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Home Design Struggles for New Homeowners

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Unique sticking points in home and garden design can crop up. Either they’re something that you’ve always struggled with or it’s a different thing because the home is new to you. 

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Here are 4 sticking points for the home and how we’d suggest handling them. 

Sloping Lawns or Frontage

The front or rear yard of your home could be on a slant. The sloping effect across the front lawn and driveway could be a cause for concern if you’re looking to buy the property or just to renovate it. 

There are smart ways to work around slopes that do work. Look at the drainage situation to see if it’s currently causing water to pool in the wrong places, and if so, fix it. Also, find out the grade for a serious slope or hilly parts on your property grounds because it changes what you do about it.

Different landscaping solutions are possible to take advantage of, rather than suffer from unusual sloping on the property. So, don’t despair!

A Plan for the Furniture

When the interior design for a room is not working, the culprit is usually the furniture. 

It is either too spartan and lacking certain features, or the room is overly stuffed with sofas, chairs, coffee tables, and the like. Addressing this issue and changing what’s in the room, including being willing to select different sized replacements, can solve the problem. Then the space will have the right feel to it. 

Overly Dark Interior

Some homes were never very well lit and didn’t benefit from adequate light exposure. It’s possible that the house is largely fine during daylight hours if natural light is good but suffers on overcast days and in the evenings too.

Window Decorations vs. Natural Light

Window decorations and coverings such as blinds, curtains, and other options block considerable light from reaching all parts of a room. 

Look for ways to not obstruct light sources by opening blinds and not artificially creating blockages. 

Rearranging the Furniture

Sometimes, furniture is arranged in a manner that blocks available light. This results in sections of a room being darker than others. 

By identifying any obstructions and rearranging the furniture, it’s possible to let all the light in that you can. Also, look at adding mirrors to reflect light too. 

Adding More Light Sources

When all else fails, add more lamps and overhead light sources to ensure there’s sufficient luminance in the evening and at other times. 

Color Menagerie

When a color palette isn’t selected to be used consistently throughout the home, then a mix of colors shows up when moving from room to room. Even a single room can become a colorful mess when you don’t consider the existing colors of wall paint, carpeting, furniture, and more. 

It may be necessary to rework a room one at a time to fix a color problem. Sometimes, painting the walls a hue that blends between with the various color choices already present will rectify it somewhat until a more complete solution is found. 

Not every home interior or yard exterior is perfect. Often, they need an overhaul to address specific concerns to fix the problem. 

3 Tips for Designing an Outdoor Entertainment Area

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Are you a homeowner with a bunch of extra outdoor space?

Do you love to entertain?

Are you a fan of longer nights and warmer, summery weather?

Then combining the two and building an outdoor entertainment area for you and your friends and family to enjoy this coming summer can be a great little renovation project for all to enjoy. What’s more, an outdoor entertainment area can increase your property’s value! It’s a win-win!

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Before you start the project, however, you will need to take a moment to decide on the aesthetic of your outdoor entertainment area as well as its purpose. For instance, do you want a place to cook and eat? Or would you prefer a little corner for you and your loved ones to cozy up and talk with a few cocktails? Either way, this needs to be decided before the building work commences. 

Read on for a few useful tips on how to design an outdoor entertainment area you will truly enjoy and get use out of.

Decide on the Outdoor Entertainment Area’s Main Function

As previously mentioned, you will want to decide what it is you wish to get out of your entertainment area. How can you do this? Well, you can do this by taking a moment to truly think about what it is that you enjoy doing the most. For instance, do you host a lot of BBQs? Do you like to make cocktails with your friends? Do you typically have your friends over or are you someone who invites family round for relaxed afternoon beers in the sun? There are a lot of ideas and potential, so think this one through so that you settle on the function that suits you best. 

Look Online for Inspiration

Once you have decided on what it is you wish to do to your outdoor area, it is time to head online for inspiration. By doing so, you can unlock your outdoor area’s potential and see how other homeowners have pulled off their entertainment area. Furthermore, if you have a small space to work with, then you could find useful tips on how you can make the most out of the space provided and utilize everything to the max. Check out these outdoor living area designs; they might just spark your imagination. 

Speak to Contractor and Landscape Designers

Make sure you find a reliable and trustworthy contractor and landscape designer who can help you create your dream outdoor entertainment area. They will be able to work with you in designing, building, and curating your backyard so that you get the most out of it, but also creating the aesthetic that you desire. They may also make suggestions that are better than your previous thoughts and plans. When deciding on a contractor, builder or landscape designer, make sure to read testimonials.

Summer is fast approaching, so be ready to bask in the sun and enjoy the outdoors with your loved ones. By doing so, you can have a fun and relaxing summer with those who matter the most to you. 

How to Design a Luxurious Guest Room on a Budget

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Having guests over to stay is super fun and it is nice to feel as though you can visit them but also host them over at your place.

The only stress involved in having guests over to stay is thinking about where to put them up for the night and how to make their stay pleasant. However, you definitely don’t have to spend a huge amount of money on this – you can quite easily design a luxurious guest room. There are so many simple ways to do this on a budget too, so you won’t have to break the bank while accommodating for guests.

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Here are just a few tips for property owners:

Getting a Comfortable Mattress

Getting a comfortable mattress is essential for having a luxurious guest room and this should definitely be your main priority. If you focus too much on the décor of the room but not on the comfort you provide, you’re going about it the wrong way. The décor is less important to the guests than a good night’s sleep.

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Ultimately you are aiming for your guests to sleep as peacefully as possible, so a good mattress is really important. If you need some inspiration on which mattress would be best for your guest room, take a read through this Newsweek post on the best hybrid mattresses.

Keep the Style Classy and Clean

The first step to achieving luxury in a guest bedroom is keeping everything clean and tidy and avoiding clutter where possible. Sticking to a minimalist theme is probably the easiest way to do this – since if you try and add too many decorations, it can get complex and things may start to clash. Having said this, putting a couple of paintings on the wall can be great for adding a bit of character, but nothing too over the top.

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You could try and color coordinate everything inside the room by matching the bed, walls, and furniture, for example. This will help make your guest room look effortlessly put together. Doing simple chores such as dusting and vacuuming will also make a huge difference. 

This doesn’t cost much money at all – just look out for items on sale in shops, and eventually, you will manage to build up enough things for the guest room to look fully furnished and great. 

Maximize the Storage Space

When you have guests over to stay, it’s nice for them to be able to put their things somewhere without having to simply put their suitcase on the floor. It will feel much more luxurious for them if they are able to hang up any nice clothes and put items away. In order for them to do this, you need to have sufficient storage space. This ideally should include a wardrobe as well as a chest of drawers and you can find these for cheap prices by looking at flea markets or in thrift shops.

Why not buy a cheap piece of furniture and do it up yourself, so that you don’t have to spend extortionate prices on something brand-new and perfectly done up? 

Don’t stress too much about your guest room, as it is likely that your guest will be someone that is so happy to see you again that they won’t be focusing too much on the small details. They will really appreciate any effort you put in to put them up, so don’t let being on a budget make you feel disheartened. Ultimately, the effort you put into the room is more important than the money you spend on it, so personalizing it a bit and adding some nice scents and pictures will go a long way. 

Key Tips for a Successful Bathroom Remodel in 2021

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The bathroom is the most private room in our home. It is the room we need to use just after waking up in the morning and throughout the day and into the night. Moreover, we use it when we have to freshen up or groom. But, the setup of the other room undergoes frequent changes; the bathroom remains unchanged for a long time. On the other hand, if we go for a bathroom remodel, it will truly impact the environment of our home.

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What is a bathroom remodel?

The bathroom remodel is a process in which we modify the internal set up of a bathroom aesthetically, without changing the basic structure. To add massive value to your home, you should consider a modern bathroom remodel in 2021. 

What are the benefits of a bathroom remodel?

The followings are the benefits of the bathroom remodel.

  • Enhancement of the beauty of the bathroom
  • The higher value of your house
  • More convenient bathroom
  • Space management
  • Pleasant atmosphere
  • Increased hygiene level
  • Eradication of pests and cockroaches
  • The refreshed and joyful mood of the user
  • Energy and water conservation
  • The preservation of the environment

What is involved with a bathroom remodel?

Two key factors are involved in a bathroom remodel.

  1. How to get the bathroom remodeled?
  2. What is required to be done in the bathroom remodel?

How to get the bathroom remodeled?

Getting the bathroom remodeled involves two main steps, which are as given below.

Fixing your budget

The bathroom-remodel incurs significant expenses. Hence before going for it, assess the amount that you can spend on it without facing any financial problems.

Engagement of bathroom remodel contractor

You will have to hire a good bathroom remodeling contractor. They are the skilled professionals for this work. They will assess the condition of the bathroom and suggest the required modification or changes and also the expenses involved.

What is required to be done in the bathroom remodel?

Though there may be slight variations in different cases, in general, the following tasks are done in the bathroom remodel.

  • Floor renovation by repairing or constructing a new floor
  • Space management by reinstalling utilities to manage space
  • Walls face-lifting by repairing and repainting in pleasant colors
  • Holes and leakage removing to prevent the entry of pests
  • Installation of energy and water-saving bathroom utilities
  • Storage space management to provide space for toiletries and towels etc.
  •  The proper inflow of the  fresh air
  • Proper disposal of bathroom waste

Final Words

It was a brief explanation to – What is involved with a bathroom remodel? – In general. It is recommended to take the advice of a bathroom remodeling contractor before going for a bathroom remodel.

4 Luxury Features to Add Value (and Fun) to Your Home

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There is a lot of focus on design and décor in the home, but what about the fun factor? If you spend a lot of time at home, or entertain in your home, then there is such a thing as wanting to make the space fun and enjoyable.

This is what adds to the overall comfort and appeal of your home. But what steps can you take to move in the direction of ‘fun’? We’ve got four features that you think about adding to your home – both indoors and outdoors – that will definitely amp up the fun factor.

The Ultimate Home Theater System

For those who love watching movies and television shows, or playing videogames, a home theater system is an absolute must.

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You can really go to extremes with your home setup, from the equipment you invest in, including the size of the TV; the quality of the sound system and number of speakers; the furniture you choose; the lighting in the room; and even the paint color on the walls. You can get really creative with the setup so that it feels as close to a theater as possible.

Enjoy Some Golf Practice at Home

There’s no need to head to the golf course or driving range in order to have fun with your favorite sport, as you can purchase plenty of at-home golf equipment. These are the kind of items that are perfect to use on your own, or even with other members of your household or friends/family that stop by. 

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Wondering what the essential items are for enjoying golf practice at home? You can get a good golf mat in order to simulate the feeling of the fairway, pick up a putting green (note that some even have little sand traps, water hazards, and “hills” to create more of a challenge), and buy a hitting net. These items can be used indoors or outdoors depending on your space and preference.

Create Your Own Bar or Pub

Here’s another way you can make your home more fun, and that’s to create your very own bar or pub. This is the perfect addition for those who love entertaining, as your home will likely become the new favorite bar to visit. What’s great about setting up a home bar is that you can really go as extreme or as low key as you want. You don’t need a huge space to install a bar; it’s all about creativity.

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Some of the key features you may want to include in your bar include a bar fridge, storage for glasses and steins, as well as alcohol that doesn’t need refrigeration, a sink, counter space, and a couple of bar stools. Where things can get really fun is with the décor, as this will help to set the scene.

Add Some Large and Traditional Games to the Space

Then we have the more standard games that you’d see in an actual bar, such as billiards/pool, air hockey, table shuffleboard, and foosball to name a few. While you likely don’t have the space to add all of them, pick out one or a couple that really appeal to you and make them the focus of your entertainment space. 

If you’re more into traditional board games, you can create a dedicated table space for playing your games with seating for four to six players. Some great board games to pick up include checkers, chess, Scrabble, Monopoly, Trivial Pursuit, and Jenga. It’s always nice to have a variety on hand so there is something to appeal to everyone and all ages.

Each of these tips will help you to easily crank up the level of fun in your home.

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How to Create a More Useable Outdoor Entertaining Area

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Do you have yard space that is rarely used and that you don’t really see as living space or entertaining space? Is your backyard often just an afterthought that doesn’t really change the way you enjoy your home? If you’ve answered yes to these questions, it could be time to reimagine the way you see and use your outdoor space. A backyard not only gives you your very own slice of nature, but it can also provide the perfect entertainment area.

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Here are some ways you can create a more useable outdoor entertaining area and stop letting that space go to waste.

Ensure You Have Ample Seating

The first thing you’ll want to address is seating. It’s hard to entertain if there is nowhere to sit. Be sure you give thought to the ideal amount of seating when buying furniture. Ideally you want to go as big as the space and your budget will allow, as you will always find enough bodies to fill those seats when entertaining.

Shade Should be Considered

While it’s lovely to sit out in the summer sun, there are days when it will just feel too hot and be too much. This is why you also want to think about a shade element in your design. You can opt for something simple like an umbrella that fits in the center of an outdoor table, or buy an over-sized freestanding umbrella that you can move around. Then again maybe you want something more substantial such as a retractable awning installed on the house.

Address Outdoor Storage Needs

In order to ensure you have as much space available to entertain, you need to also address outdoor storage. Basically you want to be sure that all the “clutter” and items you aren’t using are out of sight and out of mind, rather than scattered around the yard. Using attractive outdoor storage not only addresses the issue of where to store items, but does so in a way that makes it feel as though it’s part of the design concept.

Some examples of attractive outdoor storage can include built-in storage structures, under deck storage, outdoor furniture that doubles as storage (lift up tops on tables, side tables with cupboards, a lift up top ottoman and so forth), and even a full outdoor kitchen complete with plenty of built-in storage.

Think About Outdoor Games and Entertainment

Now that you’ve got the perfect area for seating, you may also want to think about those more active gatherings. Backyard games and activities can be the perfect way to entertain outdoors and spend time with family and friends. 

For those who want to take things to the next level, consider installing a hot tub, or even an above-ground or in-ground pool.

Rather than let that outdoor space go to waste, why not use these tips to create a more useable outdoor entertaining area that may quickly become your new favorite spot to hang out.

Best Ways to Get Your Home in Sellable Condition in a Hurry 

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As anyone who’s worked in real estate can attest, the home-selling process is not always an expedient one.

With real estate currently being a buyer’s market, homebuyers have become more selective than ever, and if a property doesn’t meet their criteria, many of them will walk away without a second thought. Furthermore, depending on how popular a state, city, township or neighborhood is, a home sale can take months – at minimum.

Needless to say, this situation is hardly ideal for sellers looking to relocate in a hurry. So, if you’re hoping to find a buyer for your home in a timely manner, you’d do well to put the following tips to good use.

Fix Outstanding Cosmetic Issues 

When it comes to home-selling, first impressions are vitally important.

Since many buyers decide whether they want to look at a home’s interior based on the appearance of its exterior, sellers would be wise to remedy any outstanding cosmetic issues before placing their homes up for sale. For starters, if your home’s paint-job has seen better days, having the exterior repainted is likely to be a worthwhile investment.

Secondly, you’ll need to keep your gutters clean. If your home’s gutters have become bent, worn-down or outright broken, take this opportunity to replace them. When addressing cosmetic issues, give your driveway and walkway a good once-over. Should you come across any stains or cracks, start cleaning and/or patching. If either area has accumulated a significant number of cracks, it may be time to repave. Additionally, any problems with your roof should be addressed in advance of the house is shown.  

Cosmetic issues don’t just apply to the house itself. For example, if your front yard is in a state of disarray, take care to get things in order before showing your home to potential buyers.

This means keeping your lawn mowed, trimming any shrubbery and cleaning up any kids’ toys after every outdoor play session. Furthermore, if your yard features a garden, make sure that it’s well tended-to throughout the home-selling process. Keep in mind that colorful flowers can be a great vehicle for getting eyeballs on your home.      

Replace Outdated Appliances 

Outdated appliances are a huge turn-off for some homebuyers and the prospect of having to replace old appliances factors heavily into their decision making. As such, if any of your home’s major appliances are on their last legs, it may be a good idea to replace them in advance of selling your home.

This will help imbue the property with a modern, cutting-edge feel and assuage the anxieties of buyers who don’t want to spend money on new appliances. Additionally, if upgrading certain appliances proves financially strenuous, consider altering your asking price to include the money you spent. 

Repair Outstanding Electrical and Plumbing Issues 

You’d be hard-pressed to find a homebuyer willing to invest in a property with outstanding electrical and plumbing issues. Even if you agree to deduct the cost of essential repairs from your asking price, most buyers are likely to walk away. Furthermore, outside of house flippers, placing a home with said issues on the market is unlikely to attract many prospective buyers.

With this in mind, make a point of repairing any electrical or plumbing issues before putting the property up for sale. Depending on the scope of the problem(s), this is liable to prove expensive. In order to pay for the repairs in a timely manner, you may need to borrow from a retirement account or Roth IRA. To get a solid idea of how much your IRA stands to accumulate, use a Roth IRA calculator

If you’ve ever sold a home, you’re likely familiar with how slow and drawn-out the process can be. Depending on where you live, the state of the market and the general condition of your property, the selling process can play out over a period of months – if not years.

However, if you need to relocate in an expedient manner for personal reasons or a career opportunity, you may not have the luxury of sitting on a property that won’t sell. Sellers looking to increase their odds of finding buyers in a timely manner may be well-served by the previously discussed pointers.

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New Homeowner’s Guide: 7 Tips to Lower Maintenance Costs

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Buying a house is one of the costliest endeavors in everyone’s life. If you plan on taking this major step, you have to be extra careful and considerate about it, especially when it comes to the financial aspects. If you have a strict budget and need to spend all your savings on your dream home, you’re probably well aware that the next few years will not be about careless expenses. 

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Of course, even if you’ll have a slimmer wallet after the purchase, it doesn’t mean that you have to say goodbye to spending your hard-earned monthly cash on the things you love. As a homeowner, there are specific ways you can save as much money as possible while also making your house a better investment and also minimizing every financial risk that might arise. 

What’s the secret that every homeowner needs to know? Well, it all boils down to how well you can manage your home’s maintenance. Every house or apartment requires some repair or constant upkeep. Considering your home’s age and condition, the annual maintenance cost is about 1% of your house or apartment’s value. So, if you’ve spent like $350,000 on it, it’s a good idea to put aside at least $3,500 just for upkeep. 

How to do that and how to lower the expenses when it comes to the maintenance part of it? Luckily for you, we’ve got all the answers you need, and we’re ready to share them with you, so stay tuned!

Be smart about buying and moving in

If you’re still at the consideration phase and haven’t picked out your home yet, meaning you are preparing your budget for the purchase, don’t forget that you can keep the maintenance expenses down with a few simple tricks.

It’s always a great idea to look for a relatively newly built home. A house that is only a few years old probably suffered less wear and tear. Before signing the papers and shaking hands, inspect the home thoroughly, looking for signs that might indicate potential problems and higher repair costs. 

You can save a few hundred dollars on moving, too.

How? The idea is to find a moving company that’s trustworthy, professional, and licensed and offers services that are reliable and not that expensive. Empire Movers can take the burden of moving off your shoulders while making sure your wallet remains pretty thick.

Be a handyman

If you have fundamental knowledge and skills for basic maintenance jobs, you can save a small fortune on an annual basis. Even if you’re not as experienced as a pro, you can still get the job done. Plus, there are dozens of articles, videos, and how-to guides on various upkeep tasks, so you can always learn more.

Plus, when you do the work yourself, you don’t have to wait for a contractor. Usually, the waiting time is a few days, but it can take even a week for a pro to visit your home and check for a solution during busy periods. However, there are specific maintenance tasks you probably shouldn’t do if you’re not a professional. Jobs that necessitate some skills or technical knowledge, such as electrical work, is best left for a real pro. 

When you can’t do everything yourself

As we’ve mentioned above, there are certain tasks you must leave to a professional. Even if you’ve become a DIY master in a short time, there will also be some maintenance jobs that require the eyes and hands of a skilled pro. To get the job done the right way, you need to hire a contractor or request a company’s services.

Before you decide on a contractor or a professional firm, do you research and get to know them. Recommendations and referrals are beneficial in these situations, as they are the best way to find trustworthy and experienced service providers. If they offer discounts or cut you a nice deal, that’s the icing on the cake. 

Prevention is key

With everything in life, preventing a small issue from becoming a major problem is a course you must take. It’s a great idea to conduct routine upkeep. Be sure to replace the furnace’s air filter at least once every three months. By doing this simple task, you can vastly increase the lifespan of your costly HVAC system. Plus, fixing cracks in your windows or doors or cleaning out the gutter every once in a while will reduce maintenance costs in the long run. 

Prepare for seasonal changes

As a homeowner, you have to adjust for every season. For example, winter has a totally different effect on your home than summer. This is especially true if you live in an area with stark differences between these two seasons, meaning winters are freezing, summers are way too hot. 

When your home faces different environmental effects every single year, such as heavy snow, too much freezing, or strong sunlight, you have to count on various types of damages. The alternating cycles of contraction and expansion will put your house to the test. To avoid big problems, conduct a thorough seasonal inspection and fix the things that need your attention. 

Know the problematic aspects of your home

It’s no secret that every house or apartment has its weak points, those areas that can become challenging offer the years, meaning you have to spend more money on fixing them. For instance, if you’ve moved into an older home, a shaky foundation might cause you a headache from time to time. Or the roof needs constant maintenance. Getting to know your home’s pain points as soon as you move in will help you become proactive and prepared, so you can handle the issue properly when the time and occasion arises. 

Cash reserve for maintenance

Yes, having an emergency fund is easier said than done when you’ve just dumped your entire savings on a new home. However, if you can, make sure you set some money aside just for upkeep. Considering the size, age, and value of your home, you should save at least a few hundred dollars. Of course, the more you manage to save, the easier time you will have with maintenance. 

Small Improvements and Tweaks for New Homeowners to Consider

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Major changes to the interior and exterior of a building are obvious to see as a new homeowner, but they are costly. However, there are smaller tweaks and improvements you can consider that are less apparent but can be just as pleasing once completed. Here are 4 worth considering.

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Filter the Water Supply

If you have moved to a new area, the water supply may taste a little different from what you’re used to, especially if the water isn’t originating from the same water utility now.

It will become even more necessary to include either individual water filters (use ceramics to cut out the need for replacements) or a whole house filtration system for larger properties. This way, the water will taste more consistent with what you’ve previously become accustomed to. Also, there won’t be any concerns about contaminants in the water from old water pipes nearby either. 

Keeping It Simple

There are a ton of unopened boxes and all sorts of furniture to move around and organize after moving in. It’s perhaps only at this point that we realize how much stuff we have and how so much of it is unnecessary. Unless you are moving into an expansive home, it will likely fill up pretty fast. Once this is done, even the larger rooms will begin to feel restrictive and the smaller ones will now seem overly cozy. This can lead to a sense of disappointment, which is a shame. 

If you didn’t do so before relocating, it’s a great time to assess what you have and reduce it to something more manageable. This will create more open space in each room to avoid it ever feeling cramped. 

Landscape Gardening

If one look at the backyard doesn’t bring out a broad smile, then you will need to consider the options carefully. Even with smaller backyards, adding some carefully chosen landscape gardening will create points of distinction and a clear focus for visitors. It will also avoid a plain area from looking uninspiring. 

If there’s an existing patio, then it’s worth cleaning the patio tiles to remove any moss or discoloration that has built up over time. Also, if there isn’t a barbeque grill already present and it’s not currently in storage in the garage, then consider if one should take pride of place off to the side of the seating area. 

Swap Out the Lighting for LEDs

For older homes that still use outdated lighting fixtures and light bulbs that use considerable energy, it’s time to make the switch to LEDs. LED light bulbs use a fraction of the energy of traditional light bulbs. They also fail far less frequently and run many times as long. This means you’ll replace them less frequently and won’t need to stockpile a bunch of them either. 

Also, you may wish to install some dimmer switches to better control their illumination level because these bulbs are much brighter. Doing so makes it more pleasant in the evening when your eyes can do with a rest. 

While major changes are splashier and get the attention, small improvements are still worth attending to. Often, they’re the ones that provide greater comfort or convenience. 

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How To Match Your Home Decor To Your Curtains And Blinds?

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If you’re in the market for new curtains or blinds, you will want to ensure whatever you choose matches the style and decor of your home. It can be difficult choosing the window treatments for your home, with so many products and styles to choose from, however, the first step is to look at the existing decor to find out what options will suit the style of your home and make your furniture and fixtures pop for all the right reasons. 

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Whether you are installing blinds, curtains, or any other style of window treatment, there are a few things to consider when you are shopping around for your home decor. Here are some tips on how you can match your home decor to your curtains and blinds.

1. Go with a solid color or something that is neutral in tone 

No one wants to remember your home simply for your curtains or blinds, and choosing the color for your window treatments should focus on finding a solid color or palette that compliments the furniture and style of the specific room you are installing the blinds or curtains in. Stay away from prints and loud, on-trend styles, and move towards natural or neutral colors that will blend in with the room and suit a wide range of tastes. 

2. Match your curtains to your walls 

A simple trick to choosing a great curtain or blind is to select a product that matches your walls or is close to the same shade. This way, you can accentuate the room without taking away from the style of the furniture and soft furnishings you have in your space. You can add a pop of color on your lounge or couch, so a neutral color that matches the walls can be a great option for your home or space. 

3. If you have a pattern on your couch, keep your curtains or blinds solid in color 

It can be overwhelming to walk into a room and see a pattern on a couch contrasting a pattern on a curtain, so if you have a pattern in one, keep the other simple. Rather than a pattern on a curtain, why not consider a textured look, to add the extra dimension you might be looking for. 

4. Call in the experts if styling isn’t your thing 

At the end of the day, if styling a home or decor isn’t your thing, a blind and curtain professional can help style your home or property with options that will suit the space and draw attention to your decor for the right reasons. There are styles such as clashing color with patterns that can be achieved, however, it is best to ensure someone with a good design eye completes this look. 

Summing up

There are plenty of benefits for adding new curtains and blinds to the property including privacy, adding some extra style to space, and also adding some energy efficiency to windows and doors. A professional curtain and blind provider can visit your home, measure, quote, and provide examples of materials and curtains that would suit your home or space. 

Curtains and blind styles are a personal decision, however, if you are looking to sell your property in the near future, you should be mindful to select neutral options that could appeal to a wide range of tastes and preferences. While bright and bold might be your preferred choice, it might not suit the next homeowner and could put them off during a home inspection.