Company Co-Founder  

 The pandemic stay-at-home protocols forced us to reevaluate our homes and where we live. Questions about our home size, needing a home office long term and thoughts of relocation to more affordable cities or closer to family were on the minds of many during the last year. Whether due to a life change or a change brought about by the pandemic, millions of people are moving and creating the “Great Reshuffling.” 

 This record rise in Americans moving, coupled with the typical busy moving season in the summer and a shortage of workers, has created the perfect storm. Moving companies are incredibly busy and are working hard to hire the qualified help they need. Moving is challenging enough without scrambling to find a reputable moving company.   

 So what does this mean for those planning to move this summer? Plan ahead! Make your moving reservations as early as possible to beat the surge and put your organizational skills in overdrive. 

 If possible, give yourself eight weeks to handle the moving to-dos in an orderly, low-stress manner. Use the steps below in this two-month moving calendar to keep you calm and prepared. Simply follow these steps and check them off one-by-one:  


  • Check a mover’s record with the Better Business Bureau in your state and social review sites. A great reputation is the best way to choose a mover 
  • Book your mover 
  • Start to inventory and divide up your belongings: Decide who gets what, which items to donate, recycle, to take and which items (if any) need to go into short-term or long-term storage 


  • Mail change of address cards or change your information online at the following:  
    • Post office 
    • Local Department of Motor Vehicles for License & Registration  
    • Social security  
    • Insurance companies 
    • Credit card companies 
    • Credit bureau and/or other creditors 
    • Employer (to forward W2s) 
    • Broker 
    • Mail order accounts 
    • Magazines 
    • Friends and relatives 
  • Gather personal records (medical, dental, etc.) 
  • Arrange to transfer children’s school records 
  • Gather all pet’s vet records and make sure all pets are microchipped and chip corresponds to a cell number that goes with you on your move. Order new tags and licenses with new address and your cell phone number 
  • Check homeowner’s insurance policies to see if moving is covered. Be sure your new home is protected by transferring fire, theft and other personal-property insurance 


  • Make arrangements to discontinue current utilities and schedule the start-up of new utilities: 
    • Landline telephone service 
    • Cable TV  
    • Internet  
    • Electricity (check for refund) 
    • Gas (check for refund) 
    • Fuel oil 
    • House cleaners 
    • Babysitters 
    • Dog walkers 
    • Gardeners 
    • Pool Service 
    • Diaper service 
    • Water 
    • Water softener 
    • Parking 
    • Other: ________________________ 
    • Have appliances serviced for shipment 


  • Arrange to transfer local bank accounts 
  • Ask doctors, dentists and veterinarians for medical records  
  • Cancel newspaper delivery 
  • Refill all prescriptions. Get prescriptions transferred to a new pharmacy closer to the new home 
  • Make arrangements to move children and pets. Do you need a babysitter for a day or two? A pet sitter?  
  • Confirm that the mover will move houseplants; if not, make arrangements. Houseplants, usually, cannot be moved by a mover, especially on long distance or out of state moves 
  • Start to disassemble any shelving, closet systems, etc. that you plan to take or arrange with the mover that they will be doing this on the day of the move 
  • If you need one, hire a cleaning crew to come clean your empty place to get your deposit back. Will your new place need a cleaning crew before you move in too?  


  • Pack in separate boxes the items necessary for first days in the new home: Label “LOAD LAST.” And label where to put each of those boxes in your new home: 
    • Medicine (always keep prescriptions on you) 
    • Comfortable clothes 
    • Linens and towels 
    • Toothbrushes and toiletries 
    • Paper goods 
    • Disposable plates and silverware 
    • Foil and wax paper 
    • Plastic containers 
    • Microwave 
    • Vacuum cleaner 
    • Garbage bags 
    • Tool kit 
    • Step ladder 
    • Extension cords 
    • Light bulbs 
    • Cleaning items (mop and pail, broom and dust pan, etc.) 
    • Each member of the family should also pack a suitcase with what they need for a few days while you’re getting settled into your new place. Don’t forget cell phone chargers, medications and favorite teddy bears 
  • If the movers are packing all or part of your belongings, call to schedule and confirm the details. Make sure your mover knows how much packing you expect to do yourself and how much you expect them to do 
  • Plan to use up most food items before the move. If you have any leftover food on moving day, donate it to Move For Hunger 
  • Register to vote 


  • Defrost and dry refrigerators/freezers to be moved 
  • Gather valuables and important documents from jewelry cases, safe deposit box, etc. to take with you in the car. Do not pack these items with your other belongings 


 Congratulations, you conquered “The Great Reshuffling!” Not only did you move during a very unique time, you stayed organized and, hopefully, the entire process was much more stress-free. As the winner of this moving marathon, you now get to slowly unpack and peacefully settle into your new and improved lifestyle. 


Home Improvement/Design January 17, 2023

Home Design Trends for 2023

Elevated Escapes and Outlandish Elements

Written By: Lauren Oosterlinck

In recent months, the world has re-energized, and hope has bloomed in ways that many had not experienced since before this decade began. In contrast, shifting economic and global conditions have awakened and heightened certain sensitivities. This age of extremes has given way to a curious range of design ideas. From eclectic and new to natural and nostalgic, here are some of the most notable home design features and themes we expect to see in the year ahead:

Bring the vacation to you. After nearly two years of limited travel, a sense of wanderlust has arisen for many. Yet, rather than actually traveling to fulfill this urge, savvy decorators have opted instead to create an escape within the residence. With a continued desire to revel in the comforts of home, many have embraced the idea that venturing out truly isn’t necessary to achieve that breezy, revitalizing experience. Using warm wood tones, bright light and airy linen curtains and furnishings, abodes will have rooms – both indoors and out – transformed in the style of beachy resort destinations and dreamy European villas.

Connect to nature and the present. People are recognizing the need to be more present and peaceful in the moment and are erring toward pragmatic sensibilities in lifestyle and functionality. Fostering security and balance continue to be key, but with an emphasis on the senses – which translates into the use of natural textiles and rare materials in home décor such as crude clay, terra-cotta, handcrafted finishings and glazed tiles made from organic materials. Color schemes are inspired by nature and the desert theme has gained in appeal, incorporating gentle colors such as beiges and greys. The trend additionally translates to comforting, tactile interior designs that blend organic shapes, arches and irregular forms to create a cozy, warm aesthetic. Such biophilic design will continue as a trend. In fact, you may even consider adding a full-sized tree to the kitchen – olive trees are favored – to add an impressive fixture and create a Mediterranean or rustic vibe.

Embrace opulence and idiosyncrasy. In a distinctly disparate tone, an “anti-neutral renaissance” has simultaneously gained traction, influencing home interiors. For those on this opposite end of the spectrum, minimalist fatigue has set in, driving the desire for extravagance and affecting a mood for glamour. A major theme for the new year is celebrating individuality, so unique touches, unconventional decorative fabrics and elements will reign. Think luxe jewel tones, whimsical details and embellishments galore. Expect striking visual effects in homes such as curvy and geometric shapes, fanciful rugs, monochromatic rooms in vivid shades like baby pink – as well as two-toned cabinets in contrasting colors. Emerald green, cobalt and rust are expected to be top interior colors in the coming year. Hellenism and antiquity will also see a surge in popularity, so Corinthian-style furnishings, statues and wallpaper motifs will be highly sought after.

Statement stone. Combining aspects of the two aforementioned trends, another desirable style in 2023 will be the use of unexpected stones in surprising ways. Anticipate colorful marble in creative reds, corals, deep blues and jewel tones. Exotic types of porcelain, soapstone and granite will be used throughout the home in a variety of ways: Subtly – as serving platters, side tables or nightstands – and dramatically – as accent walls, tables, bathtubs or countertops that transition into bold backsplashes – to incorporate as standalone art or a stunning focal point.

Whether you feel like a daredevil or crave simplicity, the coming year boasts a menu of delights to fulfill the moods and needs of many appetites. We hope you’re inspired to customize and love your residence more than ever in 2023.


Home Improvement/Design January 17, 2023

Savvy Ways to Increase Your Home’s Value

Here are a few of our favorite impactful and straightforward means of boosting your home’s value and appeal over the short or long term.

Written By: By Lauren Oosterlinck

Whether you plan to be in your home for just a few more months or many more years, there are plenty of efficient ways to maximize your space and increase its value. This type of investment needn’t require a loan, nor does it have to span any great length of time. From green living to greenery in your yard, here are a few impactful and straightforward means of boosting your home’s value and appeal over the short or long term.

A Smart Move

Green is the new black. Any form of energy efficiencies and conservation in your home will inevitably be a fiscal gain. Whether you install energy-saving window treatments or solar panels, both options can reduce utility expenses for you and any future inhabitants. When it comes time to replace appliances, a prudent decision would be to select a “smart” model of said item, which can significantly lower long-term energy costs.

While on the topic of efficiency, a wise investment would be installing “smart” devices throughout your property. Think digital features such as automated blinds or shades, security cameras, door locks, security lighting and thermostats. When you’re ready to sell, the smart tech will appeal to buyers with a penchant for the added value of convenience and connectivity.

Wide Open Spaces

Create visual space in rooms by keeping them clutter-free and organized, which can be solved by simply installing a stylish shelving unit to keep extraneous items out of sight. Seek the help of a professional organizer who will be bursting with innovative ideas to optimize the storage areas in your dwelling.

Another way to increase square footage without a renovation is to let the sunshine in! Avoid heavy drapes and instead, use modern window treatments that add height such as roller, Roman or cellular shades. Similarly, you can position a decorative floor-to-ceiling mirror in any room to visually double your space.

From the Bottom Up

Explore the possibility of replacing the flooring in a few key spaces. A unique, beautiful and buzzworthy material is cork, which is also known to have antibacterial properties. If you opt for new surfaces under your feet, consider installing radiant heating simultaneously. These systems not only add optimum comfort, but are also aesthetically pleasing and energy efficient.

Make an impact through your lighting choices. Utilize contemporary or dramatic fixtures to complement each room. Whether you choose minimal or eye-catching designs – the right piece in the optimal locale can add intrigue and substance to your residence.

Kick It Up a Notch

Significant updates to your kitchen and bathroom are sure to boost value. Modern appliances and updated décor increase appeal to buyers, so consider a new backsplash or that roomy farmhouse-style sink you’ve been eyeing. Think one step further and install a water filtration system to add practicality and luxury to your dwelling. Additional elements like stylish sconces, a new vanity or a vintage mirror can elevate functionality and increase allure.

It’s Only Natural

Consider your front and backyard. If there is an area that would benefit from some striking landscaping or creative plantings, explore your options or consult with a professional landscape architect or designer. Executed well, a garden or other natural elements in your yard can become lovely extensions of your home’s indoor atmosphere.

When you look around, there are many ways to enhance the comfort and appeal of your property that will serve you well as a resident – and add value one day when you’re ready to sell.


Home Improvement/Design January 17, 2023

5 DIY Improvements to Make Your Home Classier

Updating your home to be more chic – without looking cheap – is completely doable on a budget.

If you’re looking to add more class to your home, taking on a DIY project can give your house that extra sense of style while saving you money. No need to cringe at those three little words: “do it yourself.” There really are fast, easy and affordable projects you can do on your own. Here are five relatively easy ways to enhance your home.

1. Replace Your Light Fixtures
Switching out an old or basic light fixture for a more elegant one is an easy way to shift the ambiance of a room. By adding a sophisticated light fixture, you can control the intensity of the light and character of your room. And you don’t need to pay a pretty penny for expensive new fixtures – you can buy used fixtures online.

2. Add Floating Shelves
Installing floating shelves in your home combines the functionality of extra storage space with a bit of style and personal flair. Floating shelves can be mounted on walls in many different patterns, and they come in various materials to give your rooms a unique touch. For a small room choose shallow shelves to display framed photos; for a larger room you can afford to use deeper shelves to hold vases, books and unique trinkets.

3. Paint an Accent Wall
Painting an accent wall can add a pop of color and showcase your personality. Usually a low-risk project, a homeowner of any skill level can tackle this project in a day. You just need some painter’s tape, a brush and the color that suits you! Just make sure the color you choose is complementary with the other colors in the room. Stay consistent between warm and cool tones.

4. Install Decorative Molding
Adding decorative molding around your home can add an extra touch of elegance. Install molding to the ceiling by capping walls, columns and cabinets, or add chair molding lower to the ground. With detailed molding you can add character to your rooms while also making them feel taller and more finished.

5. Build a Stone Fire Pit

Take your sophisticated style outside by building a stone fire pit in your backyard. Completed in only a few hours, take uniquely shaped rocks or large stones and put them together to create a functional and stylish fire pit. Before starting the project, be sure to check your local fire codes or homeowners association to ensure you are safe and allowed to start building.

Adding a touch of class to your home doesn’t have to break the bank! Just be sure to start with one project at a time, allowing yourself to complete one before starting the next. Otherwise, you’ll fall victim to chronic project incompleteness syndrome – not a good look!

Now that you know about these five inexpensive DIY projects, which will you try?