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“Pet Shui” – Designing Your Space to be Shared with Animals

by Courtney Soinski

If you have a pet at home, you’ll agree that keeping the house clean is a daily struggle. You know you shouldn’t let Fido on the couch, but let’s get real – who can resist those adorable puppy eyes?

In almost every household across the world, our pets are thought of as part of the family. Animals also bring positive energy to a home. Of course you want your home’s style and interior décor to be magnificent (especially during a showing), but what about animal-friendly?

The movement of an animal in your home, along with their individual and unique sounds like barks, meows and chirps, helps to circulate energy to every corner of every room. Here are some great ways to add pet shui to your home for unique yet functional interior design.

First off, make sure your pet has their “special space” within your home’s environment. Whether it’s a soft bed or rug, you’ll be giving them a comfy space they can call their own. Often times, having multiple spaces or moving their bed around can stress an animal out, which results in negative energy that can throw things off balance.

If you have ever heard anything about feng shui, then you know that clutter is a big no-no. Try to avoid having your pet’s toys scattered all over the house. Decrease the number of toys that are left out. Also, consider placing them in a nice covered basket at the end of the day – because let’s face it, no one wants to come into a home only to be tripped by a dog bone or squeaky toy.

When it comes to leashes, try to minimize hanging too many things by the front entrance of your home. Instead, put leases in a cabinet, closet or basket.

To clean up your pet’s eating area, invest in matching food and water bowls that can also serve as home décor. Place an attractive mat underneath the bowls so the floor is kept clean.

Lastly, always be sure to bathe your pet regularly and take him or her to the vet for regular checkups. This will not only keep your home clean, but also give you piece of mind that they’re strong and in good health.

Whether you’re already in your lifelong home or not, the entire goal of pet shui is to lead a balanced, happy, and harmonious life with your furry companion. Let your home be a reflection of you and your family, pets and all!

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10 Easiest Home Upgrades to Increase House Value

By David Glenn

Whether planning to sell the house, have it rented out, or simply for personal satisfaction, a little renovation and upgrade is always necessary to help increase its market value. In order to boost a house’s value in the market, it is first important to learn what prospective buyers or tenants are searching for in a house. For most homeowners, the biggest concern is usually the budget required for upgrade, renovation and home maintenance.

The great news is that there’s no need to spend thousands of dollars for home improvements. Just follow these 10 tips for the best home upgrades to add value.

1. Knock down a wall and go for open concept.

Not only will it create an illusion of a bigger space, but it is a home design trend that is very much in demand today. Just make sure to have the wall assessed for possible electrical wires housed behind it before hitting it with a sledge hammer.

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2. Make the kitchen area workable.

This means making the kitchen area a functional place where you can actually cook a decent meal. Update faucets, fix leaking pipes, buff the counters and repaint cupboards and cabinets. It is not necessary to replace everything with a new kitchen system. Simply repaint worn out furniture and replace outdated knobs with modern handles to make it look more expensive.

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3. Brighten up the bath.

Bathrooms are among the most important considerations for many tenants and prospective home buyers so it is pertinent to get this area of the house right. Buff up the tiles and replace the faucets, shower heads and toilet seats. There’s no need to replace all the tiles, just those that are cracked and chipped. The trick is to find the right cleaning agent that can help whiten the tiles to make it look good as new.

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4. Add more storage.

If there’s an extra wall or area of the house that does not seem to have any function, add in a laminate closet system or have a carpenter install small built-in cabinets, racks or pantries. Making every extra space of the house functional will help make it look more livable.

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5. Turn that extra space into an extra room.

A house with a lot of rooms will always look impressive when advertised in the market. If the house has a huge attic, a den, or extra space that can be turned into another room then by all means, fix it up to look like an additional room. Simply add in a built-in closet and a window and it should be good to accommodate.

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6. Update the lighting system.

Still using an old chandelier or unflattering fluorescent lamps? Hire an electrician to place some decorative lighting fixtures or dimmers that will give the house a more modern feel and mask any unflattering curves on the walls and ceilings.

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7. Buff the floors.

The moment a buyer or tenant steps inside the front door the first thing they will notice are the floors. Tiled or hardwood floors need to be buffed till it sparkles. Carpeted floors need a touch of professional carpet cleaning to make it look, smell and feel brand new. Hiring professional cleaners is a small investment compared to the big impact it will make.

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8. Apply a fresh coat of paint.

Paint the walls or replace an uncharacteristic door with a rustic barn door. Choose modern color palettes to give the house a fresh new look.

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9. Add outdoor dining furniture in the front lawn or backyard.

These areas can become extended living and dining areas.

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10. Hire an electrical and plumbing service to look at the overall state of the house.

It is much better to catch the problems early on than find out much later when the problem has already worsened such as replacing the entire plumbing system or rewiring the entire house.

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This post was originally published on RISMedia’s blog, Housecall. Check the blog daily for winning real estate tips and tricks for you and your clients.

Reprinted with permission from RISMedia. ©2015. All rights reserved.

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Paint Like a Pro in 5 Steps

shutterstock_58664035Nothing transforms the look of a home as simply and inexpensively as paint. Whether you’d like to liven up a dated design or refresh your entire home to sell, paint like a pro with these tips.

 

1. Look for high-quality products.

When it comes to paint, quality matters. Search for a combination paint-and-primer to save a few steps and ensure complete coverage and deep color saturation. The paint should have high hiding ability and resist dirt and scuffs.

2. Get inspired online.

Color selection can seem intimidating, but it’s a chance to infuse your personality into your home. Many online resources are available for homeowners to explore, coordinate and experiment with different looks. Pinterest and Apartment Therapy are great websites for browsing images, finding home décor inspiration and colors that speak to you.

3. Use paint samples, rather than chips.

The most realistic way to envision the color in your home is to see it in action. Many paint retailers offer small sample cans for just a few dollars. Use these to paint a few stripes of each color option in the room you’ll be painting. Note how color changes in different lighting conditions.

“Sunlight, shadows and furniture can all alter the appearance of paint in your space,” says BEHR Vice President of Color Marketing Erika Woelfel. “Before fully committing to a hue, make sure it’s one you’ll love morning, noon and night.”

4. Use the right painting supplies.

High-quality painting tools save you time over the course of your project and produce the most beautiful finish. For best results, use a lint-free roller cover. Select brushes made of nylon and polyester. For flawless edges, use a painter’s tape specifically designed for your surface type.

5. Prep before painting.

Begin by removing all wall fixtures, such as pictures, doors and light switches. If you have small cracks or holes in your walls, remove any dust and apply a patching material. Make sure to allow this to dry completely before sanding the finished area. Wash away oil, grease or wax stains by dampening the surface, applying mild detergent with a sponge, and then rinsing the wall clean. Once dried, you’ll be ready for smooth application and beautiful color.

Reprinted with permission from RISMedia. ©2015. All rights reserved.

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