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Enhance Your Home’s Natural Beauty and Make A Quick Sale

Enhance Your Home’s Natural Beauty and Make A Quick Sale

If you’re looking at ways you can make a quick sale with your home, this guide will help you. Possibly one of the most effective and easiest ways to do this is to enhance your home’s natural beauty and work with what you’ve already got. Not only will this make your job easier, it’ll also make your home look so much more attractive to buyers without needing to do too much at all. With that in mind, here’s how you can enhance your home’s natural beauty and make a quick sale:

  1. Remove Window Dressings And Let In Natural Light

Rather than keep window dressings up, take them down and let in natural light. Natural light is a natural mood booster, and one of the best things about it is that it can help to make the space look bigger. Letting natural light in and showing a buyer the potential a room has is a very smart move. It can also be wise to do this, as some people may wonder whether you’re actually selling the window dressings and similar furnishings with the house. If you don’t want to do this, then removing them altogether can help you to avoid confusion. 

  1. Give It A Deep Clean

A deep clean is a fast and effective way to make the house ready to sell without spending time redecorating and spending a ton of money. You may even want to hire somebody who knows what they are doing to ensure that the job is done properly if you’re not the most skilled cleaner out there. You’ll not only want to clean the obvious places, but make sure the less obvious places are taken care of, such as inside storage cupboards, on top of doors, and even the oven. 

  1. Add A Fresh Coat of Paint 

A fresh coat of paint is a super easy fix and can instantly refresh a home’s interior. Just use any leftover paint you have. You don’t even need to go out and buy a new tub, unless you’ve been advised that a new color could help you to make a sale. Be advised that neutral colors often sell better as potential buyers can better picture their own personality within the home. Bright colors can confuse them as it isn’t to everyone’s tastes. 

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  1. Have Flooring and Cabinets Refinished 

Having your flooring and cabinets refinished could be a wonderful idea if you’re looking to give the place a feeling of newness without actually replacing anything and spending a fortune. Looking into hardwood floor refinishing could mean enhancing what is already there perfectly, and while it isn’t necessarily cheap, it’s going to be much easier and more affordable than hiring somebody to replace the floor. You can still add value by working on what the house already has. 

  1. Try To Utilize Small or Awkward Spaces in The Home

Take a look at any small or awkward spaces in the home and see if you can get some inspiration for what to do with them. Don’t hide them! Trying to hide them always looks obvious and it’s a missed opportunity. This could be wasted, pointless space, but if you use your imagination you could also help a buyer’s mind to run wild. How about turning that empty corner into a mini library or reading nook? There’s all kinds of inspiration out there. 

  1. Perk Up The Curb Appeal

See if there are ways you can perk up the curb appeal of your home. Mow the grass, wash your car and windows, get rid of weeds, and find other ways to tidy up and make a good impression. You might think that the exterior doesn’t matter as much, but the first impression the home makes on potential buyers does. They are going to make their mind up about it when they see it, whether they want to or not. If you want to go the extra mile, you can paint your door a brand new color, install lighting, and create a clear walkway to the door. 

  1. Don’t Completely Depersonalize It

You want to declutter the home in any way you can so that buyers can see their storage opinions. However, you shouldn’t be completely taking the personality out of it. A little personality left stops the place from looking like an uninviting show home, but there’s a fine line! You want them to picture themselves in the space, not you living in the space. 

The above points are going to be the quickest way to get your home ready for sale!

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How To Love Your Home Again (And Not Get Mad At It)

How To Love Your Home Again (And Not Get Mad At It)

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Here’s the home ideal

 

You come home from work and open your front door. Happy to be home again, you kick off your shoes and start to relax in the warm confines of your living room. Sitting down on your sofa with a glass of wine and your favourite magazine, you sit back and let the cares of the day fade away. You’re home, everything is fine, and you enjoy your downtime in your domestic surroundings.

 

But the reality…

 

You come home from work and open your front door. With a creak and a jolt, it eventually opens, and you step inside. You kick off your shoes and add them to the rest of the clutter that is littering your hallway. You slump into your sofa hoping to relax, but that spring in the back of the chair isn’t doing your back any good. You shiver, not only because of the draft coming through the crack in the window but because your body is filled with stressed out tensions. You’re home, everything is not fine, and you fail to enjoy your downtime in your hellhole of a house. Bah!

 

The end. Thanks for reading.

 

Okay, it’s not the end, it would be a pretty depressing article if it was. But if you have lost the love for your home, there are a few things you need to do. It is your right to enjoy your living space after all!

 

Get on top of any repairs

Your home isn’t going to fix itself. There’s no DIY fairy fluttering around with a hammer and nail. If something is getting on top of you, be that a creaking front door or a crack in the wall, then you need to do something about them. They will only hinder your relaxation time otherwise. There are some repair jobs you can do yourself. You can add oil to the hinges on your doors, and you can seal any gaps in your home with caulk. But if there any household repairs you can’t do yourself, such as an issue with your electrics or a complicated plumbing issue, then you need to call in the professionals to restore your safe haven.

 

Give your home a makeover

If you’re bored with the same old surroundings, then it’s time to change things up a little. You need to relax, but if you are stuck in a place that uninspires you, then you won’t make the most of your downtime. One way to do this is to add colour to your home. Using the ideas in the linked article, brighten up your surroundings, be that with a splash of paint or some new additions. It might be time to replace the sofa too, especially if you do get that annoying spring in your back every time you sit down. If your curtains are tattered and worn, or ill-fitting at your windows, then swap them for something new. Deconovo has a nice range, as well as a helpful guide in how to measure for curtains. If your carpeting is looking shabby, give it a deep clean or replace it with something new. Do anything, other than suffer your usual drab surroundings.

 

Get rid of your clutter

 

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We have a tendency to move clutter from one room to the next. If things are in your way in the living room, we stuff them into the hallway. If we can’t manage the mess in the bedroom, we pile it into a spare room or overfill an already bulging storage cupboard. If you have clutter in your life, then you need to do one of two things. The first is to get rid of it! Seriously, if you don’t need something, stick it in the bin, sell it, or give it to charity. Secondly, create new storage space. Either buy something new, or use these insanely clever storage hacks to deal with your stuff. After sorting out your mess/important items/old rubbish, you will have more space in your house again, you won’t trip over anything as you’re moving from room to room, and you can relax without something distracting you when you see it in the corner of your eye.

 

And so…

 

It doesn’t take a lot to fall in love with your home again. With a few basic repairs, a tidy-up, and a few home upgrades, you can finally come home, kick off your shoes, sit down with a glass of wine and your favourite magazine and relax. Job done, order is restored, and your downtime is secure. Well, that’s the ideal, but we hope this article has spurred you on into making any changes that need to take place where you are.

 

The end. Thanks for reading. (Don’t scroll down because it really is the end, we promise).

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Clean Your Way To Spring Freshness

Clean Your Way To Spring Freshness

Ah, it felt like the sun would never return, but here we are at last – spring has finally sprung! It’s time to store away our winter wardrobe and begin looking forward to those long days and nights of being outside in the great outdoors, BBQs with friends and family, and afternoons in the hammock with a book. But hold right there, mister or missus, because there’s pretty big task that needs to be taken care of before you get to enjoy the bright and energising gifts of spring. That’s right, you need to make sure your home is fit for purpose! So dig out the rubber gloves, because it’s going to be a busy (but worthwhile!) couple of days….

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Throw Away The Junk

A spring clean begins with throwing away all the junk you have stockpiled in your home that you really don’t need. Remember: spring should be light and airy, you should have a spring in your step, and it’s difficult to feel like that if you have clutter all around you. Make it your first task to take a trip to your nearest charity shop with all the items you no longer need. It’ll make cleaning the rest of your house all the easier. If you do have to keep your things, look at smart home storage options to keep them in order.

Deep Clean

Yes, you should have known this tip was coming. When we say deep clean, we mean deep clean; that is, getting on your hands and knees and scrubbing those areas that haven’t been scrubbed in some time. You only do this once a year, so pull back all the furniture and electrical appliances and give the spaces beneath them a clean that would make you comfortable with eating food off the surface!

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The Gritty Details

While the main cleaning will take place on the infrastructure of your home (like floors and windowsills), you should also take this opportunity to give your everyday items a good clean. Your fridge, for example, has been in pretty high demand over the winter, what with Thanksgiving and Christmas. There’s been no time or space to give it a clean, but you have no excuse now. Also, when you’ve hoover’ing make sure you do so behind the cushions on your sofa: they’re ripe for dust and dirt and will give them a freshening up.

Window Space

The sun brings a lot of good things, including our daily dose of vitamin d. But it also shines a light, literally, on the dirt and grime of our windows, so now that spring has arrived you’ll want give each and every window a thorough clean. This’ll take the best part of a full afternoon, and remember there’s an art to cleaning windows. But it’ll all be worth it when you’re able to look out and see the flowers and birds and other delights of the season.

The Front

Your home will never look as good as it does on a sunny spring afternoon. But oh gosh, the front is a bit dirty, isn’t it?! That’s why you’ll want to make sure you big up all the trash that is accumulated in the front yard over winter and make sure there’s no blemishes on your patio. A power washer can get rid of patio grime; indeed, this Karcher K2 Full Control review emphasizes its effectiveness at cleaning dirty patios, so you’ll be able to have your whole house looking spotless this season. While it’s not quite your home, the power washer can also clean your car – you don’t want a dirty car to ruin the image of your home when it’s avoidable!

In the Garden

Hopefully, if the weather plays ball, we’ll all be sitting outside often over the next few months. That’s why it’s important that you get into the garden and give it a thorough tidying up. Throughout winter our gardens can take something of a battering, so take the time to clear away all the winter debris that will have fallen from its trees and bushes. Your grass will also be in a bad way, so make sure you’re making the changes needed to make sure it looks great when it comes to summer.

Changing the Theme

Back to inside your house, you should be looking at matching your home’s décor thematically with spring. Winter is a time for deep, dark colors that invoke coziness. Spring is about bright colors that bring the splendid outdoors to your home. If you have some spare cash lying around, then invest in curtains that are lightly colored, like yellow, and replace your winter curtains with them. The same can also be said for your bedding. You no longer need a heavy duvet (or won’t soon, anyway), so instead opt for a light and colorful sheet.

The Bigger Jobs

With the sun shining on your house, you’ll begin to notice some of the bigger jobs that were hidden during the dark winter months. If you’ve had a lot of wet, snowy weather over the past few months, your painted outdoor areas might have begun to peel away, while your gutters might also be in a bad shape. Before the fun of spring and summer really begins, take care of these larger jobs once and for all. There are few DIY jobs more pleasant than spending a fresh and sunny day painting a fence, if you ask us….

Stay on Top of It

With a bit of luck and plenty of hard work, the transformation of your home from winter den to spring palace will only take a few days. However, that doesn’t mean you get to sit back and enjoy the rest of the warm weather (though there’ll be plenty of opportunities for that!). No, it’s important that you take the time to stay on top of your home and make sure it looks as good on the last day of summer as it did on the first day of spring. It’s much easier to do small tasks once a week than all the big tasks once a year, after all!

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