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The Easiest and Least Expensive Ways to Update Your Home Decor

by Randy Gridley

Changing or improving the appearance of your home does not have to cost a great deal or mean a lot of work.  It may be as simple as buying a few new pillows or putting up curtains.  Something as easy as rearranging the furniture and adding a new throw can make a world of difference.  There are some do-it-yourself home improvement projects and easy decorating tips that can make a quick change as painless as possible.  Here are five of the best: 

Paint a Wall


Painting is often the least expensive and easiest way to change the look of your home decor.  Creating an accent wall in your living space by painting one wall a contrasting color is a great way to add vibrancy without breaking your bank account. 

Before starting this project, spend some time considering the feel you are looking for in the room.  Certain colors and color combinations provide certain results.  For example, a cool combination of blues, purples, and greens will seem to enlarge the room, making it feel more spacious.  These colors are also very calming, creating a place where visitors and residents alike can relax. 
Warmer hues such as reds, oranges, and yellows create a more active, vibrant environment.  These colors will tend to pull focus toward anything they color, so using one of these on an accent wall will really make it stand out.  They also tend to bring in the object, so a bright red or orange accent wall will make a room seem smaller and warmer. 

Rearrange the Room’s Furniture

This is definitely the least expensive home decor changing technique.  Repositioning a piece of art or a conversation area can create an entirely new feel in a living space.  It is important to understand how scale and proportion work in defining a living area so that you can place your furniture in the best positions to achieve the look you desire. 

To start, remove all the furniture from the room and then vacuum and mop the floors.  This prevents dust from being moved around with the furniture.  Take a careful look at the living space and arrange the furniture so that everyone feels included.  This may mean creating an intimate conversation group or using a plant to separate a large, open area. 

Do not place furniture against the walls unless there is no other space.  Try and use the larger pieces to create individual spaces and always ensure there is plenty of space to move around between the pieces. 

Make the Coffee Table the Focal Point

In most living areas, the coffee table is a main focal point.  This means it gets lots of attention, so it should always be interesting.  A coffee table with a glass top can be used in a variety of interesting ways.  When the glass lies on the coffee table top, slipping interesting photographs under the glass can create a great conversation piece.  

Other great ideas for glass-topped coffee tables include placing unique or artistic items underneath it or spreading a beautiful cloth runner over the top.  Using photographs is an especially versatile idea because they can be changed out often to reflect special events, holidays, or the seasons.  If your coffee table does not have a glass top, it is a simple matter to have one custom-cut to fit your coffee table at your local hardware store. 

Install New Fixtures

Another fairly inexpensive way to update a room is to install new fixtures, such as faucets or ceiling fans.  Updating the kitchen or bathroom fixtures is almost as good as completing a complete makeover.  Going from a standard chrome bathroom faucet to a waterfall fixture will bring the bathroom right into the twentieth century. 

There are typically a good variety of faucet designs and most are available at the hardware store or the home improvement store.  With so many options available, the most difficult part may be making the selection.  Think about the look you want and then try and picture a particular faucet.  Does it achieve that look?  

Some of the various options available include modern styling, no-touch, bronzed or chromed, a waterfall, and one or two handles.  You may want to take a look at home design catalogs or magazines to see which styles you prefer. 

Adding or replacing a ceiling fan is another easy way to change the look of a room or living space.  Ceiling fans are available in just about every design imaginable, from rustic to ultra-modern.  They also come in colors, woods, and materials.  The fan blades can be designed to make their own statement and complement a room’s decor. 

It is also very important to consider the material and quality when purchasing either faucets or ceiling fans. Some materials are superior to others and the products made from these will typically last longer.  Also, consider the finish to ensure you are getting a faucet or ceiling fan that will match your desired decor. 

Light Switch Magic

An immediately gratifying home improvement project is to upgrade your light switches by replacing the old ones with those matching the decor or certain colors.  Upgrading to a fun, bright light switch will add a punch of color or a focal point.  Using a switch plate that matches the wall border or the trim will add a bit of elegance.  

Another very easy and quick way to customize a switch plate is to design your own.  You can use wallpaper or fabric scraps, ribbon, or anything else that is available to cover a plain switch plate and turn it into a statement piece. 

These are some of the easiest and least expensive ways to improve or update your home’s decor.  Sit back, think about the look you want and then let your imagination go wild.

Affordable Improvements To Make Your Home Sell Quickly

by Randy Gridley

Successfully selling homes and other properties takes a lot of effort and time. The best chance sellers have to profit from the sale of their property are those with the most information. This article is packed with tips and advice that will help you to become a well-informed property seller.

Lots of people are frustrating by the amount of small tasks that must be done, including maintaining the lawn, doing paint work, and having to do small repairs. Unfortunately, failure to follow through with these updates may ultimately snowball into a major problem that must be addressed before listing a home on the market.

The price makes all the difference. Make sure you agree to a price that you and the buyer will be satisfied with.

Have the relevant information that a potential buyer may ask about at hand when selling your home. Keep records of the companies and professionals who have worked on the house, complete with details of the jobs performed. This will give the buyer a good idea about the kind of care that was put into the home during your ownership.

Add bonus value to the sale of your property. For example, perhaps you've heard of people supplying appliances to the person who buys their home. People generally love a great deal, or to get something for nothing, so adding these big ticket appliances into the sale of you home can help attract buyers looking for a great deal. Look at things that are in high demand, and if they are in your budget consider adding them when you close. Your success rate can be influenced by these extras.


TIP! Get to know others in the real estate market. People who have already done this have valuable insight to share with you.


You may find you are getting some good offers depending on your house, the market and your listing price. If you want to sell your property as quickly as possible, remain flexible and take the first decent offer. If there is no rush to sell the home, wait until you receive an offer that you feel comfortable accepting.

If you're painting your house's interiors before putting it on the market, don't choose colors based on what you'd like the room to look like. A taupe, eggshell or off-white color will work best. When you freshly paint your house, you make it seem warm and welcome. However, be sure you choose the colors wisely so you don't drive buyers away.

Make your house more appealing by cleaning out clutter. Remove as many items from your closets as possible and organize the rest. Dust inside the closet so that buyers don't risk allergic reactions when they open closet doors. Clean out your kitchen cabinets and just put in a few attractive gourmet items to spiff them up a bit.


TIP! Figure out the amount of time you can really devote to managing your real estate investments. There are always going to be things that come up with tenants that can eat away at your valuable time.


Be sure the counter tops and appliances are clean. Also, make sure all floors are free of debris, and that all bathrooms are sparkling. Tell your kids to place their toys away. Do not leave clothing or dirty laundry any place where it can be seen. A clean home gives buyers more opportunity to focus on its positive aspects.

Don't leave the curtains closed when a buyer is touring your home. They will want to see the quality of light in your home. Lift all of your blinds, pull back the drapes and curtains and you should be good to go. If the weather cooperates, open your windows and let the fresh air in.

Buyers and sellers alike will benefit by setting goals as to what they expect when they jump into the market for real estate. A buyer can truly resist anyone swaying them when they commit themselves to ideal amenities, locations and prices. You can keep away desperate buyers when you lay down some serious prices and other guidelines which can help you filter out people who you might truly consider selling to.


TIP! When looking at possible properties for investing in, trey choosing something that has the potential to rise in value. Make sure that you take the future into consideration.


Your house should be ready for sale toward the end of the winter or by the beginning of the spring. More than likely, most buyers prefer to be established in their new home by the end of summer.

When preparing your home for sale, avoid putting in new flooring unless absolutely necessary. You will end up spending a lot of money and will not even be there to enjoy the renovation. Rather, give the floor a thorough cleaning and fix any spots the best you can to minimize any negative impressions.

Don't spray air freshener or light scented candles when selling your home. Some people can be overwhelmed by smells or even allergic to certain ones. This could even prevent a potential buyer from making an offer. If you are concerned about the smell of your home and want it smelling nice, try putting out some bowls of potpourri.


TIP! Make sure you take the time to learn the ropes before making your first purchase. This will put you in the best position to make money.


Take into account that selling your home can have some impact on your normal lifestyle. Be ready to receive a lot of phone calls, deal with rude or flaky buyers, and spend a lot of time showing your property. Privacy invasion is something that you won't be subjected to when you hire someone who is a licensed professional in real estate.

You need to learn everything you can about the real estate market to maximize your profits upon selling your property. The article you just read is a great way to start to your learning process, but it does not have to stop there. If you are serious about always making the best profit, you will make a sincere effort to stay on top of the market.

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