Easy Home Updates You Can Do Now


Being stuck at home can be overwhelming at times but look on the bright (or maybe dusty!) side – now maybe you have time to get a jump start on spring cleaning.  Here are some easy, affordable updates to keep you and your family busy and help your home look its best.

 

Whether you are thinking about selling, or simply want to clean up and simplify your life, the #1 to-do on many people’s list is de-cluttering. This can be time consuming if you have many different items to sort through, so it’s the perfect opportunity to tackle the more daunting tasks. Here are some great tips from tidying expert Marie Kondo, to help keep you motivated and spark some joy in cleaning!

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Is there a room in your house that could use a fresh coat of paint to liven it up? It’s amazing what changing the color of a space can do for the feel of it! Even adding an accent or two is an inexpensive way to change a room and make it more open and spacious. Bringing more energy into an area makes everyone happier and helps with the flow of the environment. Here are some fun painting ideas to get you started: 

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Now that we are starting to see some warmer weather and sunny days, it’s time to start thinking about your garden and cleaning up the landscaping for the summer! Trimming up dead bushes and shrubs helps make sure the new growth can reach the sun and get big and strong. There are tons of things you can do to get your equipment ready as well as your yard, for the long summer ahead. Here are ten early spring yard maintenance tips from the Farmers Almanac to keep you on track:

https://www.almanac.com/content/10-tips-maintaining-beautiful-yard


Cleaning and disinfecting is at the top of everyone’s list right now, with trying to keep the spread of germs down and help everyone stay healthy. A clean home is where it starts so here are 20 Genius Cleaning Hacks for a Tidy Home in No Time!

https://www.bhg.com/homekeeping/house-cleaning/tips/cleaning-hacks/

Want some more great ideas on how to stay busy making home improvements while your spending more time there? Here’s a great list of ideas from Better Homes & Gardens if you need some more inspiration!

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Dress To Impress: Selling Your Home

Dressing up your home to sell is extremely important and goes a long way when you have interested buyers trying to nail down the perfect home they’ve been searching for. Of course they want to see the home but more importantly, they want to envision themselves living in it. Styling and staging your living spaces in the right way will not only make your home more marketable, but it will also give potential buyers a glimpse of your home’s potential and sense of personality.  Read along below for a few fabulous tips to keep in mind as you begin to introduce your home to interested buyers. 

1. Incorporate Color

Don’t settle for bland colors throughout the house. Having pops of color will add a little more life to each room, while attracting the eyes of those who are previewing your home. Not sure where to start? Add a few colorful home accents here and there such a throw pillows, rugs, vases or lamps to really grab the attention of potential buyers.

2. Mismatching Furniture

It is easy to stick to symmetry and uniformity when it comes to furniture in order keep consistency throughout your home. Although not a bad thing, sometimes mismatching different pieces of furniture will help off-set or break up the redundancy and create a cozier, more visually authentic feel. Different styled or colored chairs around the dining room table is a good example of this.

3. Painted Cabinets 

A great way to brighten up your kitchen or bathroom on a budget is by painting the cabinets. You can also embellish the cabinets by swapping out handles and knobs for more modern, edgier styles. These simple touches will make your kitchen or wash room feel crisp and modern!

4. Lighting 

Believe it or not — lighting can make all the difference in a room. Rustic, glass or shimmering lamps provide texture and warmth to the room and will serve as more attractive, eye-catching accents. Chandeliers can also add elegance and grandeur to your living and/or dining rooms.

5. Maintaining the Outdoors

Nowadays, there is a strong desire for open and well-maintained outdoor living spaces. One way to appeal to this feature is by taking advantage of any patio space or decks you may have. Add a sitting area, pots and planters, a grill, and lighting/lanterns to provide your home with an outdoor retreat. If your home doesn’t have a patio or deck, create your own space by planting small, lush gardens with a few cozy chairs overlooking the flower beds. Complete the area by adding a stone walkway that leads you to the garden from your home.

INCREASING YOUR HOME’S CURB APPEAL

Are you looking to spruce up your home’s curb appeal? If so, try a few of these simple tricks to help your home make a statement – It’s all in the details! 

1. Colorize Your Front Door

A great way to help your home’s curb appeal is by painting the front door. Easy, right? Adding a splash of color can make all the difference. A front door that “pops” immediately catches the eye and creates a more welcoming feel.

2. Embellish With House Numbers

Customize your home with big, bold house numbers that really speak to your home. Swap out the old and find the right style that matches your home’s personality. You’ll be surprised at how much of a difference it makes!

3. Freshen Up The Porch 

If you have a porch visible to the street, add furniture to fill any empty, barren spaces. This will not only liven up the entrance to your home, but it will also provide you with a peaceful area to relax, sit and ENJOY!

4. Swap Out Porch Lighting 

Have you had the same old, dreary sconce porch lighting since you moved in? Time to switch it up! Swapping out old porch lighting to newer, more contemporary forms of lighting will instantly give your home a glow (pun intended)!

5. Flowers Are Your Friends 

Gardening is one of the most effective ways to increase your home’s curb appeal. Adding flowers, bushes, oriental grasses and other vegetation will help brighten up your home and create a lush landscape that will set your home apart!

6. Paint The Garage Door

Most garages take up A LOT of visual space so it is important to keep your garage doors looking clean and well-maintained. If you think your garage doors may be in need of some help, spruce them up with a fresh coat of paint or try applying new hardware and/or handles to give them some personality!

7. Add A Fence

Adding a low fence around the front yard creates depth and ultimately gives the illusion of a bigger, more expansive yard! It also serves as a great boundary between the busy neighborhood street and your residence.

8.  Transform The Side Yard 

Cover up any eye-sores on the sides of your homes by creating a space just for them. Keep them camouflaged through attractive fencing or by surrounding them with large, beautiful bushes. Adding a stone walkway or path along with a terrace will complete the look!

Take Care of Your Home Through the Fall Season

Fall Tree

The leaves are changing and there’s a chill in the air – what a beautiful time to live in Colorado!

Fall is a great time to take care of your home and keep it looking great as the seasons change.  If you are selling your home, it’s especially important to keep working on the curb appeal.

Here are some tips to keep your home looking great during the Fall season:

– Rake and remove dead leaves as often as possible, especially sweep porches and walkways.

– As leaves and debris build up, it is VERY important to clean your gutters and downspouts frequently, so once the snow starts flying, the gutters are clean and ready to do their job.

– Remove weeds  and trim back dying plants from your  flowerpots, lawn and garden.

– Bring in pots of heartier flowers like chrystanthemums or place some pumpkins or other fall items around your front porch area and keep them neat – remember simple is better. Also, store empty flowerpots in your garage or shed.

– Have your sprinkler lines blown out and winterized before the first freeze – no one wants to deal with broken pipes!

– Be sure to aerate your lawn and fertilize before the ground freezes.  Consider planting some bulbs for the coming spring.

– Have your furnace serviced by a HVAC professional, and purchase extra filters to get you through the winter months.

– Check all windows and doors, and add caulk or weather stripping to seal any areas as needed.

– Take some time to check all exterior light bulbs.

– Cover or store patio and lawn furniture.

– Change out your lighter window coverings, throw pillows, and other accessories for warmer seasonal ones (again – think ‘simple’).

– This is also a great time to change the batteries in your smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.

Taking care of these items now will keep your house in great showing condition, and ensure that you won’t be worrying about your home once the snow starts flying.