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Posted by Homes of Distinction Realty on 10/17/2019

If you want to buy the perfect home, the price may not be budget friendly. As such, buyers can opt for old houses and plan towards making the house look new. There are several options to make an old home look fresh and attractive. An aging home can be renovated to look brand new and appealing to buyers. 

Changing the look of a home through an all-around renovation is not a cheap or straightforward process, but the overall advantage is worthwhile. Here are some easy ways to give new life to an old home:

Clean and Replace the Carpets 

An excellent way to change the appearance of your home is by cleaning the old carpets or replacing them if they are no longer in good condition. Cleaning or replacing your old carpet will make your home feel fresh, adding a new look to the interior of the house.

Repair the Walls of the Old Home

Another way to make your old home feel new is by repairing the old walls. Call on a painter to get the blemishes and the nail holes fixed. A beautiful coat of paint will make the wall look like new drywall.

Get Rid of Dated fixtures 

Replacing dated and builders-grade light fixtures, as well as the hardware, can make a home look several years newer than it is. You can also make use of hanging lights and LED bulbs to give your home a nice glow.

New Doors

Change the doors to upgrade the facade of the home. It is ideal to change the doors leading to the outside as well as the inner doors. A new front door can enhance the curb appeal of your home. You should consider replacing your old doors with a six-panel or shaker door. A beautiful mailbox or artsy knocker on the front door will also make a difference.

Paint 

Painting a house will not only beautify an old home but, it will make it appear new and attracts the attention of passers-by. So, if you want your old home to look as if you just built it, replace the old paint with a new one. Also, it is advisable to paint both the exterior of the house with weather-resistant paint.

Refinish the Hardwoods

Another part of the house to consider is the hardwood. To refinish your hardwood floors or trim, you must select the right stain to give it a new appearance.

Call a local contractor to help you with home renovations to ensure a proper job.




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Posted by Homes of Distinction Realty on 9/26/2019

You're selling your home, and you know you need to perk up its curb appeal, but you're low on free time and funds. There are a few simple, and affordable projects you can take on to step up your curb game and increase your chances of a sale. Attracting buyers to your home is a necessary part of your sale, so take a minute to hammer out some quick upgrades to give your home the best first impression.

Just a little paint—not a lot.Freshly painted shutters and a new coat on the front and side doors of your home can add a striking vibrancy that your potential buyers can see from the street. Visit your local hardware or paint store and talk with a professional about the best paint to cover your wood or vinyl fixtures. When selecting a color consider the best hues to pleasantly contrast or compliment your home’s exterior colors and any natural stone or brick accents. Before you start, clean off all dirt and grime from your door and shutter surfaces, tape off or remove any hardware possible, then get to painting! In just a few hours and a couple of cans of paint, you can accomplish a huge visual change.

Tighten up your existing landscaping. Take an upcoming weekend day and spend a little time manicuring your yard. Give your trees and bushes some attention, rake up the leaves and remove any dead plants. Mow and trim your lawn all the way to the curb. If there are any empty lots or uncared for median spaces near your home maybe take an extra minute and clean up the appeal around your house as well. With an additional day or another weekend, if you have time before your open house, extend your landscaping to cleaning up your driveway. Sweep the drive thoroughly and consider renting a pressure washer to remove any unsightly oil stains. Finally, get up to those gutters. Clean and well-maintained gutters are a good sign to your buyers that you care for your home and have taken the time to maintain it and keep it in good condition for future inhabitants.

Add even more life with planters and flowers. With a small investment, you can add even more color and appeal to your home with a few planters, pots, and hanging baskets. Find plants and containers that complement the design of your home and add both brightness and hominess to your street view.

Lighting and more lighting. Make it easy for your buyers to see your home and attract them to your door with enhanced lighting. Many home buyers drive past homes they see listed online before they come to the open house. Frequently this is after work and during a dusky or dark time of day. Make your window shoppers want to return for the open house with cleaned up lighting. Clean up or replace your porch light, add a new bright bulb and talk to your local hardware store about the best options for adding lighting to your drive and walkways.

As you get ready for your open house, work with your real estate professional to design the best and most cost-effective ways to step up your curb appeal.




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Posted by Homes of Distinction Realty on 6/20/2019

Organic lawn care might seem to be more expensive than inorganic lawn care but practicing this method for your lawn is worth every dime you will spend. Organic lawn care is a combination of natural compost like manure, sewage sludge, and phosphorus. Inorganic lawn care, on the other hand, is a combination of harmful substances like nitrate and sulfate that can burn and destroy your lawn.

Because of the natural combination of the organic lawn care, there is little to no risk of water contamination neither is there any risk of you and your pets getting ill. Organic lawn care reduces many problems caused by using artificial lawn products.

Your Health

The use of chemical lawn care products causes illnesses like leukemia and lung cancer. The method of using inorganic fertilizers also exposes you to sudden symptoms of nausea, and these chemical compounds can also cause skin irritation and eye damage to you if exposed.

Water and The Soil

The use of organic lawn care eliminates algae growth which is known to be fatal to marine life. The manufacturing of inorganic lawn care requires greenhouse gases that are dangerous to water. The gas make-up of inorganic lawn kills earthworm in the soil which is essential in keeping the earth loose. If you avoid the use of chemicals in your garden, you, your neighbors, your pet and your surrounding will not experience the harms associated with these chemicals.

Your Pets

If you have pets, then you should consider using only organic lawn care. Inorganic lawn care products are known to cause harm to pets due to the level of chemicals present in such fertilizers. 

Healthier Lawn

Organic lawn care might require a high maintenance level; fortunately, it’s not difficult to accomplish. Your lawn might be a small yard, but your effort to maintain organic lawn care such as growing native shrubs and plants, proper watering and avoiding inorganic fertilizers will have a significant impact on your lawn.

Saves Cost 

The use of Inorganic lawn care cause harm to earthworms and micro-organisms in the soil that are of benefit to your lawn. Homeowners need to spend money and time to replace lost nutrients and repair damages caused by using these products.

When you go organic, you save yourself, your loved ones and your environment from illness, harm and damages associated with using chemical products.





Posted by Homes of Distinction Realty on 6/6/2019

Although your real estate agent will do the lion's share of the work involved in selling your home, there are several things you, the homeowner, can do to help move things along.

By making sure your home is always ready to be shown at a moments notice to prospective buyers, you will be helping to "tip the scales" in the direction of a faster sale. Since making a great first impression is crucial to the sales process, it's important that your home always looks its best -- both inside and out. Here are a few tips to keep in mind when you decide to put your home on the market.

Order versus chaos: Every time your real estate agent sets up a showing of your house, it's an opportunity to attract and engage potential buyers. When your house and property look organized, clean, and well cared for, it sends a series of positive messages to prospects.

Admittedly, it can be a little bit of a hassle to keep your house looking (and smelling) immaculate all the time, but doing so can definitely work in your favor when it comes to making a great impression and getting your house sold faster.

To the extent that it's possible, try to eliminate or significantly reduce anything that could be described as "clutter." Clutter can include anything from excessive furniture and wall hangings to knick-knacks on your shelves and too many containers on kitchen countertops.

The ultimate effect you want to achieve is one of spaciousness, tastefulness, and organization. Anything which detracts from those desirable qualities could potentially work against you. As the classic 1980s TV commercial for a well-known dandruff shampoo reminds us: "You never get a second chance to make a first impression!"

Remember curb appeal: Actually the real first impression happens before prospective buyers even enter your home or step on your property. In many cases, it occurs before they even get out of their cars!

Making sure your house and property look as impeccable as possible from the street can help attract potential buyers and put them in a more receptive state of mind. Maintaining a manicured, clutter-free lawn, highlighted by a few splashes of floral color, can be an effective way to create eye-appeal and make a positive first impression.

One thing home sellers are either unaware of or forget about is the fact that prospective buyers sometimes do a preliminary "drive by" before picking up the phone and calling your (or their) real estate agent to schedule a showing. If they do not like what they see from their car, they probably are not going to take the next step and arrange a full tour of your home.

When you come to the realization that every person who drives by or visits your home is a potential buyer, you'll be more motivated to take care of the many details that either attract of send away prospective buyers.





Posted by Homes of Distinction Realty on 7/17/2016

Creating Curb Appeal Creating and maintaining an attractive visual appearance to your home and landscape is integral to curb appeal. Many people will never see beyond a “drive-by” view of your home. If you fail to make a good first impression, the interior of your home may be beautiful, but it will never impress the neighbors a potential homebuyer. A Quality Front Door Enhances Curb Appeal Your front door and entryway reflect the personality of the homeowner and the condition of the door is indicative of the care and maintenance the property receives. The front entry should be kept clean, tidy and well lighted. A well-constructed solid front door adds to the curb appeal of a home while enhancing security. A solid front door helps to block and dampen outside noises, while keeping out cold drafts by providing a tight, weatherproof seal to enhance energy efficiency in the home. When selecting windows for your home, be sure to factor in the cost of window coverings into your building or construction budget. Your choice of window coverings comes down to personal preference, but keep in mind that you may wish to choose blinds, shutters or draperies that Choosing Windows For Your Home When building or remodeling your home, your choice of windows represents a significant investment. You may feel a bit confused as there are so many different types of windows available on the market. It pays to do the research to find the best type for your application. Visit home and garden shows and your local window contractor’s showroom for ideas and inspiration. A solid, long-term warranty from an established quality manufacturer and your budget should be considered when pricing different types of window applications. Choosing the right type of energy-efficient windows can save you a substantial amount of money over the years by reducing your home's energy consumption. To save money, you may be wise to spend more initially to reap the long-term savings that quality windows afford. Cut The Grass A large part of the overall impression of your property is conveyed by the landscaping that surrounds it. If you grass is sparse, weedy and uncared for, it implies that the rest of the property is maintained in the same careless manner. A lush lawn with lots of greenery provided by trees and shrubs creates a cool and inviting oasis that encourages visitors to linger. Remove The Clutter No matter if your grass is mowed and the front steps are tidy, if you have old vehicles or sporting equipment parked in the driveway, or if that old basketball hoop you have meant to take down still disgraces the carport, your home will appear cluttered and unkempt. Remember, you only have one chance to make a favorable first impression. Make sure it is a good one.




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