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Choosing Paint Colors

Your paint choices have a significant impact on your home.

Not only can color determine your living space’s overall aesthetic, but it can also influence your mood and set the right tone for your guests.

Do you want your space to feel comfy and serene or trendy and dramatic? Or maybe your family’s style is somewhere in between.

Here are five color inspirations that can enhance your mood and your home.

  • Inspired by Nature: Are you spending a lot of time indoors? Consider adding more natural elements. Shades of sunny yellow, soft brown and deep green can open up your space and make it feel more calming.
  • Uplifting Hues: Trendy tones — like Pantone’s Ultimate Gray and Illuminating — make a statement. Or you could use Benjamin Moore’s Aegean Teal as an accent color or to add light and vibrancy to an entire room.
  • Rich Jewel Tones: Do you want an elegant and luxurious aesthetic? Bold magenta, deep blue and royal purple can help you create more dramatic spaces.
  • Classic Neutrals: Use deep gray or soft taupe to create a clean, minimalistic palette. And the best part? These colors are timeless and pair well with nearly any home décor.
  • Warm and Cozy: Encourage feelings of warmth and positivity with desert-inspired hues such as rust and soft pink. A soothing color, like apricot, could be perfect in a bedroom or nursery.

The right color palette can evoke the feelings you want in your home. Need more help choosing your tone and style? Reach out today for a recommendation or to look for a new space to make your own.

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Spring Maintenance Checklist

Knowing that your home is an investment, protecting this investment should be one of your top priorities.

As we enter spring, now is a good time to spruce up and refresh your space. Set aside time for home maintenance as well as spring cleaning.

By keeping up with essential tasks, you will help ensure your that your home stays hazard-free, retains its value, and may even deliver a future profit.

Here are some of the top spring maintenance tasks to add to your to-do list today.

Structure and Foundation

  • Check the foundation and exterior walls for cracks and leaks.
  • Inspect the roof, looking for loose or missing shingles, damage to any pipes, or unusual wear and tear.
  • Clean gutters and downspouts. Repair any leaks or holes.
  • Check for gaps around doors and windows and reseal them.

Systems and Appliances

  • Test smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, replace batteries as needed.
  • Schedule an HVAC tune-up to ensure your system is ready.
  • Clean the refrigerator coils to help lengthen your fridge’s life span.
  • Replace air filters if you haven’t done so lately.
  • Clean your dryer vent duct to prevent fires and keep the dryer working more efficiently.

Outside Details

  • Check for termites to stop a damaging infestation as soon as possible.
  • Check for any exterior damage that may have been caused by any animal during the winter months.
  • Clean the siding, check for damage to exterior woodwork, and repair and reseal these areas as needed.
  • Check the sprinkler system to make sure all the heads are facing the right direction and do a test run before setting up your watering schedule.
  • Clean up the landscaping by trimming, mowing and clearing debris. You may also think about planting some seasonal flowers, or even buying some planters.

Proper maintenance is crucial to maintaining your home’s value. If you’re planning to sell soon, it’s even more critical.

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Budgeting For Home Remodeling In 2021

From budget and finance to dealing with any unforeseen issues, here are some of the key things to know about home renovations and maintenance as noted in Inman news 12/31/2020.

2020 was the year of renovations for many homeowners. There were many transformations including kitchen updates, converting a bedroom to an office, and updating indoor and outdoor entertaining spaces.

When creating a budget, base it off of a worst case scenario (where you may need extra materials, your choice of materials may be out of stock or delayed, or an additional contractor may be required to repair any unforeseen issues that came up during the renovation).

Create an initial budget, but be prepared to potentially set aside 3 times that amount just in case for those unexpected issues that may arise.

Kitchens are the most popular renovation project with the average cost right around $25,424. The price can vary depending on the size of the project, but can range from $4,000 – $60,000. A quarter of the budget would cover labor, with cabinetry & fixtures ranging about $6,000 or more,  appliances $3,200 or more, and countertops $2,300 or more.

Bathrooms are the 2nd most popular remodel with a price tag averaging around $10,718. For a smaller bathroom the price could be as low as $3,500, but a larger grand master suite bath could be as high as $25,000 or more. Half of the budget would go to labor, $300 – $3,800 for a vanity, $300 – $3,000 for a shower/bath, $200 – $1,800 for fixtures, $200 – $1,350 for flooring.

Home offices were another popular remodel during 2020, while offering a possible tax benefit (see your personal accountant on how to calculate any tax benefit there may be for you). The cost range for this was $5,000 – $22,000, and was based on whether there was need to build an addition, or renovate an existing room. Desks, cabinets, and built-ins ran $1,200 – $3,900, connectivity & hardware $100 -$3,000, and soundproofing $1,000 – $2,4000.

Backyard entertaining also saw an uptick. This included: pools, pool houses, decks, porches, sunrooms, and outdoor kitchens. For a full backyard entertainment oasis having a majority of those features, home owners were looking at a price tag starting in the 6 figures.

When homeowners properly budget for a renovation, consider the cost of materials and labor, while also adding on for any unforeseen maintenances issue that may come up during any home renovation project.