When deciding to transform your house into a stylish home, you can use different approaches to the various parts of the house in order to minimize your renovation costs. – The Interior Design Approach 1. One approach that you can employ is by focusing your renovation design towards your staircase. You can change the design of your staircase to make it appear more cozy and modern or use wooden materials with carving designs to have a more traditional and yet stylish look. Redesigning your staircase would also depend on which part of your house, it is located. 2. Once you have redesigned your staircase, the part of the house where it is located should also follow to match with it. If it’s in the living room, then the living room should be redesigned as well. In renovating your living room, you can repaint the walls to match the color of your staircase railings. If the railings are made of wood, then it would best to have a wall paint colored beige or other variants of earth colors. If you still prefer a light colored wall, you can repaint the base of the wall with a darker tone of brown. 3. Aside from transforming the staircase or the ceiling you may also redesign the flooring of your house. A quick and easy way of doing this is by replacing your old flooring with laminate floorings. You can choose from the variety of materials that are used for laminate flooring. For example, if your theme is the more traditional look, then you may use the laminate flooring which resembles wooden parquet flooring. If you are looking for a more environmentally sound floor, then one of the incredibly stylish and durable bamboo flooring options currently on the market may well be a better choice. – Transforming by Changing the Furniture 4. If renovating the entire interior of the house is too costly for your budget, you may opt to buy new furniture to replace those old and tired looking pieces that are an eyesore. You can purchase new designs of living room sofas with matching sleek and modern center and side tables. 5. You can also purchase a made to order bar if your living room has more space to accommodate this. A living room bar adds excitement and style to any boring traditionally styled living rooms. So there you have it, five simple yet extremely effective tips for transforming your house into a stylish home. Have fun!
Thought provoking statistics for those home selling & home buying just came available through a national survey conducted by Keller Williams (KW) Realty. Based on transactions conducted by over 2,000 KW realtors and the homes they sold over a 6-month period ending in December 2009, these housing marketing results have just been published in a 2010 KW Market Navigator “White Paper” of sorts. Following is a summary of a few of the salient points from the sections dealing with those who are specifically selling a house. Two of the important home selling variables dealt with getting your house ready to sell and pricing for correct home value: and marketing while selling a house. Getting your house ready to sell * Realtors recommended that those selling a house should have a prelist inspection conducted and then make an effort to complete the repairs and upgrades suggested. Only 1 in 11 of those selling a house had a prelist inspection done. However, on average, pre-inspected listings received more offers than those that were not (on average, one additional offer). The realtors cited 2 of the top 5 reasons for contracts falling through were inspection issues and appraisal problems which could have been addressed prior to listing. Sellers spent an average of $500 to $2383 on any remodeling construction/repairs needed. The most common repairs were electrical work, pest control & roof repairs (in over 60% of the listings each were performed). * It was found that those preparing to buy a house are attracted by location, neighborhood, floor plan, upgrades in a home, and curb appeal. Of those, only two can be improved: upgrades and curb appeal. Which brings us to the condition of the home selling condition. 84% of those buying a house said condition is not to be compromised. Homes in good to excellent condition sold 16 days faster and 1.6% higher, with.4% fewer price reductions than homes in fair to poor condition. Those home selling spent an average of $3562 on upgrades when getting their house ready to sell. Common upgrades were flooring, paint, light fixtures, appliances, plumbing & hardware often at the recommendation of the realtor. The work typically started anywhere from 2 to 6 weeks prior to listing on the housing market. * Which brings us to the icing on the cake — staging. Staging a house meant at least two more showings on average and a higher list-to-sale percentage achieved…1 percentage point higher. Only 1 out of 3 sellers did any type of staging while home selling. If you are getting your house ready to sell, consider the 1% bump, and do staging accordingly to boost return on investment. Those who did not stage cited that they did not believe it was necessary or that they did not want to incur extra home selling cost. Pricing for correct home value * When the KW realtors gave price recommendations, less than half of those home selling listed at the price recommended (they listed higher). Those who did take the realtor’s recommendation for the home price to list at sold the home 38 days faster than those who didn’t…which equated to more than a month of mortgage and tax payments saved. They also sold it for more than 2 percentage points higher and with one fewer price reduction. More than half of those who went with the initial recommendation reported no reduction in price. One fifth got their home price after one reduction. * In general, 87% of the homes in the survey sold after two or fewer price reductions. Most price reductions occurred within 4 to 8 weeks, with an average of 6.4 weeks before reducing the price.
They say you can do the inspection of the house yourself just fine. That is if you have the time, inclination, and the know-how. Having an appraisal guide may help, but will you be confident of your own efforts? Read on to find out what are the things you should look out for before you buy a house with your refinance home loan. Not all inspectors are created equal House inspectors are not all licensed. If you got the average guy who is in the scene to help sell houses, how can you be sure he knows what to look out for? He may not know a thing about plumbing but knows if a tap does not work, or he is not an engineer but says the foundation of the house can sit 20 giants without falling apart. Could you trust him? Not on your life and your refinance home loan. Aside from the leaking room, busted plumbing, and faulty electrical wiring, there are other things you should look out for like the presence of asbestos, radon, and other contaminants. Give the house a look-over before the makeover The house inspector may be going around the house with his checklist. If he is not licensed, he’ll not be smoking out asbestos, radon, lead, termites, and other wood eating bugs, molds, and pests. He’ll just skim along the surface. If you insist doing the inspection, be prepared that it won’t take just an hour to go over each nook and cranny. Dress for the event in overalls and bring a mask just to be sure you’re not inhaling those invisible and deadly fumes. In case of asbestos, take care to dispose of the articles of clothing. You don’t want Mesothelioma after 25 years. First, check the walls, floors, ceilings, roof and foundation. For the walls and ceilings look for dry rot and water damage. In the garage, if there are cracks on the flooring that means there’s a drainage problem. Cracks in other parts of the house indicate soil setting, expansion, and earthquake. Inspect the windows, are these wide enough to wiggle through in case of fire? Are the roof and gutters in good condition? To find out, go to that house on a stormy day. It’ll squeal. Also, see how the house is at night. Are all the electrical components in top condition? Light up the furnace. Is it working? Perhaps it’s belching carbon monoxide. How about the drainage system? Check the fiberglass insulation behind the walls. If it is gray, remove a sample for laboratory testing. Treat it as dangerous. Asbestos is odorless and colorless, so use protective clothing, gloves, and a mask. Never mind the arched eyebrows. But call an asbestos abatement company to do the job instead. It’s your life and your refinance home loan. Check the basement. Check the basement for air pressure. If it is lower than the other areas, have the radon levels checked. Like asbestos, radon is colorless and odorless and just as lethal to the lungs.
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