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Three Areas Of Your Business

Three Areas Of Your Business

By Dirk Ziller, Real Estate Champions

Any successful businessperson, over a span of years, has embraced the focus to build three areas of their business simultaneously. These three areas are the growth areas, working “in” the business, and working “on” the business.

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Growth is the engine that drives sales growth. It’s the part of the business that brings in the revenue of the business. The more time invested in growth daily, weekly, monthly, the greater the resulting income. The vast majority of Agents spend too little time in growth. Growth is the DIPA activity that I have talked about throughout my writings. Growth is the critical part of the business, without growth, a business will fail.

I know a lot of agents who are highly skilled at growth, but poorly skilled in administration and business planning, who earn large amounts of money. I know very few Champion Agents who are not highly skilled at growth. You can have huge deficiencies in administration and even customer service (I don’t recommend it) but still, win the income game through growth. You can’t be deficient in growth and win. Growth is the engine that powers the train; you must first pay attention to growth. Your prospecting should comprise 65% of the time you invest in growth daily. If you don’t prospect, the other growth areas won’t happen.

“In” The Business

Working “in” the business is the administration or production supporting activities. These need to be done, but not at the expense of growth. The “in” area focuses on you being an employee working in your business doing functions any employee would do. Our goal through the segment of working “in” our business is producing results for our delighted clients. We are trying to turn clients into evangelists so they generate referrals. Their transition to that level of customer satisfaction comes from working “in” the business. If you create good systems, processes, checklists, and have highly trained staff you can reduce the time you invest in this area.

“On” The Business

This segment is the segment most Agents neglect until they want to retire and find out they have nothing to sell. In Michael Gerber’s book, The E-myth, he talks about the myth of an entrepreneur. He describes that most entrepreneurs have really bought a well-paying job and don’t really own a business. Realtors® clearly fit into that category of entrepreneur. We also clearly fit into buying a well-paying job.

When we work “on” our business, it really shapes our long-term success and growth from just running faster on the treadmill of our business and life. Your long-term financial wealth is contained in the working “on” your business segment. Your ability to earn a profit and increase the profit is key. Remember, sales is a margins game. The more time we invest to plan, read, strategize, evaluate, and implement new ideas, tactics, and strategies, the more we evaluate the market, our time, our numbers, and return investment, the more ownership we gain. Becoming the owner of your real estate business only happens through diligent working “on” your business. Instead of being a highly compensated employee who pays the bills, why not become the one who orchestrates the growth of the company? Be the one who has something to sell when you want to transition or retire.

Working on your business is critical to helping you move to the next level of production, or to decrease time worked without reducing income or finding where to cut expenses by 10%. Working on your business will help you create economies of scale in administration and new ways to produce growth and income in your business. You need one hour per day of working “on” the business. For every minute you plan, you will save ten minutes in implementation.

What do you think your business would look like in 90-days, or even 6-months if you were to implement the below daily routine?

Growth: 3-hours

Administration: 1 to 2-hours

Business: 1-hour

By following the review patterns or pausing at the end of a day, week, month, quarter, six months, and year, you automatically increase the “on” time in your business. Another technique would be to schedule a block of additional planning and execution time at the end of each week. Most of our clients have ninety minutes of planning time each week where they work to improve their business. If you work to employ these techniques, you will transform the results of your business in a few short months.

 

6 Outdated Trends To Avoid When Decorating

6 Outdated Trends To Avoid When Decorating

It’s a New Year! We hope 2022 is the best year ever for you and your family.

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When decorating, it can be a challenge to decide whether to follow trends or pick a more classic style. In recent years, there have been many trends that have been fun to try but have come to wear out their welcome.

Forced Minimalism

To some, being nominalistic has been seen as a form of status or glamour, but as time passes this comes to be seen for the blank space that it is. If you have a space like this, it can be updated by adding patterns and texture, as well as color. The upside of this trend is that updating it is an easy fix, and you can go in whatever direction you want.

Industrial Kitchens

While spaces like foyers and living spaces have been underdone in recent trends, kitchens have been the victims of overkill. Large stainless steel appliances that stick out and attempt to make your home kitchen look like it is part of a restaurant detract from the fact that it is indeed part of your home. While things like ovens, refrigerators, and dishwashers continue to be must-haves, current trends aim to conceal these in cupboards or with faces that are more streamlined into your decor.

Colored Accent Walls

Not too long ago, an accent wall seemed to be the thing to do to bring character to a room, and if you are absolutely in love with the eggplant-colored wall in your dining room, by all means, keep it. If you’re tired of it, however, other options are out there.

If you still want something to add a little quirkiness to just one wall, consider different texture options instead.

Color Pops

“Pop of color” has been the phrase of the day for many decorators for some time, but many think it is time to expand on the idea and truly embrace bright colors and patterns. Instead of having a couple of throw pillows to brighten a space, choose colorful artwork, curtains, or rugs that will be inviting to the family as well as guests.

Being Overly Basic

For some, the trend is to both follow and avoid trends at the same time. The Mid Century Modern trend reflects this because it includes a lot of clean lines and neutral colors. While having a sofa that reflects this style can look great, don’t be afraid to mix things up with different shapes, colors, and textures that truly project your style.

The Use of Rose Gold

Rose gold is pretty, but it is far from the only home decor metal out there. Mixing different metal tones can bring a sense of texture to a home and add pizzazz without creating overkill.

Whatever you decide on decorating your home, it is important to remember that it is your home, and above all else, you and your family need to be comfortable in it. Trends come and go, and paying attention to them can provide a lot of guidance, but at the end of the day, it is important to remember what feels best to you.

Are you planning to update your home in 2022? There are a lot of different ideas that could bring your home up to the look you will love. Enjoy!

3 Emerging Design Trends for Todays Lifestyle

3 Emerging Design Trends for Todays Lifestyle

Events from the past year have all of us reconsidering what we want and need out of our homes. From work and play to wellness, our homes have become the epicenter of, well, everything – leading to an emergence of design trends focused on adapting to a new normal. The design experts at Wilsonart, a world-leading provider of engineered surfaces, have identified three new lifestyle trends that are affecting lasting design changes.

  1. Back to Nature

It’s no secret that nature has the power to inspire, invigorate, restore and refresh. Research has shown that interacting with nature can offer mental health benefits, including decreasing stress and relieving anxiety. Likewise, incorporating elements of nature into the home has been proven to improve happiness and well-being.

Whether as a room’s canvas or a pop of color on an accent wall, paint is an easy and affordable way to bring nature’s beauty into the home with colors that evoke a sense of calm and serenity. “Dark blue hues reminiscent of water and the sky are trending, along with lush greens that infuse spaces with the fresh essence of grass and foliage,” says designer Gwen Petter. “Earthy neutrals, such as tans and beiges, are also in high demand for their ability to ground us and surround us with soothing natural tones.”

Beyond color, 40% of people report that they want a connection to nature, particularly in their kitchens, according to a survey by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA). Homeowners are choosing nature-inspired materials for focal areas like countertops, cabinets and islands. Wilsonart® Home offers beautiful, on-trend options for virtually every surface in the home with performance features and price points to suit any lifestyle and budget. The expertly curated collection includes environmentally sustainable materials such as high-pressure laminates and performance veneers that deliver the authentic looks of exotic woods, stone-inspired solid surface options, and non-porous engineered quartz.

  1. “Resi-mercial” and Rustic

Fueled by the drastic decline in domestic and international travel during the pandemic, homeowner interest in replicating the sophisticated style and comforts of an upscale hotel or luxury resort in their home has continued to grow. From plush towels and perfectly plump pillows to spa-worthy bathrooms and chef-quality kitchens, commercially inspired designs are increasingly crossing over into the residential arena.

Carrara marble continues to be one of the most sought-after surfaces to achieve this clean, sophisticated, “resi-mercial” look, but not everyone desires the cost and maintenance that comes with the natural stone. The Wilsonart® Solid Surface Crafted Collection combines nature’s beauty with cutting-edge design innovation to deliver the look of authentic marble in an ultra-durable acrylic solid surface. This series of movement designs capture the beauty and drama of marble typically only seen in natural materials like quartz and stone with virtually limitless design applications for the kitchen, bath, and beyond.

Scandi Noir is another “resi-mercial” design approach that is gaining traction, particularly in kitchens. This style features looser rules and is characterized by the use of dark cabinets combined with dark countertops or contrasting dark and light surfaces. “Kitchen cabinets are still predominantly white, but more homeowners are adding a pop of color with contrasting island cabinets. In fact, searches for black and navy kitchens are up significantly,” notes Petter.

  1. Sustainable Style

As our lives become increasingly home-centric, our homes need to perform on a level they may never have before, and this includes incorporating materials that work as hard as we do. “Today’s homeowners are seeking surfaces that will live up to the rigors of everyday life,” explains Petter. “There also is growing interest in sustainable alternatives to natural products, which can contribute to deforestation and degraded air quality from sourcing and mining operations. Human-made composite materials offer appealing options that often outperform natural materials, delivering greater durability, less ongoing maintenance, and fewer harmful environmental impacts.”

Alternative materials like laminate, solid surface, and quartz mimic the best of Mother Nature without impacting the environment, offering appealing options for eco-conscious consumers. Many of these engineered surfaces are UL GREENGUARD Gold Certified to meet low chemical emissions limits for better air quality. Additionally, many laminate products are made with a combination of fibers from FSC-certified, fast-growing, sustainably managed woods and post-consumer recycled content (PCRC). For more information and inspiration, visit Wilsonart.com. (BPT)

Hot Trends in Renovations

Hot Trends in Renovations

Thank you for taking a minute to read this article about Hot Trends in Renovation. When great information is found, we like sharing it with our wonderful agents. Please enjoy.

Hot Trends in Renovation
By Denise Lones, The Lones Group

This week I am on-site at one of my properties. I’ve just finished a renovation here, and I have to share something very important: the building industry, home design industry, renovation/remodel industry—they’re all changing! And it is dramatic.

That’s why I have scheduled an online workshop covering the hottest trends later this summer to go over some of those changes. I’m going to go over architectural trends, color and paint trends, cabinet trends, and more.

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Just to give you a preview of this new kitchen, one of the biggest trends in kitchens is adding shelves. You may notice that the cabinets are not white, but linen, which is one of the hottest color trends right now especially when combined with a pop of black in the handle. Another major trend we’re seeing are these clean rectangular glass tiles.

“But Denise, why should I care about trends? They’re just going to change anyway,” I can hear you say.

You should care because your clients are going to ask you questions about this. Whether they are thinking about renovating before a sale, after a sale, or just touching up their home for listing photos, they trust your opinion and they want to know what’s really going on. Personal style aside, it’s always good to keep tabs on what is currently popular, because that can affect your clients’ bottom line.

Another subject I cover in the class is how to save money. Your clients will be eager to hear how to do a renovation on a shoestring budget. Fixer-uppers are also going to be more financially attractive. Your clients want to know what is a good idea and what is a money-sink.

We are also going to be taking a look at all the new products coming on the market. Specifically new counter-top products and flooring products. If I had to take two things to a desert island for a renovation, give me a few gallons of paint and some new flooring. The way flooring is engineered today is mind-boggling. You can save money and make impactful transformations that wouldn’t be possible unless you knew it was available.

We’ve just gone through a very modern-minimalist phase, and now we’re swinging back to a modern-traditional phase. That means warmer colors, richer textures, and more color and textures. My goal is to help you navigate this shift, even if it isn’t your personal style.

Now, I’m a black-and-white kind of gal. I love high-contrast black and white, but on this remodel, I chose linen (not pure white) because that’s what people want. Knowing little things like that can save you money, make you money, and give you the edge.

Thank you for reading this and please remember us if you or someone you know needs a home inspection.

3 Ways Credit Plays Into Mortgage Refinancing

3 Ways Credit Plays In to Mortgage Refinancing

We found this article very informative and wanted to share it with you. Many people refinance their mortgage within the first 5-years and this information can help make the process go more smoothly.

If you’re thinking about refinancing your mortgage, there’s often a lot to consider. For instance, your decision to refinance may rely on current interest rates or your personal financial situation.

Your credit score also plays a role in the mortgage refinancing process. While it can certainly factor into your ability to refinance, the relationship between your mortgage and your credit score can be complicated. However, it doesn’t need to be.

What to Know About Credit Scores and Refinancing

Credit requirements can vary depending on the terms of your loan. But at the same time, many programs share similar traits. Here are a few you’ll want to know:

The Score You Need Can Depend On the Type of Loan You Have

According to NerdWallet, if you’re refinancing a VA or conventional loan, you’ll typically need a score between 620 and 720 to qualify. And if you have an FHA loan, you need a score between at least 500 and 580 to qualify.

Fortunately, lenders understand that life happens and are willing to work through different options if your credit score recently dropped below the requirements. For instance, there are different streamline financing options for VA loans, FHA loans and USDA loans that don’t require credit checks or score benchmarks.

A lot of people also choose to get home loans through Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, two of the largest home loan lenders in the country. Both typically require a minimum credit score of 620 to get approved.

Good Credit Isn’t the Only Thing You Need to Qualify

When you’re looking to refinance, having an excellent credit score can be beneficial. However, your score doesn’t automatically make you eligible. Lenders will look at a number of other things before they approve refinancing, such as your:

* Debt-to-income ratio (DTI): The amount of debt you have compared to how much money you make.

* Loan-to-value ratio (LTV): Allows lenders to assess the lending risk before approving a mortgage or a mortgage refinance. Loans that have a higher LTV are typically considered to be a higher risk.

If your lender says you have a high LTV ratio, that doesn’t automatically disqualify you. There are government-sponsored programs from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac that are available for borrowers who have LTV ratios that are 97.01% or higher.

Refinancing Can Drop Your Score Temporarily

Like any changes to your installment accounts, refinancing your mortgage can lower your score. However, you don’t need to worry about this as much if your credit is already in good standing.

There are a couple of reasons why your score may drop. One is that lenders take what’s called a “hard inquiry,” or a detailed look, at your credit score. Such hard inquiries can cause your score to drop by a few points. The second is that the fact of refinancing itself can reduce your credit score. The third is a possible increase in your utilization ratio, which is calculated by comparing the amount you owe versus your total credit limit.

Start the Refinancing Process on the Right Foot

There’s a lot involved in the refinancing process. But when you know where your credit score is at before you begin, it can help you create a better plan for action.

With VantageScore’s latest scoring model, you can get an accurate and detailed picture of your credit scores so you can make the best refinancing decision for you. (BPT)

If you’re thinking about refinancing your mortgage, here’s some good information to help you along the way.

Carpet Helps You Create a Healthy, Stylish, Comfortable Home

Carpet Helps You Create a Healthy, Stylish, Comfortable Home

Being at home more often has inspired many people to make changes in their favorite spaces that focus on health and comfort. You might be surprised to learn that carpeting a room supports both these goals, plus offers near-endless style possibilities.

Carpet is a popular flooring option, accounting for 48% of the total U.S. flooring market, according to the Carpet and Rug Institute. Adding carpet or refreshing the carpet you already have in your home has many benefits, from helping you breathe easier to keeping loved ones safe. Here are the top reasons people are opting for carpet:

Health and Indoor Air Quality

Carpets can help support a healthy home, even for people with asthma and allergies. The updated asthma management guidelines from the National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute do not include recommendations to remove carpet as a way to treat asthma and allergies.

“Scientific research shows that carpet does not negatively impact allergies or asthma. In fact, carpet can improve your home’s air quality by trapping allergens, keeping them out of the breathing zone, and making them easy to vacuum,” said Dr. Michael Halwig, allergy specialist on the clinical faculty of Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, Georgia. “All too often patients have been advised to remove carpeting in the home to deal with environmental allergies. This is often expensive and impractical for many families. Current knowledge shows that the use of vacuum cleaners with HEPA filters and other environmental control measures are much more effective in reducing allergens in the home.”

Many people are installing additional carpets in their homes to help improve air quality. Fortunately, the vast majority of carpet sold in the U.S. is certified through CRI’s Green Label Plus program, a third-party certification that demonstrates products are among the lowest emission emitting carpet, adhesive, and cushion products on the market.

Safety and Noise Reduction

With people spending more time at home, indoor noise pollution is becoming a big problem. Carpet and carpet pads help absorb excessive sounds to soften noises within a room while serving as a sound barrier between floors. This is especially important in rooms with large TVs, sound systems, or speakerphones, as well as in hallways and on stairs to soften foot traffic. Whether you’re working, studying, or relaxing, carpet reduces noise so you can focus.

Carpet is also a safe choice, particularly in multigenerational homes. In addition to added comfort in cushioning footsteps, carpet can help reduce slips and falls that may occur more easily on hard surface flooring. Carpet is safe for the whole family, but especially for toddlers and older individuals who are more prone to falls. If a fall does happen, carpet can help minimize injury.

Fashion and Functionality

Carpet can serve as a neutral foundation, in popular tones of gray, cream, or beige, or it can be a focal point featuring vibrant colors and bold patterns. With thousands of carpet styles, colors, textures, and designs, you can select an option that suits your personal taste and complements your home’s aesthetic.

Beyond beauty, carpet provides a great place to sit and is comfortable underfoot. Because carpet provides thermal insulation, it helps maintain a room’s optimum temperature; for example, in cooler months it retains warm air for longer. It feels good and looks good, helping create an inviting feeling in any room.

“With two toddlers, a dog, and two cats, carpet was a must-have throughout our home. Carpet provides comfort, warmth, and style – and we also love that it improves indoor air quality,” said Chelsee Hood, mother, and blogger. “Many families are choosing to install carpet for these reasons and more, making it a great feature in the modern home.”

Five Secrets to Building the Best Media Room

Five Secrets to Building the Best Media Room

A very popular amenity that’s found in many homes, newly built or existing – and one that’s on many homeowners’ wish lists – is a Home Theater or Media Room. Keep on reading to see some sure-fire media room ideas that you can incorporate into your home, whether small or large, ordinary or amazing.

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What fun to have your very own media room to invite your family and friends to watch your favorite movies and shows. A media room or home theater is becoming more popular in new homes and is even a replacement for the “rec rooms” of the past. And why not? With online movie streaming and downloading favorites more convenient, this added space in any home is a bonus. Whether you devote one entire space to a media room or incorporate media features into a multipurpose room, here are 5-secrets to building a “5-star” media room.

Secret 1: Plan, Plan, Plan! There are many variables that are associated with creating a media room so planning ahead is the first secret to getting just what you want. Create a “floor plan” and diagram your dream room onto paper. Refer to catalogs and magazines for inspiration. Consider the size of the space, the style of the room, audio/video equipment, and most important…your budget. Decide if you can allocate this space just for a media room or if it will be used for other family activities.

Secret 2: Select The Right Lighting: Getting the room lit just right is important. Since you won’t be watching movies all of the time, and if you opt to use the room for other activities, consider installing lights with dimmer switches. Whether you use recessed lighting, lamps, or overhead installations, the dimmer switch will be convenient and effective.

Secret 3: Design The Acoustics: Seeing and hearing is believing! A major aspect of any movie experience is the sound so pay particular attention to the acoustics of your media room. Installing carpet, opposed to tile or hardwood will improve the sound. Surround sound speakers that are placed in all areas of the room offer a movie theater experience that will make a huge difference in your space. Remote controls will add convenience. Headphones are part of our everyday culture, so installing jacks by each seat could be an option, especially if the room isn’t soundproof. Consider working with a professional who is trained in acoustic design.

Secret 4: Keep Decor Welcoming: If you can dedicate a room exclusively for a media room, make the focal point of the screen and keep other accessories to a minimum. But since most of us have to create our media room to share with other family activities, keep the room warm and welcoming with furniture arrangement and screen placement. Set the largest sofa facing the screen. Place the chairs out so they face each other but can be moved to different areas of the room. Store chairs in closets for additional seating. The television screen can be installed inside a cabinet so the doors can open and close as needed or a projector can be installed to the ceiling, away from view. Flat-screen televisions are now becoming part of a room’s design, so you may decide not to conceal them at all.

Secret 5: Upgrade In The Future: Audio and visual equipment change frequently so consider designing your room to incorporate future upgrades. For example, design and install lighting, movie screens, televisions, and audio equipment in an easy-to-access way so they can be removed, replaced, or even repaired without damaging the structure of the room.

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Spice Up Your Deck With These 5 Creative Budget-Friendly Ideas

Spice Up Your Deck With These 5 Creative Budget-Friendly Ideas

Grab your cold drinks, and let the Springtime begin! Is your deck all “decked out” and ready for this season of warm sunshine and longer days? Fabulous decks and patios will instantly turn your home into an outdoor getaway. Fortunately, you can spice up your deck for less than you’d expect. Here are 5-creative budget-friendly ideas to get you started.

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1. Incorporate Plants
Accentuate the space with plants and blooming flowers to make it look more vibrant and alive. Container-grown shrubs and trees are excellent for small spaces. You can also opt for hardy, long-blooming flower varieties to add seasonal color. Make sure to place the tallest plants around the deck’s rim so that they get the sufficient amount of sunshine they need and don’t crowd out smaller pots.

2. Extend Living Space Outdoors
Make your deck a perfect place where you can have breakfast or evening drinks with family and friends. End tables, side tables, and ottomans will automatically add convenience and beauty. Select a special piece of furniture you want to use to anchor your outdoor space and position it where it achieves focal point status. You can accessorize with outdoor throw pillows and rugs to add a pop of color.

3. Lattice Up
Installing a lattice is a low-cost refresh that will give you a beautiful, neat looking result. You may train flowering vines like climbing roses and clematis to grow up the lattice and form a beautiful wall of blooms for a beautiful living art piece. Whether you want your deck to feel more private and secluded or just have something stylish to look at, adding lattice is an ideal solution.

4. Consider Adding a Fountain
Turn your deck into a relaxing and restful retreat with the soothing sound of flowing water. A fountain will add instant charm to any outdoor space. The good news is that you don’t have to be a millionaire to add this water feature to your deck. There are a wide variety of affordable electric fountains available at most home stores. You won’t need to shell out for the expensive designs. Find something simple and stylish and position it in a low-traffic area of your deck. You may dress up around the fountain with greenery in classy pots.

5. Refinish the Boards
Is your wooden deck peeling or discolored? Transform your drab worn-out old deck into a vibrant, aesthetically pleasing entertainment area for a lot less than the cost of replacement. Sometimes, all you need is a simple refinish. Giving your deck a professional-looking refinishing job is something you can do yourself. Ensure that your deck is properly cleaned and sanded before you apply a protective finish, which can be a stain and separate water repellent coat or a combination product.

Look no further than your own outdoor space for the simplest of spring/summer pleasures. With these 5-simple tips, you can turn your deck into an outdoor paradise, perfect for making new summertime memories you will treasure forever.

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The Laundry Room, How Best To Remodel It.

The Laundry Room, How Best To Remodel It.

Your laundry room is one of the most-used rooms in your house. For many homeowners, however, it isn’t always one of the most pleasant rooms. Since you spend so much time in there, however, there’s no reason that it has to be an unpleasant place to be. You can redesign it so that it’s a fun, airy place that you’ll love to enter when it’s laundry time.

Remodeling The Laundry Room

Decide on a Color Scheme

If your laundry room is dark, creating a color scheme full of bright colors, or going with a neutral white, can lighten it up and make it seem both larger and more cheerful. If there is no window in the room, white or a light cream will often work best to create a more airy space. No matter which colors you choose, there will be beautiful natural materials that you can use to create a more beautiful and upscale room that will add both enjoyment and value to this space.

Choose Materials

Today’s homes are full of stone countertops and a variety of tiles. With your colors in mind, it’s time to choose your countertop’s material, your flooring and your wall colors. Countertops today are often done in natural materials like marble, granite and quartz. Choose the durability and color you need and get a countertop that will be a pleasure to look at and work with each day.

Having a tile laundry room floor is ideal because it handles water well. Both slate and porcelain tile are perfect for creating a floor that is ready for constant use. They also look great and are on-trend in modern laundry rooms. Both come in a wide variety of colors and patterns.

Work With Your Space

No matter what the size of your laundry room, there is a way to use the space to its best advantage. Plan out the optimal use for the space to include everything you need while allowing you plenty of room to move around. You may need to invest in stackable appliances to maximize the space. If the room is large, consider having different areas for different tasks and storage needs. A full-sized ironing board is easy to place in a large room, but a smaller one can benefit from one that is attached to the wall and foldable.

Using the Room

One of the most important things to consider is how you use your laundry room. Don’t think about an ideal way that the room could be used – think about the real way that you will use it each day. Make a list of what you do in there and what you need to store in it. If you store a lot of cleaning supplies, consider creating a small closet or installing a built-in, tall cabinet that will hold things like the brooms and vacuum cleaner. If you like to fold and iron in the room, make sure you leave plenty of space for these activities.

Most people store various items in their laundry rooms, and you can store in style after your remodel. Choose your cabinet sizes based on what you keep in the room, and get more out of the space by having your cabinets and shelving extend up high to the ceiling. If you often hang your clothing dry, consider installing a drying rack. If you do a lot of clothing repairs and sewing, consider adding a desk to the room to allow for sewing space.

With a new laundry room that meets the needs of your household, you will enjoy the time you spend there. You will also be able to store your necessary items and have plenty of space to get laundry done in a beautiful, updated room.

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5 Clever Value-boosting Tips for Your Home

5 Clever Value-boosting Tips for Your Home

Have you ever had moments when you look at your home and say to yourself what a beautiful place you have? Whether it is the spacious kitchen, or the sunny yard, the charming deck, or the cozy bedrooms, there was probably something that attracted you to this house; that’s why you bought it. But remember, a new home is just like a new car: It will age and depreciate over time. It is essential to make it a habit to continuously maintain and make your home even better to boost its value as time passes. Here are 5 clever value-boosting tips for your home:

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1. Create Space
Open floor plans are becoming a trend in many major and minor remodeling projects for older homes. Conventionally, most United States houses have walls that separate the kitchen and the living room. The open floor plan aims to connect two or more rooms to form a communal living area. This open concept gives the impression of a larger space. If a wall separates your kitchen from your living room, consider removing the barrier. Create a flow between the rooms by adding stylish and functional furniture. You will be surprised how much you’ll transform your home’s feel.

2. Make the Most of Your Yard
Are you looking for a sure way of making your home one of the most attractive houses in the neighborhood? Proper landscaping will never fail you! A well-landscaped yard dramatically impacts the entire look and feel of your home, increasing your property’s value by 10 to 12 percent. Landscaping is one of the top home investments with the highest returns. HomeGain, a real estate marketing company, surveyed 2,000 brokers and found out that an investment of between $400 – $500 can generate up to four times in returns. Never overlook the landscaping!

3. Update Your Plumbing
Nothing lasts forever, including the pipes in your home. Appraisers significantly consider plumbing conditions when giving value to your property. In older houses, the piping materials may be galvanized steel or iron, durable but prone to corrosion. Over time, the tubing gradually corrodes and rusts. If your steel pipes look old and degraded, it’s about time to update your plumbing system. Unless you replace your plumbing, you’re eventually going to get plumbing disasters that may lead to expensive damages to your house and belongings. If you still have steel pipes in your home, it is best to have them replaced. There are multiple options professional plumbers can suggest regarding the material you should use as a replacement to serve you best.

4. Freshen Up Your Bathroom
Replacing outdated fixtures can go a long way to giving your bathroom a fresh new classy look. Popular finishes include brushed nickel or satin because they pair well with most tile choices. A chrome finish is also an excellent choice if you want a more classic look. You may also opt to update your contractor-grade lighting into something more stylish and functional and repaint the walls to brighten up your bathroom. Most people consider the bathroom as the most personal space in the home. We all want this intimate space to reflect our style, but it should also simultaneously deliver the comfort we need.

5. Let there be light
You can do many things to brighten up your house, so adding windows and knocking down the walls are not the only solutions. Start by fixing broken panes and light switches that trigger dim lighting and replacing old light bulbs. Make sure to trim any trees or bushes near your windows regularly to welcome the sunlight into your room. Don’t forget the exterior lighting because they contribute significantly to your home’s aesthetic appeal and crucial for your safety and security. Make sure that all the lights are correctly installed and fully functional.

Boost your home’s value with these small-scale upgrades and spruce-ups! These five value-boosting tips are for sure worth your investment.

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