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Looking For a Business Venture in Retirement? Here Are Expert Tips for Starting Your Own House Flipping Business
House flipping can be an incredibly lucrative and educational endeavor. Taking a home that is a bit run down and transforming it into someone’s dream home is a highly rewarding but work-intensive process. For those who’ve always thought that they’d enjoy this kind of real estate investing, retirement can often be the perfect time to launch your own house flipping business.
Unsure where to get started? The Boyd Team shares top strategies for becoming an expert house-flipper during your retirement years.
Work with a professional team to find the best properties at the best prices.
If you are reading this post, chances are that you have little to no real estate experience. This is totally fine! Although it is nice to have, no formal training is needed to begin house flipping. However, in these instances, it is crucial to have an expert team on your side that has logged years of industry experience.
If you’re launching your venture in Myrtle Beach, lean on the expertise of The Boyd Team. With years of real estate know-how, we can guide you to the best properties at the best prices. We’ll let you know which homes are a bargain and which ones to skip so that you can maximize profits. In the house flipping business, having a trustworthy ally is an absolute must.
Decide how to finance your business/home purchases.
You’ll need to determine how you will finance both your business expenses and the purchase of each home. You can do this in several ways. First, if your financial advisor gives you the green light, you can pull funding from your retirement savings. This will eliminate the need to apply for a loan and is the ideal situation. However, if this is not an option for you, you will need to create a business plan to present to possible investors and/or lenders. Begin researching what documents are needed for a business plan, as well as for applying for a home loan in retirement.
Build an effective marketing plan.
Marketing has always been central to the success of businesses across industries. The same will be true for your new venture. To spread the word about your new business and the houses you’re putting on the market, you will need to build an effective marketing plan.
Again, if you aren’t a marketing pro, not to worry! Hiring experienced freelancers who specialize in a variety of areas is easier than ever before. One example of a project you’ll need to outsource is logo design. As you review online freelancer profiles, costs, and estimated timelines on online job boards, you’ll be able to select the individual who will create the best logo design for your business.
Hire experienced employees and contractors to make your business a success.
Trying to run your house-flipping business all by yourself is a recipe for disaster. When budgeting your business expenses, be sure to include room for hiring experienced professionals who know the industry. These include drywall experts, interior designers, plumbers, electricians, and a renovations team.
While it is ideal to get involved where your talents permit, it is even more important to do each job right the first time. As home buyers purchase your flipped homes and realize the level of quality you’ve put into each property, you will quickly become a trusted name in the industry.
Although it involves a lot of work and learning, many individuals have found house flipping to be profitable and thrilling work. If you’d like to begin exploring properties that have flipping potential, reach out to The Boyd Team to get started.
The Boyd Team — made up of Eddie & Julie Boyd — is your trusted real estate group when looking to buy or sell on the Grand Strand. Explore featured properties around Myrtle Beach today.
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10 Questions To Ask Your Real Estate Agent
When it comes time to buy or sell your home, you will need a real estate agent. Having a buyer's or seller's agent who can represent your interests is crucial in making the sale happen without issues. An agent can help you understand the process of buying and selling a house. They can provide you with valuable tips and advice and help you negotiate a better price. However, finding the right agent who is suited to handling your needs can be difficult. Therefore, here are ten questions to ask your real estate agent to make sure they are the right match for you.
What is your M.O.?
Different agents have different approaches and ways of communicating. Find someone whose style you like, and it will make the entire process more enjoyable. Inquiring about your agent's strategy is one of the most critical questions to ask your real estate agent as soon as you meet them. First impressions are essential, and it's good to trust your gut instinct. If you like what you hear, you can discuss the finer details since there are many benefits to having a good agent. But if their sales pitch doesn't work for you, move on and find an agent you like.
How involved will you be?
Find out how frequently you will communicate with your agent. Ask them to inspect all of the paperwork and documentation with you, and forward them any emails you get. Experienced agents will guide you through the sale and update you on how things are going. An excellent way to make sure you avoid real estate scams is to prepare ahead and avoid problems. Pick an agent who is fully committed to you as a client and ask them to double and triple-check everything.
Caption: Find an agent who will make you a priority.
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What kind of property is your specialty?
Some agents deal with only one kind of property, while others are generalists. It’s good to know what your agent’s strong suit is. Pick an agent who specialized in or has experience with the type of home you are selling or buying. They will know all about the rates at which such houses sell, trending home features, and the best neighborhoods.
How are you commissioned?
It's okay if you don't know exactly how the agent gets paid and from whose pocket it comes out. Most people have no clue either. Even if you are acquainted with the matter, you should still ask your agent to explain how commission works. Commission rates can vary, and you should know what you are dealing with to avoid surprises later down the line.
Do you have referrals or reviews from past clients?
Getting an agent with a good reputation means that you can relax and be in good hands. You can ask your friends or relatives who recently used a real estate agent for a recommendation. If none of your trusted acquaintances bought or sold a property, you can look at online reviews. Ask your agent about past experiences and if they are willing to connect you with some of their former clients. A good agent will have nothing to hide, and they'll undoubtedly have many happy clients that will vouch for them.
Caption: Real estate agents are great at networking, ask them for help and use their contacts.
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Can you recommend other professionals?
Seasoned real estate agents with a lot of experience have certainly worked with many other service providers. It will come in handy since you are going to need recommendations for movers and home inspectors. Once you have a real estate agent you can trust, you can lean on their experience and connections. Instead of sifting through reviews or hiring workers on a whim, you can ask your agent for tips and advice.
What is the timeline we can expect?
Ask your agent to explain the schedule and timeline to you. If you want to sell a property, ask when the photographs will be taken and when the listing will be posted. Discuss the steps in the marketing campaign and how and when they plan to feature your property. Knowing the timeline is also crucial when you are buying property of any kind. The last thing you want are apartment buying delays. It's vital you don’t waste your time and that you avoid unnecessary hold-ups. You’ll want to move in as soon as possible, so do your best to find out about any delays that might occur and the things you can do to avoid them.
Caption: One of the questions to ask your real estate agent is when they will post your listing online.
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Are you going to be present for the home inspection?
Home inspections are an integral part of the home buying process. Every single home will have something come up if they are thoroughly inspected, even newly built ones. If you want to get the best idea about the property in question, it's advisable to hire a professional inspector. Some of the issues they uncover will be minor, but others can significantly impact the sale. If your real estate agent is present during the inspection, they'll know which issues you can use to your advantage.
How will you negotiate?
One of the jobs of an agent is to represent your interests in the negotiation process. Find out how your real estate agent will do that. Ask them what they can do to negotiate better sales terms. Make sure to use any problems brought up by the home inspection as leverage in the negotiation. Your agent will also know what similar homes on the market go for and ensure you get a fair price. You will need to be realistic and understand that the other side will try to negotiate as well. Negotiation is a delicate balancing act. There will be some points where you will need to give a little before the other side budges. Find an agent who understands the push-and-pull that comes with a real estate sale. Don’t go for agents who give you empty promises.
What do you know about the property?
If you are a buyer, you might already have your heart set on a specific property. On the other hand, if you are a seller, you'll want your home to be well represented. Your agent needs to roll up their sleeves and do their homework. Ensure your agent is informed about the construction, neighborhood, previous owners, and everything else you might want to know.
Knowing what questions to ask your real estate agent lets you separate the wheat from the chaff. There is no reason to settle with someone you aren't comfortable working with. Be persistent, and don’t be afraid to keep asking questions. Good agents have nothing to hide, and they will quickly win you over with their confidence and knowledge.
Meta description: If you are selling or buying a house, you'll need an agent. Here are the 10 questions to ask your real estate agent to determine if they are a good fit for your needs.
Ample sunlight, fertile soil, attractive landscaping, and well-maintained features are a part of what homebuyers should look for in a garden.
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There are many things you need to think about before buying a new home. For garden lovers looking to buy a new property, the outdoor area is just as important as the inside of a house. In the best-case scenario, they can find a garden in perfect condition, but usually, there are some issues. You need to be aware of many things and consider everything carefully before deciding whether you'll buy a home or not. Here's what homebuyers should look for in a garden.
Ample sunlight and fertile soil
If possible, you should visit a home you're interested in buying at several points during the day. So, you'll see how the sun reaches each part of the yard. Check the orientation of the house. If you can see the flourishing garden on-site, that means that the yard gets adequate sun and has fertile soil.
Homeowners tend to update the landscaping to boost curb appeal for home staging purposes before the sale. However, you need to check if the plants are too close together for long-term growth or if they are inappropriate for the climate. Any landscaping should be done thoughtfully. Look at the usual softscape features:
Fruits and vegetables
Caption: Attractive landscaping is what homebuyers should look for in a garden.
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Beautiful softscaping is not the only thing that homebuyers should look for in a garden. Permanent features should also be inspected thoroughly. All the hardscaping should be in good condition and well-maintained. You should check:
Walkways and paths
Water features – fountains, the swimming pool, etc.
If the hardscape features are well maintained, do you like their design as well? Keep in mind that a complete remodeling of your home and changing some of these features may take a lot of your time, and it will probably cost you a significant sum of money.
Everybody who spends time in their garden needs a sturdy shed with enough space to store garden tools, equipment, and supplies. You must check if the shed is in good overall condition. A shed should be large enough, with a door that latches.
Gardeners love to work in the open. Therefore, you should look for a sheltered outdoor potting area with room for a work surface, easy-to-maintain flooring, and a tap within reach.
Healthy, regularly maintained trees are what homebuyers should look for in a garden. Furthermore, you want to avoid buying a garden with sick, neglected, or improperly pruned trees. They are expensive to treat, and sometimes they even have to be removed. If you hope for a low-maintenance yard, you probably don't want a lot of trees that drop their leaves in fall - leaves you'll have to rake.
Caption: Healthy trees improve air quality and provide shade to your yard.
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No poisonous or invasive plants
Avoid any toxic plants, as they can be dangerous to you, your kids, or pets. Check if there are any plants that you (or anyone from your family) are allergic to. Look for invasive plants as well. If the yard has been well-maintained, you probably won't find any. However, if there's some wild space on the edge of the property, there could be some invasive plants. If that's not eradicated on time, it can easily and quickly invade the rest of the property. Some of the most common invasive plant species in the U.S. are:
If you're unsure how to recognize invasive plant species and other issues with plants and trees, you can bring an arborist with you when looking at a potential property.
Good irrigation system
A good irrigation system is crucial. It saves your time, and it usually uses less water than watering by hand. If the home you are considering has an irrigation system, that's a big plus. However, you must give it a thorough test and check if it functions properly.
Greenhouse or conservatory
An elaborate conservatory attached to the house or a greenhouse in the garden may be very important to a serious gardener. They offer protection for young plants and shelter for sensitive overwintering plants. If the property doesn't have these features, is there enough space to add them? Some gardeners need a lot of room to cultivate a large number of seedlings each spring. Check if there is a sunroom as well.
If a property is missing these features, don't rush into buying a home that doesn't meet your standards. You may regret it very soon, and it will bother you in the long run. If you're not in a hurry to move, go and see a few more homes. It will also give you time to make sure you have found the right movers and organize your relocation with reliable experts so your new life begins on the right foot. Some features are crucial to have, so don't make compromises on them, and you'll eventually find the property that meets your needs.
If you plan to move to an area where wild animals are prevalent, you should look for the already installed fencing. Speak with the homeowner about the types of animals that can be spotted around the property. Check if they know any methods that help in keeping the critters away from tender plants.
Garden is a place to enjoy
Everybody needs a place to enjoy their garden and their work. It can be a spacious veranda, an outdoor dining room, or any other comfortable area where you can relax after a hard day.
If the garden you’re looking at is spacious enough, obviously well-maintained, with all the crucial features that you wanted, go for it! When you close the deal, it’s time for one more big step – moving. Be sure to check the ratings of the company you have chosen on USA Moving Reviews and you will arrive at your new property stress-free. Once you unpack your belongings, you probably won't waste any time, and you'll head straight to your new garden. That's where you'll find the peaceful setting and the best relaxation.
Caption: Find a home and a garden that are both in good condition, so the maintenance will be easy for you.
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There are many things on the list of what homebuyers should look for in a garden, and maybe you'll need to make some small compromises. However, if you have enough time and patience, it's possible to find your dream home and all that you wished for in one property. Good luck with your search!
If you're in the market for a condo, you've probably read your fair share of facts and pieces of advice on what you should be looking for. Although you should focus on these objective qualities, you should also follow your instincts based on your personal preferences. Starting with the type of residential unit you're after, there's a bunch of minor and more significant decisions you'll have to make. Informing yourself about all your options is half the battle. One of the top choices when it comes to residential units is tall buildings. Here's everything you need to know about the advantages of living in a high rise.
Living in a high rise feels luxurious
High rises have a way of making people feel like they're staying at a hotel. There's something about these buildings that just breathes luxury. Living in the penthouse of a high-rise building is on every home buyer's wishlist if they are into luxurious spaces. However, even if you're not an owner of an apartment on the top floor, you'll still have the same impression.
Luxurious amenities you'll possibly have access to
Nonetheless, for something to feel luxurious, it needs to possess certain qualities. It's no secret that living in the majority of high rises, especially if they're newly built, comes with quite a few amenities and privileges. Of course, this all varies from case to case, so you'll need to ask your real estate agents whether these apply to the high rise you're looking to live in. Don't take anything as a given. Here are some of the amenities you can potentially look forward to:
Rooftop pools where you can relax
Cafes with a great assortment of high-quality coffee
Well-equipped fitness centers
Markets of a high caliber
Entertainment rooms with pianos and stacked bars, libraries, and a catering kitchen
Ventilation and fresh air
One of the most outstanding amenities of high rises is having a gym so close that you can't make up an excuse to miss a workout.
A well-equipped fitness center that you'll be able to use if you decide to live in a high rise.
High rise buildings are more peaceful than regular ones
Even though it doesn't sound very logical, living in high-rise buildings is a great way to get some peace and quiet. There's generally much less noise since the apartments are distributed better than in lower structures. There's also far less congestion you'll need to worry about. You're bound to experience a safer and more secure environment too. This is due to both the fact that you'll be living on a higher floor and that living in high rises often comes with more security.
You'll get to see the most incredible views
There's no way not to mention one of the most obvious but still incredibly mesmerizing parts of living in a high-rise building. Of course, we're talking about the views you'll get to witness every day while living in a high rise. Could you imagine a more romantic place to start your life together with your partner? So, if you want to find a place with your significant other, a sky-high apartment is an excellent option. There's very little that could even come close to the feeling of seeing the skyline of your favorite city in the early morning. Talk about a quick getaway in the middle of an otherwise busy everyday life.
Closer to all the "it" spots
Since high rises are on the more luxurious side of the spectrum, there's a better chance you'll live in near proximity to great high-end places. This means that you'll be close to all the best restaurants and entertainment venues. Whether you like to visit sporting events or go to incredible concerts, you'll be able to do so in style.Buying a condo in a taller building comes with a significant number of incredible benefits, even once you've left the premises of your building.
Living in a high-rise building has many benefits, one of which is being close to all the best dining places.
A fancy restaurant that you'll live close to if you purchase a high-rise apartment.
Let there be light
Another truly magical part of a high-rise lifestyle is the brightness that'll be all around you. There are no trees, other buildings, or anything else that'll shelter your building from all the wonderful natural sunlight that should come in. What's more, these taller buildings often have enormous windows that contribute to the brightness. There's no need to hide behind dark curtains since no neighbors are likely to sneak a peek when you're living this high up.
More neighbors = more potential friendships
A significant advantage of being in a high rise is all the people that surround you. If you wish to adapt with ease to a new community, what better way to do it than right inside your building? Even if you're not the most adventurous and extroverted, all the amenities that encourage group activities will make getting to know your fellow residents much easier. Sharing the same space can bring people together.
High rises are much easier to manage than houses
If you've ever lived in a house before, you know how much work it entails. Once you fix one problem, another one pops up like clockwork. There's none of that if you're spending your days in a high rise. You'll not only have people who will fix anything that needs fixing, but there's also much less that requires tending to when compared to a house.
Make sure to do your research and see whether the high rise you're planning on living in has a no-pet policy.
A dog that might not be able to live in a high rise with you since they rarely allow pets.
Disadvantages to living in a high rise
Moving with pets might be out of the question
If you'rerelocating with pets, finding a high rise to live in may not be for you. These buildings have a tendency not to allow pets.
An apartment in a high rise is tougher to maintain
All the mundane chores that you'll inevitably need to do, such as painting your exterior walls, installing the AC, fixing the leaking pipes, pipelines, and all sorts of other things, will be more challenging if you live in a high rise. This is primarily due to safety concerns rather than anything else.
If you're not a very social being, this could be a potential problem. As stated before, living in a high rise comes with a decent amount of residential interaction. Although some will have a field day with this way of living, not everyone is cut out for it.
Ultimately, while we cannot deny the existence of a few downsides of living in a high rise, the advantages of this lifestyle easily outweigh them. The luxurious feel itself is enough to sell this kind of dwelling even to the pickiest of buyers. So, if you have been considering moving to an apartment in a high-rise building, we say – go for it.
It's a common misconception that we need to put in a lot of money to make our homes presentable and pleasant. People spend significant amounts to make adjustments that are often quite mediocre. If you don't want to spend unnecessary sums of money on furnishing, styling, and renovating your place but still want it to look and feel stylish, we've got good news. The truth is, you can do plenty, completely DIY-style, and with not a lot of effort. There's just the matter of having the right tips and a dash of motivation. Thus, here are some DIY home improvement tricks you will love.
Make sure to be selective
It's fantastic to be open to various tricks that will style and improve your home. And the great news is that there are plenty of pieces of advice out there. However, this variety also implies that you'll have a range of different people's opinions in front of you. So, please don't make the mistake of taking every idea that comes your way and applying it to your DIY home improvement experience. Don't succumb under the pressure of what's modern and in style right now. You'reremodeling your home for yourself. Therefore, make sure that everything makes sense in your home and for your particular case.
Organize everything beforehand
One of the best home improvement tricks you'll receive is to be organized and plan everything. You should do this as much in advance as possible. Toprepare for the process of renovation, you will have to do quite a lot. That is why you should take some time before the pressure starts creeping in and make a solid schedule. Creating a detailed plan will make it a lot easier for you to focus and get everything done once the action starts. Following and trusting what you've outlined for yourself will allow you to work on autopilot and not be afraid of making mistakes.
Replace outdated fixtures
A great trick to start your DIY home improvement journey is simply replacing any outdated fixtures in your house. Switching ceiling lighting fixtures takes no time at all. Nevertheless, it can genuinely make a significant difference. However, you can use this opportunity to get creative with your lights. When you take placement, color, tone, shape, and everything else in your interior, there's an endless amount of possibilities to be creative.
Switching the fixtures in your house is a great home improvement trick.
Nice light bulbs that have a coppery glow. Switching the fixtures in your house is one of the great DIY home improvement tricks.
Maximizing your space with shelves is one of the best DIY home improvement tricks
If you constantly complain about not having enough room for all the things you own, you're not alone. A home improvement trick that is like a godsend for your case involves putting your empty walls and corners to good use by installing some shelving. Setting up some shelves from Ikea or any other DIY furniture store is a piece of cake. If you wish to take your craftiness to the next level, you can always try to build a shelving unit yourself. There's a bunch of great online tutorials on the subject that could be of help.
Clean and declutter
Cleaning anddecluttering your home can be of more help than you initially think when it comes to home improvement. You cannot really do anything of value around your house while it's messy. In a perfect world, you'd account for a week of cleaning and decluttering while planning all this out. If that's unrealistic, see what suits you and run with it. If this is the step you need some help with, don't hesitate to reach out to friends or even hire professionals.
Create rooms that'll make your life more productive
If you have some extra space, a good amount of home improvement tricks lie in the realm of utilizing the areas you don't use properly. Here are some ideas:
A kid's playroom
You can create your child's safe haven in an area that only serves as a place to have some carefree fun.
If you permanently or occasionally work from home, building an office is a great idea. This doesn't have to be anything extravagant. You can simply take some old furniture and make it work for the time being. Later, if you feel like it, make more effort.
A corner for your pet
Making a corner or any part of your home a place for your pet could be a great little fun project. Although it's not the most practical home improvement trick, not everything has to be completely functional.
If you're looking for DIY home improvement tricks that'll help you utilize your space, a home office is a way to go.
A home office that's a great improvement trick for any house.
Upgrade your existing pieces of furniture
If you're looking to upgrade any room in your home visibly, furniture might be the right option. However, purchasing new furniture is an expensive venture. If you're not up for investing so much in it, there are other ways to doll everything up a bit. Some great tips include changing the fabric of your couch or replacing the front of your kitchen cabinets. It's minor work that will have a fantastic effect.
Find a proper storage solution
If you need to store some items either while you apply these house improvement tricks or indefinitely, think about renting a storage unit. Moving companies are a great way to rent a cost-effective storage solution. If you're not already attached to a company, you can browse verifiedmovers.com, as they can provide you with a fitting recommendation. They'll refer you to a company that'll have everything you're looking for.
Less is more
Taking a minimalistic approach as a home improvement trick is rarely a mistake. Even though there are plenty ofdecorating mistakes you should avoid at all costs, this isn't one of them. There are some simple things you can do that'll still make a huge difference.
Go over your walls with a layer of fresh paint.
Bring pieces of the outside in for a fresher look.
Use bright colors to make your space seem larger.
Adding mirrors is a home improvement tip that you'll love.
Adding plants and things that remind us of the outside is a great tip to improve your home and make it fresher.
A plant with green leaves that you can bring inside of your home as a nice home improvement tip.
Try to make your home eco-friendly
If you're looking for DIY home improvement tricks, this is a great time to be a bit more selective. No matter if you're someone who already lives in an eco-friendly way or not, there's no such thing as too much sustainability. Try to seek out different eco-friendly ways of improving your house that are easy to achieve on your own.
Alt feature: Two people standing in their stained clothes while painting their walls and applying other DIY home improvement tricks to their house.
Meta: If you're looking for some DIY home improvement tricks, there's no need to look any further. Here's some advice.
The days when home staging was only an alternative way to market your house are long behind us. Given that real estate markets nowadays are more than competitive, home staging is the best and perhaps the only way to attract a wide range of potential buyers. Although an interior designer's services are typically associated with home renovations after you move into a new home, many people choose to hire one to set up their property for success in the given real estate market. For this reason, we are going to talk about the most important home staging secrets and mistakes to avoid.
The truth of the matter is that you cannot overlook the importance of a tasteful, appealing home staging if you are looking to sell your property for the best possible price. Hence, you might even consider the option of remodeling your home completely as your ticket to scoring a great sale.
Most people imagine this process to be as straightforward as going through the phases of decluttering your home, moving out your furniture, remodeling, and finally, staging your home. For this reason, we must take a look at some common misconceptions about home staging so that you can make the right moves in the process of selling your home.
Do not over-personalize the interior of your home
When the time comes for you to list your home for sale, you should look around the property for any remaining traces of your personal touch or aesthetic. Why? As much as you might be confident that your interior design preferences are universally appealing, in reality, this might not be so.
Essentially, there is a reason why people tend to hire interior designers for the purposes of home staging. Interior designers are keenly aware of all trends that are incumbent either in the given year or region. Furthermore, a good interior designer will be able to draw your attention to some elements of your home that might not slide well with potential home buyers.
If you intend to stage your home, your interior should:
Have sleek, clean lines
Exude a welcoming vibe
Be devoid of any personal touches
Finally, consider that potential homebuyers may not know exactly what they like, but they certainly know what they do not like. This means that it is best to keep your interior decor as simple, that is, as depersonalized as possible.
The interior of your home should be as neutral as possible.
Alt: a grey couch with three pillows behind a black coffee table
Save money by staging with inexpensive decor
This is perhaps one of the most seller-friendly home staging secrets out there. As we mentioned, the purpose of home staging is to give the buyers a glimpse into what it is like to live inside your home. In light of this, it is not that important to splurge on furniture, especially since you are looking to earn as much money as you can, rather than waste it.
However, inexpensive does not mean you should settle for cheap-looking furniture and appliances. Some balance between the two should be found, which is why the best solution is to decorate your home in a minimalistic, modern manner since it is universally appealing to the eye.
Simple details or changes can do a lot for the appearance of your staged home.
Alt: a vase with flowers next to a sink in a kitchen
Staging your home fast is not the same as over-staging
You might be in a rush to list your home for sale, with the chores and responsibilities regarding moving to a new home and the possible large-scale remodeling that comes after that. However, you should be careful not to 'overstage' your home. What does this mean exactly?
Well, sometimes sellers make the mistake of leaving behind their old furniture and decoration and repurposing it for the home staging. For example, throwing your old pillows on the furniture might seem like a good idea. You might be inclined to put an artificial scent or air-freshener to create a particular atmosphere. Finally, you might be convinced that your staged home gives off a chic or nonchalant vibe.
The decoration inside your staged home should be tasteful and simple.
Alt: a staged white living room with wooden furniture
However, this is a typical case of observing a situation from the wrong perspective. It is better to earn some money by selling your old stuff, rather than repurposing it and making your home appear overstaged or even messy.
We suggest you organize a yard sale where you can get rid of your belongings that do not fit your staged home's decorative framework. Furthermore, before you start packing your belongings for the move, a yard sale is a great way to declutter your home. So, not only will you earn some money, but you will also make the process of moving out and staging your home so much easier and quicker.
Home staging isn’t all about major home renovations
As we said, home staging should not cost you too much money, especially since you have to plan out your relocation as well as this home staging. Of course, choosing professionals is always a smart move when it comes to moving house, just as it is when it comes to major home renovations.
So, be as prudent as you can be when you are investing your money. This means it is best if you choose to spend money on those renovations that can update your house's look for the least amount of money.
Sometimes minor changes such as replacing the kitchen faucet, door handles, or light fixtures might do a lot for the overall impression your home leaves on the observer. You can also rely on simple, appealing decorative items to bring out the best of your property. Even though significant renovations might be necessary in some cases, one of the biggest home staging secrets is that it is essential not to neglect 'simpler' factors such as your home's cleanliness.
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 tokeep 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 feela 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 yourdecluttering 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.
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
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.
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.
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 easierand 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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?
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 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
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:
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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
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:
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
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:
Chalk reels and chalk
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
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
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 Remodelyour Kitchen + Budget Breakdowns
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
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
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
Remodelling your house can be pretty expensive, but here are a couple of ways that you can save some money on your remodelling project.
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.
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!
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!
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
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!
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!