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Six Ways to Remodel Your New Home’s Bathroom
Posted on Mon, 23 Nov 2015, 09:20:00 AM  in Home selling tips

If you are moving into a home, then it is essential to update the bathroom to make it look its best. The best way to remodel a bathroom is to make all of the upgrades at once because it is less inconvenient. While contractors remodel a bathroom, they must turn off water to the area, and by having all of the fixtures replaced at the same time, you will only need to stay in a hotel for a few days. Here are a few of the changes that are necessary to make a bathroom look up-to-date. 

One: Replacing the Plumbing Located Behind Walls

An older home needs to have its bathroom plumbing fixtures replaced to prevent leaks that damage materials such as drywall, insulation and electrical wiring. Small drips of moisture inside wall spaces can lead to mold growth that is a health hazard. If you suspect that water pipes and connectors are leaking, then contractors must tear away the walls to replace these devices. This means removing tiles from the bathroom’s walls along with tearing out sink cabinets and toilets. To replace all of the plumbing fixtures, the contractors must gut the bathroom first.

Two: Installing New Toilets

Toilets are probably the most used fixture inside a home but is often the device that homeowners replace last because it is not considered glamorous. If your bathroomolder home has an ancient toilet without any special features, then consider upgrading to a device that is attractive and more functional. To save water, choose a low-flow model, and select from features such as automatic flushing, warmed seats or toilets with gripping bars on the sides that are helpful for infirm individuals. 

Three: Top-Of-The-Line Bathtubs

There is nothing more relaxing in a home than a comfortable bathtub, and today, there are many designs available. You can choose from freestanding models that are perfect for large bathrooms or a home with a rustic bathroom decor. Homeowners may want a huge soaking bathtub that makes it easy for more than one person to recline in the fixture. Alternatively, there are new bathtub designs that feature chairs on the inside or grab bars to prevent falling on slippery surfaces. 

Four: New Bathroom Sink Designs

No matter whether you need a tiny sink for a powder room located underneath a stairway or a huge sink in a master bedroom’s bathroom, there are numerous beautiful designs to choose from for a home. There are an assortment of colors and shapes available including, round, square and oval to complement the other decor inside a bathroom. You can also choose specialized faucets that are low-flow or that have handles designed for individuals with mobility issues. 

Five: Attractive Bathroom Storage Space

Old-fashioned bathrooms were not designed with enough storage space for all of the items needed for health, beauty and cleaning purposes, but a contractor can create a design with more closets, cabinets and shelves. It is possible to have shelves installed near bathtubs, toilets or sinks. Homeowners might prefer having under the sink cabinets that have drawers instead of doors. 

Six: Extra Features to Make a Bathroom Safer

When you are planning a bathroom remodel, make sure to request a ceiling exhaust fan to remove humidity to prevent mold on surfaces. Choose materials, including paint and wallpaper that are resistant to growing mold and creating mildew odors. Select floor tile that is slip proof to prevent falls on wet surfaces. This is a good time to install safety features such as grab bars on walls that are located near bathtubs and toilets to help senior citizens remain independent. 


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Staging Your Home the DIY Way
Posted on Mon, 02 Nov 2015, 09:35:00 AM  in Home selling tips

Many things go into getting a home ready to sell. Gathering documents, researching market trends, deciding on a price and contacting a realtor are all necessary steps, but before your home is on the market, there’s one more thing you need to take care of: staging.

While location and price will draw buyers in, once they’re inside your home they’ll use what they see to make their decision. Peeling wallpaper and empty rooms aren’t going to entice them, and neither are dusty bookshelves or grimy kitchen counters. Cleaning up is just one part of the process.

Staging is so important that there are professionals dedicated to making homes look their best. Their services can cost $100 to $150 an hour. Fortunately, there’s good news. You can do much of the work of staging your home yourself. While working through this list, keep in mind the golden rule of staging:

The goal is to make prospective buyers view your home as their potential home.

De-Personalize and De-Clutter

One of the biggest impediments prospective buyers face when trying to envision themselves living in your old home are personal items they can see on their stagingwalk-through. Putting them away can enhance their visualization and increase the odds that they put in a bid.

Personal items include photos, religious items and other mementos. Toys are potentially off-putting to buyers, and any items normally left on a countertop should also be put away.

These items can be packed away in boxes and stored in a closet, garage or storage unit. If you do choose to store them in the home, make sure the area is neat. If there’s any question about whether an item should be packed away, ask yourself if it’s something you would see in a builder's home model. If it’s not, it’s probably a good idea to move it out of sight.

Rearrange Rooms

Over time, rooms in your home have probably morphed from bedroom to office to storage area. Buyers, however, want to form a clear idea of how they’d set these rooms up for themselves. Every room should have one distinct, obvious purpose. If you have boxes stored in the spare bedroom, it may be time to move them out. If there’s a desk in the bedroom, consider moving it to another, perhaps unused area of the house.

Model homes can offer inspiration if you can’t figure out the best way to rearrange things.

Paint in Neutral Colors

Fresh paint can drastically increase the appeal of a home. Clean, bright walls make a space feel open and airy, and they can also often make a home feel larger.

Buyers may be put off by bold or unusual colors, making neutral tones the best choice. Walls, doors and trim should all receive a fresh coat of paint. While this may be expensive, the cost will often be recouped when your home sells.


Staging doesn’t take place entirely inside. Pay attention to the outside as well. Curb appeal is a huge factor in buying decisions. Remove clutter from the yard and sidewalks and mow the lawn. Power washing may be effective at removing dirt and stains from your driveway, sidewalks or home exterior, and fresh mulch in flower beds also makes the exterior of your home look neat, tidy, and well-tended.

Many factors play into a buyer’s decision to purchase your home, and most of them may be out of your control. Helping them visualize their new life in your old space will help them feel comfortable, however. It may just be the extra push they need.


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What Buyers Are Looking For On First Impressions
Posted on Thu, 22 Oct 2015, 09:15:00 AM  in Home selling tips

After multiple appointments with an agent and the time you spent getting your home for sale, the last thing you want to experience is an open house that ends with no offers on the table. You may even find that your house sits on the market for three to six months without buyers expressing any interest in your home. It only takes a few seconds for buyers to get an initial feel for your house, and if they don't like it in those first seconds, nothing you say or do will change their minds. The first impression is key, and you can learn how to help your house make a great first impression.

Update Your Bathroom

While you grew to love or at least appreciate your bathroom, the buyers walking through during an open house may not feel the same way. Buyers want bathrooms that are updated and have a more modern feel. Even if you can't afford to replace the tub and install new tiles on the walls and floors, you can look for minor ways to update the bathroom. Replace the hardware on the cabinets, change out the bathroom mirror, change your faucets and cover cold and old floors with bright rugs.

Add Garage Storage

One of the main features that buyers looked for in 2015 was garage storage. You may not think about your garage when staging your home for an open house, openhousebut buyers will definitely want to check out that space. They want to know that they can fit one or more cars in your garage and still have some storage space. Add overhead racks that hang from the ceiling, pegboards and hooks along the walls and even drawers and shelves for storing tools and miscellaneous supplies. 

Kitchen Upgrades

An upgraded kitchen can add thousands to your home's sale price, but even if you don't have thousands to spend, you can make it look like you recently upgraded the room. Give your old cabinets a fresh coat of stain, and replace the old knobs and pulls with new hardware. A coat of light colored paint applied to the walls can make a smaller kitchen look larger and more open. New paint will also hide any stains from cooking accidents and seal in the lingering odors of former meals too. You can even replace your faucet or swap out your sink for a ceramic or stainless steel design.

Change Your Appliances

Ask any 10 buyers what they want in a home, and you may get 10 different responses. The one thing that buyers are clear on is that they want homes with modern appliances. Replacing a furnace, air conditioning system, refrigerator or stove can add thousands to the amount they spend when moving into your former home. With scratch and dent stores, you can get nearly new appliances for a fraction of the retail cost. Spending a few thousand on new appliances may get you $10,000 or more out of your home.

Make the Outside More Appealing

Buyers get an instant first impression of your home the moment they climb out of their cars. The better your home looks outside, the more buyers will want to see the inside. Take the time to rake the leaves, weed your plants and garden and mow your lawn. You'll also want to take care of any broken pavers or cracks in a concrete walkway before your open house. Other simple ways you can improve the look of your home include painting the front door and repairing broken porch rails. Improving the way your home looks on the inside and outside will give buyers a great first impression of the house.


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