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Spring Porch Decorating Tips
Posted on Mon, 30 Apr 2018, 11:00:00 AM  in Home buying tips
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Spring Porch Decorating Tips

Your porch and patio space is crucial to your home's decor. Not only does it send a clear image to visitors and passersby, it can help you plan out the decorations for the rest of your home if you are not sure where to start. Decorating for spring can be especially rewarding, as homeowners who decorate seasonally will find themselves reinvigorated with the raw potential their homes can offer. If you are ready to start decorating your home for the spring, it is strongly recommended for you to take a look at some of these porch decorating tips and see what will work best for your property.

 

Focus on the Brights and Greens

Spring Porch Decorating TipsOne of the most important aspects of the design process is to focus on colors. When you skillfully choose colors that complement the season, you invite new energy around your home. With springtime, bright, warm colors always set a welcoming tone, and implementing plenty of attractive green fixtures can be just what you need. One of the best ways to combine the two is to invest in a few floral arrangement around the patio, especially if you pride yourself on your green thumb and know you can keep the plants thriving.

 

Free Space Up

If your patio is cluttered and does not have much in the way of free space, it can be a good idea to free some space up. This may sound easier said than done in some situations, but getting a good energy flow around the patio can be just what you need to revitalize the area and bring in a fresh appearance for spring. The easiest way to do this is to actually repurpose some of the things that you may have lying around, especially if they fit the color scheme you have in mind for the area.

 

Let the Sunshine in

Find ways to focus on the sunlight in the patio. For many people, this may mean rearranging the existing fixtures and seeing where certain elements may work better when combined with the active lights and shadows on your property. Dark colors can be especially easy to work with if you have active sunlight against the area. Let the sunlight act as a backdrop and arrange fixtures in a way that will lead the eye from one section of the patio space to the next.

 

Play with Drapery

Billowing drapes are always a welcome addition to the patio. Not only can the right drapery lead the eye, but the natural flowing movements can be extremely soothing to see in the area, particularly when set with stronger centerpieces. Apply drapes to open areas and pay attention to the way the wind plays around on your property. You may be pleasantly surprised by some of the results, especially if you have not decorated with drapes in the past. Choose colors that will work with the central decor, and do not be afraid to experiment if you notice something catch your eye.

 

Invest in Some Centerpieces

What do you want your patio to say about you? Having a centerpiece on the property can be one of the most efficient ways for you to focus your decorative energy. A good fixture will not only tie the rest of the furnishings together, but it can also become a definite point of pride for the rest of the property. Tables, swings and tapestries are all attractive centerfold options that you can apply to the area, and be sure to focus on the natural shapes to determine where you want the eye to go when you set everything up.


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5 Tips to Save Money on Construction
Monday, 30 May 2016, 09:35:00 AM
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Whether you are constructing your home from scratch or doing a major renovation, it is important to cut costs in the construction project. Construction can be quite expensive, and since it is not easy to get a loan these days, chances are you may have to work on a tight budget. But, you don’t have to pay more than it is necessary. Here are some things you can implement to save on your construction.

1. Review the project line by line
Most often, contractors will meet with you to discuss the work schedule and breakdown of costs. This can be an excellent opportunity to save. Some contractors will assume you want things you really don’t care about. By discussing the project, you can find elements of the construction work that you can do by yourself, or put off until you have more money. As you go through the budget, don’t fear questioning anything you don’t understand. For instance, a contractor can assume you want a crown molding on the renovated space. If you don’t, you can save hundreds of dollars by removing it from the quotation.

2. Whenever possible, do it yourself
Whether you are an experienced do-it-yourselfer or just good with painting, you can take up a few of the tasks on the to-do list. Constructors make about $25 per hour. If you do some of this work yourself, you will save all this labor cost. But, be realistic about what you can handle. If you can do it yourself using your set of skills, do it, and you will save a lot. But, if you are oblivious to what you are doing, you may spend a lot of money to have a contractor fix your mess. yourselfSome things such as installing a toilet may be more complicated than they seem. And, plumbing mistakes are harder to fix because leaks in pipes can cause water damage.

3. Find you own materials
When purchasing items such as fixtures, cabinets, and door knobs, you can find cheaper solutions on your own than through the contractor. Most contractors will work with you, and if you want to source your own material, agree with your contractor before you commence the project. For example, if you are building or renovating your kitchen, you can find cheaper counter tops at the home improvement store than through the contractor. You can also find reclaimed material for use in your project.

4. Shop around
Don’t go with the first estimate you are given. This may seem a no-brainer, but if you are eager to start on something such as replacing your roof before the next storm hits, you may be tempted to hire the first contractor. It takes about four or five quotes to get an accurate idea of the correct price range. Thus, talk to several contractors to avoid overpaying for the project.

5. Go green
The construction cost will include what it will cost to occupy the finished space. If you can save money every month on water and energy bills, you can realize the return on the upfront investment for stuff like beefed-up insulation and double pane glass windows. Efficiency exceeds the structural features. And if you are renovating the kitchen, replace the appliances with Water Sense and Energy Star models. For instance, replacing your 90s fridge and freezer with Energy Star models can save you about $100 per year on utility bills. Even choices such as water-efficient fixtures in the bathroom and kitchen will help to reduce your utility costs and make the construction work to your advantage.

With the high cost of living, when doing new construction or renovation to your structure, you need to save money. Thus, review the project with your contractor, do some things yourself, find your own materials, and go green. This will enable you to save money during the construction.


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Getting Rid of Stains in Your Home
Posted on Sat, 30 Apr 2016, 09:45:00 AM  in Home selling tips,  My services
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Your home is your palace, but when you decide to list that palace for sale, you need to make sure that you get rid of any visible stains, including those on your carpets and counters. Those stains can make buyers reduce their offer or walk away entirely. Many buyers will reduce the offer they make because they think it will take a lot of time and money to replace those stained surfaces or remove those stains. With a few simple products you already have in your home, you can quickly get rid of most common stains.

 

Hydrogen Peroxide

While hydrogen peroxide kills germs on the skin, it also does a good job of cutting through stains left behind by blood. The next time your child falls down and scrapes his or her leg, reach for the bottle of hydrogen peroxide to kill any bloodstains on your carpet. It may work well on older stains too, but make sure that bakingsodayou try a small amount on a hidden area of your carpet first because it can bleach the fibers. Apply a small amount of peroxide to the carpet with a spray bottle. Blot the liquid up with a dry towel or cotton balls. It may take several applications to remove all traces of the blood.

 

Lemon Juice

Lemon juice is one of the best products around for removing stains on counters and stainless steel. Many people love using lemon juice because it leaves behind a light and refreshing scent too. Simply cut a lemon in half, rub the cut side of one half to the stain and let sit for 15 minutes or longer. The citric acid in the juice will slowly cut through the stain without damaging the surface itself. As with other bleaching agents, you should try this method on a hidden spot first.

 

Baking Soda

Baking soda is another natural remedy that works well on surface stains. Sprinkle a small amount of baking soda on the stain, add enough water to form a paste and work the paste into and around the stain. The natural grit from the baking soda acts as a buffer to remove the stain. You can also use apple cider vinegar or distilled white vinegar in place of the water. This will create a reaction that looks similar to a miniature explosion, so make sure that you use just a small amount of vinegar.

 

Bleach

If you have bleach and want to get rid of stubborn stains, dilute the bleach in a plastic water bottle with an equal amount of water. You'll always want to test the bleach on your surface because it can and will change the color of most surfaces. Bleach is often a last resort. Only use the product if you tried the other methods and did not see any results. Make sure that you wear gloves to protect your hands when working with bleach too.

 

Wood Pens

For those stains that you see on wood floors, stairs and other parts of your home, try an ordinary wood pen. This can cover some minor stains and reduce the risk that you might need to strip, sand and stain or paint those wood surfaces. These pens come in various colors to match different types and shades of wood, including walnut, cherry and mahogany. You simply scribble the pen across the stain until it blends with the surrounding wood. Using these easy methods can help reduce the appearance of or completely eliminate the stains around your home that typically turn buyers away or reduce their offers.


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