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Stuck on You: 6 New Wallpaper Trends That Will Make You Say ‘Wow’

Just like Joan Jett, wallpaper has a bad reputation. For many, the word conjures up visions of garish florals covering every possible square inch of an otherwise adorable home.

And removing it? Well, that’s a whole other horror show. If you’ve ever had the unfortunate task of scraping off reams of tacky wallpaper from your parents’ kitchen, you probably walked away with one main thought: Never again.

But today’s wallpaper ain’t like your mama’s wallpaper. Wallpaper is making a big comeback, and it’s better than ever. Seriously.

“Wallpaper is back in the spotlight,” says Cassie Crooke, the studio manager at Rumor Designs in Steamboat Springs, CO. “Wallpaper scarred homeowners in the past, with outdated patterns and adhesives making the entire experience cumbersome and dreaded.”

But modern wallpaper is easier to remove—and easier to apply. (Some simply peel off the wall, making those miserable hours seem like a cruel joke.) What’s more? Modern wallpaper designs are bold, fun, funky, and graphic. Begone, itty-bitty flowers and pink borders. Adieu, fat stripes that made your childhood bedroom look like a circus.

From city skylines to innovative embellishments with beading and tile, wallpaper is no longer outdated—it’s design’s next frontier. Here are some of the trends to watch:

1. Metallic wallpaper

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We’ve gilded our teacups and dotted our bookshelves with bronze objets d’art—why not add a little gleam to our walls?

“We’ve seen a trend in metallics shining through simple patterns and textures,” Crooke says. Whether they’re integrated into complicated stripes or geometry or used to add depth and interest to an eclectic pattern, expect modern wallpapers to boast an Art Deco–inspired pop of glamour.

Just be careful if you go the DIY route: Matching complicated patterns might require a pro, because the metallic shine emphasizes any irregularities. Perfect edges are hard enough without a material that makes it glaringly obvious where you’ve screwed up.

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2. Silk wallpaper

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Silk wallpaper might seem like the kind of luxury you simply can’t justify. But just consider how amazing it can look paired with dramatic art and streamlined furniture. And then treat yo’ self.

Created by applying silk threads to a paper backing, this elegant, neutral wallpaper “creates a light, elegant texture,” says Warren Sheets, an interior designer in San Francisco. That makes the effect ideal for dining rooms and bedrooms—but maybe skip the kitchen.

“This style is very delicate and not for high-use areas,” Sheets says.

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3. Embossed wallpaper

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Embossed wallpaper is a new take on texture, allowing homeowners with tighter budgets to mimic classic plaster work designs such as the fleur-de-lis or acanthus leaves. If you can swing it (a roll can easily cost hundreds of dollars), you’ll feel immersed in luxury.

Most patterns require painting afterward to bring out the raised, textured effect. With careful brushstrokes and a steady hand, your entire wall might appear plucked from a 19th-century French country estate. Or aim for modern drama by painting the entire assembly in a rich, vivid jewel tone.

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4. Embellished wallpaper

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Manufacturers are increasingly adding ornamentation to their designs, Sheets says. Today’s wallpaper features beading, recycled tile, and glass to give your walls an upscale, mosaic-like effect. It’s the perfect way to create a luxurious space that’s (admittedly) just a bit over the top. But is drama in decor ever really a bad thing?

Three-dimensional embellishments aren’t the only luxury upgrade designers are adding to today’s wallpaper. Hand-painted accents bring dimension and class to a small space. Just prep your wallet beforehand: Embellished wallpapers can be tremendously expensive, making them good choices for accent walls and small spaces.

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5. Geometric wallpaper

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Cool, right? Geometric wallpaper is having a moment right now. And with such a wide variety of fun, timeless designs (cubes, herringbone patterns, or blocky and bold) available, we don’t expect this trend to disappear any time soon.

Brave homeowners can cover a whole room in these funky geometric patterns, but if you’re worried the effect might be too busy, consider an accent wall. Choose a dark background with a light (or metallic!) design, and pair it with a simple wood console for a high-impact statement wall.

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6. Digital print wallpaper

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Modern technology means wallpaper is no longer limited to simple, repeating patterns.

“The evolution of digital printing has enabled wallpaper designers to go in wild new directions,” Sheets says. Instead of opting for a small-scale trellis pattern, you can turn your bathroom into a veritable garden. Plaster your wall with colorful insects or a sky full of shooting stars.

Nature isn’t your only large-scale wallpaper option. Consider watercolor, or simply get your favorite image printed.

Whether or not you have plans of selling your home, you should always make sure to invest in its appearance. You bought yourself a house because it looked great when it was staged. Don’t let that be the end of it. What it will look like will depend on you.


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Staging VS Decorating: What’s The Difference?

Selling your home means selling a lifestyle, but not necessarily your own. In home staging, you’re striving for a look that is fresh and welcoming yet not really taste specific. People with varying tastes need to feel that they can make the home their own if they purchase it.

This is the distinction between decorating your home and staging it to sell. It can be hard to understand at first, but if you don’t know the difference, you might not sell your house as quickly as you like.

Although everyone has different tastes in decor and furnishings, most people want a home that is welcoming, functional, peaceful and organized. Tailor your house so that buyers will describe it in those terms rather than by your style of decorating. Getting rid of clutter and having fewer but larger accessories is a great place to start.

Making sure your home isn’t taste specific doesn’t mean your rooms should be devoid of color. Instead, keep color schemes simple and dose them with an on-trend neutral, like a clean tan, a soft gray or a warm white.

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If you have a distinctive decorating style — whether it’s Tuscan, shabby chic or modern — you’re going to need to scale it back a bit. If you don’t, your home will appeal to the small percentage of potential buyers who love your chosen style. Staging is about strategic editing and depersonalizing, rather than decorating and personalizing.

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Dated is dreary. Strive to stage your space with a current and fresh feel. Use updated neutrals on the walls and furnishings that are clean-lined and simple. Punches of color are great; just use them sparingly. A room arranged symmetrically and centered on the architecture reads as peaceful — one of those important aesthetics every buyer is drawn to.

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This guest bedroom is full of great staging ideas. It has lots of on-trend design details, but it’s sparse on accessories and other distractions. The color palette is simple, easy on the eyes and would be attractive to both men and women. Most potential buyers would remember this appealing room long after leaving the house.

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This clever arrangement draws attention to the unique architecture in the space and illustrates a smart use for the area under the stairs: an office nook. This area is nicely decorated, not staged.

If I were staging this area, I would keep the desk, chair and lamp, remove overly personal items such as family photos, and leave a few pieces of art and an attractive notebook and pen. Simple accessories can help draw attention to a functional space.

If you are updating a kitchen or bath before putting your home on the market, keep the finishes neutral and classic. This is not the time to show off your personal style. You want to broaden your buying audience by appealing to a wide variety of tastes and preferences. This bathroom would definitely appeal to buyers with either traditional or contemporary taste, and could later be personalized with the new homeowner’s preferences for color and accessories.

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Sure, this may not be what normally sits on your countertop, but doesn’t it look better than the usual bills and coupons? Remember, you are selling an idealized lifestyle, not your reality.

The bottom line is that you have to get outside your head and inside the mind of a potential home buyer. It’s very difficult to be objective about your own home, but it’s crucial if you want to sell it.

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Make your home stand out with classic yet catchy interior design that’s sure to captivate even the sharpest eyes. Keep yourself updated with this blog for more home improvement tips!


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Tips for Renovating a Home to Appeal to Baby-Boomer Buyers

Follow these tips from HGTV’s Christina El Moussa to catch the savvy baby-boomer eye.

On average, the American population is getting older. More than 76 million Americans were born between 1946 and 1964 (the baby-boom generation), which means a large portion of our population is aged 50 and older. Baby boomers are either retired or reaching retirement age, and they are quickly becoming empty nesters.

These aging Americans are looking to downsize because they no longer want or need their five-bedroom, two-level homes. A home that better fits their current lifestyle is much more appealing, especially if it means they don’t have to make the move to a retirement home.

When Tarek and I are flipping a house in a neighborhood that attracts baby boomers (a less expensive neighborhood with smaller homes), we make sure to include features that appeal to this generation. An easy-access shower or a main-floor bedroom may be some of the features that first come to mind, but baby boomers have other preferences and needs that make a future home more appealing.

If you’re flipping a home that could attract baby boomers, you’ll want to keep these tips in mind as you renovate.

Luxury features

While baby boomers may be looking to downsize in square footage, they’re looking to upsize the luxury in everything else. Budget-friendly remodeling tricks (such as painting the kitchen cabinets) might work just fine for younger homeowners, but chances are baby boomers will be a little more choosy. After all, they’ll most likely be living in this home for the rest of their lives.

You can’t go wrong with installing luxury features like wood floors, granite countertops, and stainless steel appliances. These features are sure to bring potential baby-boomer buyers to your flip.

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More convenience

Baby boomers are tired of living in an old home that requires maintenance and work. Instead, they want something new that provides more convenience and less stress.

Boomers love modern appliances that they won’t have to repair, a yard that’s easy to maintain, energy-efficient windows and doors to save on their heating bills, and a large, open floor plan that provides lots of space and natural light.

Additionally, baby boomers prefer a one-story home because they won’t have to go up or down stairs to get to their bedroom.

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Home office

Many baby boomers are still in the transition phase from working a full-time job to retiring. Often boomers want to keep working even after they’ve retired because they enjoy bringing in the extra income. A home office will allow them to work from home without having to commute every day.

While you don’t necessarily have to spend a lot of money on transforming a room into an office, setting aside a room to be used specifically as a den or an office will be appealing to those baby boomers who want to continue working.

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Easy-to-maintain yards

This goes hand-in-hand with more convenience, but I can’t seem to stress it enough. Put simply, baby boomers want a yard that doesn’t need a lot of work.

While finding a zero-maintenance yard is not very likely (except, of course, in maintenance-free communities), hardscaping a portion of the yard or replacing the lawn with a patio will cut down on yard work.

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Extra space

Baby boomers love extra space — but it has to be flexible space. They enjoy space they can adjust to their lifestyle and preferences. Rooms they can easily transform from a guest room into an office and then a hobby room are much more attractive than a space meant to be a bedroom forever.

Boomers like the freedom to choose how they use their extra space, especially when it doesn’t require a lot of work on their part to make the changes.

Courtesy of Zillow Digs.

Baby boomers require unique features in their homes, which can be overwhelming if you’re not sure how to appeal to their generation. But keep these tips in mind during your next flip and you’re sure to attract baby boomers.

If you are serious in selling your home this year, you have to follow these tips to attract the biggest buyers of the market. When you’re ready and your home is set, give me a call and let’s get your home listed!


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6 Upgrades Under $1,000 That Give You The Most Bang For Your Buck

Pop quiz: Would you rather buy a home with 1990s laminate countertops or pristine marble? It seems like an easy “A,” yet many home sellers are so immune to pre-existing (read: old) features in their homes that they can’t understand why buyers can’t see past them too. But even if you aren’t ready to list your home just yet, a few smart changes can make a big difference in adding to your home’s value — especially in competitive markets like Los Angeles, CA.

If you want to increase your profit potential, strategic home improvement ideas in these six categories — some of which won’t cost you a thing — will give you the biggest return on your investment.

1. A budget-friendly kitchen remodel

Real estate agents will tell you time and again: Kitchens and baths are what sell a home. A dated kitchen can be a big turnoff, and there are lots of ways, both big and small, you can make yours as refreshing and inviting as possible, without investing in a total overhaul. When it comes to spiffing up your kitchen for resale, you don’t need to majorly splurge to make a better impression on buyers.
Instead, bring the space to the point of what’s known as “builder-grade luxury”: Replace basic black appliances with stainless steel, for example, and ditch the laminate countertops in favor of granite. Yes, these home improvement ideas might sound pricey, and you could spend a pretty penny on appliances and granite, but builder-grade improvements stop far short of those over-the-top luxuries. So make your decisions with thriftiness in mind: choose one of the more affordable granite countertops (such as Napoli, Baltic Brown, or St. Cecilia), with a crisp and in-style beveled edge. Leave higher-end stone and more ornate beveling for your next home. The cost to upgrade appliances and/or countertops will vary within the four-digit range. But to keep this upgrade within your budget, try to find a deeply discoun1-The-Old-World-Modern-Kitchen-from-GEted appliance at an outlet or local “scratch-and-dent” store — where almost-perfect pieces come with perfectly approachable price tags.

Want an even cheaper way to give your kitchen a quick face-lift? Simply refinish or repaint your cabinetry and add updated hardware (such as new hinges and drawer pulls), which can dramatically transform the look of the room for less than $100. Your best bet is to choose colors and styles that are likely to appeal to the widest range of homebuyers and make them feel as if they’ve walked right into their dream kitchen Pinterest board.

 2. Upgrade the bathroom

When it comes to bathrooms, most buyers envision themselves relaxing in a modern, sleek space. The most basic upgrade starts with replacing old, pastel, 3-by-3 ceramic tile with modern tile like white subway-style ceramic or 12-by-12 porcelain tiles in a neutral hue. Replacing your plastic tub surround with a tiled shower costs about $1,000 but makes a big difference, and for an extra $100 to $150, you can also add a recessed alcove (a built-in wall niche for your shampoo bottles).

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As with a kitchen remodel, consider which changes will have maximum impact. You may not need to replace that old pedestal sink. Instead, you could change out the faucet — upgrade it from nicked brass to sleek new chrome — and hang some luxurious towels next to it. The same goes for quirky floor tile; choose a new paint color that will enhance it rather than clash with it. Make sure the colors and styles you choose are as universally appealing as possible so buyers see a space they know they can live with. And again,scrub your bathroom from top to bottom — there is no bigger turnoff than yellowed grout and leftover toothpaste in the sink.

3. Pick neutral paint colors

Paint still reigns supreme as the easiest and cheapest way to refresh any room, especially if you do the work yourself. Whites and neutrals can help buyers envision themselves in the space, since they provide a blank slate to serve as a backdrop for buyers’ stuff. Forgo that bold navy accent wall — the idea of priming and painting over it will just stress buyers out. Plus, lighter earth tones look good with hardwood floors, and white always brightens a room. If your rooms include mixed wood surfaces (floors, doors, and cabinets), select a neutral color and ask your local paint purveyor to mix in a few drops of gold to add warmth and harmonize discordant wood tones.

4. Make an impact with flooring

Like paint, quality flooring can drastically change the look and feel of your rooms. Hardwood is always appealing to a wide range of buyers, as are high-quality laminate options and (affordable!) ecofrieinterior-design-ideas-living-room-flooring-tips-house-interior-7304ndly choices like bamboo and cork. If your home is hiding hardwood floors under that carpeting, let them shine if they’re in good condition. If you already have hardwood floors but they’re looking a little worse for wear, it’s time to invest in a good sanding and refinishing. Whether you go the DIY route and rent a sander or pay someone to get it up to snuff, you’re looking at a few hundred dollars for like-new floors. Just be realistic about your DIY skills before tackling a refinishing project. Gouged floors can bring your home’s appeal way down, so if you’re not handy, choose a pro instead.

 

Kitchens and baths gain value with tile or laminate flooring, which are both visually appealing and easy to clean. Carpeting is still acceptable in bedrooms, especially if it’s plush, in great condition, and in a neutral color. But more and more buyers are turning away from carpeting altogether, so if you’re in doubt about whether to replace your carpets or install different flooring, hardwood (or its more-affordable cousin, bamboo) is your best bet. Even a basic snap-to hardwood installation can beat out wall-to-wall carpeting when it comes time to sell.

5. Consider home staging

Staging your home helps buyers imagine themselves living in the space, and it’s a relatively inexpensive way to dress up features you’re trying to highlight. The first step isclearing the entire home of any clutter and removing any overly personal touches like family photos or children’s artwork. Furniture should be arranged in a way that flows well and maximizes space — buyers will feel claustrophobic if they need to navigate around big pieces as they move from room to room. If you can, br793b0050d58d46aa66cba9f119e2edd9ing in a professional home stager or interior designer to consult on the ideal room arrangements. Otherwise, use the following tips for a DIY approach.

 

In each room, place furniture so it feels inviting and functional — just because you can’t live without a footstool next to your bed for Fluffy to climb on doesn’t mean it should stay there when your home is on the market. In the living room, seating and tables can be configured into social and conversational areas, while placing an armchair in an empty bedroom nook will frame it as a cozy reading spot. Bright lighting will make spaces seem larger, so turn on those lamps, and make sure your decor and artwork enhance their surroundings rather than distract from them. Depending on whether you need to add, subtract, or rearrange, staging shouldn’t cost very much at all, especially relative to how much of a boost it could give your home when it comes to bringing in buyers and helping your home sell quickly.

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Don’t neglect your home’s exterior. If buyers don’t like what they see when they first pull up, they may not even get out of the car. To make the outside of your home appealing, ensure all walkways are clear, the landscaping is neat and tidy, and everything is in good repair. This may require more substantial repairs like repainting or replacing siding, fixing loose shutters, and sealing those cracks in the driveway. Or it could be as sim
ple as mowing the lawn, raking the leaves, and planting a few colorful annuals to make sure nothing looks bare. Add one or two “homey” final touches, like a new welcome mat, new or repainted mailbox, updated house numbers, and an outdoor seating area with festive lights. Your home will feel extra inviting from the get-go — and just may get a quick offer if it’s love at first sight.

 

 


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Top Add-ons that Make Home Sell Fast on Spring Season

Spring is just about the corner. For most part of Maui, spring is considered to be the optimum season to sell a home as large buyers actively search for new home in preparation for summer. Buyers usually come out of the woodwork with a tax refund during spring, and 60 percent of these people plan on moving out during summer.

In 2015, there were 1090 homes in Maui sold at a median price of $580,000, which was way higher than the record in 2014 which only made it up to 942 homes. For the recent year, the real estate market has shown a significant increase.

If you are staging your home on spring, the following things will help your home sell fast.

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Power washer and other important cleaning tools.  Winter can leave your house a lot of work to do, from holiday parties and even junks from the weather itself. While general house cleaning is an important part of tasks after a holiday, it also pays to stock your house with some useful tools that new owners can use for cleaning later on.  A power washer adds up to the impression that new homeowners need not to buy their own tools, therefore catching their attention to considering buying your house.

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Contemporary appliances. In line with safety, old appliances need to be replaced. Electric kitchenware with deteriorating cords and busted bulbs can become a major drawbacks, especially that they disappoint prospects. As much as possible, you would want to make your house attractive and worth buying to your potential customers unless you want to preserve the antiquity of your house. But make sure that everything continues to be safe and functional.

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Home appeal or personality.  Currently, there are three popular designs that have been bugging the home market with really good monetary output during spring: floral, geometrical, and stripes.

  • Floral designs. Though too feminist, floral designs become very popular during spring season. Aside that it adds a new personality to a house, trying to match up with available furniture designs in store and other seasonal trend can add the salable value to your home. Floral looks good on white houses.
  • Geometrical designs. House with geometrical shapes and decorations really sold well in spring of 2015. Houses with some secret rooms and lots of corners can look even better with geometrical designs.
  • Spring is the season for stripes, light or dark. Stripes basically break the monotonous colors houses with flat paint and make it look refreshing. The more attractive your house can become, the higher the chance you are going to sell it on spring.

Homebuyers usually buy a house that don’t need a lot of remodeling for spring. As much as buyers would want to save their money for home decors, you would want to grab that chance and do it for them at the same time, giving a reasonable price for your home’s increased value.

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Frames, cushions, and vases.  Add something that could highlight the focal points of your house. Things such as bright frames, real plants on vases or colorful floral, and pillows for your living room furniture can add up the curb appeal of your house. Red pillows can be really attractive for spring and will draw buyer’s attention.

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New front lawn flower pots.  Aside from your indoor aura, you also need to work on your outside curb appeal.  Your front lawn design and landscape also needs to jive with the spring setting. You don’t have to spend a lot. Just trim your shrubs, weed your flowers beds, and fix peeling paints, especially if you are using picket fence. Cultivate your plants and add some flower-bearing plants to make your front lawn striking.

First impression is the last – this saying has been very true for many years in the house market. When looking to buy a house, buyers would look for good houses that will fit their budget. Houses that are fully dolled up for spring sell faster because they allow buyers to save on cost for renovations but sellers can also put a reasonable price for their homes.


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5 Front Yard Landscaping Tips To Wow Home Buyers

Your front yard is the red carpet inviting buyers into the beauty that is your home. If it’s rugged, messy and unkempt, buyers will take one look and then keep on driving to the next property on their list. Don’t let that happen by making your front yard luscious and as amazing as the inside of your home.

What areas should you focus on in your front yard? Where do you start? To help you break down the revitalization of your front yard, here are the steps you should take:

 

1. Cut the grass.  

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Buyers don’t want to trudge through high grass as though they were in the Amazon or on a safari in Africa. This means the lawn mower needs to be out at least once a week if not every other week, keeping it trimmed and maintained. It also needs to be green so it looks alive and lush. Water so the sun doesn’t dry out the lawn and turn it yellow or brown. A professional landscaper can help maintain a balance of trimming and growth so it looks just right for buyers.

2. Plant more shade trees.

One or two trees in the front yard are all right, but if you want to really add some shade, plant more. Shade trees will detract from the glare of the sun, and it can help decrease the temperature of the house if they’re placed close to windows. It also will help keep the lawn green with moisture. You can plant trees that are shorter and will grow by the time the new owner buys the home, but be sure they’re strong and can handle the climate.

3. Install outdoor lighting.

Outdoor lighting is a good way to both illuminate the house at night and accent parts of your yard. Depending on where you install the lights, your house will look very appealing at night to those buyers who might not have time to do their shopping during the day. Outdoor lighting also helps to illuminate a path like a sidewalk to get from the curb to your front door for easier navigation. It helps to accent the beauty of your landscaping which all together increases the beauty of your home.

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4. Consider adding flowers for more color.

If your front yard has a lot of greenery, you should increase the yard appeal by adding more colors. Flowers are a great and simple way to do this, as well as shrubbery with different blooms. Perennials are the best for this because they last for more than a year, which means less maintenance for the seller and the new homeowner. They come in a wide variety of colors and types so the yard can be decorated with any number of them while still requiring less maintenance.

5. Keep everything clean!

In addition to keeping the lawn trimmed, everything else should be clean. Anywhere that can build up dirt or grime – siding, porch, front door, driveway – should be cleaned on a regular basis. Buyers don’t want to see a lot of dirt and mess, and it will detract from them wanting to walk into the house. So take a broom, a power washer and a few hours on the weekend to keep everything sparkling clean. Don’t have a power washer? A professional power washing service can cost as little as $293.


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6 Must Add Items For Your Spring Cleaning List

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Get your home squeaky clean with these tips from HomeAdvisor.

To prepare your home for the warm months ahead, you’ll need to remove all of the dust, debris and other leftovers from the winter. As you clear the landscape and start washing the interior and exterior of your home, it’s important to get a checklist together. Here are some tips for spring cleaning your home inside and out so you don’t miss a speck of dust:

#1 Deep clean carpets.

Carpets and furniture accumulate a lot of dust and debris, so it’s time to deep clean them. Look at having your carpets cleaned by local services — either steam cleaned or shampooed. Some brands of vacuums are steam cleaners, so you can deep clean your carpets yourself. If you do invest in a steam cleaner, you’ll need to put down towels where family members can walk until the carpet dries.

Clean your upholstery according to its material. You’ll need to separate carpet cleaning from upholstery cleaning, unless professionals offer both as a package. Make sure you keep children and pets off the upholstery and carpets until they dry to avoid getting stains on clothing and chemicals on paws and hands.

#2 Vacuum!

If you choose not to have your carpets deep cleaned, then you need to get the vacuum out. Be sure to get every inch of your carpet with the vacuum cleaner. You may need to use the extension to reach the nooks and corners where the vacuum brush cannot go. You will also need to move furniture to clean where dust, debris, food particles and grime may have built up.

Be sure to dust before you vacuum, so any remaining particles will be removed by the vacuum and its extension. Even lightweight dust can end up on the floor following the use of a cloth or a duster, so it’s better to get the last of it with your vacuum post-dust.

#3 Dust fans, ducts and vents.

It’s also time to look at your ceiling fans and air ducts. Over time, your ducts, vents and fans will get dusty. So tackle these projects now before you turn on the A/C or the ceiling fans. You have two approaches:

  • Get on a ladder to reach your ceiling fans and ducts or vents with a duster.
  • Hire a professional to clean your ducts and ceiling fans.

If you go the DIY route, be aware of the safety precautions associated with cleaning ducts, vents and ceiling fans on ladders. You don’t want to break bones during this process. If you hire a professional, note the cost to clean ducts and vents is usually between $250 to $450.

#4 Examine your coils.

The refrigerator condenser coil builds up dust over time. If there’s too much debris, the coil can overheat and cause the fridge to stop working. You don’t want spoiled food, so address this problem now. You can use a brush or vacuum extension to get rid of the easy-to-reach dust and grime. For anything that’s hard to reach, you can slowly pull the fridge away from the wall and vacuum or sweep the rest of the dust. You might also find food and trinkets that have fallen behind the fridge since the last time you cleaned the coils.

#5 Organize everything.

Organization is the key to springing into the season and cleaning rooms. The best place to start is the closet. Look at everything you have and decide what really matters. Throw away or donate items like:

  • Rarely worn clothing
  • Too-small or worn away shoes
  • Broken jewelry
  • Old ties
  • Worn down hats

Once everything you don’t need is in garbage bags, look at what’s left. How do you want to organize it? By color? By season? Find the most efficient way for you and then apply this to other rooms like the bathroom, kitchen, basement and garage.

#5 Wash your siding.

Your siding took a beating this winter from snow, hail and wind. In the worst cases, it might have formed cracks and ended up with missing pieces that need repair. In other cases, it might just look worn down. To renew and revitalize your siding for the spring, consider having it cleaned by a power washing professional. They use a machine with a nozzle that sprays hot, steamy water onto your siding, getting rid of all that nasty grime. This process prevents potential mold growth and keeps your siding from cracking or chipping from dirt buildup.

You can also rent a pressure washer and do this as a DIY project but be aware that it’s a dangerous job. You can hurt yourself, not to mention your doors and windows, if you aim the pressure washer incorrectly. You can also strip the paint right off the siding if you’re not careful and aim too close. In short, it’s best to leave this to the pros.

#6 Gutter Maintenance

Over the winter, snow and wind blew leaves and branches off your trees onto your roof and into your gutters. Without mesh, your gutters and downspouts may have a lot of built-up debris. To prevent moisture from improperly draining, you need to clean out the gutters now. You can get on a ladder and use hand rakes. You can also have your gutters professionally cleaned for $100 to $200. Gutter cleaners can also point out damage to your gutters and downspouts that you can address and repair.