(BPT) - When selling a house, the mantra for most is neutral, neutral, neutral. To help potential new owners envision themselves moving in, real estate experts remind sellers to de-personalize their homes. That means removing family photos and mementos and replacing favorite color schemes with more vanilla shades and hues. So as a new homeowner, how do you begin to de-neutralize your new house to make it your new home?
(BPT) - From genteel porches in the East to sleek, seaside balconies in the West, the popularity of outdoor living spaces is poised for significant growth from coast to coast with industry analysts predicting it will be a $5.7 billion market by 2016. Reinforcing these projections, 63 percent of architects cite an outdoor living space as the most popular ”special function room” in housing construction, according to the American Institute of Architects. What’s more, the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association reports that homebuilders list decks among the top three features most requested with new home buys.
(BPT) - With many real estate industry watchers predicting 2014 will be a seller’s market, you may think you won’t need to do much to sell your home this spring. Not so fast – while more buyers are likely to be competing for homes, that doesn’t mean they’re willing to settle for less than perfect. In fact, coming out of the real estate crash of a few years ago, buyers have learned the importance of getting the maximum value for their home investment.
(Family Features) If you're looking to update the look of your home, or just want to redesign key rooms, you can find inspiration right on your home computer. From flooring to crown molding - and everything in between - these online resources have you covered. And with the organizational capabilities these sites offer, you can catalog what you like for later recall. With so many options available online, the only trouble will be narrowing down your options.
(Family Features) Whether you're looking for a gift to give a gardener in your life or you're looking for some ideas, there's no shortage of new gardening books available. Here are a few books that will plant seeds of inspiration for gardeners of all ages and stages.
(Family Features) We all want a clean and tidy home, without having to spend the time and effort to make it clean and tidy. But the truth is - if you don't keep it maintained, it takes much longer to sort and organize. Here are some tips to keep your home organized as you go:
(Family Features) If you're looking to give your home a makeover, nothing can revamp your place quite like a fresh coat of paint. But unless you're a seasoned pro, painting your home interior can be intimidating. Use these tips and resources to get the job done right.
(BPT) - Spring is a season for dusting, washing and polishing the home, cleaning up the yard of any winter debris and even cleaning the storage on the computer or laptop. Spring also should be a time to clean up your health – adding small habits to your lifestyle that can result in big changes to your well-being.
(Family Features) If you're a fan of antiques, you likely already know that true antiques can cost a fortune. But the truth is, some modern pieces can be made to look antique, and when balanced with real antique pieces, you can achieve an overall look that will fall in line with your aesthetic.
(StatePoint) Trimming out a house “from the top down” with colorful but low-maintenance finishes and accessories is a growing trend for busy homeowners looking for easy-care home exteriors. Experts advise starting at the top of your home with gable vents and louvers, and then making your way down with decorative millwork, window and door trim, followed by a balustrade system and porch columns.
(BPT) - When spring finally arrives, windows and skylights across the country will open, as happy homeowners revel in all that sunshine and warm, fresh air. But before you can savor spring, you still have weeks of winter to get through. You can use that time wisely to ensure all your home’s windows, skylights and doors are in good working order – and ready for action when spring arrives.
(BPT) - Once at rock bottom, interest rates have ticked up slightly in recent months. Still, the prospect of refinancing a mortgage remains attractive. Interest rates are projected to rise to 5 percent or above by August 2014, according to an August 2013, Freddie Mac study.
(BPT) - Nearly everyone has a home improvement “impossible dream” – an inground pool in a postage-stamp-sized backyard or a professional-grade kitchen on a $5,000 budget. Some homeowners might say their can’t-do renovation is adding a bathroom in an impossible space. But enterprising homeowners and contractors are using a long-proven technology to creatively add bathrooms in a variety of locations once considered “impossible” for plumbing.
(BPT) - While vinyl siding has historically been the most-used siding material in the U.S., its continuing advancements are allowing even more choice when it comes to two critical qualities desired by homeowners: outstanding curb appeal and low maintenance.
(BPT) - Expanding livable space using decks and patios is a top home improvement trend, but today’s homeowners aren’t satisfied with limiting entertaining outdoors to the warmer months. With a few smart updates, they’re creating spaces that make outdoor entertaining possible all year long. Breathe new life into your existing deck and create a space that can be used for entertaining year-round with a few expert tips.