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Making Your Home Office Homey

Many of us are finding ourselves working from home more and more if not full time. I have a feeling this trend is here to stay for a while so why not take the time to love the space you are in for so many hours!

Whether it is a designated room or just a nook you have carved out in the middle of another space, find a way to make it work for you both from an organizational standpoint but also an esthetic one.

 

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The desk is the most important piece. Does yours need to be narrow for traffic flow to get by? Do you need a lot of surface space or just enough for your laptop? Maybe one that you can close and tuck away at night?

 

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I am a big believer that although your chair needs to be comfy, there is no reason it cannot be fun! Think outside the box from your standard office chair. This is a great place to add your personality.

 

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Opening shelving via a ladder system or floating shelves keeps a space looking open and modern.

And don’t forget color! Even if it is a tucked away nook, adding color to the walls or artwork can make the hours in your office space a happier place to be. Again…note the fun chair. 🙂

 

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If you need to start out the new year with a refresh to  you home office, don’t hesitate to give us a call if you need help!

 

 

Clean Your House Like It’s Sale Depends On It

It really is true….the sale of your home could depend on how clean it is. Many people will overlook outdated items in a house if the house is clean.   Clean bucket

I always say, when you sell  your car you detail clean it. You use a toothbrush to get down in the cracks, the running boards, you wipe every surface. That is what you need to do when selling your home. Detail clean it.

What does that entail? It is far more than dusting the top of your furniture.

 

clean baseboardsWipe down the walls.

Wash the baseboards.

Clean all light fixtures inside and out.

Clean the inside of the oven, refrigerator and microwave.

Scrub all sinks and tubs with a strong cleaning solution.

Scrub grout with a grout brush and strong grout cleaner.  Clean Grout

Vacuum corners, stair risers, closets.

Wash windows inside and out including screens and window sills.

 

No one wants to see their own dirt and they really don’t want to see yours. A buyer just may walk out if a house is dirty. They get a feeling they don’t like and sometimes they don’t even know what it is.

When a house isn’t clean it feels older. The buyer thinks that if you couldn’t clean then you probably didn’t service your furnace, do regular maintenance throughout the house which will cause things to breakdown sooner.

A clean home reflects a well loved and well maintained home. A clean home could make a difference in the offer presented to you. If a buyer isn’t sure if something needs cleaning or replacing, they are going to assume replacing and lower the price accordingly.Sparkles

I know time is tight, especially when selling your home. So if needed,  hire a reputable cleaning agency or person who specializes in move-out cleaning. Provide them with exact details of what you want cleaned.

 

 

CLEAN CLEAN CLEAN. MAKE IT SPARKLE AS IF THE SALE OF YOUR HOME DEPENDS ON IT!

 

Finishing Your Lower Level To Sell Your Home – Part 1

This subject is close to my heart because I just went through the process. I also have many clients that wonder about finishing off a lower level or doing a major renovation when pondering an upcoming sale of their home.

Let me first state that it all depends on WHEN you are selling your home. You do not want to complete a lower level or do a major renovation and turn around and sell your home within a year. The chances of you getting your money back are low. There are exceptions to finishing small areas, updating kitchens and such but I am talking a full big renovation or finishing.

Personally we are looking at perhaps selling our home in about five years so we started wondering if it made sense to finish our lower level. This would add a 5th bedroom, a 4th bathroom and three distinct living areas. I did a lot of research and got a lot of bids.

We were starting with only cement floors and the exterior walls insulated. We needed to frame up the rooms, add HVAC, Electrical etc. And purge

 

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Here is what I did….I took on the task of being our own general contractor. I am not a licensed contractor, I became the ‘manager’ of all the trades involved. By doing this I saved more than 50% of the contractor bid prices. THIS IS NOT FOR EVERYONE AND I AM NOT SAYING CONTRACTORS AREN’T WORTH THEIR WEIGHT IN GOLD. I just found myself with a lot of time on my hands during Covid and made use of it.

I got bids from all trades and made bargain purchases at outlet centers and big box stores.

So….let’s cut to the chase and show you some ‘after’ photos. I am going to start with the bedroom and bath. You have to wait for the next post to see the really cool stuff. 🙂

 

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I made decisions based on the fact I was selling in five years and that it was a lower level. I did not tile the shower, I purchased a prefab vanity and top, the blinds are not special order and so on. I was strict on my finishing budget so that I love it now for my enjoyment, but also kept in mind the return on investment for sale purposes.

Check in for Part 2 to see the finished living areas and we will determine if I can get my money back in five years.