Real Estate Tip: End of the Year Organization

  It’s the time of year where summer and fall need to be packed up and put away to make room for the upcoming holiday and winter seasons. Here are some ways to get started:    Pack It Up: The key to home organization is a good collection of storage containers. The act of simply packing up clothes and shoes that are out of season can make a huge difference in your house.    Label It: Some large storage containers come with dry erase or chalkboard areas on which you can write the contents of boxes. Try to keep holiday items together. Color-coding your storage (green for Christmas storage and so on) eliminates the need to label. Clothing should be labeled for sizing, but try to pack up contractor bags for donating to charity in order to cut down on storage space.    Fall/Winter Cleaning: You hear about spring cleaning all the time, but fall/winter with all its back-to-school clutter and sports equipment mud can often be a time where your home needs a good cleaning the most. Set time aside on your calendar for vacuuming, cleaning the bathrooms, or scrubbing the kitchen. Have a little extra cash? Consider a whole house cleaning- nothing makes you feel your home is ready for company more than a good scrub.   Decorate Your Dining Room: The oft-unused formal dining room often becomes the focus of seasonal holiday events. Clear the bills off the table, put on a pretty seasonal tablecloth, and buy some matching candles or a pretty silk flower arrangement for a centerpiece. Feeling like there’s one truly welcoming room in your home will help you be more comfortable with the upcoming family visits and holiday celebrations. Source:  

Real Estate Tips: Dress Up the Front of Your Home

  Paint Your Front Door Your home’s front door is one of the most eye-grabbing features of your home. It gets grubby from hand prints and constant exposure to the elements. Why not give it a fresh coat of paint? For a truly professional look, take it off the hinges, sand it smooth, and then spray it with primer and paint. Otherwise, give it a good cleaning first. Then chip any spots that are losing their grip and spot prime. Give it a fresh coat of paint and you’re good to go.      Create perfect symmetry Symmetry is not only pleasing to the eye, it’s also the simplest to arrange. Symmetrical compositions of light fixtures and front-door accents create welcoming entryways. This door is flanked by two sidelights. The black lantern-style sconces not only safely guide visitors to the door, but also coordinate with the black door and urns.    Dress up Your Front Steps Your front steps lead to your front door, which is the focal point of most homes when visitors first arrive. To further enhance this eye-magnet and to give it a warm and inviting feel, dress it up with a sturdy, solid-looking planter on either side. Which shape should you use? That really depends on the configuration of your home. Some two- or three-story homes benefit from tall urn-style planters. This emphasizes the soaring height of your home. Sprawling ranch style homes look more at home with low, rectangular, terracotta planters. Choose flower colors that complement or contrast with the color scheme of your home. Source: BHGcom

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