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8 Home Projects with a High ROI

8 Home Projects with a High ROI
8 Home Projects with a High ROI Article Submitted by Fixr.com With warmer weather and longer days, summer is the ideal time of year to take on a project in or around your home. Many contractors and other pros often find this time of year a little slower, as many homeowners are waiting until fall to tackle big interior projects, which means that you’ll have an easier time finding the right person for the job. These eight projects are designed to add value to your home, without breaking the bank at the same time. Tackling them now will make your home more comfortable for the coming months, whil...
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Watercolors on Walls? You Bet!

Watercolors on Walls? You Bet!
Watercolors on Walls? You Bet! By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Want to make a bigger statement with a wall? Watercolor wallpaper can add some pizzazz and wispiness to an otherwise blah wall in the home. Pinterest called watercolor wallpaper one of the hottest trends that emerged from its home design survey in the U.K., in which the site analyzed user data from May 2016 to May 2017 to see the most popular “pins.” More homeowners seem to want to know more about watercolor wallpaper, as it was among one of the most pinned trends in home design. It can be chic with an abstract desig...
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5 Ideas to Increase the Value of a Basement

5 Ideas to Increase the Value of a Basement
5 Ideas to Increase the Value of a Basement Photo courtesy Shannon Dittmann Article Submitted by Fixr.com The basement doesn’t just have to be a space to throw all of that extra storage. Show it as usable space, and it may even help you increase the value of the home. Basement remodels typically recoup about 70 percent of their costs at time of resale, which can add a tremendous amount of value to your home. Making it the coolest room in the house may not be too difficult either. After all, basements tend to stay cooler during the summer months, making this an ideal place for the family to ha...
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Hot Home Trend to Watch: The Two-Toned Kitchen

Hot Home Trend to Watch: The Two-Toned Kitchen By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine Two-toned colored kitchens are gaining popularity this year. White and gray painted cabinets are dominating kitchen color schemes, according to the 2017 Kitchen & Bath Design Trends survey conducted by the National Kitchen and Bath Association. Particularly gray-toned kitchen cabinets are seeing a surge in popularity lately.     Photo by Shaddock Caldwell Builders & Developers – Browse kitchen ideas   Other colors are getting mixed in too, adding a little ...
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That Small Backyard Can Still Be a Selling Point

That Small Backyard Can Still Be a Selling Point By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine  Don’t underestimate the power of a space based on its size. Sure, your listing may be size-challenged in the yard department, but that doesn’t mean it can’t still be a showpiece. “As building lots continue to be smaller and scarcer, lot preparation with the goal of maximizing livable outdoor space tops the list of property enhancement desires,” according to Kermit Baker, chief economist at the American Institute of Architects. Indeed, the desire for outdoor living space ranked tops among ar...
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The Best Homes for ‘Porching’

The Best Homes for ‘Porching’
The Best Homes for ‘Porching’ By Melissa Dittmann Tracey, REALTOR® Magazine  Porching is gaining a following. And as the summer heats up, who doesn’t want to hang out on a cozy, stylish front porch or veranda while reading, sipping wine, or saying “hello” to neighbors as they pass by? Some houses were just made for porching too. Check out some of these homes that offer some of the best porching across the country. Palmetto Bluff South Carolina Lowcountry Palmetto Bluff touts itself as the largest remaining waterfront property on the East Coast. The 20,000-acre development is...
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The Ultimate Guide to Cleaning a Bathtub (Based on the Type of Tub)

The Ultimate Guide to Cleaning a Bathtub (Based on the Type of Tub) Contributed by TheHandyNest.com A dirty and filthy bathtub with spots and scratches is hardly a relaxing sight. It can also act as a breeding ground for germs and bacteria. Here we will be talking about some of the best ways on how to clean bathtub and how to protect it from dirt and spots. Materials Used To Create A Bathtub Depending on the material that is used to create the bathtub, different methods of cleaning can have different effects on the bathtub. Some of the materials are easier to clean when compared to...
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The 5 Biggest Yard and Patio Staging Mistakes

The 5 Biggest Yard and Patio Staging Mistakes By Amalie Drury, guest contributor Photo credit: Crate and Barrel A great outdoor space is at the top of many home buyers’ checklists. So even if your listing doesn’t include a large lawn or an over-the-top patio, it’s important to show buyers that the home still offers the perks of an indoor-outdoor lifestyle. Be sure to avoid these common outdoor staging mistakes. 1. Overgrown Landscaping Banish the weeds, and trim the bushes. Nothing makes a house look unloved faster than an overgrown lawn or a patio with dandelions poking t...
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Insider Tips on Staging a Living Room

Insider Tips on Staging a Living Room
Insider Tips on Staging a Living Room By Julea Joseph, guest contributor Make sure you show off the living room in your listings. Here are some simple lessons in staging your living room to give a great impression. Choose an on trend color palette that will appeal to buyers and showcase your home’s amenities. Tone on tone creates flow and space. A simple, opened room arrangement explains the room’s purpose, and also sells square footage. Add lifestyle defining accessories to create a story of how one could use the room. Create layers to give the space warmth and character. Mak...
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