Tips Before You List – Economical, DIY Home Improvements

remodelWhen preparing your home for sale, statistics show staged homes sell faster and for more money than non-staged homes.

However, if your house is already a picture from Architectural Digest or your budget is limited, I am sharing a few tips from BuzzFeed about how you can make a few inexpensive, DIY upgrades to your house to increase the value and improve its aesthetics before listing.

Adding paint in certain parts of the house, evaluating house plants, replacing light bulbs, landscaping and giving your home a good, deep clean are examples of a few things you can do to improve the look of your home before listing.  You, the homeowner, can do quite a bit to significantly raise the value of your home and increase interest among prospective buyers.gardening

For the most part, these projects can be easily completed by you or a handyman and the materials are relatively inexpensive. If you’re willing to put in the time and effort, it may pay big dividends in the end.

Selling your home is an investment in your financial future, and the more TLC you put into it, the more you’ll get out of it. Should you need some recommendations for a handyman, gardener or painter, give me a call. I also provide a free consultation on things you can do to help spruce up the home and get it market-ready.

Check out BuzzFeed’s list for some ideas here.

Why It’s Important to Hire a Landscape Architect

Yard 1Last year, my sewer kept backing up and I found that I needed a new sewer lateral. My front lawn had a bunch of crabgrass, and the lawn never seemed to get green enough. Then, with the drought, I just let it go.

My whole front yard was torn up, so I decided to do some landscaping – new grass, plants and an automatic sprinkler and drip system.

The project turned out to cost much more than I expected. The sewer lateral was $6,000, and then I ended up paying an additional $8,000 for the landscaping and sprinklers.

I thought I was getting a deal, as the person I hired was a personal friend – though he admittedly knew nothing about plants – who could plant the yard and put the new system in.

Turns out, it was much more difficult than either of us expected. This is on me for thinking it would be an acceptable, cheap way to get the yard done. I still wonder if I hired a landscape architect, would I have saved money and would I be happier with the end result?

Of course, no home improvement project is as simple as it seems. My sprinkler heads had faulty gaskets and some of the plants were not getting water and I lost plants. Luckily, Admirals Choice, who installed the sprinklers, is Yard 2replacing them at no cost to me.

A year and a half later, we are still working on the grass, there’s still a line in the grass where the sewer lateral was dug out, and I need to get rid of the weeds.

We put weed killer on it, but I had to wait until the weather cooled, then it didn’t kill my stubborn crabgrass, and the rain began. So…I waited some more.

The gaskets should be replaced next week, then hopefully it will be time to seed before it gets too hot, and then I can fill in the plants that died.

So, with the hope that you don’t end up like me, with a two-year-old front yard project that cost me a fortune, I am sharing a great Houzz article on Landscaping Trends:

Newell Avenue Pathway Repair – Sept 12th


FullSizeRender-3With the cool weather in the air and kids walking to and from school it’s time to come together as a Parkmead community and spend Saturday September 12, 2015 on the Newell Avenue Pathway Repair project.

Our treasured pathway was originally build in the late 1990’s and since we’ve been through period’s of crazy downpour and years with little more then a drop the ground has become uneven creating potholes in some areas. The path is a danger for walkers, runners and quite difficult for pushing strollers. The overall pathway leads half a mile froFullSizeRenderm Olympic to the I-680 overpass.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We’re looking for volunteers to help on Sept. 12 as we improve the path area at the entrance to Parkmead Elementary on Magnolia Way and Newell Ave. Through donations from our neighbors we have raised $4,000 to complete this area of work. While we love to include the community, this is definitely an adults job! Come, support your neighborhood, as we need volunteers to run a rototiller, spray the path with water, rake the new decomposed granite material to level the pathway, use a vibratory compactor plate and various other responsibilities. If we can get enough people to help we’ll complete this project in one day! If you can volunteer please contact Chris Hockett at parkmead@parkmead.org.

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Top 10 Houzz Articles of 2014

If you are thinking about doing something to your home in 2015, here is a recap of the most popular articles on Houzz.  See  if any of these are something you are interested in!!

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Houzz Quiz: What’s Your Decorating Style?
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Best of 2014 – Kitchen Storage Ideas

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I am hoping to redo my kitchen/make a great room in the next year or two. My favorite ideas are the pull out knife drawer – keeps things simple and off the counters; the pantry cabinet for those who can’t do a walk in; and the cookie sheet cubbies!

What is your favorite idea?

~Kristin

 
“Peace comes from within.  Do not seek it without.”  Buddha

And The Color Of The Year 2015 Is…

Marsala – yes, like the wine!

The impactful, full-bodied qualities of Marsala make for an elegant, grounded statement color when used on its own or, I like it as a strong accent to many other colors. It can add to any room by incorporating the hue in accent pieces, accessories and paint.

Marsala’s plush characteristics are enhanced when the color is applied to textured surfaces, making it an ideal choice for rugs and upholstered living room furniture. Here is another article on Marsala that my stager Cathy Lee shared with me. What do you think about this color and how would you use it?

Use the new ‘it‘ color on your Furniture,

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On your House Accessories,

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Or simply paint a strategic Wall!

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Here are more tips on how to use this beautiful color

~Kristin

 

Wanna Cozy Up Your Home?

So, Reclaimed Wood is Totally In!!!

From Horizontal Gardens to your Bedroom wall, it’s just the right way to go when the idea is to add a stylish and yet ‘Home Sweet Home’ feel to a room.

It creates a warm environment with an unique and unsettling sophistication to wherever it’s installed. There are vendors at the Alameda Antique Fair who create furniture from reclaimed redwood that is absolutely gorgeous.

Check some of these Great Ideas:

Horizontal Garden

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Garden Pathways

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Bedroom Walls

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Living Room Wall Panel Style

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Did You Absolutely Love it?? So, dive deeper into the subject by checking this great Houzz post!

~Kristin