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Feb. 16, 2021

Turn Over a New Leaf with an Organized, Decluttered Home

 

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Turn Over a New Leaf with an Organized, Decluttered Home

A busy life and a bustling household can make it tough to keep clutter under control. While some disorganization in your home is simply a sign of living a normal life, being surrounded by clutter can cause feelings of anxiety and inhibit productivity and creativity. If you want to transform your home — and your life — now is a great time to get organized. These tips and tricks will help you create a tidy home so you can enjoy your space stress-free.

Benefits of Decluttering and Organizing

Decluttering and organizing make your home look and feel cleaner, and it helps you maximize your space and more fully enjoy your surroundings. But the benefits don’t end there. These are some of the far-reaching advantages of getting organized at home.

Reduce stress and anxiety

When your home is organized and free of clutter, you’ll feel a reduced sense of stress and anxiety. Being surrounded by too much “stuff” can feel overwhelming and get in the way of your ability to relax or stay productive. 

Improve Focus and Creativity

Uncluttered surroundings make it easier to stay focused on the tasks at hand—you’re not getting distracted with having to look for things, and you don’t have that nagging feeling that you should be tidying up. Once you organize your home, you’ll probably start to feel more creative, and your productivity will improve.

Promote Better Sleep

The more cluttered your bedroom, the more likely you are to suffer from a sleep disorder, according to a recent study. When everything is in its place, it’s much easier to relax and unwind at the end of the day, and when you step into a clean, tidy bedroom, you’ll feel calm and content as you slip into bed.

Improve Energy Flow

Decluttering is an effective way to improve the flow of energy and foot traffic in your home. Unimpeded by clutter, your spaces will feel calmer, brighter, easier to navigate, and more pleasant to be in. 

Rediscover Old Treasures 

In the process of decluttering, you’ll probably find some treasures you haven’t seen for a while, like boxes of family photos or videos, packed-away baby keepsakes, or a pile of newspaper clippings or special art the kids made. Set these aside, and make a project out of turning them into albums, scrapbooks, edited videos, or other memorabilia.

Make Someone’s Day

You’ll also probably find some things while you’re organizing that make you wonder why on earth you’ve been holding onto them all these years, like abandoned sports equipment, rarely-used kitchen gadgets that just take up space, and that huge collection of suitcases you don’t need. You’ll get a warm feeling when you give these items to someone who’s happy to take them off your hands.

The Best Time to Organize Your Home

Anytime is a good time to get organized! Many people use the changing of the seasons to carve out some time to declutter and deep-clean. Spring and fall are ideal times for washing the windows, steaming the carpets, and cleaning and turning the mattresses. But other circumstances may also present the opportunity to do a quick declutter — or a major overhaul of your belongings: 

  • During the holiday season, getting organized will help you keep your home tidy for visitors, highlight your festive decorations, and make hosting a breeze. 

  • Any time you move into a new place, take the opportunity to go through every single belonging you have and say goodbye to things you no longer want or need. 

  • If you’re in the mood to remodel a bedroom closet or clean out the pantry, do a deep dive into the stuff that you’re storing there, and pare it down. 

  • Parents of older children who are moving out can take advantage of the extra space by doing some decluttering — but don’t throw anything out until you run it by the offspring! 

Home Detox Decluttering, Room by Room

To truly declutter your home, you’ll need to do a thorough “detox.” Most of us focus on the bathroom, bedroom, and closets when we think of organizing, but there are many other areas of your home that could probably use some extra organization. If you feel overwhelmed, start with small spaces first and work your way toward larger rooms as you go.

Hallway and Living Room: Store coats and shoes in a closet or storage bench, and tidy up the living room by putting away toys, stacks of clothes, books, and miscellaneous items that are in the way.

Yard Shed/Garage: Sort through your shed and garage, and decide what you no longer need. Use a pegboard to hang small tools, and install sturdy hooks on the walls and ceiling to hang bicycles, lawn and garden tools, and sporting equipment.

Laundry/Kitchen: Make it a habit to tidy up these two areas every day if possible. Put your clean laundry away, wipe down kitchen countertops, and keep your sink free of dirty dishes (as often as you can!).

Home Office/Important Documents: Go through all of your bills, receipts, tax and legal documents, and important items. Some records should be shredded, but you’ll want to keep some documents, like IRS filings and other tax-related paperwork, for approximately five years.

Playroom/Craft Room: Organize toys into bins, and keep craft items organized in storage boxes with a label. Determine what to donate and what to throw away every time you declutter these rooms to keep excess stuff to a minimum, which makes playing and crafting more enjoyable.

Storage Areas: Declutter closets and pantries often to make it easy to find the things you need. Tackle areas like the basement and attic, sort items into categories items by category, making sure that only the things you truly need are still there.

Create Sorting Categories

A home detox starts by determining which items you plan to keep, and which items you don’t. You can make the process easier by creating specific sorting categories for every single item that moves through your hands. Label boxes, bags, or baskets with the category, and if an item in question doesn’t go back into the space you’re cleaning, put it in the appropriate receptacle. Here are some helpful categories, but use what works for you and the space you’re organizing — you may need a pile for mending when you’re organizing clothes, or a pile for hazardous disposal when you’re organizing under the sink.

 Donate: These items can be anything that you feel a charity or nonprofit organization would benefit from. Think about where you plan to donate items first, and find out where to drop them off. Make sure the items are in good condition before you add them to your “donate” category.

Give Away: Whether it’s your child’s old bike that’s now the perfect size for his cousin, or you’re sorting through your clothes and have friends in mind who might like something, consider giving some of your items away to friends or family members who’d love to have them.

Toss/Junk Removal: Throw away smaller, worn-out items that can’t be upcycled or recycled. If you don’t have a way to haul larger items like furniture or appliances to the dump, contact a local junk removal company to haul them away. 

Recycled/Upcycled: Some items, like old clothing or furniture, can be upcycled into something new. Give an old table some creative TLC, and use it on the porch. Turn a bag of old t-shirts or a bunch of old jeans into a quilt. If an item is irreparable and can’t be upcycled, see if it’s recyclable. If not, it’ll have to go in the trash.

Put in Storage: Some of your belongings — seasonal wardrobes, holiday decorations, or a crib you’re planning on using again — may simply need to be put into storage. Decide where they’ll go, and make an appropriate pile. 

How to Know What to Keep

As you begin your decluttering adventure, it’s important to set some criteria for determining what’s worth keeping and what isn’t. Here are two major questions to consider:

Do you (or someone in the household) use this item? If you’re deep inside a closet and find the ironing board you haven’t seen in seven years, get rid of it. If you have a complex, hulking food processor that you used once in college to make hummus ditch it. Only keep these types of items if you use them on a regular basis and nothing else will do.

Do you (or someone in the household) love this item? Sentimental items are tricky things. If you’re keeping the ugliest placemats you’ve ever seen in your life just because your late aunt gave them to you, don’t feel bad getting rid of them. Someone out there will absolutely love them and give them the place of honor they deserve at the table. On the other hand, if your baby blanket is in complete tatters, but you love it with all your heart, that’s a no-brainer: You keep it. 

Transform your space this month with some serious decluttering. You’ll enjoy a great feeling of accomplishment as you make a fresh, new start in an optimized, organized home, where you’ll feel better, sleep better, and find things more easily. Make your checklist today, and get started on a thorough home detox for a clutter-free life.

 

Courtesy of Adriana Lopez

Posted in BoydTeam Blog
Feb. 16, 2021

Best Online Tax Software For 2021

 

Tax season is here and finding good tax preparation software is key for those who want to do their taxes themselves. The team at Good Financial Cents has put together a guide reviewing the 15 best online tax software programs for 2021. Although they have clear winners, they explain the reasons behind each of their recommendations. They also explain which situations warrant paying a professional. Hopefully, with the help of the guide, you will be on your way to a faster and easier refund

Posted in BoydTeam Blog
Feb. 12, 2021

Decluttering tasks you must complete if you want to sell your home

 

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Decluttering tasks you must complete if you want to sell your home

Are you thinking about selling your place? There are many things to consider. First of all, some prep work is to be done in your home. And it would be best if you started with decluttering tasks you must complete if you want to sell your home. There are many areas in your home that will need addressing, but for a start, let's take a look at the essential ones. 

Decluttering tasks – section by section

There are several things potential buyers will consider when they come to view your home. You need to try and ensure that any prospective buyers see a tidy, comfortable, and spacious place. And you can achieve this by decluttering every area in your home.

Entryway and Hallways

A buyers' first impression will depend upon your entryway and hallways appearance. 

  • Set up a coat rack in your entryway and hang only your most-used jackets and coats. Go through your belongings and sort them out. Donate or sell the ones that you don't need anymore. You could vacuum seasonal coats with your other seasonal belongings. Leave enough room on the hangers for buyers' coats. 

  • Sort out your shoes and accessories. It would be best to donate or throw away anything that you don't need or want. You can put things that you need but don't use at the moment in storage bins and place them under the bed or in storage. Hallways and entryways are mostly narrow, so decluttering here will make them seem more spacious. 

  • If you have a bundle of mail and papers near your entryway, you need to place a letter holder somewhere or find an appropriate place to store these. Ensure that it looks sorted and neat.

  • Remember that it is vital for pet owners to tidy and put away their pets' leads, beads, and toys. If possible, try to minimize any pet odor

Living room

People spend most of their time in the living room, so this space needs to look tidy, fresh, and clean. 

Alt-Text: A living room that is cleaned and decluttered.

Caption: There are decluttering tasks that you must complete so that your house looks tidy and neat.

The most effective way to declutter the living room is to remove excess furniture. Depending on the state of the furniture, you can sell it, take it to your new home, or if you have not yet decided what to do with it, you can pack it in a storage facility until you need it again. If you are not sure how to pack your furniture or need help with packing for your move, you could contact professional movers. They will do this faster and easier and enable you to focus on all the other tasks. 

Tidy your bookshelves, sort through your magazines; anything that feels over the top should be stored somewhere else. If you have throw pillows or any accessories that seem to be crowding the place, they should be removed from the room.

As much as you like to look at your family photos and show off your favorite works of art, it may not be wise to display everything when you have people over to look at the home. Potential buyers want to imagine themselves living there. So, it would be best to store your memories and art away for the time being. Maybe keep some neutral pieces and place them where they can draw the buyers' focus and attention from a space that you dislike. Putting mirrors in hallways and rooms can help you create an illusion of a larger space. 

Kitchen

The kitchen, living room, and bathroom have the most drawing power in terms of potential buyers. When dealing with the kitchen, you need to pay special attention.

Decluttering drawers and cupboards will require superb dedication. Remember that you are selling your home so you can move to a new one. Packing your cutlery and kitchen appliances can be tricky, so the more belongings you leave behind, sell, donate or throw away, the easier it will be for you to pack. It will also reduce costs. Go through your cupboards, and if you see anything you don't use at least once a week, discard it.

When you finish with the cupboards and drawers, there will be some spare space that you can fill with the appliances that you don't use frequently. The work surfaces should be clean and as empty as possible.

If your fridge is plastered with magnets, artworks, and personal reminders, you should put these away. 

Alt-Text: Decluttered, cleaned, and staged kitchen.

Caption: If you want your kitchen to sparkle, you will need to put in the effort and work hard to declutter and clean the countertops and cupboards.

Bedroom 

Depending on how big your bedroom is, you should declutter wardrobes, drawers, and any other space that you use for storing your belongings.

Maybe the best way to approach this matter is to remove all your items from the wardrobes and drawers and put them on your bed. Now that you have a clear view of everything you possess, sort your clothes into different piles. One will be for seasonal items; another will be for things you wish to throw away; the third for everything you plan to donate, then sell, keep, etc. Once you decide on the items you want to keep, put them back. 

If you are using space under the bed for storage, you need to sort these items as well. If you have belongings on top of the wardrobes or hanging on the back of doors, be sure to put them away neatly.

Bathroom

Your goal is to present your bathroom as easy to clean and maintain. You want it to feel cozy and like a place where you can relax. Start by organizing your countertops, medicine cabinets, and linen closets. If there are toiletries that are expired, throw them away. You should put away any half-used cosmetic products or toiletries. 

Keep your towels in the cupboard, or if they are on display, you should place them in neat piles and keep them dry. 

What else?

Office – clear your desk, get rid of old paper, mask any obvious computer cables, so the room appears tidy.

Garden – remove broken garden furniture, dead leaves, and branches, old toys. If you have a shed in your garden, you should declutter that as well.

Kids playroom – this may be hard to declutter because the kids use it every day. Try to keep only a few favorite toys and store the rest. Keep this room tidy by placing a nice bin where you can store toys used daily. You will probably find out that preparing and staging your home for sale when you have kids is not easy, but it is achievable with a little patience and time.

Alt-Text: A girl standing in a room playing and surrounded by toys. Organizing a room like this is one of the decluttering tasks you must complete if you want to sell your home.

Caption: While there is nothing sweeter than seeing a child happy, you need to limit the number of toys they have if you want the room to look less cluttered.

Garage – Now is as good a time as any to go through the items stored in your garage. It will take time, but you will find out that most things are just taking up space. Organize a garage sale to get rid of the things that can be useful to someone, store the rest in storage containers, and place them neatly. Hang up your tools on the wall. 

Every one of the suggested tasks can be done even if you are not selling your home. You should know that untidy living can cause problems. Protect your physical and mental health by decluttering and keeping your home clean and tidy.

 

Selling your home takes a lot of work, as does moving. You need to go through standard processes to reach a satisfactory level. Start with the decluttering tasks you must complete before you begin with any renovations or other changes you intend to make before selling your home. Once you have decided to move, decluttering your current home is the first process you should tackle.

 

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Feb. 10, 2021

A Complete Guide To Remodelling Your Home

Complete Guide To Remodeling Your Home

Renovate Your Home

We all get bored with our homes from time to time – whether that’s because of the layout or because your furniture is a little too outdated for your tastes. In these circumstances, having a remodel of your home may help you to breathe some new life into your property.

In fact, it has been reported that the vast majority of homeowners prefer to live in their homes after it has been remodelled. 

Naturally, a home remodel is a huge undertaking that requires a lot of forethought and planning. It’s not something that you can just do on a whim and expect to be done overnight. If you’ve never remodelled your home though, you may not be entirely sure where to start.

Thankfully, we’re here to help. In this guide we will cover all of the key things that you need to know when you’re giving your home a new look to take some of the guesswork out of this massive project. 


The Difference Between Remodelling & Renovation

remodeling your home

So what’s the difference between a remodel and a renovation? You may be thinking that they’re exactly the same, but there’s a pretty big difference between the two.

It’s pretty important to understand what each of these terms mean, especially if you intend to ask a contractor to undertake the work for you. So what do both of these terms mean?

Renovation

If you are renovating your house, then it means that you are restoring it to its former glory. Perhaps you’ve bought a house that’s particularly run down, and it’s not exactly liveable.

It may once have been a home or building that could have stunned the masses – perhaps it still does, but maybe not for the right reasons. 

If you’re renovating your house, you’re making the house look alive again, so that it is no longer in a total state of disrepair. It often means that rather than making the whole house look totally brand new, you are instead improving on the features already in the building.

They can sometimes be a little more drastic but for the most part they are subtle changes. It’s essentially restoring a structure that already exists.

Remodelling

Remodelling is a different kettle of fish. As you may have gathered already when you are remodelling you are changing the look and form of the building. So perhaps you have a 1970’s style bathroom when you buy the house, but you want it to look like a modern, sleek bathroom.

It won’t look like it did before.

As such, the goal of a remodel is generally to change how it looks as a whole. Sometimes a remodel consists of changing the structure of a room, such as creating an open plan living area or you may switch the locations of the kitchen and the living space.

You’re turning it into something different, in short. 

Now it is worth mentioning that remodelling projects can often cost more money than simply renovating a home. You’re often changing the structure which means that key things such as the plumbing and the electrical wiring is going to need to be changed.

You will usually need contractors – unless you’re a plumber, electrician and a building contractor all in one. They’re pretty complex in comparison to renovating, so it’s important that you thoroughly consider whether you want a remodel or a renovation in advance.

Another thing to keep in mind that in some situations you may need to get a permit to renovate your home, especially if you want to extend part of your home. This can also cost extra money, and you may need to install a new roof or something else. 

Remodelling your home can be a great choice if your home hasn’t been designed well and won’t fit with your current tastes or needs. Sometimes a remodel is the only answer if things haven’t been done properly. 

One quick thing to remember though is to check whether your home or the home that you plan on buying is a historic home. If your home is a historic home then you may find that you can’t remodel the home as it has historical value.

Keep this in mind before you think about remodelling as you may only be able to renovate in this particular scenario. 


Remodelling your Home: Where to Start

Remodelling can be a lengthy, complicated process, but we all have to start somewhere! Here’s what you need to know to start your home remodel on the right foot.  

Setting up a Budget

setting up a budget

The first thing that you need to do is set a budget for your project.

This can be somewhat tricky if you have never remodelled a home before as you may not be sure exactly where to start.

Before you start though, it’s pretty important to think about your purpose.

Why are you remodelling, what is your end goal?

For instance, your remodel may go completely differently if your purpose is to sell the home after the remodelling process.

If you’re looking to sell then you will need to think about what’s popular in your area and what is going to give you the best possible return on investment.

If you are planning on remodelling your home for your own sake, then you will need to think about any budget limitations and what you would be happy to see in your home.

Then it comes to setting your budget. Now, this isn’t just about setting a budget for the cosmetic changes you want to make. You also need to think about what could go wrong and how you will cover the costs in the event that things don’t go quite as planned.

In addition to this, set some money aside for when you’re renovating the kitchen, for example, as you’ll need to eat!

Consider whether it’s really necessary to invest in a totally brand new kitchen too, as you may find that you can make some significantly cheaper upgrades that can seriously reduce your budget. 

Setting a budget can sometimes be challenging, so here are a couple of tips:

Prioritise

Before you set a budget, you first need to prioritise what you want. For instance, would you prefer to remodel your kitchen, or is it more important to you to knock a few walls down to create some open plan living areas? Maybe you would rather splash the cash on your bathroom.

You should consider the things that are the most important to you – after all, you obviously don’t feel that your home’s current state doesn’t appeal to you and you may feel unfulfilled more in certain rooms than others. Prioritise the biggest projects first and then go from there.

Consider the value and cost of the things you want to do

This is especially important if you plan on selling your home later down the line.

If you do eventually plan on selling the house then you should think about the return on investment – don’t spend obscene amounts of money on a kitchen that you aren’t going to reap the rewards of when you sell.

Consider the things that are most likely to get you a good return on investment when you sell. This may not be relevant to you if you are keeping the home. 

How will you finance the remodel

The biggest issue you may have when it comes to remodelling your home if how exactly you are going to finance the remodel. If you have savings ready then this may not be an issue, but if not then you may need to borrow money through a loan.

Consider your key needs from contractors

When creating your budget, you need to think about what you need to be done. What things are you going to ask a contractor to do? Consider things like the key structural changes and what cosmetic changes are needed.

Try to be as specific about your needs as possible, as the contractor will be able to give you the most accurate quote. 

Then, you will need to get some bids from a minimum of three contractors. It’s worth considering not only the quote that they give you, but whether the work comes with a warranty, materials supplies and more.

Remember though, if the quote seems too good to be true then it probably is, so make sure that you give your decision some serious thought. 

Potentially Booking Time Off

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Whether you’re planning on undertaking the work yourself or if you are planning on getting a contractor in, you may want to book a little bit of time off.

After all, remodelling your home can mean there’s a lot of disruption to your life. For instance, if you’re remodelling your kitchen then you may not be able to cook at home, so you will need to do so elsewhere.

When you speak to the contractors, you should try to get an estimate of how long the work will take and also when it will be in order to take some time off. Once you have this information, gauge whether you need to take any time off.

You should try to book off one or two days before and after the start and finish time of the remodel too, as sometimes things can take longer than anticipated. 


DIY Home Remodelling Plan

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So what if you’re not planning on hiring a contractor, and you instead want to remodel your home all by yourself? Well, in this case, you need to prepare and plan for the job. This begins with getting the right drawings and equipment to help you to do the job right. 

Drawings

It should be noted straight away that it’s always best to enlist the help of an architect or home designer to help you to create drawing plans.

A professional will consider the logistics of the plan, for instance whether the plumbing would be appropriate for the new location, or whether knocking down a certain wall would cause lasting damage to the structure of the home.

It’s best not to bite off more than you can chew – if you think that drawing up the plans yourself would be more of a challenge than you’re capable of handling, speak to a professional. 

With that being said, it’s certainly possible to draw up your own floor plan if you feel confident enough to do it. If you’re not familiar with floor plans though, they’re basically a drawing of a room drawn to scale viewed from above.

It usually sets up the locations of key things like furniture, appliances and more to establish where everything is going to go. 

We must stress though: It’s vital that you have a renovation plan in place if you plan on remodelling your home.

So, how do you draw your own floor plan?

1. Select the area you plan to change

Since you’re remodelling your house, the first thing that you need to do is figure out how much of the room or the floor that you need to draw in order to make your plan. It’s worth coming up with a couple of ideas while taking the size and shape of the room into account. 

2. Measure

Since a floor plan drawing is drawn to scale, you’re going to need to measure all the walls and doors, furniture and more in order to ensure that you get the most accurate plan.

If you’re making an extension then you may need to check that the extension is going to fit in the planned location.

3. Add Wall

Add your walls into your floorplan. Make sure that you’re properly drawing them to the correct scale.

4. Features

When drawing up your plan, add in any extra features you may want – doors, windows, appliances and more. Make sure they’re in a logical location for your plan to work.

5. Furniture

Add in your furniture if needed.

If you’re drawing a plan, it may also be a good idea to invest in a decent home design software to help you to create the plan. It’ll certainly be easier than trying to do it by hand! 

Equipment

lets remodel

The next thing that you need to do is get the equipment that you need to use for your remodelling project. Naturally, each project will have different requirements in this respect, but here are a couple of the key things that you may need for a job well done:

Safety Gear

Safety first! Remodelling your house can get pretty dangerous if you’re not careful, so it’s important to ensure that you have the right safety gear to protect you in case anything happens.

Before you use any tool, make sure that you read the instruction manual that comes with it to ensure you’re using it safely.

Also, invest in a decent pair of safety goggles, a dust mask and ear muffs. Make sure that you also keep your mobile phone on you in event of an emergency – just don’t use it when operating power tools.

Measuring Tape

It’s always a good idea to have a measuring tape handy, but especially when you’re remodelling your home. You’re going to need to measure all sorts of things, so look for an easy to use measuring tape right off the bat. 

Hammer

A hammer is a key tool for anyone to have in their arsenal. It’s worth looking for an all in one model that features additional chisel ends. It needs a strong head, and it especially needs to be durable! 

Saw

Grab yourself a decent saw or two – a handsaw and a circular saw will be especially useful to you. They are ideal for a wide range of different kinds of jobs. 

Pliers

You can buy a range of different pliers, so have a look at getting a pair of pliers that will help you to remodel your house. Usually needle nose pliers are especially helpful. Pliers are usually needed for things like holding wires and things that may be nestled in tight spaces that you can’t reach.

Sledgehammer

First the hammer, then the sledgehammer! If you have any pent up aggression then don’t go looking for a fight up the pub, just take it out on your walls while you’re doing a renovation instead! Invest in a decent hammer that you can lift and use with ease. 

Ladders

While it may initially seem like a good idea to attempt to reach high places by stacking cardboard boxes, we assure you that it’s not a good idea. To save yourself from getting injured, invest in a decent ladder and stepladder (Yes, they’re different things!).

Duct Tape

Duct tape comes in handy a lot when you’re looking to improve your home. It’s a water resistant material with a great deal of durability, so you can use it for a range of things including fixing holes in water pipes.

Extension Cords

Some power tools require electricity if they aren’t cordless, so you will need to get some extension cords so that you can reach the areas that you need to access.

Cordless Drill

Following on from the previous point, you can save yourself a lot of hassle by investing in a cordless drill. It’s ideal for a range of different projects, from renovating the bathroom and kitchen and more.

A lithium ion cordless drill is an especially good choice because they tend to last longer. 

Laser Level

A laser level can be especially handy when you’re trying to do layouts. It will give you points of reference for where you need to put things. In short, they’re good for remodelling your home. 


DIY Home Remodelling

Here’s are some of the key things that you need to know how to do when you’re remodelling your home! 

How to Plaster a Wall

how to plaster a wall

Plastering is one of the key skills you need to learn when remdeling your home.

Thankfully, it’s not rocket science to plaster a wall – it’s just a matter of following a few guidelines.

1. Get Your Tools

The first thing that you need to do is to gather your materials. You will need:

  • Mixer
  • Water brush
  • Bucket trowel
  • Plastering trowel
  • hawk/hand board

2. Prepping the Wall

Once you’ve got your materials ready you will need to make sure that your walls are prepared for the plastering process. This consists firstly of stripping the wallpaper off the walls – not particularly fun, but you will get some pretty dodgy results if you don’t do this. 

Then you will need to wash the wall to get rid of any dirt and grime off the walls, and scrim tape off any of the cracks on the wall. 

Finally, apply some PVA to your walls as this can slow down the suction of the walls, so you can plaster more easily. 

3. Plastering Time!

Now it’s time to plaster your walls! First you need to mix the plaster. Check the instructions on the plaster that you buy as it will show you how to prepare the plaster, but it’s usually around a bull bucket of water for 1 bag of plaster.

Pour the water in first and then add the plaster in gradually in accordance with the instructions. 

Once you have prepared the plaster, you can then add the first coat to the wall. Pick up a trowel – it can take a while to get used to using it, but you will get the hang of it. Pick up some plaster using the trowel, then apply the plaster starting from the bottom of the wall.

Once the plaster is dried, apply a second coat about 20 minutes later.

Once you have applied the layers you should then smooth them to a finish

How to Paint a Room

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Another thing that you need to learn is how to paint a room properly.

The last thing that you want is a room that hasn’t been painted properly and looks unattractive, especially since paint can be pretty expensive and messy. 

As with anything, plan ahead and follow the steps below:

Consider your colour scheme – perhaps you want to paint the room with two different colours, or you want to add some wallpaper.

Once you’ve grabbed your chosen colours, try out a sample swatch on the wall to see if you like it. You may find that it isn’t a good fit, in which case you will need to find a new colour.

If you like the colour then you will need to figure out the amount of paint that you are going to need to paint the chosen walls.

It’s worth remembering that a one gallon can of paint will likely cover around 250 to 400 square feet of wall, and in that you also need to consider any wastage. If you’ve never painted before then it’s pretty much inevitable that you will make some mistakes.

Get rid of any dust or grime off the walls by giving them a good scrub, and cover any furniture that you don’t want getting damaged. You can then prime the wall to allow the paint to stick more easily. 

Next it’s time to grab your materials and get to work. Mix up your paint, and roll the paint onto your brush or roller. Once you have done this, allow the paint to dry on the wall for a few hours before adding a second coat.

Make sure in the meantime that you also cut in the corners and the tops of the wall using a small angled brush. Once you’ve done this, it’s just a matter of cleaning up and enjoying your handiwork! 

How to Fit Baseboards

Adding baseboards to your home is just one way to put new life into a room.

You’ll need a few tools for the job, including:

  • Circular saws
  • Tape measurer
  • Paintbrush
  • Miter saw
  • Chalk reels and chalk
  • Safety glasses
  • Wood fillers
  • Baseboard
  • Colour chips

Before you begin with setting up the baseboard, you will need to ensure that you wear some safety glasses and ear plugs to keep you safe. 

To start, get rid of any old baseboards that you have. Then you will need to measure the boards and the wall to ensure that they will fit each wall.

If you are installing a baseboard in an area with outside corners then cut them just a couple of inches longer than the length of the wall so you can make mitre cuts later on.

Then, use a level to ensure that the floor is level. If it is, you can then install the baseboard. You should start in an inside corner, then hold your board up against the wall.

Make sure that it’s level and tack it into place temporarily. Nail those baseboards into the correct position using some finishing nails.

If you’re setting up baseboard on outside corners then put a little bit of glue onto the mitred edges so the two pieces can stick together better. You don’t need to do this on an inside corner. 

This would be the time to install any cap and shoe moulding if you need it. Then use a little bit of spackle to touch up the wall, then apply your finishing coat. All done! 

How Hang Wallpaper

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There are very few people that actually enjoy installing wallpaper.

Good for you if you are one of those people!

If you’re not though, you want the easiest and most simple way to install the wallpaper.

Thankfully, there is a way to do that.

First of all, get your wallpaper and use the roll as a guideline to lay out the wall. Put the roll in the corner that you plan on starting at, then roll it down to the end of the wall. Mark the paper where the wall ends.

Eventually you will know where each seam of the wall is going to end up on the paper. 

Prepare your walls by filling in any holes using a joint compound, and scrape the walls using a drywall knife to get rid of any imperfections on the wall. Then prime the walls as you would do when painting the walls.

Once you have done this, roll the paste onto the wallpaper using a paint roller. Seam the inside corners to ensure that it’s hung plumb. Before you hang the paper you need to book it – this is when you fold the paper into itself to give the paste some time to activate. 

Put the paper onto the wall and smooth it down using a clean roller as you do so. You can also set your edges with a roller once you’re done. If you need to cut the edges then you can use a taping knife to do this. Be careful that you don’t cut off too much wallpaper in the process. 

Remodelling the Floor + Costs

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You may find that you buy a new home and you aren’t particularly fond of the flooring.

In this case you may need to remodel the floor.

This may cost a little or it may cost a lot depending on what you need. 

For instance, you first need to think about the demolition work.

There’s likely already flooring in your house so you will need to remove it first. Then you will need to consider the flooring that you’re interested in.

For instance, you could be spending a minimum of around £25 per m2 for natural stone flooring.

There are some that can also cost a lot more than this, however. A porcelain floor tile could cost a minimum of about £20 per m2 just to get the tiles – that’s not even including the labour costs.

Wooden flooring can also get pretty expensive, beginning at around £25-£45 per m2. For reference, here’s a rough estimate of what it may cost you to remodel your flooring. 

While remodelling your floor may be expensive, adding new flooring can breathe a whole new life into your home. It’s just a matter of choosing the correct flooring for you and the room you are remodelling.

For instance, if you’re remodelling your kitchen then getting some stain-resistant flooring is a good choice. If you’re creating an open plan kitchen and dining room then you may want to use two different types of flooring.

Things like natural stone and polished concrete are quite popular choices for kitchens too. For kitchens and bathrooms it can be helpful to look for flooring that’s easy to clean.

On the other hand, carpet could be a good choice for bedrooms and living areas as it can help to make them warmer. Of course, if you live in a hot climate then carpet could make the room too hot, so think about where you live before you choose your flooring.

How to Remodel your Kitchen + Budget Breakdowns

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The kitchen is the heart of the home, so giving it some new life is a great choice for a remodel. 

Of course, as you can probably imagine, remodelling your kitchen can be pretty expensive.

In fact, the Houzz 2021 Kitchen Trends report states that the median spend on kitchen remodels was around £25,518. That’s a pretty big number!

Of course, you don’t necessarily need to spend that much, as it can depend on your kitchen size and what exactly you need to do. 

If you’re smart, you may be able to renovate your kitchen for less than £10,000. But what things cost the most money?

First of all, cabinets and worktops. These will likely eat up a large chunk of your budget – a good estimate is that you should budget roughly £2,250-£5,250 for your cupboards and worktops.

Some things will cost more than others though – you will be spending a lot more on wood, marble or granite than on a fitted laminate worktop. 

Then there’s appliances. To save yourself a bit of money, look at a few different retailers to find out who has the best deal. In general though, you may be spending around £2000 on your appliances. 

You may also need to rewire and install new things in the kitchen, which could easily cost anywhere from £300-£900. 

You should also think about the flooring as mentioned earlier, and consider the cost of labour. 

You should do some research into your style and taste, figuring out how much certain items cost before you hit the buy button. Look for high quality materials and labour – the extra cost will be worth it for a kitchen that can last you for years to come. 

As a quick reminder, the key things that you need to think about are the counters, appliances and plumbing such as sinks, washing machines and more. Consider how much space you have in the kitchen for everything too. 

How to Remodel a Bathroom

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It’s important to renovate your bathroom every once in a while.

Remodelling your bathroom can cost a lot of money, but setting a reasonable budget can help.

When trying to remodel your bathroom, you first need to figure out the style you’re going for.

Think about the color scheme, any new fixtures and fittings you want, get some new storage and consider where you want the utilities to go. 

It’s entirely possible to remodel a bathroom by yourself, but when it comes to setting up things like the toilet and the bath tub, you may want to enlist the help of a professional plumber to save yourself any nasty accidents. 

If you’re remodelling the bathroom yourself, you first need to get rid of any bathroom fixtures that you don’t want. You should take some time to gut the bathroom. Then, set up your shower or tub.

Take some time to consider the shape and size of these, as they can take up a lot of space.

If you have a small bathroom then optimising on space is essential. 

Once you’ve installed the shower, you can then set up the cabinets and other fixtures. After this comes the floor tiles and repainting or tiling the walls.

Remember to cover up any seams and gaps using some drywall mud and tape, and use some cement board for the wall for the bath or shower. As bathrooms are prone to damp, you should also consider some damp and waterproofing in the bathroom. A waterproof paint can often help. 

Things to consider before remodelling your bathroom

Before you remodel your bathroom, there are a couple of things to keep in mind. The first thing to think about is the amount of space available to you. You may not be able to fit a bath into a half bathroom, in which case a shower may be a better choice.

You should also consider the codes in your area as legally you may not be able to install a bath in a space that’s too small.

You can also think about saving some space by using a recessed cubby in your shower. This will give your soap somewhere to permanently live so it doesn’t look untidy left in the open.

Think about the needs of the people in the home, too. For instance, some people may need extra things for accessibility, such as handheld showers or grab rails they can hold onto. 

Another thing to think about is how high you’re going to put things. The last thing you want is to be installing a shower that’s too high for you to even see. Who wants to reach for toilet paper that’s near the ceiling? It may be an extreme example, but it illustrates the point. 

Bathrooms can get pretty cold, so it may be worth investing in some radiant heat to go below your tiles. This means your feet won’t feel like ice during the winter when you’ve forgotten your slippers in the night! 

Avoid any wallpaper in the bathroom as it isn’t going to deal well with the humidity. And finally, make sure that you keep the bathroom well ventilated, as this will help you to avoid any mould or mildew building up near your porcelain throne. 

Other Remodelling Ideas

other remodeling ideas

When you’re remodelling your house, you should also think of some other more minor things.

For starters, think about your curtains. Curtains are convenient for blocking out light – pretty important in sleeping areas like bedrooms.

In addition to that though, they are also good for adding extra colour and character to a room.

Make sure that you measure the size of your windows before you buy curtains to ensure that you have the right length. In some cases, you may also need to get custom fit curtains, especially if you have something like a bay window that likely wouldn’t fit with a standard curtain size. 

You should also think about doors. If you’re creating an open plan living space then you may not need to worry about doors from the living space to the kitchen, but you would need to think about doors to areas that you need to close off such as the bathroom.

You may also need to get a new front door.  Think about what look you want to go for – do you want glass doors for instance, or would you prefer to go with a traditional wooden door? Make sure that they are well hung too – the last thing you need is your door falling off when you’re in the bathroom.

Take some time to consider your windows, too. If you’re buying an older home then they may not be well insulated. This could be a good opportunity to invest in some double glazed windows if you don’t already have them. This can help you to save money on energy bills too.

There are also a wide range of styles to choose from, such as frosted glass windows. Have fun with looking for a style that best suits your tastes. 


Cutting the Costs of Home Remodelling

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Remodelling your house can be pretty expensive, but here are a couple of ways that you can save some money on your remodelling project.

Shop Around

If you’re looking for contractors or materials, take some time to shop around a little. One tile at one retailer could cost double for the same thing elsewhere.

Naturally, it’s still important to pay for quality items and services or you may find yourself paying to fix things in the near future, but shopping around can sometimes save you a lot of money.

Plan Ahead

Make sure you thoroughly plan the remodel in advance. The last thing you want is for something unexpected to crop up at the last minute that could potentially cost you an extra few thousand pounds. Consider what could go wrong and budget extra for it.

If nothing goes wrong then you may find yourself with a few extra pounds that you didn’t think you would have! 

Project Manage

You don’t necessarily need a project manager to ensure that the remodel is going smoothly – if you do the job correctly then you can save yourself money by overseeing the project on your own. Source your own contractors, bricklayers, electricians and more.

It will require you to give up more of your own time but it will likely save you money. 

Manage the Waste Well

Sometimes you can waste things unnecessarily when you’re remodelling your home. Perhaps you’ve cut off too much wallpaper or you’ve ordered more materials than you need. You can sometimes repurpose these things elsewhere.

Some materials like metal can be sold to places like salvage yards. Waste not, want not! 

Ex Displays

When you’re looking for your new kitchen, check the ex displays. You’ll be paying a whole lot more for a current showroom kitchen, whereas an ex showroom kitchen can sell for significantly less money and it’s just as good. 


Home Remodelling Mistakes to Avoid

diy home remodeling

If you’re new to remodelling home then it’s only natural that you may make mistakes. With that being said, it’s possible to avoid any mistakes entirely so long as you know what you’re doing. Here are a couple of the mistakes you should avoid.

Don’t be a know it all

The chances are that you aren’t an expert in everything when it comes to remodelling. There are things that you won’t know how to do. Cater to your own strengths and don’t be afraid to ask for help.

If you’re trying to do something that you’re unfamiliar with, maybe check online for a guide on how to do it, or enlist the help of a contractor. 

Don’t Assume You’ll Stick To Your Budget

As we’ve already mentioned, it’s always best to budget more than you actually plan on spending.

You could have done your research as thorough as possible but sometimes things just happen – perhaps there’s an issue with the structure or the plumbing and you need to pay extra to get it fixed.

Always account for unforseen circumstances.

Don’t Risk Your Safety

It’s tempting to pay for materials or contractors that can give you the lowest quote, but ultimately your safety is a priority. When the cost is lower the risk for injury is higher, perhaps you will spend less on safety gear.

It’s better to pay more money when improving your home to stay safe, and it’s better to spend longer doing something than to rush and hurt yourself.

Don’t Assume Your Project Will Only Take a Few Days

This ties in with the previous point about time. Some projects can take longer than others, and while a contractor may tell you it takes only 2-3 days, this isn’t always the case. If you’re doing it yourself then it may take even longer.

Be realistic with your time – it’s better to assume that you will take longer and then you’re pleasantly surprised when it’s done sooner. 


Final Thoughts: Let’s Remodel!

home remodeling mistakes to avoid

Remodelling your home can be an incredibly enjoyable experience, especially if you’re doing it yourself! As you can see, there’s a lot to take into account, but by following our guidelines your home is sure to look brand new in no time at all! 

Courtesy of:  Nikki Rollins    https://propertyworkshop.com/

 


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https://propertyinvestorsnetwork.co.uk/how-to-calculate-return-on-investment/

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https://www.self-build.co.uk/flooring-costs-explained/

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Posted in BoydTeam Blog
Feb. 5, 2021

How to get your household ready for Spring

 

 

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How to get your household ready for Spring

It's been a long winter, hasn't it? The holidays are over, and spring is slowly approaching. Just like nature is getting ready for the beginning of the new season, so should you. It is time to roll up your sleeves and get your household ready for spring. 

Make a plan for your spring cleaning

Everything is easier when you have a plan. Plus, you are more likely to get things done when you have a certain timeline set. That should be enough for you to grab a pen and a piece of paper and start writing. Have your list always at hand so that you can jot down some not-so-obvious tasks when they come to mind. Surely you'll remember to clean your windows now that spring is coming, but will it occur to you that you should check the vents and change some filters around the house? That's why you have your list!

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Make a list of all the tasks that you should do to get your household ready for spring.

 

Also, bear in mind that spring cleaning will probably take you more than a day unless you live in a studio. If devoting an entire weekend or a few of them to house cleaning is too much for you, maybe you can make a different timeline. For instance, perhaps you can do a chore or two during the weekdays and leave the rest for the weekend. Now, where to start?

Start by decluttering

The less stuff you own, the easier it will be to clean your household. Many of us tend to accumulate far more items than we actually need, especially those decorations you used to give your home a winter makeover. If that is the case with you, too, you should at least have a habit of regular decluttering. Or, if this sounds like too much of a bother, do it once a year when it's spring cleaning time. Throw away anything that is broken or completely useless. Other stuff that you don't need anymore, but could be useful to somebody else, should be donated or sold.

Your closet would probably benefit from decluttering too. Even though it's not the quickest one, the best tactic is to take everything out, clean all the shelves, doors, drawers, and handles, try on a piece by piece of clothing, and decide what goes back in. Find boxes you will need for the seasonal clothes that should be stored away until next winter. You could use some boxes to put things that you are about to donate or sell.

Clean your windows to let the light in!

You don't have an excuse not to clean the windows from the inside all year long. But, cleaning the other side is not an option during winter when your cleaning liquid would just smudge the dirt and remain frozen on the glass. Now that spring is coming, give your windows a total facelift by cleaning the tops of the window frames as well. They are often forgotten since they can be hard to reach.

Don't forget to remove the storm shutters if you have them. You should clean them too before you put them in storage.

Speaking of light - check your light fixtures

Light fixtures can accumulate an enormous amount of dust, which can dull their surface and block light. That is why you should clean them thoroughly during this cleaning spree. A soft cloth, a little bit of water, and a duster are all you need. We suggest that you do this before cleaning your furniture since the dust from the ceiling light fixtures or fans can end up on your sofa, bed, or carpet.

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Gloves and baking soda are your best allies.

 

Devote some time to the floors

Now that it's time to get your household ready for spring, regular vacuuming won't be enough to make your floors clean. You should have your carpets and rugs professionally cleaned, or at least freshened up, as they can collect odors during the winter. Move your furniture aside and clean every corner of your floor before putting everything back in its place. Speaking of floors and furniture - replace the pads under your chairs and other pieces that are moved around. The old ones are probably worn out, and you wouldn't want to damage your hardwood floors, would you?

If you have a tile floor or at least some areas of the house covered in tiles, pay special attention to scrubbing the grout. Oxygenated bleach is excellent for light colors.

Refresh your bedroom for spring

You don't need those heavy blankets and comforters anymore. Wash them before storing, and replace them with some lighter sheets and covers. Placing your winter blankets in a storage unit that is clean and reasonable can save you a lot of money and space, since your items will remain in good condition and you will have more room in your home.

Now is the time to check your pillows too. If they are worn out and not so comfortable anymore, you should treat yourself to new ones. If they are just fine, you should wash them anyway. Do the same with decorative cushions and throws. And don't forget the curtains too!

It's kitchen cleaning time

This can be a really daunting task for many of us, but it has to be done. Here's the list of the things you should do around your kitchen:

  • Take everything out from the cabinets, clean them with a damp cloth, and put the items back in. If there are some dishes which you haven't used in a while, put them in the dishwasher, and use the quick cycle to freshen them up;

  • Clean your drawers; they always have more accumulated dust than you would expect;

  • The oven, range hood, and stovetop should be cleaned too;

  • Reorganize your pantry - this is also something you need to do to get your household ready for spring. Check the food storage jars; throw away anything stale or spoilt, replace the lining on the shelves and refill the dry food jars;

  • The kitchen sink also deserves a fresh start - sanitize it and clean the drain by using baking soda and vinegar.

Clean your bathroom thoroughly

Cleaning your bathtub and vanities won't be enough for a successful spring clean. You will have to scrub the tiles and clean all the shelves and product bottles. Freshen up your bathroom with a new oil defuser to welcome the new season. Don't forget to clean your laundry room too. Clean the dryer hose and replace the filters on your washer and dryer.

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Bring in some fresh flowers to welcome spring.

 

More tasks will probably appear, but the ones we have just mentioned should be the basic ones, and they can even make your house look more expensive. Once you have all of it done, get yourself some fresh flowers (potted or cut) to add the final touch and get your household ready for spring.

 

Courtesy of: Sophia Perry

Posted in BoydTeam Blog
Jan. 11, 2021

Resources and Links for First-Time Vacation or Residential Rental Property Owners

 


Resources and Links for First-Time Vacation or Residential Rental Property Owners

 

Investing in real estate can be a smart move if you take the right steps. Both short-term and residential rentals can help investors earn major profits and even help pay down their primary mortgages. The trick to accomplishing this with your rental properties, however, is to have the right tools and resources before you make your big move to buy an investment property. 

 

So, if you are ready to earn extra income and become a landlord, The Boyd Team hopes the following resources can make your journey less stressful and maybe even more beneficial for your bank account.

 

Researching Potential Rental Properties and Locations

 

Connect with The Boyd Team to Start Your Investment Property Search

Myrtle Beach Realtor Predicts Home Sales Increase In 2021 Despite Pandemic

The Best Beach Towns To Invest in a Vacation Rental

What I Wish I Knew Before Buying Rental Property

5 Things to Consider Before Buying a Vacation Rental Property

 

Managing Rental Properties Without Added Stress 

 

7 Common Parts of a Rental Lease Agreement

Professional Property Management vs. Self-Management: A Look at the Pros and Cons

Common Questions for a Property Manager

 

Protecting Investment Properties and Landlords 

 

Starting Your Rental Property Business

Consider Forming a South Carolina LLC

Buying Landlord Insurance for Your Rental Property

How Does Short-Term Rental Insurance Work? 

Landlord and Tenant Law in South Carolina

 

Ensuring Your Investment Property Stays Rented


5 Home Upgrades for Your Vacation Rental Space

10 Ways To Make Your Rental Property Stand Out
The Top 7 Rental Amenities Quality Tenants Want

 

Making an investment in real estate can be profitable, but this is also a major financial commitment. Use the helpful links above to establish and protect your investment property, whether you opt for a residential or short-term rental. That way, you have a better chance with ROI and ensure that your efforts aren’t wasted. 

 

Article Courtesy of: Kristin Louis (Thank You)

Photo Credit: Pixabay

 

 

 



Posted in BoydTeam Blog
Dec. 23, 2020

Home-Selling Tips You Can Securely Overlook

In case you're selling a home, your smartest option is to work with a realtor. And keeping in mind that loved ones will be glad to offer you a lot of guidance, look at these three home-selling tips you can securely overlook.

 

3 Home-Selling Tips You Can Securely Disregard

First of all: Every circumstance is extraordinary, and on the off chance that you need to sell your home, you need to converse with a realtor. Your representative can offer you guidance you can use to sell your home rapidly and at the correct cost.

 So, these are three home-selling tips you can securely disregard:

           You should sell in the spring.

           Open houses are the most ideal approaches to discover purchasers.

           Price high and hang tight for a purchaser.

 

How about we investigate each of these.

 Tip to Overlook #1: You should sell in the spring.

 Certainly, spring is an extraordinary opportunity to sell your home. So is summer, and fall, as well. Indeed, even the colder time of year can be the opportune chance to sell your home – in light of the fact that each home, and each market, is one of a kind. Regardless of what season it is the point at which you're prepared to sell your home, the correct realtor will get it going.

 

Tip to Overlook #2: Open houses are the most ideal approaches to discover purchasers.

 Open houses are extraordinary – however there's a period and spot for everything. At times, realtors won't hold an open house for a posting; that is on the grounds that they have a wide range of information to pull from, and if open houses don't work in the area or on the off chance that they're a misuse of everybody's time, they'll rule against it.

 A ton of times open houses just draw in individuals who aren't in the market to purchase. All things considered, the proprietor cleans and stages the house (and leaves for a whole day) in vain.

 

Tip to Disregard #3: Value high and hang tight for a purchaser.

 Never at any point overrate your home. Your realtor can broadly expound, however basically in the event that you overrate your home, the individuals who could commonly manage the cost of it will never observe it. That is on the grounds that the vast majority begin looking for homes on the web, and they definitely realize their value ranges.

 

Something else: On the off chance that you overrate your home to advertise it to purchasers in a greater cost range, those purchasers realize they can get more house for their cash – they're not going to purchase yours on the grounds that it's costly for what it is. You May find more tips on selling home at 

Real Estate Tips for First-Time Home Sellers

 

 

Posted in BoydTeam Blog
Dec. 21, 2020

Simple Winter Home Makeover Ideas

 

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Simple winter home makeover ideas

Most people spend more time at home in the winter - some celebrate Christmas, some take a well-deserved break from work, and some simply cannot stand the cold outside. So, it is natural that you may wish to decorate your home to be as warm and jolly as your wintertime holiday heart is. If you want to decorate your home this year more (and perhaps better) than you are usually in the habit of doing, these simple winter home makeover ideas should inspire you to do so.

You can get your family members and friends together for a day of cookie-eating and home decorating. The key ‘guideline’ to decorating your home in a fun and tasteful way is to choose your seasonal color scheme and stick to it. Also, you want to have multiple rich layers and interesting details that are well-organized and thought out.

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The winter home makeover can be an exciting event the whole family can participate in.

 

So, let us take a look at a few simple winter home makeover ideas.

Make small changes in terms of your furniture

One of the quickest and most effective changes you can make to create a fresh holiday look in any room is introducing new, smaller pieces of furniture into your living space. For instance, a new rug is an inexpensive way to add a completely different feel to your living room. Or, you can play around with pillowcases in different colors or patterns. Bring in a new lamp to enliven the room. Also, this holiday season decoration extravaganza might be the perfect time for you to reupholster your couch or other furniture, which will, in turn, bring completely new energy into your home.

Since trends in winter decoration change frequently but ever so slightly, you can even re-use some of your old decorations in new decorative constellations. All it takes is a keen eye for planning and a few versatile, effective decorative pieces.  

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You can repurpose the decoration that you already have to make new statement pieces.

 

Interior designers usually like to freshen up rooms by bringing in new curtains. Buying new curtains is something people hardly ever take into consideration when redecorating their home in winter. However, curtains can change the entire dynamic of the room, especially since you are able to play around with the colors, patterns, transparency, and shape of the curtains. In fact, curtains are very versatile - they can be the signature piece around which you can decorate the rest of the house, or they can be more neutral to balance out the variety of colors you intend to introduce into your living area.

Change the color scheme in your living space this year

If you are tired of the same old green, red, and an occasional silver, you might want to consider swapping the usual color scheme with another theme. This year, we are putting our money on purple as the festive color of the season. 

The deep, rich purple hues perfectly add that air of elegance and festivity to any living space. You can invest a small amount of money into purple-colored decorative elements to make a visual color story in your home. Match that with your classic, neutral, or earthy tones that are probably already dominant in your home, and you will get a stylish winter home that is uniquely you.

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Purple is the perfect color for your winter home makeover.

 

If you cannot figure out how to do away with the holiday decorations that you currently have, there are several useful tips that will help you put them safely away until next year. Even if you got tired of your old Christmas decoration, this might only be a temporary sentiment. 

Change the number and positioning of your furniture and other items

If you are reluctant to spend too much money on new decorative elements, or you want to use the decoration that you already have, you can reorganize the furniture in your home instead. There is really no real reason to throw away your old Christmas decoration - you should safely store them in your cellar, basement, or attic; just make sure that these in-house storage spaces are free of mold.

Firstly, you can remove things you don’t need and place them in storage during the winter, or you can reposition them. For instance, you can temporarily clear away pieces such as your dining table, armchairs, couch, carpet, etc. This way, you will have more space to work with, and this change will inspire you to creatively incorporate your holiday decoration into your living space.

Life imitates art, art imitates life

No matter which of the two principles speak to you the most, art is an indispensable part of any home. Your blank walls are your black canvas, and you should use them to express yourself, especially now that you feel that it is finally time to freshen up your living space. Impactful artwork can tell stories about who you are as a person, your family values and history, and capture memories, experiences, and feelings in a non-intrusive way. 

If you are an artistic person, a winter home makeover might get those creative juices flowing and inspire you to create your own artwork in the cold winter months. So, you could paint a picture around a particular motif to recap your year. You could create a figurine or a sculpture that you can place in the room strategically to spark conversations when you invite people over. If you are not particularly inclined towards art, you can do a good deed and support your local artists by buying one of their paintings, sculptures, or graphics.

Essentially, the primary purpose of redecorating your place is to bring a change into your life. So, alongside changes in your surroundings, you can use this winter to bring about changes in your internal world as well. Hopefully, these simple winter home makeover ideas have inspired you to make a move and make way for a fresh new start of the year.

MERRY CHISTMAS & HAPPY NEW YEAR!

 

Courtesy of Sophia Perry

Posted in BoydTeam Blog
Dec. 2, 2020

How to buy a property in South Carolina if you're not a resident

 

 

Relocating is always challenging. However, if you're moving to a place nearby, it shouldn't be that big of trouble. You'll go through a simple process, hire movers, rent storage, and eventually settle down and get back to your previous routine. Moving to a place where you're not a resident is a whole other ballpark. But it's achievable. You'll just need to put a bit more time and effort into it. Let's go through some advice on how to buy a property in South Carolina if you're not a resident. 

Make sure there will be no regrets

Before getting down to business and purchasing a property in South Carolina, you need to think about all that this decision entails.

Is South Carolina the place for you?

There are so many great things about this place. However, not everyone is looking for the exact same things. This means that buying a property here won't be an equally positive experience for everyone. Therefore, you need to consider its qualities and drawbacks to make an informed decision whether moving to Myrle Beach, for example, is the right choice for you. Here are some of the most apparent points:

  • Great weather and natural beauty
    Although not something that'll make you buy a property in South Carolina, it doesn't hurt. Being surrounded by beautiful sights is bound to put you in a great mood.

  • The thriving economy
    There are many great opportunities, especially if your profession is one in demand.

  • Plenty of great attractions and festivities
    If your idea of relaxation is not sitting around and you don't like to spend leisure time lazing around, that's great news! If you purchase a property in South Carolina, you'll get to experience all its fun activities.

  • Incredible food
    Another thing that might be an excellent bonus, although it doesn't affect your decision hugely, is the delicious food that you'd have access to.

  • Not the safest place
    Even though South Carolina has many perks, safety isn't one of them. Crime rates are certainly not great, so if this is one of your concerns, we advise you to look further into it.

  • Underemployment rates are higher than ideal
    No matter how strong the economy is, the employment rates aren't very high. This primarily refers to professions that are already not as sought after as others may be.

After you have weighed all the pros and cons, if you have concluded South Carolina is a place for you, you will quickly settle down here with some help because South Carolina is quite a welcoming place. 

Beautiful scenery in the woods that's very common and that you'll get to experience if you buy a home in South Carolina. 

Purchasing a home in South Carolina will enable you to enjoy all its beautiful nature.

Beautiful scenery in the woods

Choose a good real estate company to help you buy a property in South Carolina

If you're very early on in the process of buying a property in South Carolina, the chances are that you still haven't chosen the company that's going to guide you through this process. Choosing a good real estate company that hires straight-forward and experienced realtors is an excellent choice for many reasons. They specialize in a vast number of communities, making them quite eligible for locating the perfect home for a non-resident.

Reviews are all the rage

When searching for good realtors, try to look at some reviews before choosing your future company. It will make all the difference. Although you won't be able to decide on reviews alone, they'll help immensely. Make sure to look for ones that aren't only great, but that have numerous inputs. This is the only way to trust what you read. Once you've narrowed down your choices to the top candidates, find another technique to help you get to the right one. Contacting some companies and organizing meetings is a great way to do this. And follow your intuition. 

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To purchase a property in South Carolina, you need to hire good realtors. One of the best ways to find the right company is to look at their reviews.

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Learn the marketing tricks

As with anything that involves the trading of any kind, you need to be extra careful. Although there are excellent ways to find a great property in a straight-forward manner, you still need to be on the lookout. Try to inform yourself about some common tricks that real estate agents or home sellers use to deceive buyers. Sometimes, they show potential buyers a picture-perfect home when the reality is a bit further from it. Getting into this mindset will make it much easier to see through the deceit.

Get familiar with average home values

To be able to estimate your potential future home value, try to educate yourself on the topic. The current median listing price in South Carolina is $171,200. This makes the price for square foot about $108. All this is to say that the median home price in South Carolina is significantly lower than the national average. You should use this knowledge to your advantage when looking to buy a property in South Carolina. Nonetheless, keep in mind that these prices are changing all the time. Luckily, there are great sites out there that can help you stay informed and up-to-date.

A house in South Carolina whose home values you'll need to know if you want to buy a house there. 

Buying a property in South Carolina is much easier if you know the median home value.

A house in South Carolina.

Move to South Carolina after having bought a property there

One of the last steps you'll take when buying a property in South Carolina is moving into it. To do so, you'll probably need to set some time, money, and energy aside. To make things more convenient, you need to hire reliable movers to help you relocate. Worrying about finding a good moving company is a valid concern because while there are many different options for New Yorkers, for instance, the same can't always be said for some smaller places. Luckily, you can always hire a moving company from South Carolina that could make this transition easier after purchasing a property here.

Enjoy your time here!

As you can see, it's not that difficult to buy a property in South Carolina if you're not a resident. All you need are a few reliable professionals - a real estate agent to help you with search and paperwork, and later, a reliable moving company. Once you've settled down, you can relax. If you're able to take some time off from work and look around for a few days, that would be excellent. Getting to know the place you'll live from now on will help you feel at home more quickly.

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Posted in BoydTeam Blog
Nov. 20, 2020

Helping your kids adjust to a new home and neighborhood


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Adjusting to a new environment is challenging. That's why helping your kids adjust to a new home and neighborhood should be on the top of your list.

Moving into a new home is an exciting thing. However, adjusting to a new environment is not easy, sometimes even for adults. Even though moving with kids might not have been the easiest thing you've ever done, more challenges are waiting. And helping your kids adjust to a new home and neighborhood should be your priority. Remember, they've left everything they've known, and usually, they don't adapt to a new environment as quickly as adults. Luckily, there are several ways you can make the transition easier. 

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Be there for your kid.
A father throwing leaves on his kid.

Explore the Neighborhood 

It's going to take some time until your family really gets to know your new neighborhood. But you can speed up the process by exploring the area. Make tours at different times of the day to fully understand the neighborhood dynamics and vibe. And make it an adventure. Ask the kids where they want to go and want they want to do. And then check out the kid-friendly facilities and parks. Encourage your children to make decisions and to ask a neighbor where the nearest park is, for example.

Drive to the school and rec center and help them get familiar with the places they'll regularly visit. It will help them feel more confident the next time they come to the same spot.

Meet Your New Neighbors

If you want to meet new people in the area, you and your kids can go over and say hello, as simple as that. But, while for you, an excellent way to socialize is to throw a party, for your kids, it is to be involved in the games the kids play. When you see the neighborhood kids playing and their parents around, ask if your child can join them. They will give them all the information about the new school, new games, athletic programs and other things your child would love to know about. And you can propose an informal gathering, like a pizza night, so that both adults and kids can get to know each other better.

Take a Home Tour

Even if your kids have seen the house before, take another tour. Tell them what you'd like each room to be and how you'd place the furniture. Ask them to share their suggestions and try to acknowledge what they have to say. Go from room to room and let them talk about how they'd organize the space.

If your kids are young, you can play games with them to help them get familiar with your new home. You can try playing hide and seek, as this will encourage them to explore each corner of your new home. Or you can try a treasure hunt. The questions should be about the house. For example, you can ask which room is the smallest, or how many stairs there are in front of the entrance door. Or you can ask them to tell you the rooms in the house with two or three windows. This way, they'll have to think about your new home and become inquisitive about it.

Start with the Kids' Rooms

Of course, to help your kids familiarize themselves with the new home and neighborhood, start with their own rooms. Actually, these are the rooms you should unpack first. No matter how good your new home security measures are, the kids feel safest in their personal space. You should ask them to unpack their bags and help them if they need you to. During this process, ask them to repeat where they planned to put each item. It will help them realize that this is really their own space. The sooner they unpack and organize the room, the sooner they will feel at home. 

A child unpacking

Encourage your kids to unpack and organize their rooms by themselves.

A kid unpacking.

Get Back Into Old Routines

During relocation, family routines become more and more flexible until they disappear entirely. There is a good chance that you don't have the same mealtimes as before and that even the whole family's bedtime routine has changed. And of course, it's normal for the first night to let the kids stay up longer and make it a special moment. After that, however, remember that it's essential to establish a daily routine because it helps the whole family feel more grounded.

For most people, the routine is beneficial, especially in times of transition. For teens and children, this is even more important. Disrupting daily schedules can be very detrimental to them. To help them feel settled, try maintaining their old routines in the new environment. If you used to take your children for a walk at a particular time of the day, find a new park where you can enjoy it. Despite the tasks you need to finish, tell your kids that you'll do your best to keep the old routines. Of course, if some rescheduling is required, then do so.

 

A mother reading to her child.

Don't forget your old routine.

A mother reading to her child.

 

Establish New Routines

While old habits can help your kids feel more settled, new habits can keep them interested. And this is the perfect time to make them. Talk to your children and ask them if there's a new routine they'd like to have. Maybe they'd love a Thursday pizza night or a family quiz on the weekend to become a new thing.

It might not be easy, especially considering that you have the whole house to put in order. But accept that helping your kids adjust to the new environment is part of the relocation process. However, don't forget to take your time to settle down and establish your own habits in your new home and neighborhood.

Getting Your Pet Settled

Although moving with pets is a challenge, a pet can help your kids feel more settled. Having pets requires us to maintain old routines, and they present a part of the familiar world to your kids. Even if you don't allow your cat or a dog to sleep with the children, consider making an exception for the first two or three nights. 

Helping your kids adjust to a new home can help you

You shouldn't forget about your own needs during the transitional time. However, helping your kids adjust to a new home and neighborhood might be very helpful for you too.

 

Courtesy of Sophia Perry

 



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