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Improve the Value of Your Home With Kitchen Remodeling

You might be thinking about remodeling a small kitchen of yours. There is a saying that there is never been a better time to rent, buy, or remodel. So if you are looking to do a kitchen remodeling then the best thing to do is to do it now. Kitchen redesigning is the best thing to do in order to decorate your home and even if you are thinking about selling your home or apartment, then you can increase the value by giving a good look to your kitchen. This is probably the best investment that you can do in your home.

Remodeling your house can make your house more valuable. Remodeling your house or kitchen not only gives you the luxury you want, you can also get peace of mind in this stressed environment where oil prices are going higher and utility bills are increasing day by day. If you install less energy consuming appliances in your kitchen, then you can definitely save a lot of money in your energy consumption. Once you have designed your kitchen in a good way, it increases your houses value as well so in the future if you sell your house, you should get a better price.

According to a press release by the National Association of Home Builders, there are two types of remodeling in houses which are profitable for a house owner; one is bathroom remodeling and the second is kitchen remodeling. However they recommend investing in remodeling your kitchen because this the best investment between the two remodeling projects stated above. When you sell your house, buyers see the value of your home by considering its furnishing and the makeover of your kitchen and bathrooms. You can present your house for sale easier if you have a good looking kitchen in your house.

If you want to get more information about your kitchen redesign then you can browse the Internet and see the latest designs. You can also consult contractors. This is the one place in your house where you spend a lot of time especially if you are a housewife. The place where you cook food three times a day has to look good to keep you fresh and enthusiastic.

So concluding all the discussion, there is no better time than the present for kitchen remodeling and there is no better place than the Internet to find a better kitchen design and also a better kitchen redesigning company. The more you shop around the more information you will find and you will know what is the best thing to do in order to give a good look to your kitchen.

Home Staging: The Key to Selling Your Home Faster and for the Price You Want!

It’s no secret that beautiful homes sell faster and for more money. In fact, staged homes sell up to 50% faster and seller’s get their asking price far more often than homes which are not professionally staged. So what exactly is home staging? How does it work? And what are the key concepts to bear in mind when staging a home for sale?

It all begins with first impressions. And yes, they do last. If you remember nothing else, at least remember this:

It only takes a few seconds for a prospective buyer to form an opinion of your home.

That sounds simple enough right? But if it were as simple as it sounds then those selling their homes would have no issues in selling and getting their asking price, would they? A buyer may continue to look around and explore each room with a perceived look of interest, but then again very few people have the audacity to walk in and walk straight out of a home, disgusted at how their precious time has been wasted. An investment savvy buyer will know to overlook any shortcomings, in fact he/she would welcome them as it would assist in securing a lower price, but the average buyer is looking for a new home first, and a bargain second. This means as they step foot into your home they will instantly, sometimes subconsciously, be making judgments on whether your home satisfies the criteria they have, in making one of the most important decisions in their life, a success.

What exactly does home staging involve?

That depends entirely on the state of your home. Home staging may simply involve the addition of a few interior décor accessories, such as lamps, vases and small furniture. It may involve the temporary removal of some of the furniture currently occupying the space and replacing it with more modern and neutral items. In older homes some minor construction or a fresh lick of paint may be required, and where buyers want to invest in order to increase the value of their property some heavier remodelling and construction may be needed – such as garage extensions, creating an entertainment area, building an extra bedroom etc.

Furniture can be purchased or rented through the home stager, who generally is a qualified interior designer. Whether rented or bought, additional furniture can lift up dead spaces and create some much needed character. This must be carefully selected though, as bad decor and furniture selections can ruin the appeal.

Home staging services extend beyond the obvious interior design and decorating fields, and can go as far as offering domestic services, landscaping services and, rather importantly, professional photography services to really give your home that magazine quality look.

Typically, the home stager would set-up a consultation at the home to meet the seller and discuss the work required as well the budget. This could be done in conjunction with the estate agent for maximum benefit. The full scope of services generally include the following:

• Consultation and proposed staging requirements according to budget.
• Construction work (if required)
• Touch-ups and paintwork
• Depersonalisation of the home – removing / hiding all personal items
• Removal / storage of furniture and décor not suited for staging
• Rental / sale of new furniture & décor more suited for staging
• Set-up, domestic cleaning and landscaping services on show days.
• Professional photography services – for presentation on leaflets and websites etc.
• Decommissioning after services are no longer required.

Do’s and Don’ts when staging a home?

Certain things never to forget when staging a home:

• Always, always, always remove personal items such as toys, toothbrushes, toiletries, clothes, souvenir’s and most importantly photographs. It is essential for the buyer not to feel as if they are in someone else’s home but rather their home to be and removing such items goes a long way in helping achieve this.
• Always clean your home and freshen up your garden before a showing. It is statistically proven that fresh scents and cleanliness, or a lack thereof, go a long way in influencing a potential buyer.
• Always put some fresh flowers to create a welcoming look and liven up the space.
Things to avoid at all costs:

• Dirt and stains in rugs and linen. Would you buy a home with stained rug or mottled curtain?
• Try avoid having pets at the house during a visit from a buyer or a show day. Again it depersonalises the space.
• Try avoid being at the house during a viewing. Nothing is more personal than the owner of the house being present. It is simply an intrusion of the buyer’s prospective space.
• Don’t cook immediately prior to a viewing. The smell of a meal, particularly one that may not be pleasurable for the buyer, will definitely create a negative emotion.

So why a professional home stager? Surely I can achieve this on my own?

Well, two reasons: Firstly, everyone has a particular style and taste that may or may not appeal to the broader market. Your style may suit one potential buyer but repel all the rest, thereby reducing the interest and marketability of your home. Think of your home as a blank canvas, and the buyers as the artists – they need to be able to envisage what can be done to the home to make it their own – and, much like it is far easier to create art on a blank canvas than an old mottled painting, so it easier to imagine a new home in a neutral space. Neutral colour schemes, soft and hard furnishings and accessories are needed to appeal to a larger target market. Professionals are much more adept at achieving this.

Secondly, professional home stagers do this every day. They have studied it and gained valuable experience where you have none. In addition to their qualifications, professional home stagers and interior designers have trade accounts with all the major retail stores and furniture hire companies as well as immediate access to construction crews should your home need some minor touch ups or enhancements. Quite simply, it much less hassle and doesn’t cost any more than burdening yourself with the project.

So whether you want your home to sell as quickly as possible or you want to make as much money as possible, an interior designer or home stager is an essential and minuscule investment for a potentially very rewarding result for all parties.

Natural Light and Remodeling Color Choices

You have found the perfect paint color for your soon to be remodeled kitchen. A nice soft lavender perhaps, that should accent all the new stainless steel appliances and gleaming counter tops soon to be installed.

At least it looked like soft lavender on the paint chip in the local home store. Except when the walls are painted and the sun is streaming through the windows, it looks more like Barney’s bedroom, not a pleasant sight at all.

The problem is that the natural light a room receives makes a huge difference to the way color looks in any given space. For that reason it is essential that you try more than just a small patch of color out on the walls in the room itself before you invest in gallons and gallons of any paint.

The same logic applies to flooring, furnishing and window treatments as well.

As you shop, here are some very basic tips to keep in mind on how natural light can affect your dcor.

Rooms Facing North

Northern light is often rather cold looking and in the winter can look especially harsh. You can soften this effect by choosing warm colors such as subtle reds, oranges or browns. It is best to avoid blue and green shades as they tend only to intensify the cold effect.

Rooms Facing South

Southern light is welcomingly warm. Blues and greens work very well in rooms with a southern exposure and can be used to give the room a year round summery ambience, even in the depths of winter.

Rooms Facing East

Light from the east provides a room with bright sunny mornings but rather muted middays and often very dim afternoons. In this kind of room a mixture of a warm and cool tones can help even out the imbalance.

Rooms Facing West

Western light brings the sunshine streaming into a room in the afternoons and evenings. In the earlier part of the day though, such rooms can be rather dark. Neutral shades are best in these kinds of rooms.

Using colors that are too warm will cast a somewhat unpleasant orangey glare in the intense afternoon light.

Paint testers are easy to find but you need to see all the color elements you intend to use in the room they are intended for to get a true picture of how they will really work with both the natural and artificial light present in the room.

If you are replacing flooring, insist that the salesperson brings a sample to your home before you make what will amount to be quite a sizable investment.

If you are planning a large remodel it may be worth hiring an interior designer, at least for an hour or so to come in and consult with you about the color schemes that will work best. Most good interior designers are quite happy to give such consultations and can be of great help with things like furniture, which you cannot really bring homes samples of.