Bedroom Makeover on a Budget!

Happy Friday, everyone! It’s my last post for July! I’ve been posting a lot about makeovers (and recently how to do them for less), but this week I thought I’d feature bedroom makeovers that are achievable under $350! Can you believe that?! It might sound too good to be true, but you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find out that it can happen!

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Take a look at this bedroom. Not bad, but it could use a little more design, right? Now, if we were to redecorate this room to become livelier and more colorful, how do you think it would end up with a budget of a mere $350?

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And voila! Here we have a splash of colors that bring life and personality into what was once a dull and dreary room. Using a lighter shade of green for the walls and bed covers, we used palettes of purple, ocean blue, and seafoam green to contrast and highlight the designs. This is definitely a room for people with bright, eclectic personalities.

Now, onto what this makes this overhaul so affordable: First, would you believe that the headboard is just made of plywood? It’s simply an addition of picture frames and metal sheets! The bedside table is actually just storage cubes and the curtain designs were cut out from fabrics. The same concept was used for the lettering on the pillowcase. Most of the decoration in this bedroom are DIY, with tools that can be easily found in hardware stores and installed on your own.

The key to redecorating for less is all about creativity. All you need is a little imagination and being resourceful, and you can easily come up with designs of your own. It’s cost-efficient and definitely keeps those creative juices flowing!

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Have a great weekend, everyone!

July To-Do List!

We’ve got one week left till August, but have you been maintaining your home as diligently over the summer? As it is the hottest time of the year, there’s certain things in your home that definitely need attention. Now that barbecue season is over, we need to get back to work! No slacking!

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MSN Real Estate shares with us an article on the top home maintenance tasks to do this month:

Give your home an energy audit
Did you know that you can save 20% off on heating and cooling bills by plugging leaks and cracks? Sweet, right? There’s nothing better than saving up money and being eco-friendly at the same time. Most gaps can be found in baseboards, pipe/vent sidings, doors, windows, etc. It’s simple and cheap to fix it too! Helpful tools such as insulated covers and foam inserts are readily available at any hardware store.

Clean your patio!
Mix up a bucketful of soapy bleach solution to maintain your patio. A simple recipe is made up of laundry soap powder, bleach, trisodium phosphate (TSP), and warm water. When cleaning, make sure to remove cushions and fabric coverings. Use cloths and soft-bristle brushes to gently clean sensitive material. Don’t forget to wear gloves to keep your hands safe and smooth!

Prune or remove problem trees
Get a certified arborist to inspect your trees if you think they are hazardous. Trees hanging over your roof, rubbing against gutters or dropping loads of leaves and sticks onto the roof should be pruned. Overhanging branches can provide a ladder for rats and squirrels, and diseased or damaged trees may fall on your home in a storm. A typical arborist’s fee is $65 an hour. For pruning or tree removal, call a tree-care service.

Clean exhaust fans
Exhaust fans do a lot of work in your home. They push out moisture to keep walls and floors dry and prevent the growth of mold. Dust the vents on the fan’s cover and gently clean the inside and the fan blade with a slightly damp cloth or spray cleaner and a paper towel. Neglecting to clean your exhaust fan will accumulate dirt over time, causing a potential health hazard if you or a family member has asthma or allergy problems.

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Quite a workload, huh? Still, nothing feels better than being in a clean and safe environment with your loved ones. It’s tedious but it’s all worth it!

Enjoy the rest of the week, everyone!

Living Room Color Schemes

A happy Friday to you guys! This week I’m back with some design tips and several color scheme ideas that you can use to revamp your living room. The living room is like the front of the house but on the inside–it’s the first room that your guests see. Surely, a well-decorated living room can leave a lasting impression not only on the rest of your home, but on your family as well!

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Of course, you can never go wrong with the traditional look. It’s warm, it’s comfortable, and it makes anyone feel like home (literally!). Using shades of peach, yellow, chartreuse, brown, and orange, this mix of colors is fail-safe, pleasant to the eyes, and achieves the simple, classic look without being old-fashioned.

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As rustic themes are very popular nowadays, you can achieve your own rustic look too by using white, beige, and a subtle-yet-bold shade like purple that can pop out in the room and emphasize the neutral colors at the same time. The rustic look is clean, classy, with just a hint of roughness and old world feel.

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Want to feel like Marie Antoinette? Using cream or white as your main color with pastel accents such as pinks and yellows will definitely bring out femininity and elegance in any room. It looks fancy and expensive–a room fitting for a princess or a queen!

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Feeling a little bold? Pick out a bright color such as turquoise blue but balance it out with neutrals to give your room a fresh, chic look without being over-the-top. Bright blues also give a room a breezy, seaside feel that is soothing to the eyes. It’s modern, trendy, and cool (in more meanings than one!).

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You can experiment with every shade on the color wheel! For more ideas, check out the article from BHG.com here.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Male vs. Female Homebuyers

We all know that men and women think differently, but when it comes to buying a home, how do men and women decide? Here’s an interesting article I stumbled upon on AGBeat.com that explains the thought processes among male and female home buyers.

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Single women homeowners on the rise

According to Redfin, single women are a growing share of homeowners. Since the mid-1990s, single women have purchased homes at nearly twice the rate as single men. Men are more likely to buy short sales and foreclosures and are more likely to invest, while single women are buying a home they love.

Single women are most likely to look for a home when they are between the ages of 25-34. 21% of single women and 29% of single men looking to buy a home alone were between the ages of 35-44.

Priorities and buying habits

Single women look for a home they love; single men prioritize a good value. While 46% of women buying a home on their own said they rely on their emotions to evaluate a home, only 24% of single men evaluate a home based on emotions.

Single men are more likely to buy a home for investment purposes (7%) or to renovate and flip (2%) compared to single women buying for investment reasons (3%), and 0% planning to renovate and flip their purchased home.

Single women were much less likely to buy a short sale or a foreclosure (13%) than single men (30%) and both genders were equally interested in buying a new home or a conventional sale (60%).

Facing rising prices, single women said they would be more likely than men to step back or to do whatever it takes to secure the home; single men said they are more likely to stay disciplined.

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Naturally, it’s no surprise that men take a more analytical train of thought while women are more invested with how they feel about a home. Of course every approach will have its pros and cons, and finding a balance is key to deciding the best home for you and your family.

Enjoy the rest of the week, everyone!

Kearneysville Market Insider

Hey everyone! It’s that time of the month for another edition of Market Insider! This week I’m featuring the lovely town of Kearneysville, WV. If you happen to be buying or selling a home here, you might want to take a quick read at this!

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The number of active listings in Kearneysville dropped by 3.8% from the previous month. The percent of owner occupied properties in Kearneysville is 11.41%above the national average. The median listing price for Kearneysville is $275,000.

Understand the difference between “listing prices” (what sellers are asking for) and “sold prices” (what buyers are willing to pay). By comparing these price trends, you’ll have a good idea of where the market is heading. The median listing and sold property prices are calculated based on the market activity each month. (Some sales are not immediately available from public records. As they become available, the data are updated.)

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Median household income in Kearneysville is $61,719 with 172 households earning between $35,000 to $40,000 annually. Income levels are listed along the left side of the chart, and the number of households are displayed along the bottom.

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The Crime Risk Index compares the likelihood of different crimes happening within this community to the national average. The national average for each type of crime equals a score of 100. A score of 200 would represent twice the risk as the national average, and a score of 50 would represent half the risk.

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Median Age
44%
Married
2,955
Number of Homes
1,144
Homes with Children

The above data was gathered from multiple sources and includes current listings, recent sales, and more. Whether you’re a buyer or seller, the knowledge you gain will help put you in control of your real estate transactions.

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If you’d like to read more statistics on the current housing market in Falling Waters, visit my website here. You can find more information on it such as local schools, a list of establishments (categorized and searchable by map), and you can even compare areas/neighborhoods according to zip code. It can really provide you with a thorough insight so you have a better idea of the community you want to move into.

Have a great weekend, everyone!